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Agent Orange 8 mins – “Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War era may be eligible for disability compensation. We examined how the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs communicated information to veterans and the public about possible Agent Orange exposure. Specifically, we looked at information about where Agent Orange had been tested, distributed, or stored in U.S. states and territories. We found that VA’s website listing of locations outside of Vietnam where veterans may have been exposed is inaccurate and incomplete.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. A PDF is also available at the site.
AI in Clothing Sales 21mins – “This week we talk to Alejandro Giacometti, the data science lead at a company called EDITED, based in London. The company claims to help retailers with inventory optimization, and we speak with Alejandro about how artificial intelligence can be used to search the web for the product clusters and individual products of major retailers to help inform other retailers on what products might be popular. There are two primary takeaways from this episode. The first is the broad capability of monitoring the competition with artificial intelligence, something that can be applied across industries, not just in retail. The second is that EDITED is generating information from what is freely available on the web, and so it would seem their software doesn’t require businesses to integrate it into inventory management systems in order to train the algorithm behind it. I’m not necessarily lauding the company; I haven’t used their product nor read all of their case studies. That said, it’s worth noting simply because its approach is fundamentally different than most AI vendors.” At the link “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Alejandro_Giacometti-Mixdown_1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI in the Military 24 mins – “This week, we’re going to be talking about the defense sector. We interview Ryan Welch, CEO of Kyndi, a company working on explainable AI. We focus specifically on the unique data challenges of the defense industry, as well as the general use case of AI in defense writ large. Many of the challenges that the defense sector has to deal with transfer to other spaces and sectors. Business leaders that deal with extremely disjointed text information, what is sometimes called “dark data,” and information in various languages or different dialects, will be able to resonate with some of the unique challenges talked about in this episode, and maybe even gain some insights for how to handle them.” At the link right-click “Direct download: AI_in_Industry-Ryan_Welch-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Al Gore 89 mins – In the first half of this podcast Al Gore talks about climate warming and need to commit to corrective measures. At the link find the title,”Looking Back at 2018….” then right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” in the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Farmland Trust 56 mins – “According to John Piotti, president and CEO of the American Farmland Trust (AFT), the U.S. is losing farmland at a rate of three acres a minute – 31 million acres between 1992 and 2012 alone. AFT is the organization behind the national movement No Farms No Food® and today we’ll be talking with senior AFT representatives about their view on the 2018 Farm Bill and its effectiveness in protecting farmland, promoting environmentally sound farming practices and keeping farmers on the land.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fair Trade Standards 56 mins – “Fair World Project (FWP) recently released a new report providing an in-depth analysis of existing fair trade standards, and the group is calling on major retailer, Costco, to evaluate its buying practices for its private label cocoa products. Costco is the nation’s leader in organic product sales and is renowned for its treatment of its domestic workforce, with fair wages and generous benefits. The company has also made significant sustainability and sourcing commitments to reflect its social and environmental values. Given these commitments, FWP is calling on Costco to leverage its powerful supply chain to address the impacts of the climate crisis and a historically volatile market by sourcing cocoa using the certifications recommended in the new report.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
American Nazis 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, 26 Nov 2018,” right-click “MEDIA ENCLOSURE: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FrontlineAudiocastPbs/~5/EyalDq1ZG3g/535768305-frontlinepbs-documenting-hate-new-american-nazis.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Animal Misconceptions 16 mins – “This week Kishore catches up with previous guests Nick Caruso and Dani Rabaiotti to talk about their new book True or Poo?: The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts and Falsehoods.” At the link find the title, “Up To Date – The Definitive Field Guide to Filthy Animal Facts, 3 Nov 2018,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Atul Gawande 28 mins – “Famed writer and surgeon Atul Gawande believes there’s a gap between our aspiration for how we treat each other and the reality. In this divisive era, it’s especially challenging to see that all lives have equal worth. He explains to Lucy Kalanithi, professor of medicine, how we can bridge the gap. Kalanithi is the widow of the late Dr. Paul Kalanithi who wrote the bestselling book When Breath Becomes Air.” At the link find the title, “Atul Gawande on Love, Death, and Worth, Dec 4,2018,” where you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.
Auctions 26 mins – “The truth about auctions” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. –
Baltimore Crime Rate 45 mins – “The 41-year-old mother of three spent a lot of time worrying about safety, especially for her 3-year-old son, Jeremiah. Baltimore’s homicide rate hit an all-time high last year, and the city has one of the highest rates of violent crime in the country. “I was always coming down throughout the night checking out the house making sure nobody broke the glass to get in,” she says. “I would keep most of the lights on because I used to be scared to be in the house.”
Blockchain Use in Genetics 10 mins – Blockchain is beginning to be used as a means of storing and commercializing genomic sequence data, creating a growth business in this area. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Brazil Politics 11 mins – “We try to make sense of the recent election of far-right politician Jair Bolsonaro as president of Brazil, with the help of three experts in Brazilian politics and society. Who voted for Bolsonaro, and why? What role is being played by the army? Can he deliver on his promises? And what does his election tell us about the prospects for democracy in the country and the wider world? With Nadya Araujo Guimarães, Pedro Mendes Loureiro and 22 What’s Graham Denyer Willis.” At the link find the title, “What’s happening in Brazil?”, click the down-pointing arrow, then right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brexit Britain 94 mins – “In this IPR Public Lecture, Anthony Barnett explores the concept of the ‘Will of the People’ and asks; who are ‘the people’? Do they have only one ‘will’? Is it unchangeable? Is it an expression of democracy or an anti-democratic device? These are the key questions at the heart of Brexit.” At the link find the title, “Anthony Barnett: What is the ‘Will of the People’? England and Brexit. 30 Nov 2018” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Charlottesville Incident 34 mins – “In the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Va., we examine the history of political appeals to white fear and how past presidents have responded to crises. The award-winning Wesley Lowery weighs in on the state of race relations in America. About Can He Do That? Donald Trump’s historic presidency is unlike any other that’s come before it. Each episode of this podcast focuses on one aspect of Trump’s time in the White House that raises the question: ‘Can He Do That?’In this episode – In the aftermath of violence in Charlottesville, Va., we examine the history of political appeals to white fear and how past presidents have responded to crises. The award-winning Wesley Lowery weighs in on the state of race relations in America.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.
China Economic Trends 37 mins – “In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we were joined by Bruno Maçães, the former Europe minister of Portugal, in conversation with Oxford economist and broadcaster Linda Yueh. They talked about China’s Belt and Road strategy, widely acknowledged to be the most ambitious geopolitical initiative of the age. Covering almost seventy countries by land and sea, it will affect every element of global society, from shipping to agriculture, digital economy to tourism, politics to culture.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Classroom Feedback 28 mins – “John Hattie is one of the world’s leading education researchers. In this episode, Tim and Scott talk to Professor Hattie about feedback in the classroom, the purpose of school, pacing guides, and more! Please join us in supporting Global School Play Day coming the first Wednesday in February. Learn more and sign up at http://www.globalschoolplayday.com” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Climate Change Response 60 mins – “Are we ready for change? By the year 2050, B.C.’s average yearly temperature will have risen by 2.5 C. But that doesn’t mean everything will just get hotter. “2050: Degrees of Change” is a podcast that explores how British Columbia’s climate will change in just 30 years, and what that means for our daily life. Following the success of the podcast Fault Lines, CBC Vancouver Senior Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe returns as host of “2050: Degrees of Change.” The six-part podcast series will explore what will change in B.C., how scientists are preparing, and how global climate change conflicts will impact British Columbians.” At the link find the title, “Episode 7: A New Future,” right-click “Download Episode 7: A New Future” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Community Radio 28 mins – “This week, we re-visit radio Kingston, a station connecting communities and lifting up voices. Than joining Laura in studio, activist DeRay Mckesson, ‘Pod Save the People’ host and author of ‘On the Other Side of Freedom’. Support theLFShow, make a year end donation! For many, mass movements have made them aware of media’s failure to inform and represent them. Activists are now working to make their own media, and to rebuild traditional empowering media infrastructures. This week, we re-visit Radio Kingston, a station connecting communities and lifting up voices. Than joining Laura in studio, activist DeRay Mckesson, Pod Save the People host and author of ‘On the Other Side of Freedom’. Support theLFShow, make a year end donation!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Confirmation Bias 18 mins – “Only if you are truly open to the possibility of being wrong can you ever learn, says researcher Alex Edmans. In an insightful talk, he explores how confirmation bias — the tendency to only accept information that supports your personal beliefs — can lead you astray on social media, in politics and beyond, and offers three practical tools for finding evidence you can actually trust. (Hint: appoint someone to be the devil’s advocate in your life.)” At the link left-click “Share,” then left-click “Download” and right-click “Download audio” to get the podcast.
Corn Affects Weather 11 mins – Kansas corn field cause weather changes due to release of added amounts of water. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
CRISPR Altered DNA 7 mins – First use of CRISPR in a human fetus causes an ethical uproar in the scientific community. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Cuban Developments 33 mins – “Will Trump’s policy toward Cuba undo the Obama administration’s efforts to normalize relations? What’s at stake? Karen DeYoung answers those questions. Plus, the history of U.S-Cuba relations and Obama’s special assistant on U.S-Cuba negotiations.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the the blog archive.
Domestic Workers 16 mins – “Domestic workers are entrusted with the most precious aspects of people’s lives — they’re the nannies, the elder-care workers and the house cleaners who do the work that makes all other work possible. Too often, they’re invisible, taken for granted or dismissed as “help,” yet they continue to do their wholehearted best for the families and homes in their charge. In this sensational talk, activist Ai-Jen Poo shares her efforts to secure equal rights and fair wages for domestic workers and explains how we can all be inspired by them. “Think like a domestic worker who shows up and cares no matter what,” she says.” At the link left-click “Share,” then left-click “Download” and right-click “Download audio” to get the podcast.
Drug and Needle Disposal 56 mins – “California is first in the nation to establish a comprehensive, producer-funded take-back program to provide safe and convenient disposal options for both home-generated pharmaceutical drugs and sharps waste. Manufacturers of sharps, prescriptions, and over-the-counter medications will be required to create, fund, and participate in a statewide take-back system. Tune in as we talk with Heidi Sanborn, Senior Advisor and former Executive Director of the California Product Stewardship Council (CPSC), about new Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) legislation in CA and what this could mean for the rest of the nation.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ebola Outbreak in DRC 6 mins – Efforts to control the disease in the Democratic Republic of Congo, including use of a new vaccine in a politically unstable area. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Economic Well-being 26 mins – “David talks to Diane Coyle about how we measure whether the state of the economy is actually doing us any good. Why is it so hard to capture well-being in economic statistics and what impact has the digital revolution had on our quality of life?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Empatico 33 mins– “Michelle Moore and Michael Dunlea talk to Tim and Scott about Empatico, the simple and powerful way to connect your classroom to others from around the world! Learn more at http://bit.ly/buildglobalempathy . Scott also shares about his new hashtag #emoetry. This episode is sponsored by Rockin’ the Standards http://www.rockinthestandards.com and by Global School Play Day http://www.globalschoolplayday.com.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Energy Sources 10 mins – Sources of energy have varied throughout history and produced different problems. The variety of materials and associated problems are presented here. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Epidemiology 65 mins – “Science writer Julia Belluz of Vox.com talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the state of epidemiology, nutrition, and the relationship between obesity and metabolism.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Facebook Dilemma P1 and 2 57 mins each – “The promise of Facebook was to create a more open and connected world. But from the company’s failure to protect millions of users’ data, to the proliferation of “fake news” and disinformation, mounting crises have raised the question: Is Facebook more harmful than helpful? This major, two-night event investigates a series of warnings to Facebook as the company grew from Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard dorm room to a global empire. With dozens of original interviews and rare footage, The Facebook Dilemma examines the powerful social media platform’s impact on privacy and democracy in the U.S. and around the world.” At the link find the titles, “The Facebook Dilemma Part One, Nov 2018,” and “The Facebook Dilemma Part Two, Nov 2018” right-click “MEDIA ENCLOSURE: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FrontlineAudiocastPbs/~5/i66EowEr6dI/527405754-frontlinepbs-the-facebook-dilemma-part-one.mp3,” and “MEDIA ENCLOSURE: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/FrontlineAudiocastPbs/~5/9I1k_g2H_8g/535767069-frontlinepbs-the-facebook-dilemma-part-two.mp3” to get the two podcasts,
Fake Poop 55 mins – “On the University of Bath Thought Train we sit down with an academic from the University to talk about their work and current events. Naomi Deering is this week’s guest and talks to us about how making fake poo can benefit some of the world’s poorest people. We also talk about: – How proper sanitation can benefit society in a multitude of ways; – What you can do to become become a ‘toilet twin’; – Who first worked out the recipe for the best fake poo” At the link find the title, “The Thought Train Ep. 4 – Naomi Deering, Nov 2017,” right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the op-up menu.
Federal IT Security 5 mins – “Federal agencies reported 35,277 cybersecurity incidents for their IT systems in FY 2017. While agencies have gotten better at preventing and detecting intrusions into their systems, they are still vulnerable to attacks such as “phishing”—emails designed to trick staff into clicking malicious links. Moreover, many agencies have not yet fully implemented effective security programs or practices, leaving them vulnerable to future attacks. We recommended that the Department of Homeland Security and the Office of Management and Budget help agencies improve their intrusion detection and prevention capabilities.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. . A PDF is also available at the site.
Financial Crises of 2008 66 mins- “Anat Admati of Stanford’s Graduate School of Business talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the financial crisis of 2008, the lessons she has learned, and how it has changed her view of economics, finance, and her career.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Movement 44 mins – “Food — from where it grows, to where it goes, all of it matters to our bodies and our communities. A conversation about how farmers are creating equitable food systems inside cities, from urban agriculture to worker-owned cooperatives.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Forensic Genealogy 12 mins – Use of genetic genealogy to narrow the search for potential criminal subjects is being used for identification purposes. It is called long range familial search. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Freakonomics Live in NYC 57 mins -”We learn how to be less impatient, how to tell fake news from real, and the simple trick that nurses used to make better predictions than doctors. Journalist Manoush Zomorodi co-hosts; our real-time fact-checker is the author and humorist A.J. Jacobs.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Gender Discussion 52 mins – “Why is it that we think boys are good at math and girls are more empathetic? Or that boys can’t focus in the classroom and girls are obsessed with relationships? These sometimes damaging gender stereotypes have become part of our culture, but are they backed up by science? Neuroscientist Lise Eliot says our default assumption is that our gender differences are hardwired, but that’s not the case. In her book Pink Brain Blue Brain, she uses research and her work on neuroplasticity to debunk our traditional thinking. She speaks with Michael Kimmel, sociology and gender studies professor at Stony Brook University.” At the link find the title, “What Really Separates Men from Women?” where you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.
Genetics and Sports 54 mins – “This episode of Bulletproof Radio was recorded live in Los Angeles with Andrew Steele and Avi Lasarow from the award-winning personalized health & wellbeing company called DNAFit. Andrew is a retired Olympic track & field athlete who represented Great Britain. Avi is an entrepreneur working in the field of genetics. Now at the personal genetics company DNAFit, Andrew and Avi specialize in the use of genetic technology for personalization in fitness and nutrition, providing the gateway that allows individuals to make better, more informed, and personalized exercise and nutrition choices.” At the link right-click “Download” and “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genome Analysis Price Reduction 9 mins – Cost decreases in the analysis of DNA is causing an increase in the amount of genetic information available for analysis online. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Grain Brain 69 mins – “Dr. David Perlmutter is an established and innovative neurologist who focuses on the relationship between lifestyle and the brain. You may be familiar with Grain Brain, his landmark book that made the connection between grains and brain health five years ago. Dr. Perlmutter has now revised Grain Brain, with the new edition (released on Dec. 18). In it, he puts forth the most compelling evidence to date that a non-GMO, gluten-free, and low-carb diet is crucial for cognitive function and long-term health. In this episode, we talk about David’s influence on my Game Changers Law #27: Feed the Little Bastards in Your Gut, and the exciting new research he’s drawn upon to update Grain Brain. Dr. David has been a guest on Bulletproof Radio twice before. You can listen to our conversations about connecting your gut and your brain, and the links between autism, Alzheimer’s and the gut microbiome.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Headlight Brightness 47 mins – “Blinded by the lights. Car headlights, that is. They’re getting brighter and becoming a danger on the road.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Italian and French Economy 44 mins – “We try to make sense of the big story in European politics this week: not Brexit (not yet!) but the high stakes standoff between the Italian government and the EU. Why has the proposed Italian budget produced this showdown? Who is really pulling the strings? And what does it tell us about the current prospects for populism in Europe? Plus we assess the ups and downs of the Macron project and ask what its fate means for the future of France and of the wider European project. With Helen Thompson, Chris Bickerton and Lucia Rubinelli….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ken Levine 99 mins – “Emmy-winning comedy writer-director-producer Ken Levine (“M*A*S*H,” “Cheers,” “Frasier,” “The Simpsons”) joins Gilbert and Frank for a captivating conversation about the golden age of Top 40 radio, the genius of Vin Scully (and Larry Gelbart), the legacy of Bob and Ray and the importance of preserving showbiz history. Also, Tony Randall plays wingman, Traci Lords teaches comedy, Cliff Clavin meets Johnny Carson and Ken fulfills his dream of becoming a professional baseball announcer. PLUS: “AfterMASH”! Wolfman Jack! Ken names a minor league team! Gilbert gets a one-cent residual check! And the worst pop songs ever recorded!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Learning Disabilities 97 mins – “Jim Kwik is a world expert in speed-reading, memory improvement, and optimal brain performance. As the CEO and Founder of Kwik Learning, Jim’s cutting-edge techniques and impressive mental feats have made him a highly sought-out brain trainer for top entrepreneurs and organizations with clients that include Virgin, Nike, GE, Fox Studios, Harvard University, and Singularity University. In this episode, Jim and I discuss his top strategies for memory and learning, motivation, limiting beliefs, digital distraction, and nutrition.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.
Liberalism Origin 80 mins – “Peter Berkowitz of Stanford University’s Hoover Institution talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the origins of liberalism and the importance of John Locke. Berkowitz defends the liberal project of individual rights and liberty and argues that critics of Locke mischaracterize his thought. The conversation closes with an evaluation of the Enlightenment.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Maldives Sinking 21 mins – “Rising sea level and contaminated fresh water could make an island paradise in the Indian Ocean uninhabitable. The effects of climate change on the Maldives are difficult to ignore. Maldivian climate activist Thilmeeza Hussain says these changes are impacting everyday life for the 400,000 people who live there. Will Maldivians become climate refugees? How can this island nation be saved? Hussain is an Aspen New Voices ” At the link left-click “Share,” then left-click “Download File,” then “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Marijuana Eradication Efforts 5 mins – “A number of states have adopted laws that allow medical use of marijuana. Federal law, however, does not recognize any accepted medical use for marijuana and individuals remain subject to federal prosecution for marijuana possession. Debate continues over medical effectiveness of marijuana, and over government policies surrounding medical use. State laws in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, and California allow medical use of marijuana under specified conditions. All four states require a patient to have a physician’s recommendation to be eligible for medical marijuana use. Alaska, Hawaii, and Oregon have established state-run registries for patients and caregivers to document their eligibility to engage in medical marijuana use; these states require physician documentation of a person’s debilitating condition to register. Laws in these states also establish maximum allowable of marijuana for medical purposes. California’s law does not establish a state-run registry or establish maximum allowable amounts of marijuana. Relatively few people had registered to use marijuana for medical purposes in Oregon, Hawaii, and Alaska. As of Spring 2002, 2,450 people, or about 0.05 percent of the total population of the three states combined, had registered as medical marijuana users. Statewide figures for California are unknown. In Oregon, Alaska, and Hawaii, over 70 percent of registrants were over 40 years of age, and in Hawaii and Oregon, the two states where gender information is collected, 70 percent of registrants were men. Statewide figures on gender and medical conditions were not available for Alaska or California. Hawaii and Oregon were the only two states that had data on the number of physicians recommending marijuana. As of February 2002, less than 1 percent of the approximately 5,700 physicians in Hawaii and 3 percent of Oregon’s physicians out of 12,900 had recommended marijuana to their patients. Oregon was also the only state that maintained data on the number of times individual physicians recommended marijuana–as of February 2002, 62 percent of the Oregon physicians recommending marijuana made one recommendation. Data were not readily available to measure how marijuana-related law enforcement has been affected by the introduction of medical marijuana laws. Officials from over half of the 37 selected federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations GAO interviewed in the four states said that the introduction of medical marijuana laws had not greatly affected their law enforcement activities.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast can be downloaded from this blog archive. A PDF is also available at the site.
Marketing 28 mins – “Seth talks about his new book” 4 revolutions. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Native American Activists 28 mins – We’ll hear from Native American activists Michelle Cook and Hartman Deetz about the ongoing struggle for autonomy and environmental protection. Then our report on the thousand people in attendance at the American Museum of Natural History on Indigenous Peoples Day organized by Decolonize This Place. As family and friends celebrate and give thanks, for indigenous peoples around the world perhaps apologies, even recompense, would be more in order. We’ll hear from Native American activists Michelle Cook and Hartman Deetz about the ongoing struggle for autonomy and environmental protection. Then our report on the thousand people in attendance at the American Museum of Natural History on Indigenous Peoples Day” At the link find the title, “Divest to Decolonize: Michelle Cook and Hartmopan Deetz 2018-11-21, right-click “Play” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Obama Presidency 41 mins – “In this episode of the Intelligence Squared podcast we had Jeanne Marie Laskas, the American professor, journalist and author of To Obama, looking back at the Obama presidency through the lens of tens of thousands of letters the President received every day from ordinary American citizens. Jeanne Marie was interviewed by the playwright, critic and broadcaster Bonnie Greer.” At the link right-click MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Online Shopping 30 mins – “When you shop, your data may be the most valuable thing for sale. This isn’t just true online — your data follows you into brick and mortar stores now as well. Manoush Zomorodi explores the hidden costs of shopping, online and off. Meet Meta Brown, a data scientist who unveils the information Amazon captures about you when you make an online purchase; Joseph Turow, who discusses how retailers are stripping us of our privacy; and Alana Semuels, who talks about becoming a hoarder with the advent of online shopping. Plus, learn about a college coffee shop where you can actually buy a drink with your data. (Is it worth it?) …Throughout this season, IRL will feature essays from students who are sharing their thoughts on how the web impacts them — for good or bad. This week’s post explores what a Facebook hack taught a teen about privacy. IRL is also partnering with Common Sense Media for tips on how families can stay safe and strong online. This week’s post explains what families can do to safeguard their data. Meta Brown is the author of Data Mining for Dummies. Joseph Turow is the author of The Aisles Have Eyes. Read Alana Semuels essay, We Are All Accumulating Mountains of Things. And, if you decide to shop online this holiday season, Firefox has you covered with Pricewise, which tracks prices for you across five top US retailers: Amazon, eBay, Walmart, Home Depot and Best Buy.” At the link find the title, “Checking Out Online Shopping, Nov 26, 2018,” right-click “Enclosure: https://tracking.feedpress.it/link/17512/10833529/01102940.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Optogentic Neuroscientist 68 mins – “Dr. Divya Chander is a physician, neuroscientist, and (a total badass) futurist who trained at Harvard, UCSD, UCSF, and the Salk Institute. In the operating room, Dr. Chander applies EEG technology to understand what human brains look like when they lose and regain consciousness, and has recently developed a precision medicine initiative at Stanford aimed at understanding genetic variability in responses to anesthetic drugs. Her postdoctoral training in optogenetic technology was conducted at Stanford, where she used light-activated ion channels inserted in DNA to study sleep and consciousness switches in brains. Her goal is to understand the neural mechanisms of consciousness, as well as the evolution of human consciousness secondary to human augmentation. She is currently working on applications of neural wearable devices to crossover consumer and medical markets. She also works in the field of space life sciences and is involved with a consortium that elaborated a road-map for studying the effect of microgravity and radiation on the nervous system, cardiovascular system, cognition and sleep.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Phages 11 mins – “Viruses have a bad reputation — but some of them could one day save your life, says biotech entrepreneur Alexander Belcredi. In this fascinating talk, he introduces us to phages, naturally-occurring viruses that hunt and kill harmful bacteria with deadly precision, and shows how these once-forgotten organisms could provide new hope against the growing threat of antibiotic-resistant superbugs.” At the link left-click “Share,” then left-click “Download” and right-click “Download audio” to get the podcast.
Photographer 66 mins – “Debbie talks with famed photographer Albert Watson about his career and the importance of preparing conceptually for a shoot.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pipeline Security 5 mins – “The nation depends on the interstate pipeline system to deliver oil, natural gas, and more. This increasingly computerized system is an attractive target for hackers and terrorists. (Protection of cyber critical infrastructure is on our High Risk List.) We found weaknesses in how TSA manages its pipeline security efforts. For example, it has no process for determining when to update its guidelines for pipeline operators. Also, its method for assessing risks needs updating. We made 10 recommendations, including establishing better processes for updating guidelines and assessing risks.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. . A PDF is also available at the site.
Prison Children 15 mins – “When a parent is sent to prison, the unintended victims of their crimes are their own children — without stability and support, kids are at higher risk for mental health and development issues. In a heartfelt talk, Alan Crickmore explains how the charity Storybook Dads is keeping families connected through the simple act of storytelling.” At the link left-click “Share,” then left-click “Download” and right-click “Download audio” to get the podcast.
Prison Reform 47 mins – “President Trump throws his support behind a rewrite of federal sentencing laws. What’s brought us to this point where politicians from both sides of the aisle are pushing for criminal justice reform?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Product Development and Sales 119 mins – “Benedict Dohmen and Santiago Nestares of Benitago Group, both 21, met as computer science students at Dartmouth College. Both worked very long hours in the library and suffered from back pain. They began collaborating on a prototype for a product that ended up being called the Supportiback, gathering feedback from members of the Dartmouth community, including a local hospital president and professors and students studying engineering and medicine. They launched the product on Amazon in the UK, and when it seemed their first small order was in danger of selling out quickly, they arranged financing from their supplier and were off and running. Since then, they’ve entered the US market on Amazon, and are on track for nine-figure revenue in 2019. They have introduced 120 consumer products, and are trying to become an alternative to big consumer products companies through a strategy of applying their successful scale-up strategies to brands they acquire….” At the link “Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing “save as.”
Prostate Gland 57 mins – “Is a nightly bathroom run indicative of a problem? Dr. Peter Carroll, professor and chair of the UCSF Department of Urology, explains that prostate problems in men over 50 are common. But there are many ways to manage them. Find out more including a new protocol for prostate cancer he helped pioneer, called active surveillance. Recorded on 10/23/2018. (#34157)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Protestant Work Ethic 41 mins – “In the early 20th century, Max Weber argued that Protestantism created wealth. Finally, there are data to prove if he was right. All it took were some missionary experiments in the Philippines and a clever map-matching trick that goes back to 16th-century Germany.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.
Recycling 55 mins – “Recycling programs as we know it are at risk, because China, as one of the world’s biggest recycled goods buyers, has increased their standards for the recycled goods they will import. Standards have gotten so tough that even one dirty pizza box can contaminate tons of recyclable material and send them to the landfill. According to Republic Services, as much as 30% of the materials in the recycling stream are currently contaminated. So, what’s the solution? In the long-term, companies are improving technology to better sort and clean recycling. But for now, it’s more important than ever that people know what to recycle and how. The nation’s recycling model is broken, but it can be fixed. Republic Services has recently launched a new consumer campaign called Recycling Simplified, to discuss the general issues facing the recycling industry. It’s an important issue for every town in America– if people know the guidelines, they won’t risk ruining the recycled goods of others.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Robots and People 6 mins – Robots and humans working together exceed what either can do alone. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
School Purpose 30 mins – “What is school for?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. So in October, Alethea packed up and left.” At the link left-click “Share,” then right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.
Solar Flares 6 mins – “Under some circumstances, a severe solar storm could create disturbances in Earth’s magnetic field that lead to extensive power outages. We looked at some technologies intended to protect the U.S. electrical grid from possible effects of these disturbances. Technologies being tested include: systems that block currents from geomagnetic disturbances; power transformers designed to be more resistant to such currents. The government has taken some steps to mitigate risks, but questions remain regarding the likelihood and intensity of damage from geomagnetic disturbances.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. A PDF is also available at the site.
Solar Panel Uses 6 mins – Solar cell efficiency up to 22 percent is causing an increased use of solar panes. Perovskite mineral solar cells has reduced cost, increased efficiency and allowed for more versatile shapes. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Sports Injuries and Recovery 49 mins – “Find out what the most common injuries are in sports. Explore how technology has advanced the field enough to drastically shorten the recovery timeline on what used to be career-ending injuries. Gary gives us a player’s perspective throughout the episode as he describes his experiences dealing with serious injury during his playing career. You’ll hear how the culture has developed, and stayed the same, around player injuries. Chuck and Joshua recreate a typical conversation between doctor and general manager that demonstrates the cold-blooded and honest nature of teams dealing with long-term injuries. Chuck tells us why he could never coach. We discuss how the balance of rest and physical exercise constitute a good recovery. You’ll learn about the dangers of re-injury, and how injuries can vary depending on the player. Joshua tells us the three main areas he sees surgical procedures progressing. Find out more about the use of stem cells to rebuild ligaments. We discuss if high-level surgical procedures ever make their way to the general public. You’ll hear why wearing braces for extended periods of time might weaken strength. Jim takes us inside the brain of an athlete and explains why an injury to the body is also an injury to the mind. Discover the steps of mental rehabilitation and the cognitive dissonance that can occur after a major injury. You’ll also learn why the best option for recovery is always to stick with the program. All that, plus, we investigate the best ways to prevent injuries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spy Guy Author 115 mins – “Joining me are Allen Walton (@allenthird), founder of SpyGuy, an online security store based in the Dallas, Texas area that brings in seven-figure revenue with five employees, and Elaine Pofeldt (@elainepofeldt), an independent journalist and speaker who specializes in careers and entrepreneurship and the author of The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business: Make Great Money. Work the Way You Like. Have the Life You Want, in which she looks at how entrepreneurs are scaling to $1 million in revenue prior to hiring employees.” 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.
State and Local Fiscal Health 5 mins – “What’s the prognosis for the fiscal health of state and local governments across the nation? Our annual outlook suggests the sector will have an increasingly tough time covering their bills over the next 50 years. Our model shows both revenue and spending will increase; however, spending will rise faster. Revenues may be insufficient to sustain the amount of government service currently provided. Our model also suggests health care costs will largely drive the spending increases—in particular, Medicaid spending and spending on health benefits for state and local government employees and retirees.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. . A PDF is also available at the site.
Submarine Fleet Maintenance 6 mins – “Navy shipyards have been unable to keep up with maintenance demands for attack submarines. As a result, the Navy has spent $1.5 billion since 2008 to support submarines that it could not deploy. For example, the USS Boise has been docked for over 2 years while waiting for maintenance—with the Navy paying to support it. The Navy has begun to hire more workers at its shipyards and, in some cases, has shifted more work to private shipyards.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. A PDF is also available at the site.
Technology Reading List 144 mins – “Patrick Collison (@patrickc) is chief executive officer and co-founder of Stripe, a technology company that builds economic infrastructure for the internet. After experiencing firsthand how difficult it was to set up an online business, Patrick and his brother John started Stripe in 2010. Their goal was to make accepting payments on the internet simpler and more inclusive. Today, Stripe powers millions of online businesses around the world. Also, as you can tell from seeing just a selected segment of his reading list shared in the show notes below, he’s one of the most well-read people I know. Please enjoy! Download as an MP3 by right-clicking here and choosing ‘save as.'”
Thanking People 16 mins – “Author AJ Jacobs embarked on a quest with a deceptively simple idea at its heart: to personally thank every person who helped make his morning cup of coffee. More than one thousand “thank yous” later, Jacobs reflects on the globe-trotting journey that ensued — and shares the life-altering wisdom he picked up along the way. “I discovered that my coffee would not be possible without hundreds of people I take for granted,” Jacobs says.” At the link left-click “Share,” then left-click “Download” and right-click “Download audio” to get the podcast.
Timeless Learning 38 mins – “Pam Moran and Ira Socol are the authors of the powerful new book Timeless Learning: How Imagination, Observation, and Zero-Based Thinking Change Schools. Scott and Tim talk to these innovators about how they’ve turned learning on its head in their schools. The Bedley Bros is sponsored by Rockin’ the Standards, EduRock Songs for 2nd through 6th grade and Global School Play Day, the grassroots movement to bring unstructured play back to this generation of children.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Trust Creation 51 mins – “Technology is changing who and how we trust. While our faith in institutions such as governments, media, and charities has hit an all-time low, many of us will rent a complete stranger’s home, exchange digital currencies, and trust bots. When we trust Airbnb more than our elected leaders, what does that mean for society? Rachel Botsman, expert in technology and trust, says this fundamental shift in trust has far-reaching consequences. She wrote the book Who Can You Trust?, and lectures at Oxford University.” At the link find the title, “Technology Is Changing How We Trust, Nov 27, 2018,” where you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is in the blog archive.
Vegan Diet 56 mins – “Is bringing up a vegan baby unhealthy? The Smart Parent’s Guide to Raising Vegan Kids is the ultimate vegan parenting manifesto that takes on this myth and answers all the other questions you’ve always wondered about—the vegan way. Raising ethically vegan children, in fact, lays the groundwork for a lifetime of excellent health for your child, the animals, and the planet. In this practical and tongue-in-cheek guide, Eric C. Lindstrom dishes the real talk and shares the unique challenges vegans face when starting their children from scratch, providing advice, tips, and tricks on how to raise compassionate, vegan children in all areas of life.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wages and Retirement 47 mins- “Unemployment is at rock bottom but wages are flat and a skyrocketing number of older Americans can’t afford to retire. We’ll go behind the numbers for answers.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Women and Climate Change 6 mins – Women are more affected by climate change than men. Changes are needed to remedy this, so women can help reduce the effects of climate change. At the link you can subscribe to the magazine to access the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in the blog archive.
Wounded Warrior Project 77 mins – “On December 4, Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a panel discussion in the Choate Room at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace about the most pressing issues facing America’s wounded, ill, and injured service members and veterans. Since September 11, 2001, 3.3 million Americans have served in uniform. As of November 14, 2018, the Defense Department reports that 6,918 have died and 52,774 service members have been wounded in action, but this is just a fraction though of those who are estimated to have been adversely impacted by the longest war in American history. The Department’s own Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center reports that more 380,000 have sustained traumatic brain injuries. In 2008, RAND estimated that “nearly 20 percent of military service members who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan reported symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression,” and in 2014, that there were an estimated 5.5 million military caregivers of all generations in the United States. The need for services and support continues to grow even as the numbers of killed and wounded decline, and the public’s interest and involvement wane. Every year, in an effort to learn more about their physical, social, economic and mental health needs, Wounded Warrior Project conducts the nation’s largest and most comprehensive survey of veterans who have sustained both the physical and hidden injuries of America’s wars. This year marks the survey’s ninth issuing and the first time that 5-year trends will be released. Panelists addressed current trends in wounded veterans’ backgrounds, physical and mental well-being, and economic empowerment.” At the link right-click the “Audio Only” frame, right-click “Download the Audio” and select ‘Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.
Zero Waste 54 mins – “We have a worldwide trash epidemic. The average American disposes of 4.4 pounds of garbage per day, and our landfills hold 254 million tons of waste. What if there were a simple—and fun—way for you to make a difference? What if you could take charge of your own waste, reduce your carbon footprint, and make an individual impact on an already fragile environment? A zero waste lifestyle is the answer—and Shia Su is living it. Every single piece of unrecyclable garbage Shia has produced in one year fits into a mason jar—and if it seems overwhelming, it isn’t! In her new book, Zero Waste, Shia demystifies and simplifies the zero waste lifestyle for the beginner, sharing practical advice, quick solutions, and tips and tricks that will make trash-free living fun and meaningful. Tune in as we talk with Shia on today’s episode!” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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