Mining Digest 390 – May 10, 2019: Adoption Story, Affordable Care Act, Amazon Plane Crash, Antitrust Paradox, Assisted Dying, Barbara Walters, Basecamp CEO, Berry Gordy Jr, Bias and Perception, Big Data Balancing, Bill Browder, Black History Month, Blind Researcher, Blockchain Book, Blood Test for Cancer, Brain Stimulation, Bullet Journal Method, Caesarean Problem, Climate Exchange Impact, Conservation Killing, Depression and Cure, Disability Employment, Epilepsy Smart Watch, Evolutionary Biology, Exchange Traded Funds, Facebook and Cambridge Analytica, FBI Director McCabe, Forest Preservation and Waste Reduction, Guide Dog Attacks, HIV Upward Trend, Knee Replacement Rehabilitation, Lynchings, Measles and Anti-Vaccinations, Measles Outbreak Continues, Multitasking Slowly, National Security Overhaul, Nerve Blocks, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Positive News Stories, Rare Diseases, Safari Business, Sex Trafficking in U.S., Student-Centered Classrooms, Surveillance Capitalism, Teachers Graphic Novel, Terrorist Recruiting, Textile Waste, Twistronics, Vaping Age Limit, Venezuelan Crisis, White Nationalist Resurgence, Working Poor, Wounded Knee

Exercise your ears: the 83 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 751 for the week, to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Get all the files as a group for the next four months here, or double (ctrl-click) individual  titles to get single podcasts and explore the source. A collection of (25,200) podcasts, listed alphabetically and grouped by topic, can be downloaded piecemeal, with files A-E at this link, and the remainder here. You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download at the last place, so multiple group downloads will be needed to get all files, totaling over 160GB and may take a few hours. The first entry in the collection is a text file with just titles for quicker reference. A collection of abstracts for all the podcasts is available at this link and updated quarterly. Get the discarded material, too, using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of the 503 sources. And try PodcastRE from the University of Wisconsin with over 150,000 titles. Exercise your ears and relax the rest.

Adoption Story 46 mins – “When Nicole Chung looked in the mirror she saw a girl who didn’t look anything like her adoptive white parents. She tells the complicated story of transracial adoption in a new memoir.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Affordable Care Act 9 mins – “U.S. universal coverage can be achieved by expanding Medicaid in all states, increasing assistance for buying coverage in the marketplace, ensuring that people enroll in affordable coverage for which they’re eligible, and addressing coverage for undocumented immigrants. Interview with Dr. Matthew Fiedler on policies for extending coverage to the remaining uninsured populations in the United States.  Universal coverage can be achieved by expanding Medicaid in all states, increasing assistance for buying coverage in the marketplace, ensuring that people enroll in affordable coverage for which they’re eligible, and addressing coverage for” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Concerns 86 mins – “Futurist and author Amy Webb talks about her book, The Big Nine, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Webb observes that artificial intelligence is currently evolving in a handful of companies in the United States and China. She worries that innovation in the United States may lead to social changes that we may not ultimately like; in China, innovation may end up serving the geopolitical goals of the Chinese government with some uncomfortable foreign policy implications. Webb’s book is a reminder that artificial intelligence does not evolve in a vacuum–research and progress takes place in an institutional context. This is a wide-ranging conversation about the implications and possible futures of a world where artificial intelligence is increasingly part of our lives.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alcohol History 49 mins – “This week, we devote an entire hour to what one important scholar deemed “the cause of and solution to all of life’s problems.” From its earliest role as a source of nourishment to its depictions in ancient literature, we examine the roots of mankind’s everlasting drinking problems. Plus, how a bizarre 60 Minutes piece spread the idea that red wine has medicinal effects. Then, a look at how popular culture has incorrectly framed Alcoholics Anonymous as the best and only option for addiction recovery. And, a scientist cooks up a synthetic substitute for booze.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Plane Crash 27 mins – “The dangers of flying in the great wilderness of the Brazilian rainforest. When a light aircraft carrying two families from a local Indian tribe disappeared over the Amazon in December, relatives scoured the rainforest for weeks until hunger and sickness forced them to give up. The Brazilian authorities ignored appeals for an official ground search – just as they’ve ignored appeals over many years to regulate local flights in the Amazon. Without air traffic control, pilots must fly clandestinely – making already-hazardous travel between the tiny landing strips even more dangerous. Now, Brazil has a new right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, who has spoken out against the communal rights of indigenous people – and, as Tim Whewell reports, tribal leaders fear the failure to find the missing plane may be a sign of growing official indifference to their needs. Producer in Brazil, Jessica Cruz.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Angela Davis 79 mins – “UCLA’s Black Alumni Association hosted a conversation with activist and author Angela Davis and rapper Common. They shared insights from their personal experiences in activism and standing up to injustices in society. Sports journalist Jemele Hill moderated the discussion in Los Angeles.” At the link you can listen and pay for a download; however, a copy of the podcast is also in the blog archive.  

Antitrust Paradox 24 mins – “This is the third episode in our series on antitrust law in America. Our first episodetold the story of Ida Tarbell and how her reporting on John D. Rockefeller and Standard Oil changed antitrust law in the early 1900s. Our second episode followed the turn that took place in the 1970s in response to Robert Bork’s Antitrust Paradox.For this episode, we’re looking at the present, and toward a future where markets may be dominated by tech giants like Facebook, Amazon, and Google. A new wave of antitrust thinkers is asking if the size and reach of these companies is a threat to competition, and ultimately to consumers. It’s the backlash to the backlash introduced by Robert Bork in the seventies, and a reassessment of the relationship between the government and business in the United States.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Assisted Dying 29 mins – “The Royal College of Physicians will survey all its members in February on this most controversial question. It says that it will move from opposition to neutrality on assisted dying unless 60% vote otherwise. The BMJ explores several conflicting views. From Canada, palliative care doctor Sandy Buchman explains why he sees medical aid in dying as a compassionate treatment that fully respects patient autonomy. The Canadian Medical Association is neutral on the issue, and Jeff Blackmer, its vice president for international health, shares how that stance enabled it to represent all its members, including doctors with conscientious objections. But many are unconvinced to say the least. Rob George, a UK palliative care doctor and professor at King’s College London, says assisted suicide has no place in medicine. Tony Baldwinson, from the UK campaign group Not Dead Yet, worries for disabled people were society to endorse doctors actively ending lives. And Zoe Fritz, a consultant physician in acute medicine at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, has a proposal that she says would protect the doctor-patient relationship. Read all our content at www.bmj.com/assisted-dying “Why I decided to provide assisted dying: it is truly patient centred care” by Sandy Buchman www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l412 “How the Canadian Medical Association found a third way to support all its members on assisted dying” by Jeff Blackmer www.bmj.com/content/364/bmj.l415 “Religious and non-religious people share objections to assisted suicide” by Mark Pickering blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2019/01/30/rel…-assisted-suicide/ “The courts should judge applications for assisted suicide, sparing the doctor-patient relationship” by Zoe Fritz blogs.bmj.com/bmj/2019/01/30/the…ient-relationship/At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Barbara Bush Book 49 mins – “The country knew Barbara Bush as the wife of one president, the mother of another. During her time as first lady, she became an unwavering advocate for literacy, and, for many years, was seen as the grand dame of the Republican Party. With her pearls and shock of white hair, she was dubbed “everyone’s grandmother,” and often kept silent on political issues, deferring publicly to her husband, George H.W. Bush. In a new book, Susan Page of USA Today peels back this public persona to reveal a complicated woman — and argues Barbara Bush’s influence on the country was far greater than anyone acknowledged. Diane talked to Susan about her book, “The Matriarch,” at a live event at Politics and Prose bookstore in Washington D.C.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however; a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Barbara Walters 32 mins – “Legendary journalist Barbara Walters is a 13-time Emmy award winner, an Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Famer and Lifetime Achievement Award recipient whose career is unrivaled. In this rare glimpse into Barbara’s personal journey, she details how she got her big break and describes her ascent, from being the first woman to co-anchor “The Today Show” to interviewing every president and first lady since Richard Nixon. She offers the most valuable lessons learned from her five decades in the business. Barbara also explains why she chose to step away from the Emmy-winning daytime show she created, “The View.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Basecamp CEO 61 mins – “Uncovering and explaining how our digital world is changing — and changing us. Some tech companies are worth billions of dollars. But the vast majority are not, and should stop raising money like they could be, says Basecamp CEO Jason Fried. “Raising a bunch of money, and raising way more than you need, it ends up stunting people’s actual growth as businesses. It destroys businesses,” Fried said on the latest episode of Recode Decode. “It’s like, look, you know, you plant a seed, it needs some water, but if you just pour a whole fucking bucket of water on it’s going to kill it.” Fried told Recode’s Kara Swisher that venture capital “kills more businesses than it helps” because the pressure to grow crazy-fast means companies keep raising money to keep their growth rate up. That, in turn, means they rarely have the opportunity to learn how to spend money in a disciplined, sustainable way. “If you have a bunch of money in the bank, you’re encouraged to spend it because no one ever … Well, I shouldn’t say no one, but hardly anyone ever goes for one round,” he said. “It’s round A, round B, it’s like, you’re going back to the drug dealer. “Lots of businesses could be great $10 million, $20 million businesses, but they’re not allowed to be,” he added. “[They’ve] got to be $200 million or $500 million or a billion … One of the reasons you get into entrepreneurship is to control your own destiny to some degree, to not have to go work for somebody else, to not have to collect a paycheck from somebody else. And so the thing is, when you go take money, you’re working for someone else again, instantly.” At the link left-click “Share” at the sound bar, right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Berry Gordy Jr 34 mins – “Berry Gordy Jr. forever changed the music scene with a new sound he called Motown Records. Under Berry’s guidance, the Motown record label pumped out #1 hits for The Jackson 5, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross and the Supremes, the Four Tops and Smokey Robinson. Berry talks about his childhood growing up in Detroit, his love affair with Diana Ross and how he turned $800 and a small Detroit studio into Motown’s first headquarters.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beto O’Rourke 46 mins – “Oprah sits down with political hopeful Beto O’Rourke, who many say has emerged as a fresh voice for Americans who feel detached, divided and disillusioned in today’s political climate. Beto, who’s known for his successful grassroots political campaigns, became one of the youngest city council members to ever serve in El Paso, Texas. In 2012, he pulled off a political upset that landed him three terms in Congress. Then, Beto created big buzz on social media, galvanizing support across the country during his 2018 bid to unseat Texas Senator Ted Cruz. Although Beto narrowly lost that race, enthusiasm for him to run for President continues to swell. Beto says he’s weighing that decision with his wife, Amy, and their three children. “If we come to that same decision about this opportunity to serve and to run, then it will be on that we do together,” he says.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bias and Perception 52 mins – “How does bias distort our thinking, our listening, our beliefs… and even our search results? How can we fight it? This hour, TED speakers explore ideas about the unconscious biases that shape us.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu to get the podcast.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Balancing 37 mins – “Often cited as the “4th Industrial Revolution” big data has the potential to transform health and healthcare by drawing medical conclusions from new and exciting sources such as electronic health records, genomic databases, and even credit card activity. In this podcast you will hear from tech, healthcare, and regulatory experts on potential paths forward that balance privacy and consumer protections while fostering innovations that could benefit everyone in our society. This podcast was produced following a conference on this topic held in partnership between the NYU School of Medicine and the Academy. It was made possible with support from Johnson & Johnson.” At the link right-click “Download the Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bill Browder 69 mins – “Bill Browder talked about his experiences as one of the the largest foreign investors in Russia and his work to end worldwide human rights abuses. He was expelled in 2005 from Russia for exposing corruption, and President Putin has gone to Interpol numerous times in an effort to arrest him.” At the link you can listen/watch and pay for a download; however, a free copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Black History Month 21 mins – “This week, we’re celebrating Black History Month with special guest host R. Eric Thomas. We have two stories: Emily Richmond wrestles with a grade school survey; and Maxie Jones witnesses a historic night in Harlem, NY. R. Eric Thomas recorded this episode at the Sundance Film Festival with the help of the Sundance TV team in their pop-up podcast studio.” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Researcher 19 mins – “Dr Damion Corrigan wanted to be a medical doctor and when that seemed out of his reach, he took another route to working to improve medical testing. He says the field of science is opening up for prospective visually impaired scientists. Comedian Chris McCausland and actor Chloe Clarke debate whether it’s a realistic assertion that all visually impaired roles on TV, in film and on stage should be played by partially sighted actors.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bliss 54 mins – “Because moments of total, world-shaking bliss are not easy to come by. Maybe that’s what makes them feel so life-altering when they strike. And so worth chasing. This hour: stories of striving, grasping, tripping, and falling for happiness, perfection, and ideals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Blockchain Book 15 mins – “What if the next big thing turned out to be the next everything? It would need to be a technology so powerful yet so pliable that it could find a place in every industry, any activity, and all manner of creativity. Blockchain is “The Next Everything” asserts Stephen P. Williams. His latest book offers an explanation in layman’s terms of how the technology works and even suggests reasons why so many people struggle to understand it. “What I find most exciting is that blockchain is a distributed technology, which is a new way of looking at the world,” Williams tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “We generally respond very well to top-down, hierarchical systems– president, father, mother, teacher, each telling us what to do,” he explains. “Blockchain technology allows for a distributed system where everyone who participates in the system has an equal say in how that system works. This presents huge potential for designing new ways of doing business, of creating, of communicating.”

Blood Test for Cancer 18 mins – “A blood test that could detect cancer earlier than current methods has long been a dream of oncologists. The hope is that these “liquid biopsies” could save countless lives by diagnosing cancer before symptoms show. They’re less invasive, quicker and easier than what is available now. However, this area of research has been plagued with hype. This happened most notably when a Silicon Valley startup – Theranos – allegedly duped investors out of hundreds of millions of pounds for the development of a blood test that would test a range of diseases, including cancer. Something that led to its founder being charged with criminal fraud. But Theranos is not the only product out there. And many others are showing real genuine promise. Nicola Davis explores the science of blood diagnostics with Prof Beverley Hunt, a haematologist working in central London and discusses how some “liquid biopsies” work with Prof Jacqui Shaw from the University of Leicester.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bloodlines 49 mins – “In using a genetic test to try to prove her Native ancestry, Senator Elizabeth Warren inadvertently stepped into a quagmire. This week, we examine the tensions around DNA and identity. Plus, after Jamal Khashoggi’s death, revisiting the trope of the so-called reformist Saudi royal. And, a look at what we can learn — and how we’ve tried to learn it — from twins, triplets and other multiple births.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bonds vs Stocks 42 mins – “1. If I need income from my investments, am I better off investing in stocks paying a good dividend rather than bonds? 2. Is a 60% stocks/40% bonds balanced fund better than a target date fund? 3. How does VBIAX (Vanguard Balanced Fund) compare to the 2 Funds for Life Strategy? 4. If I use M1, will the bid-ask spread cost of trading ETFs eat into my profits? 5. Will there be duplicate holdings if I use your ETF or mutual fund recommendations? 6. What is your favorite large-cap value ETF? 7. Why do you need so many ETF holdings in your best-in-class portfolio? 8. What are all the fees you have to pay if you use the M1 platform? 9. Where on your website do I find the symbols for all the ETFs you recommend in Portfolio #8? 10. How have listeners motivated young investors to learn the lessons from your website?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Border Walls 11 mins – “What is a border? It’s a line on a map, a place where cultures mix and merge in beautiful, sometimes violent and occasionally ridiculous ways. And a border wall? An overly simplistic response to that complexity, says architect Ronald Rael. In a moving, visual talk, Rael reimagines the physical barrier that divides the United States and Mexico — sharing satirical, serious works of art inspired by the borderlands and showing us the border we don’t see in the news. “There are not two sides defined by a wall. This is one landscape, divided,” Rael says.” At the link left-click “Share,” left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Download audio” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Stimulation 27 mins – The God helmet by Ian Woolf, Peter Simson-Young talks about personalising transcranial direct current stimulation using 3D printing. Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Britain Assessment from Germany 27 mins – “Neil MacGregor visits different countries to talk to leading political, business and cultural figures to find out how they, as individuals and as members of their broader communities, see Britain. In Germany, Neil talks to Wolfgang Schäuble, the president of the Bundestag; TV host, writer and cultural commentator Thea Dorn; and Hartmut Dorgerloh, the new director of Berlin’s Humboldt Forum. As the UK prepares to place itself on the world stage as an independent power, he explores the relationship between Germany and Britain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bullet Journal Method 44 mins – “Episode 64 of Books and Ideas is an interview with Ryder Carroll, author of The Bullet Journal Method: Track the Past, Order the Present, Design the Future. He describes how he developed this popular method that combines to-do lists and journaling. I have never featured a “self-help” like title before, but I decided to make an exception this month because I have found bullet journaling to be an effective method for organizing my complicated life.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Caesarean Problem 63 mins – “Obstetrician gynecologist Amy Tuteur and author of Push Back, talks about the book with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Tuteur argues that natural parenting–the encouragement to women to give birth without epidurals or caesarians and to breastfeed–is bad for women’s health and has little or no benefit for their children.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Impact 12 mins – “Dr Liz Hanna is Honorary Senior Fellow at ANU’s Climate Change Institute. She talks about the evidence and impact of climate change in Australia. With MJA news and online editor, Cate Swannell.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Issues 54 mins – “Author Bill McKibben, the founder of 350.org, the first worldwide grassroots climate change organization, delivered the opening keynote address at a climate change conference at the University of California in Irvine.” At the link you can listen/watch and pay for a download; however, a free copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Conservation Killing 32 mins – “In Australia, conventional conservation wisdom has stated that in order to save the small indigenous mammals, it’s necessary to kill invasive predators. But is it?  Today on the show, we follow environmental writer Emma Marris as she explores the concept, and possible limits, of compassionate conservationism. Check out The Atlantic’s series, Life Up Close, where Emma Marris originally wrote about compassionate conservation.At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included on the blog archive.

Construction Tips 14 mins – “As I go through my homebuilding process, I’ll be letting you know what I learn in my preconstruction and construction meetings and what tips I pick up on the job site from contractors. Last week I met with my architect and construction manager to clear up a few last details before sending plans off to more subcontractors for bids. Although my experience and my house will obviously be different from yours, I’m hoping what I learn through my process will help you with yours. So this week I have a short list of quick tips that I picked up in my meeting.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Copyright in Europe 45 mins – “The world of intellectual property law is no less divided than anywhere else we look. In 2019 – and in fact, since the dawn of the Digital Age – the Copyleft are constantly tilting at the forces of Copyright. Information wants to be free. Information wants to be expensive. Yet last summer, something remarkable happened. The European Parliament agreed – overwhelmingly, though after a very long period of lobbying and legislative horse-trading in Brussels and Strasbourg – to terms for the European Commission’s Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Nevertheless, Article 13 of the Directive – sometimes called the YouTube Tax – remains controversial, as it could require certain types of online services to take proactive steps to license copyrighted material or keep it off their services. It will take years to figure out what types of technologies or enforcement schemes for Article 13 may be acceptable or required in EU Member States. This week at the annual Copyright & Technology Conference in New York, a panel of European lawyers made a head start on predictions for the impact of Article 13 – in Europe and far beyond the EU. The law will apply of the country where I seek my protection,” Christiaan Alberdingk Thijm, an Amsterdam-based attorney told CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “So, if I am in the Netherlands and somebody in the US has uploaded my protected content on YouTube, but it violates my rights in the Netherlands, I can sue that person directly in the Netherlands for an act that is not, in itself, contrary to US copyright law.” At the link right-click Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Depression and Cure 49 mins – “Best-selling author, speaker and teacher Byron Katie shares how she believes we can end our own suffering forever. Katie, as she is known, guides us through her powerful process of inquiry she calls “The Work.” She says we can radically shift our stressful beliefs about our lives, other people and ourselves. Katie explains that all the problems in the world originate in our thinking and gives us the tools to open our minds and set ourselves free. Based on her own experience of how suffering is created and ended, Katie says her simple process is accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds and requires nothing more than a pen, paper and an open mind. Katie is the founder of “Byron Katie International,” an organization that includes The School for the Work and Turnaround House in Ojai, California. TIME magazine describes her as “a spiritual innovator for the 21st century.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disability Employment 52 mins – “Christine Griffin is a disability rights leader and search consultant at Bender Consulting Services, Inc.” At the link find the title, The Career of Disability Rights Leader Christine Griffin, 4/16/2019where you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Epilepsy Smart Watch 16 mins – “Every year worldwide, more than 50,000 otherwise healthy people with epilepsy suddenly die — a condition known as SUDEP. These deaths may be largely preventable, says AI researcher Rosalind Picard. Learn how Picard helped develop a cutting-edge smartwatch that can detect epileptic seizures as they occur and alert nearby loved ones in time to help.” At the link left-click “Share,” left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Download audio” from the pop-up menu.

Evolutionary Biology 59 mins – “Books and Ideas is back with an interview of Jonathan Losos, author of Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution. This fascinating book reveals the surprising world of experimental evolutionary biology. We explore how experiments both in the laboratory and in the wild are answering long-standing questions about how evolution works.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Exchange Traded Funds 58 mins – “In this special podcast Paul interviews Chris Pedersen about the 2019 changes to the Best-In-Class ETF Portfolio recommendations. This will be helpful to those who want to understand the details of how Chris made the decisions to select the best in each asset class, changing many from the previous year. The discussion includes comparing the long-term results of these recommendations  vs. Vanguard ETFs, as well as DFA mutual funds. To read the article and tables supporting Chris’ decision-making process, click here  His article also answers many of the most commonly asked questions regarding our Best-In-Class recommendations. • Click here to see the newly recommended ETF Portfolios. • To implement these portfolios using M1 Finance commission-free services, Click here.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Facebook and Cambridge Analytica 53 mins – “Cambridge Analytica claims that, with the help of 50 million Facebook users’ data, it was able to target ads so specifically and so effectively that it helped swing the election for Donald Trump. The media have been more than happy to boost the claim, but many experts are skeptical. This week, a look at what exactly went on with Cambridge Analytica and whether we shouldn’t be focusing more on Facebook. Plus, how social media works to undermine free will and what the future might hold for Facebook.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-u menu.

FBI Direrctor McCabe 58 mins – “Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discusses his career, the FBI, and his firing from the Bureau. He’s interviewed by [New York Times] reporter Adam Goldman.” At the link in the After Words section right click “Mar 2, 2019, Andrew McCabe, ‘The Threat’”, and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forest Preservation and Waste Reduction 29 mins – “What can we do to be better citizens, better consumers and better advocates for the planet? Fighting waste and saving forests are a good place to start. This week on Sea Change Radio, we first talk to California Assembly member Ash Kalra about his new bill to save tropical forests. California may not have rainforests …” At the link find the title, “Ash Kalra + Stefan Kalb: Saving Food and Forests, 3/5/2019which can be heard but not downloaded; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

Green New Deal 29 mins – “Back in the 1930s, when the US was in the midst of an economic crisis, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt enacted a set of policies to protect the people of the US from the worst ravages of poverty: it was called The New Deal. Our planet is currently in the midst of an environmental crisis. Some lawmakers in Washington D.C. are asserting that this crisis requires a set of policies no less deep or sweeping than FDR’s New Deal. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak to political consultant Aaron Huertas to better understand the ins and outs of the initiative set forth by the progressive wing of the Democratic Party. We take a look at the history behind the idea, delve into some of the policy specifics, and consider how the two major political parties are responding to this Green New Deal.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guide Dog Attacks 19 mins – “In November of last year, Emily Brothers’ guide dog, Truffle, was attacked by two dogs in Sutton, South London. As a result of her injuries, Truffle was out of action for six weeks. Emily was unhappy with the support she received from Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. Reporter Dave Williams spoke to Emily at her home. John Carlin from GDBA responds. Also, we hear listeners’ feedback from the radio play, Blind School, which was broadcast on Radio 4 last Tuesday, and which we featured on In Touch on January 29. We also include your comments on the extended podcast from the same programme. And finally, also following feedback from a listener, we hear from Hugh Brasher on the London Marathon’s U-turn to award official medals to guide runners.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HIV Upward Trend 47 mins – “Southern states now make up the majority of new HIV diagnoses. We look at the political and structural reasons behind the increase, and at solutions.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ideology Extremist War 58 mins – “BKC Executive Director Urs Gasser speaks with Jason Farman, author of the book “Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World,” about how our communication media shape not only how we understand human intimacy and connection, but also how we learn and build knowledge about our world and the universe. For more info about this event visit: cyber.harvard.edu/events/2019-04-0…ion-jason-farmanAt the link right-click the three dots rectangle at the sound bar, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Internet at 25 Years 21 mins – “March 12, marks the 30th anniversary of the World Wide Web. CERN, where in 1989, Tim Berners-Lee drafted his proposal for a way to link documents and data across the Internet, is celebrating the occasion, along with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and the World Wide Web Foundation. In 2014, when the Web turned 25, CCC’s Chris Kenneally spoke with journalist and author John Naughton about the ways that the Web has sparked an innovation revolution that has yet to run its course. “When people ask me, ‘What is the Internet?’ I say it’s a global machine for springing surprises. That’s really what it is,” says Naughton.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iranian Prisoner Story 59 mins – “The [Washington Post]’s Jason Rezaian discusses the 544 days he was held in an Iranian prison. He’s interviewed by Rep. Jared Huffman of California.” At the link in the After Words section right-click the title, “Jason Rezaian, “Prisoner” (Feb 23, 2019) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Island Territories 67 mins – “In 1903 the US Supreme Court refused to say that Isabel González was a citizen of the United States. Then again, they said, she wasn’t a exactly an immigrant either. And they said that the US territory of Puerto Rico, Isabel’s home, was “foreign to the United States in a domestic sense.” Since then, the US has cleared up at least some of the confusion about US territories and the status of people born in them. But, more than a hundred years later, there is still a US territory that has been left in limbo: American Samoa. It is the only place on earth that is US soil, but people who are born there are not automatically US citizens. When we visit American Samoa, we discover that there are some pretty surprising reasons why many American Samoans prefer it that way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Knee Replacement Rehabilitation 12 mins – “Dr Chris Schilling is a health economist and associate director with KPMG Australia. He discusses the economics of inpatient rehabilitation following total knee replacement. With MJA news and online editor, Cate Swannell.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Kushner and Ivanka Trump Roles 58 mins – “Investigative reporter Vicky Ward reports on the careers of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump and their roles in the Trump administration. She’s interviewed by former New York Observer Editor in Chief Elizabeth Spiers.” At the link in the After Words section right-click “After Words: Vicky Ward, “Kushner, Inc.,”‘ Apr 6, 2019 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lynchings 53 mins – “Nathan showcases some of BackStory’s best content about African American history in honor of Black History Month. In this episode, hear about one historian’s heartbreaking research into the human effects of lynching to the extraordinary story of Korla Pandit, the turban-wearing showman of California’s cocktail lounges. We’re also sharing a segment from “Scene On Radio” about the racial cleansing in Corbin, Kentucky that took place 100 years ago, but mostly remains hidden from the town’s official history. Note: This episode contains previously broadcast content. Historian Kidada Williams studies lynching. For years, she read accounts of lynching in newspapers and public documents. But how she thought about lynching victims changed when she discovered letters written by a man named Gainer Atkins. Atkins wrote the NAACP seeking justice for his son, Charlie, who was murdered by a mob in Davisboro, Georgia. Read some of the correspondence between Gainer Atkins and Walter White (provided by Kidada Williams).” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Measles and Anti-Vaccinations 31 mins – “The U.S. declared measles eradicated in 2000 but refusal to vaccinate children among certain pockets of the population means the disease is resurging. Public health officials in this country say 10 states have reported cases in 2019 alone. Internationally, the World Health Organization recently named “vaccine hesitancy” as one of the top global threats of 2019. How do public health officials confront those opposed to vaccination? And why has the movement proved so resilient? Diane talks with Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blogs archive.

Measles Outbreak Continues 17 mins – “Measles cases mount in the Pacific Northwest, where vaccination rates are among the lowest in the nation. Now, lawmakers want to tighten some of those personal belief exemptions.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Power Trends 37 mins – “Change requires the application of power – the way in which individuals can accrue power has shifted in our digitally connected world. Traditional ways of influencing change in healthcare (getting the chief executive on side, having a quiet chat with the medical director) are not the only way to build a momentum. Henry Timms – author of “New Power” the internationally best selling book joins us to talk about about how much of his thinking on these power structures has come from healthcare.” At the link find the title, “Applying new power in medicine,” right-click “1 Apr 2019, Play Nowand select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicinal Cannabis 24 mins – “Dr John Lawson is a paediatric neurologist at the Sydney Children’s Hospital. He discusses the evidence base for the use of cannabidiol as a treatment for paediatric epilepsy. With MJA news and online editor Cate Swannell.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save As” from the pop-up menu.

Mississippi Church Burning 54 mins – “Senator Doug Jones (D-AL) recounts his prosecution of two former KKK members involved in the 1963 Birmingham church bombing that killed four black girls. He’s interviewed by author and journalist Diane McWhorter.” At the link in the After Words section right-click “(Mar 9, 2019)Sen. Doug Jones, “Bending Toward Justice” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Multitasking Slowly 18 mins – “What can we learn from the world’s most enduringly creative people? They “slow-motion multitask,” actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes — without feeling hurried. Author Tim Harford shares how innovators like Einstein, Darwin, Twyla Tharp and Michael Crichton found their inspiration and productivity through cross-training their minds.” At the link right-click the three dots at the end of the sound bar, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

National Security Overhaul 57 mins – “Former Trump Administration strategist Sebastian Gorka offers his thoughts on how the U.S. can strengthen its national security. He’s interviewed by Amb. Paula Dobriansky, fmr. Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs in the Bush administration.” At the link in the After Words section find the title, “After Words: Sebastian Gorka, “Why We Fight”‘ (Jan 19, 2019) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nerve Blocks 19 mins – “This week, Jacob discusses all things TAP (Transversus Abdominus Plane) block with Arun Nagdev.  This block has previously been relegated mostly to post-surgical patients, but Arun explains to us why you should consider using this in your patients with certain types of abdominal pain, such as in patients with appendicitis.  Do not adjust your screens…This interview is pure audio! If you want to watch a video of the interview, check out our YouTube page.At the link right-click Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access Issue 22 mins – “Among the global scholarly publishing community, open access is a well-established fact. A study appearing in February 2018 in the OA mega-journal PeerJ estimated that at least 28% of the scholarly literature is OA – some 19 million articles in total. The researchers also found that the OA proportion is rising, driven particularly by growth in Gold and Hybrid business models. The same study also corroborated the so-called “open-access citation advantage” – finding that OA articles receive 18% more citations than average, an effect driven primarily by Green and Hybrid OA. Mandates to authors and publishers from the Wellcome Trust as well as various governments have advanced the OA cause considerably – and raised many questions for all the key stakeholders in academia. Indeed, the evolving relationship of publishers and institutional libraries particularly faces critical challenges.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Palestine Occupation 82 mins – “Dr. Mamdouh Aker is a very big deal in Palestine, the kind of man everyone knows and respects, and it’s easy to see why.  He’s urology surgeon and the deputy chair of the Board of Trustees of Berzeit University in Palestine’s West Bank.  Among the founders of the Mandela Institute for Political Prisoners and the Independent Commission for Human Rights, Dr. Aker was also  a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Madrid Peace Conference and in the Palestinian-Israeli bilateral talks between 1991 and 1993. He’s also a member of several councils and committees focused on the health, education, and wellbeing of the Palestinian people.  During his visit to the Carver College of Medicine he spoke to our students and faculty about the state of Palestinian healthcare. He was generous with his time, as he also sat down with med students Shakoora Sabree, Ossama Habu-Halawa, Jordan Harbaugh-Williams, and Joelle Friezen to discuss the topic. Our discussion was near the anniversary of his 45-day ordeal in the custody of Israeli security forces in the early 1990s because of his outspoken views that his Palestinian patients were prevented from receiving adequate healthcare.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pharmaceutical Marketing 9 mins – “Though the Sackler family did not invent the practice of selling drugs to physicians, they were pioneers whose story illustrates the ways marketers developed, naturalized, and monetized the interface between the pharmaceutical industry and prescribing physicians. Interview with Dr. Scott Podolsky on the revolution in pharmaceutical marketing that set the stage for physician “education” about treating pain with opioids.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Positive News Stories 47 mins – “Does the 24/7 news cycle need a dose of positivity? We look at the push for coverage of good news.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rare Diseases 54 mins – “Each day in Canada, the government effectively puts a dollar value on people’s lives by deciding which medications to cover. The issues of coverage and cost are magnified exponentially when it comes to expensive drugs for rare diseases. On one side, we have the rights of sick people to access medicine; and on the other, companies saying they have a right to make profit. Can we resolve this challenge fairly without accepting the prospect that some Canadians are just too expensive to help?At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included on the blog archive.

Russian Foreign Policy 54 mins – “Georgetown University professor Angela Stent examines Russia’s foreign policy and international goals. She’s interviewed by Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee.” At the link in the After Words section right-click “Angela Stent, “Putin’s World” (Mar 16, 2019) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Safari Business 22 mins – “This is an interview with my friend Jody Cole, founder of Wild African Rainbow Safaris. We explore how she built her business from the ground up based on her love of Sub-Saharan Africa. I think you will find her story inspiring.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Sex Trafficking in U.S. 48 mins – “Patriots owner Robert Kraft is one of dozens of people accused of soliciting prostitution from women allegedly held in “sexual servitude.” We look at human trafficking in the U.S.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Student-Centered Classrooms 34 mins – “Brad Gustafson is a top educational leader. His new book, Reclaiming Our Calling: Hold on to the Heart, Mind, and Hope of Education, is causing waves in the educational community because of Brad’s passion for student-centered classrooms. This episode of the Bedley Bros is sponsored by Advancement Courses, 200+ graduate-level, self-paced, online professional development courses for teachers. Learn more at http://www.advancementcourses.com/bedley and use the special promo code BROS20 to receive a 20% discount.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surveillance Capitalism 64 mins – “Shoshana Zuboff, author of The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, talked about the growing business of collecting and selling consumer data. She was interviewed by Nilay Patel, editor-in-chief of The Verge.” At the link you can listen or purchase a download; however, an audio copy is also included in the blog archive.

Teachers Graphic Novel 29 mins – “Author, educator, innovator, and teacher of the year Josh Stumpenhorst has a new book out, Drawn to Teach. It’s a graphic novel for teachers! Scott and Tim talk to Josh about the book as well as other fun topics. This podcast is graciously sponsored by Advancement Courses, offeringover 200 online graduate-level PD courses in 19 different subject areas for K-12 teachers. Learn more at http://www.advancementcourses.com/bedley. Use coupon code BROS20 to receive 20% off. The Bedley Bros is also a huge fan of Empatico, connecting classrooms from around the world to build empathy. bit.ly/buildglobalempathy to sign your class up today! It’s all FREE!!” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teaching Simplified 31 mins – “One of education’s most popular authors and leaders, Angela Watson, shares ideas from her new book Fewer Things, Better: The Courage to Focus on What Matters Most. This episode of the Bedley Bros is sponsored by Advancement Courses, 200+ graduate-level, self-paced, online professional development courses for teachers. Learn more at http://www.advancementcourses.com/bedley and use the special promo code BROS20 to receive a 20% discount. Please write us a review to share your love of the Bedley Bros Podcast.” At the link rightD-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Recruiting 64 mins – “In her new book, How We Win, Farah Pandith, a world-leading expert and pioneer in countering violent extremism, lays out a comprehensive strategy for how we can defeat the growing extremist threat, once and for all. From technology companies and entrepreneurs to businesses in the private sector, she says, this is an all-encompassing global issue that we must address together. For more info about this event visit: cyber.harvard.edu/events/2019-03-2…on-farah-pandith” At the link right-click the three dots rectangle at the sound bar, right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texas Politics 66 mins – “On the latest episode of Recode Decode, Backstage Capital founder Arlan Hamilton and Deeds Not Words founder Wendy Davis joined Recode’s Kara Swisher onstage to talk about being seen and heard in historically male-dominated fields; the current political climate in America; and how, sometimes at the urging of their own peers, women and people of color make apologies and accommodations for the people who discriminate against them. Hamilton recalled a story about a successful black woman in New York who she thought was going to invest in Backstage, but instead used a meeting to give her fashion counseling: She said, ‘First of all, I don’t need to see you in blue anymore. You’re never going to raise money if you don’t dress the part, if you don’t dress better, if you can’t wear what you’re wearing,’” Hamilton said. “And I do believe it was well-meaning because I feel like she felt she had to do the part … It just felt so wrong. And then about two blocks out I was like, ‘No way. That’s crazy.’ And it was literally two or three days later that Marc Andreessen invested in me for the first time.” Hamilton and Davis spoke with Swisher at South By Southwest earlier this month; last week, Hamilton stepped down as CEO of the incubator within her firm, Backstage Studio, to be replaced by general partner Christie Pitts. Davis previously appeared on Recode Decodeafter launching Deeds Not Words — a nonprofit working to get women “in the room” and/or elected to political office — and confirmed on this episode that she may run against Texas Sen. John Cornyn in 2020.” At the link left-click “Share” at the sound bar, then right-click the down-pointing arrow on the pop-up menu to download the podcast.

Textile Waste 34 mins – “When you’re a home sewer, you have the time to be economical about how you place and cut pattern pieces. But even so, you still end up with a lot of scraps. Zero waste design aims to make clothes that produce little to no waste. There’s no one way to do it. Some people like Timo Risannen try to design clothing that use a whole piece of fabric. If you’re used to making clothes from standard sewing patterns, these zero waste patterns can be a challenge to decipher.At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included on the blog archive.

Trump Election Process 62 mins – “Victor Davis Hanson discusses the campaign, election, and presidency of Donald Trump. He’s interviewed by former Congressman Dave Brat (R-VA).” At the link in the After Words section right-click “After Words: Victor Davis Hanson, “The Case for Trump”‘ Mar23, 2019 and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Twistronics 25 mins – “In this episode of Physics World Weekly we’re celebrating the Physics World 2018 Breakthrough of the Year. Announced today, the honour has gone to Pablo Jarillo-Herrero of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in the US and colleagues for making the discovery that led to the development of “twistronics”. The researchers discovered Mott insulator behaviour in pristine bilayer graphene when the orientation of the two layers were twisted by a specific angle. Physics World journalists discuss the award-winning work, along with other 2018 research highlights across core physics, materials science, environment and energy research, as well as medical physics and biophysics.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Vaping Age Limit 49 mins – “Illinois joins a growing list of states adopting “Tobacco 21” policies to combat teen vaping. Will it curb usage?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venezuelan Coup 69 mins – “Mike Prysner, from the Empire Files and the Eyes Left podcast, joins Breht to discuss the current coup attempt in Venezuela.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Venezuelan Crisis 31 mins – “Opposition leaders hoped last weekend would loosen President Maduro’s grip on power. But international aid remains stuck at the border with the military preventing supplies from entering the country. U.S. Vice President Mike Pence traveled to Colombia this week to announce additional sanctions and to keep the pressure on the regime. In the meantime, the humanitarian crisis is dire and the way forward unclear.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

White Nationalism Resurgence 24 mins – “Most Americans are not familiar with the name Madison Grant. But in the early 20th century he was one of the most well-known members of an elite group of intellectuals and policy makers who promoted ideas of racial purity and white nationalism. He influenced restrictive immigration policy making in this country, and from his 1916 book “The Passing of the Great Race,” Grant’s views spread around the globe. In fact, Hitler considered the text as his “bible.” So who is Madison Grant and why don’t we know about him today? And what can this history teach us about the resurgence in white nationalism? Adam Serwer’s recent profile of Madison Grant looks into these questions.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blogs archive.

Working Poor 55 mins – “Stephanie Land discusses her path from working as a maid to earning a journalism degree and later writing about the working poor. She is interviewed by Rachel Schneider, co-author of [The Financial Diaries].” At the link in the After Words section right-click “Stephanie Land, “Maid” (Jan 26, 2019) and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wounded Knee 54 mins – “The massacre of over 150 Lakota at Wounded Knee in 1890 is often taken to be the “end” of Native American history — a notion unintentionally reinforced by Dee Brown’s groundbreaking 1970 book, I Buried My Heart at Wounded Knee. This idea of history as tragedy is something that Ojibwe writer David Treuer tries to undo in The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee. He argues that both before and after contact was made with colonizing Europeans, Indigenous peoples have always found ways to adapt, and that’s exactly what they’re doing now.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

WW II Manila Battle 64 mins – “Author James Scott described General Douglas MacArthur’s return to the Philippines during World War II, the Japanese resistance and the atrocities committed against the Filipino civilians. Mr. Scott is the author of “Rampage: MacArthur, Yamashita, and the Battle of Manila.” This talk was part of a three-day conference hosted by the National World War II Museum in New Orleans.” At the link you can listen, but have to pay to download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.

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Retired knowledge nut.
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