Mining Digest 413 – Oct 18, 2019: 5G Defined, Africa’s Place in the World, AI and Law, Black and Armed, Cherokee Slaves, Chronic Kidney Disease, Cyberattacks, Death from Infection, Economic Puzzles, Ego Control, Eugenics, Financial Management for Lawyers, Food Waste, Free Speech on Campus, Fuel Theft in Mexico, Holocaust Activities, Information Age Impact, Investment Fundamental, Jackson vs Trump, Jean Vanier, John Delaney, Kibbutz Discussion, Krauthammer, LGBT Life, Library of Congress Librarian, Live Aid Concert, Medical Risks, Michael Ramierez, Mobile Devices and Health, Motif Investing, Ocasio-Cortez, POW Churchill, Preet Bharara, Prenatal Care, President Coolidge, Public Housing in NYC, RA21 Intiative, Race Relations, Racism and Politics, RAICES Immigration Activists, Rare Earth Minerals in China, Religious Identity and Politics, Revolutionary, Ro Khanna, Supreme Court Cases, Transhumanism

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5G Defined 20 mins “The 5G network of the future will manage super-complex tasks quickly, and both China and the United States want to control it.” At the link find the title, “What is 5G — and why are the US and China fighting over it?” which you can hear, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included on this blog archive.

Afghanistan Elvis 53 mins – “Ahmad Zahir with his dark shock of hair, sultry voice and overwhelming stage presence more than earned the nickname “The Afghan Elvis” but he was so much more. He remains Afghanistan’s most beloved musician even though he died at the age of 33 after a short, dazzling career. Ahmad Zahir was killed in a mysterious car crash in the terrible year of 1979, when violence and mayhem were sweeping the country following Soviet invasion. The aching love songs of Ahmad Zahir are the mix tape for generations of exiles and Afghans who stayed on through the Taliban era and beyond, binding together millions of people despite their differences. His grave remains a site of pilgrimage and has been rebuilt since the Taliban blew it up, intending to blast away pop music for ever. To hear Ahmad Zahir on his legendary live performances on Radio Kabul or on any of his 22 albums is to understand an Afghanistan beyond its politics. He fused Western musical styles with Indian classical forms and the tender poetry of the ancient Persian classics like Rumi, Hafiz, Maulana Jami and the Afghan poet Khalilullah Khalili…whilst also belting out Elvis’s ‘It’s Now or Never’ or playing around with other Western pop hits like ‘Que Sera, Sera’. Monica Whitlock hears a new generation of musicians interpret some Ahmad Zahir classics and explores the life and lasting impact of the “Afghan Elvis”.” At the link you can listen; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Africa’s Place in the World 45 mins – “In this week’s podcast we look at two novels which explore west Africa’s place in the world. Yaa Gyasi’s award-winning debut, Homegoing, follows three generations from the start of the slave trade on the 18th century Gold Coast to modern day America. She discusses the bitter legacy of slavery and the importance of reclaiming your own history. Chibundu Onuzo’s second novel trains a comic eye on the excesses of modern-day Lagos through the eyes of five fugitives who become unlikely housemates with a mission to redistribute the wealth of a corrupt society. She explains why humour is such an essential tool in the examination of her country’s ills.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

African Novels 52 mins – “This week we have a lecture titled “New Perspectives on the African Novel” by Mukoma Wa Ngugi, Associate Professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University.  This weeks’ lecture is presented by the Boston University African American Studies Program, and the African Studies Center.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Law 29 mins – “You don’t actually need to worry about a robot taking your job. In this episode of The Digital Edge, hosts Jim Calloway and Sharon Nelson talk to Andrew Arruda, CEO of ROSS Intelligence, about how artificial intelligence assists lawyers, not replaces them. Their conversation includes what ROSS is, the biggest misconceptions surrounding AI, and the biggest challenges facing legal technology adoption in larger firms. Andrew Arruda is Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of the artificial intelligence company ROSS Intelligence, a leader in the legal technology industry.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Black and Armed 47 mins – “African-Americans and gun ownership. In his new memoir, RJ Young writes about what he calls a “literal arms race … ramped up by racialized fear.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cherokee Slaves 29 mins – “In Oklahoma, Tayo Popoola discovers the story of the slaves owned by the Cherokee Indian tribe. Since the emancipation of the slaves in the 19th Century, there has been an often uneasy relationship between the so called “Freedmen” and their former masters, both racial minorities with long histories of persecution in the US. In 2017 the Freedmen won a long battle to be admitted as full members of the Cherokee tribe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chronic Kidney Disease 13 mins – “With a rising death toll from chronic kidney disease of unknown origin (CKDu) — also known in Central America as Mesoamerican nephropathy — and with greenhouse gas emissions driving global temperature increases, we are woefully short of early screening tools and treatment options for tens of thousands of patients. CKDu was first described in El Salvador in the 1990s, when unusually large numbers of agricultural workers began dying from irreversible renal failure.1 It quickly became evident that the phenomenon was pervasive among innumerable agricultural communities in hot, humid regions of Central America. CKDu’s presence is now potentially global, with similar disease patterns observed in North America, South America, the Middle East, Africa, and India. In Central America, CKD has become a leading cause of hospitalization and death, owing in large part to CKDu. Over the past decade, the death toll from CKD rose 83% in Guatemala, and CKD is now the second leading cause of death in both Nicaragua and El Salvador. Though these statistics are alarming, the true global burden of disease is unknown, because affected areas tend to have a poor health care infrastructure, which leaves cases undetected or underreported….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Congressional Historians 59 mins – “Congressional historians Richard Baker, Ray Smock, and Donald Ritchie talked about American history and the U.S. Congress.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Cyberattacks 21 mins – “Cyberattacks are on the rise. And more and more, artificial intelligence is helping both the attackers and the people combating them.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included on this blog archive.

Death from Infection 24 mins – “April 15 to 30, 2019. Bugs move north. Best treatment for MRSA? Half assed antibiotics work great for arthritis. Knowing what you are doing improves Candidemia outcomes. And more.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Death from Infection 23 mins – “April 15 to 30, 2019. Bugs move north. Best treatment for MRSA? Half assed antibiotics work great for arthritis. Knowing what you are doing improves Candidemia outcomes. And more.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Disease Prevention 48 mins – :We often know how to plan for the future, but find it hard to take the necessary steps. This hour, TED speakers challenge the inevitable and explore what to do today to prepare ourselves for tomorrow.” At the link you can listen, ubt not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Economic Puzzles 58 mins -”How can you learn to think like an economist? One way is to think about what might be called dinner table economics–puzzles or patterns that arise in everyday life that would be good to understand. Robert Frank of Cornell University and author of The Economic Naturalist talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a number of these puzzles including why grooms typically rent tuxedos but the bride usually buys her gown, why bicycles can be more expensive to rent than cars, the effects of the price of corn on the price of pork, and why scammers who invoke Nigeria keep using the same old story.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ego Control 66 mins – “How does our attitude toward ourselves affect our success or failure in the world of business or in friendship? Ryan Holiday, author of Ego Is the Enemy, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the role of ego in business, our personal lives, and world history.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eugenics 53 mins – “When a law student named Mark Bold came across a Supreme Court decision from the 1920s that allowed for the forced sterilization of people deemed “unfit,” he was shocked to discover that it had never been overturned. His law professors told him the case, Buck v Bell, was nothing to worry about, that the ruling was in a kind of legal limbo and could never be used against people. But he didn’t buy it. In this episode we follow Mark on a journey to one of the darkest consequences of humanity’s attempts to measure the human mind and put people in boxes, following him through history, science fiction and a version of eugenics that’s still very much alive today, and watch as he crusades to restore a dash of moral order to the universe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Financial Management for Lawyers 24 mins – “Due to the changing landscape of legal services, small to medium sized law firms need to consistently update their financial management processes. Essentially, these firms need to provide affordable services to their clients while ensuring the owners get the compensation they believe they deserve. But without necessarily having an in-house financial manager, how do they…” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Financial Services 64 mins – “Journalist and author Rana Foroohar of the Financial Times talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about her book, Makers and Takers. Foroohar argues that finance has become an increasingly powerful part of the U.S. economy and has handicapped the growth and effectiveness of manufacturing and the rest of the economy.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food History 67 mins – “Rachel Laudan, visiting scholar at the University of Texas and author of Cuisine and Empire, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the history of food. Topics covered include the importance of grain, the spread of various styles of cooking, why French cooking has elite status, and the reach of McDonald’s. The conversation concludes with a discussion of the appeal of local food and other recent food passions.” At the link right-click “Download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Waste 62 mins – “Historian Rachel Laudan talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about food waste. Laudan argues that there are tradeoffs in preventing food waste–in reduced time for example, or a reduction in food security, and that these tradeoffs need to be measured carefully when considering policy or giving advice to individuals or organizations. She also discusses the role of food taboos and moralizing about food. Along the way, Laudan defends the virtue of individual choice and freedom in deciding what to eat.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Free Speech on Campus 59 mins – “University of Pennsylvania Law School Professor Amy Wax talked about the limits of free expression on U.S. college campuses.” At the link you can pay for a download; however, a copy is also included in this blog podcast archive.

Fuel Theft in Mexico 53 mins – “In a country infamous for its drug cartels, Mexico has another booming black market – petrol. Starting out as just a few individuals tapping lines to sell to their local communities, petrol theft has now attracted the heavyweights of organised crime who see the appeal in peddling a product that is used by more of the population, and that does not even need to cross a border to be sold. Yet, as the government and gas company Pemex race to find a way to stop the fuel thieves, known throughout Mexico as huachicoleros, there is more evolving than confrontation. Through film, song and prayer, are we also witnessing the first blooms of a burgeoning culture? Juan Paullier visits Mexico’s ‘Red Triangle’, a region of central Puebla where dozens of pipelines intersect, to discover how the activities of the huachicoleros are already becoming immortalised in folklore. Visiting a local market, Juan speaks to a woman who sells costumes for the baby Jesus dolls that get blessed at the important religious festival, Dia De Candelaria. In recent years, she has had an influx of requests for the garments of El Santo Niño Huachicol, the patron saint of petrol thieves. But who are these people choosing to pray for petrol? Next, he meets musician Tamara Alcantara, who performs original songs about the huachicoleros at family celebrations, and Edgar Nito, who is making the first ever feature film on the topic. Juan also asks Mexican Culture Expert, Miguel Cabanas, how these developing activities compare to the start of narco culture, and whether we can use the culture around petrol to help us predict the future impact of the huachicoleros.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Group Dynamics 33 mins – “Are we biologically primed to fear outsiders? And can science help us bridge the divide when conflicts arise?In this rebroadcast from earlier in the year, Ian Sample is joined in the studio by social psychologist Professor Miles Hewstone and primatologist Dr Kit Opie to discuss group behaviour and the divisions that define us as human. In light of everything that’s happened in 2016, the topics covered are as pertinent now as they were when we originally recorded them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Holocaust Activities 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is titled “Protectors of Pluralism: Religious Minorities and the Rescue of Jews in the Low Countries During the Holocaust.”  Our speaker is Robert Braun, Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Berkeley.  This weeks’ lecture is presented by the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe, and is co-sponsored by the Elie Wiesel Center for Jewish Studies and the minor in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Studies.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-u menu.

Information Age Impact 62 mins – “EconTalk host Russ Roberts does a monologue on how political discourse seems to have deteriorated in recent years and the growth in outrage, tribalism, and intolerance for those with different views from one’s own. Roberts suggests that part of the problem is the revolution of the market for information caused by the internet that allows people to customize what they see to fit their own political narratives and worldview. In short, the market for news works to make us feel good rather than to help us to discover the truth. The monologue closes with some suggestions for how we might improve the way we consume information and interact with those we disagree with.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

International Publishers Association 24 mins – “Publisher Voices Raised for CopyrightRecord at Frankfurt Book Fair 2018WithMichiel Kolman, president, International Publishers Association&Michael Healy, Copyright Clearance CenterHEALY: Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome. Thank you very much for joining us on the stage this afternoon. My name is Michael Healy. I’m the executive director of international relations at CCC. I’m thrilled to welcome an old friend, Michiel Kolman, the current president of the International Publishers Association.I say old friend because we were reminiscing behind the stage here about how many years we’ve known one another, and it’s so long ago that neither of us can remember.KOLMAN: Exactly. Decades.HEALY:Thetopic of conversation, as you all know, is copyright, and I can see in the audience people far better qualified than myself to conduct an interview of this kind. (laughter) But we’re delighted to have you here. Thank you so much for joining.” At the link you can listen, but not download the podcast; however, a copy of it is included in this blog archive.

Investment Fundamentals 44 mins – “Paul speaks with Ken Roberts in this episode of “Ken’s Bulls and Bears,” as they answer listeners’ questions: 7:55- How important are the expenses I pay on my investment portfolio? 10:06- Is diversifying really that important? What about loading up on winning stocks like Facebook and Apple? 19:54- What can investors do to manage risk in their fixed-income investments if interest rates start rising? 25:50- I’m in my early 30’s and for the last five years I have been putting all of my 401k into an S&P index fund; it has been doing very well. I want to add some international funds this year. What the best percentages? 30:00- I attended a seminar by an investment advisor who said he can use technical analysis to determine whether to be fully invested or sit in cash and be defensive during market downturns. Wouldn’t a strategy like that be better than buy-and-hold? 39:45 I recently retired and am invested in 60% stock funds and 40% bonds. How often should I re-adjust my allocation?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jackson vs Trump 58 mins – “Cumberland University history professor Mark Cheathem discusses his book, [Andrew Jackson, Southerner], and talks about the comparisons made between President Jackson and President Trump.” At the link under the Q&A section find the title, “Q&A with Mark Cheathem,” which can be heard, but not downloaded; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Jean Vanier P1 and 2 108 mins – “”Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world.” Jean Vanier, who founded the L’Arche movement in 1963 for people with profound disabilities, quickly learned that “normal” people have much to learn about being human by watching those we perceive as weak. Jean Vanier died on May 7 in France at the age of 91. In memory of, and in tribute to, one of the most influential people of our time, we present this rebroadcast of Philip Coulter’s series The Rabbit and the Giraffe, recorded in 2016.” At the link P1 can be heard but not downloaded, and here for P2; however, both podcasts are included in this blog archive.

John Delaney 64 mins – “Representative John Delaney (D-MD), the first Democrat to declare for president in 2020, offers his vision for America. He was interviewed by Donna Brazile, former chair of the Democratic National Committee.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.  

Kibbutz Discussion 67 mins – “Economist and author Ran Abramitzky of Stanford University talks about his book, The Mystery of the Kibbutz, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Abramitzky traces the evolution of the kibbutz movement in Israel and how the kibbutz structure changed to cope with the modernization and development of the Israeli economy. The conversation includes a discussion of how the history of the kibbutz might help us to understand the appeal and challenges of the socialism and freedom.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Krauthammer 59 mins – “Charles Krauthammer was interviewed about his syndicated column in the Washington Post and the policies of President Bush in his second term. He also talked about his life and career, political philosophy, and observations about American politics and culture.” At the link under the Q&A section find the title, “Q&A with Charles Krauthammer,” which can be heard, but not downloaded; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Law Office Management 24 mins – “Due to the changing landscape of legal services, small to medium sized law firms need to consistently update their financial management processes. Essentially, these firms need to provide affordable services to their clients while ensuring the owners get the compensation they believe they deserve. But without necessarily having an in-house financial manager, how do they maintain the right balance? In this episode of The Digital Edge, Sharon Nelson and Jim Calloway interview John Iezzi, author of “Results-Oriented Financial Management: A Step-by-Step Guide to Law Firm Profitability,” which is a book about compensation issues in small and mid-sized firms, what successful financial management looks like, and changes small firm lawyers need to make.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

LGBT Life 29 mins – “This week, we have a special edition of The Moth Podcast, celebrating Pride Month and the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising. We wanted to include a broad range of voices and perspectives for this episode, so we have two Moth stories from LGBTQ storytellers, Richard Cardillo and Sonia Audi, and two interviews, one with Stonewall Veteran Martin Boyce, and one with poet and activist Kay Ulanday Barrett.” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Library of Congress Librarian 59 mins – “James Billington talked about his experiences during his 20 years as the head of the Library of Congress. Other topics included the library’s future, the explosion of digital material, and the role of libraries in our culture. Mr. Billington was sworn in on September 14, 1987, and is the 13th person to hold the position since the Library of Congress was established in 1800. He was interviewed on the stage before an audience in the Coolidge Auditorium at the library’s Thomas Jefferson Building as part of the American Library Association’s annual conference.” At the link under the Q&A Section find the title, “Q&A with James Billington,” which can be heard, but not downloaded; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Live Aid Concert 55 mins – “Live Aid was a revolutionary concert event in two countries in 1985 that spanned the world via satellite. The brainchild of musician Bob Geldof, it really did help change the world in many ways, but its direct impact on Ethiopian famine relief remains in question. Listen and learn today!” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.  

Luck and Success 72 mins – “Is your success in life your own doing? Robert Frank of Cornell University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his latest book, Success and Luck. Frank argues that we underestimate the role that luck plays in our success and makes the case for a progressive consumption tax as a way to improve even the welfare of the wealthy.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Risks 71 mins – “Should women get routine mammograms? Should men get regular PSA exams? Robert Aronowitz of the University of Pennsylvania and the author of Risky Medicine talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the increasing focus on risk reduction rather than health itself as a goal. Aronowitz discusses the social and political forces that push us toward more preventive testing even when those tests have not been shown to be effective. Aronowitz’s perspective is a provocative look at the opportunity cost of risk-reduction.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Michael Ramirez 59 mins – “Michael Ramirez talked about his career as an editorial cartoonist and his book, Give Me Liberty or Give Me Obamacare.” At the link under the Q&A Section find the title, “Q&A with Michael Ramirez,” which can be heard, but not downloaded; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Mobile Devices and Health 14 mins – “Mobile health involves sensors, mobile apps, social media, and location-tracking technology used in disease diagnosis, prevention, and management. This article provides an overview of key functional and regulatory aspects…” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Motif Investing 60 mins – “The Motif Investing and M1 Finance companies allow investors to create a customized portfolio of individual securities and ETFs.  Paul and Chris Pedersen compare these two low cost ways to create do-it-yourself robo portfolios.  In both cases there are great advantages and important limitations.  Chris recently compared the important differences in a table that may be useful as you listen to their discussion of these innovative trading platforms, which covers fees, minimum investments, rebalancing limits, reinvesting dividends, tax management, portfolio construction, and how investors can build portfolios using the recommended portfolios on the Merriman website.  For those who want to learn more, here are links to M1 and Motif.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocasio-Cortez 47 mins – “Radical? Or the right thing to do? We’ll analyze the numbers behind Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s proposal to push the top tax rate to 70 percent.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Perception Differences 80 mins – “Neurologist and author Robert Burton talks about his book, On Being Certain, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Burton explores our need for certainty and the challenge of being skeptical about what our brain tells us must be true. Where does what Burton calls “the feeling of knowing” come from? Why can memory lead us astray? Burton claims that our reaction to events emerges from competition among different parts of the brain operating below our level of awareness. The conversation includes a discussion of the experience of transcendence and the different ways humans come to that experience.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

POW Churchill 59 mins – “Candice Millard talked about her book, Hero of the Empire: The Boer War, a Daring Escape, and the Making of Winston Churchill, in which she recalls the actions of future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the Boer War.” At the link you can pay for a download; however, a copy is also included in this blog podcast archive.

Preet Bharara 69 mins – “Preet Bharara, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York and host of the podcast Stay Tuned With Preet, talks with Recode’s Kara Swisher. In this episode: Bharara’s background; digital crime and the “ticking time bomb” of hacking threats; why Bharara was fired by President Trump; what he did post-firing; his Twitter fatigue; the public’s newfound interest in the law; his new book, “Doing Justice”; the “first principles” of law that the entire country could benefit from; the Mueller report; how the Southern District of New York thinks about its work; Nancy Pelosi’s declaration of a “constitutional crisis”; did social media undermine the Mueller report?; the problem with tech and whether companies will be held criminally liable; how tech will change the practice of law; and should we be optimistic about the future?” At the link left-click the square with three dots, right-click “Download” file and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prenatal Care 26 mins – “Crockett ended up deciding pretty early: She wanted to be a doctor who worked with pregnant women. She went through medical school and residency, and kept learning about other cool technologies. “A lot of things I was seeing in training were like, in utero surgery for spinal cord defects and lasers to treat Twin-Twin transfusion,” she remembers. When Crockett first started her job running a women’s clinic here in the mid-2000s, South Carolina was one of the most dangerous places for a baby to be born. It had the 49th worst infant mortality rate in the United States in 2005, doing better than only Mississippi. Rural counties had infant mortality rates similar to Third World countries. Crockett began running an experiment to try to fix this problem. But her solution wasn’t driven by a new technology or innovation. It was much simpler than that: She had women in her clinic do their prenatal care visits in big, group appointments. The visits last two hours, and look a lot more like a support group than a traditional doctor visit.” At the link left-click share, then right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

President Coolidge Biographer 58 mins – “Bloomberg correspondent and author Amity Shlaes talked about her biography of the 30th President of the United States, Coolidge, in which she traces the life of Calvin Coolidge from his early days in Plymouth Notch, Vermont through his presidency and ultimate return to New England where he died at the age of 60. She said that Coolidge should be remembered for the fact that when he left office in 1929, the federal budget was lower than when he took office in 1923. She told the story of Coolidge’s rise through local and state politics in Vermont and Massachusetts, and describes Coolidge’s involvement as governor of Massachusetts with the Boston Police strike in 1919. She suggested that his actions gave him a national reputation as a decisive leader. She also reviewed the years of Coolidge’s presidency which were marked by the introduction of electricity in the country, the widespread use of automobiles, and the reversal of the federal budget deficit into a surplus.” At the link you can pay for a download; however, a copy is also included in this blog podcast archive.

Public Housing in NYC 48 minsA study conducted as part of a lawsuit in the City of New York found part of its affordable housing policy might deepen segregation. Policy advocates say that it can also prevent displacement. J. David Gooman, Vicki Been, Ed Goetz and Christie McCravy join Meghna Chakrabarti.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

RA21 Initiative 43 mins – “For years, many corporations and academic institutions have relied on Internet Protocol (IP) addresses – numerical labels assigned to devices when connected to a computer network – to provide access to their enterprise subscriptions. In today’s distributed network environment, however, IP authentication has outlived its useful life. When attempting to access subscribed content and other resources while off-site or on off-network mobile devices, many end-users can find themselves shut out. On Thursday, November 15, Copyright Clearance Center welcomed Helen Malone of GlaxoSmithKline and Ralph Youngen of the American Chemical Society to learn about the findings from a corporate pilot by the Resource Access for the 21st Century initiative (RA21) that focused on best practices for adopting federated identity to streamline the user experience for access.” At the link right-click “Download and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism and Politics 47 mins – “From President Trump’s “go back” tweets to the dispute between the “squad” and House Speaker Pelosi. We take a look at race and racism in Washington.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

RAICES Immigration Activists 41 mins – “Jonathan Ryan and Erika Andiola, the CEO and chief advocacy officer at RAICES, talk with Vox.com’s Ezra Klein at the 2019 Code Conference. In this episode: The current situation at the US-Mexico border; the increasing power of the executive branch of the US government as you approach the border; how tech companies like Palantir, Amazon, Microsoft, and Dell are working with ICE; the history of corporations enabling unconstitutional behavior; alternatives for the government; what would be a non-tyrannical way of handling immigration?; the “political football” of immigration reform; and the role of sanctuary cities.” At the link left-click the square with three dots and “More” then right-click “Download Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rare Earth Elements P1 and 2 58 mins – “The 17 rare earth elements are often called the spices or vitamins of industry. While we don’t need much of them, they’re sprinkled in small amounts through our most powerful, futuristic, and dare we say it, magical tools. They power our iPhones and computers; they’re in wind turbines and hybrid cars. They’re in dental implants, X-ray machines, and life-saving cancer drugs. They have unusual magnetic and electrical properties that make our gadgets faster, stronger, and lighter. And we’ve all been coasting along enjoying their magic for a while now. In fact, we’ve come to expect magic. But magic comes at a cost, and in the case of mining and processing rare earths, that cost is environmental devastation. Most of us in the Western world aren’t aware of the destruction because most rare earths are mined elsewhere. But some scientists are trying to find a more environmentally sound way to get them.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Rare Earth Minerals in China 46 mins – “Rare earth minerals are essential to everything from cellphones to hybrid cars. China’s got them and could use them as leverage in the trade war with the U.S.” At the link double click the down-pointing arrow and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Religious Identity and Politics 53 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Center for the Study of Europe.  Our speaker is Dimitar Bechev, Fellow at the Center for Slavic, Eurasian, and East European Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Dr. Bechev’s lecture is titled “Religious Identity and Foreign Policy: Russia and Turkey in Southeast Europe.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Revolutionary 34 mins – “Paris circa. 1789 saw the first lightning conductor, the first flight, the first estimate of the speed of light, and the invention of the tin can and the stethoscope. The metre replaced the yard and the theory of evolution came into being. In his new book No Need For Geniuses, Steve Jones explores the discoveries that were made over 200 years ago and brings them bang up to date.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ro Khanna 29 mins – “Congressman Ro Khanna (D-CA), who represents Silicon Valley, talks about the big issues facing the tech industry and the oversight role of Congress.” At the link find the title, “Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA),” right-click it and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Cases 53 mins – “This term, the Supreme Court will decide landmark cases involving partisan gerrymandering, the census, abortion, voting rights, and free speech. With Chief Justice John Roberts as the new swing vote, and Justice Brett Kavanagh’s first full year on the court, the justices will signal their views on issues ranging from the future of Roe v. Wade to their willingness to confront President Trump. Join America’s leading legal experts for a discussion about how this term will affect the issues at the core of American life.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Supreme Court Discussion 55 mins – “Last week Amy Howe and John Elwood joined Jeffrey Rosen on the National Constitution Center’s podcast “We the People” to preview the Supreme Court term that began this morning. The three discuss cases involving LGBT employment discrimination, DACA, public funding for private religious schools, gun rights and abortion.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive

Transhumanism 62 mins – “Will our brains ever be uploaded into a computer? Will we live forever? Richard Jones, physicist at the University of Sheffield and author of Against Transhumanism, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about transhumanism–the effort to radically transform human existence via technology. Jones argues that the grandest visions of the potential of technology–uploading of brains and the ability to rearrange matter via nanotechnology are much more limited and unlikely than proponents of these technologies suggest. The conversation closes with the role of government in innovation and developing technology.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Warren Miller 21 mins – “This week, we’re celebrating the legacy of legendary filmmaker, Warren Miller, and host Dan Kennedy shares his personal connection to Warren.” At the link right-click the “Download Episode” arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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