Media Mining Digest 356 – Sept 7, 2018: Aflatoxin Problems and Solutions, Aging Myths, Antibiotic-Free Meat, Bionic Hearing, Bottle Refund Bill, Bundy Story, California Transformations, Charlottesville Followup, Chickens in Agriculture, Cleveland Kidnapping, Climate Change Stories, Columbia Update, Conflict Resolution, Constitution Evolution, Deep Brain Stimulation, Dictatorship Life, Disease Resistance, DNC Operations, Doctor Bot, DroneBase Founder, Empathy in Doctors, Epi Injector Recycling, Fake Videos, Feminist Voices in China, Food Production in Australia, Gun Violence and Social Media, Hacking Conference, Hate Incident Tracking, Health Care Reform, House Construction Electrical Tips, Kavanaugh Supreme Court Appointment, Mafia in Toronto, Medically Assisted Death, Mexican Election, Money Exchange Problems, Monument Removal Solution, MOOCs No Longer Massive, Pilotless Planes, Political Polarization, Preet Bharara Interview, Privacy Legislation, Rohinga Refugee Camp, Rule Breaking, Russia Meddling, Salton Sea Changes, Sean Spicer, Sexual Harassment Complaints, Shell Eco-marathon Discussion, Shock and Awe, Shooting Victim Stories, Social Change Fear, State Department Decline, Teenage Suicide, Tobacco Support, Tourism Excesses, Transgender Health, Tropical Forests, Turkey Lira Crisis, Undercover FBI Agent, Unscaled Mindset, Vegan Kids, Wildfire Science, Workplace Organization, Zionism and Anti-Semitism

Exercise your ears: the 111 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 742 for the week, to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Get all the files as a group for the next four months here, or double (ctrl-click) individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source. A collection of 22,221 podcasts, listed alphabetically and grouped by topic, can be downloaded piecemeal, with files A-B at this link, files C-E link, and the remainder here. You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download at the last place, so multiple group downloads will be needed to get all files, totaling over 140GB and may take a few hours. The first entry in the collection is a text file with just titles for quicker reference. A collection of abstracts for all the podcasts is available at this link and updated quarterly. Get the discarded material, too, using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of the 474 sources. And try PodcastRE from the University of Wisconsin with over 150,000 titles. Exercise your ears and relax the rest.

Academic Research Funding 24 mins– “The findings of a recent CBC News investigation is drawing the ire of academics who are concerned about the use of corporate money to fund research at public universities.” At the link find the title, “Academic research should be funded by public tax dollars – not corporations, says ethicist, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-AfXQural-20180724.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aflatoxin Problems and Solutions 63 mins – “Alfatoxins are a significant threat to human health and world food security.  They are naturally-occurring toxic compounds produced by the fungus Aspergillus flavus and other species.  These fungi thrive on corn, peanuts, wheat, rice and other food staples, and grow well in stored food supplies.  The compounds are potent carcinogens, and it is estimated that billions of people suffer from chronic exposure. Today’s guest is Dr. Peter Ojiambo from North Carolina State University.  He describes the current state of the problem and solutions, ranging from biocontrols, cultural adjustments and even modern biotechnology techniques.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Biology 87 mins – “Geriatrician Dr. John Newman looks at therapies that target mechanisms of aging to prevent, delay, or treat a wide range of age-related diseases and conditions. Recorded on 05/17/2018. (#33743)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Myths 81 mins – “Five myths about aging are debunked: Older people are either super healthy or super frail; You are completely responsible for how well you age; Older people will eventually lose their memory; Most older people will end up in nursing homes; There is nothing to look forward to in older age. Recorded on 05/24/2018. (#33744)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Futures 65 mins – “Frank Diana is a recognized futurist, thought leader and frequent keynote speaker. He has served in various executive roles throughout his career and has over 30 years of leadership experience. Currently at Tata Consultancy Services, he is focused on leadership dialog in the context of our emerging future and its implications on business, society, governments, economies, and our environment. He blends a futurist perspective with a pragmatic, actionable approach, leveraging horizon scanning and storytelling to see possible futures and drive foresight into leadership deliberation. His leadership experience obtained through various executive roles connects practical realities with the need to focus on an emerging future filled with complexity and change. A strong ability to connect dots enables the identification of future scenarios quickly and broadly, with an ability to see implications years into the future. The conversation with Frank centered around his research which focuses on scanning the horizon for possible futures. We address common concerns about robots taking over the job market and eventually the world. We seek to understand what’s really true, what’s fear mongering, and what individuals and businesses should do to prepare for a world of change.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Andrea Mitchell 24 mins – “Celebrating 40 years at NBC News, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell joins Chuck to look back on highlights from her career, including the time she called out Castro for skipping an interview.” At the link find the title, “Andrea Mitchell: Fidel Castro wasn’t as threatening as Don Regan, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 378a4e63-f452-4b4e-bf63-b553565f0fc4.mp3” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic-Free Meat 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by Boston University’s Metropolitan College Programs in Food & Wine.  Our speaker is Maryn McKenna, independent journalist and author who specializes in public health, global health and food policy.  Ms. McKenna discusses her latest book “Big Chicken: The Incredible Story of How Antibiotics Created Modern Agriculture and Changed the Way the World Eats.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Atoms for Peace 24 mins – “As the world entered the Atomic Age, humankind faced a new fear that permeated just about every aspect of daily life: the threat of nuclear war. And while the violent applications of atomic research had already been proven, governments and scientists hoped this powerful technology held promise for peaceful applications as well.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bathroom Gender History 34 mins – “Despite their relative invisibility, a norm, even a dying one, can sometimes be harnessed and wielded like a weapon by conjuring up old fears from a bygone era. It’s a great way to slow down social change if you fear that change. When a social change threatens your ideology, fear is the simplest, easiest way to keep more minds from changing.In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast, we explore how the separate spheres ideology is still affecting us today, and how some people are using it to scare people into voting down anti-discrimination legislation.” At the link find the title, “126 – Separate Spheres (rebroadcast), Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 126-Seperate Spheres rebroadcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bionic Hearing 30 mins – “Implanted or wearable, new technology is making your life easier and healthier. It not only improves your life, it will even save it! In this Komando on Demand you’re getting two podcasts in one – I’m exploring the new solutions to battle hearing loss and give you bionic hearing and the new wearable devices that could change your life.” At the link find the title, “Bionic hearing and wearable technology are about to save your life, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files Bionic hearing and wearable technology are about to save your life.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bottle Refund Bill 12 mins – “What does that list of state abbreviations on your beer bottle mean? And why didn’t New Hampshire make the cut? On today’s show, we dig into the decades-long fight for, and against, bottle deposit laws — in New Hampshire, and across the country.” At the link right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Washington State 34 mins – “When we spoke with Justin Holzgrove, Mason PUD 3 Telecommunications & Community Relations Manager, back in October 2017, we discussed how the public utility district in Washington was about to embark on expanding its services. This week, Justin is back and he’s joined by Isak Finer, who works as Chief Marketing Officer for COS Systems. The company is helping Mason PUD 3 develop strategic deployment plan with COS Service Zones, their demand aggregation tool. In this interview, we learn about the decision to expand the use of the fiber infrastructure from electric utility support purposes to residential and business connectivity. As Justin describes, the county is filled with many small, rural communities. Traditional, large ISPs don’t typically find much motivation to serve these low density areas. Large numbers of electric customers let PUD officials know that they needed better Internet access and they wanted Mason County PUD 3 to supply the infrastructure.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly from here” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Broadband Map of U.S. 37 mins – “If you haven’t already taken a look at our most recent report, now is your chance to get some insight before you download it and dive in. Profiles of Monopoly: Big Cable and Telecom, written by our Hannah Trostle, recently left ILSR to attend grad school, and Christopher Mitchell, transforms FCC Form 477 data into a series of maps that reveal a sad state of competition in the U.S. broadband market. For episode 317 of the podcast, Hannah and Christopher discuss the report and the main findings. Hannah and Christopher provide more insight into the main findings of the report, which analyzes where competition exists and where large national providers fail to invest. The result ultimately creates densely populated areas with more competition for broadband (as defined by the FCC) than rural areas. Due to their de facto monopolies, the top national providers capture huge segments of the population. Hannah and Christopher also talk about the quality of the Form 477 data and the need for better benchmarks, we learn about why Hannah and Christopher felt that it was time to take the data and turn it into a visual story. You’ll learn more about their methodology in developing the maps and their analysis. Hannah, who created the maps that make the foundation of the report, shares some of the surprises she discovered. The two talk about the Connect America Fund and the policies behind the program and how the results have aggravated lack of broadband in rural America and how cooperatives are picking up the slack where big corporate ISPs are failing rural America. If you want to learn more about how cooperatives are running circles around the big ISPs in rural areas, download our 2017 report, Cooperatives Fiberize Rural America: A Trusted Model for the Internet Era.At the link right-click “…this mp3 file directly from here.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bundy Story 44 mins – “By his own account, Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy never wanted to start a war with the federal government. To hear him tell the story, he is a folksy, rural Nevada rancher trying to eke out a living on a piece of land near Bunkerville. But in 2014, on the same piece of land Bundy claims is so peaceful, armed militias showed up and pointed guns at Bureau of Land Management agents who had come to round up his cattle because of Bundy’s unpaid grazing fees. During the chaotic events that were broadcast on national television, Bundy took to the stage and gave a list of demands. He wanted federal parks officers to turn over their weapons to the crowd. He wanted federal buildings demolished. He wanted all public lands in Clark County, Nevada, turned over to local control. It was a stark contrast to the image Bundy paints of himself. Far from peaceful, Bundy was calling for an armed rebellion if he didn’t get his way….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Transformations 67 mins – “In State of Resistance, Professor Manuel Pastor reviews the last several decades of economic, social and environmental transformations in California and what they can tell us about the road ahead for the United States. Pastor traces the redemptive arc of California’s recent history and offers a clear path through the political polarization that grips the nation. The New York Times calls his conclusions “concise, clear and convincing.” At the link find the title, “State of Resistance: What California’s Dizzying Descent and Remarkable Resurgence Mean for America’s Future, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180813_MLF_Manuel Pastor for podcast.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charlottesville Followup 21 mins – “Other groups followed Charlottesville’s example in opposing alt-right, says professor” At the link find the title, “Charlottesville resistance ‘knocked the alt-right back on its heels,’ says prof, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-YhzmueTw-20180813.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chickens in Agriculture 39 mins – “The chicken is by far the most abundant animal farmed on earth, grown for meat and eggs.  But where did it come from?  What kinds of birds were domesticated?  When?  Where?  What were the traits that came from wild jungle fowl that give us today’s familiar bird?  These questions and more are answered by Dr. Greger Larson from Oxford University.  Dr. Larson combines data from genomics, archaeology, and anthropology to reconstruct the ancient history of various animals, illuminating how they became part of agriculture.  This episode of explores the fascinating history of domestic chickens.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Immigration to Oregon 52 mins – “Laszlo presents another story from the annals of Chinese-American history. This one takes place during the Exclusion years and spotlights the Chinese colony of Eastern Oregon. This is the story of Ing “Doc” Hay and his lifelong friend and business partner Long On, two Toi Son immigrants who built their American dream on the frontier. Ing Hay was a trained Chinese herbal doctor and pulsologist and he brought this unique skill to the American West. This isn’t your typical American immigrant story but then again, Ing Hay and Long On weren’t your typical immigrants.” At the link find the title, “CHP-205-Ing “Doc” Hay, Lung On and the Kam Wah Chung, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL1643975427.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil Rights Journalist 58 mins – “Today we’re checking in on current events, discussing immigration, and we’ll be talking by phone with journalist Brody Levesque. Join us as Michelle Meow brings her long-running daily radio show to The Commonwealth Club one day each week. Meet fascinating—and often controversial—people discussing important issues of interest to the LGBTQ community, and have your questions ready.” At the link find the title, “The Michelle Meow Show 7/19/18, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180719_MM_Brody Levesque for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cleveland Kidnapping 24 mins – “Michelle Knight was one of three women kidnapped by Ariel Castro, held in his house against their will, and abused for over a decade. Five years after her dramatic escape, she speaks to Laura Lynch about how she has rebuilt her life.” At the link find the title, “From a house of horrors to a happy ending: Cleveland kidnapping survivor finds love, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-o5Vx8HNu-20180817.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Action 52 mins – “Can changing our consciousness hold off the climate apocalypse? When we think about the enormity of climate change and what it’s doing to our planet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, even shut down, by despair. But is despair such a bad place to be? Or could it be the one thing that finally spurs us to action? A conversation about climate change, spirituality and the human condition in unsettling times.” At the link find the title, “In State of Resistance, Professor Manuel Pastor reviews the last several decades of economic, social and environmental transformations in California and what they can tell us about the road ahead for the United States. Pastor traces the redemptive arc of California’s recent history and offers a clear path through the political polarization that grips the nation. The New York Times calls his conclusions “concise, clear and convincing.” At the link find the title, “We’re Doomed. Now What?, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180729_cl1 Were Doomed Now What PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Stories 52 mins – “Strategic Adviser for Geographic Society, Andrew Revkin, has been writing about climate change since the 1980s, including 21 years for The New York Times. So what are some things he’s learned in those three decades? How has he learned to best tell the story? As New Yorker writer Elizabeth Kolbert knows all too well, covering climate change is journey that can be a challenge. “On some level it’s the worst story ever. It’s sort of everything and nothing and so finding the narrative is very, very difficult,” says Kolbert. This is a conversation with those telling the story of our climate.” At the link find the tile, “Climate Story Tellers, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180722_cl1_ClimateStorytellers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Columbia Update 86 mins – “Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted an event exploring these dynamics and U.S.-Colombian relations. Juan Carlos Pinzón, former Colombian Minister of Defense and Ambassador to the United States, offered opening remarks. He was joined by Brookings Senior Fellows Michael O’Hanlon and Vanda Felbab-Brown.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Conflict Resolution 66 mins – “Our country is deeply divided. As we face crucial issues with the potential to impact millions of lives, we cannot afford increasing alienation. Sharon Strand Ellison will show us how making simple changes in voice tone, body language, phrasing and intention can defuse defensiveness, often instantly, even in high-conflict situations. The skills participants learn can be used immediately, exponentially enhancing our conflict resolution and creative problem-solving abilities, at home and in community, as well as transforming antiquated methods of political debate on a national and global scale.” At the link find tht title, “In State of Resistance, Professor Manuel Pastor reviews the last several decades of economic, social and environmental transformations in California and what they can tell us about the road ahead for the United States. Pastor traces the redemptive arc of California’s recent history and offers a clear path through the political polarization that grips the nation. The New York Times calls his conclusions “concise, clear and convincing.” At the link find the title, “Beyond Defensiveness: Having Difficult Conversations Without Getting Triggered, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180801_MLF_Beyond Defensiveness for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Constitution Evolution 65 mins – “Monday Night Philosophy investigates Tartakovsky’s blend of biography and history, which tells the epic and unexpected story of our Constitution through the eyes of ten extraordinary individuals ― some renowned, like Alexander Hamilton and Woodrow Wilson, and some forgotten, like James Wilson and Ida B. Wells-Barnett. Tartakovsky brings to life their struggles over our supreme law from its origins in revolutionary America to the era of Obama and Trump. From Gold Rush California to the halls of Congress, Tartakovsky’s vivid Dickensian cast grapples with questions like democracy, racial and sexual equality, free speech, economic liberty, and the role of government. He also chronicles how Daniel Webster sought to avert the Civil War; how Alexis de Tocqueville misunderstood America; how Robert Jackson balanced liberty and order in the battle against Nazism and Communism; and how Antonin Scalia died warning Americans about the ever-growing reach of the Supreme Court. From the 1787 Philadelphia Convention to the clash over gay marriage, this is a grand tour through two centuries of constitutional history and an education in the principles that sustain America in the most astonishing experiment in government ever undertaken.” At the link find the title, “The Lives of the Constitution: Ten Exceptional Minds that Shaped America’s Supreme Law, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180709_MLF_Lives of the Constitution for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creativity 22 mins – “What does it mean to be an original? As part of our summer series, You 2.0, we talk with psychology professor Adam Grant about innovators and the challenges they face. Adam gives his take on what makes an original, how parents can nurture originality in their children, and the potential downsides of non-conformity.” At the link find the title, “You 2.0: Originals, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180820_hiddenbrain_hb-originals-adam grant-aug_2018.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Crime Scenes 62 mins – “Every crime scene hides a story. In this week’s show, we hear about crime scenes and the stories they tell.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 66 mins – “The Internet has drastically transformed our lives—it permeates every corner of our society and is only growing more influential. The pervasive exposure of our personal information has made us more vulnerable than ever. Former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff argues that nothing undermines our freedom more than losing control of information about ourselves. He believes our laws must also join the Information Age, and that technology can be used as the ultimate protection of our freedoms. From 2005 to 2009, Chertoff served as the second U.S. secretary of homeland security, leading efforts to stop terrorism inside American borders. Now, he has shifted his security focus to the cyber front. Chertoff argues that it’s not just a simple loss of privacy that is at stake but our ability to make personal choices without fear of coercion. Join us for a conversation about cyber issues plaguing our world, and how governments, companies and individuals must work together to protect our personal data in the Information Age.” At the link find the title, “Michael Chertoff: Cyber Security in the Digital Age, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_2018_07_26_FEA Michael Chertoff for podcast.mp3″ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

David Gergen 68 mins – “David Gergen is one of America’s most respected political observers, noted for his calm demeanor and perspective, having served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton. Professor Gergen has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years and is an honors graduate of Yale and Harvard Law School. Come for a rare, insightful conversation about the impact of the Trump presidency and the future of America.” At the link find the title, “CNN’s David Gergen: Where Is America Headed?, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180724_FEA_David Gergen for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Brain Stimulation 24 mins – “In 1950, Dr. Robert Heath invented a technique to change the human brain using deep brain stimulation. Now it’s used to treat a range of illnesses. Author Lone Frank shares the forgotten story behind Heath’s controversial work in her book.” At the link find the title, “Why the origins of deep brain stimulation fell into obscurity, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-MA1sTSct-20180809.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dictatorship Life 24 mins – “When Bassem Youssef left his career as a thoracic surgeon to focus on political satire, he earned the moniker of Egypt’s Jon Stewart. Now living in the U.S., he sees similarities between his native home under military rule and America in the age of Trump.” At the link find the title, “Americans can relate to life under dictatorship thanks to Trump, says ‘Egypt’s Jon Stewart’, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-798r7lOY-20180725.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disease Resistance 36 mins – “Plant disease resistance is a complicated arms race between the plant and pathogens.  Bacteria, viruses and fungi evolve in lock-step with plants, creating new ways to overcome new disease resistance strategies.  Resistance to disease has a foundation in the gene-for-gene model, a model that hypothesizes that plants and pathogens have a molecular relationship with each other that mediates pathogenicity.  Today’s podcast features Drs. Lida Derevnina and Chih-Hang Wu, postdoctoral researchers with Sophien Kamoun (@KamounLab) at the Sainsbury Laboratory (@TheSainsburyLab) in Norwich, England.  They describe the new thinking of disease resistance as a number of complex layers that integrates many gene-for-gene interactions with other mechanisms in mediating plant defense.  Hosted by Paul Vincelli (@pvincell)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DNC Operations 26 mins – “Former Democratic National Committee interim chair Donna Brazile says she walked into a “huge mess” during the 2016 campaign and believes the Russians “took active measures to destabilize” U.S. democracy.” At the link find the title, “’The Russians tried to destroy our country,’ says former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-mvmEXo4Y-20180717.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Doctor Bot 43 mins – “Babylon Health has unveiled its new bot meant to allow patients to contact the bot via an app without an appointment, with the bot offering health advice based on what patients tell it. Click hears from Ali Parsa from Babylon and is joined by the GP, Ann Robinson to discuss the controversy around how well it will work. A team at MIT has been training a robot to read body gestures, tone of voice and for the first time, bio-signs like heart rate and body temperature to help in therapy for children with autism spectrum conditions. Click talks to the researcher, Ognjen Rudovic.. Global sales of industrial robots reached the new record of 380,550 units in 2017, up 29% compared to the previous year. China saw the largest growth in demand for industrial robots, up 58 percent. Click talks to Steven Wyatt, VP of the International Federation of Robotics. Platforms like Facebook will fix fake news with artificially intelligent algorithms, eventually phasing out the army of humans employed on the task. But we don’t need the techno-solutionist approach. So believes the media theorist Douglas Rushkoff. He joins Click ahead of this week’s FutureFest in London.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is include in the blog archive.

DroneBase Founder 44 mins – “DroneBase is one of the world’s largest, professional drone service provider networks. Think of it as “Uber for drone pilots”. If you need a drone operator to come accomplish a mission for you, chances are, you can get one through DroneBase. Dan Burton is CEO of DroneBase and has been leading the charge at the Southern California-based company since its inception. The company has grown to become a premier name in the DSP (drone service provider) space and represents an approach that can truly scale as the industry grows. DroneBase is also taking experimental approaches to software with an AR (augmented reality) app.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Drug Therapy 52 mins – “The opioid epidemic is ravaging communities nationwide, and the president has announced it’s a top priority to take action. Come learn about the problem: the extent of the opioid epidemic nationally as well as the current data in Alameda County; drug trends; the intersection of chronic pain and the intersection of opioid use disorder; and the promises and potential pitfalls of medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and its application at Tri-City Health Center. Dr. Nguyen is a licensed clinical psychologist who maintains an active training, consulting and therapy practice. Dr. Nguyen is continuously developing innovative ways to translate science into practice. She is responsible for the dissemination of state-of-the-art knowledge and treatment interventions to integrate behavioral health and substance use services within a primary care setting. She oversees the Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Program at TCHC and is a member of the East Bay Safe Prescribing Coalition Accelerator Program, sponsored by California Health Care Foundation.” At the link find the title, “Medication Assisted Therapy: A Local Community Clinic Response to the Opioid Epidemic, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180717_MLF_Tam Nguyen for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Empathy in Doctors 15 mins – “ER physician Brian Goldman makes the case for kindness in his medical memoir that includes research suggesting an empathetic bedside manner can benefit patients and doctors.” At the link find the title, “How empathy can transform healthcare: Dr. Brian Goldman Monday, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Vwy4wKFf-20180730.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Action 50 mins – “When you think of climate activism, Wall Street doesn’t immediately come to mind. But as investors are coming to realize, they do have a voice – and a vote – when it comes to corporate environmental action. Responsible investing is a concept that’s been around for many years, but it’s only recently that companies have begun to take notice. And who’s driving that change? Shareholders. Greg Dalton talks with three experts about the ways that market forces can turn the ship, inspiring awareness, transparency and in some cases, even change, in seemingly immovable corporations.” At the link find the title, “Making the Grade: Corporations and the Paris Climate Accord, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180708_cl1_Making the Grade PODCASTx.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Policy 49 mins – “Over the course of its 150-year history, California has successfully protected its scenic wilderness areas, restricted coastal oil drilling, regulated automobile emissions, preserved coastal access and improved energy efficiency. Back in 1963 when the Clean Air Act was written, legislators acknowledged that California was ahead of the curve and wrote a waiver into the law allowing the Golden State to set its own stricter standards. In 2018, that exception is being used in fighting—and so far winning—the loosening of national CAFE standards. Join us for a conversation about the past, present and future of California’s leadership in environmental policy. We will look at the lessons—as laid out by David Vogel—offered by California to the nation and the world. What has worked and where has the state fallen short?” At the link find the title, “When you think of climate activism, Wall Street doesn’t immediately come to mind. But as investors are coming to realize, they do have a voice – and a vote – when it comes to corporate environmental action. Responsible investing is a concept that’s been around for many years, but it’s only recently that companies have begun to take notice. And who’s driving that change? Shareholders. Greg Dalton talks with three experts about the ways that market forces can turn the ship, inspiring awareness, transparency and in some cases, even change, in seemingly immovable corporations.” At the link find the title, “California Greenin’: Shaping America’s Environment, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180812_cl1 California Greenin PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Epi Injector Recycling 24 mins – “Dr. Jackie Duffin offers a practical solution to curtail the ongoing EpiPen shortage – reusing expired injectors. She’s calling on the government to do more to inform and protect Canadians.” At the link find the title, “Recycling injectors could help solve EpiPen shortage: researcher,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evidence Based Policy 102 mins – “…the Brookings Institution hosted an event to mark the publication of a collection of papers on evidence-based policy in the July 2018 volume of The ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science.” At the link find the title, “Evidence-based policy: How is it faring in the Trump era?, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180719_FALK_Evidence Based Policy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake News 21 mins – “The public is “selective” about what it deems fake news, according to a veteran reporter covering the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump.” At the link find the title, “Journalism can’t ‘have all the answers’ in the complex age of Trump, says veteran reporter, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-VlSiTBfi-20180731.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake Videos 26 mins – “As technology continues to make it easier for people to create ‘deepfake’ videos, the threat to democracy has become more urgent. Former U.S. ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul shares how he was a target of this technology that aimed to discredit him.” At the link find the title, “The fight against ‘deepfake’ videos includes former U.S. ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul,” right-click “Media files current-OCRJQW0C-20180720.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feminist Voices in China 60 mins – At the link find the title, “Feminist Voices in China: From #MeToo to Censorship, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180726_Feminist Voices in China From #MeToo to Censorship_0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Decision Behavior 37 mins – “Dr. David Just studies human behavior and how psychology ties in with economic decisions.  His work at Cornell examines the interesting overlays that cause consumers to behave how they do.  In this podcast we examine consumer decisions in food, including a discussion about soft drinks, ketchup, meat, and ingredients from genetically engineered crops.  We also touch on the “GMO labeling” issue.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Production in Australia P1 57 mins – “We’re a nation with a big appetite and, as the population moves towards 40 million by 2050, it’s only going to get bigger. Chef Paul West, Nutritionist Professor Clare Collins and Dr Noby Leong reveal how technology is set to transform food production. Not just by growing more but by making more of what we grow and by future proofing our precious crops against an uncertain future.” At the link right-click “Download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Food Production in Australia P2 58 mins –To many people, organic or wild caught food is the best and healthiest produce to eat. But in 2050, when Australia’s population hits 40 million, we may have to find more sustainable ways to farm our food than nature currently provides. Chef Paul West, Nutritionist Professor Clare Collins and Dr Noby Leong travel across Australia to meet the growers and scientists who are making key breakthroughs in this field.” At the link right-click “Download video: mp4” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Genetically Engineered Crop Controversy 34 mins – “Mark Lynas believed in his heart that he was doing the right thing.  He was joining others in tearing out field trials of GE crops, and effectively arrested research and development around crop biotechnology.  He participated in a movement that significantly shaped public opinion that influences policy to this day. But Mark is a scientific author, and when writing about climate change understood the need for rigorous evaluation of scientific evidence.  When he applied the same thinking to GE crops, it was apparent that he was not following the evidence – and changed his mind.  Mark treats the topic of plant biotech with refreshing nuance, sitting cleanly in the interface of sound science and responsible social application. His book details his journey, and is a refreshing primer for all of us that need to check ourselves for self delusion, and ensure that we are pursuing the truth in our discussions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Violence and Social Media 21 mins – “Three separate shootings in the heart of downtown Toronto stir concern that gun violence is on the rise in Canada’s largest city.” At the link find the title, “Social media ‘turf wars’ influencing rise in public shootings, anti-gun violence advocate says, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-W274xcbN-20180703.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacking Conference 60 mins – “This week we discuss privacy and security considerations when attending hacking conferences. At the link find the title, “087-Staying Private/Secure at Blackhat/Defcon, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 477531231-user-98066669-087-staying privatesecure at blackhatdefcon.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Incident Tracking 19 mins – “Irfan Chaudhry, who monitors reports of hate-fuelled encounters in Alberta, says paying closer attention to more subtle forms of violence is crucial to understanding Canada’s climate of hate and possibly preventing future attacks.” At the link find the title, “Why tracking ‘hate incidents’ that don’t break the law is crucial to tackling rise in hate crimes, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-jlhVfUh2-20180720.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Reform 70 mins – “Early in 2018, many of the best known leaders from across American health care joined forces to launch United States of Care, a bipartisan initiative to ensure access to quality, affordable health care for every American. The founding belief is that when political rhetoric is removed, Americans outside of Washington agree more than they disagree about health-care access and coverage. The organization seeks politically and economically viable solutions that can garner broad support that won’t disappear with the next election or presidential administration. The group’s Board and Founders Council is a who’s who of U.S. health care, several of whose members will be on hand for this lively discussion.” At the link find the title, “A Bipartisan Approach to Health-Care Reform, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180723_FEA_Health Care Reform For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

House Construction Electrical Plans 21 mins – “After giving a general overview last week of what’s needed for the specifications for the plumbing, mechanical and electrical subs, I thought it would be helpful to go into more detail about the lighting and electrical plan that you will need to give to the electrician.  There is so much to consider.  I’ll give you a list of 50 suggestions that you can use as a checklist that will help you develop a pretty complete electrical and lighting plan before you even meet your builder or electrician for the lighting walkthrough. The lighting walkthrough typically happens in the rough-in stage, after framing is complete and before the drywall goes up.  Usually, the homeowner will walk through the framed house with the electrician and/or builder and discuss where fixtures, outlets, and light switches will go. But thinking through the electrical and lighting plan well before you do the electrical walkthrough will allow you more time to consider exactly what features and outlets we want, and where. This decreases the chances of you forgetting an outlet or light switch somewhere.  It will also give you an opportunity to develop more detailed specifications so you can get more accurate electrical bids. I’ll give you some suggestions in list form.  50 suggestions here and 21 more tips in the bonus episode.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

House Construction Electrical Tips 10 mins – “In addition to the suggestions and tips that I gave you episode 125 called “Consider These Things for Your Electrical and Lighting Plan”, I’m giving you 21 bonus tips that I’ve curated from past BYHYU episodes. So that you can easily access our lighting and electrical tips for your own lighting plan, I’ve put them all together in one and a half episodes.  You’ve heard these 21 bonus tips before, but I think this will serve as a nice refresher for many of you, plus it will save you the trouble of having to listen to several episodes to find lighting tips that that scattered around in different places. If you haven’t listened to episode 125, you’ll definitely want to do that too, as the lion’s share of the lighting and electrical plan suggestions are in that episode.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ICE Excesses 48 mins – “The Pew Research Center estimates that there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States — and that approximately two-thirds of them have been here for more than a decade. Journalist Frank Foer says that for many years, there was a tacit agreement among politicians of both parties that there would be a pathway to citizenship for many of the long-term undocumented immigrants. “They rooted themselves within our communities. … They raise children who are U.S. citizens,” Foer says. “There had been this consensus that they could stay.” But shortly after President Trump was sworn into office, he passed an executive order that criminalized anyone in the country illegally — opening the door for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) to deport any undocumented immigrant. Foer says that the policy was unprecedented: “Never before have we had such a large, dedicated police force whose mission is to remove undocumented immigrants from the communities in which they’re rooted.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Illness Podcast 27 mins – “Jeremie Saunders has a fatal illness and wants to talk about it. He and his friends mix raw emotion with waves of laughter in the infectious podcast Sickboy.” At the link find the title, “Sickboy podcast tackles chronic illness with laughter, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-QMpAzo9F-20180704.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Information Overload 27 mins – “Ignorance is bliss, but knowledge is power…right? As part of our summer series, You 2.0, we try to understand why we stick our heads in the sand.” At the link find the title, “You 2.0: The Ostrich Effect, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180806_hiddenbrain_hb_pod_82 the ostrich effect-rebroadcast you_20_2017_v3-7b418737-7757-400c-9ddb-5c5ecfbed7cf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Kasich 28 mins – “Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) joins Chuck Todd to talk about the state of the Republican party, Rep. Jim Jordan’s bid for House Speaker, and why winning is all that matters in politics.” At the link find the title, “John Kasich: “I’m not a moderate, politically, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 453ba899-0a5c-4d0e-88aa-706cf747b835.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Supreme Court Appointment 75 mins – “Democrats target Brett Kavanaugh’s views on presidential power, Trump blows up the NATO summit, and House Republicans defend Rep. Jim Jordan against accusations that he turned a blind eye towards sexual abuse allegations. Then Senator Dick Durbin joins Jon and Dan to talk about the Kavanaugh nomination and immigration.” At the link find the title, “’America’s crazy old uncle’, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 48b70bfc-4b5f-4884-b14a-4a8badafa2f1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mafia in Toronto 48 mins – “Former CBC reporter Pauline Dakin shares the story of her fugitive childhood with a twist you’ll never see coming.” At the link find the title, “This author believed her family was fleeing the Mafia. Then she uncovered the real story, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-wgrRa9Hu-20180705.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mandela Letters 26 mins Hundreds of letters Nelson Mandela wrote while incarcerated under apartheid rule have been compiled into a new book. The Current discusses the compilation with its editor, Sahm Venter, and Mandela’s granddaughter.” At the link find the title, “New compilation of Nelson Mandela’s letters shed light on his time in prison, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-0fUsIe5L-20180726.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-u menu.

Mass Incarceration Upgrade 48 mins – “Julian Adler, co-author of Start Here, and Judge Victoria Pratt discuss alternatives to jail, including community service, social services and even personal essays.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meat Production 48 mins – “Is it possible to slaughter animals and eat meat in an an ethical way? That’s the question food writer Camas Davis set out to answer when she moved to the southwest of France to apprentice as a butcher on a small, family-run farm and slaughterhouse. Being so close to the butchering process took some getting used to — “I had to really confront my own moments of cringing or turning away or not wanting to see or know,” she says. But ultimately Davis felt she had the answer to her question. Davis came away from France feeling that “not all meat is created equal — and subsequently not all animal farming is created equal.” She says the key to being an ethical carnivore is thinking carefully about how the animals are treated and where the meat is coming from. “It’s my theory — or it’s a theory that I’ve developed over time, through my own education — that the further in we go, the better choices we make, the more agency we have in changing [the] system that brings food to our table,” she says. Davis is the founder of the Portland Meat Collective, which teaches people about conscientious farming, slaughtering and eating. Her new memoir is Killing ItAt the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Empathy 15 mins – “ER physician Brian Goldman makes the case for kindness in his medical memoir that includes research suggesting an empathetic bedside manner can benefit patients and doctors.” At the link find the title, “How empathy can transform healthcare: Dr. Brian Goldman, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Vwy4wKFf-20180730.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Medically Assisted Death 29 mins – “Ing Wong-Ward, a disability rights advocate, was diagnosed with colon cancer over a year ago. Now in palliative care, she is fighting to make her remaining time meaningful – and to help others to do the same.” At the link find the title, “’A compromised life is worth living’: Why Ing Wong-Ward won’t choose medically assisted death, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-55xLnJ4Q-20180726.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medically Assisted Death 29 mins – “Will Pegg’s body is slowly falling apart, riddled with metastatic bone cancer. He knows he doesn’t want to die this way. So he’s chosen to go on his own terms, with a medically assisted death.” At the link find the title, “Will Pegg will die an assisted death. He couldn’t feel more alive, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-losogrgd-20180723.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicare and Medicaid Administrator 67 mins – “Here’s a rare chance to hear from the Trump administration official who oversees Medicare and Medicaid. Seema Verma is only the 15th person ever confirmed to the post. She was nominated by President Trump and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 13, 2017. As administrator, Verma oversees a $1 trillion budget, 26 percent of the total federal budget, which administers health care programs for more than 130 million Americans. A nationally recognized leader in health policy and operational design, Verma has guided health care policy in the public and private sector, working with states to build flexibility into their Medicaid programs to help them meet the diverse needs of their unique populations. As the architect of the historic Healthy Indiana Plan, she helped create and implement the nation’s first consumer directed Medicaid program. Administrator Verma is a graduate of the University of Maryland and holds a master’s degree in public health with a concentration in health policy and management from Johns Hopkins University.” At the link find the title, “Medicare and Medicaid Administrator Seema Verma, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180725_FEA_Seema Verma For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexican Election 21 mins – “Anti-establishment leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador secured a wide majority on Sunday, all but guaranteeing sweeping reforms for the country. In the midst of NAFTA negotiations, what does that mean for Canada?” At the link find the title, “How will Mexico’s new president shake up NAFTA negotiations? Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-nART7yNu-20180702.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MOBI in India 19 mins – “Facebook and Google’s advertising complex is founded on machine learning, allowing people to self-serve their data needs across a broad audience. India-based InMobi is a company in the advertising technology space that delivers 10 billion ad requests daily. Today, we speak with Avi Patchava, Vice-President of Data Sciences and Machine Learning at InMobi, which operates in China, Europe, India, and the US. Patchava explains how machine learning plays a role in appropriately matching advertising requests to the right audience at scale,  whether on mobile, desktop or different devices and media. Patchava paints a robust picture of what this technology will look like moving forward and how it will change the game for marketers and advertisers, especially with the emphasis on data and machine learning.” At the link right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Avi_Patchava-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Money Exchange Problems 19 mins – “The Venezuelan government doesn’t want you to know the real value of its currency. But Ruben and Mila figured it out. Now they’re on the lam.” At the link find the title, “#858: Venezuela’s Fugitive Money Traders, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180803_pmoney pmpod858.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Monument Removal Solution 21 mins – “Amidst the disagreement over what to do about John A. Macdonald statues in Canada, one expert points to “counter-monuments” as a way to add historical context without removing what already exists.” At the link find the title, “How ‘counter-monuments’ can solve the debate over controversial historical statues, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-GzXQcros-20180810.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MOOCs No Longer Massive 22 mins “MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. But what is their legacy on campuses? MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. The crowds who showed up were, well, massive. We’re talking 160,000 people signing up to study advanced tech topics like data science. The New York Times later declared 2012 as the ‘year of the MOOC,’ and columnists said the virtual courses would bring a revolution. But in the rush of public interest that followed, skeptics wondered whether online courses could help fix the cost crisis of higher education. Was this the answer to one of the nation’s toughest problems? The answer, it turns out, is, no. Actually these days you don’t hear much about MOOCs at all. In the national press there’s almost a MOOC amnesia. It’s like it never happened.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea 72 mins – “North Korea has become arguably the most urgent national security issue facing the United States today, in part due to decades of inadequate expertise, attention and action by the United States. This reflects a larger set of problems of America’s inability to engage seriously with Asia, the fastest-growing economic region in the world and the center of potential political and security conflicts in the future. You are invited to hear these issues analyzed and explained by Glen S. Fukushima, who has spent his entire career dealing with U.S.-Asia relations in the context of academia, journalism, law, business and the nonprofit sector.” At the link find the title, “North Korea and the Dynamics of U.S.-South Korea-Japan, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180807_MLF North And South Korea for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pen Pals 24 mins – “After news of two Canadian pen pals who have finally met face-to-face – after 56 years of letter writing – we look at a program in Chicago that aimed to teach teens how writing can forge a connection.” At the link find tht tiel, “The pen pal project: How a Chicago charity taught teens the joy of letter writing, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-tAU65orv-20180702.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pheremone-based Pesticide 36 mins – “Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller are the founders of Pheronym, an agricultural biotechnology company that develops safe and nontoxic solutions to protect a wide variety of plants. Their flagship product is based on pheromones which is extracted from microscopic roundworms called nematodes. Fatma is Pheronym’s CEO/CSO and is an accomplished scientist with a Ph.D. in Plant Molecular and Cellular Biology and postdoctoral training in Natural Product Chemistry. Cameron is the COO and has extensive experience in entrepreneurship with a bachelor’s degree in economics and a Master of Science degree in pharmacy healthcare management. Fatma and Cameron join me today to discuss their pheromone-based pesticide and how it can improve the agricultural landscape in the future. They describe the primary problem regarding nematodes, what inspired them to investigate the use of pheromones as a pesticide, and what eventually lead them to make nematodes work for farmers instead of against them. They also explain the science behind their product and its mechanical and legal challenges as well as share their experience with accelerators.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pilotless Planes 26 mins – “From debate about the relative safety of unmanned cockpits to concern about the technology’s lift-off among passengers, the future of pilotless planes remains cloudy.” At the link find thte title, “Would you fly in a pilotless plane? AI aircrafts are on the horizon, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dqt2ENzM-20180731.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Bag Ban in Kenya 21 mins – “Rivers and lakes are cleaner since Kenya introduced a sweeping ban of single-use plastic bags, but thousands of jobs have been lost. Caro Rolando’s documentary, From The Frontlines: The War on Plastics, examines the debate about whether the ban is doing more harm than good.” At the link find thte title, “Jail time for using a plastic bag: Is Kenya’s strict ban helping or hurting its people? Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-0m9cWnBy-20180730.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcast Startup 33 mins – “Manoush and Jen give themselves 36 hours in San Francisco to come up with a financial backup plan, just in case this whole blockchain-token-thing doesn’t work out. Silicon Valley runs on VC money so maybe Stable Genius Productions should too? First, they talk to a well-known venture capitalist on whether aligning their mission with investor expectations is a laughable goal. Then, they visit Roman Mars, host of 99% Invisible and Radiotopia co-founder, at his headquarters in Oakland. He explains how he built his podcasting empire and advises Manoush and Jen on their plan.” At the link find the title, “Roman Mars on ZigZag, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 99_INVISIBLE FEATURE RM ON ZIGZAG_pt01.mp3” and select “Save Link as’ from the pop-up menu.

Political Polarization 92 mins – “Political polarization, accompanied by negative partisanship, are striking features of the current political landscape. Perhaps these trends were originally confined to politicians and the media, but we recently reached the point where the majority of Americans report they would consider it more objectionable if their children married across party lines than if they married someone of another faith. Where did this polarization come from? And what it is doing to American democracy, which is housed in institutions that were framed to encourage open deliberation, compromise and consensus formation? In this talk, Professor David Peritz will examine some of the deeper forces in the American economy, the public sphere and media, political institutions, and even moral psychology that best seem to account for the recent rise in popular polarization.” At the link find the title, “We Can’t Talk Anymore? Understanding the Structural Roots of Partisan Polarization and the Decline of Democratic Discourse in 21st Century America, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180710_MLF WeCantTalkAnymore for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Preet Bharara Interview 72 mins – “Preet Bharara, the former US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, joins Katie and Brian to help us make sense of the investigations swirling around President Trump. But first, Preet details the whirlwind experience of being courted and then fired by Trump. He also explains why he’s decided not to run for public office— for now.” At the link find the title, “72. Preet Bharara Explains It All, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files c67d9b5d-4cfb-4955-8b98-8f2144854bdc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy Legislation 60 mins – “…the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a panel discussion to explore a comprehensive framework for U.S. privacy legislation.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.  

Pronunciation Marks Creation 34 mins – “In the beginning was the word, and the word was … well, actually, there was just one word … one long, endless word. For thousands of years, in some written languages, there was no space between words. People were expected figure out sentences and clauses while reading aloud. Scriptio continua was the dominant form of writing for the Greeks and the Romans. Sometimes, this never-ending string of letters would execute what was called an ox-turn, first reading left to right, then switching to read back from right to left. In the 3rd century BCE, a librarian in Alexandria named Aristophanes introduced the idea of putting in dots to indicate pauses, like stage directions for people performing texts out loud. Dots of ink at the bottom, middle, or top of a given line served as subordinate, intermediate and full points, corresponding to pauses of increasing length.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reddit Founder 73 mins – “Entrepreneur Alexis Ohanian has had a wild ride, and he’s just getting started. He founded Reddit, commonly known as “the front page of the Internet” and one of the most public displays of the huge potential and pitfalls of open dialogue today. Earlier this year, he left Reddit for new challenges, including becoming a father and returning full-time to the venture capital firm he founded, Initialized Capital. He spent time as a microfinance fellow for Kiva. He helped launch travel website Hipmunk and served as a partner for Y Combinator. His relationship with the world’s most famous tennis player, Serena Williams, was a match for the digital ages (There was a Reddit announcement of the engagement.), and now he’s arguably one of the highest profile dads in the tech world (to baby daughter Olympia). His perspectives on tech, culture and parenting uniquely intersect at a key time in today’s landscape, and we have questions about many subjects: life for working parents in tech and beyond; his lens on the world as a husband and father; the role of open dialogue online, the most interesting emerging tech coming out of Silicon Valley; and advice for founders or those looking to start their own ventures. Join us for a wide-ranging conversation with Ohanian, moderated by Katie Bethell, founder of PL+US, an organization which advocates for paid family leave for everyone in the United States.” At the link find the title, “Founding, Funding and Fatherhood with Alexis Ohanian, Ju, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180725_INF_Alexis Ohanian For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rohingya Refugee Camp 24 mins – “Rohingya Muslims fled persecution in Myanmar and many are in the world’s biggest refugee camp in Bangladesh. But there’s another threat they face – monsoon season.” At the link find the title, “Rohingya refugees ‘very scared’ as monsoon season approaches in Bangladesh, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-nWvrzoDI-20180803.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rule Breaking 48 mins – “Francesca Gino studies rebels — people who practice “positive deviance” and achieve incredible feats of imagination. They know how, and when, to break the rules that should be broken. So how can you activate your own inner non-conformist? We kick off this year’s You 2.0 series by pondering this question.” At the link find the title, “You 2.0: Rebel With A Cause, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180723_hiddenbrain_hb rebel talent-final podcast_mix_7-23-aefe1983-086f-4172-aceb-634758d35b90.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Meddling 82 mins – “Trump spends the weekend rage-tweeting, the Nunes Memo is exposed as a fraud, and Jim Comey blesses us with punditry. Then students from Parkland, Florida and Chicago talk about their efforts to register young voters and reduce gun violence, and DeRay Mckesson joins to talk about his upcoming book, On The Other Side of Freedom.” At the link find the title, “’Putin’s Paperless Post’, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5c5e08f8-ba78-47de-8639-6b6756f7f8fd.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Threat to America 71 mins – “Retired intelligence officer Malcolm Nance knows about Vladimir Putin and the threat he poses to American sovereignty. From the ongoing investigation into Russian interference in our elections to Putin’s persistent presidency, Russia has a looming presence. Nance suggests this presence isn’t benign but part of a greater plan to break down western democracy. His new book, The Plot to Destroy Democracy: How Putin’s Spies Are Winning Control of America and Dismantling the West, exposes how Russia has supported the campaigns of right-wing extremists throughout the United States and Europe. By seeking to create antidemocratic sentiment around the world, Nance argues Putin can leverage his strength to build a Russian-led alliance of nondemocratic autocracies. With the future of democracy hanging in the balance, Nance digs into the plans and goals of its enemies.  Join Nance for an important conversation about Russia’s plan to unseat democracy and learn what we can do about it.” At the link find the title, “Malcolm Nance: How Russia Is Destroying Democracy, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180709_FEA Malcom Nance For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salton Sea Changes 53 mins – “The area surrounding the Salton Sea is home to more than 650,000 people. As the water levels in the sea recede, the exposed lakebed dries up and the toxic dust blows across the vicinity, which has some of the highest asthma rates in the United States. In addition to the public health implications, shrinking water levels result in a higher salinity, which kills fish that many migratory birds depend on to fuel their migrations along the Pacific Flyway. In June 2018, California voters passed Proposition 68, a $4 billion state bond measure that will provide critical funding for state parks, clean water, climate change resilience, and wildlife habitat – including $200 million in funding to address the deterioration of the Salton Sea. Echoing this mandate from the electorate, the National Audubon Society urges the state of California to accelerate progress on the implementation of projects to reduce dust and stave off environmental degradation..” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sean Spicer 66 mins – “Before he made his mark as one of the most recognized staffers in the Trump administration, former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer built a decades-long career in Republican politics. Spicer witnessed and shaped the inner workings of Washington, D.C., from every vantage point—as a House of Representatives communicator, assistant at the Office of the United States Trade Representative, Republican National Committee chief strategist, top advisor to presidential campaigns, and, of course, as White House spokesperson for President Donald Trump. Few in Washington are as well equipped as Spicer to pull back the curtain and dissect what’s really happening in the nation’s capital. Join Spicer for a rare conversation as he takes us behind the scenes of his turbulent tenure as President Trump’s press secretary, shedding new light on the headline-grabbing controversies of the Trump administration’s first year.” At the link find the title, “Sean Spicer: The Briefing, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180802_FEA_Sean Spicer for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sexual Harassment Complaints 58 mins – “Join us for a conversation about how employers should respond to sexual harassment complaints, how the #MeToo movement has impacted this and how it could change employer practices. The panelists will discuss what the future may hold for the workplace in terms of the prevention and response to harassment.” At the link find the title, “The Aftermath of #MeToo in the Workplace, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180808_MLF Me too Movement for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sharing Economy 53 mins – “This weeks’ lecture is presented by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe.  Our speaker is Juliet Schor, Professor of Sociology at Boston College.  Professor Schor’s lecture is titled “Dependence and Precarity in the Sharing Economy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shell Eco-marathon Discussion 37 mins – “There’s been an explosion of innovation competitions in recent years.  They highlight the fact that innovation can come from non-obvious sources.   These competitions bring together smart people – usually industry outsiders – to tackle a problem.   The annual Shell Eco-marathon Americas took place this year in Sonoma, California.  In today’s show I welcome three members of the Duke Electric Vehicles team from Duke University.  They share their experience of competing for fuel efficiency innovation.” At the link find the title, “Competing for Fuel Efficiency Innovation S14 Ep19, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files Competing for Fuel Efficiency Innovation S14_Ep19.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shipping Forecast History 30 mins – “Four times every day, on radios all across the United Kingdom, a BBC announcer begins reading from a seemingly indecipherable script. “And now the Shipping Forecast issued by the Met Office on behalf of the Maritime and Coastguard Agency,” says the voice over the wire. “Viking, North Utsire; southwesterly five to seven; occasionally gale eight; rain or showers; moderate or good, occasionally poor.” Cryptic and mesmerizing, this is the UK’s nautical weather report. The Shipping Forecast is “part of the culture here,” muses Charlie Connolly, author of Attention All Shipping: A Journey ‘Round the Shipping Forecast. “It’s a much loved institution. People regard it as poetry.” Connolly grew up listening to the forecast. Even now, as an adult, he sets his alarm so he can tune into the early morning forecast.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shock and Awe 26 mins – “Our greatest obligation is to hold those in power accountable, says former Knight Ridder journalist” At the link find the title, “Journalists today face a ‘brick wall of nationalism,’ says director Rob Reiner, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-RdzWYFcm-20180719.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shooting Victim Stories 30 mins – “Two women who lived through mass shootings share their experiences of recovery and discuss what can be done to help those impacted by the shooting in Toronto’s Danforth neighbourhood.” At the link find the title, “’We don’t know all those stories’: Impact of Toronto shooting hard to capture, Montreal Massacre survivor says, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-w3E8bKOB-20180730.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Change Fear 34 mins – “Despite their relative invisibility, a norm, even a dying one, can sometimes be harnessed and wielded like a weapon by conjuring up old fears from a bygone era. It’s a great way to slow down social change if you fear that change. When a social change threatens your ideology, fear is the simplest, easiest way to keep more minds from changing. In this episode of the You Are Not So Smart Podcast, we explore how the separate spheres ideology is still affecting us today, and how some people are using it to scare people into voting down anti-discrimination legislation.” At the link find the title, “126 – Separate Spheres (rebroadcast), Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 126_Seperate Spheres rebroadcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Species Identification 24 mins – “Species are hard to define, as they don’t fit neatly into the categories that science wants to put them into. But increasingly, people are naming new species without enough evidence to suggest they are indeed a separate taxon. Graihagh Jackson investigates why so-called taxonomic vandalism is on the rise and what we can do about it” At the link find the title, “Tricky taxonomy: the problems with naming new species – Science Weekly podcast, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 01-30845-gnl.sci.180803.gj.tricky taxonomy the problems with naming new species.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

State Department Decline 29 mins – “Ronan Farrow’s new book argues that the U.S. State Department is being gutted to the point where American influence in the world is at risk.” At the link find the title, “Trump is creating a world of empty embassies and risking global stability, says Ronan Farrow, “Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-9GVK4zAw-20180801.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teenage Suicide 67 mins – “Suicide is one of the leading causes of death among teens in the U.S. In this program, Elliot Kallen, who founded A Brighter Day in honor of his late son, Jake, will discuss the organization’s efforts in fighting depression and teen suicide. A Brighter Day reaches out to teens suffering from depression and other related issues while allowing them to maintain their dignity. The charity connects teens to the resources they need, showcasing local bands in a way that helps teens learn about depression and its risk factors.” At the link find the title, “A Brighter Day, Jun, 2017,” right-click “Media files cc_20170630_A Brighter Day Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tobacco Support 15 mins – “Tobacco causes more than seven million deaths every year — and many of us are far more complicit in the problem than we realize. In a bold talk, oncologist Dr. Bronwyn King tells the story of how she uncovered the deep ties between the tobacco industry and the entire global finance sector, which invests our money in cigarette companies through big banks, insurers and pension funds. Learn how Dr. King has ignited a worldwide movement to create tobacco-free investments and how each of us can play a role in ending this epidemic.” At the link left-click the share circle in the upper left-hand corner and right-click “Download audio” to get the pop-up menu and select “Save Link As”.

Tourism Excesses 21 mins – “International tourism grew by 7 per cent in 2017, with 1.3 billion people dragging suitcases around the world. But locals in popular destinations like Venice are fed up as large influxes threaten local culture, push up prices and damage the environment.” At the link find the tile, “Too many tourists? Rethink how you travel or risk ruining destinations, says expert, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-ocs8fpHS-20180806.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Health 56 mins – “When you think of climate activism, Wall Street doesn’t immediately come to mind. But as investors are coming to realize, they do have a voice – and a vote – when it comes to corporate environmental action. Responsible investing is a concept that’s been around for many years, but it’s only recently that companies have begun to take notice. And who’s driving that change? Shareholders. Greg Dalton talks with three experts about the ways that market forces can turn the ship, inspiring awareness, transparency and in some cases, even change, in seemingly immovable corporations. Transgender rights are increasingly under threat. The president began his administration by rescinding new federal protections for transgender students in public schools, followed by a ban on transgender individuals from serving “in any capacity” in the U.S. armed forces via twitter. A new HHS Conscience and Religious Freedom Division is expected to offer greater protections for health care workers who do not wish to treat transgender patients. How do these assaults on transgender civil rights affect the mental health and well-being of trans individuals? Find out how Tri-City Health Center, a community clinic on the front lines of transgender care in the age of Trump, addresses these and other issues in Alameda County.At the link find the title, “Transgender Health—Mental Health in the Age of Trump: On the Front Lines at a Local Community Clinic, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180730_MLF Transgender Health for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tropical Forests 52 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future.  Our speaker is Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the World Resources Institute.  Ms. Seymour’s lecture is titled “Why Forests? Why Now?  The Science, Economics and Politics of Tropical Forests and Climate Change.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Turkey Lira Crisis 21 mins – “As the Turkish lira tumbles and the country’s president remains defiant in a tariff battle with the U.S., one expert warns the economic stability in Turkey could spread beyond its borders with serious implications.” At the link find the title, “Turkey’s lira crisis puts European economies at risk, says expert, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-eYVr8c3D-20180814.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Undercover FBI Agent 25 mins – “Tamer Elnoury is a member of a very small club: FBI undercover agents who are Muslim, speak Arabic and are willing to try to infiltrate suspected terrorist groups.” At the link find the title, “How a Muslim undercover FBI agent foiled Via Rail terror plot in Canada, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-DwSmt5py-20180815.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Unscaled Mindset 66 mins – “Has size and scale become a liability in business? Venture capitalist Hemant Taneja believes it has. He will describe how the unscaled economy is reshaping and creating a new world of opportunities for entrepreneurs and companies. The unscaled phenomenon has allowed new companies such as Warby Parker, Airbnb and Stripe to become global competitors among established businesses. Taneja explains why embracing the unscaled mindset is the new business model for the future.” At the link find the title, At the link find the title, “Hemant Taneja: The Unscaled Economy, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180807_SV Hemant Taneja for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vegan Kids 67 mins – “Is bringing up a vegan baby unhealthy? The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids is the ultimate vegan parenting manifesto that takes on this myth and answers all the other questions you’ve always wondered about—the vegan way. Raising ethically vegan children, in fact, lays the groundwork for a lifetime of excellent health for your child, the animals, and the planet. In this practical and tongue-in-cheek guide, Eric C. Lindstrom dishes the real talk and shares the unique challenges vegans face when starting their children from scratch, providing advice, tips, and tricks on how to raise compassionate, vegan children in all areas of life.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Science P1 34 mins – “The Santa Ana winds of Southern California are sometimes called the “Devil Winds.” They pick up in the late summer and early fall, sweeping down from the mountains and across the coast. They’re hot and dry, and known for creating dangerous fire conditions. In late November of 1980 — as the Santa Anas blew in at up to 90 miles an hour — an unknown arsonist lit a fire near Panorama Point in the San Bernardino Mountains. Pushed by the wind, the fire grew and quickly spread down the mountain toward the city of San Bernardino. State firefighters spray water on wilderness fires with hoses during the Panorama brush fire In just a few hours, the Panorama Fire destroyed hundreds of homes and killed four people. It was one of the worst wildfire disasters in California history at the time, which sent one man off on a mission to try and change the way we address wildfires. Jack Cohen was a few years out of graduate school, and a recent transplant to California at the time of the fire. He was working as a research scientist for the Forest Service, studying fire behavior, and he was interested in how the Panorama fire had destroyed so many homes — especially when there was such a robust firefighting response. One of the first things that Cohen did was to listen to emergency dispatch tapes from the day of the fire. And as he listened, he began to notice a pattern. People were calling in about houses on fire long before the fire front ever reached their neighborhoods.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Science P2 35 mins – “Nestled between the mountains and the ocean, right next to Santa Barbara, sits Montecito, California. The community is charming and geographically isolated. The landscape is a mix of desert and coast, with soaring hills, natural hot springs, and cool mornings. The hillsides are covered with chaparral, a plant community characterized by scrubby brush, and the neighborhoods are lined with fragrant eucalyptus. But this beautiful landscape is also what makes the area vulnerable to wildfire. The chaparral covering the hills is fire-resistant for the first twenty years of its life, but as it ages and dries, it becomes rich fire fuel. Then there’s the eucalyptus, which has shaggy bark and flammable oils that can cause the trees to burst into fireballs as they heat up during a wildfire. The slender canyons that sit below the hilltops of Montecito are cozy little spaces where fires can easily take hold. And the community’s so-called “sundowner winds” blow hot, dry air from the desert up and over the mountains and through those canyons. The region endures a major fire approximately once every 10 years. For this landscape, fire is predictable and it is inevitable. Now, coupled with multi-year drought, it is becoming unmanageable.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wolves in U.S. 24 mins – “Author Nate Blakeslee looks at how the life of a famous Yellowstone wolf named O-Six provides a poignant insight into the struggle for survival of wolves in the U.S.” At the link find the title, “How O-Six became Yellowstone’s ‘most beloved’ wolf, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-mN1JrSB4-20180725.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Workplace Organization 57 mins – “Organizational psychologist and bestselling author Adam Grant joins Katie and Brian for a wide-ranging discussion about work. “My job is to fix other people’s jobs,” Adam explains. They delve into what makes a great leader, the difference between workplace givers and takers, and why Adam typically recommends against group brainstorms. Plus, Adam dishes on his experience sitting in on the writers’ room at The Daily Show.” At the link right-click “71. Adam Grant’s Best Advice, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files a15c5aab-208f-41c8-a668-7527c254e069.mp3 “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zionism and Anti-Semitism 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies, and is titled “Zionism and Anti-Semitism: Ideologies or Emotions?”  Our speaker is Harvard University Visiting Professor of History, Derek Penslar.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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