Mining Digest 359 – Sept 28, 2018: Animal Slaughter, Arsonists Pardons, Bioweapons, Broadband in Alaska, Bush and Clinton Q and A, Charlottesville Incident Fallout, Chinese Sourced Medicine, Civil Rights Movement, Climate Change History, Cohen Guilty Plea, Combating Extremism, Conspiracy Lecture, Cory Booker, D.L. Hughley Interview, Down Syndrome Show, Economic Problems, Environmental Law, Facebook Propaganda, Financial Crisis, Gender Bias in Military, German Economics, Immigrant Children Protection, James Clapper, John Brennan, Justice Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, Justice Scalia, Media Mergers, Meritocracy Pitfalls, Mexico Relations, Mexico Reporter Interview, Muslim Suicides, Nuclear Power, Omarosa, PACE Trial Controversy, Pandemics, Poverty Program Work Requirement, President Taft on Supreme Court, Privacy Rules in Europe, Reporter Haberman on Trump, Russian Propaganda, Satirist Bassem Youssef, Sean Spicer Interview, Sex Matters, Shareholder Capitalism, Silicon Valley, Supreme Court Nominations, Surveillance Technology Advances, Tick Control, Trump and Putin Relationship, Union Dues, Virtual Reality Uses

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14th Amendment 52 mins – “John Bingham was one of the most influential but least known visionaries of the post-Civil War Constitution. Dubbed “the James Madison of the 14th Amendment” by Justice Hugo Black, Bingham drafted a constitutional provision that changed the course of American history by ensuring that states were duty-bound to uphold their citizens’ constitutional rights. A moderate Republican and dedicated supporter of abolition before the Civil War, Bingham spearheaded the Reconstruction-era efforts to guarantee citizenship to all people born in the United States, regardless of race, and to extend the Constitution’s promise of equality to all American citizens.” At the link left-click “Share” on the sound bar, right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

ACLU Policies 27 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Nadine Strossen, former president of the ACLU, about the mission of the ACLU in the Trump era and whether it’s causing any tension in the organization.” At the link find the title, “The ACLU in the Trump Era, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY9583871009.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Assimilation 61 mins – “This week, Brian, Joanne, and Nathan wrestle with a long-running tension in our country’s history: what it means to assimilate and “become American.” We’ll explore the 19th-century notions of who could become an American and the ways they were expected to change. Plus, we’ll discuss how much room there was for a hyphenated American identity in the past and if there is room today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Languages 59 mins – “Today we tackle the age-old question: what if animals could talk? Or, more precisely, what if we could actually understand what animals are saying? Guests: Con Slobodchikoff, professor at Northern Arizona University, CEO of Zoolingua, and author of Chasing Dr. Doolittle: Learning the Language of Animals. Irene Pepperberg, professor of psychology Harvard University, author of Alex and Me: How a Scientist and a Parrot Discovered a Hidden World of Animal Intelligence-and formed a Deep Bond in the Process. Alexandra Horowitz, professor at Barnard, head of dog cognition lab, author of Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know. Ashley Shew, professor at Virginia Tech, author of Animal Constructions and Technological Knowledge Keri Cronin, professor at Brock University, author of Art for Animals: Visual Culture and Animal Advocacy, 1875-1914” At the link find the title, “Dr. Doolittle, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5512903390.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Slaughter 36 mins – “It’s a new food mini-series! Each episode of Mangoes & Memories will explore food through the lens of culture and politics. This week’s episode is about Eid al Adha and how some American Muslims are taking a more ethical stance towards meat consumption. First, a visit to the farm! Diane Abboushi of Halal Pastures walks us through a day of Eid celebrations at Halal Pastures, where she raises and prepares organic, grass-fed halal meat with her husband Samer. Then, Ahmed talks to Nuri Friedlander, Ph.D candidate in Islamic Studies at Harvard University, about why Muslims should care about the way animals lived, and not just the way they were slaughtered.” At the link find the title, “Mangoes & Memories Vol. 1: The Lambs of Eid Al-Adha, Aug, 2018,” right-click “ Media files PPY3712035180.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Applications Value 30 mins – “App Association President Morgan Reed talked about concerns related to privacy, cybersecurity, and the ability of app developers to create apps. The App Association represents some 5,000 app developers. Topics included the new European privacy rules, and a broadening array of efforts in U.S. states to develop privacy laws. Mr. Reed also discussed a case accepted by the Supreme Court for the 2018-19 term on whether Apple has a monopoly on app sales. July 2018 was the 10th anniversary of Apple’s App Store, which has 500 million weekly visitors.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Morgan Reed, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.507113.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arsonists Pardons 27 mins – “On The Gist, it turns out your ethnicity is really easy to guess. AnneMarie Sgarlata got rid of her TV months ago, but she still heard about President Trump’s pardon of Dwight and Steven Hammond this week—and she wasn’t happy. Sgarlata was among the lawyers who originally prosecuted the Hammonds for burning federal land and putting the lives of firefighters, hunters, and a teenage boy at risk. In the Spiel, what America’s political parties can learn from cereal brand mascots.” At the link find the title, “Pardon the Arson, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1979709727.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bioweapons 128 mins – “Jens [Jens H Kuhn] returns to present a brief history of bioweapons, with a focus on the program in the Soviet Union, the largest ever undertaken, and his experience working in the decommissioned Soviet bioweapons laboratory known as Vector.” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Alaska – “GCI General Counsel Tina Pidgeon and Christopher Dietrich, of the Alaska Collaborative for Telemedicine & Telehealth, talk about how telecommunications and medical services are provided in a large state like Alaska.” At the link find the title, Communicators with Tina Pidgeon and Christopher Dietrich, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.507694.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bush and Clinton Q and A 52 mins – “Former Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush talked about a range of issues during an interview at the Clinton Presidential Center. Topics included immigration, educational equity, and U.S. foreign aid to assist developing countries alleviate poverty and diseases. They also looked back at their careers, discussed lessons they learned from their political defeats, and offered advice for those seeking elective office. This event was part of a ceremony recognizing members of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program.” At the link the podcast can be heard and seen, but must be purchased to download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.

Charlottesville Incident Fallout 59 mins – “On August 11 & 12, 2017, a “Unite the Right” rally brought chaos, violence and death to the streets of Charlottesville, Virginia. To mark the anniversary, BackStory broadcasts an episode of “A12,” a new podcast series presented by historian, writer and podcaster Nicole Hemmer. A12” looks at the legacy of August 12th in Charlottesville and beyond. In it Hemmer, who witnessed the rally and attack, brings together city leaders, activists, scholars, and witnesses to make sense of all the forces surrounding the events. It’s a sprawling story, covering everything from Confederate statues to white nationalists to questions of policing and law. But it’s also an intimate one: a story of trauma, loss and healing. A12,” a six-episode series, releases in full on Aug. 6. In this excerpt from her sixth and final episode, Nicole Hemmer explores how the people of Charlottesville have struggled to move past the events of August 12th.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Sourced Medicine 59 mins – “In the last 20 years, pharmaceutical manufacturing has shifted to other countries from the US. Find out what difference it could make if your medicine was made in China.At the link left-click “download the mp3,” then select “MP3” to get the free podcast.

Civil Rights Movement 61 mins – “University of Delaware professor Tiffany Gill teaches a class about the role of African American women in the Civil Rights Movement.” At the link find the title, “African American Women and the Civil Rights Movement, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.501632.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War Reconstruction 79 mins – “University of Connecticut professor Manisha Sinha teaches a class about the Reconstruction Era after the Civil War, outlining the different ways historians have interpreted the period.” At the link find the title, “Historical Interpretations of Reconstruction, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.497897.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change History 33 mins – “According to data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 2018 is on pace to be the fourth hottest year on record. So, on this week’s episode, Nathan, Brian and Joanne talk about how Americans understood climate and weather in centuries past. They also explore how the invention of air conditioning changed America forever.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link as” form the pop-up menu.

Cohen Guilty Plea 24 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Mimi Rocah, a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York, about Cohen’s guilty plea and the verdict in the Manafort trial.” At the link find the title, “The Cohen Plea and Manafort Verdict, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8366763265.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Combating Extremism 64 mins – “Jesse Morton, a former self-described Jihadist who worked with al-Qaeda, and the former New York City intelligence officer responsible for having him arrested talked about combating violent extremism. Mr. Morton was the founder and leader of the now-defunct Revolution Muslim, later served time in prison for conspiring to solicit murder, and now works as a FBI informant and runs an organization aimed at combating extremism. During this event, Mr. Morton shared his own radicalization process, his time in prison, and efforts to rehabilitate radicalized individuals.At the link you can listen to the podcast, but a download isn’t available there; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Conspiracy Lecture 92 mins – “Conspiracy Culture in Modern American Society – Indiana University Bloomington professor Stephen Andrews taught a class about conspiracy culture in modern American society. He looked at the demographics of what types of people believe in conspiracies and talked about how the internet has influenced these groups. He also discussed strategies teachers might use when speaking with students or peers about theories related to a fake moon landing, flat earth or 9/11 as a government action. This is the second of a two-part seminar hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.” At the link find the title, “Conspiracy Culture in Modern American Society, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.508955.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the popup menu.

Cory Booker 55 mins – “Senator Booker at Netroots Nation Conference – Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) was a featured speaker at the annual gathering of Netroots Nation. He talked about some of the community elders he once knew, and how they influenced his work as an activist and public official. He was introduced by Mustafa Ali, a former senior EPA adviser who was now with the political activist group Hip Hop Caucus. Netroots Nations calls itself the “largest annual conference for progressives” that brings together activists and grassroots organizers from around the nation.” At the link you can listen or watch, but not download; however a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.

D.L. Hugley Interview 57 mins – “Comedian and actor D.L. Hughley shares his thoughts on race in America. He’s interviewed by Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY).” At the link find the title, “After Words with D.L. Hughley, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.506950.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Down Syndrome Show 56 mins – “On The Gist, autocracy isn’t always bad for an economy. But as Turkey shows, idiocy definitely is. Reality television has a reputation for uninhibited narcissism, ruthless competition, and terrible business pitches. But when Jon Murray created The Real World in 1992, he worked to make something complex and innovative, not a circus of humanity’s basest instincts. And in A&E’s Born This Way, Murray follows the lives of individuals with Down syndrome in Los Angeles, sharing their laughter and tears, their beautiful community, and how they strive to be just like everyone else.” At the link find the title, “The Heart of Reality Television, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2523069981.mp3” and select “save Link As” from theh pop-up menu.

Economic Problems 59 mins – “Economist Dambisa Moyo discusses why democracies around the world are failing to produce economic growth. She’s interviewed by Jason Furman, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers during the Obama Administration.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Dambisa Moyo, A” right-click “Media files program.507162.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Law 66 mins – “Rutgers University professor Jefferson Decker teaches a class on the history of the environmental movement and laws and litigation regarding natural resources.” At the link find the title, “Environmental Movement and Litigation, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.500198.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facebook Propaganda 33 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Siva Vaidhyanathan, the author of Antisocial Media: How Facebook Disconnects Us and Undermines Democracy, about the post-IRA indictment struggles at Facebook and whether or not it can be saved. Plus, Steve Waltien and Kate James join with a new Facebook ad and a doctor with a particular set of skills.” At the link find the title, “Is the Facebook Problem Unfixable?, Aug, 2018” right-click “Media files PPY4275695711.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Crisis 24 mins – “The financial crisis of 2008 wasn’t just an American phenomenon. It was felt all across the globe, with other Western countries suffering the same pain, but enough hasn’t been done about our banks to ensure long-term stability. Will we ever be able to recover fully without a complete overhaul of the current system? Adam Tooze explores this in his new book, Crashed: How a Decade of Financial Crises Changed the World.” At the link find the title, “Regulate Me, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY8925945773.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flint Water Contamination 56 mins – “Physician Mona Hanna-Attisha details her efforts to provide scientific evidence that children in Flint, Michigan, were being exposed to lead poisoning through the water supply. She’s interviewed by Senator Gary Peters (D-MI).” At the link find the title, “After Words with Mona Hanna-Attisha, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.504487.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Frederick Douglass 64 mins – “On this debut episode of our special Stories of the Civil War and Reconstruction Series, we examine the life of one of America’s most influential abolitionists, orators, writers, and statesmen – Frederick Douglass. Growing up as an enslaved person in Maryland, Douglass set himself apart by learning to read and write at an early age. After escaping from slavery, Douglass moved to Massachusetts where he became involved with local anti-slavery groups and newspapers. Ardently advocating for abolition, Douglass toured the country with William Lloyd Garrison and spoke extensively about the relationship between the Constitution and slavery in America..” At the link left-click “Share” on the sound bar, right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender Bias in Military 58 mins – “Lt. Col. (Ret.) Kate Germano discusses gender bias in the military. She’s interviewed by Military Times reporter Todd South.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Kate Germano,, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.502825.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

German Economics 45 mins – “Slate Money on Germany: economy post-reunification, education, and the housing market on this week’s episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, Emily Peck, and Adam Tooze. Podcast production by Daniel Schroeder and Max Jacobs.” At the link find the title, “The Germany Edition, Jun, 2018,” right-click “ Media files PPY4166488516.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hasidic Judaism 54 mins – “When I started college at New York University in 1990, nobody lived in Brooklyn. Brooklyn was the dark side of the moon. At least that’s how we NYU students thought about it. Lots of people lived in Brooklyn, of course. Just not us. It’s 2018, and Brooklyn has become an international brand, synonymous with artisanal pickles, gastropubs, and luxury condos. It’s the place even former NYU students can’t afford to live anymore. But in a couple of Brooklyn neighborhoods, people are still dressing and living in many ways like it’s the 18th century, and adhering to laws that date back centuries, even millennia earlier. I’m talking about Hasidic Judaism, and particularly, today, about Borough Park, Brooklyn, where this community thrives. And even more particularly about one woman—Rachel “Ruchie” Frier—who, in spite of being religiously observant as most humans would define it has nonetheless become a thorn in the side of the more conservative elements of this already deeply conservative community. The all-female volunteer ambulance corps she started was a radical move for Borough Park, and it’s the subject of 93Queen, a new documentary by Paula Eiselt.” At the link find the title, “159. Change is Made by the Ones Who Stay – Paula Eiselt (documentary filmmaker), Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1023415515.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrant Children Protection 246 mins – “Officials from the Departments of Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and Justice testified before a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee on efforts to protect unaccompanied immigrant children from human trafficking and abuse. Committee members voiced their concerns about reports of missing immigrant children, the vetting of child sponsors, and immigration judge vacancies. Among the witnesses testifying were U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps Commander Jonathan White. Committee Chair Rob Portman (R-OH) and Ranking Member Tom Carper (D-DE) both emphasized the need for bipartisan legislation to ensure the protection of these unaccompanied immigrant children.” At the link you can listen to the podcast, but a download isn’t available there; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

James Clapper 24 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to James R. Clapper, the former Director of National Intelligence, about his book Facts and Fear: Hard Truths From A Life In Intelligence. What did he think of the North Korea & Putin summits? How can our institutions protect themselves from cyber threats? And what else are we to make of the Mueller GRU indictments?” At the link find the title, “Learning From James Clapper’s Life in Intelligence, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY9720087435.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Brennan 24 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Mattathias Schwartz about Trump revoking John Brennan’s security clearance. Also, what are we to make of Brennan’s outspokenness? What about his legacy? And what did he leave in Trump’s hands? Plus, the White House tries to clearly definite NDAs.” At the link find the title, “The Outspoken John Brennan and What He Left Behind, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5982453583.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Justice Gorsuch and Kavanaugh 64 mins – “Jeffrey Rosen leads a discussion about the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Justice Gorsuch’s first year on the Supreme Court, and what the future of the Court might look like. Brianne Gorod is the Constitutional Accountability Center’s chief counsel. She previously served as CAC’s Appellate Counsel. Elizabeth Slattery is a legal fellow and appellate advocacy program manager at the Meese Center for Legal and Judicial Studies and Institute for Constitutional Government at the Heritage Foundation.” At the link find the title, “The New Supreme Court, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7750977873.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Justice Scalia 49 mins – “In the first of a series of deep dives into great legal reads this summer, Dahlia Lithwick talks with Rick Hasen, author of “The Justice of Contradictions: Antonin Scalia and the Politics of Disruption” about civil discourse, rock star justices, and what Justice Scalia would have thought of President Trump.” At the link find the title, “The Scalia Factor, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1413452062.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Discussion 32 mins – “Jacob Weisberg is joined by Noah Feldman of Harvard Law School and Bloomberg to talk about President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. They discuss the implications of his nomination on Roe v. Wade and whether his writing suggests he’d be in favor of indicting the president. Plus, Trey Gowdy wants this witch hunt to finish the hell up already!” At the link find the title, “The Fight Liberals Should & Shouldn’t Pick with Kavanaugh, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2533441542.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Hearing 28 mins – “On The Gist, the biases of Peter Strzok and the need to connect accusations with actual evidence. President Trump’s first appointment to the Supreme Court, Neil Gorsuch, benefited from anonymous donations worth millions. To Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, this “dark money” has created a frightening loop: Deemed lawful by the Supreme Court in 2010, it gives special interests a lock not just on elected officials, but on the courts themselves. In the Spiel, Trump might not know the difference between Wisconsin and Minnesota.” At the link find the title, “A Cancer on the Court, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1382678072.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mass Hysteria 37 mins – “Epidemics of fear repeat themselves. The first time as tragedy. The second time as farce. Margit Hamosh? Definitely farce.” At the link find the title, “The Imaginary Crimes of Margit Hamosh, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2843510968.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Media Mergers 30 mins – “On The Gist, Girl Scouts are earning cybersecurity merit badges. Sinclair Broadcast Group is trying to acquire Tribune Media so it can extend its television reach, but Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is throwing up roadblocks, which is odd because Sinclair is so pro-Trump. NPR’s David Folkenflik joins us to explain exactly what’s going on and why Pai is hindering the company he previously seemed to help. In the Spiel, Vladimir Putin’s denials that he has Donald Trump in his pocket.” At the link find the title, “A Piece of Pai, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY6937203810.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meritocracy Pitfalls 27 mins – “On The Gist, President Trump’s high approval ratings aren’t as significant as they seem.” At the link find the title, “The BS! It’s Everywhere! Jul, 2018,” right-click “ Media files PPY7890775732.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico Relations 59 mins – “ProPublica senior reporter Ginger Thompson discusses her story, “The Making of a Massacre,” about an attack on a small Mexican town by the Zetas drug cartel.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Ginger Thompson, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.509026.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mexico Reporter Interview 58 mins – “Ginger Thompson is a senior reporter at ProPublica. A Pulitzer Prize winner, she previously spent 15 years at The New York Times, including time as a Washington correspondent and as an investigative reporter whose stories revealed Washington’s secret role in Mexico’s fight against drug traffickers. Thompson served as the Mexico City bureau chief for both the Times and The Baltimore Sun. While at the Times, she covered Mexico’s transformation from a one-party state to a fledgling multi-party democracy and parachuted into breaking news events across the region, including Cuba, Haiti and Venezuela. For her work in the region, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer’s Gold Medal for Public Service. She won the Maria Moors Cabot Prize, the Selden Ring Award for investigative reporting, an InterAmerican Press Association Award, and an Overseas Press Club Award. Thompson was also part of a team of national reporters at The Times that was awarded a 2000 Pulitzer Prize for the series “How Race is Lived in America.” At the link you can listen to the podcast, but a download isn’t available there; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Muslim Suicides 27 mins – “This week, we’re tackling a sensitive topic: suicide and mental health services in the American Muslim community. A few weeks ago, BuzzFeed News reporter Hannah Allam published a piece on the rise of suicide rates in the community and what can be done in terms of prevention and awareness. Ahmed talks to her about her reporting and also brings in rapper, chaplain, and artist Mona Haydar, who recently released a song about a friend who took her own life. If you or someone you know needs help, please try to talk to someone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255. You can find the Khalil Center at khalilcenter.com. The main center’s number is (630) 474-4414 OR call the help line (855) 5HELPKC. (855) 543- 5752, during scheduled hours. You can find also call Naseeha 1-866-NASEEHA or find them at naseeha.org.” At the link find the title, “Mental Health in the Muslim Community, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY2089383617.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power 56 mins – “In 1942, American scientists created the first sustained, controlled nuclear reaction, under the bleachers of a football field. Needless to say, it was the beginning of a new era. On this week’s show, Brian, Joanne and Ed talk atomic power, and the indelible mark it left on American culture. Correction: The Nuclear Test Ban treaty wasn’t signed in 1958. Instead, the U.S. & USSR reached an unofficial moratorium on above-ground weapons testing. Both countries resumed above-ground testing in 1961, but ended it permanently when The Nuclear Test Ban treaty was signed in 1963.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Omarosa 33 mins – “Virginia Heffernan talks to Lola Ogunnaike, host of “Entertainment Weekly The Show” about Omarosa finally making her way through the Trump love-hate cycle. How has she handled the press and how has the press handled her? Plus, what would an n-word tape do (if anything) about Trump’s already blatant racism? Oh and reality TV. A lot of it. Plus, John Di Domenico is back with more tweets!” At the link find the title, “Omarosa and Reality Show Politics, Aug, 2018,” right-click “ Media files PPY3514828029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PACE Trial Controversy 69 mins – “David Tuller returns to provide an update of his investigative work to expose the methodological and ethical problems with the PACE trial for ME/CFS [Myalgic encephalomyelitis/chronic fatigue syndrome (ME/CFS) is a disabling and complex illness.]” At the link double-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Pandemics 56 mins – “In 1918, the Spanish flu killed four to five percent of the entire global population. Infectious disease experts all agree that another pandemic is coming. It’s when, not if. But are we ready for it? Today’s episode explores what happens when a pandemic strikes, what the most likely candidates are, and whether or not the world is ready.” At the link find the title, “The Very Big Sick, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY1102474067.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Placebo Effect 59 mins – “Have you ever thought of your body as a machine and the doctor as its mechanic? It’s a common metaphor, but one that can get us into a lot of trouble. Machines can’t heal themselves, but our bodies have superb capacities to do so, if we help them. It turns out that there is more to health than just physiology. Going beyond the machine metaphor can help us learn more about self-healing. Attitude may not be everything, but it makes a huge difference. Find out about the scientific evidence that shows hope can alter the course of an illness or a treatment. Our expectations about a therapy can shape our experience, a phenomenon known as the placebo effect.At the link left-click “download the mp3,” then select “MP3” to get the free podcast.

Polish Political Change 29 mins – “On The Gist, Scott Pruitt is out as the head of the Environmental Protection Agency because it turns out someone really can be too corrupt for Trump. Let us next turn to the Supreme Court—not in America, but Poland, where the rightwing government is forcing nearly 40 percent of judges into retirement. Eurasia Group president Ian Bremmer says the country’s latest swerve toward authoritarianism proves that democracy can erode just about anywhere. In the Spiel, Michael Moore claims to know where the Democratic Party has gone wrong and what it needs to do to change direction, but how reliable is he?” At the link find the title, “How Quickly We Forget, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY6994787117.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Poverty Program Work Requirement 56 mins – “Give People Money by Annie Lowrey, Turkey, and Kylie Jenner on this week’s episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, Emily Peck and Annie Lowrey. In the Slate Plus segment, Annie, Felix, Anna, and Emily go even deeper on Annie’s book and Felix’s Slate review of it.” At the link find the title, “The Give People Money Edition, Jul, 2018,” right-click “ Media files PPY9841174460.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President Johnson Impeachment – “Constitutional lawyer David Stewart discusses his book, [Impeached: The Trial of President Andrew Johnson and the Fight for Lincoln’s Legacy].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with David Stewart,” Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.507831.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President Taft on Supreme Court 41 mins – “ Amicus’ summer of exploring great legal writing continues this week with Jeff Rosen, whose biography of William Howard Taft reveals a president who was scrupulous in observing constitutional boundaries, and much happier on the bench than in the White House.” At the link find the title, “A Taftian Antidote to Trumpian Excesses, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5854004589.mp318,” right-click “Media files PPY5854004589.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Privacy Rules in Europe 30 mins – “Victoria Espinel, president and CEO of BSA and Nuala O’Connor, president and CEO of the Center for Democracy and Technology, discuss the impact of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation on businesses and society.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Victoria Espinel and Nuala O’Connor, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.508160.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reporter Haberman on Trump 68 mins – “Maggie Haberman, a New York Times White House correspondent and CNN political analyst, spoke about covering the Trump White House. Among the areas she talked about were the mechanics of the daily press briefings and how information is disseminated by the White House to the press. She also discussed the president’s use of Twitter and how she views the influence of social media on news coverage. She gave her remarks at a symposium hosted by Ohio State University at Marion. ” At the link the podcast can be heard and seen, but must be purchased to download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.

Rev Sun Myung Moon 59 mins – “Freelance journalist Tom Dunkel discusses his Washington Post Magazine cover story about the sons of the late Rev. Sun Myung Moon and the church they run in Newfoundland, Pennsylvania.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Tom Dunkel, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.505342.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Propaganda 60 mins – “Former military intelligence officer Malcolm Nance examines cyber warfare and other tactics used by Russia to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. He is interviewed by Suzanne Spaulding, former Homeland Security under secretary.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Malcolm Nance, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.506182.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Satirist Bassem Youssef 45 mins – “My grandmother used to tell a story about coming to America from Poland. How she sang God Bless America to cheer up all the grownups on the ship. She was 5 or 6 years old, traveling alone with her mom. For her, it must have been a big adventure. I can hardly imagine what it was like for her mom— my great grandmother — how bad things must have been for Jews in their home town of Bialystok for her to pick up and leave like that, without her husband, heading toward some distant cousin in the undiscovered country of Vineland, New Jersey. My guest today left Egypt as an adult for the US, also under politically grim circumstances. During the Arab Spring, as his country convulsed toward revolution, he became a leading voice of dissent. A trained surgeon, he made an unlikely transition to famous tv satirist for millions of viewers on his nightly political comedy show. Bassem risked jail, helped facilitate the toppling of a dictator who’d been in power for 30 years, and after all that change decided it was time to start a new life in America.” At the link find the title, “160. Bassem Youssef (political satirist) – Now I Have to Answer for This?, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5078586000.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sean Spicer Interview 60 mins – “Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recounts his time in the Trump administration. He is interviewed by former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Sean Spicer, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.507348.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Matters 59 mins – “Syndicated columnist Mona Charen talks about her book, [Sex Matters: How Modern Feminism Lost Touch with Science, Love, and Common Sense].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Mona Charen, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.504166.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shareholder Capitalism 45 mins – “Accountable capitalism, Dollar General, and New TV on this week’s episode with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, Emily Peck, and Bloomberg Opinion’s Justin Fox. In the Slate Plus segment, Felix, Anna, Emily, and Justin discuss Turkey and contagion.” At the link find the title, “The Accountable Capitalism Edition, Aug, 2018,” right-click “ Media files PPY3589578128.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Silicon Valley 39 mins – “Silicon Valley hiring practices, free lunches, and stock buybacks on this week’s episode with Emily Peck, Felix Salmon, and Anna Szymanski. In the Slate Plus segment, Felix, Anna, and Emily discuss allegations of sexual misconduct involving CBS’s Les Moonves.” At the linkf ind the title, “The Silicon Bubble Edition, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY6723479706.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Nominations 39 mins – “Ed, Joanne and Brian explore the history of filling vacant seats on the Supreme Court, discover the secret connections between 221B Baker Street and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, and find out why the publication date of a successful child rearing manual is a Day that Changed America. [Origin of ‘Being Borked’.]At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surveillance Technology Advances 40 mins – “What do protecting rhinos and our border have in common? Black market and violence. In an effort to stop these criminal activities, advanced technology was created. You’ll learn how rhino poaching was reduced by 96%, and how this advanced technology is helping protect school shootings and border control.” At the link find the title, “U.S. to deploy border protection tech used for rhinos in Africa, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files U.S. to deploy border protection tech used for rhinos in Africa.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tick Control 59 mins – “If you’ve spent time out in the woods this summer, or if you hope to hike or bike outside, you need to know about ticks. Ticks are not just icky; they can also carry dangerous diseases. In fact, tick-borne diseases are increasing as ticks increase their range. Tick-Borne Diseases: Not all tick bites lead to infection, but numerous tick species can carry pathogens. The lone star ticks can carry Rocky Mountain spotted fever, while blacklegged ticks and western blacklegged ticks harbor Lyme disease. Diseases like anaplasmosis, babesiosis and ehrlichiosis may be less recognizable, but they can also cause health problems.” At the link left-click “download the mp3,” then select “MP3” to get the free podcast.

Trump and Intelligence Community 43 mins – “President Trump says he has invited Vladimir Putin to visit the White House in the fall. This came as news to the nation’s top intelligence officer, who he heard about it from a reporter. That was just the latest development in a week that started in Helsinki, where the president undermined his intelligence agencies on foreign soil, then saw him backtrack and flip-flop on his backtrack. Diane talks to a former CIA officer to get a sense what this week looked like from the point of view of the intelligence community. Then, In October 2017 actress Ashley Judd went public with her story of how Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed her in a hotel room. This opened the floodgates and women began sharing their own experiences with the hashtag #MeToo….” At the link you can listen, but now download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Trump and Putin Relationship 29 mins – “Jacob Weisberg talks to Anne Applebaum, a columnist at the Washington Post and the author of Red Famine, about the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki. How will we remember it? Why has President Trump refused to confront Putin for attacking our democracy? And how is Trump’s foreign policy advancing Putin’s worldview?” At the link find the title, “Trump’s Submission in Helsinki, Jul, 2018,” right-click “ Media files PPY5923578762.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Union Dues 49 mins – “Janus v. AFSME, installment loans, and AMLO’s election victory on this week’s show with Felix Salmon, Anna Szymanski, and Emily Peck.” At the link find the title, “The Just Sign the Check Edition, Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY6691293878.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vietnam War 78 mins – “San Diego State University professor Pierre Asselin teaches a class on the Vietnam War, looking at the conflict from U.S. escalation in 1965 to the fall of Saigon in 1975.” At the link find the title, “The Vietnam War, 1965-75, “ right-click “Media files program.507365.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virtual Reality Uses 32 mins – “Jeremy Bailenson, a Stanford University professor who runs the institution’s Virtual Human Interaction Lab, talked about virtual reality and its potential impact on society.” At the link the podcast can be heard and seen, but must be purchased to download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in the blog archive.

Wildfire Story 38 mins – “There are between eight and ten thousand wildfires in the United States each year, but most quietly burn out and we never hear about them. The Pagami Creek Wildfire in Minnesota’s Boundary Waters Canoe Area was supposed to be like that, but things turned out differently. And Greg and Julie Welch were camping right in its path.” At the link find the title, “The Sky is Burning, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5941118339.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wireless Association 27 mins – “Jonathan Adelstein, president of WIA, the Wireless Infrastructure Association, talks about 5G and small cell technology. WIA builds the cell towers and other technologies needed for the next generation of mobile communications.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Jonathan Adelstein, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files program.508591.MP3-A13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Word Origins 35 mins – “John McWhorter raises an etymological glass to the nonagenarian Oxford English Dictionary.” At the link find the title, “Happy Birthday OED! Jul, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY9450998447.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.

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