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Aviation Jobs 44 mins – “At AviationCareersPodcast.com, you can find the Scholarships Guide, Career Coaching, and various courses online. Don’t forget to use the coupon code “payitforward”, all one word. Through the generosity of others, you may receive the scholarships guide for free. In This Episode We Discuss: As a military pilot can I take the FAA dispatchers test and waive the practical exam? Is it worth sitting for that test when I take my ATP written? What are some aviation jobs for those with very low flying time? I would like to start flying for hire as soon as possible after I obtain my commercial license, and before I get my flight instructor rating. One of my biggest concerns with being a pilot would be having a family emergency arise while at work. With Mandatory retirements coming up over the next decade or so-do you think this will drastically change how senior/junior some bases get? The Regional airline model.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blockchain and Clinical Trials 22 mins – “Blockchain is the digital technology that underpins cryptocurrencies such as bitcoin, and has been proposed as the digital panacea of our times. But Leeza Osipenko, from the London School of Economics, has thought about how it could actually be used in clinical trials, and what else would need to change in our regulatory environment to make that…” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Blockchain Discussion 42 mins – “Kevin Wang is a co-founder of Nervos, a public blockchain designed by a former Ethereum core developer and backed by Sequoia, Polychain, and others. As one of China’s top projects, Nervos recently partnered with crypto exchange Huobi to build a new public chain for banks and financial institutions. Kevin was responsible for Nervos’ unique token economics design where users will eventually pay “rent” to store assets and smart contracts on the network. He believes this type of model is critical if blockchains are to scale. Same goes for the layered design, which splits the public consensus layer from the transactional layer to increase a blockchain’s performance while balancing security and trust.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Cotton Seed Food 45 mins – “Cotton production is massive, but mostly used for fiber. The cotton seed is a tremendous potential resource as it contains high amounts of oil and high-quality protein. However, the seeds are not directly edible by most mammals because they contain a toxic chemical called gossypol. Gossypol is a terpenoid that the plant produces as a natural insecticide. A team led by Dr. Keerti Rathore at Texas A&M University has worked for decades to produce cottonseed without gossypol. The plants have now been approved for production by USDA-APHIS and the FDA. The technology may now be used to produce new cotton lines that generate massive amounts of high-protein seed, leading to new human food and animal feed, ultimately benefitting farmers, the environment and the food insecure.” At the link right-click “Download” and Select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Educational Tips 45 mins – “Thank you all for ten YEARS of podcasting! Maybe we’ll go ten more! In this anniversary episode, we share 10 Bytes of Wisdom for our 10 Years of Podcasting.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Farm Aid 33 mins – “The Farm Babe Michelle Miller is a farmer, speaker, columnist and blogger that advocates for agricultural producers, and seeks to better connect consumers to agricultural reality. She recently attended Farm Aid, the annual concert event that originally was held to provide funding to struggling farmers in the 1980’s. Since then farming has become even more challenging, but Farm Aid has seemed to shift its focus to more political causes than direct farmer assistance. Michelle reports what she experienced at a recent Farm Aid concert and its associated press conference. It is clear that they have minimal interest in supporting large “factory” producers and are focusing on practices and production techniques that are more compatible with a specific agenda about food.” At the link right-click “Download” and Select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farming in Canada 75 mins – “Jean-Martin Fortier is most famous for his book, “The Market Gardener,” based on the high-output systems he developed at Quebec’s Les Jardens de la Grelinette, where his wife, Maude Helen, currently produces over $150,000 of produce on an acre and a half of production ground. He currently farms at La Ferme de Quatre Temps, an enlarged version of the same model on six acres of production ground. We dig into the foundations of JM’s production model, from high fertility to an emphasis on weed prevention, and how that model has translated to more acres on his new project. JM reflects on the changed constraints with his new farm, and we discuss the lessons that JM has learned about personnel with a much larger crew and a different role for himself.” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farming in Iowa 72 mins – “Jan Libbey raises three acres of vegetables with her husband, Tim Landgraf, at One Step at a Time Gardens in North Central Iowa. With sales through their CSA and the North Iowa Fresh Food Hub, the market farm makes up one of multiple streams of income that include cash rent and CRP income on their 132 acre farm. We dig into how Jan and Tim have made One Step at a Time Gardens work in rural Iowa, with an emphasis on their marketing efforts. Jan shares the story of growing the market farm operation, and then choosing to shrink it again as the business matured. We discuss how they’ve chosen their investments on the farm so that they are mechanizing where it counts. We take a deep dive into their carrot production and the crop rotation they follow on their hilly farm, as well as the landscape and habitat restoration efforts…” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fentanyl Exposure 15 mins – “Today’s episode of the podcast is a myth busting on all the media reports about first responders overdosing by being exposed to fentanyl in the field by incidental contact. This is physically impossible and the misinformation out there has scared a lot of people, cost us lots of money in the form of hazmat responses and shutting down hospitals, and prevented overdose patients from getting the timely care they need in an emergency. This episode will systematically go through every argument why fentanyl is NOT harmful via incidental exposure and debunk these myths to give first responders one less thing to worry about while they do their frequently dangerous yet vital work.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Gates Getting Richer 31 mins – “Amplifying the giving pledge” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Genetic Test Questions 36 mins – “Direct-to-consumer genetic tests are sold online and in shops as a way to “find out what your DNA says”. They insights into ancestry or disease risks; others claim to provide information on personality, athletic ability, and child talent. However, interpretation of genetic data is complex and context dependent, and DTC genetic tests may produce false positive and false negative results. Rachel Horton, clinical training fellow, Anneke Lucassen, chair of British Society of Genetic Medicine, and Jude Hayward the RCGP clinical champion for genomics join us to discuss how this deluge of genetic data is affecting patients, GPs and clinical geneticists in the NHS.” At the link find the title, “Ancestry DNA tests can over or under estimate genetic disease risk,” where you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Hong Kong Demonstrations 73 mins – “For over 100 days now, protesters in Hong Kong have taken to the streets every weekend. What it’s like to live through that. When our producers were in Hong Kong, they often asked people, “What will Hong Kong look like in 2047?” That will be fifty years after the city’s return to Chinese sovereignty. We asked three illustrators — Noble Wong, Tse Sai Pei, and Yu — to consider the same question.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.
Insect Vectors 38 mins – “In today’s episode Mike meets up with Dr. Erika Machtinger to discuss the intersection of arthropod vectors and wildlife! Learn about how the health of humans, wildlife, and the environment are all intertwined with an emphasis on vector borne disease.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Insects Impact on History 55 mins – “Howdy, howdy bug lovers! On today’s episode, the Arthro-Pod gang discuss how insects have shaped human history in war, trade, and even drinking! If you have ever wanted to know more about insects impacted invasions, how cochineal insects changed the world, or how mosquitoes helped make gin and tonics, this is the episode for you!” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Jojo Rabbit Movie 36 mins – “An imaginary friend can inspire you, make you laugh and even keep you company when you feel alone. But I’m guessing your imaginary friend was not Adolf Hitler. In the new satirical film “Jojo Rabbit,” 10-year-old Jojo Betzler is training in the Nazi Youth during the Third Reich, near the end of World War II, with his imaginary friend Adolf Hitler by his side. Making fun of Nazis is not easy to do: satisfying, perhaps, but tricky. Does “Jojo Rabbit” strike the right balance? And what else does this movie do well, besides mocking Nazis? To answer these questions, we spoke to John Horn, vice president of the 1A Movie Club and host of “The Frame” — a daily arts and entertainment program from KPCC in Los Angeles; Tasha Robinson, the film and TV editor for The Verge; and Steven Luckert, the senior curator for Holocaust education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Malware Analyst 36 mins – “Today we talk with Lauren Pearce – a member of the IR team and a malware analyst for Los Alamos National Labs. Lauren shares with us her journey to become a malware analyst and talks about the importance of flailing and mentorship.” At the link right-click “Direct download: HNS_Podcast_2_Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Mosquito Control 50 mins – “The tiny mosquito is a nuisance in the industrialized world, yet around the world it is a ruthless killer, spreading blood-borne diseases that bring about pain and suffering, particularly in developing nations. In many regions these are invasive species with little to no ecological role. For years scientists have used “sterile insect technique” to control them, a process that treats sexually compatible insects with radiation, rendering them infertile. The low-fertility insects are released into the wild and crash problematic populations. The Oxitec company has a genetic solution. Mosquitoes have been genetically engineered to contain a lethal gene that can be turned off in the laboratory with a simple chemical. Upon release, these mosquitoes breed against target populations, spreading the lethal gene, and leaving the next generation inviable. The process creates a reproductive dead end. While amazingly successful, these trials have suffered from a lack of public acceptance. This week an article in Scientific Reports from a credible lab introduced language that bred fear, uncertainty and doubt in the Oxitec approach. This unwarranted speculation was then amplified and exaggerated by the credulous anti-biotech media, further eroding public perception. In this episode I spoke with Dr. Kelly Matsen, Research and Development and Operations lead at Oxitech. She described the experiments in question, the actual results, the published paper, and how Oxitech’s technology actually has worked in field releases.” At the link right-click “Download” and Select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
New Orleans 69 mins – “Katrina bus tours go all over New Orleans, but it’s illegal for them to go into the Lower 9th Ward, the area that’s been the slowest to rebuild. This week we go around talking to residents there about what matters the most to them (and what doesn’t) ten years after the hurricane. The episode we did in 2005 the week of the storm is here.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Pilot Re-Training 33 mins – “How to survive your first recurrent training. Welcome to the inspirational, informational, and transparent aviation careers podcast. If you have questions, comments, inspirational stories, or announcements please write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.“ At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Scary Stories 60 mins – “For the week leading up to Halloween, scary stories that are all true. Kidnappings, zombie raccoons, haunted houses—real haunted houses!—and things that go “EEEEK!!!” in the night. Plus, a story by David Sedaris, in which he walks among the dead.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Slavery Emancipation 60 mins – “In Episode 9, the finale episode of the inaugural Slate Academy, the History of American Slavery, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie discuss emancipation. They examine how emancipation was more a process than an overnight change, and they compare the different ways it was enacted in the South and throughout the United States. They also discuss how people sought to rebuild their lives and reunite their families once they had achieved freedom from slavery. They begin the episode by remembering the life of Rose Herera (1835–unknown)….” At the link you can purchase access; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Slavery in American Medicine 50 mins – A discussion of medicine for slaves in America in this 9 episode podcast by This American life about Slavery in America. At the link you can purchase access; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Slavery in American Overview 97 mins – An overview of a 9 episode podcast by This American Life about Slavery in America. At the link you can purchase access; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Statin Questions 21 mins – “Statins are now the most commonly used drug in the UK and one of the most commonly used medicines in the world, but debate remains about their use for primary prevention for people without cardiovascular disease. Paula Byrne from the National University of Ireland Galway, joins us to talk about the evidence of benefit for low risk individuals, and what needs to be done to finally answer the questions about efficacy and harms.
Underground Railroad Operation 56 mins – “In Episode 8 of The History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie discuss the small minority of people who escaped slavery during the 1850s and 1860s and the people who helped them along the way. They examine our evolving and sometimes selective historical memory of the Underground Railroad. They also explore the legal environment that confronted fugitives and their helpers and how it changed after the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850. Jamelle and Rebecca begin the episode by looking at the life of John Parker (1827–1900)….” At the link you can purchase access; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Video Game Uses 74 mins – “This episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with psychologist Dr Pete Etchells about his new book Lost in a Good Game: Why we play video games and what they can do for us. We explore both the myths and the science behind video games and consider why the effects of video games are actually quite difficult to study. It seems strange that many people in this field don’t play games themselves. Most of the bad things you have heard about video games do not stand up to the basic standards of good science. Whether or not you enjoy video games yourself this is a fascinating interview. At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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