Mining Digest 366 – Nov 23, 2018: Adoptions in Canada, Advice Columnist, AI and Man-Machine Interface, Arctic Warming, Black NRA, Black Run Court, Blockchain Uses, Brazil Politics, Britain and Middle East, Broadband Industry, Cameroon Atrocities, Canadian Personal Debt, Caravan of Refugees, Chinese Leonardo Di Vinci, Climate Warming Lawsuit, Computer Repair Business, Congresswoman Lee, Construction Insurance, Disinformation Menace, Eating Disorders, Evolution Research, Hajj Boycott, Heat Wave Deaths, Indigenous Canadian Youth Suicides, Jamal Khashoggi Death, Jewish Refugees in China, John Service, Julious Assange, Kavanagh Selection Impact, Longevity Explorers, Marijuana Legalization in Canada, Matt Nathanson, Medical Doctor Burnout, Medically Assisted Death, Myanmar Muslims, Opioids in Philadelphia, Organ Transplants in China, Personal Finances, Phone Scams, Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings, Political Differences, Pollution in Nova Scotia Water, Prenatal Care, Presidential Leadership, Refugee Scandal in Nauru, Refugee Shelter Arson, Sleep Needs, Social Media Hazard, Storm Proofing Homes, Urban Agriculture, Virginia Voters, Woman Nobel Laureate, Women in Politics, Women Working in Afghanistan, Writer Ron Friedman, Yemen Starvation

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Adoptions in Canada 18 mins – “The Fifth Estate’s Habiba Nosheen shares details into a year-long investigation that found Canada bans adoptions from Muslim countries saying Shariah law prohibits it. The Liberal government inherited the 2013 policy and it’s still in effect.” At the link find the title, “How a controversial adoption ban on Pakistan kept a Canadian family in limbo for years, Oct, 2018,” right-click”Media files current-MQDNkSa7-20181029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Advice Columnist 50 mins – “Cheryl Strayed, one of the most exciting and uplifting authors of our time, is funny, down to earth, complex, and the perfect person to offer Alan Alda solid advice about how to give good advice. She’s the author of Tiny Beautiful Things and the co-host of the New York Times/WBUR podcast Dear Sugars, which originated with her popular Dear Sugar advice column, and she’s the co-author of The Sweet Spot advice column in the New York Times Thursday Styles section. Her novel, Wild, about her life in the wake of tragic events, is a well-known bestseller and a feature movie.” At the link find the title, “Cheryl Strayed Shares Her Advice on How to Give Advice,” see right-click “Media files 4d798628-2a5b-4f41-85a4-f712d74e029c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Consumer Packaged Goods 22 mins – “One of most fun parts about doing our geolocation pieces at TechEmeergence is that we are able to interview so many people within a given country or city. Recently we did a huge piece on AI in India. We got to interview folks from the government and the bigger existing businesses, as well as a handful of people at the unicorns in Bangalore. One of those companies is Fractal Analytics. Fractal Analytics works in a number of spaces. One of them, consumer packaged goods, is an area on which we haven’t done much coverage. Many of our readers are in the retail space, but CPG has some pretty curious AI use cases. This week, we interview Prashant Joshi, Head of AI and Machine Learning at Fractal Analytics, about the different applications of machine learning in the CPG sector: doing chemical tests or finding new buyer segments within existing groups of consumers to determine who is buying from a company and who is buying from competitors. Hopefully, for those in retail, this interview will not only highlight some of the interesting use cases of AI in the CPG world but also provide some ideas about winning market share from what some of the bigger CPG firms are doing with Fractal Analytics.” At the link find the title, “How Machine Learning Could Help CPG Companies Beat Out Their Competitors,” right-click “Direct download: AI in Industry-Prashant Joshi-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Corporate Data 21 mins – “In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Grant Ingersoll at Lucidworks, about enterprise search. Ingersoll talks about how companies have massive amounts of siloed data, making it difficult to find within enterprise systems. We hope businesses might take away from this interview what is required and what is involved in building search applications to make corporate data more accessible and structured. Ingersoll will also discuss how data strategies are going to evolve and how scientists and data experts might come together to build an enterprise search application.” At the link find the title, “AI for Enterprise Search – Challenges and Opportunities,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Grant_Ingersoll-Mixdown.mp3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Data Infrastructure 22 mins – “For business leaders who are thinking about integrating AI into their company or who are just in the very beginning of that journey, this may be a useful episode of the podcast. Many times, people think that finding the right talent is the biggest challenge when it comes to integrating AI into the enterprise. Much of our own research and  conversations with machine learning vendors and the consultants trying to sell AI into the enterprise actually think there’s another, bigger problem: combing the expertise of subject matter experts and that of data scientists to leverage information for future initiatives in business. This week, we interview Grant Wernick, CEO of Insight Engines in San Francisco. We speak with Grant about the initial challenges of organizing data and setting up a data infrastructure a business can use to leverage AI. We also talk about using data in leveraging normal workflows so that non-technical personnel can use it to drive better product innovation to help the company.” At the link find the title, “ Bridging the Data Science Gap – Why Subject-Matter Experts Matter,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Grant_Wernick-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and IT 26 mins – “In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Nikhil Malhotra, Creator and Head of Maker’s Lab at Tech Mahindra, about how artificial intelligence changed the nature of IT services and business services in general. Malhotra talks about what businesses should consider to make themselves relevant for the future. In addition, he discusses the philosophy shift that has to happen for people to be appreciative of the process of problem-solving, and to see profit and growth from AI. We hope business leaders in the IT services industry will take from this interview the low-hanging fruit applications in the IT services industry.” At the link find the title, “How IT Services Firms Can Adapt to Artifical Intelligence ,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Nikhil_Malhotra-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Man-Machine Balance 19 mins – “In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Rajat Mishra, VP of Customer Experience at Cisco, about the best practices for adopting AI in the enterprise and how business leaders should think about the man-machine balance at their companies. Mishra talks with us about how the executive team should be able to imagine the future of specific work roles that might integrate AI technology or envision how those roles will shift in the short-term. In other words, how will AI affect workflows?” At the link find the title, “Balancing Machines and Human Employees When Adopting AI in the Enterprise,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Rajat_Mishra-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Sales Propensity 22 mins – “Prominent technology companies like Google and Amazon lead the way in the B2C world, having access to streams of searches, clicks, and online purchases. They have access to large volumes of consumer data pointss numbering in the billions that can be used to train machine learning algorithms. B2B companies operate under a different model: “propensity to buy,” as it’s called. A typical B2B company might at most make a couple hundred sales per year, and many B2B companies make only dozens. In other words, every sale matters. In this episode of the AI in Industry podcast, we interview Kiran Rama, Director of Data Sciences Center of Excellence at VMWare, about purchasing external data and to leveraging internal data. Rama also talks about using data to determine how likely certain leads are to turn into high-value customers. In addition, he discusses with us the “propensity to buy.” We hope that this interview can help business leaders determine if and how AI can help their organizations identify which leads could yield the highest ROI and which customers are the most primed for reselling.” At the link find the title, “Predicting Sales Propensity with Artificial Intelligence – Opportunities and Challenges,” right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Kiran_Rama-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Warming 29 mins – “The Arctic is warming twice as fast as the rest of the planet. That’s certain to impact on the weather we experience in Britain. Physicist Helen Czerski and an icebreaker full of scientists have just spent six weeks at the North Pole conducting experiments to find out much more about the impacts of this extraordinary change to our planet. Join Helen on the Arctic ice floes for the very latest research on the rapid changes to the far north.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ayn Rand P1 55 mins – “The intelligentsia mocked her writings and lampooned her philosophy, which she called Objectivism. But Ayn Rand’s books, especially her two major works The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, continue to sell millions of copies. There are Ayn Rand think tanks, academies, even dating sites. And her influence on politics and popular culture are stronger than ever. Contributor Sandy Bourque outlines Rand’s improbable rise to fame and influence, and the surprising Canadian connection, which helped secure her place in the history of ideas.” At the link find the title, “The Long Arm of Ayn Rand: Why She Still Matters, Part 1, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-y3rzltTV-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ayn Rand P2 55 mins – “The intelligentsia mocked her writings and lampooned her philosophy, which she called Objectivism. But Ayn Rand’s books, especially her two major works, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, continue to sell millions of copies. There are Ayn Rand think tanks, academies, even dating sites. And her influence on politics and popular culture are stronger than ever. Contributor Sandy Bourque outlines Rand’s improbable rise to fame and influence, and the surprising Canadian connection which helped secure her place in the history of ideas. This episode is part 2 of a two-part series.” At the link find the title, “The Long Arm of Ayn Rand: Why she still matters, Part 2, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files ideas-ypGQ8gs5-20181102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Black NRA 24 mins – “RJ Young learned to shoot to better understand his future in-law’s feelings about guns” At the link find the title, “Black journalist RJ Young explores why guns matter to white Americans, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-i45MHHmh-20181102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Run Court 21 mins – “The new city of South Fulton, Ga., is attracting attention and inspiring hope because it was briefly the first city in U.S. history where the entire criminal justice system was run by black women.” At the link find the title, “Meet the group of African-American women running the justice system in a city in Georgia, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-5D40i74K-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blockchain Uses 36 mins – “Recorded Friday, October 5, at the RightsTech Summit in New York City, a panel of media and technology industry leaders offered a big-picture view of the current state of media rights management and licensing for rights owners and users; CCC’s Chris Kenneally moderated the discussion. Covering a diverse range of media, from games to music to journalism, the group shared views on how blockchain technology is changing the way rights are cleared and paid for. They also debated whether and how much new technologies – including crypto currencies and artificial intelligence – may transform rights markets to be more efficient, scalable and transparent.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brazil Politics 26 mins – “As Brazilians head to the polls Sunday, a dramatic election campaign – where one candidate is in prison, and another was stabbed – could deliver a watershed moment in the country’s history.” At the link find the title, “Could Brazil be about to elect ‘the Tropical Trump’?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-0wTd49fE-20181005.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Britain and U.S. in Middle East 62 mins – “In this week’s episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast, the historian and author of Lords of the Desert James Barr sat down with Times journalist Catherine Philp to reveal the the story of the hidden 25-year rivalry between Britain and the United States, using newly declassified records and long-forgotten memoirs.” At the link find the title, “James Barr and Catherine Philp on the Secret British-American Rivalry in the Middle East, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Oregon 26 mins – “For the next few days, Christopher is at the 2018 Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference in Ontario, California. As he always does while he’s out of the office, rubbing elbows with folks from the field, he’s recording some interviews with people like this week’s guest, General Manager of SandyNet and IT Director for the City of Sandy, Oregon. Joe has been on the show before, the last time in 2015 when he and City Council President Jeremy Pietzold brought us up to speed on all the ways their network had benefitted the residents and businesses of Sandy. This time, Joe is offering another update. Over the past few years, Sandy has grown quickly and so has the popularity of SandyNet and its $60 symmetrical gigabit. Joe and Christopher touch on some of the characteristics of the municipal network that make SandyNet so popular, including the fact that it is local and that the people behind it are part of the community. Sandy is now looking at their long-term strategy, which includes folks beyond the city limits. There have been challenges for the community, which Joe describes and he provides words of advise for other communities that are considering how to begin investigating the possibility of developing their own publicly owned network.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Texas 27 mins – “We don’t often get the opportunity to interview people from Texas, so when we heard about Mont Belvieu’s gigabit fiber optic network we knew we had to have them on the show. When we learned that four officials from the east Texas town would join us we said, “Even better!” City Manager Nathan Watkins, Director of Broadband and IT Dwight Thomas, Assistant City Manager Scott Swigert, and Communications and Marketing Director Brian Ligon are on the show this week to talk about their publicly owned network, MB Link. Before they were able to provide the fast, affordable, reliable service to residents all over town, Mont Belvieu had to assert themselves in a legal proceeding against the State of Texas. In this conversation, the guys discuss their elegant argument that won over the court. You’ll also hear why community leaders decided that, even though Mont Belvieu had a thriving oil and gas industry, they felt that investing in high-quality Internet access for residents was a goal they aimed to achieve for the public good. The residents in Mont Belvieu drove this project. People in Mont Belvieu have clambered to sign up for the network. Our guests discuss how they’ve used their town’s strengths to market the services they offer and how they continue to use communications to help subscribers get the most from MB Link. The guys also talk about how the city plans to add businesses to the network and the reactions from incumbents.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Wisconsin 22 mins – “It’s been a while since we last visited with Reedsburg Utilities Commission General Manager Brett Schuppner. He’s back on the show again to help us spread the word about this Wisconsin town’s decision to switch all their muni network subscribers to affordable gigabit connectivity and to eliminate all other tiers. Brett and Christopher get into why the RUC decided that going all-gig would benefit the community’s residents and businesses and how they decided that their role was to provide the service and let the community run with it. RUC has been offering high-quality connectivity for about 15 years, making it one of the oldest publicly owned networks in the U.S. When Brett was on the show in 2015, he and Christopher talked about the RUC’s plans to expand. “Deja vu” as the same topic comes up again on this week’s episode. The RUC has been awarded funding to help pay for expansion to two nearby communities that need Internet access for the 21st century. Brett shares information about those communities and the logistics behind the projects. Located about an hour from Madison, RUC’s affordable LightSpeed provides the connections that area Wisconsinites need to telecommute. Brett and Christopher also touch on Reedsburg’s recent designation as a certified Telecommute Forward! community. The certification lets companies know that the city and areas served by LightSpeed have the capacity to support remote employees.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Industry 29 mins – “While Christopher was in Ontario, California at the 2018 Broadband Communities Economic Development Conference, he took advantage of the opportunity and recorded several discussions with experts to share with our Community Broadband Bits Podcast audience. This week, we’re presenting his conversation with Deb Socia, Executive Director of Next Century Cities, and Bob Knight, Executive Vice President and COO of Harrison Edwards. His Public Relations and Marketing Firm has some special insight into the broadband industry. In their discussion, Deb, Bob, and Christopher get into the challenge that faces every community that searches for ways to improve local connectivity — political will.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cameroon Atrocities 29 mins – “Increasing civil unrest in Cameroon could be pushing the country to the brink of civil war, as the government battles Boko Haram in the north and its own Anglophone minority in the south.” At the link find the title, “Could a conflict along language lines push Cameroon to civil war?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BMIkrClP-20181031.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Personal Debt 24 mins – “As part of the CBC News series, Debt Nation, chartered accountant Doug Hoyes explains how Canadians carrying debt need to understand how higher interest rates will affect their payments.” At the link find the title, ‘Expert advice on how to stop ‘using our houses like ATM machines’ right-click “Media files current-cKtTn5kj-20181024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caravan of Refugees 24 mins – “U.S. President Donald Trump has warned that a thousands-strong caravan of migrants heading towards the U.S. border is teeming with criminals. But New York Times reporter Annie Correal, who has been travelling with the caravan, says the people bear little resemblance to the president’s account.” At the link find the title, “Migrant caravan headed towards U.S. sparks heated debate ahead of midterm elections, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-G11Dm722-20181025.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbon Tax in Canada 19 mins – “Environment Minister Catherine McKenna spoke to The Current about the federal government’s plan to slap a carbon tax on the provinces and territories that did not sign onto the pan-Canadian framework on climate change.” At the link find the title, “McKenna defends federal government’s carbon tax plan amid premiers’ opposition, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-l2z051XX-20181024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Caribou Extinction 9 mins – “South Selkirk caribou are close to a local extinction. The CBC’s Bob Keating describes the last ditch efforts to save the dwindling species.” At the link find the title, “How B.C. biologists plan to save South Selkirk caribou from extinction, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-kpEcAjCN-20181102.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Leonardo Di Vinci 34 mins – “Now that we have Deng Xiaoping out of the way, we’re back looking at random topics throughout the ages.  This week we look at the great Song Dynasty statesman and sage Ouyang Xiu (1007-1072).  In this episode we’ll review aspects of the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127) and Ouyang Xiu’s place in this amazing age in China. Also featured in this podcast will be other notable scholar-statesmen, Fan Zhongyan, Wang Anshi and Sima Guang.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the top of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Medicine 28 mins – “China’s $900bn Belt and Road Initiative is taking Chinese money, expertise and workers all around the world. From South-East Asia all the way to South America, Chinese influence can be spotted at construction sites for roads, dams and railways. Evidence is mounting that this is bad news for rare and endangered species. Local people discover that Chinese workers have an appetite for the skin, bones and teeth of rare creatures for use in so-called Traditional Chinese Medicine. A market is established and before long an illicit trade is established, reaching all the way back to China. The Chinese government has just announced a partial reversal of its 25 year ban on the sale of rhinoceros and tiger parts. That decision is expected to boost the illegal trade in endangered species. Peter Hadfield has travelled across the world from the Kazakhstan steppe to the markets of Hong Kong, in search of the species threatened by the trade and the buyers of body parts. He discovers a new drive from scientists to create alternative compounds and asks if consumers will accept an artificial option.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Food Shortage 25 mins – “Evan Fraser says he doesn’t want to live in a world without steak and ice cream. But after this week’s UN report urging global action to combat climate change, he says it’s time to rethink what we eat and how food is produced as part of the solution to slow down global warming.” At the link find the title, “’’Eat less steak and ice cream’: What climate change means for the food you love, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8OkmUpca-20181011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Impact 19 mins – “A new UN report is urging swift international action to tackle climate change. A journalist following the political response to this urgent call says environmental groups are angry the federal government isn’t moving fast enough.” At the link find the title, “Ottawa too ‘timid’ in its fight against climate change, says environment reporter, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-CWyNVei7-20181010.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming Lawsuit 24 mins – “Twenty-one young co-plaintiffs say they are fed up with the U.S. government’s lack of action on climate change. So they’re taking their government to court.” At the link find the title, “By suing U.S. government over climate change, young people ‘take some of that control into our own hands’, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-1EMwRbMH-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Business 92 mins – “Making the Switch to a Full Time IT Business Owner” At the link right-click “Direct MP3 Download: The Computer Repair Podcast #295 – Making the Switch” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Congresswoman Lee 69 mins – “Congresswoman Barbara Lee has spent 20 years representing Oakland and the East Bay in Congress. First elected as U.S. representative for California’s 9th (now 13th) congressional district in 1998, she has enjoyed a storied career, including stints within the California State Assembly and State Senate. Throughout her career, Lee has advocated for LGBTQ rights, minority rights, women’s rights and an end to the cycle of poverty. Most notably, she was the lone vote against the war on terror, which was lauded by the anti-war community. Today, she serves on the House Appropriations Committee and the House Committee on the Budget, and she previously served as chair of the Congressional Black Caucus.” At the link find the title,”Rep. Barbara Lee: Celebrating 20 Years in Congress, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181005_FEA_Rep_Barbara_Lee_For_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Construction Insurance 21 mins – “As we are continuing to prepare to start construction, I have been calling around for quotes for the insurance that will need to be in place before we begin work and I’ve run into some challenges.  There are two policies that you’ll need to protect yourself if you are acting as an owner-builder, one is builders risk insurance and the other is general liability insurance.  You may have trouble finding general liability insurance.  In this week’s episode, I’ll tell you how to overcome that trouble.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creativity 55 mins – “There are thousands of books on the subject, but what do we actually know about creativity? In this new series, we talk to the researchers who study it as well as artists, inventors, and pathbreakers who live it every day: Ai Weiwei, James Dyson, Elvis Costello, Jennifer Egan, Rosanne Cash, Wynton Marsalis, Maira Kalman, and more. (Ep. 1 of the “How to Be Creative” series.)” At the link find the title, “354. How to Be Creative, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 084c26bf-cd9a-4798-9a24-80e176eafc17.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deng Xiaoping P3 30 mins – “Today in Part 3 of our Deng Xiaoping overview we look at The Great One’s life from 1952 after his return from the Southwest Bureau all the way up to the start of the Cultural Revolution.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deng Xiaoping P4 37 mins – “After a bit of a delay, this week we look again at Deng Xiaoping and his struggles during the Cultural Revolution Years from 1966 to 1975. Seems we still have a long way to go yet. Be on the lookout in the coming weeks for a possible new iTunes Feed for the China History Podcast.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the top of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deng Xiaoping P6 37 mins – “In this sixth installment of the Deng Xiaoping overview we focus in on 1978-1979.  In this episode we see Deng return to power a third time.  Deng immediately throws all his energy into advancing the cause of modernization in China.  The age of reform takes off in earnest. But first he has to deal with Hua Guofeng.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the top of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disinformation Menace 21 mins – “With the midterm elections around the corner, should internet users be on alert for fake news? As research director at New Knowledge, Renee DiResta investigates the spread of disinformation across social networks. Since the 2016 presidential election, tech companies like hers have taken “meaningful steps,” she says. In her conversation with Kashmir Hill, investigative reporter for Gizmodo Media, DiResta explains how she’s working to stop disinformation from going viral.” At the link find the title, “Off Stage 6: The Menace of Disinformation, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files c38df05f.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eating Disorders 26 mins – “Saskatchewan couple Andrea and Mick Parmar lay bare the challenges they faced overcoming a more-than-decade-long eating disorder in their new book Alone in a Crowd.” At the link find the title, “Nurse reveals her secret 16-year battle with bulimia to inspire others to get help, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Rx4YcCMR-20181022.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Evolution Research 26 mins – “What were the earliest animals on Earth? The origin of the animal kingdom is one of the most mysterious chapters in the evolution of life on Earth. Our animal ancestors appeared and began to diversify about half a billion years ago. What might they have looked like, and which creatures alive today can be traced to these primordial times? Answers are beginning to come with new techniques for both studying ancient fossils and for reading evolutionary history from the DNA of animals alive today. Zoologist Professor Matthew Cobb explores the latest discoveries and controversies with the researchers on the trail of the Earth’s first animals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop- menu.

Fossil Hunter Anning 26 mins – “Mary Anning lived in Lyme Regis on what is now known as the Jurassic Coast in the first half of the 19th century. Knowing the shore from childhood and with a remarkable eye for detection she was extremely successful in finding fossils. In 1812 she unearthed parts of an Icthyosaur and in 1823 she discovered the first skeleton of what became known as a Plesiosaurus – a long-necked, flippered creature with a tiny head. It looked a bit like an elongated turtle with no shell. Naomi Alderman tells the science story of how Mary Anning, a poor and relatively uneducated young woman, became the supplier of the best fossils to the gentlemen geologists who were beginning to understand that the earth was very old and had been inhabited by strange extinct creatures. Naomi talks to Tracy Chevalier, author of Remarkable Creatures, a novel about Mary Anning, about her life and relationship with the geologists of the time, and to Dr Susannah Maidment, Curator of Dinosaurs at the Natural History Museum, about fossil hunting today.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hajj Boycott 24 mins – “Hajj, the journey to Mecca in Saudia Arabia, is considered a pillar of the Muslim faith. But the death of journalist Jamal Khahsoggi and the civil war in Yemen has sparked a difficult moral quandary in the hearts and minds of Muslims like Aymann Ismail.” At the link find the title, “Should Muslims still travel to Saudi Arabia for the Hajj after journalist Khashoggi’s death?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-2VEMVlYg-20181026.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heat Wave Deaths 26 mins – “The summer of 2003 saw the largest number of deaths ever recorded in a UK heatwave – but by 2040 climate models predict the extreme summer temperatures experienced then will be normal. We will also be experiencing colder winters, and droughts and floods will become more common. Our infrastructure, housing, water, sewerage, transport and public buildings are not designed for such conditions. Gaia Vince asks how we can adapt and prepare our cities, where most people live and work, for the new normal weather conditions. New buildings in temperate climates are now designed with keeping us warm in mind, better insulation, more efficient heating and airtight glazing. However when it comes to overheating these measures designed to keep out the cold can be part of the problem. Can we adapt solutions from other countries where extreme heat is a more usual seasonal event? Will we simply have to change the way we organise our day to keep out of the heat? Is the real answer for mad dogs and Englishmen to take a siesta?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop- menu.

Indigenous Canadian Woman Murdered 64 mins – “Fifteen-year-old Kerrie Brown disappeared from a house party in Thompson, Manitoba. Her body was found two days later. Over 30 years later, SKS host David Ridgen joins Kerrie’s friends and family on their search for answers. Subscribe now at” At the link find the title, “Introducing Someone Knows Something Season 5, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-0zZYLu25-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Canadian Women Murder Trial 29 mins– “The Supreme Court’s hearing on the case of Cindy Gladue will decide whether Bradley Barton will face a new trial, but could also have implications for sexual assault laws, and the treatment of Indigenous people in Canada’s criminal justice system.” At the link find the title, “Canada’s justice system holds Indigenous women at fault for ‘ending up murdered,’ says NDP MLA, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-1Y01n2Re-20181011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Canadian Youth Suicides 44 mins – “The northern Quebec Inuit community of Nunavik is reeling from a recent spike in suicides. Nigel Adams and Mary Simon discuss how suicide – especially the deaths of youths in their community – has affected their lives.” At the link find the title, “Quebec Inuit leaders plea for support in wake of youth suicides, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-RODuvUBT-20181019.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jamal Khashoggi Death 19 mins– “Speculation is rife about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, but his close friend Lawrence Wright says that whoever is behind it has underestimated the missing man’s fiancée.” At the link find the title, “Alleged plot surrounding missing Saudi journalist didn’t factor in his fiancée, says Lawrence Wright, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-gmxkw8pN-20181012.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jamal Khashoggi Murder 19 mins – “A Yemeni-Canadian says that allegations that Saudi Arabia was involved in the disappearance of one of its own citizens will not come as a surprise to those following the Kingdom’s involvement in the war in Yemen.” At the link find the title, “Could outcry over missing Saudi journalist change tide of war in Yemen?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-8mTIQmsm-20181018.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jewish Refugees in China P1 45 mins – “Laszlo is back with a new series that looks at the history of the Jewish refugees who came to China during the first part of the twentieth century. In this episode, after a long drawn out intro that examines a bit of background on Jewish history, Laszlo explains how many Jews made their way to China to escape hard times back home. In the next episode the story will continue with more from Harbin, Tianjin and Shanghai. All Yiddish and Jewish terms from this episode can be found in the usual list of terms that accompanies each episode.” At the link right-click “Direct download: CHP-208-The History of the Jewish Refugees in China Part_1.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P1 46 mins – “This week we explore the life and times of John S. Service.  I’m using writer Lynne Joiner’s book Honorable Survivor, Mao’s China, McCarthy’s America and the Persecution of John S. Service. This original “China Hand” was born in China and grew up in Chengdu and Shanghai.  He went on to a brilliant career in the State Department serving in China as a Foreign Service officer during the Second Sino-Japanese War and throughout WWII.  Because of his past association with the Communists in Yan’an and the sympathetic view he had about their policies, Service became a prime target of the anti-Communist witch hunts of the early 1950’s.  His career was ruined and he went on to live a life of anonymity and fought for years to clear his name.  In this episode we will look at the early part of his career and examine the lead-up to the Dixie Mission.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P2 41 mins – “In this second episode covering the life of John S. Service we take a look at the general situation and the proliferation of mistrust and bad faith in wartime Chongqing.  Chiang Kai-shek remains baffled and frustrated with American efforts to cozy up to Mao. He blames the China Hands such as John Service for feeding American officials the CCP propaganda.  It’s a poisonous atmosphere in China and the spectre of civil war keeps growing.  Factions within the US government begin to circle their wagons and listen only to each other rather than understand what was happening in front of their eyes.  In this episode we continue to watch as these events unfold as told through the life of John Service.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P3 52 mins – “This week’s episode runs way into overtime but at least we’re getting through to the end of 1944.  The Dixie Mission is in full swing by the end of that year.  John Service has established himself in Washington circles as one of the most informed and dynamic China hands.  But there are those who don’t welcome his glowing reports of the Communists and damning news about the Nationalist government.  As WWII enters its final year, new battle lines are being drawn that will pit pro-Communist against anti-Communist and this battle will ultimately lead to the Cold War.” At the link right-click “Download Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

John Service P4 46mins – “In this episode we will conclude our overview of the life and times of John Stewart Service.  Ambassador Hurley has declared war against his detractors.  US-China policy is thrown for a loop as the two contenders for power vie for control of the agenda.  Already the CCP and KMT are facing off militarily in some parts of China.  As the Red Army brings Mao Zedong to power, people in the US who are following this situation start screaming bloody murder and demanding to know how this happened.  In this rush to judgment, John Service will serve as the lightning rod for much of the bitter struggle.  For a little over a decade Service became one of the most famous victims of the McCarthy hearings.  But in the end there was a happy ending.  He truly was one of the great China Hands of his time. ” At the link find the title, ‘CHP-118-John Service Part 4, May, 2013,” right-click “Media files” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Julian Assange 22 mins – “The Ecuadorian Embassy has set some house rules for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to clean up after his cat and do his own laundry. It’s perfectly in line to set these kinds of rules, says veteran majordomo Charles MacPherson.” At the link find the title, “How to be a good house guest? Don’t be like Julian Assange, says this master butler, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-rU0IbwoH-20181019.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanagh Conservative Supporter 21 mins– “As the Senate prepares to vote on Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, we talk to two Republican women about where they stand on the allegations made against him.” At the link find the title, “If Kavanaugh is confirmed, Democrats could just impeach him, says Republican activist, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BYO2s4tV-20181005.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kavanagh Selection Impact 60 mins – “After the spectacle of Brett Kavanaugh’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings, the already deep political divide in the country seems to have calcified. To try to understand where this rancorous political moment came from — and where it might be going — Katie and Brian talk with two experts. First, they welcome back to the show Rebecca Traister, author of the new book Good and Mad: The Revolutionary Power of Women’s Anger. Rebecca explains why she’s so devastated about the new Supreme Court justice, and she reckons with the fact that women have been on both sides of this bitter political debate. Then they turn to Laurence Tribe, a constitutional law expert and Harvard Law professor, for a legal perspective. What will happen to the Supreme Court as an institution, and what does that mean for the American people?” At the link find the title, “79. Women’s Anger and the Supreme Court, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files 3362bf30-202d-47b5-9f6f-2aac604df9d7.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Longevity Explorers 49 mins – “Richard Caro will describe the Longevity Explorers’ most recent explorations. The explorers are a unique sharing, evaluation and ideation community made up of older adults (in their 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s) and their friends, families and caregivers. The presentation will include promising products the explorers have tried, ideas the explorers have been discussing related to improving the quality of life for older adults and some ideas for products we wish someone would develop. The Longevity Explorers program is an initiative enabled by Tech-enhanced Life.” At the link find the title, “Longevity Explorers: Exploring the Future of Aging,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana in Colorado 26 mins – “Cannabis will be legal and regulated across Canada tomorrow, but Colorado has a four-year head start on ending prohibition. Host Geoff Turner travelled to Colorado to see what legalization looks like.” At the link find the title, “What Canada can learn about legal pot from Colorado, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-R6A8xpv6-20181016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization 29 mins – “Ottawa Public Health nurses have been running information sessions for parents about how to talk to kids about cannabis in the lead up to Canada’s end of prohibition. Here’s how to inform your kids about marijuana use.” At the link find the title, “How do you talk to your kids about cannabis? First, know the facts,” right-click “Media files current-Mq9Udnyk-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization in Canada 24 mins – “With an era coming to an end this Wednesday, the host of CBC’s On Drugs podcast explains how politics and fear drove the early days of cannabis prohibition in Canada.” At the link find the title, “The ban on cannabis in Canada is ending – do you know how it started?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-BnuimoQy-20181015.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Legalization in Canada 48 mins– “The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti hosted a town hall event to discuss the road to the legalization of cannabis in Canada, and the bumps that still lie in the road ahead.” At the link find the title, “’Legalization 1.0′: Cannabis is legal now, but what problems still need to be solved?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-ngfNbqu8-20181017.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Matt Nathanson 82 mins – “Join Matt Nathanson, singer, songwriter and Bay Area local, in conversation with author Kelly Corrigan about his brand new album, Sings His Sad Heart, due out October 5—as well as a special solo acoustic performance by Nathanson. All tickets include a copy of a signed Sings His Sad Heart lithograph, and copies of the album will be on sale. Nathanson is a multiplatinum-selling, chart-topping acclaimed singer-songwriter; O magazine calls Corrigan “the voice of her generation,” and The Huffington Post calls her “the poet laureate of the ordinary.” Nathanson and Corrigan are friends joining up for a rare live evening together. Based in San Francisco, Nathanson has evolved into one of the most applauded songwriters and engaging performers on the music scene today. His 2007 album, Some Mad Hope, yielded his breakthrough, multiplatinum hit “Come on Get Higher.” His 2013 release, Last of the Great Pretenders, debuted at No. 16 on the Billboard top 200 while hitting No. 1 on iTunes’ alternative albums chart. Nathanson’s latest album, Show Me Your Fangs, was hailed as his most adventurous and prolific album to date, featuring the songs, “Giants,” “Bill Murray” and “Adrenaline.”  This year, Nathanson has announced that his new album, Sings His Sad Heart, will be released on October 5. The album comes on the heels of Pyromattia, which shot to No. 1 on iTunes alternative chart upon its release. Pyromattia featured a Def Leppard-approved cover album, based on their iconic Pyromania. Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott called the album “an amazing reinterpretation” with “heart & soul.” At the link find the title, “An Evening with Matt Nathanson: A Record Release Party, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20181005_INF_Matt Nathanson for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Doctor Burnout 26 mins – “After hearing The Current’s segment earlier this month about doctors and medical residents who suffer burnout and depression, we heard from doctors who wanted to add their voice to this “public health issue.” At the link find the title, ‘Leadership shapes culture’: Addressing doctor burnout, depression must start at the top, doctors say, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dOspoB68-20181019.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Doctor Burnout 27 mins – “A new report says medical residents experience burnout and depression in Canada at a greater rate than other physicians. The Current hears from a Vancouver resident who says it’s a lack of support in the system that contributes to symptoms.” At the link find the title, “Medical residents vulnerable to depression and burnout, survey suggests, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-e2vc6dng-20181010.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medically Assisted Death 27 mins – “Audrey Parker will receive a medically assisted death Thursday. She feared if she waited any longer, she would risk being able to have the procedure.” At the link find the title, “Halifax woman, who chose early medically assisted death, gets ‘the last say’ with her life, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-dWIBLRRH-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Myanmar Muslims 19 mins – “‘CBC reporter Nahlah Ayed watched the exodus of hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims at the Myanmar-Bangladesh border in 2017. She recently returned and was let into the country. She told The Current’s Anna Maria Tremonti what she learned there.” At the link find the title, “What country is next?’ Amnesty director warns inaction on Rohingya crisis could lead to wider abuse, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-chNLD7sT-20181009.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioids in Philadelphia 59 mins – “We should never, ever forget that addiction treatment is a search for meaning in a place other than using drugs.” —Nancy Campbell, historian of drug addiction (This is the third and final chapter of a three-part series. See Part 1 and Part 2.) In the final chapter of this series we travel to the heart of our modern opioid crisis. In what is now a notorious Philadelphia neighborhood called Kensington, we meet two victims of the epidemic and follow them on two distinct paths toward recovery. Our current devastating opioid crisis is unprecedented in its reach and deadliness, but it’s not the first such epidemic the United States has experienced or tried to treat. In fact, it’s the third. Treating America’s Opioid Addiction is a three-part series that investigates how we’ve understood and treated opioid addiction over more than a century. Through the years we’ve categorized opioid addiction as some combination of a moral failure, a mental illness, a biological disease, or a crime. And though we’ve desperately wanted the problem to be something science alone can solve, the more we look, the more complicated we learn it is.” At the link find the title,”Treating America’s Opioid Addiction Part 3: Searching for Meaning in Kensington, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Opioids_3_102618_3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Transplants 27 mins – “For 11 years, Joan Wynden has anxiously been waiting to hear from one of the five recipients who received her late brother’s organs. The silence feels like a second loss, she says. Sherry Robinson, a liver recipient, explains why she can’t write a letter to the donor family.” At the link find the title, “Why a transplant recipient says writing a donor family can feel impossible, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-g73TvlO1-20181031.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Transplants in China 26 mins – “In the second programme exploring the Chinese approach to organ transplantation, Matthew Hill looks at what is happening today. Where are the organs coming from today? Have the Chinese overcome their traditional opposition to donating them? There is still a lack of transparency about the sources. Some critics have suggested that there is still a trade in organs and there are reports that transplant tourism is still going on. Matthew Hill talks to Chinese and international transplant doctors about the current situation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Personal Finances 63 mins – “Kevin and Tony talk about his latest book, biohacking, and more. After interviewing 50 of the world’s greatest financial minds and penning the number-one New York Times best seller Money: Master the Game, Tony Robbins returns with a step-by-step playbook, “Unshakable,” a book that takes you on a journey to transform your financial life and accelerate your path to financial freedom.” At the link find the title, “#27 – Tony Robbins – transforming your financial life, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files eaa65152.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Phone Scams 26 mins – “A recent jail sentence in a Jamaican phone scam operation may have put a dent in what has become a rival to the drug trade as one of the country’s most lucrative criminal enterprises.” At the link find the title, “Sentencing of Jamaican phone scam mastermind a milestone for U.S. prosecutors, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-deKTmZUn-20181024.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Shootings 33 mins – “Over the weekend, a gunman killed 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh. It was the deadliest attack on Jews that the United States has ever seen. On this special episode, Katie and Brian talk with Jonathan Greenblatt, CEO of the Anti-Defamation League — an organization that fights against anti-Semitism and other racially-motivated hate. Jonathan talks about the rise of hate crimes in the U.S., the role of social media and political rhetoric, and what all Americans can do in the wake of this tragedy.” At the link find the title, “ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt on the Pittsburgh Synagogue Massacre, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ce67f664-0d45-4936-b9d5-43346fb17357.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings 19 mins – “A mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh has prompted a Jewish group to call on U.S. President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacy.” At the link find the title, “Jewish leaders demand Trump denounce white nationalism or ‘you are not welcome in Pittsburgh, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-nxPk5sIZ-20181029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shootings 19 mins – “Social media networks that allow hatred to spread unchecked should be “deplatformed,” according to a technology writer who investigates hate groups.” At the link find the title, “Pittsburgh shooting stresses a need to ‘deplatform’ sites that spread hate, says tech reporter, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-Gqfa7Jm6-20181030.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Differences 46 mins – “David talks to the author of The End of History about his new book, Identity. Can ‘identity politics’ really make sense of everything from populism to #MeToo? Why are liberal democracies struggling to meet their citizens’ desire for recognition? And what happened to the end of history anyway? Plus we discuss the Kavanaugh hearings, ‘getting to Denmark’ and the challenge of an ageing population.” At the link find the title, “Francis Fukuyama,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Trends 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe. Our speaker is Sheri Berman, Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University.  Professor Berman’s lecture is titled “Populism and the Future of Liberal Democracy in the West.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pollution in Nova Scotia Waters 24 mins – “Tensions over a pulp mill’s plan to release treated wastewater into the Northumberland Strait are so high that fishermen are “thinking about carrying rifles on board,” says Nova Scotia MP.” At the link find the title, “Tensions over Northern Pulp Mill effluent pipe have reached fever pitch, says Nova Scotia MP, O” right-click”Media files current-sHUWHMnj-20181029.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prenatal Care 24 mins – “A decade ago, South Carolina was one of the most dangerous places in America for a baby to be born. But now, it’s taking an unconventional approach to fixing it: having pregnant women sit in circles with other pregnant women and…talk. The early evidence from this experiment suggests that these group sessions might be leading to better birth outcomes, and giving South Carolina babies a healthier start to life. In this episode, we’ll try to understand what it is about these workshops that works… and why this low-tech intervention might be just what the doctor ordered.” At the link find the title, “Sit in a circle. Talk to other pregnant women. Save your baby’s life?, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files d236fad1-9464-407d-a3e8-51ba97751dfc.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Leadership 50 mins – “NHPR and The Music Hall present Writers on a New England Stage with presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, recorded live at The Music Hall in Portsmouth. Goodwin is the author of seven books, including her most recent Leadership in Turbulent Times, which examines the origins and qualities of leadership through the lens of four presidents.  Goodwin spoke about her book with NHPR political reporter Lauren Chooljian.” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Scandal in Nauru 19 mins – “A former Australian medical officer is calling out his government after reports that hundreds of migrants currently detained on the remote island of Nauru were suffering from severe mental and physical distress.” At the link find the title, “Doctors censure Australian government over treatment of migrants held in island detention centre, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-f0NJzrLp-20181022.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugee Shelter Arson 16mins A flaming gas can was found at a Toronto hotel last week. The hotel, which is currently housing 577 refugees, has drawn the attention of anti-migrant groups.” At the link find the title, “’It was like a nightmare’: Police investigate fire started at Toronto hotel housing refugees, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-jIdcBfsi-20181011.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Salinger Conbubine 24 mins – “An author who was “excoriated” in 1998 when she published allegations of sexual abuse by J.D. Salinger says that despite the growth of the #MeToo movement, not much has changed in the past 20 years.” At the link find the title, “Author ‘condemned’ for alleging abuse by J.D. Salinger in 1998 says little has changed despite #MeToo movement, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-2G7bXy3n-20181010.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sleep Needs 72 mins – “Harpreet Rai is the San Francisco-based CEO of Oura Health, a company in Finland that developed the Oura Ring five years ago. Oura is the world’s first wellness ring and app that shows how your body responds to your lifestyle by analyzing your sleep, activity levels, daily rhythms and the physiological responses in your body. This podcast was recorded live at Bulletproof Alpha Labs (on Vancouver Island) and we talk about sleep, circadian rhythms and why Harpreet believes that “sleep is the foundation of your body and your mind.” At the link right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Media Hazard 27 mins – “He’s a Sillicon Valley pioneer and a scientist employed by Microsoft – but Jaron Lanier is calling on all of us to take back control and abandon social media for good. He says the catastrophic losses of personal dignity are not worth it.” At the link find the title, “Can this tech pioneer convince you to delete your social media accounts?, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-QmRQ8733-20181005.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Storm Proofing Homes 16 mins – “Whether you believe in global warming or not, it seems that storms are becoming more and more prevalent and damaging.  And even if you don’t live in tornado alley or a coastal region that’s prone to hurricanes, you might want to consider adding some storm-proofing measures to your new house.   Storm resistant materials and techniques will not only make our homes stronger and more wind and water resistant but also more airtight and energy efficient, in many instances. Since high winds and heavy rain can potentially occur in many regions outside of areas classified as “storm-prone,” it’s beneficial to learn about what we can do to protect our homes from even occasional, unexpected stormy weather.  Case and point: Hurricane Michael.  Not only did it bring hurricane force winds to coastal areas, but it also brought 155-mph winds and associated tornados to inland communities, far from the coast.  So take a listen to this week’s list of storm-proofing features to see if any of them makes sense for your new build.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Urban Agriculture 31 mins – “Food — from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. We begin October with a conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned cooperatives. Guests: Susan Chin-Design Trust, Karen Washington-Rise & Root Farm and Ysanet Batista-Woke Foods.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Virginia Voters 29 mins – “Anthony Flaccavento is running for the US House seat in Virginia’s 9th district, a large, sparsely populated region in the southwestern corner of the state. We’ll meet the people working on his grassroots campaign, a coalition of farmers, miners, students, seniors and activists that may serve as a practical blueprint for many Democrats competing in so-called “Red States”. Music featured, Appalachian artist Nora Jane Struthers singing “Champion” to the tree sitters in the woods of Elliston, Virginia.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woman Nobel Laureate 24 mins – “This week, what life is like when you’ve just won a Nobel prize, and how a vestigial organ helps ants get organised.” At the link find the title, “11 October 2018: The life of a new Nobel laureate and organised ants, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Politics 11 mins – “Women who try to report sexual harassment in the North face enormous risk, says Iqaluit Mayor Madeleine Redfern because the smaller communities mean there are fewer jobs, and there’s still a tendency to believe abusers in a position of power.” At the link find the title, “The stakes are higher to report abuse as #MeToo hasn’t come to Nunavut, says Iqaluit mayor, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-fZoEyZbw-20181016.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Women Working in Afghanistan 52 mins – At the link find the title, “Who Run the World: Girls Powering Afghanistan’s Digital Future, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files Afghan Event.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Writer Ron Friedman 89 mins – “In one of their funniest episodes out of 200+, Gilbert and Frank chat with veteran comedy writer Ron Friedman (“Get Smart,” “The Odd Couple,” “All in the Family”) who worked with everyone from Lucille Ball to Milton Berle to Danny Kaye to Orson Welles and has the war stories to show for it. Also, Herve Villechaize packs a rod, Sammy Davis meets Charlie’s Angels, Ron writes “Murder Can Hurt You!” and Pat McCormick takes a…”dip” in Jonathan Winters’ pool. PLUS: Vaughn Meader! Stump and Stumpy! Christmas carols for Jewish people! Forrest Tucker introduces “the General”! And Ron creates Paul Lynde’s Uncle Arthur!” At the link find the title, “#229 Ron Friedman, Oct, 2018,” right-click “Media files ec49d8d1-d0f0-4981-9fbd-91e9ed8c8519.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Yemen Starvation 27 mins – “As photojournalist covering war zones seek to expose the cost of war in a powerful image, there’s a heavy toll that’s left behind. Three of the best war photographers in the world share their stories.” At the link find the title, “These award-winning photojournalists share the emotional cost of covering war, Nov, 2018,” right-click “Media files current-HIaWaio7-20181101.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


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