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Addiction Treatment Industry 48 mins – “Editor’s Note: This hour discusses topics of drug addiction that some listeners may find disturbing or offensive.If you or anyone you know is living with addiction and depression, there are resources available for help. Visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s website or call the helpline at 1-800-662-HELP (4357). Also, visit the American Society of Addiction Medicine or American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry to find a list of qualfied physicians by zip code or by state. The high cost of addiction care. Is it a rehab racket? We ask the Vox reporter who investigated.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
ALS Patient 27 mins – “Jay DesMazes is bedridden with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). extremely limited movement; Using only eye movement and an ipad, DesMazes assembles words one letter at a time. Through his tablet, Jay tells Dr Brian Goldman about his life and abuse he received at the hands of nurses and health care staff.” At the link find the title, “Jay’s tablet,” right-click “Download Jay’s tablet,” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Babies with Opioid Addiction 29 mins – “Rooming in allows mothers who are dependent on opioids to bond with newborns experiencing withdrawal, a practice that research says is as effective as putting the infants in the NICU and giving them small doses of morphine.” At the link find the title, “Mothering, not morphine best treatment for babies born with opioid addiction,” right-click” Download Mothering, not morphine best treatment for babies born with opioid addiction,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Bad Data Control 35 mins – “In this Public Lecture, Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority, Ed Humpherson, discusses how to stop bad data driving out the good.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Boeing 737 Crashes 47 mins – “Boeing’s CEO faces lawmakers and grieving families. What needs to change to prevent systemic failures in the future?….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Border Crossing Songs 29 mins – “Coming off our adventures with Square Dancing, and Jad’s dive into the world of Dolly Parton, we look back at one our favorites. About a decade ago, we found out that American country music is surprising popular in places like Zimbabwe, Thailand, and South Africa. Aaron Fox, an anthropologist of music at Columbia University, tells us that quite simply, country music tells a story that a lot of us get. Then, intrepid international reporter Gregory Warner takes us along on one of his very first forays into another country, where he discovers an unexpected taste of home.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Casualty Counting 11 mins – “In this episode of the Small Arms Survey podcast series, Small Arms Survey consultant Hana Salama—author of our February 2018 Briefing Paper Counting Casualties: Operationalizing SDG 16.1.2 in Libya—speaks about the challenges involved in measuring casualties in conflict settings. The Briefing Paper and the podcast both form part of our Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project, which focuses on supporting those engaged in building a more secure environment in North Africa and the Sahel-Sahara region. Further information: Read Counting Casualties: Operationalizing SDG 16.1.2 in Libya” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Christian Rap 46 mins – “The gospel according to Kanye. He’s turned to God for inspiration and a new image. We take a listen.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dan Savage 67 mins – “Trouble in love? Time to call in an expert. Savage Lovecast is a call-in pod hosted by sex, love and relationship authority, Dan Savage. His sex-advice column titled Savage Love first appeared in The Stranger, Seattle’s alternative biweekly paper, in 1991. To this day, his column is syndicated to more than 50 papers across North America. But to keep up with the growing number of e-mails from those seeking his advice, he created the Savage Lovecast in 2006 which has since emerged as one of the most highly acclaimed podcasts about sexual health and dating.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of it is included in this blog archive.
Dignity in Lower Class America 57 mins – “Chris Arnade, a former Wall Street trader turned photojournalist, talked about his book, Dignity: Seeking Respect in Back Row America, in which he documents the plight of those living on the margins of society in America. He discussed his photos and shared stories about some of the people he befriended during his travels.
DIY Urbanism 36 mins – “Informal urbanism” is a broad term. It applies to everything created outside the legal city planning and development processes. It can be a whole community, like a favela in Brazil. Or it can be a tiny thing, like a homemade road sign that helps drivers avoid a pothole. But there are lots of actions that skirt the boundary between “formal” and “informal.” In the last decade, there’s been a rise in tactical urbanism and guerilla urbanism, where regular people make interventions in their communities. This ranges from hastily painted bike lanes, to do-it-yourself park benches in under-served communities. Gordon C.C. Douglas is the author of The Help-Yourself City and he spoke with Roman Mars about the concept of informal urbanism.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Dolly Parton 63 mins – “Radiolab creator and host Jad Abumrad spent the last two years following around music legend Dolly Parton, and we’re here to say you should tune in! In this episode of Radiolab, we showcase the first of Jad’s special series, Dolly Parton’s America. In this intensely divided moment, one of the few things everyone still seems to agree on is Dolly Parton—but why? That simple question leads to a deeply personal, historical, and musical rethinking of one of America’s great icons. We begin with a simple question: How did the queen of the boob joke become a feminist icon? Helen Morales, author of “Pilgrimage to Dollywood,” gave us a stern directive – look at the lyrics! So we dive into Dolly’s discography, starting with the early period of what Dolly calls “sad ass songs” to find remarkably prescient words of female pain, slut-shaming, domestic violence, and women being locked away in asylums by cheating husbands. We explore how Dolly took the centuries-old tradition of the Appalachian “murder ballad”—an oral tradition of men singing songs about brutally killing women—and flipped the script, singing from the woman’s point of view. And as her career progresses, the songs expand beyond the pain to tell tales of leaving abuse behind.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Edgar Allan Poe 53 mins – “How old were you when you first read Edgar Allan Poe. 12 year olds reading he’s you know slicing the head off and burying it in a wall. What do we really know about who he was and how he dumped. S3: There’s the rabies theory. There’s the alcohol theory. S4: I like to say that Poe’s biography starts with his death not with his birth. S5: And why does his legend just keep growing. Suddenly there comes Poe like a breath of fetid air. It tells us dark things about our own souls blowing from some dark European cellar. S6: He is appealing to the monster inside of us. It’s like the Asterix on the American dream. The monster in US responds and PO is becoming the Santa Claus of Halloween. Today on Studio 360 60s American icons hit the disease tear up the blanks the tales of Edgar Allan Poe is the beating of his hideous heart….” At the link left-click “Share” at the sound bar, then right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Energy Conservation in Schools 56 mins – “On March 26, the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Challenge visited Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD)’s Showcase Project Santee Education Complex, to recognize LAUSD for the energy productivity advances made in its schools. Better Buildings Partner LAUSD opened the 338,000-square-foot Santee Education Complex in July 2005 as the first new four-year high school for the Los Angeles Unified School District in more than 35 years. Santee is on schedule to achieve 30% annual energy savings this year. As a result of these upgrades, the school expects to achieve a 23% annual cost savings, equal to more than $195,000 yearly. Tune in as we speak with Maria T. Vargas, Director of the Better Buildings Challenge at the Department of Energy, and Christos Chrysiliou, Director of Architectural & Engineering Services at LAUSD.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Energy Storage System 58 mins – “Never worry about a power outage again. Panasonic Solar has a new solution for consumers who want an eco-friendly, energy independent home: EverVolt™. This new residential energy storage system can be tailored to a homeowner’s individual needs, offering both AC and DC coupled options, as well as options to scale down to as little as 5.7kWh of energy storage or expanded to 34.2kWh. Tune in as we talk with Dan Glaser, senior sales engineer for Panasonic!” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Ethics 19 mins – “Are thought experiments the best way of doing practical ethics? Not according to James Wilson. He thinks we need the rich detail of real cases or complex imaginary cases not a simplified version of reality to make sense of the moral problems we face.” At the link right-click “Direct download: James_Wilson_on_Real_World_Ethics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the popup menu.
Forest Protection 55 mins – “Paul Rosolie is a naturalist, explorer, author, and award-winning wildlife filmmaker. For the past decade he has specialized in threatened ecosystems and species in countries like Indonesia, Brazil, India, and Peru.. He has also spent extensive time traveling with poachers documenting the illegal trade in endangered species. Rosolie’s memoir on Amazonian wildlife and exploration, Mother of God, was hailed as “gripping” by Jane Goodall, and the Wall Street Journal applauded Rosolie’s environmental call-to-arms for its “rare immediacy and depth.” His conservation writing has appeared in National Geographic, The Huffington Post and The Guardian. In 2013, Rosolie spoke at the United Nations global Forum on Forests while accepting an award for his Amazonian wildlife short-film An Unseen World. His latest book, “The Girl and the Tiger” is already being hailed as the 21st Century Jungle Book.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Generational Divide 82 mins – “In this launch event co-hosted with the All Party Parliamentary Group(APPG) on Social Integration, Chuka Umunna MP, Wera Hobhouse MP, Dr Matt Dickson, Antony Hawkins, Rachael Dutton and Ivo Gormley discuss the growing age divide in the UK, and what can be done to bridge it, and introduce ‘Healing the Generational Divide’ – an interim report from the APPG.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Henry Ford and Thomas Edison 58 mins – “Historian Jeff Guinn talked about his book The Vagabonds: The Story of Henry Ford and Thomas Edison’s Ten-Year Road Trip, on the highly-publicized summer road trips taken by Henry Ford and Thomas Edison between 1914-1925.” At the link you can listen and purchase a download; however, a copy of the podcast is also included in this blog archive.
Hit Parade History 85 mins – “Three decades ago, the biggest alternative rock came with a British accent—and morose lyrics.” At the link left-click “Share” at the sound bar, then right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Immigration History 59 mins – “Alan Kraut, an American University distinguished professor of history, looked back on the transformation over more than 200 years of U.S. laws and policies designed to manage immigration. With President Trump’s focus on immigration, questions as old as the republic have been resurrected: Who is allowed to cross American borders and under what circumstances?.” At the link you can listen and purchase a download; however, a copy of the podcast is also included in this blog archive.” At the link you can listen and purchase a download; however, a copy of the podcast is also included in this blog archive.
Incontinence after Childbirth..27 mins – “We’re making mention of the common yet often unmentionable problem: pelvic floor dysfunction. Close to 40% of older women are affected by pelvic floor disorders.” At the link find the title, “Mentioning the unmentionable,” right-click “Download Mentioning the unmentionable” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Job Interviews 47 mins – “Your next job interview might be conducted by a robot recruiter who’s judging your competency on your facial expression and words.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Kurds Roundtable 47 mins – “A roundtable of Kurds in the U.S. tell us what they think of the president’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria and protect the oil fields instead of them.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Libyan Peacekeepers 26 mins – “This episode of the Small Arms Survey podcast series focuses on Libyan female fighters and the role of women during the Libyan conflict and post-conflict peacebuilding, as part of the Survey’s Security Assessment in North Africa (SANA) project. The discussants are: Hasnaa El Jamali, Small Arms Survey consultant who has conducted original research with Libyan women who were active during and after the 2011 revolution; David Lochhead, Small Arms Survey consultant with wide experience on security sector reform, border security, and peacekeeping in different parts of Africa with the United Nations; and Manal Taha, Small Arms Survey consultant and northern Africa regional expert with extensive knowledge on violent extremist, stabilization, and conflict resolution.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Opera 41 mins – “Opera used to be a central part of European pop culture, Pavarotti was as big a pop star as they come. But still, it’s now the quintessential art-form of the wealthy and snobbish. What gives? Guest Sean Spyres from Springfield Regional Opera joins his sister Erica along with Mark and Brian to discuss opera’s place in culture (including its film appearances), how it’s different from music theater, the challenges it faces and how it might become more relevant.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
PFOA Chemical Exposure 55 mins – “In the upcoming motion picture, Dark Waters, actor Mark Ruffalo plays the character inspired by Robert Bilott, a lawyer specializing in helping big corporations stay on the right side of environmental laws and regulations. His life took an unexpected turn when a West Virginia farmer named Earl Tennant called. He was convinced his cattle were being poisoned by runoff from a neighboring DuPont landfill. Rob ultimately gains access to hundreds of thousands of pages of DuPont documents that reveal the company has been holding onto decades of studies proving the harmful effects of a chemical called PFOA, used in making Teflon. More toxic than lead, PFOA is often called a “forever chemical,” because once it gets inside the human body, it remains there, building up faster than the body can excrete it. What starts as the case of one farmer soon spawns a shocking realization that virtually every person on the planet has been exposed to PFOA and carries the chemical in his or her blood.
Plant Based Diet 27 mins – “Tofurkey anyone? Two doctors in rural Newfoundland are teaching locals what they need to know about switching to a plant based diet. It’s a win-win for their patients who ditch cod and salt beef in favour of tofu and broccoli. Not only are they losing excess pounds, they are also regaining their health.” At the link find the title, “Food as Medicine: Some doctors are prescribing a plant based diet to address a host of health ailments,” right-click “Download Food as Medicine: Some doctors are prescribing a plant based diet to address a host of health ailments,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Podcast Picks 53 mins “Roman Mars, John Green, Nate DiMeo, Vanessa Zoltan and Miel Bredouw share their fave podcasts to create a giant, podcast recommendation chain — an idea shared to us from one of our listeners! Featuring: 1. 99% Invisible Recommended Episode: Sound and Health: Cities Is our blaring modern soundscape harming our health? Cities are noisy places and while people are pretty good at tuning it out on a day-to-day basis our sonic environments have serious, long-term impacts on our mental and physical health. Recommended by listeners James Pattison (pitcher) and Krista Dalby (via Facebook) 2. The Anthropocene Reviewed Recommended Episode: Tetris and the Seed Potatoes of Leningrad An episode that goes from history of Tetris, to nostalgia of playing, to how it can distract from existential dread. Recommended by Roman Mars of 99% Invisible 3. Harry Potter and the Sacred Text Recommended Episode: Promises: The Potions Master (Book 1, Chapter 8) Vanessa and Casper explore the theme of expectations in chapter six of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. They discuss Harry and Ron’s budding friendship, the unusual bravery of Scabbers the rat, and how our bodily practices relate to our spiritual experience. Recommended by John Green of The Anthropocene Reviewed 4. The Memory Palace Recommended Episode: Episode 125: Snakes! Host Nate DiMeo tells the story of Missouri’s Great Escaped Snake Scare of 1953. Recommended by Vanessa Zoltan of Harry Potter and the Sacred Text 5. Punch Up the Jam Recommended Episode: Episode 74 – Believe (w/ Nicole Byer) “DO YOU BELIEVE that Nicole Byer came through to absolutely bathe in Cher’s 1998 hit “BELIEVE”?!? WARNING: this episode contains what can only be described as “power giggling” so listen responsibly!!!” Recommended by Nate DiMeo of Memory Place” At the link find the title, “Oct. 30, 2019: Celebrating 200th Episodes with Recommendations from Top Podcasters” which can be played, but not downloaded; however, a copy of it is included in this blog archive.
Race-Culture-Identity 43 mins – “On Kwame Anthony Appiah’s “Race, Culture, Identity: Misunderstood Connections” (1994), Charles Mills’s “But What Are You Really?, The Metaphysics of Race” (1998), and Neven Sesardic’s “Race: A Social Destruction of a Biological Concept” (2010). Coleman Hughes rejoins Mark, Seth, and Dylan to differentiate “race” as population genetics uses the term from racial identity. Mills argues that the latter has been historically constructed to track several markers that don’t always go together, e.g., parentage vs. skin tone (consider siblings with different skin tones). Race in this sense is real, in that it’s a socially established categorization that has real effects on how people are treated and how they see themselves. But conventions like the “one-drop rule” by which in America folks with mixed black-white ancestry are considered black are historically contingent; our racial thinking does not match the biology involved.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Racial Classification 48 mins – “Racial classifications vary geographically, therefore race is socially constructed. Given this, can we retain the positive aspects of group identification without hierarchies and what Appiah calls “imperialism of identity”? Racial breakdowns are different in different places, therefore race is socially constructed. So what does this mean for how we should self-identify? Can we retain the positive aspects of having an identity without this involving hierarchies and what Appiah calls “imperialism of identity”?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Small Arms – Gender 28 mins – “This episode of the Small Arms Survey podcast series focuses on gender in small arms control, as part of the Gender Lens for Arms Control Support and Sustainability (GLASS) project, funded by the Government of Canada. The Small Arms Survey will publish a Handbook on gender and arms control later in 2019, the authors and editor of which are discussants in this episode: Vanessa Corlazzoli, independent evaluation consultant Emile LeBrun, Small Arms Survey consultant Henri Myrttinen, independent researcher Allison Pytlak, disarmament programme manager, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom (WILPF)” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Social Mobility Control 60 mins – “In this Public Lecture, co-hosted with the Centre for the Analysis of Social Policy (CASP), Emeritus Fellow at Nuffield College, Dr John Goldthorpe, and Associate Professor in Quantitative Social Policy at the University of Oxford, Dr Erzsébet Bukodi, discuss their recently published book, ‘Social Mobility and Education in Britain: Research, Politics and Policy’, in which they show a marked disconnect between the findings of sociological research and the current discussion of social mobility in political and policy circles.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Square Dance 47 mins – “People have been doing the square dance since before the Declaration of Independence. But does that mean it should be THE American folk dance? That question took us on a journey from Appalachian front porches, to dance classes across our nation, to the halls of Congress, and finally a Kansas City convention center. And along the way, we uncovered a secret history of square dancing that made us see how much of our national identity we could stuff into that square, and what it means for a dance to be of the people, by the people, and for the people.” At the link right-click “Download” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Student Exam Stress Control 12 mins – “Understanding exam stress, how to manage it and tips to prepare for the exam period.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Tariff History 58 mins – “Peter Liebhold, work and industry curator at the National Museum of American History, talked about the history of tariffs from the Revolutionary War-era to the present. With President Trump’s use of tariffs to affect trade policy, including on many Chinese products coming into the U.S., Q&A looked at the history of tariffs policy in the U.S.” At the link you can listen and purchase a download; however, a copy of the podcast is also included in this blog archive.
Unplanned Explosions 24 mins – “This episode of the Small Arms Survey podcast series focuses on unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS). Our speakers, Jovana Carapic, Remo Gassmann, and Benjamin King, discuss the problem at hand, the causes behind these explosions, as well as their consequences. The episode forms part of our Gender Lens for Arms Control Support and Sustainability (GLASS) project, funded by the Government of Canada. Further information: Learn more about unplanned explosions at munitions sites (UEMS) Check out our UEMS tools, including the incident reporting template (IRT), available in eight languages” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Wildfires in California 47 mins – “Fires have now torched more than 74,000 acres in Northern California. At least 180,000 residents have evacuated. Millions of residents plunged into darkness from mandatory power shutoffs. We have the latest from the frontlines and look at disaster response at the brink.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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