Mining Digest 372 – Jan 4, 2019: 11th and 21st Amendments, Agriculture in New York City, AI in Medicine, AIRA Options, American Disintegration, Anthropologist View, Banksy Artwork Shredder, Canadian Oil Production, Canadian Postal Strike, Climate Exchange and Children, Climate Warming, Climate Warming in Congress, Critical Thinking, Dark Age of Injustice, Data for Social Good, Educational Technology Room, Environmentalism Failure, Fascism in America, Female Engineers, Food Safety Forensic DNA Uses, Freedom Defined, Future Threats, God and Guns Documentary, Hand Dexterity Declines, Harry’s Last Stand, Hate Confrontation, Heat Wave Impact, HIV Vaccines, Interpol Crisis, Job Preparation, Jonestown Deaths, Kids Abducted for Sex, Majority Tipping Point, Medical Device Risks, Meditation and Mindfulness, Microbes in Chernobyl, Midterm Election Impact, MOOC Impact, Nazi Facism, Parkinsons Increase, Personalized Learning, Plastic Recycling, Populism Increases, Psychological Espionage, School Bullying, Shirley Chisholm Bio, Snapchat Thief, Success Academy in NYC, Sustainable Development Goals, Vaping Problem, Video Gaming Income, White Supremacists in America

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11th and 21st Amendments 42 mins – “This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We’re taking on these 27 amendments both in song and in story. This episode is best listened to alongside 27: The Most Perfect Album, an entire album (an ALBUM!) and digital experience of original music and art inspired by the 27 Amendments. Think of these episodes as the audio liner notes. The 25th and 26th Amendments– ratified in 1967 and 1971, respectively– are some of the newest additions to our founding document. However, they tackle some pretty basic questions: who gets to rule, and who gets to vote? If a president dies or is incapacitated, who takes over? And how old do you have to be in order to participate in American democracy? In recent months, the 25th Amendment has swirled in and out of news cycles as Americans debate what it takes to declare a president unfit for office. But this episode looks back, even before the 25th Amendment was ratified: a moment in 1919 when President Woodrow Wilson became bedridden by stroke, and his wife, Edith Wilson, became our country’s unofficial first female president. The 26th Amendment is best encapsulated in a Vietnam-era slogan: “Old enough to fight, old enough to vote.” Eighteen-year-olds at the time argued that if they were old enough to be drafted to fight in the War, they were old enough to have a voice in our democracy. But what about today, when even younger Americans are becoming victims of gun violence and finding themselves at the center of national political debates? Does it mean we should lower the voting age even further?…” At the link find the title, “The Most Perfect Album: Episode 7 , Nov 2018,” right-click “MEDIA ENCLOSURE: https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/moreperfect/moreperfect112118 themostperfectalbumep7.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

12th – 17th and 20th Amendments 34 mins – “This season, More Perfect is taking its camera lens off the Supreme Court and zooming in on the words of the people: the 27 amendments that We The People have made to our Constitution. We’re taking on these 27 amendments both in song and in story. This episode is best listened to alongside 27: The Most Perfect Album, an entire album (an ALBUM!) and digital experience of original music and art inspired by the 27 Amendments. Think of these episodes as the audio liner notes. This week, More Perfect takes a look at three amendments on the more obscure end of the spectrum. The 12th, 17th, and 20th Amendments made fine-tune adjustments to the way we pick our leaders. More Perfect is here to prove these three are more interesting than you think they are. For starters, the 12th Amendment is the secret star of the hit musical Hamilton. The Election of 1800 and the kerfuffle between Aaron Burr and Thomas Jefferson was one of the reasons we passed the 12th Amendment, which made it so that presidential and vice presidential candidates run alongside each other on a single ticket. It was meant to avoid awkward situations where political opponents suddenly had to be partners in government. But Radiolab’s Rachael Cusick reflects on the Clinton-Trump race and the ways the 12th Amendment may have polarized politics. Then, listen to Octopus Project’s original song about the 12th Amendment.  The idea for the 20th Amendment, which shortened the “lame duck” period for outgoing presidents and members of Congress, was first proposed around the same time as the 12th, but it took years to get political momentum to pass it. That momentum came in part from infamous president, Warren G. Harding, whose missteps ignited a movement to pass it. Huey Supreme wrote an original song about the 20th Amendment from the perspective of a lame duck. Then, More Perfect skips back to the 17th Amendment, which made the election of U.S. senators more democratic. Our state legislatures used to hand-pick Senators, but the 17th made it so the people elect their Senators directly. More Perfect reflects on whether direct democracy is all it’s cracked up to be. Listen to original songs about the 17th amendment by Stef Chura and Donny Dinero (of Mail the Horse).” At the link find the title, “The Most Perfect Album: Episode 8 , Nov 2018,” right-click “MEDIA ENCLOSURE: https://www.podtrac.com/pts/redirect.mp3/audio.wnyc.org/moreperfect/moreperfect113018_themostperfectalbumepisodeeight.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Heritage Return 27 mins – “Some people are applauding a report urging France to return cultural artifacts held in western museums to the former African colonies they were taken from. But one expert says, as long as they were traded legally, they should stay where they are.At the link find the title, “Should western museums return artifacts looted from former African colonies?” right-click “Download Should western museums return artifacts looted from former African colonies?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agriculture in New York City 26 mins – “Nave Strauss is an arborist and the Director of Street Tree Planting for NYC Parks. His primary function is to make sure New York City and its surrounding areas are equipped with the right combination of trees and plants that can help sustain both public and environmental health. He obtained a degree in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Forestry from St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY in 2008 and has worked with NYC Parks since 2009. He and his team aim to become the best tree planting program in the world. Nave joins me today to share his passion for trees and environmental sustainability. He explains what an arborist is, what they do, and how they participate in various programs involving nature and trees. He also discusses the considerations made when assessing locations and trees to be planted and explains how they aim to improve soil health by way of enhancing soil microbiome as well as how they make use of biochar.” At the link right-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI in Medicine 33 mins – “Machines that can learn and correct themselves already perform better than doctors at some tasks, but not all medicine is task based – but will AI doctors ever be able to have a therapeutic relationship with their patients? In this debate, Jörg Goldhahn, deputy head of the Institute for Translational Medicine at ETH Zurich thinks that the future belongs to robot doctors – but Vanessa Rampton, Branco Weiss fellow at McGill Institute for Health and Social Policy, says they’ll never be able to emulate the empathy required.” At the link find the title, “HAL will see you now, Nov 2018,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AIRA Options 46 min – “Greg Stilson, Director of Product Management at Aira, joins Pete and Jeff in the Blind Abilities studio and talks about the new plans and opportunities available to everyone. From the Guest plan, where anyone downloading the Aira App, can use the Aira Access at a growing number of sites in the Aira Access Network. To the Intro plan, where you can get 30 minutes a month for $29 a month. And the Standard plan, which I like myself, you get 120 minutes for $99 per month. And if you want the Horizon Kit, it will be $124 per month as the $600 Horizon Kit is divided up over a 2-year period. The advance Plan gives you 300 minutes per month for $199 and $224 respectively if you want the Horizon Kit acvantage. Join Greg, Pete and Jeff in this informative cast and learn about all the new Aira Access points and opportunities created by the Aira team. Seems like the value keeps growing and growing as their team and recognition keeps growing as well. Hear about the latest news and the Time Magazine recognition for Ara being one of the best 50 inventions in 2018. You can find out more about Aira on the web at www.Aira.io” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar, then select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

American Democracy Status 55 mins – “The U.S. midterm elections have been billed as a referendum on the presidency of Donald Trump. And many think the elections will chart the future course of American democracy at a time when anger, xenophobia, chaos and bitter partisanship and polarization have led people to despair for the future of liberal democracy.” At thelink find the title, “The Enright Files: The state of American democracy in the age of Trum” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Disintegration 55 mins – “Christopher Hedges believes that America may well be in its last act. Addiction, income disparity and hollowed-out towns and cities are becoming the norm, he argues, while the political and financial sectors increasingly merge with each other to the exclusion of anyone else’s interests or needs. His vision is dark, and sobering. Its only salvation, he concludes in this illustrated conversation with guest host Rachel Giese, is mass resistance.” At the link find the title, “Christopher Hedges: Farewell America,” right-click “Download Christopher Hedges: Farewell America< right-click “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Anthropologist Views 54 mins – “In our age, many societies look like they’re hurtling towards disorder and disunity. For all of our technological sophistication, the centre isn’t holding, great civilisations seem less united than ever. Wade Davis thinks we need to pay more attention to the values, the voices, and the concerns of Indigenous peoples. We have a lot to learn by listening more carefully. Wade Davis in a discussion with Paul Kennedy, with excerpts from a lecture at the Ontario Heritage Trust.” At the link find the title, “Wade Davis: Light at the edge of the world (Encore January 23, 2018),” right-click “Download Wade Davis: Light at the edge of the world (Encore January 23, 2018),” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Apple Watch for Fitness 33 mins – “The Apple Watch was intended to be a health and fitness device from the beginning. Now, these gadgets have the ability to capture our heart rates and even take our blood pressure. You may even be wearing one right now. And while there are plenty of smartwatches to choose from, the Apple Watch has always seemed to be in a league of its own.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Australian Internet 31 mins – “Melbourne, 1989. Two teenagers hack Australia’s recently established internet connection, and infiltrate some of the world’s most secure computer networks.” At the link right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Banksy Artwork Shredder 21 mins – “Banksy posted an update video showing more of the prank build and the shredding mechanism. But he’s still trolling us!” At the link left click “Download: podcast” to get the video file. The audio portion is included in the blog archive.

Beaver History 54 mins – “Four centuries of fur-trade trapping nearly wiped beavers off the North American map. Now they’re back, big time, and we’re discovering that sharing the landscape with such tenacious ecosystem engineers isn’t always easy. We’re also learning that there are compelling reasons to try to coexist with this iconic species. Contributor Frances Backhouse explores how two control freaks – humans and beavers – can get along.” At the link find the title, “Rethinking the Beaver: Why beavers and humans have to learn to get along,” right-click “Download Rethinking the Beaver: Why beavers and humans have to learn to get along” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Oil Production 19 mins – “Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says the temporary cut in oil production may be a short-term stopgap for what she has called a “crisis” on oil prices, but she’s promising upgrades and more pipelines as long-term solution.” At the link find the title, “Oil production cuts are part of a bigger plan, says Rachel Notley,” right-click “Download Oil production cuts are part of a bigger plan, says Rachel Notley” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Podcasts 53 mins – “Our interactive, variety show-style episode live from the Hot Docs Podcast Festival features storytellers from across Canada. Featuring: First Day Back, Nobody Cares (Except for Me), Tai Asks Why, Personal Best, Red Man Laughing. Plus, Ryan McMahon shares details about his new show with the Canadaland Network, Thunder Bay.” At the link find the title, “Podcast Playlist Live!,” right-click “Download Podcast Playlist Live!and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Postal Strike 20 mins- “The federal government is threatening striking Canada Post workers with back-to-work legislation as the holidays loom. But with job demands changing, and the volume of parcels becoming larger and heavier, one Canada Post worker says the job has simply become “unsafe.” At the link find the title, “I wasn’t believed’: Injured Canada Post employee describes unsafe workplace,” right-click “Download ‘I wasn’t believed’: Injured Canada Post employee describes unsafe workplace” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carrot History 39 mins – “Thousands of years ago, in what’s now Afghanistan, people unearthed the tangled, gnarled roots of Queen Anne’s Lace—a ubiquitous, hairy-stemmed plant with a spray of tiny white flowers. These fibrous, twisted roots were white and bitter-tasting, but they had an appealing spicy, pine-y, earthy aroma. This was the unpromising ancestor of one of America’s most popular root vegetables (second only to the mighty potato): today, it’s mostly consumed in the form of two-inch orange slugs, marketed under the label “baby carrots.” So how did this white, woody root become orange, as well as purple and yellow and even red? Listen in now to find out—and hear the story of the invention of the baby carrot.” At the link find the title, “How the Carrot Became Orange, and Other Stories,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Child Death of 1956 46 mins – “Ron Moffatt was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1956, when he was 14 years old. After months in jail, he was released when the real serial killer, Peter Woodcock, was caught. The judge recommended police should no longer interrogate minors without a guardian or lawyer present, but six decades later they still do.” At the link find the title, “Arrested youth should not be interrogated alone, says man wrongfully convicted of murder,” right-click “Download Arrested youth should not be interrogated alone, says man wrongfully convicted of murder,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change and Children 55 mins – “Young couples face a complicated decision at a time when the dire consequences of climate change are becoming clearer, is it ethical to bring a child into the world? Science journalist Britt Wray talks with parents, prospective parents, ethicists and children on this thorny question.” At the link find the title, “What to expect when you’re expecting …. Climate Change,” right-click “Download What to expect when you’re expecting …. Climate Change” right-click “Select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming 25 mins – “In the late 1980s, Bill McKibben was a young environmental reporter who was writing about the greenhouse effect. Climate change was a new idea back then, but today it’s everywhere. McKibben joined us to discuss that 30-year trajectory, and why decades of climate change discussion hasn’t turned into decisive action.” At the link find the title, “Youth would be better leaders in fight against climate change, says veteran environmentalist,” right-click “Download Youth would be better leaders in fight against climate change, says veteran environmentalist,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Warming in Congress 53 miins – “The White House tried to bury a devastating climate assessment on Black Friday; this week, On the Media documents how TV talk shows gave climate change deniers a platform to spin the report for their own ends. We look back on Fox News’ coming-of-age under Roger Ailes and we consider what comes next for the company amidst pressure, transition and unprecedented proximity to power. Plus, a pro-migration video goes viral in Honduras for all the wrong reasons.” At the link right-click Download” and select”Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.

Coelacanth Fish Discovery 27 mins – “The first Coelacanth was discovered by a woman in South Africa in 1938. The find, by the young museum curator, was the fish equivalent of discovering a T- Rex on the Serengeti, it took the Zoological world by storm. Presenter Adam Hart tells the story of this discovery, and the steps taken by Coelacanth biologists in the decades since to find more fish, in other populations, and record them for science. Adam hears personal accounts from a deep diver who swam with Coelacanths, Eve Marshall, conservationist Dr Mark Erdman, and geneticist Professor Axel Meyer.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Hacking History 36 mins – “Before WikiLeaks, there was the Wank Worm. In this week’s episode, we tell you the story of how Australian hackers infiltrated NASA, just months after the country was hooked up to the internet in 1989. Joel Werner, host of Sum of All Parts, helps us tell this story, along with cybersecurity researcher Dr. Suelette Dreyfus. …UPDATE 12/07/18: An earlier version of this episode stated that Galileo’s engines ran on nuclear power. We’ve removed this line, as it was Galileo’s electrical systems, not the propulsion system, which ran on nuclear power. Selected references:  The original Sum of All Parts episode about Phoenix and Electron;Suelette’s book, written with the help of Julian Assange, about the early Australian hacking movement, Underground; An in-depth reference on Hacktivism. Thanks to our sponsor, Cole Haan. You can hear more of Wendy and other Gimlet hosts in conversation at ExtraordinariesOnTheMic.com, produced in partnership with Cole Haan.” At the link find the title, “The Wank Worm: How NASA Got Hacked, Dec 2018,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Critical Thinking 34 mins – “What if the internet isn’t just a resource, but actually an extension of the mind? A cognitive brain enhancement tool that is transforming the way humans think? Some experts are quick to defend that notion. Others believe that technology is dumbing us down, making us lazy and incapable of thinking for ourselves.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Dark Age of Injustice 55 mins – “For more than 40 years, Gareth Peirce has fought to expose and overturn miscarriages of justice and free the wrongfully accused. Based in London, she was instrumental in freeing members of the Guildford Four, who were falsely convicted of carrying out the IRA bombing of a British pub. More recently, she has been representing members of the new suspect community – Muslims falsely accused of being terrorists. Peirce warns eroding human rights under the questionable guise of national security, is a profound attack on democracy.” At the link find the title, “Human Rights Under Attack: Gareth Peirce on The New Dark Age,” right-click “Download Human Rights Under Attack: Gareth Peirce on The New Dark Age,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Data for Social Good 55 mins – “We live in a glut of data. Individually we produce vast amounts of information about ourselves simply by living our lives: where we go, what we like, where we shop, our political views, which programs we watch. Each day we produce 2.5 quintillion bytes of data and the rate is growing. In the last two years alone we’ve generated about 90% of the data that’s out there. IDEAS contributor Anik See looks at this tremendous amount of data and how some people are harnessing it, not for surveillance or selling, but rather for the public good.” At the link find the title, “Data for Social Good,” right-click “Download Data for Social Good” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dead Celebrities in Movies 16 mins – “Cool or creepy? The entertainment industry is spending millions to resurrect dead celebrities. They’re doing it with sophisticated digital technology that will ensure that iconic figures like Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Carrie Fisher and Audrey Hepburn live on forever. Could this technology replace real life actors? And what are the moral ramifications of this amazing technology? In this Komando on Demand podcast, Kim speaks with some of the digital wizards who work major movie magic to bring deceased actors and entertainers back to the big screen and concert stages.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diane Ladd 90 mins – “Oscar-nominated actress Diane Ladd pays a visit to the studio to talk about her favorite movie directors, her days as a “Copa Girl,” the importance of homegrown film production and the joys of collaborating with daughter Laura Dern and ex-husband Bruce Dern. Also, Barbara Stanwyck sends flowers, John Carradine opens doors, Robert Duvall turns on the charm and Diane drops by the set of “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.” PLUS: Making “Chinatown”! Celebrating Roger Corman! The genius of Tennessee Williams! Martin Scorsese encourages improvisation! And Diane indulges Gilbert’s obsession with “Carnosaur”! “ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop- menu.

E. coli Contamination of Lettuce 20 mins – “If you hate eating your vegetables, you may be off the hook – at least when it comes to lettuce. One writer argues salad is hard on the environment, and isn’t all that nutritious.” At the link find the title, “Is salad a luxury food? One writer argues it’s time to rethink leafy greens,” right-click “Download Is salad a luxury food? One writer argues it’s time to rethink leafy greens,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Educational Technology Room Ep 113 65 mins – “Welcome to episode 113 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 7, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach), Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) and special guest Jason Kern (@jasonmkern) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included virtual reality in the classroom, the use of social media worldwide to radicalize politics, hardware updates from Apple’s special event last week, and our need for media literacy everywhere. Anya Kamenetz’ excellent response article, “What the Times got wrong about kids and phones” was also highlighted. Professional courtesy with cell phones at meetings and in the classroom, the NetFlix documentary “The Eighties,” and Flickr’s important announcement about free and pro accounts rounded out the show. Geeks of the week included free “Unity” software licenses for schools, Raspberry Pi projects, the browser extension “OneTab,” and the “Pulse” SMS app on Android.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Educational Technology Room Ep 115 65 mins – “Welcome to episode 115 of the EdTech Situation Room from November 21, 2018, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed the past week’s technology news through an educational lens. Topics for the show included the recent outages of cloud services including Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory and LastPass Password Manager, and multiple signs of “The Technology Correction.” These included calls for regulating Facebook, surveys showing many young computer scientists do not want to work for Facebook, and Facebook’s apparent inability to regulate / fix itself. Processor upgrades to the Samsung Chromebook Plus, the enduring value of Google Pixelbooks, and Black Friday week deals on Pixelbooks were also discussed. On the security front, a new, stealthy Russian hacking tool, a phishing test tool, the first amendment and Facebook, and student protests over Facebook’s sponsored learning management system “Summit Learning” were also discussed. The use of streetlight concealed cameras by US security agencies and the viability of the iPad Pro as a laptop replacement were topics rounding out the show. Geeks of the week included T-Mobile’s One Plus Plan (great for international travel) and a technique for bypassing news website free article limits with browser incognito mode.

Environmentalism Failure 54 mins – “Environmental problems are well-known and have been for decades, but we still appear to be edging towards a global catastrophe. Why? Environmentalist Graham Saul believes that part of the problem is environmentalism itself. He believes it has a message problem – mainly because it doesn’t have a single, coherent, unified message that people can grasp. Graham Saul has been on the forefront of environmental thought and activism for over 25 years. In this lecture, he parses the problem and points towards a step with potential planet-saving implications.” At the link find the title, “Why Environmentalism is Failing,” right-click “Download Why Environmentalism is Failing,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fascism in America 54 mins – “We’ve heard it so much that it’s almost become a cliché: America is on the road to fascism. The debate over that claim continues, but renowned scholar Henry Giroux argues that “Donald Trump is not just some impulsive rich guy who marketed his way into politics through empty Kardashian-style consumer culture”. Trump needed followers. And he got them. Now what?” At the link find the title, “Flirting with Fascism: America’s New Path?,” right-click “Download Flirting with Fascism: America’s New Path?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female and Male Speech Patterns 54 mins – “PhD graduate Laura Hare taught herself Biblical Hebrew so she could analyse male and female speech patterns in the original text of the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). She found the women characters consistently using language that shows deference to men. Some of these signs of deference exist in women’s speech today in North American English. The only female biblical character who fully speaks ‘like a man’ also became an archetype of evil – Queen Jezebel. ‘Ideas from the Trenches’ producers Tom Howell and Nicola Luksic find out what Laura Hare’s discoveries mean for the present day.” At the link find the title, “The Jezebel Problem: What ‘bossy’ women should know about language,” right-click “Download The Jezebel Problem: What ‘bossy’ women should know about language,” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Engineers 25 mins – “Gina Parvaneh Cody graduated from Concordia with her PhD in engineering the same year as the École Polytechnique massacre. She talks to Anna Maria Tremonti about how she donated $15 million to her alma mater to “make a future where women are allowed in engineering.” At the link find the title, “The École Polytechnique massacre ‘left a scar,’ says first woman to have engineering school named after her,” right-click “Download The École Polytechnique massacre ‘left a scar,’ says first woman to have engineering school named after her” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Safety P1 30 mins – “Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her book The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the 20th Century. Part 1.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Food Safety P2 30 mins -”Pulitzer Priz​e–winning journalist Deborah Blum talks about her book The Poison Squad: One Chemist’s Single-Minded Crusade for Food Safety at the Turn of the 20th Century. Part 2.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.

Ford CEO Interview 54 mins – “The Ford Motor Company is ditching its legacy sedans, doubling down on trucks, and trying to steer its stock price out of a long skid. But C.E.O. Jim Hackett has even bigger plans: to turn a century-old automaker into the nucleus of a “transportation operating system.” Is Hackett just whistling past the graveyard, or does he see what others can’t?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic DNA Uses 29 mins – “Forensic DNA analysis has been used by law enforcement for years to help solve some of the biggest crimes. But with the rise of DNA analysis and forensic genealogy companies such as 23andMe, Ancestry, and Genomelink, some ethical questions must be answered. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim explores how law enforcement uses forensic DNA analysis to solve notorious criminal cases as well as the ethics and privacy issues of DNA data banks.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Freedom Defined 55 mins – “What does it mean to be free? All societies place restrictions on what citizens can do, but some restrictions (speed limits) may be more important than others (limiting the right to vote.) But one-size freedom doesn’t really fit all: “democracy” has many faces, and ideas of freedom are shaped by culture. A discussion from the Stratford Festival with the Munk School of Global Affairs: Randall Hansen, Joseph Wong and Lama Mourad.” At the link find the title, “In Search of Global Freedom,” right-click “Download In Search of Global Freedom” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Future Threats 58 mins – “Richard A. Clarke joins us to discuss his new podcast Future State and his recent book Warnings: Finding Cassandras to Stop Catastrophes.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GM Decline in Canada 21 mins – “The GM decision to shut down operations in Oshawa highlights the rapid change brought about by technological change and shifting trade conditions. As industries change, will there be a political fallout from the communities these companies have supported for generations?” At the link find the title, “‘A deep sense of betrayal’: Oshawa GM plant closure could spark political fallout, warns prof, “ right-click “Download ‘A deep sense of betrayal’: Oshawa GM plant closure could spark political fallout, warns prof” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

God and Guns Documentary 55 mins – “The U.S. midterms are yet another prompt for many Americans – and people around the world – to reflect on what America actually is now, politically, socially and culturally. Contributor David Zane Mairowitz is originally from New York, and has been living in Europe for over 50 years. He returned to the U.S. in the spring of 2017 to travel through six southern states, where he recorded his encounters with everyday people at restaurants, churches – and gun shows. His aim: to gain insight into an America he’s now struggling to comprehend.” At the link find the title, “Travels through Trump’s America (Encore January 19, 2018),” right-click “Download Travels through Trump’s America (Encore January 19, 2018)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hand Dexterity Declines 22 mins – “A prominent British surgeon says he’s concerned that medical students don’t have the same manual dexterity as their predecessors. Have we turned our backs on our hands?” At the link find the title, “U.K. surgeon gives thumbs down to medical students’ lack of dexterity,” right-click “Download U.K. surgeon gives thumbs down to medical students’ lack of dexterity” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harry’s Last Stand 28 mins – “Harry Leslie Smith has inspired countless people with his fight for equality. Now the 95-year-old activist and podcaster is in hospital, battling pneumonia. According to his son John, “the battle Harry is fighting now is for his life.” At the link find the title, “Harry Leslie Smith, 95-year-old activist and podcaster, critically ill in hospital,” right-click “Download Harry Leslie Smith, 95-year-old activist and podcaster, critically ill in hospital” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hate Confrontation 15 mins – “My inbox is full of hate mails and personal abuse and has been for years. In 2010, I started answering those mails and suggesting to the writer that we might meet for coffee and a chat. I have had hundreds of encounters. They have taught me something important that I want to share with you.” At the link left-click the “Share” square, left-click “Download” right-click “Download audio” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Research 54 mins – “Although he’s not yet officially eligible to collect his pension, Dr. David Naylor is already President Emeritus of the University of Toronto – having occupied the office itself for eight turbulent years from 2005 – 2013. Before that, Naylor was Dean of Medicine at U of T, and Chair of the National Advisory Committee on SARS. Right now, he’s interim head of the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. And he was recently awarded the 2018 Henry G. Friesen Prize for Health Science Research. David Naylor talks with Paul Kennedy about his life and work, and about his recent Friesen Prize Lecture at the University of Ottawa.” At the link find the title, “Talking with Doctor David Naylor: Winner of the 2018 Friesen Prize,” right-click “Download Talking with Doctor David Naylor: Winner of the 2018 Friesen Prize” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Heat Wave Impact 23 mins – “A new study found male beetles exposed to heat waves suffered issues with fertility and produced fewer offspring, but also passed sperm-count and life-expectancy issues on to those they did have. Could that news include a climate change warning to humans?” At the link find the title, “Heat waves are damaging beetle sperm, and that could be bad news for the entire planet,” right-click “Download Heat waves are damaging beetle sperm, and that could be bad news for the entire planet” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HIV Vaccines 48 mins – “A very small proportion of people infected with HIV do not develop AIDS. Mark Connors talks about 2 patient populations that his lab studies, the elite controllers and the elite neutralizers, who control HIV infection with their respective T cell or B cell responses. Connors hopes his work on killer T cells and broadly neutralizing antibodies will help scientists develop better HIV therapies or an effective HIV vaccine. Links for This Episode: Mark Connors labsite at NIAID ; Immunity article: Identification of a CD4-binding-site antibody to HIV that evolved near-pan neutralization breadth. ; Immunity commentary: Class II-restricted CD8s: New lessons violate old paradigms. ; Science article: Trispecific broadly neutralizing HIV antibodies mediate potent SHIV protection in macaques. ; Imagining an HIV-Free Future (Smithsonian Worlds AIDS Day Event (Live Dec 4th at 6:45pm) ; HOM Tidbit: 12 Diseases that Changed Our World ;MTM Listener SurveyAt the link find the title, “096: HIV interaction with the immune system with Mark Connors, Nov 2018,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homicide Cases Podcasts 54 mins – From drug lords to killer surgeons: producers keep making more and more true crime podcasts, and audiences just keep on listening.Thunder Bay, Chapo: Kingpin on Trial, Uncover: Bomb on Board, Death in Ice Valley and Dr. Death.” At the link find the title, “Podcasts for those who love true crime and mystery,” right-click “Download Podcasts for those who love true crime and mysteryand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hotel History 54 mins – “A guest checks into a Las Vegas hotel suite, and makes it a fortress, staging a mass shooting on the city below. It’s a horrific act that seems to subvert the very ethos of hotels – places of hospitality and calm. Yet hotels contain multitudes. They are sites of fantasy and functionality, pleasure and trouble. Their spaces are public and private, workplace and bedroom. They exist to house us temporarily, in luxury or in squalor. IDEAS producer Lisa Godfrey explores hotels, both in reality and the imagination, with hotel workers, designers, and writers – to reveal how hotels reflect private desires and social truths.” At the link find the title, “The Accommodating Space: A Hotel Check-In,” right-click “Download The Accommodating Space: A Hotel Check-In” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous Artists 55 mins – “IDEAS contributor Sean Foley explores the landscapes of Algonquin Park, Ont., which inspired Tom Thomson’s work – while also examining Indigenous artists’ perspectives of the same landscapes that Thomson and the Group of Seven may have missed.” At the link find the title, “Tom Thomson: 100 Years from Now, Part 2,” right-click “Download Tom Thomson: 100 Years from Now, Part 2” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Interpol Crisis 20 mins– “A former U.S. ambassador to Russia says he is “appalled” at the prospect a Russian could soon be the leader of Interpol, arguing the country should instead be kicked out of the international policing organization.” At the link find the title, “Expel Russia from Interpol, former U.S. ambassador suggests ahead of election,” right-click “Download Expel Russia from Interpol, former U.S. ambassador suggests ahead of election” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Job Preparation 17 mins – “There is a lot of talk these days about robots replacing humans in the workforce, but those conversations remain largely abstract. For students in school today, however, the issue is urgent, research shows. What if the job they aspire to today is no longer an option when it comes time to graduate? How can they train for jobs that don’t even exist yet? On the other side of that equation are educators, who often draw from their own learning experiences in K-12 and higher education to inform their instruction. What responsibility do they have in preparing today’s students for a future none of them can really envision? EdSurge recently sat down with Karen Cator, the CEO of Digital Promise, to get her take. Cator is a former director of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Educational Technology who has been championing digital learning since long before the term “digital learning” was being thrown around—back when she was still a classroom teacher in Alaska. Of all the issues and trends in edtech these days, she says automation is one of the most pressing—and one that all educators should be thinking about.” At the link click the square with three dots, left-click, select “Save File” and “OK” (may have to establish a Soundcloud account) to download the podcast.

Jonestown Deaths 25 mins – “Jackie Speier was shot five times as she tried to help defectors leave the Jonestown commune in Guyana in 1978, on the same night that more than 900 people died after drinking Flavour Aid laced with poison. On the 40th anniversary of the massacre, Speier reflects on the effect that looking death in the eye has had on her life.” At the link find the title, “Jackie Speier was shot five times during the Jonestown massacre. She says it made her fearless,” right-click “Download Jackie Speier was shot five times during the Jonestown massacre. She says it made her fearless” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kids Abducted for Sex 42 mins – “Kids run away in search of love only to be held captive by sex traffickers, hate groups, and terrorists. Every 40 seconds, a child goes missing in the United States. Learn how innocent-looking apps and recruiters are luring our kids in this can’t miss Komando on Demand episode. It might just save a life.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Little Prince Documentary 55 mins – “And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: it is only with the heart that we see correctly; what is most important is invisible to the eye.” The Little Prince was first published in 1943. And since then, it’s sold 200 million copies, in 300 languages. And we’re still trying to figure out what it is: a children’s fable, or philosophical tale, or even an autobiography of its author, Antoine de Saint Exupe?ry? Danny Braun of Radio-Canada presents his documentary about the enduring magic of this deceptively simple classic.” At the link find the title, The Little Prince: The Child Philosopher,right-click Download The Little Prince: The Child Philosopher,” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Majority Tipping Point 11 mins – “Do you have to wait for more than 50% of the group to agree with a minority opinion before it can take over? It turns out, you need far less than that. Read the transcript at https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/science/the-science-of-tipping-points-how-25-can-create-a-majorityAt the link you can listen, but not download; however a copy is included in the blog archive.

Marie Colvin Journalist 24 mins – “War correspondent Marie Colvin reported the plight of the helpless from conflicts in the world’s most dangerous places, with a tenacity that eventually cost her her life. Lindsey Hilsum, her friend and fellow war correspondent, tells us about Colvin’s life – a life lived on the edge.” At the link find the title, “How famed war correspondent Marie Colvin lost her eye in an ambush in Sri Lanka,” right-click “Download How famed war correspondent Marie Colvin lost her eye in an ambush in Sri Lanka,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Device Risks 31 mins – “A new investigation led by CBC/Radio-Canada, the Toronto Star and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists found concerns in the way medical devices are approved and monitored in many countries, and patients who have suffered as a result.” At the link find the title, “New investigations reveals implanted medical devices approved in Canada despite risks,” right-click “Download New investigations reveals implanted medical devices approved in Canada despite risks” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Meditation and Mindfulness 33 mins – “Trouble sleeping? Anxious? Depressed? You’re not alone. What if the relief you needed was right at your fingertips? Mobile meditation apps have been popping up and many are turning to them for relief. But are they really worthwhile and effective? In this Komando On Demand podcast, Kim will share some valuable insight to decide whether these apps are worth checking out – and why.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Microbes in Chernobyl 22 mins – “This month, we spoke with Dr Alexandre de Menezes, soil microbiologist. Last year, Dr de Menezes went to the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone to see how the nuclear disaster is impacting the microbes in the soil, over 30 years later. We will cover what the soil microbiome is, why is it important and how microbes are affected by radiation” At the link left-click “Download Episode,” select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu to download the podcast.

Midterm Election Impact 59 mins – “In a tweet on Tuesday night, political analyst Amy Walter dubbed the 2018 midterms the “‘choose your own narrative’ election”—meaning that voters on all sides could find cause for celebration or disappointment. Katie and Brian talk with Amy about what the results mean, what we’ve learned about the electorate, and how the elections might shape both parties’ strategies in 2020. Presidential historian Doug Brinkley also joins Katie and Brian to discuss how this week’s election compares to midterms past—and he shares his thoughts on how President Trump will react to the new opposition Congress. Plus, we take your calls!” At the link find the title, “83. 2018 Midterms: Where Do We Go from Here?,” right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrant Caravan Tear Gassing 20 mins – “The use of tear gas on child migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border drew condemnation from groups such as Amnesty International, and a rebuttal from President Trump that it was a “a very minor form” of tear gas. We look at what happened at the border, and what the substance does to the human body.” At the link find the title, “Use of tear gas a ‘good public relations move’ for police forces, says expert,” right-click “Download Use of tear gas a ‘good public relations move’ for police forces, says expert,” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MOOC Impact 21 mins – “MOOCs have gone from a buzzword to a punchline, especially among professors who were skeptical of these “massive open online courses” in the first place. But what is their legacy on campuses? MOOCs started in around 2011 when a few Stanford professors put their courses online and made them available to anyone who wanted to take them. The crowds who showed up were, well, massive. We’re talking 160,000 people signing up to study advanced tech topics like data science. The New York Times later declared 2012 as the ‘year of the MOOC,’ and columnists said the virtual courses would bring a revolution. But in the rush of public interest that followed, skeptics wondered whether online courses could help fix the cost crisis of higher education. Was this the answer to one of the nation’s toughest problems? The answer, it turns out, is, no. Actually these days you don’t hear much about MOOCs at all. In the national press there’s almost a MOOC amnesia. It’s like it never happened. But these courses are still around, and they’ve quietly evolved. Dhawal Shah, founder and CEO of Class Central, has been tracking MOOCs closely and steadily ever since he was a student in one of those first Stanford open courses. Shah is our podcast guest this week, and he argues that MOOCs are having an impact, but mainly for people who are enrolling in MOOC-based degrees, where they can get a credential that can help them in their careers without having to go back to a campus. Of course, that’s a very different outcome than the free education for the underserved that was originally promised.” At the link click the square with three dots, left-click, select “Save File” and “OK” (may have to establish a Soundcloud account) to download the podcast.

Movie Producer 16 mins – “How does Hollywood choose what stories get told on-screen? Too often, it’s groupthink informed by a narrow set of ideas about what sells at the box office. As a producer, Franklin Leonard saw too many great screenplays never get made because they didn’t fit the mold. So he started the Black List, an anonymous email that shared his favorite screenplays and asked: Why aren’t we making these movies? Learn the origin story of some of your favorite films with this fascinating insider view of the movie business.” At the link left-click “Share” on the sound bar, double click “Download audio,” on the pop-up menu, then right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nazi Facism 38 mins – “Kristallnacht was a massive act of antisemitic violence that was named for the shards of glass left littering the streets in more than a thousand cities and towns in the German Reich. NOTE: This episode is not appropriate for young children.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included inthe blog archive.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Parkinsons Increase 61 mins – “What would you say if we told you the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease will double by the year 2040? In a previous Third Thursdays Webinar, moderator Dave Iverson is joined by panelists Ray Dorsey, MD, professor of neurology at the Center for Health and Technology at the University of Rochester’s Medical Center and Bastiaan Bloem, MD, PhD, medical director and professor of neurology at Radboud University, co-authors on a paper published earlier this year on the estimated rise in Parkinson’s cases. The three dive into the hour discussing: Why the population of Parkinson’s patients has doubled since 1990 and will possibly double again to 13 million by 2040,  What immediate actions the PD community can take to prevent this global rise and contend with it, and Ways we can increase access to and affordability of care.” At the link right-click “Download Audio File” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pension Gamble 57 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the role of state governments and Wall Street in driving America’s public pensions into a multi-trillion-dollar hole. Marcela Gaviria, Martin Smith, and Nick Verbitsky go inside the volatile fight over pensions playing out in Kentucky, and examine the broader consequences for teachers, police, firefighters and other public employees everywhere.” At the link find the title, “The Pension Gamble, Nov 2018,” right-click “MEDIA ENCLOSURE: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FrontlineAudiocastPbs/~5/DXSFOzA5Fl8/526146357-frontlinepbs-the-pension-gamble.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Personalized Learning 26 mins – “In the education technology business, Larry Berger is considered—if not the smartest guy in the room, then certainly one of the wiser ones. With more than 20 years in the industry, Larry has seen the ups and downs, twists and turns. In 2000 he co-founded Wireless Generation, which pioneered the use of data, digital diagnostics and assessments to support students. It was bought in 2010 by News Corporation, which invested more than $1 billion into the company and rebranded it as Amplify. News Corp’s commitment proved to be a short-lived, however. The media giant sold Amplify to private investors five years later. Today, Larry Berger leads Amplify as its chief executive. The company is no longer as high-profile—or as big—as it once was. So what is Amplify today? What have the past years taught him, and where is the company going? EdSurge recently sat down with Berger for an update on what Amplify’s up to, along with his thoughts on how the curriculum business is evolving. He also talked about the challenges facing edtech companies today, including his skepticism towards what he calls an “engineering” model of personalized learning.” At the link click the square with three dots, left-click, select “Save File” and “OK” (may have to establish a Soundcloud account) to download the podcast.

Plastics History 27 mins – “Plastic waste and pollution have become a global problem but is there any sign of a global solution? And how did we allow this to happen in the first place? Materials scientist and broadcaster, Professor Mark Miodownik, explores how we fell in love with plastic, why we’ve ended up with oceans of waste blighting the environment and what science and society can do about it. …We may not be on speaking terms right now. But we do have a love affair with plastic, in fact it can be all consuming. Adaptable, lightweight, cheap and hygienic – fantastic plastics started to win our affection back in the late 19th century. Bakelite was an early plastic invented to replace expensive wood. Celluloid was one of the earliest plastics, failing to replace ivory in billiard balls, but revolutionising the world as movie film. Plastic really did change our world. Plastic radar insulation played a role in helping the Allied forces win the Second World War and after the conflict, factories start to churn out cheap, mass-produced goods in the new synthetic polymers. But some of the key virtues of plastic may now have paradoxically poisoned the relationship. Being virtually indestructible, has led to a build-up of toxic micro-plastic in the oceans and environment. We’ve grown to regard many plastics as cheap and disposable, we take it for granted, rely on it too much, value it too little and are too ready to cast it aside after one single use.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Recycling 27 mins – “Plastics are fantastically versatile materials that have changed our lives. It is what we do with them, when we no longer want them, that has resulted in the global plastic crisis. Mark Miodownik explores our love hate relationship with plastics. …Plastic waste has been a global crisis waiting to happen. To date it’s estimated that around 8.3 billion tonnes of waste plastic exists. That’s 25 Empire State Buildings or 1 billion elephants. Incredibly around half of this has been generated in just the last 14 years, despite mass production having begun in the 1950s. Events such as China’s recent refusal to take any more “foreign rubbish” from the west and Sir David Attenborough’s graphic portrayal of the devastation that plastic waste is causing in our oceans, has prompted political and media discussion like never before. We are at a critical moment where, if we’re to turn the tide on plastic pollution, it will require science and society to come together to create real change. But it won’t be easy. One major area that needs an overhaul is recycling. In the UK only 14% of plastic collected is recycled. Europe tends to burn our waste for energy, and plastic has a calorific value similar to that of coal. But proponents of the circular economy say we should never consider plastic as waste at all and we should think of it as ‘Buried Sunshine’ – a resource that needs conserving – by reusing and recycling again and again.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plastic Recycling Problems 27 mins – “Plastic waste and pollution have become a global problem but is there any sign of a global solution? And how did we allow this to happen in the first place? Materials scientist and broadcaster, Professor Mark Miodownik, explores how we fell in love with plastic, why we’ve ended up with oceans of waste blighting the environment and what science and society can do about it. …Roland Pease hears from Kenya where one of the most stringent bans on plastic bags has been in force for nearly two years, from the US where the reuseable cup has taken off and from Sweden where reverse vending machines give you money back when you return your plastic bottles. And he looks at places where plastic is the best material for the job.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Populism Increases 55 mins – “Authoritarian populists have won elections across a large swath of western liberal democracies. Populist leaders have formed government through free and (mostly) fair elections by riding a wave of popular disaffection with the status quo. But once in power, these governments have gone on to dismantle the very institutions and conventions that help keep liberal democratic principles in place. So how are we to confront this paradox wherein liberal democracy serves a growing and undemocratic illiberalism? A conversation with political scientist Yascha Mounk.” At the link find the title, “The People vs Democracy,” right-click “Download The People vs Democracy,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psychological Espionage 62 mins – “Self sovereignty is something that we’ve been thinking about and learning to practice for a long time. Self sovereignty means the ability to choose the direction of one’s own life, and being the exclusive authority over one’s own body and mind. Other synonyms for it are personal freedom, self determination, and liberty. It’s a subject we have talked a lot about with our podcast guests as well. In this episode, it’s just Mike and Euvie, and we discuss a fundamental aspect of self sovereignty – sovereignty of mind. We share some of our stories of successes and failures in learning to practice self sovereignty. We also suggest some ideas, techniques and exercises from our own experience that others can try if they want to gain more sovereignty in their lives. Ultimately, self sovereignty is a deeply personal thing, and something that each person figures out for themselves. We invite you to explore this important concept in order to better understand and navigate today’s world.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ribosome Structure and Function 19 mins – “Nicola Davis sits down with Nobel prize-winning scientist Sir Venki Ramakrishnan to discuss the competition he faced in the race to discover the ribosome – AKA the gene machine. Is competition good for science, or would a collaborative approach be better?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

School Bullying 25 mins – “Teenage bullying and violence has made headlines in recent weeks. One expert says we should accept that if people can be kind, they also have the capacity to be cruel.” At the link find the title, “Youth see bullying as ‘paying off for some people’ in today’s world, says expert,” right-click “Download Youth see bullying as ‘paying off for some people’ in today’s world, says expert” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shirley Chisolm Biography 39 mins – “From her college years, Chisolm was politically active. Her drive and desire to make positive change led her to many political firsts, including being the first black woman elected to the U.S. Congress.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included inthe blog archive.

Smart Airports 23 mins- “Are you dreading holiday travel this year? From mile-long security lines to taking off shoes and going through humiliating security scanners, holiday travel can be stressful. But, airports are getting major upgrades that will help travelers navigate the terminal more efficiently. In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim looks at how airports are trying to make things easier on travelers in order to alleviate stress during the holidays.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Snapchat Thief 72 minsThis week, a new Super Tech Support: after Lizzie’s Snapchat gets hacked, things start getting really creepy. Alex investigates. Michael Bazzell’s Podcast – The complete Security and Privacy Podcast Steps Michael Bazzell Gave Alex to Protect Himself – How to port your phone number; Password Manager; Google Authenticator; Yubikey; Michael’s workbook to freeze your credit and remove yourself from public records websites; Sudo Stories about Sim Swapping and OGUsers by Vice/Motherboard – By Lorenzo Francheschi-Bicchierai – The SIM Hijackers; How to Protect Yourself From SIM Swapping Hacks; ‘TELL YOUR DAD TO GIVE US BITCOIN:’ How a Hacker Allegedly Stole Millions by Hijacking Phone Numbers; How Criminals Recruit Telecom Employees to Help Them Hijack SIM Cards; Alleged 19-Year-Old SIM Swapper Used Stolen Bitcoin to Buy Luxury Cars; Cops Arrest Infamous SIM Swapper Who Allegedly Stole $14 Million in Cryptocurrency By Joseph Cox – ‘I Could Ruin Your Business Right Now’: Listen to a SIM-Jacking, Account-Stealing RansomAt the link find the title, “#130 The Snapchat Thief, Nov 2018,” right-click “Playand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Success Academy Concept in NYC P1 43 mins – “Eva Moskowitz wants to fix a really big problem. There are over a million kids in New York City’s public schools. Most can’t read or do math at grade level. Many won’t graduate on time. And it’s largely poor, black and brown kids who are stuck in the lowest performing schools. Eva’s the founder and CEO of Success Academy, the subject of this season of StartUp. And she’s actually making progress. Her school network is growing at lightning speed, and her students get among the highest standardized-test scores in the city, beating out schools in some of the wealthiest districts. And the education world is watching. But not everyone likes what they see. In this season, we ask how exactly Success is doing what it’s doing, and why does it have so many critics? Today, on the first of our six-part series about Success, we meet a mother, Sherisse, who desperately wants her son to get into Success, so that he can have opportunities she never had herself. And we go inside a Success classroom on the first day of school, to see what parents like Sherisse are clamoring for.” At the link find the title, “Success Academy 1: The Problem, Nov 2018” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

Success Academy in NYC P2 59 mins – “It’s no mystery that Success Academy has high expectations — not just for its teachers, but also for its parents and students. Having a high bar is the key to Success’ amazing results. But the charter network’s expectations can make life hard for families and kids who don’t quite make the mark. In this episode, we will hear from two families who ran headlong into Success Academy’s high expectations.” At the link find the title, “Success Academy: Expectations,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Success Academy Growth in NYC P4 57 mins – “Success Academy has grown quickly — in just 12 years, the network has gone from one school in Harlem to 47 schools across New York City. In order to do this, Success has had to hire many inexperienced teachers, and move them up the ranks quickly. Amidst all this growth, there is a lot of pressure on the staff to continue performing at incredibly high levels. And Success has managed to keep crushing the state tests. In episode 4 of the series, we examine how growth has changed Success for better, and for worse.” At the link find the title, “Success Academy P4: Growth, Dec 2018,” right-click “Play Now” and select Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Success Academy Startup in NYC P3 46 mins – “Success Academy’s state test results are truly remarkable — their students score in the top one percent in New York State, often beating out kids from the wealthiest districts. And the network’s reputation is built on these results — it’s a big part of how they attract new students, win over donors, and get approval to open school after school. To find out how Success gets these scores, we go inside their test-taking machine. There are puppies and toys, “pump-up” songs, and a crazy event at the 19,000-seat Barclays Center called Slam the Exam. And, of course, there’s lots of test prep. We’ll hear from students and teachers who’ve grown skeptical of all the time devoted to getting good scores. We’ll see how significant passing the state test can be for a student who’s struggled. And we’ll hear Eva Moskowitz defend her school’s intense focus on test prep, which she prefers to call “mastery.” At the link find the title, “Success Academy 3: The Test, Nov 2018,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainable Development Goals 15 mins – “We are living in a world that is tantalizingly close to ensuring that no one need die of hunger or malaria or diarrhea,” says economist Michael Green. To help spur progress, back in 2015 the United Nations drew up a set of 17 goals around important factors like health, education and equality. In this data-packed talk, Green shares his analysis on the steps each country has (or hasn’t) made toward these Sustainable Development Goals — and offers new ideas on what needs to change so we can achieve them.” At the link left-click the “Share” square, left-click “Download” right-click “Download audio” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Termite Megalopolis 25 mins – “Researchers have discovered a network of 4,000-year-old termite mounds in Brazil that are so big, they can be seen from space. We hear all about the discovery, and how the much-maligned termite could teach humans a lot about biofuels and even robotics. “ At the link find the title, “‘Just unbelievable’: Termite mound network the size of Great Britain discovered in Brazil,” right-click “Download ‘Just unbelievable’: Termite mound network the size of Great Britain discovered in Brazil” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vaping Problem 28 mins – “David Hammond was picking out an Archie comic for his kids when he noticed a poster for vaping behind the corner store counter. Then, he spotted vaping products above the candy.” At the link find the title, “More can be done to curb vaping among Canadian youth, professor says,” right-clickDownload More can be done to curb vaping among Canadian youth, professor says,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viagra and CRISPR 27 mins – “Viagra’s effects on men were first discovered as an unexpected side-effect during trials for a medication meant to help patients with a heart condition. CRISPR cas– 9 is now a tool that can be used to modify and replace genes – but it was first noted as a random collection of genes. In the first of three episodes about the genius of accidents in science, Professor Adam Hart explores how, sometimes, the results you’re looking for are not as important as those that appear unexpectedly.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Gaming Income 34 mins – “Want to make a living playing video games? You can possibly make thousands or even millions, but it’s not easy money. Esports is now a proven career option, but do you have what it takes to get in the game? In this episode of Komando on Demand, Kim looks at everything you need to know about how to succeed at being a professional gamer, straight from today’s top players and nerd culture journalist Jessica Roar.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacists in America 57 mins – “In the wake of the deadly anti-Semitic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, FRONTLINE and ProPublica present a new investigation into white supremacist groups in America – in particular, a neo-Nazi group, Atomwaffen Division, that has actively recruited inside the U.S. military. Continuing FRONTLINE and ProPublica’s reporting on violent white supremacists in the U.S. (which has helped lead to multiple arrests), this joint investigation shows the group’s terrorist objectives and how it gained strength after the 2017 Charlottesville rally.At the link find the title, “Documenting Hate: New American Nazis, Nov 2018,” right-click “MEDIA ENCLOSURE:http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FrontlineAudiocastPbs/~5/EyalDq1ZG3g/535768305-frontlinepbs-documenting-hate-new-american-nazis.mp3and select “Save Link As” as from the pop-up men.

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