Mining Digest 361 – Oct 19, 2018: Asylum Crackdown, Athletic Ability, Bergen-Belsen Children, Brexit Issues, Cancer Antibody Therapy, Cannabidiol Controversy, Celiac Disease, Central Banks, CISCO Creation, City Evolution, Congo War Documentary, Conservatives and Immigration, Counterterrorism Research, Creative Focus Workshops, Democracy Declines, Drinking in College, Drug Resistance, Drug Seizures at Sea, Electric Cars in England, Facebook Mistakes, Federal Government Operation, Guns and Industrial Revolution, Home Runs Change, Immigrants in Britain, Kavanaugh Testimony, Laser Physics, Leonard Bernstein, Loneliness, Migraine Headaches, Money Supply Changes, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Net Neutrality in California, Obesity Epidemic, Offensive Behavior on Campus, Overdiagnosis in Medicine, Physician Burnout Help, Power Ranger Producer, Protein Evolution Uses, Psychology of Warnings, Racism, Refugee Stories Documentary, Robert Redford, Rule of Law Problems and Solutions, Scott Hassan of Google, Senate and Supreme Court Futures, Supreme Court Politics, Survival Skills, Tom Hanks, Trump Administration Operations, Undocumented Immigrant, Violinist Micarelli, White Nationalism, White Working Class, Wireless History

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9th Amendment 36 mins – “The first eight amendments to the U.S. Constitution are literal, straightforward, and direct. But when we get to Amendments nine, 10, and 11, things get… hazy. These are some of the least literal amendments in the Constitution: they mean more than they say, and what they say is often extremely confusing. So in the third episode of the new More Perfect season we take these three blurry amendments and bring them into focus, embarking on a metaphorical, metaphysical, and somewhat astronomical journey to find the perfect analogies to truly understand each one. Episode Three reaches for lofty metaphors of moon shadows, legal penumbras, and romantic relationships — as well as more guttural, frankly gross ones, like the human appendix, to describe the three amendments that define the nature of our union and the powers of the government and the people.

Asylum Crackdown 36 mins – “We tell the story of a massive crackdown on asylum fraud, and the fallout.” At the link find the title, “#867: Special Report: Asylum Crackdown, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181001_pmoney_pmpod867_2.mp3”

Asylum System in U.S. 59 mins – “The United States has a long tradition of offering humanitarian protection to those in need. Yet in recent years, a confluence of factors has led to a large and growing backlog of asylum cases, with many applicants waiting years for a decision. This slowdown has both harmed those eligible for protection and invited misuse, with some claims filed to secure the right to remain in the country and receive the work authorization granted when cases are delayed. Faced with a system in crisis, the Trump administration has taken a number of actions to narrow access to asylum in the United States. These include largely eliminating gang and domestic violence as grounds for asylum and introducing a “zero-tolerance” approach to border enforcement that entails prosecuting all first-time border crossers, including adult asylum seekers, for illegal entry—a policy that for a time led to the separation of apprehended parents from their children. This webinar marks the publication of an important MPI report that analyses the factors that have brought the U.S. asylum system to a crisis point and proposes common-sense steps that can be implemented now to jump-start rescuing it. The report co-authors, Doris Meissner, Faye Hipsman, and T. Alexander Aleinikoff, and commentator Eleanor Acer from Human Rights First discuss the findings and measures that focus on the affirmative asylum system as the path to restoring timeliness and fairness to the system, while also deterring abuses.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Athletic Ability 59 mins – “There are a lot of factors that go into greatness, many of which are not obvious. A variety of Olympic and professional athletes tell us how they made it and what they sacrificed to get there. And if you can identify the sport most likely to get a kid into a top college — well then, touché! (Ep. 3 of “The Hidden Side of Sports” series.)” At the link find the title, “Here’s Why You’re Not an Elite Athlete (Ep. 351), Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 7f529e36-b3de-4d78-b31d-a4b9f479f2a9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bergen-Belsen Children 50 mins – “In April 1945 a 15-year-old Dutch Jewish girl, Hetty Werkendam, was interviewed by the BBC in the Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen shortly after its liberation by the British. Mike Lanchin travels to the site of Bergen-Belsen in Germany with the now 88-year-old Hetty and her family. Hetty vividly recalls the deprivations of the camp, and of seeing the dead bodies piling up outside the children’s barracks. Hetty says its a story that needs to be told again and again in order not to be forgotten by the next generation.” At the link find the title, “The Children of Belsen, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files p06m6zkd.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit Issues 21 mins – “Charlie Angus, the NDP MP questioning a Canadian company’s role in the Brexit vote, has warned that Canada is not immune to efforts to undermine elections.” At the link find the title, “’Very naive’ to think election interference can’t happen in Canada, says MP Charlie Angus, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-C2Nf9FIP-20181004.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Colorado 22 mins – “When Fairpoint wouldn’t give folks in Crestone, Colorado, what they needed after repeated requests, they decided to take care of it themselves. By 2012, Ralph Abrams and his band of Internet pioneers had created Colorado Central Telecom, providing affordable, dependable fixed wireless service to premises throughout the region at much faster speeds than Fairpoint could ever deliver. In this episode of the podcast, Maisie Ramsay, Marketing and Business Development from the company, tells us more about the company and their work. Colorado Central Telecom has been delivering Internet access to subscribers for a relatively short time, but it’s clear they have the needs of the community in mind. They’ve made steady investments in their equipment in order to improve their services and have even picked up some fiber network resources. Maisie describes some of the challenges of working in a mountain geography such as the San Luis Valley and the technologies they employ to get past the hurdles Mother Nature has created. Maisie also talks about some of the collaboration Colorado Central Telecom is pursuing. It’s clear that the company has a goal — to bring better connectivity to the people in the region — and doesn’t mind sacrificing a little as a way to improve the situation for the whole region. No wonder they were named Service Provider of the Year at the 2018 Mountain Connect Broadband Development Conference.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Michigan 22 mins – “Great Lakes Energy (GLE) in Michigan decided in late 2017 to approve a plan to incrementally deploy Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) to cooperative members, beginning with a pilot project in Petoskey. This week, Vice President of Communications, Marketing and Energy Optimization from GLE joins Christopher to talk about what could possibly become the largest FTTH project in the state. GLE anticipates offering its symmetrical Truestream Internet access to members in the pilot area as early as the end of October. The planning process, however, has involved several feasibility studies and at least two years of planning in addition to several more years of contemplation. Shari explains how the region GLE serves covers many different types of geographies, subscriber income levels, and different levels of Internet access competition. Some folks have only dial-up, while others have the option of cable Internet access. One of the challenges GLE faces is educating potential subscribers about the differences between what they have now and the potential with Truestream. She explains that the cooperative has decided to approach deployment with a flexible incremental approach, carefully examining demand as they deploy to determine where they go next across their service area. There’s a significant portion of seasonal homes in this northern section of the lower peninsula, and GLE sees that high-quality Internet access can help boost local economic development if those seasonal visitors have the ability to stay longer by working from the cabin.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cancer Antibody Therapy 21 mins – “James P. Allison and and Tasuku Honjo shared the Nobel Prize for their discovery of inhibition of negative immune regulation, the basis of new drugs against cancer.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cannabidiol Controversy 49 mins – “CBD: What It Does, Who It’s For And Where It’s Headed – CBD products are all the rage. What you need to know about the marijuana ingredient that’s being used for conditions including insomnia, anxiety and epilepsy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Celiac Disease 59 mins – “Celiac disease is an autoimmune condition in which the body’s reaction to the protein in gluten damages the digestive tract. This disorder is far more common than doctors once thought. According to current statistics, as many as 1 person in 120 or 140 has celiac disease. Since susceptibility is partly determined by genetics, people with a family member who has celiac disease are consequently at much higher risk of the disorder. Celiac disease can cause gastrointestinal symptoms, but it also damages numerous other body systems. An inability to absorb vitamins and minerals can result in nutritional deficiencies that may affect the blood, bones, brain or skin. Anyone with severe anemia or unexpected osteoporosis should be tested for this condition.” At the link left-click “Download the MP3,” click “Chose CD or MP3 Version,” then left-click the MP3 to get the free podcast.

Central Banks 22 mins – “We crash a party of central bankers to get an answer to one of the biggest economic questions of our time.” At the link find the title, “#864: The Central (Bankers’) Question, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180914_pmoney_pmpod864_v_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chef Jose Andres 42 mins – “When Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico in September 2017, chef José Andrés and the groups he founded, World Central Kitchen and Chefs for Puerto Rico, sprung into action. “We began serving hospitals, because the doctors and the nurses — nobody was feeding them,” Andrés says of the initial effort. But then calls started pouring in from places that were hours away from San Juan. Andrés says the message was clear: “The island is hungry. With one restaurant alone, we have not enough.” So Andrés and his group expanded their operation, commandeering kitchens from restaurants, schools and even a basketball stadium. “At one point, we had 18 kitchens functioning at the same time,” he says. “We would [serve] over 150,000 meals a day.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CISCO Creation 63 mins – “In the pre-Internet 1970’s, Sandy Lerner was part of a loosely-knit group of programmers that was trying to get computers to talk to each other. Eventually, she and Len Bosack launched Cisco Systems, making the routing technology that helped forge the plumbing of the Internet. But when things turned sour at the company, she was forced to leave, giving her the chance to start something entirely new: an edgy line of cosmetics called Urban Decay. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Justin Li created a solution for staying cool and hydrated in the heat with IcePlate.” At the link find the title, “Cisco Systems & Urban Decay: Sandy Lerner, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180928_hibt_hibtpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

City Evolution 29 mins – “”Cities accumulate capital, people, aspirations, and power. But, whose power? Whose aspirations? How can we find in the city a place of possibility?” These are the questions from Laura Flanders’ opening statements at the Transnational Institute’s convening on Transformative Cities in Amsterdam during July 2018. Music spotlight: disco remake of Joni Mitchell’s “Big Yellow Taxi” by Jason Eli Featuring Nathan Haines-Flute/Horns & Cherie Mathieson-vocals.” At the linkf idn the title, “Transformative Cities: Crisis and Opportunity in Amsterdam, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files lfs_ep214_tni.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Congo War Documentary 54 mins – “THIS IS CONGO, a new documentary film, attempts to wrap its mind around the incomprehensible realities of the Democratic Republic of Congo, almost 60 years after it was founded. At one point, commenting on one of the more incomprehensible recent events, a high-ranking military officer remarks: “They will say, “This is Congo” But when will they ask “Why? why is Congo like this?” Where do we begin? Where can we begin? For as long as I can remember, the news out of Congo has been bad. But my memory of the news only goes back about two decades, to when I started paying attention. The cycle of violence is a funny thing. It has its own momentum. People get swept up in it for personal reasons, or manipulated by politicians fanning the flames of old resentments. Ask anyone on either side of a blood feud where it started—who threw the first stone, and when the sun goes down, they’ll still be talking. Where does Congo’s trouble begin? Why is the country in a seemingly unending state of war between marauding rebel groups and marauding government soldiers, the people’s lives torn to shreds in between? And even if the people of Congo could fully trace this nightmare to its roots, how could they save the tree? My guest today is documentary filmmaker Daniel McCabe. His new film THIS IS CONGO asks all of these questions and more.” At the link right-click “Media files PPY6453404257.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conservatives and Immigration 24 mins – “Thanks to MP Maxime Bernier’s tweet last week claiming diversity will ‘destroy’ what makes Canada great, the Conservative Party has been beset with debate over politics of immigration, identity, and what it means to be Canadian.” At the link find the title, “Conservatives are coddling far-right in multiculturalism debate, says Liberal advisor, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-sc65HBBl-20180822.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cookbook Author 140 mins – “Samin Nosrat (@ciaosamin) is a writer, chef, and teacher who is masterful at turning complexity into simplicity. Her first book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking, is a New York Times bestseller, was a James Beard Award-winner for Best General Cookbook, was named as Cookbook of the Year by the International Association of Culinary Professionals, and is soon to be a Netflix original documentary series produced by Jigsaw Productions. Samin has been called “The next Julia Child” by NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and she has been cooking professionally since 2000. This episode is about much more than cooking. It’s about the creative process, creative highs and lows (and how to push through those lows), rejection, vulnerability, and much more. If you liked the Brandon Stanton episode, you’re going to love this one. Please enjoy!” At the link find the title, “#339: Samin Nosrat — Master Creative, Master Teacher, Oct, 2018, “ right-click “Media files b6e38cae-01a6-4748-97be-1047a34a303b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” form the pop-up menu.

Counterterroism Research 95 mins – “Do the counterterrorism partnerships that Washington has developed with Middle Eastern states since the 9/11 attacks helped or hindered the global war on terror? Four leading CT scholars debate the past success and future utility of counterterrorism partnerships in this latest episode of Near East PolicyCast. Near East PolicyCast: Conversations on Middle East issues from the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. At the link find the title, “Counterterrorism Partnerships with Levitt, Tankel, Bacon, and Mendelsohn, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 507510675-the-washington institute counterterrorism partnerships with levitt tankel bacon and mendelsohn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative Focus Workshops 62 mins – “On an earlier episode of this show the Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk said something that I’ve never forgotten. He said that writing programs shouldn’t teach about plots or characters or how to structure a story. Instead, they should teach writers to manage their own psyches. To be the captains of their own creative ships across the rough daily waters of fluctuating emotions and energies. This kind of self-management, he suggested, is what makes the difference between people who keep producing art and those who don’t. My guest today is Jessica Abel. She’s an accomplished artist herself—a graphic novelist who did a kind of graphic docu-novel called OUT ON THE WIRE about how some of the greatest radio shows and podcasts are made, including Snap Judgment, Radiolab, and This American Life. In the course of figuring out how to steer her own creative ship she’s learned invaluable lessons about how to help others do the same. Her most recent book GROWING GILLS and her Creative Focus Workshops offer creatives a personalized process for figuring out what they want to make and how to balance those goals with the rest of their busy lives.” At the link right-click “Media files PPY9281296546.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Criminal Justice Reform 25 mins – “30 Issues in 30 Days continues: In 2018, Cuomo tried to pass a comprehensive package of criminal justice reforms, but it never got past the Republican controlled State Senate. Scott McNamara, D.A. for Oneida County and former president of the District Attorneys Association of the State of New York, and Roger Clark and Nick Encalada-Malinowski of Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) debate: Is New York ready for these reforms, and could they pass if Democrats take the Senate in November?” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Declines 37 mins – Atlantic journalist Anne Applebaum says the changes taking place in Poland — including a rise of conspiracy theories and attacks on the free press — mirror similar shifts happening in the U.S.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dred Scott Case 56 mins – “This week, we uncover the life of Harriet Scott, the wife and co-plaintiff of Dred Scott in the infamous case Dred Scott v. Sanford. Although much is known about the case itself – in which the Supreme Court held that African Americans were not citizens of the United States – little attention has been devoted to the people who brought the case before the Court and lived with the devastating consequences. Guests: Martha S. Jones – author and professor at Johns Hopkins University, and Lea VanderVelde – professor at Iowa College of Law and author of the definitive biography on Harriet Scott. Guest hosted by Lana Ulrich.” At the link right-click “Media files PPY9482805846.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drinking in College 48 mins – “College drinking culture today. Students talk about their habits and attitudes around alcohol.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Drug Resistance 22 mins – “Encore edition: What happens when antibiotics stop working? With drug-resistant infections on the rise, scientists are scrambling to develop new weapons in the fight against evolved bacteria-from cutting-edge diagnostic tests to revolutionary gene-editing techniques.” At the link find the title, “Battling the Superbugs, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files WSJ7893822971.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Seizures at Sea 22 mins – “The Canadian Forces says it conducted an investigation into allegations of detainee mistreatment by its U.S. Coast Guard partners in an operation aimed at capturing drug smugglers at sea, but did not find evidence of the reported mistreatment.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Coast Guard acted ‘legally and ethically’ in anti-smuggling co-op, Canadian Forces review finds, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-l9zs0WGq-20181004.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Virus Discussion 119 mins – “The TWiV team discuss the biology of Ebola viruses, and how localization of the membrane proteins of vaccinia virus drive function: the fusion machinery sits at the tips of virions, and binding proteins are at the sides. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson DespommierAlan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne BarkerAt the link right-click “Download TWiV 507” and select “Save Link Asfrom the pop-up menu.

Edith Wharton 42 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the works of Wharton (1862-1937) such as The Age of Innocence for which she won the Pulitzer Prize and was the first woman to do so, The House of Mirth, and The Custom of the Country. Her novels explore the world of privileged New Yorkers in the Gilded Age of the late C19th, of which she was part, drawing on her own experiences and written from the perspective of the new century, either side of WW1 . Among her themes, she examined the choices available to women and the extent to which they could ever really be free, even if rich.” At the link rightclick “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Cars in England 28 mins -”Is the time finally right to buy an electric car? Peter Gibbs and Robert Llewellyn hit the highway to discover the pros and cons.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” as from the pop-up menu7.

Evidence Based Medicine 41 mins – “This week’s guest has led something of a double life, using both medicine and the media to explore and promote the critical role of evidence in healthcare. Now based at the University of Sydney, Alexandra Barratt’s journey from clinician to journalist to global advocate for evidence based medicine and shared decision-making is a fascinating one. Here she talks with Ray about her varied career and the reasons she’s ended up challenging conventional wisdom. She also talks about her research into the pros and cons of breast cancer screening and questions the widely-accepted idea that early detection is always the best medicine. For show notes and a complete transcript of this episode, visit” At the link click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facebook Mistakes 45 mins – “Businesses are leaving Facebook in droves, but not for the reasons you may think. In this episode of Komando on Demand, you’ll find out why Kim Komando, along with celebrities like Cher and businesses like Mozilla and Pep Boys are abandoning Facebook. Kim also talks about what you need to know about Facebook’s controversial new posting guidelines for businesses and gain fresh marketing ideas.” At the link find the title, “Why businesses are leaving Facebook in droves, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KOD_LEAVING_FACEBOOK_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Federal Government Operation 43 mins – “Lewis’ new book, The Fifth Risk, examines three federal departments under Trump: energy, agriculture and commerce. He warns that half of the top 700 positions in the administration remain unfilled.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Finnish President 82 mins – “On September 27, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted President Sauli Niinistö of Finland for an Alan and Jane Batkin International Leaders Forum. President Niinistö has served as president since 2012 and recently won re-election in January 2018. He has a longstanding career in public service, including as speaker of parliament, minister of justice, deputy prime minister, and minister of finance. In a keynote address, “A Stronger Europe: Our Common Interest,” President Niinistö spoke to the challenges facing Europe today and the critical role of the Euro-Atlantic partners in meeting these rising challenges. Following the president’s remarks, Strobe Talbott, former president and current distinguished scholar at Brookings, joined President Niinistö on stage for a conversation on these themes. Questions from the audience followed the discussion.” At the link right-click “Download the audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gardens in Town 26 mins – “Lowell has seen better days. Once a bustling mill town, in the 1920s and 30s it was hit hard by broad shifts in manufacturing that rocked the northeast United States. In the decades since, an influx of immigrants from all over the world has moved in, making Lowell a vibrant place to live despite the departure of industry. However, it remains a largely low-income city, and in the past few years an effort to address urban access to fresh food has brought community gardens to some of the poorest neighbourhoods. Community gardens have a reputation for improving neighbourhoods, transforming blight, and lowering crime rates. With the city’s large immigrant population, each garden serves a diverse array of neighbours, from Puerto Rican to Burmese, each investing their sweat equity into making Lowell a liveable home. Sounds idyllic, right? So why are tomatoes disappearing in the middle of the night? What is captured on the security cameras that monitor the chain link fences bordering the gardens? And, as property values rise, could the gardens themselves be to blame? Alexis Pancrazi talks to recent immigrants, long-time Lowellians, and a local historian to try to get a better picture of how the gardens are part and parcel of the city’s efforts to reinvent itself, and makes some surprising discoveries along the way about how community gardens can impact individual lives and a city at large.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Greek Folk Music 60 mins – “While you live, shine. Have no mourning at all. Life exists a short while And time demands its fee. – From a 2000 year old tombstone in (then) Greek-speaking Asia Minor I’d like to do a little free-association exercise with you. I’m going to say three words and I’d like you to speak or write down all the words that come to mind as a result. No filtering. No judgment. Ready? American Pop Culture. Go! . . . Ok. Here’s what I got: Kanye Trump Gun Meme YouTube That’s pretty sad, I suppose. And maybe it anecdotally, non-scientifically supports a claim made by my guest today that culture and music, once mutually dependent, have become totally unmoored and lost in the age of globalism. And that the sounds we make and market today just don’t have anything like the healing power that was music’s purpose for thousands of years. Christopher C. King is a writer, Grammy—winning music producer, and something of an ethnomusicologist. His obsessive collecting of rare ‘78s led him to discover the music of Epirus, a region of northwestern Greece. To his ears, the playing of Kitsos Harisiadis, Alexis Zoumbas, and other Epirote masters virtually unknown outside of Epirus had an elemental power transcending even that of Delta Blues legends like Robert Johnson and Skip James. In Epirus, King found something he thought had been lost in the world: a musical culture with unbroken roots stretching back into prehistory. And some clues, perhaps, as to why we make music in the first place. Christopher’s new book is Lament From Epirus: An Odyssey into Europe’s Oldest surviving Folk Music.” At the link right-click “Media files PPY4647467083.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Groupon Founder Interview 30 mins – “The Story: Alex is back in the host’s chair to introduce a new show from Gimlet – his own! It’s an interview show called Without Fail where Alex talks to people who have made a big bet and either won or lost. When Andrew Mason started Groupon 10 years ago he was in his mid-20s, fresh out of grad school, and running a company for the first time ever. Within 2 years Groupon was called the fastest growing company in history. And then just as rapidly. And just as dramatically. Its fortunes changed. This dream rise, the nightmare fall, all in this incredibly short time-span – it’s like a startup fable. But it actually happened. To a real guy! In part one of this two-part conversation, Andrew talks with Alex about Groupon’s rise. How it started as a website designed for something completely different, what it felt like when it finally caught on and started to grow, and Andrew’s own conflicted feelings about being a CEO.” At the link find the title, “Without Fail – Groupon’s Andrew Mason, pt. 1, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files GLT1319340590.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guns and Industrial Revolution 55 mins – “When you think of the industrial revolution what comes to mind? Steam engines probably. Lone genius inventors. Factories and coal mines, perhaps. And depending on your professional interests and political leanings, either suffering laborers in sweat shops or the Great Onward March of Civilization. Did anybody think of guns? According to my guest today Stanford historian Priya Satia, guns are inextricably bound up with industrialization and it is our long and ever-changing relationship with these tools, toys, trade goods, status symbols, and instruments of war that makes them such a persistent fact of life to this day. Priya Satia’s latest book is EMPIRE OF GUNS: the Violent Making of the Industrial Revolution.” At the link find the title,”153. Guns: The Genie and the Bottle – Priya Satia (Historian), Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY5660791796.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Home Runs Change 32 mins – “Astrophysicist and sports data scientist Meredith Wills talks about why a subtle change in major league baseballs may be behind the jump in home runs after 2014.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrants in Britain 27 mins – “When someone in Jamaica emigrates to the UK, it is said they have ‘gone to foreign’. Over the past 70 years several hundred thousand Jamaicans have done this, following in the footsteps of the so-called ‘Windrush generation’ who first arrived in Britain in the late 1940s. But the spirit of adventure and optimism those early pioneers bought with them has changed over the years and a recent political scandal now finds some of them unwanted and rejected by Britain. Following changes to immigration law and failing to comply with citizenship requirements, they have been designated illegal immigrants. On returning from holiday in the Caribbean, some of the children of the Windrush generation (now in their 50s and 60s) have been refused entry back to Britain, and others have been deported from Britain back to the Caribbean. For Crossing Continents, Colin Grant travels to Jamaica to meet two men who, despite having lived in the UK for decades, working and paying taxes, find themselves in limbo, trapped and unable to return to the place they call home. What happens when you are stranded in a place you were never really familiar with, an island which you have little memory of, and may not have returned to for half a century? Grant hears of their endeavour to return to the UK and how they have struggled to keep up hope in the face of a very painful and public rejection.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Green OCD 38 mins – “For Novelist John Green, OCD Is Like An ‘Invasive Weed’ Inside His Mind. The Turtles All The Way Down author says OCD “starts out with one little thought, and then slowly that becomes the only thought that you’re able to have.” Originally broadcast Oct. 19, 2017.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Jon Batiste 45 mins – “Music came naturally to Jon Batiste, the leader of Stay Human, the house band for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Growing up outside of New Orleans as part of a large musical family, he says, “I picked up on all of these things that are integral to who I am as a musician without necessarily studying them.” By the time he was 8 years old, Batiste was fronting and singing lead for his family’s band. Looking back, he says, the band was “a real celebration of our family.” But after about a year, Batiste’s introverted nature got the best of him. He quit singing and instead began focusing on musical instruments — first drums and percussion and then, when he was 11, piano. Batiste developed a unique style at the piano that combines a clearly articulated touch with strong emotions. He likens his playing to making gumbo: “You put everything in the pot and in the moment, you just fly.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Accusations 48 mins – “Kavanaugh and his accuser. Florence’s path of destruction. North Korea talks. We’ll unpack it all with CBS News’ chief White House correspondent Major Garrett in a special edition of the Week in the News. Guest – Major Garrett, chief White House correspondent for CBS News. Author of “Mr. Trump’s Wild Ride: The Thrills, Chills, Screams, and Occasional Blackouts of an Extraordinary Presidency.” (@MajorCBS)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Accuser 49 mins – “Echoes of Anita Hill as the woman accusing Judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct comes forward. We’ll look at #MeToo, justice and the Supreme Court.

Kavanaugh FBI Investigation 98 mins – “Governor Jerry Brown signed two bill regarding police transparency. Plus the White House agreed to an investigation into sexual assault allegations against Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh. And the electric scooter fight isn’t the first battle for L.A.’s streets.” At the link find the title, “Police Transparency, FBI investigations and a battle for LA’s streets, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KPC5979819284.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Hearings 66 mins – “Jon, Jon, and Tommy discuss the renewed FBI investigation into Brett Kavanaugh, Jeff Flake’s change of heart, and the shifting politics of Supreme Court nominations. Then Jon F. talks to Ana Maria Archila about confronting Jeff Flake in an elevator and the importance of direct engagement.” At the link find the title, ““Hold the door!” Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 2f0e87e7-9671-402b-91b5-a14993ac24ae.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanaugh Testimony 48 mins – “The FBI background check on Brett Kavanaugh is in. Senators begin their review. Plus, a forensic legal examination of Brett Kavanaugh’s testimony. Nathan Robinson, editor of Current Affairs, has a detailed analysis challenging what Kavanaugh said. We’ll hear him and get pushback.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Laser Physics 29 mins – “Arthur Ashkin, Gérard Mourou and Donna Strickland shared the Nobel Prize for finding ways to control and enhance laser light, leading to numerous common applications.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Leonard Bernstein 27 mins – “Composer and conductor Leonard Bernstein is perhaps the most influential American musician of all time. A champion of cultural inclusivity, he tore down musical barriers to declare the symphony hall open to all and offered the classical music world a dynamic new model of what a maestro could be. As a conductor he achieved early worldwide acclaim, as a composer his work defied genre divisions and brought him popular and critical success, notably with his most well-known work West Side Story. As an educator, he opened up the world of classical music to generations of American children through his long running series of television lectures. On the centenary of his birth, musician and broadcaster Jon Tolansky meets the people who continue to be inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s all-embracing approach to music and life.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loneliness 26 mins – “The idea that loneliness mainly strikes older people has been challenged by the biggest ever study on the topic. Across the world 55,000 people completed the Loneliness Experiment devised by the British universities of Manchester, Brunel and Exeter. People from 237 different countries, islands and territories took part in the study. In cultures where independence is valued – like the UK and US – people are less likely to tell a colleague about their loneliness. In countries like Italy the role of extended families helps to reduce feelings of loneliness. New Zealand was another place with lower levels of loneliness – perhaps an influence of collective Maori culture. The study found that young adults aged 16 to 24 who chose to take part felt lonely more often than older people. When loneliness becomes chronic it can have a serious impact on health and well-being. 96-year-old Jack King lives alone in Eastbourne on the English south coast. Since his wife died in 2010 he says the days feel long. He writes and plays music and his computer helps him to keep in touch with his family. Joining a social club and having a conversation with strangers can help combat loneliness too.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migraine Headaches 58 mins – “Nearly 40 million Americans know the nausea and throbbing pain of migraine headaches. This debilitating condition that can create one-sided head pain may make it difficult or impossible to carry on with work or everyday tasks….There are drugs that can be used to treat migraine headaches, but the FDA recently approved the first drug specifically to prevent them. What should you know about Aimovig, the brand name for erenumab? How does it work? We’ll also discuss price and whether insurance companies are likely to pay for it…. This Week’s Guest: Jennifer S. Kriegler, MD, is director of the Headache Medicine Fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. She is part of the Center for Neurological Restoration and the Headache Section of the Neurological Institute in the Department of Neurology of the Cleveland Clinic.” At the link left-click “Download the MP3,” click “Chose CD or MP3 Version,” then left-click the MP3 to get the free podcast.

Money Supply Changes 22 mins – “We rethink everything we know about government spending, taxes, the nature of money… All of it.” At the link find the title, “#866: Modern Monetary Theory, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180926_pmoney_pmpod866v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mountain Climbing 50 mins – “In case you missed this episode on the Playing with Science channel… Explore the world of mountaineering as hosts Chuck Nice and Gary O’Reilly take a mental expedition to the world’s highest peaks alongside world-record breaking mountain climber Vanessa O’Brien and mountain guide and physician Alan Oram, D.O.” At the link find the title, “#ICYMI – Conquering Mountains, with Vanessa O’Brien, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 7b26419e-9021-4664-9b1b-bd777c48830d.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myers-Briggs Test 48 mins – “Did you ever see the 1951 Disney version of Alice in Wonderland? Where the caterpillar, voiced by actor Richard Haydn, sits laconically on his giant toadstool, wreathed in hookah smoke, peers at Alice under his drooping eyelids and says: Who….Aaaaaaah…….? Even as kid, I felt the existential impact of that question. Not, “hey kid, what’s your name?” But who, fundamentally, are you as a person? What are you like? Were you born that way? How much of that can you change? All those chilling, thrilling, bottomless, ego-gratifying questions. But what happens when the murky philosophy and psychology of the self meet good-old American pragmatism and business? Something very weird indeed. I’m here today with Merve Emre—she’s an associate professor of English at Oxford University and she’s the author of The Personality Brokers. It tells the strange history of The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator—a mother-daughter psychological cottage industry that, 70 years in, still has people calling themselves introverts or extraverts, feelers or thinkers, and pondering what that might mean for their lives and their careers.” At the link right-click”Media files PPY8177600972.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native Talk in Alaska 33 mins – “Recently we’ve been talking about Alaska, and this week Cliff shares his experiences with the visit, what happened, what he saw, and a whole lot more. So if you’ve ever wanted to visit Alaska, or just want to know what someone else thought of life up there – this is a good one to listen to. Hope you enjoy the audio file, and if you have any comments yourself email them to or call the message line at 970-278-5791. We’ll be back next week with more stimulating Native Talk Radio. See you then!” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil deGrasse Tyson 29 mins – “Neil DeGrasse Tyson Examines The ‘Unspoken Alliance’ Between Science And War – In his new book, Accessory to War, the astrophysicist argues that people who work in his field are often complicit to military development — despite being overwhelmingly liberal and anti-war.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Net Neutrality 48 mins – “A law to restore net neutrality in California has been signed but it was met with federal pushback, Los Angeles and NIMBYism, Gen Zers rev up for midterms.” At the link find the title, “The fight for net neutrality begins, the fight against homelessness, the politics of Gen Z, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files KPC4274991173.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obesity Epidemic 48 mins – “The obesity epidemic is getting worse. But what if presumptions about the causes and consequences of obesity are wrong?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Offensive Behavior on Campus 27 mins – “On The Gist, guest host John McWhorter considers campus safe spaces. In the past few years, college campuses have been shifting away from havens for free speech to safe spaces that bar divisive speakers from campus. But is this the right move, or are we damaging the growth of college students by creating these spaces rather than offering intellectual challenges. Greg Lukianoff and Jonathan Haidt explore this in their new book The Coddling of the American Mind. Lukianoff joins us on the Gist to discuss.” At the link find the title, “College-Aged Coddling, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY3595580146.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overdiagnosis in Medicine 29 mins – “The Preventing overdiagnosis conference covers how physicians, researchers and patients can implement solutions to the problems of over diagnosis and overuse in healthcare. If you’re a doctor on twitter, you’ve probably come across our guest – Vinay Prasad, assistant prof. of medicine at Oregon Health and Science University, and author of the…” At the link find the title, “Preventing Overdiagnosis 2017 – Vinay Prasad, right-click “Media files 338573599-bmjgroup-preventing-overdiagnosis-2017-vinay-prasad.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Overdiagnosis in Psychiatry 41 mins – “This week saw the latest Preventing Overdiagnosis conference – this time in Copenhagen. The conference is a is a forum where researchers and practitioners can present examples of overdiagnosis – and we heard about the various ways which disease definitions are being subtly widened, and diagnostic thresholds lowered. In this podcast we talk to Allen Frances, psychiatrist and former chair of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. We also hear from friends of the podcast, Steve Woloshin and Lisa Schwartz about the way in which some disease awareness campaigns fuel inappropriate diagnosis.” At the link find the title, “Preventing overdiagnosis 2018 – Part 1, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files 490039446-bmjgroup-preventing-overdiagnosis-2018-part-1.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Paris Review Editor 46 mins – “…This summer, Emily Nemens was named the new editor of The Paris Review. She’s a poet, short story writer, essayist and illustrator who previously co-edited the Southern Review. At 34, she’s a fresh new steward for the this venerable old literary gatekeeper. And it’s an opportune moment to ask, or re-ask the questions: who is a literary magazine for, what is it supposed to do, and how can it do that better?” At the link right-click “Media files PPY9647537226.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physician Burnout Help 19 mins – “The Prevalence of Burnout in the Physician Community, Allison talks about there are bad days as much as there are good days, which is highly prevalent in the physician community. In fact, 42% of physicians in the 2018 Medscape Report are burned out. Based on personal experience, Allison is passionate when it comes to this topic. She also works in the field of Neurology which ranks second on the list of fields that are most likely to experience burnout, second to Critical Care. More and more people are now researching burnout due to its prevalence in the community of physicians, residents, and medical students. Allison describes how burnout has affected her emotional wellbeing, feelings of self-worth, and even the ability to care for herself. “If you can’t take care of yourself, you can’t take care of other people well. All too often as physicians, we are sacrificing our own wellbeing so that we can take care of other people.”…”Burnout is prevalent at every stage of the game. Unfortunately, suicide rates are high among med students and physicians.” We can’t fix the systemic issues and reason we’re discussing it now so as you’re going through this process, you get into a position of power where you can make some of these differences. It may be not on a national scale, but on a local scale, specifically for your hospital…. While we don’t know the fix for this, one thing’s for sure: talking about it helps. Welcome to MedDiaries…When you’re having a down moment, call 1-833-MYDIARY and leave an anonymous voicemail. …Under the MedDiaries umbrella, we’re going to have four podcasts: The Premed Diaries; Med Student Diaries; Resident Diaries; Physician Diaries….” At the link find the title, “300: Burnout in Medicine and Our Newest Project to Help With It! Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files PMY300.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Power Rangers Producer 44 mins – “As a refugee growing up in Tel Aviv, Haim Saban remembers not having enough money to eat. As an adult, he hustled his way into the entertainment business, writing theme songs for classic cartoons like Inspector Gadget and Heathcliff. But producing the mega-hit Mighty Morphin Power Rangers put him on track to becoming a billionaire media titan. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” we check back with Chris Waters who created Constructed Adventures, elaborate scavenger hunts for all occasions. (Original broadcast date: March 27, 2017.)” At the link find the the title, “Power Rangers: Haim Saban, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180921_hibt_powerpod4.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Protein Evolution Uses 14 mins – “Frances Arnold, George Smith and Gregory Winter shared the 2018 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for using evolutionary principles to create highly efficient enzymes and antibodies, with numerous practical applications.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychology of Warnings 36 mins – “After a disaster happens, we want to know whether something could have been done to avoid it. Did anyone see this coming? Many times, the answer is yes. So why didn’t the warnings lead to action? This week, we explore the psychology of warnings with a visit to a smelly Alaskan tunnel, a gory (and fictional) murder plot, and even some ABBA.” At the link find the title, The Cassandra Curse, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180917_hiddenbrain_hb_cassandra-final_mix.mp3” and select ‘Sav Link as: from the pop-up menu.

Racism 54 mins – “Decades after the civil rights era, the post-colonial movement, and the beginning of the multiculturalism project, racism that had lain in the shadows of Western democracies is out in the open and thriving. On this month’s edition of The Enright Files, conversations about the history and persistence of racism and an ideology of whiteness that lies behind it.” At the link find the the title, “The Enright Files on Race and Racism, Oct, 2018,”right-click “Media files ideas-j1OjvwH1-20181001.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Stories Documentary 56 mins – “Imagine you’re a father or a mother of three kids. Your city is in the middle of a civil war. At any time a rocket might burst through your wall. Soldiers might round your family up, or kill them in crossfire. What do you do? You leave, of course. You do whatever you have to do to get your kids to safety. There will be many deadly risks along the way. But you know what’s the worst? The not knowing. The constant thoughts inside your head of everything that might go wrong, everything you hope will go right. The trusting looks on your kids’ faces, when, in fact, they have no idea where they’re going or why. Since 2011, an estimated 11 million Syrians have fled their homes. They and refugees from other troubled nations like Eritrea and Somalia have been trying to migrate Westward and northward, to Turkey, then to Europe. Many have died along the way. Many thousands of others have been detained in refugee camps while nations decide what to do with them. I’m here today with filmmakers Lorena Luciano and Filippo Piscopo. Their new documentary, IT WILL BE CHAOS airs on HBO this month. It follows Eritrean, Somali, and Syrian refugees on their harrowing journeys to new lives in Europe.” At the link right-click “Media files PPY7808037525.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robert Redford 37 mins – “Redford has announced that he’s retiring from acting, and that his role in the new film The Old Man and the Gun, will be his last. In 2013, he said it was “sort of weird” being known for his looks. ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rule of Law Problems and Solutions – “On Wednesday, Oct. 3, Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution hosted a half-day event on the rule of law, featuring three bipartisan panels of prominent experts.” At the link find the title, “The state of the rule of law in the US: Where are we now, and what is to come?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181003_Falk_Rule_of_Law_Full.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sarah Palin 46 mins – “In the second and final chapter of their documentary series, Katie and Brian explore what happened after the Palin interviews aired: from the struggles of the McCain campaign to Sarah Palin’s decision to start “going rogue.” Plus, they explore how Palin helped usher in a new brand of American politics— and President Donald Trump.” At the link find the title, 78. The Palin Interviews, 10 Years Later: Part Two, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 9c4b6a26-c424-46c0-922f-a89ebc4aa702.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Scott Hassan of Google 13 mins – “Everyone knows Larry Page and Sergei Brin, but who really came up with the idea of creating the Google search engine? Meet Google’s unknown third creator, Scott Hassan.” At the link left-click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Senate and Supreme Court Futures 44 mins – “Senators Jeff Flake and Chris Coons join Jeffrey Rosen in a conversation recorded live earlier this week at The Atlantic Festival in Washington D.C. The senators discuss their important role in the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings, including their last-minute agreement to pause the nomination to allow for an FBI investigation of the allegations against Judge Brett Kavanaugh. They also share their hopes and fears for the future of the Senate and the Supreme Court, and how political tribalism today threatens the legitimacy of these American institutions.” At the link find the title, “Senators Flake and Coons: The Future of the Senate and the Supreme Court, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY7155895631.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sex Education in India 18 mins – “Sex advice for the land of the Kama Sutra. This episode discusses sex in a detailed way. Kalki meets Dr Mahinder Watsa, the 94-year-old who writes the sex advice column in The Mumbai Mirror.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Operations 66 mins – “In a special episode recorded live at Slate Day during Tribfest in Austin, Dahlia Lithwick is joined by Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Dean of Boston University Law School, Cristina Rodriguez, Leighton Homer Surbeck professor of law at Yale Law School, Stephen Vladeck, A. Dalton Cross professor of law at the University of Texas Law School and Adam White, director of the Center for the Study of the Administrative State at George Mason University’s Antonin Scalia Law School for a deep dive on the fallout from the Kavanaugh hearings and the future of the Supreme Court absent a swing justice.” At the link find the title, “Live from Austin, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT8652625375.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Politics 47 mins – “Could the Kavanaugh nomination controversy damage the Supreme Court itself? We’ll look at the effect ever-deeper politicization is having on the high court.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Survival Skills 47 mins – “Globe-trotting adventurer Bear Grylls wants to get you off the couch and awaken your inner wild child. He shares his ultimate survival tips.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Tom Hanks 48 mins “We’ll talk with actor Tom Hanks on his career, his book and his love affair with the typewriter. Guest – Tom Hanks, acclaimed actor, winner of two Best Actor Academy Awards for “Philadelphia” and “Forrest Gump.” Director, screenwriter, producer and author of “Uncommon Type: Some Stories,” now in paperback. (@tomhanks)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Trump Administration Operations 82 mins – “Jacob Weisberg, Virginia Heffernan, and Jamelle Bouie are back together in Texas to chat about Brett Kavanaugh, reporting on The White House, and the many investigations that may spring up if the Democrats take the House after midterms. Guests: Ana Marie Cox and Ashley Parker.” At the link find the title, “Trumpcast Live From The 2018 Texas Tribune Festival in Austin, TX, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY3727041868.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Reporting 43 mins – “Lewis’ new book, The Fifth Risk, examines three federal departments under Trump: energy, agriculture and commerce. He warns that half of the top 700 positions in the administration remain unfilled.

U.S. History Book Author 48 mins – “As Alexander Hamilton put it, the American Experiment puts to the test the question “of whether societies of men are really capable or not of establishing good government from reflection and choice…or whether they are forever destined to depend for their political constitutions on accident and force.”This question surfaces throughout Jill Lepore’s brilliant new history of the United States: These Truths. Our conversation took place during the live-streamed, virally-watched Senate Judiciary hearing on allegations that nominee Brett Kavanaugh committed sexual assault while in high school. Jill comments on this historical moment and much more. As she puts it in the book’s epilogue: A nation born in revolution will forever struggle against chaos. A nation founded on universal rights will wrestle against the forces of particularism. A nation that toppled a hierarchy of birth only to erect a hierarchy of wealth will never know tranquility. A nation of immigrants cannot close its borders. And a nation born in contradiction, liberty in a land of slavery, sovereignty in a land of conquest, will fight, forever, over the meaning of its history.” At the link find the title, “164. Jill Lepore (Historian) – Why America keeps going to pieces, Sept, 2018,” right-click “Media files PPY9184642247.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. History Book Author 49 mins – “American truths, not so self-evident. Historian Jill Lepore on why the tension between fact and fiction has been with us since the nation’s founding. Guest – Jill Lepore, professor of American history at Harvard University and staff writer at the New Yorker. Author of the new book ‘These Truths: A History of the United States.’” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Undocumented Immigrant 48 mins – “Journalist Jose Antonio Vargas made headlines when he outed himself as undocumented. His new memoir is “Dear America.” Guest – Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker. Founder and CEO of Define American, a nonprofit media and culture organization that focuses on immigration, identity and citizenship. Author of “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.” (@joseiswriting)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Violinist Micarelli 50 mins “Violinist Lucia Micarelli defies the limits of what music can be played on a violin. She’s with us. Guest – Lucia Micarelli, violinist. Her new album “An Evening With Lucia Micarelli” will be released Sept. 28. (@theloosh)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Washington University President 36 mins – “What’s it like to be a woman who leads a university of 55,000 students? On this episode of Women in Charge, Julia Turner talks to Ana Mari Cauce, the president of the University of Washington, who progressed from assistant professor to president, all at the same institution.” At the link find the title, “Ana Mari Cauce, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files SLT5568183168.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Weed Electrocution 29 mins – “Andrew Diprose is the CEO at Rootwave, a UK tech startup that aims to provide a sustainable and efficient solution to weed problems by zapping them from the root up. The goal is to reduce weeds without using chemicals which could help solve soil contamination issues. His role is to lead the product and technology department, making sure the technology is safe and effective when it is commercially available in 2020. Andrew joins me today to discuss Rootwave, what inspired him to start this type of technology, and how it works. He explains the need for clean methods of killing weeds relative to soil health and describes some of the ways this technology is superior to the conventional means of removing weeds in farms. He also shares his prediction of what agriculture will look like in the future.” At the link left-click select “Save file” and “OK from the pop-up menu.

White Nationalism 42 mins – How A Rising Star Of White Nationalism Broke Free From The Movement – Derek Black was following in his father’s footsteps in the world of white nationalism until he had a change of heart. As the son of a grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, Derek Black was once the heir apparent of the white nationalist movement. Growing up, he made speeches, hosted a radio show and started the website KidsStormfront — which acted as a companion to Stormfront, the white nationalist website his father, Don Black, created.Race. How America’s White Power Movement Coalesced After The Vietnam War “The fundamental belief that drove my dad, drove my parents and my family, over decades, was that race was the defining feature of humanity … and that people were only happy if they could live in a society that was only this one biologically defined racial group,” Black says… It was only after he began attending New College of Florida that Black began to question his own point of view. Previously, he had been home-schooled, but suddenly he was was exposed to people who didn’t share his views, including a few Jewish students who became friends. Black’s new friends invited him over for Shabbat dinner week after week. Gradually, he began to rethink his views. After much soul-searching, a 22-year-old Black wrote an article, published by the Southern Poverty Law Center in 2013, renouncing white nationalism. Derek Black’s “awakening” is the subject of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eli Saslow’s new book, Rising Out Of Hatred. Saslow also interviewed Black’s father and other leaders in the white nationalist movement.. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Working Class 52 mins – “This week we interview Joan C. Williams. Joan is a rock star in her field, who focuses her work on issues faced by women in the workplace. She currently serves as the Founding Director at the Center for WorkLife Law and is a Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of California, Hastings School Law. Joan contributes to many publications, including the Harvard Business Review blog, the Huffington Post, and the Psychology Today blog. Joan has written numerous books, but her most recent is White Working Class: Overcoming Class Cluelessness in AmericaAt the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wireless History 32 mins – :Thomas Hazlett talked about the history of wireless spectrum regulation and his book, The Political Spectrum. He suggested that regulation actually held back spectrum development and created a vast wasteland. Mr. Hazlett is a former FCC chief economist and a Clemson University professor.” The audio or video versions can be purchased. The audio file is also in the blog archive.

Thanks for stopping by.


About virginiajim

Retired knowledge nut.
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