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3D Printed Houses 26 mins – “Millions of people have seen the incredible 3D printer capable of building a 700-square foot house in 24 hours. Not as many know the equally incredible story of Brett Hagler and New Story, the people behind that machine — and who plan on using it to build communities worldwide.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
5G Wrecks Weather Forecasting 29 mins – “5G wrecks weather forecasting by Ian Woolf, Thomas Grant talks about Platypus Science, Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
AI Future 29 mins – “Andrew Despi talks about his vision of an artificial intelligence future, Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf ” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Autism and Oxytocin 29 mins – “Vasopressin and autism, UN Million species extinction report by Ian Woolf, Marilena Demayo talks about autistic spectrum disorder and oxytocin. Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf
Autism Center 29 mins – “For Bernie Marcus, the co-founder and former CEO of Home Depot, the answer is: farther than most would ever imagine. In the 1980s, Marcus had a personal accountant whose 4-year-old son had autism. What started as a simple desire to help her developed into a 30-year campaign to improve the resources available to kids with autism and their families. Today the Marcus Autism Center is one of the world’s leading institutions for autism research and treatment. In this episode, you’ll hear about the incredible personal philosophy that drove Marcus to build the Marcus Autism Center and go so far as to commit more than $100 million of his own money to the cause. All told, Bernie and his wife Billi, through the Marcus Foundation, have donated more than $1 billion to address some of the nation’s most pressing health issues, including stem cell research, spinal cord issues and brain injuries….” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Broadband Economic Development 42 mins – “In late October 2019, Christopher travelled to the D.C. area to attend a Broadband Communities Economic Development event and while he was there, he sat down with Executive Director Adrianne Furniss and Senior Fellow Jon Sallet from the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society. This week, we get to sit in on their conversations about the recent change at Benton from “foundation” to “institute” and about their recent report, Broadband for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s. First, Christopher speaks with Adrianne, who discusses the reasons why the organization has recently changed in order to stay current with their mission and with the times. She talks a little about the history of Benton and describes some of the reasons for developing the report. Christopher spends most of the interview with Jon Sallet, who authored the report and who has a long career in antitrust and communications. After working in D.C. in telecommunications and Internet policy for several decades, he’s seen the influence of the Internet grow. In this report, Jon analyzes stories and situations from around the U.S. and establishes a vision that will help us move forward to connect as many people as possible. He and Christopher discuss the four major factors that, if nurtured correctly, can help us integrate broadband into all sectors of society and maximize its usefulness. Christopher and Jon give special time to competition, an issue that arises repeatedly in the work at Benton and in our work at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. The interview will spark your interest in the report that provides more depth into the way broadband can be used as a versatile social tool. Broadband for America’s Future: A Vision for the 2020s [PDF] is filled with examples in which local communities have been able to expand local connectivity to achieve goals that went beyond better Internet access.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Indiana 30 mins – “South Bend, Indiana, is a mid-sized city of around 100,000 people where they are making practical use of their dark fiber network and technology. In episode 378 of the podcast, Christopher talks with Denise Linn Riedl, Chief Innovation Officer. Denise describes many of the “non-sexy” ways the community and her department are using technology to encourage interdepartmental cooperation, efficiency, and the idea that technology is a standard tool, rather than a “shiny new thing.” Denise introduces us to the publicly owned dark fiber infrastructure, Choice Light, and shares a little about its history. She describes how Internet access companies use the infrastructure to provide service to various sectors of the community. Digital inclusion is on the minds of South Bend leadership and Denise describes partnerships that have helped shrink the lack of access for people who struggle to get online. Christopher and Denise delve into the subtle digital inclusion efforts that happen every day in South Bend.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Tennessee 24 mins – “Even though the state of Tennessee adopted legislation long ago to discourage municipal networks, local communities in the state are finding ways to deliver high-quality Internet access via public utilities. This week, Chief Broadband Officer from BrightRidge Stacy Evans visits with Christopher. They talk about the power utility and their expansive broadband project in eastern Tennessee. BrightRidge used to be known as the Johnson County Power Board, but limitations changed for the entity when it became an energy authority. Stacy provides some history about the region, the energy authority, and the considerations that contributed to the change. He also describes some of the challenges they’ve faced deploying over a very large area in a multi-phased roll-out that employs both Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) and fixed wireless. They’re still in the early deployment phases, but BrightRidge is already hearing stories about benefits from subscribers. In addition to sharing a few with us, Stacy talks about how BrightRidge has adopted a layered approach at the premise that will make implementing future innovations easier. He and Christopher review some of the indirect benefits from the network, such as improved service from incumbents and improved electrical services.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband in Tennessee 25 mins – “This week, we have a returning guest from Tennessee to tell us about the many positive changes occurring in Clarksville, home of CDE Lightband. Christy Batts, Broadband Division Director at the network joins Christopher; her last appearance on the podcast was in 2013. This time, Christy describes how the community network has been innovating for better services and finding undiscovered benefits for local businesses. Voice service from CDE Lightband, is helping small- and mid-sized establishments cut costs and increase revenue. The city is also implementing a new video platform and continues to increase speeds in order to allow subscribers to make the most of their Internet access. Christopher and Christy talk about how this town has started using innovations in technology to maximize home Wi-Fi with indoor ONTs. The network has had better then expected financial success, even in a place where people tend to relocate frequently, and how other utilities have reaped benefits from the fiber. Christy gives a run down of the future ideas for Clarksville, including plans for free Wi-Fi in public spaces, such as parks. This may not be the first city you think of when you consider municipal broadband in Tennessee, but maybe it should be.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Broadband Lobbying 31 mins – “If you’re a regular reader of MuniNetworks.org, you’ve seen Karl Bode’s name and it’s almost certain you’ve read his work elsewhere. Karl has had his finger on the pulse of telecom, broadband, and related legislative events for a long time. This week, Karl comes on the show to talk about how his career trajectory led to where he is right now, the surprising and unsurprising things he’s seen, and how media coverage of telecom and technology has changed over the years. There are some issues, notes Karl, that should be handled more aggressively both in developing policy and in how the media covers them. The impact of large monopolistic Internet service providers, privacy concerns, and network neutrality are a few matters that affect us more than most people realize. Christopher and Karl talk about the FCC and corruption of the commenting system that surrounded the decision to retract federal network neutrality protections. They also talk about Washington D.C.’s different attitudes toward big tech companies such as Google and Facebook versus big ISPs like AT&T and Comcast.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Connect American Fund 34 mins – “The Connect America Fund (CAF) from the federal government has been both praised and criticized as a mechanism to expand rural broadband deployment. In this episode of the podcast, Principal of Mattey Consulting Carol Mattey talks in depth with Christopher about the program. Carol was a Deputy Bureau Chief in the Wireline Competition Bureau at the FCC to help develop the program and has worked on the National Broadband Plan. In addition to offering a primer on CAF for those of us who aren’t familiar with its inception or purpose, Carol offers a historical perspective that includes the broad goals of the program. She looks back and offers her opinions on the aspects of the program she considers successful and those that need improvement. Carol and Christopher consider the challenges of creating such a program, including political pressures and the difficulty of navigating unchartered waters. They compare the different phases of the CAF program and how large national ISPs and smaller entities have used the awards. Christopher and Carol also discuss possible changes in benchmarks that could make the resulting infrastructure more future proof and useful to rural communities.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Coral Reef Die Off 29 mins – “Tracey Ainsworth and Steph Gardner from UNSW talk about NSW coral reefs Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corona Virus Discussion 118 mins – “The TWiVerers continue their coverage of the new coronavirus outbreak in China, as the number of cases increase dramatically and the virus begins person-to-person transmission in other countries. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Dickson Despommier, Alan Dove, Rich Condit, Kathy Spindler, and Brianne Barker” At the link right-click “Download TWiV 585” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corona Virus Update P1 85 mins – “Vincent and Rich update the current situation with COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, including fatality ratios, virus spreading outside of China, immunity to infection, vaccines, antivirals and much more. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello and Rich Condit” At the link right-click “Download TWIV 589” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Corona Virus Update P2 127 mins – “The TWiV trio continues in-depth coverage of COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2, including discussion on genome mutation and circulating lineages, handwashing, facemasks, cruise ship outbreaks, the South Korean situation, and much more. Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Rich Condit, and Kathy Spindler” At the link right-click “Download TWIV 590” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Covid-19 Disease 16 mins – “The rapid spread of SARS-CoV-2, a novel coronavirus that emerged in late 2019, and the resulting Covid-19 disease has been labeled a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization. What physicians need to know about transmission, diagnosis, and treatment is the subject of ongoing updates from infectious disease experts at the Journal. In this audio interview conducted on March 3, 2020, the editors discuss the current state of SARS-CoV-2 diagnostic testing in the United States and what clinicians can do for patients who test positive.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu,
Disease Detection 7 mins – “Cases of Wuhan coronavirus in China have increased to 830 and deaths to 25. Most of the new cases are relatives or health care workers who have come into close contact with a sick person. CDC’s Advanced Molecular Detection (AMD) program plays a pivotal role when outbreaks occur, especially when the a novel virus emerges. Next generation sequencing allows for more precise identification of these pathogens, and AMD is being deployed in the current work on the coronavirus.” At the link you can listen/watch, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in this blog archive.
DNA Origami 29 mins – “Kids without religion are more altruistic, Election poll mathematics by Ian Woolf, Jasleen Singh designs nanotech devices to kill cancer. Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fake News Detection 16 mins – “In the emerging area of online trust technology, the startup NewsGuard has decided to disinfect the web of false reporting with the detergent of journalism. A team of experienced journalists researches online news brands; determines when a website has a hidden agenda or publishes falsehoods; and then posts red or green rating signals visible as a plug-in on many web browsers. Public libraries can use NewsGuard as a news literacy tool, while advertisers can keep their brands off unreliable sites. Journalism advocates the Knight Foundation and global advertising conglomerate Publicis are among the company’s investors. “The world has become such that regular people feel very anxious about whether they’re getting news from reliable sources or not,” says Gordon Crovitz, a distinguished publishing veteran who co-founded NewsGuard with acclaimed journalist Steve Brill in 2018. In 2016 and 2017, Crovitz was interim CEO, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. He is also a former publisher, editorial board member, and opinion columnist for the Wall Street Journal.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Food Forward 19 mins – “On paper it doesn’t make any sense. One out of every six people in the United States lack access to sufficient food, yet 40 percent of the food produced in this country goes to waste. These statistics may be staggering, but they aren’t unique to the U.S. According to the new documentary WASTED: The Story of Food Waste, more than 1.3 billion pounds of food gets thrown away across the globe each year, while 800 million people worldwide go hungry.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Fund Raising 34 mins – “One thing that’s become obvious to me, from several years of doing this podcast, is the biggest frustration for those who help others. It’s fundraising — the illogic, the inefficiency, and sometimes, just the plain stupidity of it. Why do I say it’s stupid? As you’ll hear in today’s show, sometimes, as a nonprofit gets better at the work they do, they’ll receive less funding from donors. In other cases, the resources they receive aren’t tied to their impact at all. Instead, the organization’s survival depends on its ability to throw big fundraisers or galas. It’s a system that makes no sense. And the women we’ll speak with in this episode are out to change it.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Gravity Waves 29 mins – “High Frequency Gravitational Wave generator by Ian Woolf, Alcubierre warp drive, EM inertia-less drive and anti-gravity with Professor Geraint Lewis, The strange case of the disappearing anti-gravity researchers by Dr Tim Baynes, Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Head Transplants 29 mins – “Stephen Juan talks with Lachlan Whatmore and Ian Woolf about keeping a severed head alive , Head transplants – HEAVEN? by Ian Woolf, RE: Your brains by Jonathan Coulton. Production checked by Charles Willock, Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf ” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Health Care Costs 64 mins – “U.S. Health Care from a Global Perspective: Spending, Use of Services, Prices, and Health in 13 Countries – published October 8, 2015” At the link find “Common Sense 314,” right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Homeboy Industries 22 mins – “After burying a growing number of young people killed by gang violence, a Jesuit Priest took matters into his own hands.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Homeless in Las Vegas 21 mins – “The glittering neon and bustle of the Vegas strip hide a vast maze of underground flood channels that hundreds of men and women call home. Hear how journalist turned activist Matt O’Brien discovered this homeless community and what he’s doing to help.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Internet Society 33 mins – “The history of the Internet Society (ISOC) reaches back to the early 1990s when a group of early Internet pioneers, realizing the power of connectivity, developed an organization aimed at bringing safe and secure Internet access to everyone. Since then, ISOC has worked in policy, deployment, and the difficult task of creating collaborations. This week, we have ISOC’s Director of the North American Bureau Mark Buell and Senior Policy Advisor Katie Watson Jordan to talk about the organization, its history, and the work they do. In addition to learning about the growth of the organization, which now has chapters all over the globe, Mark and Katie describe their current community network project in remote Ulukhaktok, Northwest Territories, Canada. They discuss their role in this and other community network projects, including the next location in Hilo, Hawaii. Read more about Ulukhaktok and the challenges they faced in developing their network in Katie’s recent article on the project.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Julian Assange 27 mins – “Journalism is not a crime, by Ian Woolf, Matthew Laplante talks about his book Superlative: The biology of extremes, Part 1, Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf.” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Magic Wheelchairs 24 mins – “What happens when you email a legendary special effects school and ask for some advice on a Halloween costume? Well, in the case of this nonprofit’s story, Hollywood magic ensues, families are forever transformed — and Halloween will never be the same.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Medical Treatment Questions 74 mins – “Physician and author Adam Cifu of the University of Chicago talks about being a medical conservative with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. Cifu encourages doctors to appreciate the complexity of medical care and the reality that many medical techniques advocated by experts are not always beneficial or cost-effective. The conversation explores the challenges of finding reliable evidence to support medical interventions and the inherent uncertainty surrounding outcomes.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Municipal Network Attacks 37 mins – “Hey, Community Broadband Bits fans, it’s time for Crazy Talk again! This time, our Communications Specialist Jess Del Fiacco joins Christopher and I to address recent insanity attacking municipal networks….Every once in awhile, anti-municipal network initiatives get wind of particular projects in local communities and make extra efforts to spread misinformation. They usually rely on the same tired old talking points and refer to the same incorrect data from old reports that have been called out for inaccuracies. This time is no different. Lately, the community of Lakeland, Florida, has discussed the possibility of building off their existing fiber optic infrastructure in order to offer services to residents. Reliably, anti-municipal soundbites have appeared in the local press which quote past research that we showed as based on faulty data. Nevertheless, a corrected version of the report was never published and it continues to be quoted in order to sway public opinion against local efforts to improve connectivity. We also discuss other recent crazy publications that try to show local networks that residents love as outliers. In reality, a majority of the 500+ communities served by publicly owned networks get high marks from locals. Jess, Christopher, and I also review a new report that attacks the positive economic development potential of municipal networks. All in all, it appears to be another report that’s based on inaccurate data in order to paint municipal networks in a negative light. Junk in, junk out. Be sure to check out the Community Fiber Fallacies page, where you can pick up tips on addressing the most common negative attacks on community network projects.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nano-engineering 29 mins – “Cyber attack on Australia, Weird technology from the US Navy, by Ian Woolf, Nano-engineering molecular motors by Dr Shelley Wickham, Sound and facts checked by Charles Willock, Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Nuclear Reactors in Australia 29 mins – “Australian national nuclear dump by Ian Woolf, Sex in space by Ian Woolf, Daughter of Time by Gina Sartore, Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Prisoners Become Farmers 27 mins – “How do you get someone out of jail and into a better life? Cul2vate and The Last Mile take drastically different approaches.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Purposity 16 mins – “Connecting the dots with a text. Learn how one young entrepreneur is leveraging technology and human kindness to create an army of philanthropists.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Quantum Dots 29 mins – “ANSTO workers hurt again by Ian Woolf, Alison Campbell talks about quantum dots. Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Rainbow Pack 19 mins – “School supplies. May seem like a simple thing – but basic supplies like pencils, crayons and erasers might be all it takes to excite a child to learn.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Smart Dust 29 mins – “Pitanga extends life in worms, Smart dust has shrunk by Ian Woolf, David Hinwood designs robots to recycle old clothing. Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
State Broadband Policy Explorer 29 mins – “For community leaders, advocates, and researchers who follow broadband policy, trying to stay up-to-date on the many variations of state policy across the U.S. is a daunting task. As approaches change, the work becomes more complicated. Now, the Pew Charitable Trusts has launched a new tool that helps keep all that information sorted and accessible — the State Broadband Policy Explorer. Manager of the Broadband Research Initiative at Pew Charitable Trusts Kathryn de Wit sits down with Christopher to talk about the tool for this week’s podcast. Kathryn describes some of the challenges and discoveries her team encountered while developing the tool. She talks about the wide variations her team documented, especially in definitions, and their determination that those variations rely on who in each state determines which definitions will be used. While working on the State Broadband Policy Explorer, Kathryn and her team were surprised to learn that, contrary to popular reporting, not as many states have established official offices of broadband deployment as they had expected. She shares commonalities between states that they found surprising while she and Christopher ponder some of the many ways the tool may be used moving forward.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Travis Roy Foundation 22 mins – “There’s an old saying in sports that the best athletes “refuse to lose.” In this episode, you’ll meet a former athlete who’s lived that to the letter–even as a twist of fate took almost everything from him. Travis Roy was a hockey standout with a promising career ahead of him. But then everything changed in an instant. A tragic accident left the talented young hockey player paralyzed from the neck down. But Roy refused to let his story end there. In fact, as you’ll hear in this show, it was just the beginning. Today the Travis Roy Foundation helps the fight against severe spinal cord injuries on two fronts. First, it funds a tremendous amount of research. Roy aspires to regain many of the abilities that were taken away from him that fateful day, and his organization is putting their money where their mouth is. Second, it offers direct assistance to the injured and their families. Because as you’ll hear, they face high costs and steep daily challenges in their recovery. But you’ll also see how that, for people like Travis and Les Foster (a recipient of a grant from Travis’s foundation), the only thing that’s tougher than the road they face is their resolve to overcome….” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
UFO’s in the US 62 mins – “The national Sunspot Solar Observatory was mysteriously shut down on Sept. 6. Located near Almagordo, New Mexico, local law enforcement reported that the FBI was behind the closure that lasted approximately one week. However, the FBI would neither confirm nor deny the reports. The shutdown sparked numerous rumors across the internet with many believing that alien activity was involved. So, on this week’s episode, Nathan, Brian and Ed discuss things in the sky we can’t explain – unidentified flying objects. What the heck are they? And what do they say about American history?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Viral Based Obesity 29 mins – “The virus that makes you fat but healthy – by Ian Woolf, Alex Kelly talks about a new model for the Biofoundry, and CRISPR kits in development. Hosted and produced by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “VBR MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vision Basic Science 29 mins – “Blood test for ME/CFS, Safe alcohol replacement drink by Ian Woolf, Calvin Eiber investigates the basic science of vision, Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vision Spring 32 mins – “Vision isn’t just sight. It’s opportunity. VisionSpring brings it to millions around the globe each year. It started with one personal transformation.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
War on a Whim 67 mins – “There’s a lot in this show subject-wise, but it’s really supposed to be about War Powers in the USA and how events in Syria and North Korea play into the issue.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
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