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Broadband in Oregon 30 mins – “Before the Oregon communities of Monmouth and Independence banded together to form MINET, many people in the community were accessing the Internet via old dial-up connections. This week, MINET’s General Manager Don Patten comes on the show to discuss the past, present, and future of the network that has revolutionized connectivity in the far western cities near Salem and Portland. During their conversation recorded in Washington D.C., Christopher and Don review some of the difficulties that MINET has had and the changes that have helped the organization overcome those challenges. By adopting an approach that embraces the competitive spirit, MINET has achieved a take rate of more than 80 percent. Now, MINET is venturing into another community as they expand to nearby Dallas, Oregon. Working with atypical investors and private sector entities, MINET will be bringing service to a community that has been actively seeking connection to MINET. Don shares some details of the plan.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Censorship in China 27 mins – “This week we’re discussing government censorship in China, #metoo and cryptocurrency.Endless Thread is hosted by Ben Brock Johnson and Amory Sivertson, and is made by WBUR. You can listen to the show at wbur.org/endlessthread” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cyber Attack – Australia [first item] 28 mins – “Cyber attack on Australia,Weird technology from the US Navy, by Ian Woolf, Nano-engineering molecular motors by Dr Shelley Wickham,…” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Death Process 38 mins – “We are talking about death on this episode and it is a party! We are going to explore life, love, and family through the lens of death with our incredible guest Alua Arthur. Alua is a Ghanifornian Mash-Up (Ghana + California, obvs) and a death doula, which means that she works with individuals and families to help them through the process of death. We chat with Alua about everything from what to do with your loved one’s magazine subscription after they are gone to what an advanced care directive is and why we need one. She tells us about the cultural differences surrounding death and about her personal journey from being a child missionary to working as a lawyer to now working within the death industry with her company, Going With Grace. Plus we find out what kind of funeral Alua wants to have and it is far from a stuffy ceremony in a church.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Detroit House Rehab 14 mins – “In 2009, journalist and screenwriter Drew Philp bought a ruined house in Detroit for $500. In the years that followed, as he gutted the interior and removed the heaps of garbage crowding the rooms, he didn’t just learn how to repair a house — he learned how to build a community. In a tribute to the city he loves, Philp tells us about “radical neighborliness” and makes the case that we have “the power to create the world anew together and to do it ourselves when our governments refuse.” At the link left-click “Share,” right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dialogue Writing 39 mins – “This week we welcome Nina Stibbe to the Books podcast, with her latest Lizzie Vogel novel, Reasons to Be Cheerful. She talks to Sian Cain about the art of writing dialogue, finding humour in the most unlikely situations and what it means to be labelled a “funny woman”. We also take a look at a petition calling on Waterstones to pay staff the UK living wage. Is it time to recognise the contribution booksellers have made to turning the company around? And does a strategy based on trusting the expertise of individual booksellers make any sense without rewarding the people on whom it depends?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disability Rights 17 mins – “Four decades ago, Judith Heumann helped to lead a groundbreaking protest called the Section 504 sit-in — in which disabled-rights activists occupied a federal building for almost a month, demanding greater accessibility for all. In this personal, inspiring talk, Heumann tells the stories behind the protest — and reminds us that, 40 years on, there’s still work left to do.” At the link left-click “Share,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Doctors Stories 27 mins – “Hospital chefs and medical students make a hands-on connection to put food at the heart of preventative care.” At the link find the title, “Why bringing room service to hospitals helps patients convalesce,” right-click “Download Why bringing room service to hospitals helps patients convalesce” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ebola Insights 46 mins – “Erica Ollmann Saphire discusses her research on Ebola virus glycoprotein and the changing nature of structural biology. The Ebola virus glycoprotein sequence can vary up to 50% between Ebola virus species, presenting a challenge to develop pan-Ebola therapeutics or vaccines. Erica Ollmann Saphire discusses her work on antibodies that neutralize all Ebola virus species and the changing nature of the structural biology toolkit used to study them.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Genetic Testing 7 mins– “Brent Fogel talks to The Lancet Neurology about his work on large-scale genomic analysis.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Pollination Conservation 16 mins – “Professor of Biological Sciences at UTEP, speak with Nigel Raine. Raine is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada whose research focuses on pollinator conservation and behaviour and monitoring of wild pollinator populations in Ontario.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
HIV Vaccines 38 mins – “Why have scientists struggled to generate a protective HIV vaccine? Dan Barouch lays out the unique challenges and discusses the ongoing clinical trial with an adenovirus-based vaccine developed in his lab. …HIV poses unique and unprecedented challenges for vaccine development including: Viral diversity: extremely wide range of viral diversity. No natural precedent: No human has cleared HIV based on their immune responses. Unknown correlates of protection: scientists are unsure what immune responses are important to induce….HIV latent infection causes complications in vaccine development because HIV latency is seeded early, possibly in the first few days of infection. Once latency is established, the individual is infected for life. Any low level of HIV infection in vaccinated people could potentially seed this latent infection. Quickly-seeded latency means immune responses must react extremely quickly….“The challenges in the development of a prophylactic HIV vaccine are among the toughest challenges in biomedical and scientific research.” …“I always encourage young scientists to pursue their dreams and to tackle hard problems. There’s a lot of easy problems to solve but some of the hardest problems are the most impactful in the end.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
HPV Vaccinations 75 mins – “In the early 1950s, the U.S. was a high-incidence country for cervical cancer. Through application of screens using the Pap smear, doctors have been able to catch and excise suspicious tissue, leading to a significant drop in incidence. Cervical cancer remains high-incidence in low- and middle-income countries; in high-incidence countries, cervical cancer is the most common form of HPV-associated cancer. In the U.S., cervical cancer represents around 50% of the HPV-associated cancers, with others like penile, anal, and oropharyngeal cancers also represented. Henrietta Lacks, the woman from whom HeLa cells were derived, had a cervical adenocarcenoma caused by HPV-16. The viral DNA had integrated near the myc oncogene to generate high expression of this oncogene. The cell lines have been growing for decades but the epigenetic changes from HPV infection have led to a dependence of the cells on E6 and E7; if they are blocked or removed, the HeLa cells undergo apoptosis. Lowy’s work on bovine papilloma virus (BPV) played a key role in development of the HPV vaccine. Other researchers attempting to generate a neutralizing response to the HPV capsid failed, but Lowy and his colleague Reinhard Kirnbauer had successfully achieved neutralization using BPV. By comparing HPV and BPV sequences, Lowy realized there was a single amino acid change in the HPV-16 strain that was being used as a lab standard strain; fixing this restored capsid self-assembly, led to immunogenicity and provided the basis for the HPV vaccine. HPV L1 capsid protein has a repeating structure that induces a very high level of immune protection. Protection is so high that it is sterilizing, meaning that exposed individuals prevent any infection, not just disease. This may serve as the basis for a new strategy, using repeating structures such as ferretin in vaccine development. The incubation between infection and development of cancer can take decades, and the vaccine has not been on the market long enough to assess a difference in cancer incidence. It has resulted in a decrease in cervical dysplasia, the endpoints used in cervical cancer screening via pap smear, but no cancer reduction has been observed yet.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Impossible Foods 110 mins – “Pat Brown founded Impossible Foods with a mission to replace animals as a food production technology. Here, he discusses the ways microbial engineering helps produce the plant hemoglobin that provides the Impossible Burger’s meaty qualities.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Intel Chiefs Summaries 12 mins – “…the Senate Intelligence Committee heard testimony on global threats to U.S. national security from six heads of intelligence agencies: Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, CIA Director Gina Haspel, FBI Director Christopher Wray, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, NGIA Director Robert Cardillo, and DIA Director Robert Ashley. In a three-hour open session, they gave testimony about North Korea, they gave testimony about Iran, and they gave some testimony that clashed with statements made by the president of the United States. But we cut out all of the bull, and left you with just the 15 minutes of the hearing that you need.” At the link right-click “Direct download: no_bull_intel_chiefs_mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Leading Ladies 30 mins – “Aline Brosh McKenna is a Hollywood triple threat; she’s a showrunner, director, and writer and she does them all really really well. She has worked in this business for more than two decades but her mission has remained the same: to center women’s stories around something other than a man. We talk about Cher, body hair, bacterial vaginosis, and so much more. Get ready! She’s the writer of your favorite rom coms, from 27 Dresses to The Devil Wears Prada to I Don’t Know How She Does It. Most recently she has been busy showrunning and writing Crazy Ex-Girlfriend which is now in its fourth and final season. Aline tells us what it was like growing up in the 70’s in very white suburban New Jersey with Jewish immigrant parents, and why she relates more to people with immigrant parents than other Jewish people. She tells us about the differences between being a boss in her 20’s and being a boss in her 40’s, and why she wants to write more roles for women over 50.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Mapping Political Prejudice 52 mins – “According to analysis by The Atlantic, Salt Lake and Summit Counties are pretty prejudiced. The least prejudiced place is a little town in New York. Journalist Amanda Ripley went to find out why.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Measles in NY City 28 mins -”In this bonus podcast Dr. Goldman speaks to Donald G. McNeil Jr. a New York Times science reporter who unpacks how New York City ended up declaring a public health emergency over the measles, as well as revealing the factors at play in a worldwide resurgence of the disease.” At the link right-click “ Download Measles: How did we get here? Bonus Podcast,” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Microgrids 27 mins – “Hundreds of large power plants and a nationwide, interconnected distribution network produce and deliver electricity to homes and businesses in the United States. While our electric system is quite reliable (though nowhere near the best compared across nations), cascading failures do shut down parts of the network, and natural disasters, such as hurricanes, snow storms, and earthquakes, can cause widespread power blackouts. Microgrids, partly- or fully-independent sources of localized electrical power, can add resilience and sustainability to the power system. To learn about the characteristics, applications, and motivations for microgrids, we talk with Dr. Chris Marnay, retired staff scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who is an expert on microgrids and sustainable energy systems.” At the link find the title, “Microgrids for Resilient Power, Feb 26, 2019,” right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Money Processing 30 mins – “This episode is all about money. How we make it, spend it, save it, and invest it. Wendy De La Rosa is our guest and she has a lot to say about all of this. Not how we are supposed to save money, but how we actually do it. Wendy is a Dominican-born and Bronx-raised Mash-Up who studies consumer behavior and is a founder of the Common Cents Lab, which aims to teach fintech companies how real people use money. Wendy talks to us about her life before becoming an academic, living as a brown person in Silicon Valley, and her relationship to her Afro-Latinx identity in the US versus the Dominican Republic. She also gives us some really good advice on how to save more money.* *Hint: it includes deleting that food ordering app from your phone*” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.
Moth Book 18 mins – “On this week’s episode, we’re celebrating the release of the Moth’s third book, Occasional Magic. Listen to Ana Del Castillo tell her story of finding her light again after a harrowing family trauma. Find Occasional Magic anywhere you buy your books March 19.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save link As from the pop-up menu.
Mumbai Mirror Newspaper 53 mins – “As the 2019 Indian election campaign kicks off, BBC World Service follows journalists from the daily Mumbai Mirror newspaper to get under the skin of the stories that matter to Mumbaikers. From daily editorial meetings to exclusive investigations this ‘fly-on-the-wall’ radio documentary offers insight into how a newspaper covers the life and news of India’s largest city.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.
Nepal Fights Paedophiles 27 mins – “Hunting western paedophiles is a priority for a new police unit tasked with safeguarding children in Nepal. Mired in poverty and still recovering from a devastating earthquake in 2015, Nepal is increasingly being targeted by foreign paedophiles who recommend it as a destination when they share child abuse tips on the dark web. In recent years a series of western men have been charged with raping or sexually assaulting Nepali boys. Jill McGivering follows the under-resourced police unit, hears the stories of victims and perpetrators and examines what makes Nepal so vulnerable to abuse by western men. This programme contains descriptions of child sexual abuse which some listeners may find distressing.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.
Napoleon 51 mins – “…we’re looking at the life of Napoleon. Sure, he was crowned emperor of France, but the historian Adam Zamoyski says he was also a rather ordinary man, who happened to live a very big life.” At the link right-click “Listen” and select “save Link As from the pop-up menu.
Neverland Discussion 59 mins – “A conversation hosted by Oprah Winfrey, featuring Wade Robson and James Safechuck, subjects of the two-part HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland,” alongside director Dan Reed.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
New Zealand Mosque Attacks 47 mins – “The deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques. We look at anti-Muslim sentiment, white supremacism and the growing global threat.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
News Media Alliance 47 mins – “On the latest episode of Recode Decode, News Media Alliance CEO David Chavern joined Recode’s Kara Swisher in studio to talk about the challenges facing the thousands of print and online media businesses that the NMA represents — and possible solutions. One of Chavern’s jobs is talking to big platforms like Google and Facebook, but he acknowledged that, historically, “We have not had a good interaction with them….” At the sound bar left-click “Share,” then right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nigerian View of Britain 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. Neil visits Nigeria to meet Nobel Laureate for Literature, Wole Soyinka; Yeni Kuti, dancer, singer and eldest child of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti; and Muhammadu Sanusi II, the Emir of Kano.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Nixon Beyond Watergate 64 mins – “Today the presidency of Richard Nixon is mostly remembered for how it ended – with the Watergate scandal, impeachment and resignation. But what about early Nixon, the man sworn into office in January 1969? As Nathan, Ed and Brian discover, Nixon ran a more imaginative and ideologically flexible administration than its ignominious ending might suggest.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Oprah Philosophy 31 mins – “In a live appearance at UCLA’s Royce Hall, Oprah explains why it’s important for all of us to find our own truth. “What is the truth of me? Why am I here? And what do I have to offer?” Oprah asks. “The answer,” she says, “is yourself.” Oprah shares why you are enough, just as you are, and offers up the one question you need to ask whenever life throws you a curveball. She also shares what she wants everyone to stop doing right now.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Parasites 36 mins – “Parasites are incredibly varied in many characteristics, including their size! Some are microscopic, while others are macroscopic and can be seen with the naked eye. Not just small macroscopic, although some worms at 35 cm can be considered quite large. Some tapeworms can reach 50 feet! Bobbi Pritt’s blog started as an exercise to share the cases she observed while a student at the London School of Tropical Medicine. She wanted to share these cases with students back at the Mayo Clinic, but found the audience grew to include clinical parasitologists, microbiologists, and parasite-interested people worldwide. Part of its success relies on its succinctness: a short, digestible case study with the minimum information needed to make a diagnosis…A new bacterium that causes Lyme disease, Borellia mayonii, was found because the molecular tests that detect Borellia burgdorferi are flexible enough to detect multiple species and can differentiate between the different types of organisms. It was an astute technologist working at the bench who recognized the readout was slightly different than….One of the outstanding questions in parasitology is the relationship of Blastocystis (formerly known as Blastocystis hominis but may actually be several species) to human health. Blastocystis lives in the intestinal tract and may cause irritable bowel-like syndrome. Definitive evidence on whether Blastocystis causes intestinal disease has yet to be presented, and there is a lot of opportunity for research in this area.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pete Buttigieg 47 mins – “Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Democratic mayor of South Bend, Indiana, on why he’s building a presidential run on what he calls “intergenerational justice.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pirates of the Air 51 mins – “As the workday winds down across New York, you can tune in to a clandestine world of unlicensed radio stations; a cacophonous sonic wonder of the city. As listeners begin to arrive home, dozens of secret transmitters switch on from rooftops in immigrant enclaves. These stations are often called ‘pirates’ for their practice of commandeering an already licensed frequency. These rogue stations evade detection and take to the air, blanketing their neighbourhoods with the sounds of ancestral lands blending into a new home. They broadcast music and messages to diverse communities – whether from Latin America or the Caribbean, to born-again Christians and Orthodox Jews. Reporter David Goren has long followed these stations from his Brooklyn home. He paints an audio portrait of their world, drawn from the culture of the street. Vivid soundscapes emerge from tangled clouds of invisible signals, nurturing immigrant communities struggling for a foothold in the big city. With thanks to KCRW and the Lost Notes Podcast episode Outlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBAD.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Planned Parenthood CEO 36 mins – “New Season! We’re kicking off Mash Ups to Know with the newly appointed president and CEO of Planned Parenthood, Dr. Leana Wen! A long time leader and advocate in public health, Dr. Wen’s mission to depoliticize healthcare at the forefront of everything she does. We talk with her about what it was like to immigrate here from Shanghai at such a young age, how becoming a mother changed the way that she approaches healthcare, and why her mother’s bout with cancer led to her passion for patient advocacy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Populism P1 54 mins – “Elif Shafak says Turkey holds valuable lessons for other countries who wish to elect populists. Elif Shafak is a public intellectual, novelist, feminist and a staunch opponent of populism. Turkish by birth and now a British citizen, she believes Turkey holds valuable lessons for other countries who wish to elect populists.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Populism P2 54 mins – “Polarization in Poland. The success of Sweden’s far right. In Turkey, “the supremacy of the people” reigns. And Brexit threatens Britain’s economic and social order. Everywhere, populism is winning big. The question is why? This episode is the second of a 2-part series.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Resistome of Soils 69 mins – “While searching for lignin-degrading soil microbes, Gautam Dantas discovered growth in an antimicrobial compound-containing control! He has since studied the resistance determinants (resistome) of soil and clinical samples to determine their similarities. …Gautam’s resistome research is built on the research of many, but especially inspired by: Gerry Wright, who proposed the presence of a resistome. The resistome is a collection of genetic determinants in a microbial group that allows phenotypic resistance against antimicrobial compounds. Julian Davies, who proposed the producer hypothesis. The producer hypothesis suggests that the same microorganisms that produce antimicrobials must also be the source of resistance, because they need to be able to protect themselves against the action of their own compounds. Gautam’s discovery of antibiotic-eating microbes was completely serendipitous! As a postdoc, he was looking for lignin-degrading soil microbes and set up a culture with antibiotics as a negative control. To his surprise, there were some soil microbes that were able to grow – using the drugs as food! Samples from 3 different states were all able to support microbial life. The resistome of soil is very similar to the resistome of clinical samples, but the study design doesn’t allow Gautam to conclude directionality: do the genes move from the clinic to the environment or from the environment to the clinic? This requires studying the resistomes over time, rather than the snapshot analyses this study generated. However, Gautam’s group has received funding to do longitudinal studies, which will help scientists understand how resistance originates and then moves to new microbial communities. Context is very important for determining disease. A microbe may make one person but not another sick. Context can also be the genes carried by the microbe, and E. coli is a great example of this. Some E. coli are very good at causing UTIs but cause no disease when carried in the gut.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Spillover Events 46 mins – “When will the next disease outbreak occur? Why are some pests better at spreading disease than others? Disease Ecologist Barbara Han talks about her research that addresses these questions with computer modeling, as well as how modeling predictions can inform field and bench research.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Tropical Diseases – “Burkholderia pseudomallei is an endemic soil-dwelling bacterium in southeast Asia, where it causes melioidosis. Direk Limmathurotsakul discusses his work to improve the official reporting numbers and how…Melioidosis can present in a number of ways, such as sepsis, pneumonia, or abscesses. Because the symptoms are not specific, diagnosis requires isolation of the Burkholderia pseudomallei bacterium. Risk factors for disease include diabetes and exposure to the soil and water in which the bacterium lives.. In 2012, only 4 people were officially reported to have died of melioidosis in Thailand, but microbiological records suggest the real number was closer to 696. Scientists like Direk worked with the government to improve reporting requirements and the numbers now reflect a more accurate assessment of the disease burden. More accurate official reporting can lead to more public health campaigns, resources, and support for both scientists and patients…..” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Valerie Jarrett Interview 46 mins – “Her road from Chicago to the White House — our conversation with Obama senior adviser Valerie Jarrett.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
White Nationalist Conversion 20 mins – “At 14, Christian Picciolini went from naïve teenager to white supremacist — and soon, the leader of the first neo-Nazi skinhead gang in the United States. How was he radicalized, and how did he ultimately get out of the movement? In this courageous talk, Picciolini shares the surprising and counterintuitive solution to hate in all forms .” At the link left-click “Share,” right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Work Mobility 54 mins – “Some people now find it desirable – or even necessary – to work from home. Others are expected to spend more time travelling to and from the workplace than they actually spend doing their job. How the changes in the way we work affect every other aspect of 21st century life? Seven years ago, a large group of interdisciplinary scholars from all parts of Canada (and beyond) began researching ‘work-related mobility’ with a project called the On the Move Partnership. Paul Kennedy was there from the beginning creating documentaries based on the research. As the project nears completion, Paul speaks to the participants about their conclusions in this final episode of On The Move.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in the blog archive.
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