Mining Digest 365 – Nov 16, 2018: Actor James Karen, Airline Industry Regulation, Allan Arkush, America Divided, Animal Shelters, Australia and U.S., Basketball Business, Bio Detecting Dogs, Brain Health, Brazil Politics, Brexit on the Brink, California Latinos, Capitalism Survival, Carbon Capture, China Greening Policy, Chinese Environmental Policy, Chinese Martial Arts, Civility, Climate Change Stories, Climate Politics in White House, Climate Warming Solutions, Comic Hasan Minhaj, Cooperative Development, Democracy Undermining Tactics, Domestic Violence Prevention, Dr Amy Kavanagh, Excess and Scarcity, Forests and Climate Change, Free Press Under Fire, Haitian Baron de Vastey, Hajj Memories, Immigration Issues, India Power Trends, Industrial Pollution, Jihadi Violence Countermeasures, Jobs for Young Adults, Lead in NJ Water, Metabolic Syndrome, Middle Class Future, Minority Voters, Mushrooms by Stamets, Native Artisan Work, Neuroscientist on Free Will, Open Boarders Discussion, Opioid Abuse Policy, Pittsburgh Shootings, Political Polarization Issues, Presidents at War, Prison Guard, Recycling Restrictions by China, Retirement Security, Right to Repair, Rwanda Reconciliation, San Antonio Mayor, Seattle Political Experiment, Social Credit Score in China, Social Innovation, Soviet Union Operations, Stolen Money Movement, Student Loan Whistleblower, Supreme Court Power, Sustainability Practices, Tempurpedic Founder, Terrorist Financing Control, Trade Agreements and Wars, Trump vs Red Tape, Unconventional Monetary Policy, Voting Rights Issues, West Nile Virus, White Nationalism, Wildlife Extinction, World War One Chinese Labor Corps, World War One in California, Yemen War

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Actor James Karen 94 mins – “Character actor extraordinaire James Karen has appeared in over 80 movies, over 100 television shows and a staggering 5,000 TV commercials. In a career spanning nearly 7 decades (!), he’s worked with Frederic March, Lauren Bacall, James Garner, Gene Hackman, Steven Spielberg, Jane Fonda, Robert Redford and Will Smith, to name but a few. Gilbert and Frank phoned James one recent Saturday night to cover a VERY wide range of topics, including his film debut in the immortal “Frankenstein Meets the Space Monster,” his years-long friendship with the legendary Buster Keaton and his experience sharing a townhouse with Marlon Brando, Wally Cox and Maureen Stapleton. Also, James “sells” Craig T. Nelson a haunted house, a Boy Scout uniform leads to an acting career and a controversial “Jeffersons” episode nearly torpedoes a plum TV pitchman gig. PLUS: James parties with Clark Gable and Louis B. Mayer! Gilbert gets a one-cent residual check! Moe Howard recites from “The Tempest”! And James teaches a teenaged Michael Douglas to drive!” At the link find the title, “#33: James Karen, Jan, 2015,” right-click “Media files f3fb3f07-81cb-40bf-a424-b21bc102c44e.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI in Law and Medicine 31 mins – “We talk to mathematician and science writer Hannah Fry about her latest book Hello World: Being Human in the Age of Algorithms.” At the link find the title, “Being Human in the Age of Algorithms, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files a8d2e26b-7116-4f7b-8f2b-cb02f9b5ca89.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Airline Industry Regulation 149 mins – “40 years after deregulation, remaining challenges for airlines and public policy” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Airline Pilot Q and A 44 mins – “What Airline Pilots Should Consider When Flying Recreationally. Welcome to the inspirational, informational, and transparent aviation careers podcast. Joining me today is co host Justin Ash to help me answer your questions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Allan Arkush 111 mins – “Emmy-winning director and producer Allan Arkush entertains Gilbert and Frank with tales of working at the late, great Fillmore East, crossing paths with Ol’ Blue Eyes (and Groucho!) apprenticing for the legendary Roger Corman and directing the cult classic “Rock ‘n’ Roll High School.” Also, Jackie Mason fails to connect, Malcolm McDowell talks to his crotch, Bruce Willis locks horns with Cybill Shepherd and “A Hard Day’s Night” changes Allan’s life forever. PLUS: P.J. Soles! “The Girl Can’t Help It”! In praise of Alexander & Karaszewski! Zacherle introduces the Grateful Dead! And Allan (reluctantly) remembers “Caddyshack 2”!” At the link find the title, “#228 Allan Arkush, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files a5f7cca7-b82c-490d-9a12-3ea6021d58da.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

America Divided 120 mins – “Trump-driven polarization reflects divergent views of America’s future …Governance Studies at Brookings and PRRI hosted an event to release this year’s American Values Survey.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

American Civil War 129 mins – “This was originally going to be one giant episode to finish off the series, but then it grew into TOO giant of an episode, so I decided to divide it in order to conquer it. Here’s the beginning of the end of the Not-So-Civil War series. Join CJ as he discusses: -The costs of the war in death & destruction; – Changes wrought by the war; – The fate of the veterans in the decades following the war” At the link find the title, “Ep. 0170: Johnny Comes Marching Home: The Not-So-Civil War part 14, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL4896296299.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Animal Shelters 49 mins – “The CW has just launched a new Saturday morning show called, Ready, Set, Pet, hosted by Phil Torres. Phil has appeared on shows like Animal Planet and Discovery Channel, and has been published in Wired, BBC, National Geographic, WSJ, MSNBC, and more. Ready, Set, Pet will educate and inform teens and their families about pet adoption, responsible pet ownership, and the importance of a green space for pets. Each episode, Phil will guide a family through the pet adoption process after a careful look at their unique situation to help them make an informed decision in finding the right pet for their lifestyle. While the family visits local shelters and rescues, experts revitalize their outdoor space to make a safe and eco-friendly home for their new pet.. Ready, Set, Pet will teach viewers that thoughtful preparation is key when learning to care for an animal’s needs. Join us as we talk with Phil on today’s episode!” At the link find the title, “Phil Torres – Host of the CW’s Ready, Set, Pet,” right-click “Media files buck101918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Australia and U.S. 64 mins – “For over 100 years, Australia and the United States have enjoyed a relationship—military, social and economic—unlike any other. From the World War I battlefields of France 100 years ago to the present time, when the United States remains the largest investor in Australia—the history of the two countries is inexorably linked. The countries are joined not just by common values but also by common challenges so that one wonders: where to for the next century? Over the last three years, Consul-General Chris Oldfield has taken the opportunity to engage and reflect on the issues critical to the ongoing future of this vitally important relationship.” At the link find the title, “Mateship and Australia–U.S. Relations: A Foundation for the Next 100 Years, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181031_MLF_Austrila Consolute for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Basketball Business 49 mins – “A federal jury on Wednesday convicted three men of conspiring to use cash payments to recruit players to top basketball programs. Writer Michael Sokolove says the case exposes the sordid competition for young athletes, involving apparel companies, scouts, coaches, parents and so-called street agents, or runners, who seek out players as young as 12. “They’re exploitative, they’re dealers in human, athletic flesh, and they’re trying to get their hooks into kids, and get their hooks into families and get into their inner circles, and then to see what’s in it for me?” Sokolove’s new book is ‘The Last Temptation of Rick Pitino.’ Also, film critic Justin Chang reviews the new fantasy thriller ‘Suspiria,’ from ‘Call Me By Your Name’ director Luca Guadagnino.” At the link find the title, “Corruption, Scandal & The Big Business Of College Basketball, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181025_fa_fapodthurs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bio Detecting Dogs 7 mins– “…Dogs possess a sense of smell many times more sensitive than even the most advanced man-made instrument. Just how powerful is a pupper schnoz? Powerful enough to detect substances at concentrations of one part per trillion—a single drop of liquid in 20 Olympic-size swimming pools. With training, dogs can sniff out bombs and drugs, pursue suspects, and find dead bodies. And more and more, they’re being used experimentally to detect human disease—cancer, diabetes, tuberculosis, and now, malaria—from smell alone….”The Science of the Sniff: Why Dogs Are Great Disease Detectors,Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files audio-c5296a28-94ea-41ce-a2db-6af123a1241f-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blue Jeans 27 mins – “For the most part, we tend to keep our clothes relatively clean and avoid spills and rips and tears. But denim is so hard-wearing and hard-working that it just kind of amasses more and more signs of wear. So you can learn a lot from observing an old pair of blue jeans.Articles of Interest is a show about what we wear; a six-part series within 99% Invisible, looking at clothingEpisodes will be released on Tuesdays and Fridays from September 25th through October 12th.For Denim, Avery Trufelman spoke with her friend, artist and curator Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo; Tracey Panek, the corporate historian at Levi Strauss and Company; Lynn Downey, a biographer of Levi Strauss and the former Levis corporate historian; Ada Kong, the toxics manager at Greenpeace East Asia; Emma McClendon associate curator of costume at The Fashion Institute of Technology; Ulrich Simpson, owner of the small independent denim brand UBI-IND.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Health 39 mins – “Anyone who wants to be highly creative, be an innovator, and generate killer ideas needs above all else one thing.  You need your brain. That’s why it’s of primary importance that you take care of your brain health. Your brain, like any muscle can be exercised and strengthened.  In today’s show, we talk about how you can optimize your brain health for innovation and creativity.” At the link find the title, “Brain Health for Innovation and Creativity S14 Ep31, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Brain Health for Innovation and Creativity S14_Ep31.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Politics 47 mins – “Brazil has voted in a new president who says he’ll rule with “authority” if not outright authoritarianism. We’ll look at the implications of Brazil’s election for the global lurch to the right.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brexit on the Brink 89 mins – “…the Center on the United States and Europe at Brookings hosted a panel discussion on the Brexit endgame. It examined what the decisions of the coming weeks could mean for the U.K., Ireland and Northern Ireland, Scotland, the European Union, and the United States.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

California Latinos 64 mins – “The future of political power in the United States may be determined by what happens in the congressional districts in Orange County, California, once a conservative bastion. Today, however, Orange County has become a very different place than it once was, with a high percentage of minorities remaking its politics and economics. No one understands the changes happening there better than journalist Gustavo Arellano. The former publisher and editor of Orange County’s alternative weekly, OC Weekly, Arellano is now the California columnist for the Los Angeles Times’ op-ed section and a sought-after essayist for numerous publications and a frequent commentator on radio and television. He penned the award-winning syndicated column, “¡Ask a Mexican!,” and is the author of Orange County: A Personal History and Taco USA: How Mexican Food Conquered America. In the winter issue of The Journal of Alta California, Arellano takes on the changes going on around him in Orange County as only Arellano can….” At the link find the title, “Journalist Gustavo Arellano in Conversation with Will Hearst, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_2018_10_11_FEA Gustavo Arellano for_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Capitalism Survival 67 mins – “Now more than ever, it seems that the turmoil of American political and economic life leaves many Americans questioning the intentions of our most powerful leaders. Millions have been lifted out of poverty, and productivity has never been greater, but in the United States most of the economic growth has fallen into the hands of the richest 10 percent. As seen with his latest book, Can American Capitalism Survive?, Steven Pearlstein’s critique of capitalism falls in line with this trend. A Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist, Pearlstein describes his problems with current economic methodology and offers his solutions to save capitalism. His conviction challenges the status quo of today’s leading business ideas. Pearlstein argues that qualities such as trust, fairness and integrity are necessary in correcting these problems with American capitalism.” At the link find the title, “Steven Pearlstein: Can American Capitalism Survive?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181019_FEA Pearlstein for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Capture 9 mins – “On paper, carbon capture is a simple proposition: Take carbon that we’ve pulled out of the Earth in the form of coal and oil and put into the atmosphere, and pull it out of the atmosphere and put it back in the Earth. It’s like hitting undo on the Industrial Revolution. And scientists can indeed yank CO2 out of thin air, except that the process is expensive, not very efficient, and morally complicated. …Carbon Engineering says its facility in British Columbia—which works by blowing air over a filter, where proprietary chemicals leach out the CO2—can suck in one ton of carbon a day. (A ton of CO2 is the equivalent of burning around 100 gallons of gas, by the way.) But direct air capture tech remains expensive because there are few incentives to develop it. The authors of the new NAS report say that at the moment, the price to operate these things is around $600 per ton of CO2. But Oldham says Carbon Engineering has gotten the price down to $100 per ton, in part by co-opting technologies in its facility from other industries like water treatment. …Alternately, governments can implement what they should have long ago: carbon taxes. The general principle is that if you release carbon, you get taxed, and that money goes toward fighting climate change. “The beauty of a carbon tax is it puts in motion so many different ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that we can’t even predict,” says MIT economist Christopher Knittel, who studies the mechanism. “This is one of them—we don’t know what the best technology is for taking carbon out of the air.” The trouble with passing carbon taxes, though, comes right back to the fossil fuel companies. “Historically the difficulty with the carbon tax is that it in principle would penalize a bunch of very large firms that produce oil and coal, and those large firms have a large degree of lobbying power,” says Knittel. Even a blue state like Washington has tried and failed to pass a carbon tax, though that’s now on the ballot again. That moral hazard? Yeah, it just got a lot more hazardous.” At the link find the title, “Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files audio-e8cf1a79-96b3-479a-8c5c-386518e860b3-encodings.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Causation and Correlation 20 mins – “We try to tell the difference between correlation and causation.” At the link find the title, “#453: What Causes What?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181017 pmoney_pmpod453.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caution and Openness 26 mins – “An uncomfortable encounter with a stranger sets producer Abby Wendle on a quest to answer the question: who do you let in and who do you keep out? In her search for balance between openness and caution – she navigates the struggles of her long-distance relationship and chats up musician John Prine.” At the link find the title, “BONUS: Who Do You Let In?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181016_invsb_johndoc-2aa812f1-5eb8-49f3-8e97-31ef9d73b597.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Greening Policy 50 mins – “Chinese factories churn out parts and products that end up in our cars, our kitchens and our cell phones. And all that productivity has improved the lives of its citizens, many of whom can now afford cars and cell phones of their own. It’s also made China the global leader in carbon emissions. But in her new book, “Will China Save the Planet,” Barbara Finamore says that China may well take the lead in saving the world from environmental catastrophe. How? By phasing out coal and investing in green energy to power its factories and keep its cities moving. With the US government cutting efforts to curb carbon pollution, is it possible that China is our best hope for saving the planet?” At the link find the title, “Will China Save the Planet?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181021_cl1_Will China Save the Planet PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China-U.S. Competition 92 mins – “…Brookings’s Project on International Order and Strategy, and the John L. Thornton China Center hosted a discussion of how ideology and values may intensify U.S.-China rivalry, particularly in the wake of significant shifts in U.S. policy, and developments in China, such as a push toward mass surveillance and piloting of a “social credit” system; well-documented reports of large-scale repression of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang province; and efforts to reshape the international human rights regime.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

China-U.S. Interests 83 mins – “The China debate: Are US and Chinese long-term interests fundamentally incompatible? –Evan Osnos moderated a public debate about the future of U.S.-China relations.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Chinese Environmental Policy 94 mins – “China’s environmental agenda: Local tolls and global goals -… John L. Thornton China Center convened a panel of experts to discuss China’s environmental agenda at the international, national, and subnational levels.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Chinese Martial Arts P1 53 mins – “Don’t be fooled by the title. Wing Chin and Ip Man will be covered next episode. Today’s the first in a two part series that offers up a survey of the development of martial arts in China from the mythical times of the Yellow Emperor to the present day. Let’s look at the China history timeline once more, with feeling, and see how these martial arts embraced by millions and millions around the world slowly developed through the centuries. This will serve as the setup to next episode when we zero in on one particular style of martial arts and one of its best known masters.” At the link find the title, “CHP-203-The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man Part 1, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL3123123839.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Martial Arts P2 48 mins – “We continue on from last episode’s overview of the Chinese martial arts history timeline. Today we zero in on the history and legends behind the Wing Chun style of king fu. We’ll also look at Grandmaster Ip Man and all those Wing Chin greats who came before him going back to the founder Ng Mui (Wu Mei). Thanks to Detroit attorney and unofficial Wing Chun ambassador Michael Benkstein for all the support and input that went into this series.” At the link find the title, “CHP-204-The History of Chinese Martial Arts, Wing Chun and Ip Man Part 2, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL6579503677.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civility 47 mins – “Civility in our shared national political conversation: Do we need it? How do we get it back?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Efforts 12 mins – “…Recent articles in Vox, the Guardian, and the Outline have warned that individuals “going green” in daily life won’t make enough of a difference to be worth the effort. In fact, they argue, such efforts could actually make matters worse, as focusing on individual actions might distract people from pressuring corporations and government officials to lower greenhouse gas emissions and enact the broader policy change we need to meet our climate goals. These articles and others like them tend to conclude that the only truly meaningful action people can take to influence our climate future is to vote. Voting is crucial, but this perspective misses a large point of individual actions. We don’t recommend taking personal actions like limiting plane rides, eating less meat, or investing in solar energy because all of these small tweaks will build up to enough carbon savings (though it could help). We do so because people taking action in their personal lives is actually one of the best ways to get to a society that implements the policy-level change that is truly needed. Research on social behavior suggests lifestyle change can build momentum for systemic change. Humans are social animals, and we use social cues to recognize emergencies. People don’t spring into action just because they see smoke; they spring into action because they see others rushing in with water. The same principle applies to personal actions on climate change….”At the link find the title, “Carbon Capture Is Messy and Fraught—But Might Be Essential, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files audio-7c00b4ef-da63-4a3e-ae19-931263843313-encodings” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Stories 50 mins – “Stephen Most will speak about visual storytelling as an effective form of public education on crucial subjects that mass media tend to ignore, misrepresent or present without adequate context. He will discuss how documentaries convey experiences that enlarge the viewer’s understanding. Focusing on Oil on Ice and Wilder than Wild: Fires, Forests and the Future, which he worked on as a screenwriter and writer/producer, Most will speak about representing climate change via stories for the screen. He will discuss how films aid campaigns that change the climate of opinion. Addressing the challenges nonfiction filmmakers face in showing arts’ complexities and unprecedented realities, Most will read passages from his book, Stories Make the World: Reflections on Storytelling and the Art of the Documentary.At the link find the title, “Fire and Ice: Documentary Storytelling and the Climate Crisis, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181018_MLF_Fire and Ice For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Politics in White House 50 mins – “Climate used to have bipartisan support. Now that the Republican party is skeptical about fighting climate change, companies are moving into a leadership void. On the show today we’ll hear from two former White House spokesmen in Republican and Democratic administrations now working on climate from different angles. Robert Gibbs addresses what McDonald’s is doing to cut its carbon emissions and environmental impact. Jeff Nesbit heads a communications organization trying to get the climate story covered more prominently in the mainstream news media.” At the link find the title, “Climate Press Pool: Robert Gibbs and Jeff Nesbit, Oct, 2018,” right-click “ Media files cc_20181014_cl1_ClimatePressPool.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Discussion 53 mins – “The Earth’s temperature has been rising. To limit catastrophic outcomes, we must limit warming to no more than two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) average temperature rise. Economists agree we will save trillions of dollars by acting early. But how do we act successfully? What is the plan if we fall short? Bridging climate science, design, psychology, politics and religion, we explore the practical steps to reduce global warming and to adapt to the inevitable, all the while improving the bottom line, beautifying our communities and increasing human health for all of us who occupy and shape our environment.” At the link find the title, “Two Degrees: Cities, Architecture and Our Changing Environments, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181029_MLF Two Degrees For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Solutions 78 mins – “This program will serve as a way-finding event that balances the realism of climate change with the practical solutions currently at work with the Buckminster Fuller Institute and Project Drawdown. The density and intensity of the presentations inspire action. The audience will be challenged to find their own voices and amplify the work of the team of experts already on the front lines of climate solutions. Amanda Ravenhill and Malcolm Walter bring their diverse backgrounds and experience to deliver a powerful and inspiring presentation that will engage and empower. Malcolm Walter, a graduate of Al Gore’s Climate Reality leadership training, will explore with attendees the current state of climate change and policy as he asks: Can we change, and will we change? Amanda Ravenhill will present some of Project Drawdown’s 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change. Following a Q&A session, attendees will have the hands-on opportunity to learn more specifics from experts and work to identify individual contributions to this important work. The intention is to provide a message of hope and instill urgency. We hope all guests will leave feeling poised to take action.” At the link find the title, “From Climate Reality to Project Drawdown: Is This Happening to Us or for Us?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181015_MLF_Climate For Podcast.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Comic Hasan Minhaj 49 mins – “’I’m an Indian-American-Muslim kid, but am I more Indian or am I more American?’ Minhaj asks. The former ‘Daily Show’ correspondent has a new weekly political comedy series on Neflix called ‘Patriot Act.’ Minhaj spoke with Terry Gross in 2017 when his comedy special ‘Homecoming King’ was released and he had just done the White House Correspondents’ dinner. Also, TV critic David Bianculli reviews ‘Homecoming’ on Amazon Prime Video. The series stars Julia Roberts as a therapist who’s working with a soldier returning from Afghanistan.” At the link find the title, “Comic Hasan Minhaj, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181102_fa_fapodfri.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cooperative Development 30 mins – “10 years since the financial crash we’ve learned that there exists in the US not just one economy, but many, as well as many kinds of economic actors. From platform cooperatives to cryptocurrency, people are continuously building economic alternatives. So says Nathan Schneider, crusader for collective ownership and author of “Everything for Everyone: the Radical Tradition That Is Shaping The Next Economy.” Plus, professor and author Virginia Eubanks on how government and corporations are erasing social services through unequal digital practices.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democracy Undermining Tactics 66 mins – “Democracies are facing multiplying challenges—from structural changes to geopolitical shifts to cultural transformations. Though the United States remains one of the strongest democratic nations in the world, it is by no means immune to democratic backsliding. As the American public becomes more polarized on issues such as the freedom of press and U.S.–Russia relations, will our institutions hold? Do the systemic weaknesses revealed by recent pressures on the U.S. Constitution require fundamental change in how the Constitution is interpreted and implemented? How likely is it that our democracy could erode? And what can be done to mitigate the risk? Aziz Huq is a noted scholar on the interaction of constitutional design with individual rights and liberties. Before joining the law school faculty, Huq worked as associate counsel and then director of the Liberty and National Security Project of the Brennan Center for Justice at the New York University School of Law, litigating cases in both the United States courts of appeals and the Supreme Court. He was also a senior consultant analyst for the International Crisis Group, researching constitutional design and implementation in Pakistan, Nepal, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. In 2015, Huq received the University of Chicago Graduating Students Award for Teaching Excellence. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School.” At the link find the title, “Law Professor Aziz Huq: How to Save a Constitutional Democracy, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181015_FEA_Aziz Huq For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diplomatic Negotiations 67 mins – “From her early career as a social worker to serving as one of the few women present in international negotiations, Wendy Sherman has experienced politics and international diplomacy like few have. Among her past positions, Sherman has served as special advisor to President Bill Clinton, North Korea policy coordinator and chief U.S. negotiator for the Iran nuclear deal. With the current administration’s shift away from foreign policy, as seen in President Trump’s withdrawal from the very deal with Iran that she helped create, Sherman believes American diplomacy is under greater threat now than in any other recent time. Yet even still, this era is marked by increasing global interconnectedness. Sherman has focused on diplomatic negotiations to achieve greater peace and security. In her book, Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power, and Persistence, Sherman describes her experiences and perspectives to give us all a deeper understanding of past and present international diplomacy.” At the link find the title, “Ambassador Wendy Sherman: Iran and Lessons on Diplomacy, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181016_FEA Wendy Sherman for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Domestic Violence Prevention 66 mins – “1992 was triumphantly declared the Year of the Woman. But, in the 26 years since, how much have policies and perceptions changed in the pursuit of gender equality? Women and men are speaking out about the harassment, injustice and violence, which remains pervasive in our society. In order to generate long-term solutions with real change, many experts believe we must address the systemic causes of abuse. Join Representative Jackie Speier and Suzy Loftus, former San Francisco police commission president, as they discuss the cycle of abuse and how the women’s movement can help end domestic violence.” At the link find the title, “Ending the Silence on Domestic Violence, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181022_FEA_Ending Domestic Violence for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Amy Kavanagh P1 29 mins – “Dr. Amy Kavanagh was fed up with the grabbing, pushing, polling from the cited community when she adventured out into the public sphere. All to knowing that the adventure itself was challenging in it’s own right, the unsolicited touching nearly kept her from stepping out of the house. Taking to her Twitter feed, Amy talked about the incidences and created the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab. People started to respond and began using the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab and soon request came in for her to speak on radio and television shows. Meanwhile, her Twitter feed blew up with responses, requests and others chiming in and using #JustAskDontGrab. Amy is quite passionate about her message and shares what led up to the #JustAskDontGrab campaign. Amy wants the message to be a tool and an opening for conversation on how to help someone who may appear to need help by asking and not just doing what they think is best. Join Dr. Amy Kavanagh and Jeff Thompson as they sit down in the Blind Abilities Studio to bring more awareness, education and a teaching moment to the hashtag #JustAskDontGrab. Stay tuned for the next episode in this 3-part series with Amy Kavanagh and her introduction to the white cane and getting on the list at GuideDogs.UK. And the 3rdin this series on Amy’s journey and revolations when she accepted her blindness.” At the link find the title, “Just Ask Don’t Grab – Meet Dr. Amy Kavanagh, Blogger, Activist, and Volunteer with a Message – #JustAskDontGrab, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files AmyKavanaghJADG.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dr Amy Kavanagh P2 33 mins – “On White Cane Day, Blind Abilities is proud to bring you part 2 of Dr. Amy Kavanagh: Accepting the Cane and Guide Dog Possibilities. Amy has adjusted to her limited vision since she was born and when it came time for the White cane, she thought it was for other people to understand or recognize that she doesn’t see very well. Never thinking she needed a cane for her own good and never thought about using a Guide Dog. This all changed when she made a couple of phone calls to GuideDogsUK – it was life changing! Her new-found independence and her ability to gain so much information from the White Cane was revolutionary and put to ease some of the constant struggles that held her back from reaching her full potential. Join Dr. Amy Kavanagh and Jeff Thompson as they explore Amy’s long road toward accepting the cane and her introduction to GuideDogsUK.” At the link find the title, “Dr. Amy Kavanagh: Accepting the Cane and Guide Dog Possibilities – The 2nd in this 3-Part Series, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files AmyKavanaghCanes2Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Excess and Scarcity 49 mins – “Have you ever noticed that when something important is missing in your life, your brain can only seem to focus on that missing thing? On this week’s Radio Replay, we bring you a March 2017 story about the phenomenon of scarcity, and how it can blind us to the big picture. Then, we go to the opposite end of the spectrum to look at the perils of excess. We’ll bring you an October 2016 conversation with Brooke Harrington, a sociologist who wanted to know what it’s like to be one of the richest people on the planet. For more on these topics, visit us at” At the link find the title, “Radio Replay: Too Little, Too Much, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181026 hiddenbrain_hb-too little too much hybrid-rr_mix_10-23-3eff7b6d-e668-4d9f-933d-6b5f14b6accf.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Family Border Separations 53 mins – “Meet and hear from two attorneys involved in representing immigrant families separated and in border detention centers. Kristina McKibben is an immigration attorney in Sacramento who specializes in removal defense, humanitarian relief, and detention work. As a Central Valley native, Kristina has always had a passion for the underdog. After attending the University of California at Davis and Boston University School of Law, McKibben returned to Northern California and focused her time on freeing immigrants from detention, securing relief for unaccompanied minors, and connecting clients with humanitarian relief in a range of contexts. Jason Sias is a Los Angeles native and attorney with expertise in civil rights cases and post-conviction relief. His work includes safeguarding clients from immigration consequences and seeking justice for victims of police misconduct. Jason earned his J.D. from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and is a member of the California and Louisiana state bars.” At the link find the title, “Families Separated at the Border: What Is Happening to Them?, “ right-click “Media files cc_20181017_MM_KM_JS for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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

Free Press Under Fire 53 mins – “…[Marvin] Kalb debuted his book at Brookings and was joined by veteran journalist Dan Rather for a discussion about its main themes. The two journalists explored how Trump has delegitimized the American press and why we should fear for the future of American democracy.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Gender-Neutral Child 51 mins – “”Be the change you wish to see in the world.” It’s a popular quote that’s made its way onto coffee mugs and bumper stickers — but it’s not the easiest principle to live. On this week’s Hidden Brain, we meet Royce and Jessica James, a couple who decided to raise their daughter in a gender-neutral way. It was far harder than they ever could have imagined. For further reading on children and gender norms, visit us at” At the link find the title, “Be The Change, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181022 hiddenbrain_hb_pr_83-1_be_the_change-rebroadcast_10-22-18.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Google Workplaces 75 mins – “Google is known as a pioneer in offering workplace programs and services such as food, fitness, wellness, transportation and more. Michel Bakker, Google’s director of global programs for real estate and workplace services, will discuss how creating amazing workplaces and experiences helps attract highly sought-after talent and enables Googlers and Google to thrive. He’ll speak to how his team strives to deliver sustainable programs and services at scale, and he’ll also discuss their approach to driving innovation in the workplace through the power of internal and external partnerships. “ At the link find the title, “In Search of a Healthy Workplace, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181023_MLF Google Food for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Haitian Baron de Vastey 52 mins – Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and titled “Haiti’s Baron de Vastey and the Black Atlantic.”  Our speaker is Marlene Daut, Professor of African American Studies at University of Virginia.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hajj Memories 60 mins – “Ejaz Naqvi, author of The Three Abrahamic Testaments: How the Torah, Gospels, and Qur’an Hold the Keys for Healing Our Fears, will discuss Hajj, the great pilgrimage to Mecca, the holiest city in Islam. He will share his precious memories of the Hajj, one of the five pillars of Islam and a once-in-a-lifetime, sacred duty demonstrating Muslim solidarity and submission to Allah. He will share the lessons he learned for personal spiritual growth as well as for the benefit of society at large. Naqvi is a practicing physician and serves on the Board of the Interfaith Council of Contra Costa County.” At the link find the title, “Reliving My Hajj: Reflections Beyond Ritual, Oct, 2018,” right-click :”Media files cc_20181026_MLF Reliving My Hajj for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration Issues 61 mins – “Aarti Kohli landed in Queens, New York, as a seven-year-old with her family and saw first-hand what it means to be a struggling immigrant in the United States. She is currently the executive director at Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus, the first organization in the country to represent and promote the legal and civil rights of Asian and Pacific Islander communities. At Advancing Justice-ALC she oversees key program areas, including national security and civil rights, immigration, and criminal justice reform. She also helps guide the state and national policy work of the Advancing Justice affiliation with partners in Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Formerly, she was the director of immigration policy at the Warren Institute at UC Berkeley School of Law, where one of her key projects involved creating an intensive immigration seminar for professional journalists. Prior to her work in California, she worked in Washington, D.C., as Judiciary Committee counsel to Congressman Howard Berman (D-CA) and as assistant legislative director at UNITE union, where she lobbied on behalf of low-income garment workers who were primarily immigrant women.” At the link find the title, “Aarti Kohli on The Michelle Meow Show 10/25/18, Oct, 2018,” right-click “ Media files cc_20181025_MM_Aarti Kohli for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Power Trends 60 mins – “A rising India wants a seat at the table of global powers and is ready to set its own terms on everything from defense, climate and trade. Alyssa Ayres considers the role this ascendant democracy will play internationally, the obstacles it continues to face and the implications of its rise for the United States and other nations.” At the link find the title, “Alyssa Ayres: How India Is Making Its Place in the World, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181022_SV Alyssa Ayres For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.

Industrial Pollution 48 mins – “Red states, blue states – when it comes to our environment, are we really two different Americas? New Yorker writer Eliza Griswold spent time in southwestern Pennsylvania to tell the story of a family living on the front lines of the fracking boom. Berkeley professor Arlie Hochschild traveled to Louisiana to escape what she calls the “bubble” of coastal thinking. Both writers emerged with books that paint an honest portrait of a misunderstood America. On today’s program, tales of the people whose lives have been impacted by America’s craving for energy, the choices they’ve made, and their fight to protect their families and their environment.” At the link find the title, “Prosperity and Paradox: A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild and Eliza Griswold, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181104_cl1 Prosperity and Paradox_PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jihadi Violence Countermeasures 90 mins – “The limits of punishment: Transitional justice and violent extremism – …the Foreign Policy program at Brookings and the United Nations University’s Centre for Policy Research (UNU-CPR) presented a discussion of alternative strategies and justice issues for countries affected by jihadi violence.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Jobs for Young Adults 89 mins – “the Metropolitan Policy Program hosted an event in partnership with Child Trends, marking the release of new research examining the quality of jobs held by young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds and the specific employment, education and training experiences that are associated with higher-quality jobs.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Kibbutz History 67 mins – “Economist and author Ran Abramitzky of Stanford University talks about his book, The Mystery of the Kibbutz, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Abramitzky traces the evolution of the kibbutz movement in Israel and how the kibbutz structure changed to cope with the modernization and development of the Israeli economy. The conversation includes a discussion of how the history of the kibbutz might help us to understand the appeal and challenges of the socialism and freedom.” At the link find the title, Ran Abramitzky on the Mystery of the Kibbutz, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Abramitzkykibbutz.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead in NJ Water 48 mins – “The levels of lead in Newark, New Jersey’s drinking water are some of the highest recently recorded by a large water system in the United States. Experts agree that there is no safe level of lead exposure. Pregnant women and children are most at risk: Even low lead levels are associated with serious, irreversible damage to developing brains and nervous systems. For years, the city has had the greatest number of lead-poisoned children in New Jersey. This likely stems from a variety of exposures to lead, including from contaminated tap water and other sources. Indeed, 2016 tests revealed 30 public schools with elevated water lead levels. Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), together with the Newark Education Workers Caucus, is fighting in court to ensure that the residents of Newark have access to safe, clean drinking water every time they turn on the tap. Tune in as we speak with Mae Wu, Senior Attorney for the NRDC’s Health Program.” At the link find the title, “Newark Drinking Water Crisis, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files buck110218.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Metabolic Syndrome 69 mins – “Modern health means metabolic health. The main pathway to chronic diseases today is the breakdown of our finely tuned metabolic machinery inside, due to processed food, lifestyle and – mental health? Stress and depression have potent effects on our behavior and creating imbalance of hormones such as glucose, insulin and inflammation. Poor mental health contributes to the metabolic syndrome, a cluster of common maladies including a large waist, high lipid levels and blood pressure, breakdown of the balance between insulin and glucose, and the most invisible to all, a fatty liver. You will hear from four experts in this area on the important topics of nutrition, optimal daily habits and how to prevent depression and the cascade of dysregulation that manifests as the metabolic syndrome. Elissa Epel, Ph.D, is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSF. Epel studied psychology and psychobiology at Stanford University (BA), and clinical and health psychology at Yale University (Ph.D.).… Wolfram Alderson’s career in pursuit of social and environmental change spans across four decades. He currently serves as CEO of the Hypoglycemia Support Foundation.… Dr. Lustig specializes in the field of neuroendocrinology, with an emphasis on the regulation of energy balance by the central nervous system.… Dr. Rasgon is a professor in the departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University’s School of Medicine….” At the link find the title, “Metabolic Syndrome and Mental Health, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181101_MLF Metabolic Syndrome for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle Class Future 119 mins – “…the Future of the Middle Class Initiative at Brookings hosted Governors John Hickenlooper (D-Col.) and John Kasich (R-Ohio) for an event marking the launch of a new book by Brookings Senior Fellow Isabel Sawhill, ‘The Forgotten Americans: An Economic Agenda for a Divided Nation.’” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Midterm Election Impact 64 mins – “The 2018 election will change the balance of power in California and the nation. While the factors that have driven climate change and drought are on the rise, environmental actions, policies and agencies face rollbacks and cutbacks. The outcome of the November vote on candidates and ballot initiatives will likely have far-reaching ecological and social impacts. Our panel will discuss the present and future of the 2018 midterm elections and the environmental turning points ahead.” At the link find the title, “What Do the Midterm Elections Mean for the Environment, California and the Nation?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181030_MLF Midterms for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minority Voters 63 mins – “The role of minority voters in the 2018 midterm elections – …Governance Studies hosted a panel of experts to discuss these questions as they relate to the upcoming elections.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Mushrooms by Stamets 147 mins– “Paul Stamets (@PaulStamets) is an intellectual and industry leader in the habitat, medicinal use, and production of fungi. Part of his mission is to deepen our understanding and respect for the organisms that literally exist under every footstep taken on this path of life. Paul is the author of a new study in Nature’s Scientific Reports, which details how mushroom extracts—specifically extracts from woodland polypore mushrooms—can greatly reduce viruses that contribute to bee colony collapse. Paul is the author of six books, including Mycelium Running: How Mushrooms Can Help Save the World, Growing Gourmet and Medicinal Mushrooms, and Psilocybin Mushrooms of the World: An Identification Guide, and he has discovered and named numerous species of psilocybin mushrooms. Paul is also the founder and owner of Fungi Perfecti, makers of the Host Defense mushroom supplement line, and it is something I’ve been using since Samin Nosrat recommended it in my last book, Tribe of Mentors….” At the link find the title, “#340: Paul Stamets — How Mushrooms Can Save You and (Perhaps) the World, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files a347d207-3697-4540-a7fd-5f5344067421.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Anthem Issues 27 mins – “Where does change come from?” At the link find the title, “Anthems, pledges and change, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 8731186a-5bbc-474c-b45a-05f8096c6d8a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Native Artisan Work 27 mins – “Bethany Yellowtail—fashion designer, business owner, and general badass—is a Mash-Up to Know. She is the owner and designer of B.YELLOWTAIL, a fashion line, and the leader of B.YELLOWTAIL COLLECTIVE, a platform for the work of Native artisans of different nations. Rebecca and Amy try not to fan girl too hard about her beautiful clothes and amazing work, and they get to the heart of why dating as an Indigenous woman in LA is just as challenging as it sounds.” At the link find the title, “Bethany Yellowtail Won’t Quit, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 4963da8f-1ba1-4ab5-87a4-73463bb9ce4a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neuroscientist on Free Will 48 mins – “Neil deGrasse Tyson investigates free will, morality, meditation, psychedelic experiences, artificial intelligence, and more alongside neuroscientist and author Sam Harris, comic co-host Godfrey, neurotheologist Andrew Newberg, and neuroscientist Robert Wright. You have no choice but to listen.” At the link find the title, “The Illusion of Free Will, with Sam Harris,, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files b72f0fad-d170-425c-a83b-89412b12fe15.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Newt Gingrich Political Impact 47 mins – “’Atlantic’ journalist McKay Coppins says that by the time the former speaker of the house left Congress in 1999, he had enshrined a “combative, tribal, angry attitude in politics that would infect our national discourse in Washington and Congress for decades to come.” Coppins explains how Gingrich set the stage for President Trump’s rise, and how Democrats are now using some of his tactics. Coppins’ new article is ‘The Man Who Broke Politics.’ Also, critic David Edelstein reviews the Orson Welles film ‘The Other Side of the Wind,’ which was unfinished before his death — now complete and streaming on Netflix.”How Newt Gingrich ‘Broke Politics’, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181101_fa_fapodthurs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Boarders Discussion 66 mins – “Immigration policy has long divided America and continues to be one of the country’s biggest issues. Substantive discussion gets sidelined by predispositions that people hold for their opposition. Movements to restrict immigration is assumed to be reinforced by cruel, racist and nativist intentions. However, Reihan Salam, executive editor of National Review and the son of two Bangladeshi immigrants, delivers his rational and considerate argument against open borders. In his book Melting Pot or Civil War?, Salam argues that uncontrolled immigration simply reorganizes low-skilled immigrants into immobile social and economic classes. The melting pot ideal is overshadowed by the reality of a declining demand for less-skilled labor and gentrification of low-income neighborhoods. Ultimately, an immigration policy based on open border principles will create a new ethnic underclass and stimulate racial segregation. Join Salam for a stirring conversation beyond the partisan stereotypes that surround immigration policy and why he believes a rethink of policy will help America.” At the link find the title, “Reihan Salam: The Case Against Open Borders, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181010_FEA_Riahan_Salam_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Abuse Policy 52 mins – “Crafting public policy to address the nation’s opioid epidemic – …Governance Studies Brookings hosted a forum to explore the complex public policy questions raised by opioid abuse.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Opioid Use 49 mins – “More than 70,000 people died of drug overdoses last year — many of them from heroin and other opioids. One of the most widely-used tools to confront this crisis is a drug called naloxone. It can reverse an opioid overdose within seconds, and has been hailed by first responders and public health researchers. But earlier this year, two economists released a study that suggested naloxone might be leading some users to engage in riskier behavior — and causing more deaths than it saves. This week, we talk with researchers, drug users, and families about the mental calculus of opioid use, and why there’s still so much we’re struggling to understand about addiction. For more information about the research in this episode, visit” At the link find the title, “The Lazarus Drug, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181030_hiddenbrain_the_lazarus_drug_10302018_mix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Shootings 47 mins – “Eleven people were killed in an attack on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The gunman is in custody. We look at the shooting and rising anti-Semitism around the world.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Shootings 53 mins – “Joyce welcomes executive board members of the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD), William Ris and John Register to the show. AAPD is the largest membership organization of people with disabilities in the country. Guests will discuss their roles within AAPD in-depth.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Identity Causes 27 mins – “When most of us think about how we came to our political views, we often give a straightforward answer. We believe our stances on taxes, immigration or national security are shaped by those around us — our friends, parents, teachers. We assume our life experiences are the root of our political ideologies. But what if there is something deeper in us that drives the music we listen to, the food we eat — even the politicians that we elect? This week, we explore the role of biology in shaping our political identities.” At the link find the title, “Red Brain, Blue Brain, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181008 hiddenbrain_hb_spotlight-john_hibbing-10-08_final_mix-1e0612b6-7162-4a26-9222-5ebe96a70aa2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Polarization Issues 62 mins – “One of America’s leading political scientists and theorists Francis Fukuyama is back with a provocative new look at one of the most critical issues facing America: identity politics and, most specifically, its role in promoting democracy as well as undermining it through polarization. In 2014, Fukuyama wrote that American institutions were in decay due to the power of powerful interest groups. Two years later, his predictions were borne out by the rise to power of a series of political outsiders whose economic nationalism and authoritarian tendencies threatened to destabilize the entire international order. These populist nationalists seek direct charismatic connection to “the people,” who are usually defined in narrow identity terms that offer an irresistible call to an in-group and exclude large parts of the entire population. At the same time, groups previously marginalized based on race, ethnicity, gender or religion are increasingly demanding equal recognition in society, setting up a clash in identity politics at a time when national unity is so needed.  Fukuyama’s new book looks at the contrasting ways identity has become a potent new battleground in society and discusses the threat to society when there are such significant challenges to collective action and communication. His book also makes a spirited call for the importance of forging a national identity that supports democracy as opposed to breaking it apart….” At the link find the title, “Francis Fukuyama on Identity: How It Separates Us and Can Bring Us Together, Oct, 2018,” right-click “cc_20181030_MC_Fukuyama For Podcast_EXPLICIT.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Polling Issues 61 mins – “Prior to this November’s midterm elections, Monday Night Philosophy dives into 2016’s political polling. Josh Libresco examines what the polls can teach us about the 2016 presidential election, even as American pollsters attempt to make sense of an election that was very different from anything Americans have seen in generations. Libresco will explain why it was especially difficult for pollsters to make predictions in 2016 and what techniques they use in an effort to understand how and why people vote the way they do. He will also offer insights into the November 2018 congressional elections and California’s governor and Senate races.” At the link find the title, “What Pollsters Learned in 2016 and What It Means for 2018, Oct, 2018,” right-click “ Media files cc_20181008_MLF Polsters Learned For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidents at War 67 mins – “In times of crisis, how have America’s commanders in chief guided the country through conflict to victory? In his new book, Presidents of War, presidential historian Michael Beschloss takes us behind the scenes and into the room with American presidents. Beschloss illustrates scenes in striking detail, portraying how presidents have had to make difficult decisions, sometimes sending hundreds of thousands of men and women to their deaths. From James Madison and the War of 1812 to the recent times, Beschloss describes how presidents struggled with Congress, the courts, the press, their own advisors and antiwar protesters. Come learn and understand how these presidents were able to withstand the pressures of war—both physically and emotionally—or were broken by them. Beschloss will discuss how far we have traveled from the time of our founders, who tried to restrain presidential power, to the modern day, when a single leader has the potential to launch nuclear weapons that could destroy much of the human race.” At the link find the title “Michael Beschloss: American Presidents at War, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181018_FEA_Michael Beschloss for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Guard 64 mins – “In 2014, Mother Jones journalist Shane Bauer made national headlines when he went not-so-undercover as a guard at Winn Correctional Center, a private prison in Louisiana. He used his real name, and due to lack of any real background checks, remained employed for four months. In that short time, Bauer witnessed firsthand the horrific conditions both prisoners and guards faced at the hands of the billion-dollar private prison industry and wrote an exposé that became Mother Jones’ most read piece of all time. He argues that the private prison system is rarely held accountable for the atrocities that happen quietly within its concrete walls. Join Bauer as he discusses his unique experience, the for-profit prison industry’s past and present in American history, and the state of justice at that intersection of our legal system, capitalism and mass incarceration.” At the link find the title, “Shane Bauer: The Business of Prison, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181008_INF_Shane Bauer For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Recycling Defined 54 mins – “Recycling programs as we know it are at risk, because China, as one of the world’s biggest recycled goods buyers, has increased their standards for the recycled goods they will import. Standards have gotten so tough that even one dirty pizza box can contaminate tons of recyclable material and send them to the landfill. According to Republic Services, as much as 30% of the materials in the recycling stream are currently contaminated. So, what’s the solution? In the long-term, companies are improving technology to better sort and clean recycling. But for now, it’s more important than ever that people know what to recycle and how. The nation’s recycling model is broken, but it can be fixed. Republic Services has recently launched a new consumer campaign called Recycling Simplified, to discuss the general issues facing the recycling industry. It’s an important issue for every town in America– if people know the guidelines, they won’t risk ruining the recycled goods of others.” At the link find the title, “Republic Services’ New ‘Recycling Simplified’ Campaign, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files buck100518.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Recycling Restrictions by China 53 mins – “Recycling in the U.S. is highly dependent on the ability to export our recycling overseas. In California alone, 62 percent of the states’ recycling is exported to China. However, in July 2017, China announced a policy called National Sword, which limits the import of contaminated recyclable commodities and increases inspections of recyclable commodity imports. Tune in as we speak with Zoe Heller, Assistant Director for Policy Development at the California Department of Resources Recycling, about how National Sword is impacting local recycling efforts across the U.S., and what investments would be required to create the domestic recycling infrastructure needed to keep U.S. recycling onshore.” At the link find the title, “Encore: National Sword: How China’s Crackdown is Affecting U.S. Recycling,” Oct, 2018, right-click “Media files buck020918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Security 61 mins – “…the Center on Regulation and Markets at Brookings hosted Kara Stein, commissioner at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, to give her perspective on how the SEC can best provide that assistance.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Right to Repair 47 mins – “The companies that build our smartphones, our cars and our appliances don’t want you or your repairman to be able to fix them. And the “right-to-repair” movement is fighting back.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rwanda Reconciliation 59 mins – “Twenty-four years after the genocide against the Tutsi, a process of reconciliation and redevelopment has helped Rwandans transcend many of the divisions that tore their nation apart. The process of reconciliation today is embodied by government initiatives intended to erase the old colonial construct of operation along ethnic identities. This event will discuss Rwanda’s history and how its people were able to heal the wounds of genocide and harness a shared spirit to challenge the forces that tore the country apart.” At the link find the title, “Rwanda: Reconciliation in the Aftermath of Ethnic and Religious Strife, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181102 MLF Rwanda For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

San Antonio Mayor 66 mins – “In many ways, there was no reason Julián Castro should have been successful. Born to unmarried parents in a poverty-stricken neighborhood of a struggling city, his prospects of escaping this circumstance seemed bleak. Yet he and his twin brother, Joaquin, did not let cynicism hold them back. Instead, they aspired to achieve the American dream despite unlikely odds. Castro’s success as the mayor of San Antonio propelled him onto the national stage, where he was the keynote speaker at the 2012 Democratic National Convention—the same spot President Obama held in 2004. He then went on to Washington, D.C., where he served as the Obama administration’s secretary of housing and urban development. His meteoric rise has many wondering if a presidential run is in his future. Join us as Castro tells the unlikely story of how he believes the American dream can still lift unlikely heroes, no matter one’s politics.” At the link find the title, “Julián Castro: An American Journey, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181026_FEA Julian Castro for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seattle Political Experiment – “Seattle’s radical solution to big money in politics: Flood elections with even more money.” At the link find the title, “#873: The Seattle Experiment,” right-click “Media files 20181102_pmoney pmpod873v2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sesame Street History 22 mins – “In the last 50 years, there’s a good chance you’ve watched “Sesame Street”—whether as an adult, a child, or both—and that it’s shaped the way you see the world around you. Sherrie Westin heads up Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind “Sesame Street,” and touts the show’s unique approach to creating learning opportunities: “We’re combining the power of popular media with our engaging, nonthreatening Muppets to enlighten young children. That’s pretty powerful.” With Muppets who talk about everything from autism to incarceration to refugees to personal hygiene, friendly fuzzy faces tackle important subjects for a young audience every single day in 150 countries around the world. In 2018, Sesame Workshop, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee (IRC), won the MacArthur Foundation’s first ever $100 million 100&Change grant competition. This enormous grant enables Sesame Workshop and IRC to implement the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response, targeting children and families in the Syrian response region, which includes Syria, Iraq, Jordan and Lebanon. The goal? To improve children’s learning outcomes, support their vital intellectual and emotional development, and help them overcome the trauma of war….” At the link find the title, “Sesame Street: Changing Children’s Lives Around the World, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181030_INF_Sesame Street for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sketch Noting 31 mins – “Nichole Carter trains teachers and kids on the art of sketch noting. In this episode, Tim and Scott pick Nichole’s brain about how to get our students taking better notes. Nichole’s sketch notes can be seen on Twitter: . Check out Kathy Schrock’s web page all about sketch noting: The Bedley Bros is sponsored by Rockin’ the Standards, educational rock songs that help elementary aged kids learn effortlessly.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Soap Producer Interview 59 mins -”In the late 1990s, Adam Lowry and Eric Ryan took on the notion that “green doesn’t clean” by setting out to make soap that could clean a bathtub without harming the environment. Adam started experimenting with baking soda, vinegar, and scented oils, while Eric worked on making sleek bottles that looked good on a kitchen counter. Just a few years later, Adam and Eric were selling Method cleaning products in stores throughout the country, after a bold gamble got them on the shelves of Target. PLUS, for our postscript “How You Built That,” how Loren and Lisa Poncia turned a 100 year-old family business into an organic beef supplier: Stemple Creek Ranch.” At the link find the title, “method: Adam Lowry & Eric Ryan, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181004_hibt_method-f2a7e0de-79ab-4b93-b186-10907ecae1f9.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Credit Score in China 21 mins – “China is trying a bold experiment to help people trust each other more: The social credit score. Will it work? Does it go too far?” At the link find the title, “#871: Blacklisted In China, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181026_pmoney_pmpod871.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Innovation 90 mins – “Lean impact: How to innovate for radically greater social good – …the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings hosted an event to learn about a more iterative, agile approach to solving development problems that tackle the norms, systems, and institutions that impede innovation in the social sector.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Soviet Union Operations 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is given by Dr. Alina Polyakova, David M. Rubenstein Fellow of Foreign Policy at the Brookings Institute, and adjunct professor of European Studies at Johns Hopkins University.  Dr. Polyakova’s lecture is titled “Russian Influence Operations in the Digital Age” and is presented by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stolen Money Movement 22 mins – “We follow writer Oliver Bullough as he explores how stolen money moves around the world, and what that might mean for democracies.” At the link find the title, “#868: Moneyland, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181005_pmoney pmpod868_1-6c7bf59b-dcaf-4ce6-a71e-4ad4101aec10.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Student Loan Whistleblower 21 mins – “Seth Frotman worked overseeing student loans for the government. He saw things that made him quit, and tell all.” At the link find the title, “#869: The Student Loan Whistleblower, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181012_pmoney pmpod869v2-ee6dad54-75ef-43e7-b5ae-a447e72ef72a.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Power 48 mins – “Author David A. Kaplan warns that the Supreme Court is becoming increasingly polarized — and influential: “Why should nine unelected, unaccountable judges dictate so much policy in the country?” We’ll also talk about what Trump’s two appointees – Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – mean for the future of the court. Kaplan’s book is ‘The Most Dangerous Branch.’Also, Ken Tucker reviews Kurt Vile’s new album, ‘Bottle It In.’” At the link find the title, “Is SCOTUS Too Powerful?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181031_fa_fapodweds.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surgery History 44 mins – “We talk to Arnold Van de Laar, a surgeon in the Slotervaart Hospital in Amsterdam, about his new book Under the Knife: A History of Surgery in 28 Remarkable Operations.” At the link find the title, “The Remarkable History of Surgery, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files b36534a6-da73-468a-8e23-d24d053d3f3b.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainability Practices 78 mins – “Businesses are taking the lead on climate change initiatives. This panel gathers leaders at organizations that go beyond reducing their ecological footprint to demonstrating sustainability and generating a greater value with fewer resources and emissions. These leading firms are addressing both environmental impacts and the transformation of organizational culture. They are showing how to design and run a conscious business, a self-aware and purpose-driven organization dedicated to serving society and the environment. Audiences will come away with best practices for implementing impactful initiatives in their own organizations.” At the link find the title, “Conscious Business: How Leaders Are Embedding Sustainability Principles in Their Organizations, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181024_MLF Conscious Business for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tempurpedic Founder 64 mins – “At age 40, Bobby Trussell’s promising career in horse racing hit a dead end. With bills to pay and a family to support, he stumbled across a curious product that turned into a lifeline: squishy-squashy memory foam. He jumped at the chance to distribute Swedish memory foam pillows and mattresses to Americans. Tempur-Pedic USA began by selling to chiropractors and specialty stores, providing one of the first alternatives to spring mattresses. Today, the company is one of the largest bedding providers in the world. PLUS in our postscript “How You Built That,” how Christopher Rannefors created BatBnB: a sleek wooden box that hangs on your house and provides a home for mosquito-eating bats.” At th link find the title, “Tempur-Pedic: Bobby Trussell, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181019_hibt_tempurpedic.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Financing Control 57 mins – “The Project on International Order and Strategy hosted Marshall Billingslea, assistant secretary of the Treasury for terrorist financing, to address how the Treasury Department’s financial tools fit into the larger strategy to address the crises in Nicaragua and Venezuela.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast. 

Trade Agreements and Wars 88 mins – “A new dawn for protectionism? From trade wars to mega-regional trade agreements – …the Center for East Asia Policy Studies hosted a panel of experts to examine the challenges facing the rules-based trading system in this geopolitical moment.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Trump Supporters 49 mins – “There is one truth that has endured through the first two years of Donald Trump’s presidency: he has kept the support of the core voters who propelled him to the White House. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore two competing perspectives on the motivations of Trump supporters, and what they can tell us about the state of our union.” At the link find the title,”Voting With Your Middle Finger, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181018 hiddenbrain voting with your middle finger final_10-18-98b88581-3ffd-4b58-b08a-c34a12d45bbe.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump vs Red Tape 21 mins – “President Trump promised to slash regulations. How has he done?” At the link find the title, “#870: Trump vs. Red Tape, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181019_pmoney pmpod870.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Truthful Living 51 mins – “This week, we speak with Jeffrey Gitomer. Jeffrey is best known as the “King of Sales.” He is an author, a professional speaker, and a business trainer. Jeffrey has written thirteen books, including multiple New York Times best sellers. His works range from The Sales Bible to The Little Gold Book of YES! Attitude to The Little Red Book of Selling. He’s sold millions of copies and has been translated into 14 languages! Jeffrey’s newest book, Truthful Living: The First Writings of Napoleon Hill comes out on October 30th. To find out more about Jeffrey, head over to his site at:” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Unconventional Monetary Policy 146 mins – “…the Hutchins Center will host an event at which the authors of those papers – Ken Kuttner of Williams College, who wrote about the United States, and Giovanni Dell’Ariccia, Pau Rabanal, and Damiano Sandri of the International Monetary Fund, who wrote about the rest of the world – will present their findings and discuss them with a panel of monetary policy experts.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Voter Suppression 49 mins – “Twenty-four states have implemented new voting restrictions disproportionately affecting minorities — ranging from requiring voter IDs to closing polling places. We talk with ‘Mother Jones’ reporter Ari Berman about voter suppression and the ongoing fight for voter rights. “The 2018 election could go in two different ways,” he says. “It could be tainted by voter suppression, or it could be remembered as an election in which voting rights were expanded for millions of people.” At the link find the title, “How Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181023_fa_fapodtues.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Voting Rights Issues 34 mins – “This is a story about who is allowed to vote… and who is not. In Florida, the ultimate swing state, 1.5 million people cannot vote, because they have a past felony on their record. And there is one way to try and get that right back: Ask the governor directly.” At the link find the title, “The Hearing, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181101_embd_the hearing final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

West Nile Virus 46 mins – “Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today’s episode of Arthro-Pod, the whole gang gets together for some discussion on mosquitoes and mosquito vectored disease. Up front there is discussion of insect themed music and what is good and what is bad. Then some coverage on mosquito biology and a focus on West Nile virus. This disease has been a big issue in the Nebraska area in 2018 so we dissect the symptoms and how people can protect themselves!” At the link find the title, “Arthro-Pod EP 52 West Nile virus and Mosquitoes,Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Arthro-Pod EP52 West Nile Virus and Mosquitoes.mp3” and select ‘”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Nationalism 49 mins– “Journalist Eli Saslow says white nationalism inspired the man who killed 11 at a Pittsburgh synagogue: “In the horrific hierarchy of white nationalist beliefs, they really consider Jews their primary enemy.” Saslow spoke with Terry Gross Monday morning about the tragedy and its “straight line” to the white nationalist movement. Also, we’ll listen back to an excerpt of the interview with Saslow and former white nationalist Derek Black from September. Saslow’s book, ‘Rising Out of Hatred,’ focuses on Derek, who was once a leading voice in the white nationalist movement but has since denounced his views.” At the link find the title,”White Nationalism And The Synagogue Massacre, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20181029_fa_fapodmon.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildlife Extinction 47 mins – “An epic crisis for marine life and dramatic declines in rainforest insect populations. New reports flag the planet’s hidden climate change effects. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One Chinese Labor Corps 39 mins – “In commemoration of the American Labor Day Holiday, Laszlo brings you a rather forgotten tale from the annals of Chinese modern history. Discussed in previous CHP episodes, the Chinese Labour Corps played a thankless but critical role in the allied victory over Germany in WWI. Who could have predicted the series of events that would happen as a result of the story of these men and the subsequent peace treaty that didn’t recognize them or their country. When it was over in early 1919, the Chinese people woke up and took appropriate action. Happy Labor Day!!!” At the link find the title, “CHP-207-The Forgotten Chinese Labour Corps, Aug, 2018,” right-click “Media files ADL5778622097.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

World War One in California 58 mins – “World War I propelled the United States into the 20th century and served as a powerful catalyst for the making of modern California, expanding the role of the government and enlarging private citizens’ associations. Never before had so many Californians taken such a dynamic part in community, state, national and international affairs. Diane North not only writes about transformative battlefield experiences, but she also documents how daily life has changed for everyone on the home front—factory and farm workers, housewives and children, pacifists and politicians. Even before the United States entered the war, California’s economy flourished because its industrialized agriculture helped feed British troops. The war also provided a boost to the faltering Hollywood film industry and increased the military’s presence through the addition of Army and Navy training camps and construction and research contracts. Most citizens embraced wartime restrictions with patriotic zeal without foreseeing the retreat into suspicion, loyalty oaths and unwarranted surveillance, all of which set the stage for the beginnings of our modern security state.” At the link find the title, “California at War, Oct 2018,right-click “Media files cc_20181004_MLF_CA at War For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen War 59 mins – “..the Center for Middle East Policy at Brookings hosted a discussion on the war and humanitarian crisis in Yemen. Daniel Byman and Bruce Riedel, senior fellows in the Center for Middle East Policy, were joined by Dafna Rand, vice president for policy and research at Mercy Corps and a former White House and State Department official, and Fatima Abo Alasrar, senior analyst at the Arabia Foundation.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Thanks for stopping by.


About virginiajim

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