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Abortion History 52 mins – “What was life like for women before abortion was legal in this country? Part of the battle in the confirmation process of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh is going to be the Roe v Wade case. And historian Rickie Solinger says it’s not just the question of having a baby or not that’s at stake. Solinger argues unwanted pregnancies robbed women of the chance at a good education, good jobs, and full citizenship. She joins us Thursday to talk about the history of abortion in America.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
ACLU and Trump 27 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, about the mission of the ACLU in the Trump era and whether it’s causing any tension in the organization. Plus, John Di Domenico returns with the tweets.” At the link find the title, “The ACLU in the Trump Era, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY9583871009.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Addiction Fix 44 mins – “This episode we take a sober look at the throbbing, aching, craving desire states that return people (again and again) to the object of their addiction … and the pills that just might set them free. Reporter Amy O’Leary was fed up with her ex-boyfriend’s hard-drinking, when she discovered a French doctor’s memoir titled The End of My Addiction. The fix that he proposed seemed too good to be true. But her phone call with the doctor left her, and us, even more intrigued. Could this malady – so often seen as moral and spiritual – really be beaten back with a pill? We talk to addiction researcher Dr. Anna Rose Childress, addiction psychologist Dr. Mark Willenbring, journalist Gabrielle Glaser, The National Institute of Health’s Dr. Nora Volkow, and scores of people dealing with substance abuse as we try to figure out whether we’re in the midst of a sea change in how we think about addiction.” At the link right-click “download” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Affordable Housing 10 mins – “Antoine Lynch is having a hard time finding an affordable place to live. That is, until the DC government provided him with a housing voucher that guaranteed partial payment of his monthly rent. But, when he called around to housing complexes where he wanted to live – apartments that were in neighborhoods with grocery stores, good schools, and low crime rates – the landlords told him they wouldn’t accept his voucher. Antoine is facing what’s called source of income discrimination, and it’s illegal. Now he’s filing a discrimination complaint with the DC Office of Human Rights, hoping to eventually settle the issue and find that stability he wants.” At the link find the title, “Bonus: Housing discrimination – one man’s story, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files e64c4317-1d5f-4793-ad02-d15407820860.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI and PTSD 24 mins – “Millions of people suffering from mental health issues are left untreated and undiagnosed. In this episode, we meet the psychologists and scientists studying how artificial intelligence can help.” At the link find the title, “How AI is Augmenting Therapy, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files WSJ6947101658.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Alcohol History 49 mins – “This week, we devote an entire hour to what one important scholar deemed “the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” From its earliest role as a source of nourishment to its depictions in ancient literature, we examine the roots of mankind’s everlasting drinking problems. Plus, how a bizarre 60 Minutes piece spread the idea that red wine has medicinal effects. Then, a look at how popular culture has incorrectly framed Alcoholics Anonymous as the best and only option for addiction recovery. And, a scientist cooks up a synthetic substitute for booze.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antibiotics in Chickens 60 mins – “We eat a lot of chicken. But we didn’t used to. What changed? In part, what changed was the discovery that antibiotics could build a bigger, better chicken. Now, the big chicken may be suffering the results of too much medicine. This week, we hear from science journalist Maryn McKenna about her new book “Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats.” We’ll also hear from zoonotic disease specialist Tara Smith about the challenges scientists face trying to get out of the lab and into the pigpen.” At the link find the title, “#438 Big Chicken,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Antiquarians 39 mins – “How is the history of a nation remembered? Well — it all depends on what you keep. We’re talking about recipes, your old record collection, wedding dresses, newspapers, family letters or even your own personal diary. These are the types of documents future generations depend on to understand past American culture. On this episode, Joanne, Ed and Nathan talk about the people who decided to take it upon themselves to collect stuff they knew people would care about someday — even if others thought they were weird.” At the link find the title, “Saving American History, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8157405030.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Arab World Realism 30 mins – “Elliott Abrams narrowly missed out on the State Department’s No. 2 job under President Trump, and it wasn’t just because of his sharp criticism of Trump, the candidate. In his book, Realism and Democracy, he argues that the U.S. should stay involved in the Arab world, going against the Trump administration’s “America First” doctrine. Abrams also sounds off on Trump’s use of the presidential pardon. In the Spiel, Mike weighs the New York Times’ coverage of your run-of-the-mill American Nazi.” At the link find the title, “Is Neocon Nation-Building Done For?, Nov, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM4871954150.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Atmospheric Research 79 mins – Presentation by Tracey Holloway at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs, entitled, “3208:UCAR Walter Orr Memorial Lecture: Science and Stakeholders ” from Wednesday sessions. At the link find and right-click beside the number 3208 from Wednesday sessions and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Autistic Man Shooting 6 hrs [8 parts] – “In the summer of 2016, a police shooting upended the life of Arnaldo Rios Soto, a 26-year old, non-speaking, autistic man. Aftereffect tells Arnaldo’s story — a hidden world of psych wards, physical abuse and chemical restraints — and asks the question: What made Arnaldo’s life go so wrong? …Just before 5pm on Monday July 18th, 2016, a 26-year old autistic man named Arnaldo Rios Soto walked out of his North Miami home. He had a silver toy truck in his hand. Hours later, his life would be changed forever. A passing motorist mistook Arnaldo’s toy for a gun and called 911. Police and SWAT arrived and the confrontation was captured in a cell phone video. The encounter left Arnaldo’s behavioral aide – a black man named Charles Kinsey – severely wounded, and it left Arnaldo in need of round-the-clock care. As a result, three police officers lost their jobs, including the now-former North Miami chief of police, Gary Eugene. In his words: “We blew it.”…”The shooting left Arnaldo severely traumatized, unable to remain in the group home where Charles Kinsey had taken care of him. Shortly after, Arnaldo was involuntarily committed to a hospital psych ward, where a typical stay of just a few days stretched into well over a month as the state of Florida struggled to find a new home for him. Eventually, Arnaldo finds himself in a new facility with a well-documented track record of abuse and neglect. It’s Halloween when we first meet Arnaldo face to face. Ironically, after everything he’s endured, the staff have dressed him in a police costume.” “Since the beginning, Arnaldo’s mother struggled to find adequate care for her autistic son. Her memories are often painful: the doctors who wouldn’t diagnose him; the staff who punched him, drugged him, tied his hands behind his back in a classroom chair. These early experiences shaped Arnaldo. In this episode, we talk with a number of people who’ve cared for him. They recount a sweet, affectionate young man who was also capable of violent outbursts and fits of rage. Hidden beneath Arnaldo’s story is a disability-services system starved of funding; facilities trying to squeeze every dollar out of their residents; and staff members willing to restrain their clients by any means necessary.” …”One day in February, a group of staff packed up Arnaldo’s belongings, moved him out of Carlton Palms and into a three-bedroom house in a suburban neighborhood. On its face, it’s the type of setting disability advocates strive toward. Arnaldo has his own bedroom, more autonomy, a staff that looks after him. At the moment, Arnaldo is the only resident. He’ll eventually share the house with two other men, but just days before the first is slated to join Arnaldo, he dies – under suspicious circumstances in the care of Carlton Palms.” At the link find the title, “Aftereffect: A SWAT team, an autistic man, an American tragedy.” Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files aftereffect061818_cms853846_pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for the other eight episodes: Ep 1 “Media files aftereffect062118_cms854046_pod.mp3”; Ep 2 “Media files aftereffect062218_cms854047_pod.mp3”; Ep 3 “Media files aftereffect062518_cms854048_pod.mp3”; “Media files aftereffect062918_cms854051_pod.mp3”; Ep 5 “Media Files aftereffect070218_cms854052_pod.mp3”; Ep 6 “Media files aftereffect070618_cms854053_pod.mp3”; Ep 7 “Media files aftereffect070618_cms854053_pod.mp3” and Ep 8 “Media files aftereffect071318_cms854055_pod.mp3.”
Behavioral Economics 57 mins – “You wouldn’t think you could win a Nobel Prize for showing that humans tend to make irrational decisions. But that’s what Richard Thaler has done. The founder of behavioral economics describes his unlikely route to success; his reputation for being lazy; and his efforts to fix the world — one nudge at a time.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bipartisanship 45 mins – “Jason Gots: I want to tell you a story. It’s November 5, 2016, a few days before Election Day. I’m staring at Facebook, promising myself I’m going to delete the app once and for all from my phone, today. Enough of the political echo chamber. Enough of the ranting. Then I’m sucked into a video, because that’s what happens. It’s CNN’s Van Jones sitting in the living room of a family in Pennsylvania. Unlike me and most every other liberal coastal elite I know, he’s talking to people who support Donald Trump for President. Listening. Trying to understand. And pulling no punches in expressing his own anger and anxiety over where our country might be headed. In the year leading up to this moment, I had seen nothing like it. And it gave me hope. I’m so happy to welcome CNN Contributor and former Obama Administration adviser Van Jones to Think Again. His new book is Beyond the Messy Truth: How We Came Apart, How We Come Together.” t the link find the title, “121. Van Jones (social entrepreneur) – Blind Spots & Sore Spots, Oct, 2017,” right-click “Media files PP8671903291.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brain Surgery 44 mins – “Neurosurgeon Henry Marsh talks to Jim Al-Khalili about slicing through thoughts, hopes and memories. Brain surgery, he says, is straightforward. It’s deciding whether or not to operate that’s hard. The stakes are high and it’s never clear cut. He often dreads having to talk to patients and their families. Damage to healthy brain cells can result in a dramatic change to someone’s quality of life; but if a bit of a tumour remains, it’s likely to grow back. “How do you tell someone that the best option may be to go away and die?” Once, against his professional judgment, Henry went ahead with surgery because the patient wanted him to operate. The patient died and he blames himself for not being stronger. He talks openly about the cemetery that all doctors inevitably carry with them; and why he would rather be seen as a fallible human being, than either a superhero or villain. Perhaps it’s inevitable that doctors are put on a pedestal but it can be unhelpful. Despite a chronic lack of science at school and university, Henry decided to become a neurosurgeon, having found general surgery rather disgusting. Soon after, his three month old son had surgery for a brain tumour: an experience which, he says, helped him to appreciate the fog of anxiety and concern that descends on the people he treats. Getting the balance right between compassion and detachment is a constant challenge. And Henry admits, he pioneered brain surgery under local anaesthetic, in part as a way of confronting head on the almost ‘Jekyll and Hyde like split’ between being a surgeon in the operating theatre and a friendly consultant who talks to and cares for his patients. Producer: Anna Buckley.” At the link find the title, “Henry Marsh on brain surgery, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files p02vdr6c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Campaign Financing 15 mins – “With President Trump’s nomination of federal judge Brett Kavanaugh, the Supreme Court will likely be locked up by the political right for a generation. This is in large part thanks to a historic decision made in 2010 by the court’s then-shakier conservative majority: the Citizens United ruling, which fundamentally reshaped the political landscape of the United States by unleashing floods of political spending, particularly in the form of untraceable “dark money.” For the state of Montana, the post-Citizens United world has brought back old memories: over a century ago, copper kings like William A. Clark used their vast wealth to control the state and buy up political power. In 1912, the state responded by passing one of the first campaign finance laws in the nation, banning corporate political spending entirely. That law was struck down by the Supreme Court in 2012, but Montanans have continued to push back against corporate political spending using other means. A new documentary, Dark Money, uses Montana as a microcosm to explain the reality of campaign finance in the United States today. Bob speaks with director Kimberly Reed about the documentary and why she’s hopeful that, despite the unbalanced playing field, positive change is possible.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Charlottesville Sequel 38 mins – “A.C. Thompson warns that white power groups in the U.S. increasingly view themselves as paramilitary organizations. His reporting is featured in a new FRONTLINE and ProPublica investigation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Activist 58 mins – “Many people are extremely distressed by the idea of global climate changes and environmental disaster. Can parents help their children develop psychological resilience in the face of such challenges? What can people do to feel more empowered? This Week’s Guests: Sam S. Myers, MD, MPH, is Director of the Planetary Health Alliance. He is a principal research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. Dr. Myers works in the emerging field of planetary health, focused on the human health impacts of global environmental change. Jonathan Patz, MD, MPH, is Professor and John P. Holton Chair of Health and the Environment at the University of Wisconsin. He is Director of the Global Health Institute. Lise Van Susteren, MD, is a psychiatrist in private practice in Washington, DC. A climate activist, she has a special interest in the psychological effects of climate change.” At the link right-click “Download the free mp3,” then click “choose CD or MP3,” select “MP3” then “Add to Cart” then “Checkout” to get the free podcast.
Concrete Carbon Capture 29 mins – “Most people wouldn’t guess it, but concrete is the single most widely used material in the world. And both production and consumption are on the rise. The amount of energy used to produce all of this concrete is mind-numbing, as is its impact on the climate. This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio is Brent Constantz, the founder of Blue Planet, a company that has developed innovative carbon-capturing methods for concrete production. We discuss Blue Planet’s latest projects, look at the industry as a whole, and examine some encouraging concrete recycling solutions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Concussion Response 18 mins – “Concussion is a clinical diagnosis made after a head injury with consequent associated signs, symptoms, and neurological or cognitive impairment (infographic – http://bmj.co/conrecG). In the absence of strong evidence, most recommendations on the management and recovery from concussion are based on international expert consensus. In this podcast…” At the link find the title, “What to do after a concussion, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 293652172-bmjgroup-what-to-do-after-a-concussion.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Constitution Creation 51 mins – “This week, we’re going deep into our country’s founding through radio drama, the classic musical “1776,” and the inside story of a New Hampshire-based fake news site.” At the link left-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dark Matter 29 mins – “Carlos Frenk, Ogden Professor of Computational Cosmology at the University of Durham, studies the universe, but not by spending nights looking out at the dark skies through telescopes. Rather he creates the cosmos on computers. He is also one of the Gang of Four of astrophysics who thirty years ago came up with one of the most important theories in their field. They worked out that the universe is full of cold dark matter. In 2011 Carlos Frenk and his colleagues were awarded the Gruber prize, one of the leading accolades in astronomy, for their theory. Carlos Frenk discusses this mysterious missing mass, which is still mysterious and missing, with Jim al-Khalili. They talk about modelling the universe inside computers, and how Carlos persuaded his university to hire the architect Daniel Liebskind to design a building for creative thinking about the cosmos.” At the link find the title, “Carlos Frenk on dark matter, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files p02wz8bp.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dark Money 50 mins – “…we continue our Through the Lens series with a film about the influence of corporate cash on our elections. Director Kimberly Reed’s documentary DARK MONEY follows an intrepid journalist fighting to expose the real-life impacts of the Citizens United ruling on Montana’s politics. The film also explores the value of a free press to a healthy democracy. Reed joins us to talk about her film, what’s wrong with our campaign finance system, and what can be done to fix it.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dieting and Diets 60 mins – “People get excited about their favorite diets. Maybe you do, too. Are you a low-carb champion or a low-fat fan? Which one really is your best diet? The DIETFITS Study: A big study from the Stanford Prevention Research Center assigned 600 people to either a healthy low-fat diet or a healthy low-carb diet. (No junk food allowed in either one.) People followed their assigned diets for a year and then the scientists compared the amount of weight lost by each group. Average weight loss was astonishingly close. Altogether, people in the study lost a total of 6500 pounds. That might have been expected, since previous studies have shown a wide range of weight loss results within each type of diet plan and not much difference between them. The DIETFITS study (standing for Diet Intervention Examining The Factors Interacting with Treatment Success) planned to see if they could figure out which is the best diet for specific individuals. They looked at a metabolic marker, insulin secretion, and at a set of three genes that have previously been linked to weight. However, neither of these markers predicted who would do better on a low-fat regime and who would thrive on a low-carb approach. More Work to Do: Consequently, scientists have a lot more work to do before they can identify your best diet. But they did discover that emotional and psychological factors are important. People who were very successful at losing weight told the researchers that the study helped them change their relationship to food. Many found that becoming more mindful about their meals made a big difference. Find out more about the study and what we know about healthy eating. This Week’s Guest: Christopher Gardner, PhD, holds the Rehnborg Farquhar endowed chair of medicine at Stanford University and is director of nutrition studies at the Stanford Prevention Research Center. The DIETFITS study he led was published in JAMA on February 20, 2018.” At the link right-click “…download the MP3” then click “Choose CD or MP3,” select “MP3” then “Add to Cart” then “Checkout” to get the free podcast.
DNA Test Comparisons 60 mins – “These days, all you need to do is fill a tube with spit and mail it off to find out all about your ancestors, and even about your risks for certain diseases. Loads of DNA sequencing and typing companies exist to tell you all about yourself. But how accurate are they? And how safe is that information? We’ll speak with science writer Tina Hesman Saey about her big project sending off her spit to more companies than she can count. For science, of course. Then, we’ll take out ethical concerns to bioethicist Kelly Hills, to talk about the potential pitfalls… “ At the link find the title, “#481 23 and You, right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Drinking Water Pollution 22 mins – “Contaminated drinking water is coming into the homes of tens of millions of Americans, especially in smaller, lower income communities, from aging, under-funded water treatment plant and distribution systems, poorly maintained private wells, and groundwater sources polluted by industrial dumping and agricultural waste. Experts and the GAO say it will require billions of dollars of infrastructure improvements to maintain safe water throughout the U. S. Customers of antiquated, poorly maintained, under-funded systems in rural areas, smaller communities and neglected older urban areas – who are disproportionately lower income, African-American and Latino – are most at risk. Today we’re going to Sand Branch, Texas, where 100 residents haven’t had access to clean water for decades. What’s it like to not have access to clean drinking water, and just how far do residents have to go to get it? Jimmy speaks with Brandon Kitchin, a reporter with News21’s Troubled Waters investigative team, about their deep dive into clean water access across the country.” At the link find the title, “209: The Texas town with no drinking water, Aug, 2017,” right-click “Media files eb4180a0-30d8-48cb-aaae-eef7ad39a507.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Enlightenment 66 mins – “Richard Reinsch, editor of Law and Liberty and the host of the podcast Liberty Law Talk, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the Enlightenment. Topics discussed include the search for meaning, the stability of liberalism, the rise of populism, and Solzhenitsyn’s indictment of Western values from his Harvard Commencement Address of 1978.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Federal Debt and Deficits 29 mins – “Our guest this week is the Maya MacGuineas, She is the president of the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the head of the Campaign to Fix the Debt. We talked with her about the differences between the $20 trillion debt and the year-to-year deficit and why failing to raise the debt ceiling could be catastrophic for the U.S. and global economies.” At the link find the title, “Episode 8: Maya MacGuineas on the Debt and the Deficit, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files SBMAC0414.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Foreign Service Life 52 mins – Panel by two guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs, entitled, “3002: Life in the Foreign Service” from Wednesday sessions. At the link find and right-click beside the number 3002 from Wednesday sessions and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fossil Forests 29 mins – “Just twenty years ago, the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) would not allow women to camp in Antarctica. In 2013, it appointed Jane Francis as its Director. Jane tells Jim Al-Khalili how an intimate understanding of petrified wood and fossilised leaves took her from Dorset’s Jurassic coast to this icy land mass. Camping on Antarctic ice is not for everyone but Jane is addicted, even if she does crave celery and occasionally wish that she could wash her hair. Fossils buried under the ice contain vital clues about ancient climates and can be used to check current computer models of climate change. The earth can withstand a great range of temperatures: Antarctica was once covered in lush forest. But the question is: can humans adapt? As the ice caps melt, sea levels will continue to rise. And, says Jane, the time to start planning for that is now.” At the link find the title, “Jane Francis on Antarctica, Mar, 2015,” right-click “Media files p02qfjp6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gorsuch Philosophy and Kavanaugh Nomination 64 mins – “Jeffrey Rosen leads a discussion about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Gorsuch’s first year on the Supreme Court, and what the future of the Court might look like. Brianne Gorod is the Constitutional Accountability Center’s chief counsel. She previously served as CAC’s Appellate Counsel. Elizabeth Slattery is a legal fellow and appellate advocacy program manager at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Institute for Constitutional Government at the Heritage Foundation.” At the link find the title, “The New Supreme Court, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7750977873.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Guantanamo 27 mins – “On this week’s podcast, we sit down with reporter Carol Rosenberg, who’s outlasted soldiers, interrogators, and lawyers at Guantanamo Bay. For more than 13 years, she has become the keeper of record for what remains a controversial response to the terrorist attacks of 9/11 – the decision to detain, without trial, hundreds of men picked up around the world for their alleged connections to al-Qaeda and other U.S. enemies.” At the link find the title, “102: A Glimpse into Gitmo, Aug, 2015,” right-click “Media files 97d649ff-8e80-4e95-8948-c83808a362ca.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
History of Humankind 34 mins – “Every once in a while, we like to rerun one of our most popular podcasts, and this is one of those occasions. Enjoy listening–or relistening–to our conversation with Yuval Noah Harari about his book “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”. At the link find the title, “104: Revisiting A Brief History of Humankind, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files 3d099e36-00cb-4db3-aea5-a4a3e2191172.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration Discussion 79 mins – Panel by four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs, entitled, “3104 Immigration: Close the Door Behind You” from Wednesday sessions. At the link find and right-click beside the number 3104 from Wednesday sessions and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration Policy 29 mins – “Our guest this week is Jose Antonio Vargas, journalist, filmmaker, immigration rights activist, and founder of the non-profit group Define American. We talked with him about how the media covers the immigration issue, the rapidly changing look of immigration in the United States, President Trump’s immigration policy, and why he went public with his undocumented status in 2011.” At the link find the title, “Episode 2: Jose Antonio Vargas on Immigration Policy, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files VARGA0303.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Justice Kennedy 63 mins – “…we’re talking about what happened in the Supreme Court this term. A lot, it turns out: rulings on unions, the travel ban, gerrymandering … wedding cakes. And if that wasn’t enough, Justice Anthony Kennedy, who has occupied a middle ground as the Court’s swing vote, has announced he’s retiring. So, what exactly does that mean? Legal scholars and court observers Amy Wildermuth and RonNell Andersen Jones are back with us to break it all down. We ran out of time on-air before we had the chance to talk about Utah’s Mike Lee and Thomas Lee’s place on President Trump’s Supreme Court list. Luckily, our guests agreed to stick around a few minutes longer.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ketogenic Diet 57 mins – “People often hold fast to their favorite dietary dogma and get annoyed if it is challenged. But lately there has been a great deal of controversy about the best diet for good health, especially for people with diabetes or heart disease. One sign of a possible paradigm shift is the publication of three different articles in The New England Journal of Medicine this week. Although all were focused on the health implications of sodium intake, they came to rather different conclusions. The usual recommendation for people with diabetes is to follow a low-fat diet and avoid saturated fat in particular like the plague. The natural consequence of following these rules is a diet for diabetes that is high in carbs, sometimes highly processed carbs, though it may be low in fat. Is this truly the healthiest way a person with diabetes can eat? Or should the food pyramid be turned upside-down so that grains are the smallest proportion of the diet and fats provide the most calories? We talk with Dr. Eric Westman about the benefits of a ketogenic diet for a variety of health problems. He’ll tell us why he often recommends such a diet for his patients, and he will answer your questions. Guest: Eric Westman, MD, MHS, is an associate professor of medicine and director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic. He is medical director of the Duke Center for Smoking Cessation and co-author of the books, The New Atkins for a New You and KetoClarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High-Fat Diet.” At the link choose “mp3,” right-click “Add to cart,” then “checkout” and follow the instructions to get the free podcast.
Language Disorders 29 mins – “Dorothy Bishop is a world-leading expert in childhood language disorders. Since the 1970s, she has been instrumental in bringing to light a little-known language disorder that may affect around two children per class starting primary school. ‘Specific Language Impairment’, or SLI, was originally deemed to be the fault of lazy parents who didn’t talk to their children. But through her pioneering studies on twins, Dorothy found a genetic link behind this disorder, helping to overturn these widespread misconceptions. Dorothy talks to Jim Al-Khalili about how families react when they discover there’s a genetic basis to their problems, and why this language impairment isn’t as well known as other conditions, like autism and dyslexia. A critic of pseudoscience and media misreporting, Dorothy discusses her experiences of speaking out against folk psychology and bad science journalism. Producer: Michelle Martin.” At the link find the title, “Dorothy Bishop on language disorders, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files p02vz8n3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Laser Cutter 36 mins – “Our guest this week is Theodore Gray. Theodore is the co-founder of Wolfram Research, makers of Mathematica and Wolfram|Alpha. He’s also the founder of App publisher Touch Press and the author of many books that Kevin and I own and love, including The Elements, Molecules, Reactions, and Mad Science. He’s also the proprietor of periodictable.com.” At the link left-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Lou Gherig Disease 57 mins – “Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. What does a diagnosis of ALS mean, and how do doctors and patients work together to improve the quality of life for people with this condition? We hear from a patient using an online resource called ALSUntangled.com to learn about possible complementary therapies that could be helpful to him. Is there any benefit from coconut oil or other alternative therapies? We also talk with Dr. Rick Bedlack, the neurologist who started ALSUntangled.com and oversees it. He explains why this effort is beneficial for both patients and doctors and how and why he can offer his ALS patients hope. What is ALS, what is the prognosis, and how does it affect people’s quality of life? Dr. Bedlack describes some hypotheses about what might be causing this neurological disease. What is the connection between the flying squirrels of Guam, the blue-green algae in your local lake, the neurotoxin BMAA and ALS? Finally, Dr. Paul Wicks of Patients Like Me discusses how people with ALS can benefit from online communities. Learn about the future of research on this serious condition.” At the link choose “mp3,” right-click “Add to cart,” then “checkout” and follow the instructions to get the free podcast.
Magnitsky Act 20 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Bill Browder, the investor and author of Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder, and One Man’s Fight for Justice. The two discuss how business in Russia operates, the threats made on his life by Vladamir Putin, and the dangers facing our country with a President that’s willing to curry favor to Russia.” At the link find the title, “The Magnitsky Act and The Looming Russian Danger, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM4941536192.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Maria Butina 48 mins – “‘Washington Post’ investigative reporter Rosalind Helderman says Maria Butina was welcomed by members of the Christian right and the NRA who had “become intrigued with Putin’s Russia.” Helderman tells us about Butina’s political connections, relationship to the NRA, and possible involvement in the 2016 election. Also, critic John Powers reviews the documentary about Mr. Rogers, ‘Won’t You Be My Neighbor?’ and Hannah Gadsby’s Netflix comedy special, ‘Nanette.’” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Marijuana for Seizures 18 mins – “Renee Petro was desperate to help her son, Brandon, who sometimes would experience as many as 100 seizures a day. She tried medications, she looked into surgery…and then she discovered cannabis. On this episode of the DecodeDC podcast, guest host Miranda Green teams up with News 21 reporters who talked to parents desperate to get their children access to medical marijuana.” At the link find the title, “103: When weed is your only hope, Aug, 2015,” right-click “Media files 1f62eae1-86f9-4c37-8ee0-9e507f6f48d7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Meat Eating 48 mins – “What is food? It’s nourishment. It’s comfort. It’s culture. It’s art. For millions of people, it’s not something you waste much time thinking about. You eat what you’ve always eaten. What everyone around you eats. What you can afford. For others, every bite is a careful, conscious choice motivated by the drive to be thin, to impress your friends, or to do the right thing. In 2018, whatever our motivations, most of us live at a vast remove from the places and the ways our food is produced. We meet it gleaming and uniform on the shelves of our supermarkets. It’s cheap and it’s plentiful. Why look a gift horse…or cow…or pig…or chicken…in the mouth? Here’s why: While we slept, the farms that produce our food have grown and morphed and metastasized into something worse than sinister. Something that if you look too closely at it might just put you off your dinner. With every meal we eat, we’re making ethical choices that define us and shape the future of the planet. How long and on what grounds can we justify looking the other way? I’m here today with the writer Jonathan Safran Foer. …he’s here today to discuss EATING ANIMALS. It’s a new documentary narrated by Natalie Portman and based on Jonathan’s book of the same name.” At the link find the title, “154. Jonathan Safran Foer (writer) – One Thing We Can All Agree Upon, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8472054830.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Microbiome Hyperbole 60 mins – “This week we look at how new science and new challenges are pushing us to think differently about the role of bacteria in healthcare and pest control in agriculture. We speak to award-winning science writer Ed Yong about his book I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life” and how our understanding of how microscopic organisms affect our life and health has changed. And we talk with Emily Monosson, environmental toxicologist and author, about her book “Natural Defense: Enlisting Bugs and Germs to Protect Our Food and Health” about the parallels between healthcare and agriculture…“ At the link find the title, “#430 Bacteria in Bodies and On The Farm,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Monticello 49 mins – “Monticello is home renovation run amok. Thomas Jefferson was as passionate about building his house as he was about founding the United States; he designed Monticello to the fraction of an inch and never stopped changing it. Yet Monticello was also a plantation worked by slaves, some of them Jefferson’s own children. Today his white and black descendants still battle over who can be buried at Monticello. It was trashed by college students, saved by a Jewish family and celebrated by FDR. With Stephen Colbert, filmmaker James Ivory and artist Maira Kalman.” At the link find the title, “American Icons: Monticello, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5111355652.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Muslims and Violence 25 mins – “We’ve all been watching events unfold in Paris with sinking horror. Another terrorist attack, turning police, civilians, writers and satirists into blood and meat. Another man-hunt broadcast on TV; mugshots of terrorists with Muslim names. And now the chattering class is once again embroiled in the divisive argument we’ve witnessed for the last couple of decades; the argument over terrorism and Islam. To one side it seems obvious that Muslims condone violence, that Islam is the problem, or part of it anyway. To the other, it’s blasphemy to even consider the idea, wrong to even ask the question, ‘is there something about Islam that leads its followers to violent tactics?’ The two sides are deeply entrenched and totally sure of their points of view — with mostly anecdotes to back them up. Well today we talked to a guy who does have data, a political science professor at U.C. Berkeley named M. Steven Fish. His research lead to a book with this title: Are Muslims Distinctive? A Look at the Evidence. Here’s a passage from the introduction: This book provides no definitive answers and addresses only a portion of the large issues. But it does take on a substantial chunk of the big questions and it examines them using hard evidence.Unbiased by prejudice and unconstrained by political correctness, this book treats the assumptions about Muslims that rattle around public debate as hypotheses, rather than as unassailable truths or as unconscionable falsehoods. The book aims to shift the grounds of the debate from hot and wispy rhetoric to fact-finding and hypothesis testing. It occurred to us that Fish’s work is exactly what we need right now: Data. Evidence. Someone to decode these questions, and Steve Fish has answers. No matter what you think now about Islam and terrorism, we guarantee that this conversation between DecodeDC host Andrea Seabrook and M. Steven Fish will change your mind — or at least add nuance to your thinking.” At the link find the title, “Bonus: Violence and Muslims, Jan, 2015,” right-click “Media files 3731f996-5923-4765-a778-0b08aa02434b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
North Korea 29 mins – “Our guest this week is the former Governor of New Mexico, Bill Richardson. As a diplomat and Special Envoy, Gov. Richardson has received four Nobel Peace Prize nominations, and has successfully won the release of hostages and American servicemen in North Korea, Cuba, Iraq and Sudan. We talked with him the current state of tension between North Korea and the U.S. and why he thinks the U.S. needs to change its approach to engaging with what many describe as “the Hermit Kingdom.” At the link find the title, “Episode 7: Bill Richardson on North Korea, Apr, 2017,” right-click “Media files SBRIC0407.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nuclear Disarmament 78 mins – Panel by four guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs, entitled, “3005: Inter national Nuclear Disarmament” from Wednesday sessions. At the link find and right-click beside the number 3005 from Wednesday sessions and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obesity 29 mins – “Fat, sugar, salt – we all know we should eat less of them, and take more exercise, but as a nation with an ever expanding waistline we are becoming increasingly overweight. Jim al-Khalili talks to Professor Susan Jebb, the UK’s authority on obesity, who has spent much of her career trying to help us put those good intentions into practice. Her challenge is not for the faint hearted. When she first got interested in obesity, as a research scientist, rates were already on the rise. Yet no one took the problem seriously. Today, with over sixty percent of adults overweight or obese, Susan remains unwavering in her commitment to ensuring we do. As Professor of Diet and Population Health at Oxford University and Chair of the government’s Responsibility Deal Food Network, she wants all of us and the food industry to improve the nation’s health by translating the science of what we eat into practice. And health is what it’s all about. Obesity now poses such a danger that it’s been dubbed the ‘new smoking’. Produced by Beth Eastwood.” At the link find the title, “Susan Jebb on nutrition, Apr, 2015,” right-click “Media files p02s3l5j.mp3” from the pop-up menu.
Optogenetics and Expansion Microscopy 49 mins – “This episode features neuroscientist Ed Boyden discussing two inventions of his that have revolutionized neuroscience: optogenetics and expansion microscopy. Ed and Julia talk about Ed’s approach to coming up with good ideas, why he prefers reading old science to new science, his big-picture plan for what he wants to solve in his career, and his take on the rationalist versus Hayekian debate over how to make important progress.” At the link right-click “Download audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oxford English Dictionary 34 mins – “John McWhorter raises an etymological glass to the nonagenarian Oxford English Dictionary.” At the link find the title, “Happy Birthday OED!, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY9450998447.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Plastic Straw Pollution 29 mins – “The next time you sip on a drink from a straw, you may want to think twice because humans are producing an inordinate amount of plastic waste on straws alone. Plastic straws are one of the leading contributors to ocean trash, they take up to 200 years to decompose and they can’t be recycled. Every year, the US alone uses enough straws to fill up nine baseball stadiums. Plastic straws are pretty much the definition of wastefulness, they serve very little purpose and are terrible for the environment. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to two people who are doing their best to combat plastic waste in our oceans. First, Mark Marinozzi from World Centric gives us some important facts about plastic straws and talks about the best ways to fight the problem. Then, we hear from Romain Troublé whose organization, Tara Expedition, has been making scientific ocean voyages for the past fifteen years to monitor and collect data about ocean plastic waste.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Postal Operations 22 mins – “Is there a secretive postal organization fixing international shipping rates, and giving American businesses a bad deal?” At the link select the title, “#857: The Postal Illuminati Wednesday, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180801_pmoney_pmpod857v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt he pop-up menu.
Prosthetic Design 60 mins – “This week we explore how science and technology can help us walk when we’ve lost our legs, see when we’ve gone blind, explore unfriendly environments, and maybe even make our bodies better, stronger, and faster than ever before. We speak to Adam Piore, author of the book “The Body Builders: Inside the Science of the Engineered Human”, about the increasingly amazing ways bioengineering is being used to reverse engineer, rebuild, and augment human beings. And we speak with Ken Thomas, spacesuit engineer and author of the book “The Journey to Moonwalking: The People That Enabled Footprints on the Moon” about…” At the link find the title, “#482 Body Builders,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.
Reality Shows Improvement 36 mins – “I admit it. I confess. I’ve got a touch of what my guest today calls “progressophobia”. Ever since Charles Dickens got hold of me back in middle school, and William Blake after that, I’ve been a little suspicious of the Great Onward March of science and technology. Gene therapy, healthier crops, safer, more efficient forms of nuclear energy? Very nice, very nice. But what about eugenics, climate change, and Fukushima? For every problem human ingenuity solves, doesn’t human nature create a new one, on a bigger scale? Dammit, Spock, can your cold, calculating reason fathom the mysteries of the human heart? But you know what? After devouring all 453 pages and 75 graphs of psychologist Steven Pinker’s new book ENLIGHTENMENT NOW, I admit defeat. The defeat of defeatism. This man has done the math. Since the 18th century things have been getting better in pretty much every dimension of human well-being. Health, safety, education, happiness, you name it… And we’ve done it with the most reliable tools we have: reason, science, and Enlightenment humanism.” At the link find the title, “138. Steven Pinker (Cognitive Scientist) – The Defeat of Defeatism, Mar, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2598455363.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Relief Efforts and Politics 76 mins – Panel by three guests at the University of Colorado Conference on World Affairs, entitled, “3207 Immigration: Close the Door Behind You” from Wednesday sessions. At the link find and right-click beside the number 3207 from Wednesday sessions and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Religious Rights 27 mins – “The clash of two American values — religious freedom and freedom from discrimination –- didn’t seem so huge when a broad coalition of religious and civil rights representatives got together in a room in 1993. While starting from different ends of the political spectrum, this group came together to push for a new law, The Religious Freedom Restoration Act, meant to protect the religious practice of all faiths, no matter how small. RFRA became the law of the land. But just a few years and a huge cultural shift later, the law was found to be only applicable at the federal level, and the coalition could not find a way to balance religious freedom with the civil rights of LGBT persons and women. That rift continues today as we continue to ask what does it mean to be free to exercise one’s religion? We hear from the people who were in that room in 1993 – and now are living with the consequences of their efforts.” At the link find the title, “225: Where’s the line between religious freedom and civil rights?” right-click “Media files ea0f8b12-1bd3-4a72-952e-e8a725fcd4f3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Russia in the U.S. 51 mins – “Reporting on the Russia investigation is not for the faint of heart. This week, a look at how a journalist became entangled in the investigation when she turned her source over to the FBI. Plus, how another reporter avoided common journalistic mistakes during the Iraq War and a conversation with the director of the new documentary The Other Side of Everything about the end of Yugoslavia.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scalia Factor 49 mins – “In the first of a series of deep dives into great legal reads this summer, Dahlia Lithwick talks with Rick Hasen, author of “The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption” about civil discourse, rock star justices, and what Justice Scalia would have thought of President Trump.” At the link find the title, “The Scalia Factor, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1413452062.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Senate Responsibilities 30 mins – “With the Senate set to vote on the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, our guest this week is Don Ritchie. He is the Historian Emeritus of the U.S. Senate. We talked with him about the Senate filibuster rules and how the threat of the so-called nuclear option has been used by both parties. Follow C-SPAN Radio on Twitter and join the conversation using the hashtag “CSPANSidebar”. Be sure to rate and review us on your podcast player. Every C-SPAN podcast is available on the FREE C-SPAN Radio App for Apple and Android devices.” At the link find the title, “Episode 6: Don Ritchie on the Senate and the Nuclear Option,” Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files SBRIT0331.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Sex Determination 30 mins – “A lot of us understand biological sex with a pretty fateful underpinning: if you’re born with XX chromosomes, you’re female; if you’re born with XY chromosomes, you’re male. But it turns out, our relationship to the opposite sex is more complicated than we think. This episode was reported by Molly Webster, and produced by Matt Kielty. With scoring, original composition and mixing by Matt Kielty and Alex Overington. Additional production by Rachael Cusick, and editing by Pat Walters. The “Ballad of Daniel Webster” and “Gonads” was written, performed and produced by Majel Connery and Alex Overington” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Social Media Impact 50 mins – “In this episode of The Good Fight, Yascha Mounk talks to Jeff Jarvis about the reasons social media might deepen democracy, whether regulation of tech will do more good or ill, and what the internet of the future might look like.” At the link find the title, “Jeff Jarvis, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT7531488837.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Software Pioneer 29 mins – “As a young woman, Stephanie Shirley worked at the Dollis Hill Research Station building computers from scratch: but she told young admirers that she worked for the Post Office, hoping they would think she sold stamps. In the early 60s she changed her name to Steve and started selling computer programmes to companies who had no idea what they were or what they could do, employing only mothers who worked from home writing code by hand with pen and pencil and then posted it to her. By the mid-80s her software company employed eight thousand people, still mainly women with children. She made an absolute fortune but these days Stephanie thinks less about making money and much more about how best to give it away. Producer: Anna Buckley.” At the link find the title, “Stephanie Shirley on computer coding, Apr, 2015,” right-click “Media files p02qhsxm.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Space Force Discussion 90 mins – “On July 30, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted an event exploring whether or not a Space Force is a good plan for the U.S. military.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Supreme Court Trends 50 mins – “Following a string of landmark Supreme Court rulings and a surprise retirement, this week On the Media examines the conservative culture on the bench and wonders what we can expect from the court going forward. Plus, is civility really dead or only sleeping? And what is the view from small-town America?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tick Protection 59 mins – “If you’ve spent time out in the woods this summer, or if you hope to hike or bike outside, you need to know about ticks. Ticks are not just icky; they can also carry dangerous diseases. In fact, tick-borne diseases are increasing as ticks increase their range. Tick-Borne Diseases: Not all tick bites lead to infection, but numerous tick species can carry pathogens. The lone star ticks can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, while blacklegged ticks and western blacklegged ticks harbor Lyme disease. Diseases like anaplasmosis, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis may be less recognizable, but they can also cause health problems. What to Do About Ticks: Are there ways to minimize your chance of being bitten by a tick? (Clothing treated with permethrin, such as that from Insect Shield or BugsAway is very helpful. We especially like the gaiters.) What should you do if you find a tick has latched on? Find out how to remove a tick properly and how to recognize the symptoms of tick-borne diseases. Which treatments are effective? We’ll also discuss diseases that may be transmitted by mosquitoes, biting flies and fleas. What can you do to protect yourself?” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” then click “Choose CD or MP3,” select “MP3” then “Add to Cart” then “Checkout” to get the free podcast.
Tony Shalhoub 34 mins – “The former Monk star recently won a Tony for his role in The Band’s Visit and is up for an Emmy for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Despite his success, he still feels like each role could be his last.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Analysis 78 mins – “The President assures the country of his mental stability, Mueller hones in on obstruction while Republicans in Congress try to undermine him, and the Democrats plot their strategy to protect the DREAMers. Jon, Jon, and Tommy do the pod live from Stockholm, Sweden.” At the link find the title, “Stockholm Syndrome”, Jan, 2018,” right-click “Media files 75351ea0-ba27-47a6-836f-595a30b5bf55.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trump Legal and Political Issues 66 mins – “A secret recording of Trump and Cohen conspiring about hush money is released, the President retreats from his own trade war, and he steps up his attacks on the media. Then Democratic candidate Danny O’Connor joins Jon and Dan to talk about his campaign to win the special election for Ohio’s 12th congressional district on Tuesday, August 7th.” At the link find the title, “The own goal presidency,” Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files b954731d-b6e4-457e-a0be-1e0945933bd1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Venture Capitalist Blunders 34 mins – “Hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann, and Huffington Post senior reporter Emily Peck discuss: Thinx founder Miki Agrawal’s sexual harassment allegations; How venture capital placed massive strains on the promising digital healthcare startup Sherpaa; How venture capitalist J.D. Vance is looking to invest in startups in Ohio” At the link find the title, “The Thinx Twice Edition, Mar, 2017,” right-click “Media files SM8033917184.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
War Attraction 43 mins – “Historian Margaret MacMillan looks at representations of war: can we really create beauty from horror and death? Speaking at the Canadian War Museum, she discusses the paradox of commemoration. She questions attempts to capture the essence and meaning of war through art. The programme is presented by Anita Anand in front of an audience and includes a question and answer session.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
War on Peace 43 mins – “In Hollywood movies diplomats always get a bad rap. I’m picturing Claude Rains as “Mr. Dryden” in Lawrence of Arabia looking, as Clyde Rains always does, somewhat reptilian as he hunches over a map of the Middle East with General Allenby, smirking secretively. Hollywood diplomats are slippery. Untrustworthy. More often than not, they turn out to be double agents. On screen, definitive action plays better than careful talk or compromise. This is true of America in general and of our politics in particular—we’re just not comfortable with ambiguity. Leave that to the French. Americans are about gettin’ things done. But the geopolitical world is complex, and allegedly getting more so every day. Meanwhile, over the last several presidencies, America has quietly been shifting its foreign policy approach from diplomacy to military muscle. With the current president, the gutting of the State Department in favor of the Pentagon is starting to look like Friday the 13th part whatever. My guest today is investigative journalist and former State Department official Ronan Farrow. He won the Pulitzer Prize for his his work in the New Yorker on the Harvey Weinstein sexual abuse scandal. His new book is War on Peace, The End of Diplomacy and The Decline of American Influence — and the title is pretty much self-explanatory.” At the link find the title, “147. Ronan Farrow (investigative journalist) — A Failure to Communicate, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1155411093.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Whales 49 mins – “We think of whales as creatures of the sea, but scientists now believe that 40 million to 50 million years ago, whales had four legs and lived at least part of their lives on land. “We can tell that they’re whales based on key features of their anatomy — specifically parts of their skull,” paleobiologist Nick Pyenson says. “But they were certainly not like the whales that you would see today.” As the curator of fossil marine mammals at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., Pyenson has examined whale fossils that are tens of millions of years old. He has also learned about modern whales by attaching sensors to them in the wild and by studying their carcasses at commercial whaling sites….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Workplace Culture 26 mins – “No meeting Wednesdays and work from home Fridays are not enough. In this episode, you’ll find out how employers can really create a healthier and more productive workplace. Tara Oakman, a former Obama White House official who is currently working as a senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and David Waldman, vice president human resources and administration at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, weigh in.” At the link find the title, “Even Progressive Offices Fail at Work-Life Balance, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT2884252167.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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