Mining Digest 357 – Sept 14, 2018: Abolish ICE, AI in Agriculture, Amazons Reviews Controversy, Antibiotic Excess at Farms, Axolotl, Black Woman Pilot, Blockchain Discussion, Brexit Progress, California New Privacy Law, Canadian Slavery, Carpenter Ruling from Supreme Court, Chinese Internet, Comatose Patient and MRIs, Deep Fake Fight, Demagoguery Hazard, Disabled Solutions, Downward Mobility, Dred Scott, Farm Automation, Farming Activists in NY, Farming in Kansas, Farming Transplants, Female Quaker Abolitionist, Frank Gehry, Gut Microbe Impact, Gut Microbes, Highway Safety, Independent Publishing, Lady Astronaut, Levi Strauss, Malpractice Mock Trial, Mao’s Great Famine, Meaningful Life, Medical Marijuana, Mueller Indictment of Olympic Performer, Power Grid Cyber Attack, Sid and Marty Krofft, Technology Trends, Transgender Life, Urea Creation, Video Evidence, Walling of Countries, War Criminals Punishment, Wi-Fi Medicine, Women Politician Trends, Zoot Suit Violence

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Abolish ICE 44 mins –#AbolishICE is the hashtag that has proliferated all over Twitter. Anger over the family separation policy of the Trump administration has many people doubting whether the agency that does interior immigration enforcement is up to a humane performance of its task. Paul Rosenzweig, former policy guru at DHS where he supervised immigration matters, and Carrie Cordero, who has been actively engaged on the subject recently, joined Benjamin Wittes to discuss the substance of our immigration laws. Would abolishing ICE actually make a difference, or would it just be renaming the problem with three other letters?” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_328.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Work Future 56 mins – “AI and robots seem to be everywhere, handling more and more work, freeing humans up — to do what? Contributor Jill Eisen takes a wide-angle lens to the digital revolution happening in our working lives. What will happen when robots and algorithms surpass what our brains can do? Some say digital sweatshops — repetitive, dull, poorly paid and insecure jobs — are our destiny. Others believe that technology could lead to more fulfilling lives.” At the link find the title, “Artificial intelligence, robots and the future of work (Encore Sept 13, 2017), Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-7ux0lcK4-20180724.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI in Agriculture 36 mins – “Dr. Jeremy Williams is the Vice President of Biotechnology and Agricultural Productivity Innovations at Monsanto, one of the largest modern agricultural companies in the world that develops products and tools to help farmers grow more crops and make use of resources more efficiently. His responsibilities include leading the chemistry and trait research teams that assist farmers to succeed through innovative means such as artificial intelligence. His ultimate goal is to create a discovery pipeline that streamlines projects that affect agricultural development into commercialization. Jeremy joins me today to discuss the future of agriculture and how artificial intelligence and machine learning can impact the agriculture industry. He describes the concept of artificial intelligence, its current applications, and why he believes these technologies can create new job opportunities throughout the agriculture industry. He also explains the difference between machine learning and deep learning, how artificial intelligence can improve productivity and sustainability within the industry and shares his perspective on the future of the agriculture industry.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alien Search (36m) “For years, Shane Harris of The Washington Post has been fascinated with the search for extraterrestrial life in the universe. But that search raises a profound question: Should we try to communicate with aliens? Is there a risk to alerting a potentially hostile species to our presence? On July 12, Shane moderated a conversation hosted by Future Tense with Lucianne Walkowicz, the Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress, and NASA astrophysicist Elisa Quintana, to talk about the ethics of the search for ETs and the associated risks with trying to make contact.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_334.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazons Reviews Controversy 37 mins – “Sruthi asks a question “why does it seem like Amazon has suddenly gotten a lot sketchier?“ Alex investigates.” At the link find the title, “#124 The Magic Store, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT4555536143.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Excess at Farms 63 mins – “Doctors and the farming industry are often blamed for overuse of antibiotics that spurs the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance – but the professions are using different methods to combat resistance and reduce overuse. In this roundtable, we bring medics and vets together to discuss the problem – where antibiotic resistance arises, how resistance genes propagate through the environment and between countries, and what non-drug approaches can be used to reduce the need for antibiotics.” At the link find the title, “Doctors and vets working together for antibiotic stewardship, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files 470262765-bmjgroup-doctors-and-vets-working-together-for-antibiotic-stewardship.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Axolotl P1 29 mins – “Victoria Gill tells the extraordinary story of the Mexican axolotl: an amphibian that is both a cultural icon and a biomedical marvel. In its domesticated form, the aquatic salamander is a valuable laboratory animal and a popular pet around the world. But in the wild, the species is on the very edge of extinction. Victoria visits one of its last hold-outs among the polluted canals in the south of Mexico City, where she meets the scientists and farmers working to save it.” At the link find the title, “The Aztec Salamander, Jul, 2018,”right-click “Media files p06dwlpw.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Axolotl P2 29 mins – “A convent of Mexican nuns is helping to save the one of the world’s most endangered and most remarkable amphibians: the axolotl, a truly bizarre creature of serious scientific interest worldwide and an animal of deep-rooted cultural significance in Mexico. The Sisters of Immaculate Health rarely venture out of their monastery in the central Mexican town of Patzcuaro. Yet they have become the most adept and successful breeders of their local species of this aquatic salamander. Scientists marvel at their axolotl-breeding talents and are now working with them to save the animal from extinction. BBC News science correspondent Victoria Gill is allowed into the convent to discover at least some of the nun’s secrets.” At the link find the title, “The Nun’s Salamander, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files p06fhxjn.mp3,” and select “Save Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biased Medical Science 63 mins – “Series two of The Recommended Dose kicks off with polymath and poet, Dr John Ioannidis. Recognised by The Atlantic as one the most influential scientists alive today, he’s a global authority on genetics, medical research and the nature of scientific inquiry itself – among many other things. A professor at Stanford University, John has authored close to 1,000 academic papers and served on the editorial boards of 30 of the world’s top journals. He is best known for seriously challenging the status quo. His trailblazing 2005 paper ‘Why Most Published Research Findings Are False’ has been viewed over 2.5 million times and is the most cited article in the history of PLoS Medicine. In it, he argues that most medical research is biased, overblown or simply wrong. Here, he talks to Ray about the far-reaching implications of these findings for people both inside and outside the world of health. While most closely associated with exploring cutting-edge conundrums across science, genomics and even economics, John is also something of a humanist. He’d be right at home with the philosophers of ancient Greece, seeking as he does to find answers to the big questions of the day in science and medicine, as well as in nature and narratives. A voracious reader himself, John has a lifelong love of ‘swimming in books’ and has penned seven literary works of his own in Greek – two of which have been nominated for prestigious literary prizes. And fittingly, he finds inspiration for his myriad of multi-disciplinary pursuits on Antipaxi, one of Greece’s most beautiful and secluded islands. He shares some of his distinctive logic, reason – and even a little of his poetry – on this very special episode of The Recommended Dose, produced by Cochrane Australia and co-published with the BMJ.” At the link right-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Woman Pilot 32 mins – “Today revisits an episode from Sarah and Deblina about Bessie Coleman, who dreamed of becoming a pilot. Because she was a black woman, no American flight schools would admit her. Despite the obstacles, Bessie managed to become the first African-American woman in the world to earn a pilot’s license.” At the link find the title, “SYMHC Classics: Bessie Coleman, Daredevil Aviatrix, Aug, 2018,” right-click “ Media files HSW2514773505.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Discussion 60 mins – “This week’s Intelligence Squared podcast features Jamie Bartlett, tech journalist and author of The People vs Tech in conversation with the New Statesman’s Deputy Editor Helen Lewis. In this in-depth discussion on the politics of technology, they explored the addictive nature of social media and whether the tech giants are a threat to democracy.” At the link find the title, “Jamie Bartlett in conversation with Helen Lewis on how the internet is threatening our freedoms, Apr, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit Progress 44 mins – “The British government is falling apart, Brexit talks are on the rocks, and into the maelstrom walks Donald Trump to walk in front of the Queen after having tea with her. It’s been a bad period in the Brexit negotiations. To talk it through, Benjamin Wittes sat down with Tom Wright, the director of the Center on the United States and Europe; Amanda Sloat, the Robert Bosch senior fellow in the Center on the United States and Europe; and Shannon Togawa Mercer from the Hoover Institution and Lawfare. They talked about Northern Ireland, trade, U.S. policy, what the United States’ dog in the Brexit fight is, and what happens if there is no deal by the time the whole thing turns into a pumpkin.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_333.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California New Privacy Law 24 mins – “The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has garnered a lot of attention in a time where data protection has become a hot topic. But the GDPR isn’t the only privacy law deserving of attention. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk to Scott Pink about the California Consumer Privacy Act, a law that aims to give consumers more control over their privacy and data usage. They discuss the rights formally recognized by this act, what kind of businesses it applies to, and whether other states are likely to adopt similar legislation. Scott W. Pink is special counsel in the Data Security & Privacy practice at O’Melveny & Myers LLP.” At the link find the title, “Is the California Consumer Privacy Act Part of a Trend?, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files episode_93.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Calm Clarity Program 58 mins – “This week we interview Due Quach. Due is a refugee from Vietnam and a graduate of Harvard College and the Wharton MBA program. Due overcame the long-term effects of poverty and trauma by turning to neuroscience and meditation. After building a successful international business career in management consulting and private equity investments, Due traveled throughout Asia to study various contemplative traditions and then created the Calm Clarity Program to make mindful leadership accessible to people of all backgrounds. Due is the author of, Calm Clarity: How to Use Science to Rewire Your Brain for Greater Wisdom, Fulfillment, and Joy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Indigenous Stories 57 mins – “Canada’s 150th anniversary highlighted its evolving relationship with Indigenous people. Too often in that history, voices other than those from First Nations did the talking for them. In this episode, Brielle Beardy-Linklater, Sandra Henry, and Theodore Fontaine tell their stories of struggle and resilience in their own words. At the link find the title, “First Nations in the first person: Telling stories & changing lives, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-YzZrt8JW-20180706.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Slavery P2 57 mins – “Is there a connection between the enslavement of African-Canadians and their overwhelming presence in the criminal justice system today? The United Nations has sounded the alarm on anti-black racism in Canada, stating it can be traced back to slavery and its legacy. In the second of his two-part series on slavery in colonial Canada, Kyle G. Brown explores the long-lasting ramifications of one of humanity’s most iniquitous institutions.” At the link find the title, “Slavery’s long shadow: The impact of 200 years enslavement in Canada, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-0GQZIAWA-20180705.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Carpenter Ruling from Supreme Court 48 mins On June 22, the Supreme Court released its long-awaited ruling in Carpenter v. United States, a case challenging whether law enforcement agencies need a search warrant to acquire the history of a cell phone’s location from a wireless provider. Chief Justice John Roberts wrote for the five-justice majority that doing so amounts to a 4th Amendment search, a decision that will have far-reaching implications for law enforcement activities moving forward. On Thursday, Benjamin Wittes spoke on the phone with Jim Baker, the former general counsel of the FBI, and Orin Kerr, the 4th Amendment expert whose writing was cited in every dissent, to understand the decision. They talked about what the decision said, what a warrant for cell site data might look like, and the ruling’s implications for other areas of 4th Amendment law.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_325_Carpenter.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Internet 13 mins – “The Chinese internet has grown at a staggering pace — it now has more users than the combined populations of the US, UK, Russia, Germany, France and Canada. Even with its imperfections, the lives of once-forgotten populations have been irrevocably elevated because of it, says South China Morning Post CEO Gary Liu. In a fascinating talk, Liu details how the tech industry in China has developed — from the innovative, like AI-optimized train travel, to the dystopian, like a social credit rating that both rewards and restricts citizens.” At the link left-click the select circle, right-click”Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comatose Patients and MRIs 48 mins – “We’ve usually thought that people in comas or ‘vegetative’ states are completely cut off from the world. But groundbreaking work shows that as much as 20 per cent of patients whose brains were considered non-responsive, turn out to be vibrantly alive, existing in a sort of twilight zone. Neuroscientist Adrian Owen guides Paul Kennedy into that “gray” zone, in conversation and in a public talk.” At the link find the title, “Into the Gray Zone with neuroscientist Adrian Owen (Encore March 12, 2018), Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-0SG7KboR-20180808.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cosmo Publisher 59 mins – “Joanna Coles is a journalist, entrepreneur, producer and author. Joanna was born in England and worked in London for many years as a journalist before moving to the United States in 1997. At that time, she worked for The Guardian, and later, forThe Times of London as their New York columnist. In 2006, she joined Hearst Magazines as the editor-in-chief of Marie Claire. Then, in 2012, she was named editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, the world’s largest women’s media brand. For now, Joanna is the Chief Content Officer of Hearst Magazines (she recently confirmed her resignation). As CCO, she oversees content and editorial partnerships for 300 magazines, globally. In addition to her impressive journalism career, Joanna also sits on the board of directors of Snap Inc, is the executive producer of ABC Freeform’s,The Bold Type (which is loosely based on her life and career) and she recently became an author with her book, Love Rules: How to Find a Real Relationship in a Digital World. Today Joanna is here to share tips for nailing your job interview, the best way to break into the magazine business and her advice for fellow working Mothers.” At the link find the title, “Joanna Coles – Chief Content Officer Of Hearst Magazines & Former Editor-in-Chief of Cosmo, Aug, 2018,”right-click “Media files DGT7918724570.mp3” select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Fake Fight 45 mins – “Technologies that distort representations of reality, like audio, photo, and video editing software, are nothing new, but what happens when these technologies are paired with artificial intelligence to produce hyper-realistic media of things that never happened? This new phenomenon, called “deep fakes,” poses significant problems for lawyers, policymakers, and technologists. On July 19, Klon Kitchen, senior fellow for technology and national security at the Heritage Foundation, moderated a panel with Bobby Chesney of the University of Texas at Austin Law School, Danielle Citron of the University of Maryland Carey School of Law, and Chris Bregler, a senior computer scientist and AI manager at Google. They talked about how deep fakes work, why they don’t fit into the current legal and policy thinking, and about how policy, technology, and the law can begin to combat them.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_335.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Demagoguery Hazard 22 mins – ““From populist demagogues, we will learn the indispensability of democracy,” says novelist Elif Shafak. “From isolationists, we will learn the need for global solidarity. And from tribalists, we will learn the beauty of cosmopolitanism.” A native of Turkey, Shafak has experienced firsthand the devastation that a loss of diversity can bring — and she knows the revolutionary power of plurality in response to authoritarianism. In this passionate, personal talk, she reminds us that there are no binaries, in politics, emotions and our identities. “One should never, ever remain silent for fear of complexity,” Shafak says.At the link left-click the select circle, right-click”Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Platforms and Work Future 55 mins – “Digital platforms have been well received by customers, but for workers, they often have a dark side. And they present a major challenge for governments who are grappling with how to regulate them. Part 2 of a 3-part series.” At the link find the title, “Platform capitalism, digital technology and the future of work (Encore Sept. 20/17), Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-Gw8mWBs8-20180731.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled Solutions 49 mins – “…In this episode we speak with user experience designer Peter Denman. As a young man, Peter suffered a spinal chord injury which resulted in his quadriplegia. Peter has learned to leverage that experience, as well as his dyslexia, to work on the most incredible design projects. Peter assisted in the development of the computer interface used by the late Stephen Hawking. Join us to hear Peter’s attitudes, techniques, and practices that enabled him to achieve incredible success.” At the link find the title, “ExcelAbility: Conversation with Peter Denman, UX Designer who happens to have Dyslexia and quadriplegia, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files final20peter20denman20V20JT.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu. DNA Synthesis (10m), MMD357, TED Talk, DanGibson_2018_VO_Intro

Downward Mobility 18 mins – “Millions of baby boomers are moving into their senior years with empty pockets and declining choices to earn a living. And right behind them is a younger generation facing the same challenges. In this deeply personal talk, author Elizabeth White opens up an honest conversation about financial trouble and offers practical advice for how to live a richly textured life on a limited income.At the link left-click the select circle, right-click”Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dred Scott P1 33 mins – “Dred Scott v. Sandford is one of the most notorious Supreme Court cases of all time. It wasn’t just about Dred Scott. It was also about his wife Harriet and their daughters Eliza and Lizzy. This episode covers Dred and Harriet, how they met, and what their lives were like before petitioning for their freedom in 1846.” At the link find the title, “Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 1, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW8588334453.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Dred Scott P2 33 mins – “When Dred Scott v. Sandford was decided in 1857, the court decision ruled that enslaved Africans and their descendants weren’t and could never be citizens of the United States, whether they were free or not. But before that, Scott and his family had been free by a jury in 1850.” At the link find the title, “Dred Scott vs. Sandford part 2, J” right-click “Media files HSW3210535055.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ed Tech Situation Room 64 mins – “Welcome to episode 102 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 8, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed an update to this summer’s MacBook Pro Throttling Controversy, the upcoming death of Flash functionality in 2020, and the importance of being wary when you see pop-up ads to “update flash” and other software on your computer. The recent decisions by Apple, YouTube/Google and Facebook to ban / take down websites and media channels of Alex Jones / InfoWars was also addressed, along with Facebook’s takedown of suspected Russian network pages. Jason shared a shout-out to the helpful updating software “Ninite” for Windows, and Wes shared a shout out to his school’s “Digital Citizenship Conversations” website as well. The perils of digital voting was discussed, along with the ongoing controversy over 3D printable guns. Amy Webb’s recent prediction that “smartphones will be gone in 10 years” and other trends identified through her “Future Today Institute.” The recent news that voice-based phone calls are finally in decline in Britain, Logitech’s purchase of Blue Microphones, a cautionary tale for users of free VPN services whose data is sold to advertisers, and an eye opening Guardian article about Russian hacking forums were also highlighted in the show. Google’s required use of physical identity keys for two step verification and the perils of using SMS as well as app-based verification methods for two step authentication was explored as well.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ed Tech Situation Room 65 mins – “Welcome to episode 103 of the EdTech Situation Room from August 15, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed universities deploying smart assistants in student dorms to answer questions, the privacy concerns of smart assistants in educational contexts, and the shortcomings of the latest MacBook Pro laptops relative to Windows-based competitors. Rumors of dual-booting Chromebooks (also booting to Windows), whether or not social media platforms are “publishers,” and strategies to stop or avoid “stalking ads” on social media were also addressed. Social media / fake news controversies over the temporary (7 day) banning of Alex Jones / InfoWars on Twitter, hacker threats to home routers (VPNfilter) and IoT devices, the advent of Fortnite on ALL Android devices (but not via the Google Play Store), and Google’s location tracking of users who turn off location services rounded out the news articles addressed in this show. Geeks of the Week included the Timer Tab app (ad-free), an incredible photo of our sun during a “Coronal Mass Ejection” with the earth shown to scale, and the recent PBS documentary, “Documenting Hate: Charlottesville.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Automation 30 mins – “When you think about farms and ranches, what comes to mind? You’ll be surprised to know just how hi-tech they have become. Drones, self-driving tractors and sophisticated imaging are about to revolutionize the way our food is grown. Will technology replace farmers?” At the link find the title, “Hi-tech farms: Is automated technology replacing farmers?, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files Hi-tech farms Is automated technology replacing farmers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farmer Training in NY 75 mins – “Jack Algiere is the farm director for Stone Barns Center in the New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Actively farming since the early 1990s, Jack has been the director at Stone Barns since its inception fifteen years ago. Jack oversees the extensive and diversified farm operations, including indoor and outdoor vegetable production, small grains, and a diverse array of livestock. Most of the farm’s produce and meat is sold to the partner restaurant Blue Hill, and we dig into how this relationship has benefitted both the farm and the restaurant. We also take a look at how the vegetables are integrated into the livestock and pasture operation, the half-acre gutter connect greenhouse and how that differs from high tunnel production, and the compost heating system for the propagation operation.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop- up menu.

Farming Activists in NY 79 mins – “Karen Washington owns and operates Rise and Root Farm with Lorrie Clevenger, Jane Hodge, and Michaela Hayes. Located in Chester, New York, just a little over an hour from New York City, Karen and her partners raise an acre of produce to serve two New York City Farmers Markets. Karen shares the story of finding land for farming in rural New York state, and how she and her fellow growers have made the transition from backyard urban gardening to commercial production. Karen digs into the nuts and bolts of how they address the social justice issues that are so important them while still tending to the needs of their for-profit farming operation. We also discuss the challenges of and some strategies for communication and managing farm relationships with love and healing – and how that’s not always the easiest thing to do.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop- up menu.

Farming in Kansas 72 mins – “Rebecca Graff and Tom Ruggieri raise vegetables for a hundred-member CSA, manage a small laying flock, and operate a cottage-scale fermented food business at Fair Share Farm, 45 minutes north of Kansas City, Missouri. They’ve been farming together on family land since 2004 after meeting in the fields at Peacework Organic Farm in upstate New York. We dig into the nitty gritty of their member-oriented CSA program, and the changes its undergone in the last couple of years as Rebecca and Tom have looked to change the farm’s economic basis and their quality of life. Tom and Rebecca share how they’ve changed their sign-up process and work requirement as their CSA goes through transitions. We also take a hard look at their fermented foods production and how that fits in with their vision for the farm and the CSA model, as well as the efforts they’ve made to reduce the overall ecological footprint of the farm with a solar greenhouse, an electric tractor, and a vigorous cover crop and soil building effort.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop- up menu.

Farming in Massachusettes 78 mins – “Caroline Pam and Tim Wilcox farm 50 acres of vegetables at Kitchen Garden Farm in Western Massachusetts. Starting with an acre of produce in 2006, Caroline and Tim have steadily expanded the farm’s scale and added fire-roasted salsa and a naturally fermented sriracha to their farm’s production. We discuss the value-added products and how those fit into the work and overall business of Kitchen Garden Farm, since they account for a significant portion of the farm’s revenue. Tim and Caroline dig into the process of scaling up their operation, including how they manage a multitude of different locations for production. And Caroline and Tim share how they’ve developed a wholesale-only marketing strategy, and the nuts and bolts of how that works on their farm.” At the link right-click “Download this episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming in NY State 77 mins – “Allan Gandelman raises 45 acres of crops at Main Street Farms in central New York state with his partner, BobCat. With twenty employees in its eighth year in business, Main Street Farms sells through a CSA, farmers market, and wholesale accounts. Main Street Farms got its start in 2011 with an acre of production and an aquaponics set up, so they’ve grown a lot in the last eight years and Allan and I talk a lot about the process of scaling up their operation and finding their way with different mixes of enterprises and marketing outlets, and how that has meshed with meeting the needs of people on the farm. We dig into Main Street Farms’ 42-week CSA, their acre of greenhouse production, and their new hemp enterprise and how it all fits together into a coherent whole.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop- up menu.

Farming Transplants 75 mins– “Jean-Martin Fortier is most famous for his book, “The Market Gardener,” based on the high-output systems he developed at Quebec’s Les Jardens de la Grelinette, where his wife, Maude Helen, currently produces over $150,000 of produce on an acre and a half of production ground. He currently farms at La Ferme de Quatre Temps, an enlarged version of the same model on six acres of production ground. We dig into the foundations of JM’s production model, from high fertility to an emphasis on weed prevention, and how that model has translated to more acres on his new project. JM reflects on the changed constraints with his new farm, and we discuss the lessons that JM has learned about personnel with a much larger crew and a different role for himself.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select ‘save Link As” from the pop- up menu.

Female Quaker Abolitionist 36 mins – “This is the studio version of our live show from this years Seneca Falls Convention Days at Women’s Rights National Historical Park. Lucretia Mott was small of stature, but made a huge impact as an abolition and women’s rights activist, guided by her deeply held Quaker beliefs.” At the link find the title, “Lucretia Mott, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW6646103810.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Frank Gehry 54 mins – “Canadian-born Frank Gehry has been called the greatest architect of our time. And yet he’s still a rebel in his field. His sensual, sculptural buildings reject the cold minimalism and glass boxes of Modernism, and the ornate flourishes of post-modernism. Gehry, now 88, became famous in his late 60s, when his extraordinary design for the Guggenheim Museum became a reality twenty years ago in Bilbao, Spain. A complex and engaging man, who’s been open about his disdain for the media, gave IDEAS producer Mary Lynk a rare chance to talk with him in California. Part 2.” At the link find the title, “Master of his own design: Becoming Frank Gehry (Encore Oct 13, 2017), Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-GGnTkdn2-20180713.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Health 92 mins – “This week we interview “Dr. B,” Dr. Will Bulsiewicz. Dr. B is a graduate of Georgetown University School of Medicine. He trained in internal medicine at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and gastroenterology at The University of North Carolina Hospitals. He also earned a Master of Science in Clinical Investigation (MSCI) from Northwestern University and a certificate in nutrition from Cornell University. Dr. Bulsiewicz is board-certified in both internal medicine and gastroenterology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Microbe Impact 27 mins – “The microbiome is the strange invisible world of our non human selves. On and in all of us are hoards of microbes. Their impact on our physical health is becoming clear to science, but a controversial idea is emerging too – that gut bacteria could alter what happens in our brains. In this final episode of the series BBC Science and Health correspondent James Gallagher examines a growing body of research into the gut as a gateway to the mind and why some scientists believe we could be o the cusp of a revolution in psychiatry that uses microbes to improve mental health.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Microbes 10 mins – “There are about a hundred trillion microbes living inside your gut — protecting you from infection, aiding digestion and regulating your immune system. As our bodies have adapted to life in modern society, we’ve started to lose some of our normal microbes; at the same time, diseases linked to a loss of diversity in microbiome are skyrocketing in developed nations. Computational microbiologist Dan Knights shares some intriguing discoveries about the differences in the microbiomes of people in developing countries compared to the US, and how they might affect our health. Learn more about the world of microbes living inside you — and the work being done to create tools to restore and replenish themAt the link left-click the “Select” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Highway Safety 39 mins – “This year, New Hampshire is experiencing a 22 percent increase in traffic fatalities. With the relatively recent introduction of a hands-free driving law, and vehicle safety features increasing every year, it raises the question: What is driving this increase in traffic deaths? We check in with some of the people on the front lines of New Hampshire’s highway safety, and ask what we can do to prevent more fatalities on our roads and highways.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Independent Publishing 22 mins – “A world where every independent publisher has the tools and knowledge needed to engage professionally in all aspects of the publishing industry. That’s the vision of the Independent Book Publishers Association, a not-for-profit membership organization with over 3,000 members, making it the largest publishing trade association in the US. Now, IBPA is making its voice heard in a new podcast series that takes listeners inside independent publishing. Inside Independent Publishing features opinion leaders and innovators from all aspects of the publishing industry. Host Peter Goodman can hold his own on a range of topics – from printing to marketing – given his background as the publisher and founder of Stone Bridge Press and his longtime service as IBPA board chair.” At the link right-click “Download and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Japan at War 268 mins – “The Asia-Pacific War of 1937-1945 has deep roots. It also involves a Japanese society that’s been called one of the most distinctive on Earth. If there were a Japanese version of Captain America, this would be his origin story.” At the link find the title, “Media fileShow 62 – Supernova in the East , Jul, 2018,” right-click “dchha62_Supernova_in_the_East_I.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Johnstown Flood 22 mins – “On May 31, 1889, the South Fork dam gave way, sending 20 million tons of water rushing toward Johnstown, Pennsylvania. The water swept up everything in its path, and it only took about 10 minutes to wash away Johnstown. But was nature solely to blame?” At the link find the title, “The Johnstown Flood, Dec, 2012,” right-click “Media files HSW5954972193.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lady Astronaut 49 mins – “Mary Robinette Kowal’s work has inspired several episodes of the podcast. She has just written a pair of books that are called the Lady Astronaut duology, and Tracy got the chance to speak with Mary about her work and its historical settings.” At the link find the title, “Interview: Mary Robinette Kowal on the ‘Lady Astronaut’ Duology, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW3363296735.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Levi Strauss 46 mins – “Levi’s story is historically interesting because it touches on a lot of important moments in U.S. history. His business was tied to the California Gold Rush, the U.S. Civil War and American clothing culture.” At the link find the title, “Levi Strauss, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW9030033604.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malpractice Mock Trial 87 mins – “Scott Weingart. EMCrit RACC – A Refractory Anaphylaxis Mock Trial by Mike Weinstock. EMCrit Blog. Published on July 5, 2018. Accessed on September 16th 2018. Available at [https://emcrit.org/emcrit/refractory-anaphylaxis-mock-trial/ ].” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malpractice Mock Trial Discussion 21 mins – “Scott Weingart. EMCrit Wee – The Mock Trial Verdict and a Discussion with Mike Weinstock. EMCrit Blog. Published on July 23, 2018. Accessed on September 16th 2018. Available at [https://emcrit.org/emcrit/mock-trial-verdict/ ].” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mao’s Great Famine 74 mins – “Historian Frank Dikotter of the University of Hong Kong and author of Mao’s Great Famine talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Dikotter chronicles the strategies Mao and Chinese leadership implemented to increase grain and steel production in the late 1950s leading to a collapse in agricultural output and the deaths of millions by starvation.” At the link find the title, “Frank Dikotter on Mao’s Great Famine, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files DikotterMao.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meaningful Life 12 mins – “Our culture is obsessed with happiness, but what if there’s a more fulfilling path? Happiness comes and goes, says writer Emily Esfahani Smith, but having meaning in life — serving something beyond yourself and developing the best within you — gives you something to hold onto. Learn more about the difference between being happy and having meaning as Smith offers four pillars of a meaningful life.At the link left-click the “Select” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Marijuana 15 mins – “Physician David Casarett was tired of hearing hype and half-truths around medical marijuana, so he put on his skeptic’s hat and investigated on his own. He comes back with a fascinating report on what we know and what we don’t — and what mainstream medicine could learn from the modern medical marijuana dispensary.At the link left-click the “Select” circle, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbiome 27 mins – “BBC Health and Science correspondent James Gallagher explores the latest research into how our second genome, the vast and diverse array of microbes that live on and in our bodies, is driving our metabolism and our health and how we can change it for the better. In this second episode he explores how researchers are uncovering a vital relationship between the healthy bugs we accumulate in our gut and our immune system . We have over the past 50 years done a terrific job of eliminating infectious disease. But in we’ve also done the same to many good bacteria and as a result we’re seeing an enormous and terrifying increase in autoimmune disease and in allergy. Could correcting our encounters with bugs at birth, and in the first few month of life set us on a path of good health? And in if in later life the delicate balance between our body and bugs gets skewed, leading to inflammatory diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome or frailty in old age, how can this be rectified?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mobile Device Book Reading 12 mins – “A smartphone screen is usually quite small, leading many of us to think that screen reading is somehow a diminished experience. But what if we shift our thinking and view mobile media as a new pathway for reading and learning? In the college classroom today, smartphones and tablets are ubiquitous. Instructors may harbor lingering doubts about the shift away from print, but most students have no such qualms. For a visually impaired student, screen reading software means a fair chance at an education. For a student who holds down a full-time job, mobile means access to assignments and class discussions on the go. Educator, editor, and author Michael Greer urges textbook authors and college instructors alike to recognize that mobile has surpassed desktop as the preferred point of access for most online readers, and he urges them to seize the opportunity this presents for a new direction in learning.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mueller Indictment of Russians 60 mins – “Bob Mueller and the president’s legal team are engaged in an extended negotiation over whether the president will sit for an interview with the Mueller team. As it turns out, there are three people in the world who have interviewed a sitting president as part of a grand jury investigation. This week Benjamin Wittes sat down with one of them—Solomon Wisenberg. Wisenberg served as deputy independent counsel under Ken Starr during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigation. On Thursday, Wisenberg discussed his experience interviewing Bill Clinton, how that can inform thinking on the next possible presidential interview, and how both prosecutors and the president’s lawyers can think strategically about next steps.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_341.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

New York Draft Riots 29 mins – “To recruit troops for the U.S. Civil War, the Federal Congress passed the Union Conscription Act in 1863, which drafted able-bodied men between the ages of 20 and 45. Needless to say, this didn’t go over well in New York. Tune in to learn more.” At the link find the title, “How the New York Draft Riots Worked, Apr, 2011,” right-click “Media files HSW9760869273.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Niagara Falls 36 mins – “Annie Edson Taylor was the first person to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Taylor’s whole barrel trip was part of a much bigger story of daredevils at this natural wonder, which is tied to its industrialization and commercialization.” At the link find the title, “Annie Edson Taylor, Niagara Daredevil, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW1814897198.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Olympic Performer 52 mins – “Ibtihaj Muhammad is an American sabre fencer, 2016 Olympic medalist, 5-time Senior World medalist and World Champion in the sport of fencing. In August 2016, she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics in hijab and is also the first Muslim woman to win an Olympic medal for the United States. In addition to fencing, Ibtihaj is an entrepreneur and author. In 2014, she launched her own clothing company, Louella. This summer she partnered with Mattel to release their first hijabi Barbie doll, modeled in Ibtihaj’s likeness. She also released her memoir, PROUD: My Fight for an Unlikely American Dream, this summer. She was on Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential list, and serves as an important figure in a larger global discussion on equality and the importance of sports.Today Ibtihaj is here to talk about the silver-lining of adversity, how to resist the current administration and how her faith has empowered her as a woman and an athlete.” At the link find the title, “Ibtihaj Muhammad -USA Olympic Fencer, Author & Entrepreneur, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files DGT2659605816.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orchid Mania 33 mins – “Orchids date back millions of years. But in the 1800s, the plants became a status symbol and the cornerstone of a high-dollar industry. Collecting the plants involved adventure and excitement — and a high death rate.” At the link find the title, “Victorian Orchidelirium, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW6925119992.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pizza Gate Conspiracy 52 mins – “A conspiracy theory, a pizza related map, and a website fighting for its very soul. This episode originally aired in December of 2016.” At the link find the title, “#83 Voyage Into Pizzagate, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT1510536965.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Grid Cyber Attack 18 mins – “Is this a frightening Hollywood movie plot? A weaponized cyberattack can quickly take down critical utilities and infrastructures like the electrical power grid, leaving millions of people vulnerable to the elements, and the U.S. economy vulnerable to ruin. The aftermath of such a severe attack can take years before we can recover (if ever). In this episode, we explore the vulnerabilities of cyberattacks on our power grid and what’s being done to prevent this from happening.” At the link find the title, “How the power grid can go down from a cyberattack, “ right-click “Media files How the power grid can go down from a cyber security_attack.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Grand Jury Questioning 34 mins – “Bob Mueller and the president’s legal team are engaged in an extended negotiation over whether the president will sit for an interview with the Mueller team. As it turns out, there are three people in the world who have interviewed a sitting president as part of a grand jury investigation. This week Benjamin Wittes sat down with one of them—Solomon Wisenberg. Wisenberg served as deputy independent counsel under Ken Starr during the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky investigation. On Thursday, Wisenberg discussed his experience interviewing Bill Clinton, how that can inform thinking on the next possible presidential interview, and how both prosecutors and the president’s lawyers can think strategically about next steps.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_341.mp3” an select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rationality 64 mins – “Teppo Felin of the University of Oxford talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about perception, cognition, and rationality. Felin argues that some of the standard experimental critiques of human rationality assume an omniscience that misleads us in thinking about social science and human capability. The conversation includes a discussion of the implications of different understandings of rationality for economics, entrepreneurship, and innovation.” At the link find the title, “Teppo Felin on Blindness, Rationality, and Perception, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files Felinrationality.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sid and Marty Krofft 74 mins – “Legendary producers, puppeteers and showmen Sid and Marty Krofft join Gilbert and Frank for a fun-filled (and fact-filled) conversation about their unusual creative process, the origins of “H.R. Pufnstuf” and “Land of the Lost” and the failure of their indoor theme park, “The World of Sid and Marty Krofft.” Also, Dean Martin drops the ax, Bette Davis drops an f-bomb, Walt Disney doles out advice and Liberace “dates” Sonja Henie. PLUS: Live, nude puppets! Sid Caesar to the rescue! The late, great Martha Raye! “The Brady Bunch Variety Hour”! And the Kroffts sue McDonald’s — and win!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Technology Trends 44 mins – “Jamie Susskind, author of Future Politics, in conversation with the New Statesman’s Helen Lewis, discuss how digital technology will radically transform how we live together, exploring how the very concepts of democracy, liberty, justice and power could be fundamentally changed by tech.” At the link find the title, “Jamie Susskind in conversation with Helen Lewis On How Tech Is Transforming Our Politics, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Life 59 mins – “Angelica Ross is an actress, entrepreneur and activist. Angelica started her career in the Navy. Six months after joining, she requested and received an “uncharacterized” discharge under the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy, because she was harassed by enlisted men who coerced her into saying she was gay. After leaving The Navy, Angelica began her gender transition. Angelica then moved to Hollywood, Florida and worked as a model and escort until 2003. After that she started a web development and graphic design business. Angelica launched TransTech Social Enterprises, a nonprofit creative design firm that trains and contracts transgender and other workers. In 2016, Angelica reinvented her career again, and began her professional acting career when she was in the Emmy-nominated webseries, Her Story. These days Angelica portrays the character Candy Abundance in the 2018 Ryan Murphy-produced, FX series Pose. The series is incredibly historic as it features five transgender women of color as main characters. Today Angelica is here to talk about how her adversity led to her purpose, what cisgender people can do to help transgender people and how things are changing for the transgender community.” At the link find the title, “Angelica Ross- Actress on FX’s Pose & Creator of TransTech, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files DGT4034672338.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urea Creation 27 mins – “Philip Ball tells the science story of German chemist Friedrich Wöhler’s creation of urea, an organic substance previously thought only to be produced by living creatures. Yet in 1828 Wöhler created urea from decidedly non-living substances. It was exciting because the accidental transformation seemed to cross a boundary: from inorganic to organic, from inert matter to a product of life. It’s a key moment in the history of chemistry but like many scientific advances, this one has also been turned into something of a myth. To read some accounts, this humble act of chemical synthesis sounds almost akin to the ‘vital spark of being’ described by Mary Shelley in her book published ten years previously, when Victor Frankenstein brought dead flesh back to life. Philip Ball sorts out fact from fiction in what Wohler really achieved in conversation with Peter Ramberg of Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, and finds out about chemical synthesis of natural products today from Professor Sarah O’Connor of the John Innes Centre.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Evidence 45 mins – “Encryption usually takes center stage in debates over digital evidence, and the sensitivities around the issue often halt discussions before reaching practical solutions. But on July 25, the Center for Strategic and International Studies unveiled a new report detailing solutions to other, less-fraught challenges that digital evidence presents to federal law enforcement. The launch event featured a panel discussion moderated by Jen Daskal, with an ensemble cast of law enforcement experts, including Lawfare contributing editor David Kris, David Bitkower, Ethan Arenson, Jane Horvath, and Michael Sachs. They talked about the challenges faced by law enforcement in accessing and utilizing digital evidence, the civil liberties and privacy concerns digital evidence provokes, and the role of Internet Service Providers in any new legal or policy framework.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_336.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Walling of Countries 46 mins – “Tim Marshall, renowned journalist and author of Divided, in conversation with the Times diplomatic correspondent Catherine Philp, examine the fault lines that will shape our world for years to come. Walls are going up around the world. Nationalism and identity politics are on the rise once more. What are the causes of this new era of division?” At the link find the title, “Tim Marshall in conversation with Catherine Philp on Why We’re Living in an Age of Walls, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Criminals Punishment 56 mins –In his second Massey Lecture, Payam Akhavan details just how hard it is to punish war criminals, recalling his time with the UN as a prosecutor at The Hague and on the streets of Sarajevo, among other conflict zones.” At the link find the title, “The 2017 CBC Massey Lectures: In Search of a Better World, Lecture 2 (Encore Nov 7, 2017), Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-jj3ooVBN-20180808.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wi-Fi Medicine 15 mins – “At MIT, Dina Katabi and her team are working on a bold new way to monitor patients’ vital signs in a hospital (or even at home), without wearables or bulky, beeping devices. Bonus: it can see through walls. In a mind-blowing talk and demo, Katabi previews a system that captures the reflections of signals like Wi-Fi as they bounce off people, creating a reliable record of vitals for healthcare workers and patients. And in a brief Q&A with TED curator Helen Walters, Katabi discusses safeguards being put in place to prevent people from using this tech to monitor somebody without their consent.” At the link left-click the select circle, right-click”Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women Politician Trends 39 mins – “A & B look back at this classic episode, and check in to see if 2018 is shaping up to be a year of the woman.” At the link find the title, “SMNTY Classics: Will 2018 Be Another Year of the Woman?, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW3670895111.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One 30 mins – “We’re coming up on the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens, near the end of World War I. Amiens was the start of what came to be known as the 100 Days Offensive, which was the Allies’ final push to win the war.” At the link find the title, “Battle of Amiens, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW8753629959.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zoot Suit Violence 37 mins – “The word “riot” here is really a misnomer. This conflict wasn’t so much about property damage as it was about attacking people. It also wasn’t really about the zoot suits – although they had come to symbolize A LOT in Los Angeles when this happened.” At the link find the title, “Zoot Suit Riots, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files HSW9360714410.mp3StuffYouMissedInHistoryClass, HSW9360714410” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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