MMD444 Media Mining Digest: 2020 Election Economics, African Priorities, AI Future, Aida Calculus, Astronomer, Ben Franklins World, Brain Wiring, California Fires and Water Supply, C-Dubb Podcast, China 2049, Chinas Global Role, Climate Threats, Cognitive Gadgets, Co-Innovation, Computer Culture, Consciousness is Widespread, Conscious Brains, Consciousness, Cosmology, Defense Policy, Ethical Algorithms, Foxes, Innovation Techniques, Jane Austen books, Library Company of Philadelphia, Native Americans, Neuroscience of Magic, Open Access Books, Pandemic History, Pelosi Background, Playful Learning, Podcasting Retrospective, Radio Free Alcatraz, Religious Freedom, Sanctions, Taiwan Elections, Transgender Black Women Assaults, Trump Administration book, Video Games, Vision Prosthesis, Women in Workplace

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2020 Election Economics 61 mins – “On Wednesday, February 26, Brookings launched the Ezra Zilkha Policy 2020 Event Series at Macomb Community College in Michigan with its first event, “The economy and the 2020 election: If the economy is doing so well, why are so many struggling?” According to recent polling, the economy is the top issue for Michigan voters in the upcoming presidential election. The event examined the dichotomy between America’s improving economy on paper—demonstrated by low unemployment rates and rising wages—and the financial distress felt by working- and middle-class people across the country as well as in Macomb County.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Priorities 77 mins – “The new year 2020 marks the beginning of a promising decade for Africa. Through at least the first half of the decade, economic growth across Africa will continue to outperform that of other regions, with the continent continuing to be home to seven of the world’s 10 fastest-growing economies. Collective action among African and global policymakers to improve the livelihoods of all under the blueprint of the sustainable development goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 is creating a shared energy and excitement around Africa’s potential. With business environments improving, regional integration centered around the African Continental Free Trade Agreement progressing, and the transformational technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution spreading, never before has the region been better primed for trade, investment, and mutually beneficial partnerships. The recent, unprecedented interest of an increasingly diversified group of external partners to engage with Africa highlights this potential. Despite the continent’s promise, though, obstacles to success linger, as job creation still has not caught up with the growing youth labor force, gaps in good and inclusive governance remain, and climate change as well as state fragility threaten to reverse the hard-won gains of past decades.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Future 37 mins – “This episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with Susan Schneider, author of a fascinating new book called Artificial You: AI and the Future of Your Mind. Schneider’s book goes beyond the question of whether AI might become conscious to issues that might affect us on a more personal level.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Aida Calculus 9 mins – Today in the United States, thousands of well-paying jobs go unfilled in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Educators are recognizing that a barrier to entry may be a basic STEM requirement, calculus. Nearly every STEM job requires at least one semester of the subject, but a third of calc students drop or fail the course. Now, an AI-powered tutor app from Pearson could help those students solve for success. Aida Calculus uses multiple artificial intelligence algorithms to tutor students, teaching them how to solve problems and demonstrating why calculus is a useful tool outside the classroom. The algorithms can analyze students’ homework, even reading handwritten solutions, and provide feedback in the forms of hints, extra practice problems, or videos showing how mathematical concepts apply in the real world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomer 33 mins – “This episode of Books and Ideas features the return of Podcasting Hall of Famer, Dr. Pamela Gay. Dr. Gay is co-host of the long running show Astronomy Cast. As a professional astronomer she has dedicated her career to public outreach and she is very involved with the citizen science project Cosmos Quest. Her passion for science is contagious.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Ben Franklin’s World 26 mins – “This is an interview with historian Liz Covart about her highly respected podcast “Ben Franklin’s World.” We explore what it means to be an historian in the 21st Century and the challenges of sharing early American history via podcasting.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Wiring 46 mins – “Every parent knows that each child is born with an unique personality. In his new book Innate: How the Wiring of Our Brains Shapes Who We Are. Dr. Kevin Mitchell writes “We are different from each other in large part because of the way our brains get wired before we are born.” (page 7) A key idea is that much of much of our behavior is innate but this is only partly due to genetics. Events during brain development are equally important. Listen to BS 159 now to learn more about what science is revealing about this fascinating topic.” At the link right-click “audio mp3“ under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

C-Dubb Podcast 45 mins – “Join us for a free live taping of a special edition of “The C-Dubb Show” podcast at The Commonwealth Club with “The Michelle Meow Show.” In recent months, a big conversation in the tech community has been about claims that black voices are being censored on social media when speaking on issues of race. Facebook has been a particular focus in this conversation, as black users from across the world have complained about being censored and blocked regularly. One of those users was Carolyn Wysinger, who was featured in a USA Today article about those who have been “Zucked.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

California Fires and Water Supply 39 mins – “We have all inhaled a lot of wildfire smoke over the past few years in Northern California. Fueled by a rapidly warming climate, these catastrophic wildfires are burning down our communities, are hard on our physical and mental health, and can play havoc with our water supply. What are communities doing to protect their homes and their water supply? What are drinking water utilities and the state of California doing to address these terrible problems? During our program, we will discuss the actions a large Bay Area water utility is taking to protect the green and build infrastructure that delivers our water. We will hear from the state’s forest health lead on the focus of their work. Finally, we will present examples of steps other communities around the West are taking.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

China 2049 100 mins – “In 2012, the Chinese government announced two centennial goals. The first was to double the 2010 GDP and per capita income for both urban and rural residents by 2021. The second was to build China into a fully developed country by 2049, the year when the People’s Republic of China (PRC) celebrates its centenary. Indeed, China has ascended successfully from one of the world’s poorest economies in 1978 to a high middle-income economy in 2019. However, there are greater uncertainties surrounding the path to the second centennial goal. How might rising domestic challenges such as an aging population, automation and AI, and financial risks impact China’s growth and stability? How might escalating economic tensions at home and abroad and de-globalization affect the international environment for China’s development? What role might China be able to play in managing tensions, reforming the global economic order, and developing nodes of cooperation in the face of global challenges such as climate change and financial instability?” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinas Global Role 49 mins – “China’s increased assertiveness at home and abroad has significant implications for its relations with the world’s great powers. How these powers position themselves within the intensifying U.S.-China competition will influence the evolution of the international system in the years ahead. On February 25, a panel of experts examined the differing perspectives from Russia, Japan, India, and European countries in response to China’s rise as well as their distinctive approaches to managing their relationships. The event highlighted the next installment of papers published as part of the Global China paper series which focuses on China and the great powers.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.   

Climate Threats 57 mins – “On January 24, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted former U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and former Irish President Mary Robinson for an Alan and Jane Batkin International Leaders Forum addressing the climate crisis and its implications. In their respective international leadership roles, Ban and Robinson have been prominent advocates of bringing climate change to the top of the global agenda, promoting sustainable development and highlighting how environmental degradation has disproportionately affected people in developing countries, especially women. Brookings Vice President and Director of Foreign Policy Bruce Jones provided introductory remarks. Following remarks by Ban and Robinson, Brookings Senior Fellow and the SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies Jung H. Pak joined them on stage for a conversation on climate change, human rights, adaptation measures, and global leadership in the face of a climate emergency.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Co-Innovation 26 mins – “What is Co-Innovation?  Co-Innovation is two parties with unique expertise that come together in a 50/50 funding of resources.  The key component being they have complimentary interests. Think of it as a Venn diagram.  The goal of Co-Innovation is to find where the Venn diagrams overlap.” Left-click the down-pointing arrow, then select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Cognitive Gadgets 46 mins – “BS 168 is an interview with psychologist Cecilia Heyes from Oxford University in the UK. We talk about her fascinating book “Cognitive Gadgets: The Cultural Evolution of Thinking.” Our focus is on exploring the evidence that several cognitive skills that appear to be unique to humans are learned from other people rather than being inherited genetically as is often assumed. Her proposal that language is a cognitive gadget NOT a cognitive instinct is controversial and has very important implications. Cognitive Gadgets is written for an academic audience, but this interview makes the key ideas assessable to everyone.” At the link right-click “audio mp3“ under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conscious Brains 61 mins – “In his new book The Deep History of Ourselves: The Four-Billion-Year Story of How We Got Conscious Brains respected neuroscientist Joseph Ledoux reaches two controversial conclusions. He say that emotion evolved after consciousness and that emotions are not the product of natural selection. We explore these ideas and much more in this month’s episode of Brain Science (BS 161). This is the second in our four part series about the neuroscience of consciousness. We also discuss why the term “Limbic System” has become outdated and should be avoided. Whether or not you agree with his conclusions, I know you will find Dr. Ledoux’s ideas to be extremely interesting and thought provoking.” At the link right-click “audio mp3“ under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness 59 mins – “In this month’s episode of Brain Science (BS 160) we take a deep dive into the neuroscience of consciousness. Until recently, consciousness was considered outside the realm of science, but now it is a growing field of interest. I review several recent books with a cross-section of viewpoints, but there are several concepts that they all share: Consciousness requires a brain, Consciousness is a product of evolution, Consciousness is embodied” At the link right-click “audio mp3“ under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Consciousness is Widespread 40 mins – “Christof Koch returns to Brain Science for the 3rd time and in BS 163 he shares his new book The Feeling of Life Itself: Why Consciousness Is Widespread but Can’t Be Computed. He tells us why he doesn’t think the Neural Correlates of Consciousness (NCC) are enough to explain subjective experience and he gives us a brief overview of the Integrated Information Theory (IIT) of Consciousness.” At the link right-click “audio mp3“ under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cosmology 37 mins – “This month’s episode of Books and Ideas is an interview with astronomer Brian Keating about his memoir Losing the Nobel Prize: A Story of Cosmology, Ambition, and the Perils of Science’s Highest Honor. His book is a first hand look at the hard work behind the scientific effort to determine how the universe really began, but as the title implies, it also contains a candid account of how striving for the Nobel Prize can be both motivating, but strangely counterproductive.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Defense Policy 48 mins – “Foreign policy is the domain of the executive branch, but Congress plays a key constitutional role by passing budgets and conducting oversight. As the Department of Defense reorients its strategy and outlook to deterring, and if necessary, defeating near-peer great competitors, Congress must ensure that the department is building a force that will address the nation’s security challenges while also stewarding U.S. taxpayer resources. On March 2, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, joined Senior Fellow Michael O’Hanlon in a conversation on defense policy. Now in his final term, Rep. Thornberry is the ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee and a distinguished former chairman. An advocate of on-time annual defense budgets, Rep. Thornberry was instrumental in realizing the Trump-era increases in defense spending, and in advancing the Obama-era “Third Offset” to enhance U.S. competitiveness before that. Their conversation spanned the defense budget, the role of Congress in overseeing the Defense Department, and the wide range of security challenges confronting the United States.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethical Algorithms 39 mins – “From education to employment, algorithms are increasingly augmenting human decisionmaking in important sectors. Despite widespread implementation to streamline processes, reduce human prejudice, and cut costs, algorithms are far from neutral. In fact, algorithmic bias can lead to systematically discriminatory outcomes that have significant impacts on people’s lives. Under most circumstances, algorithmic bias is an unintentional side effect of machine learning. Training these algorithms involves the collection and analysis of enormous quantities of historical data that is used to inform decisionmaking and optimization. However, any historical biases embedded in the data can be absorbed and reproduced. ” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Foxes 27 mins – “This episode of Books and Ideas features Adele Brand, author of the new book The Hidden World of the Fox. Foxes are surprisingly widespread even in urban areas. This episode reveals their surprising story.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Techniques 21 mins – “Phillip was the co-founder of a web-multimedia resume company VisualCV and is currently CEO of cloud security company Fugue, igniting their own innovations. As a serial entrepreneur he is accustomed to creating and disrupting market spaces and has had a number of his companies acquired.  Phillip has been recognized for driving results including KPMG & Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Washingtonian Magazine “Titan of Technology”, and CRN “Top 25 Executive” as well as Deloitte’s fastest-growing software company in North America over the period 1998 to 2002. In 2000, webMethods went public on the NASDAQ in the most successful software IPO to date….” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Jane Austen books 47 mins – “Author and professor Janine Barchas of the University of Texas talks about her book, The Lost Books of Jane Austen, with EconTalk host Russ Roberts. The conversation explores Austen’s enduring reputation, how the cheap reprints of her work allowed that reputation to thrive, the links between Shakespeare and Austen, how Austen has thrived despite the old-fashioned nature of her content, Colin Firth’s shirt, and the virtue of studying literature.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Library Company of Philadelphia 1 27 mins – “Did you know that Ben Franklin founded the first successful lending library in North America? With James N. Green, Librarian at the Library Company of Philadelphia, we explores the role Franklin played in the founding of the Library Company of Philadelphia, the history of libraries in colonial North America, and the Junto, Franklin’s sociability and improvement club for Philadelphia tradesmen. Show Notes:” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Library Company of Philadelphia 2 15 mins – “Have you ever walked through a museum and wondered why its staff chose to feature the artifacts you saw? Cornelia King, Chief of Reference at the Library Company of Philadelphia shares her answer to that question in Part 2 of our 3-Part launch series of the Ben Franklin’s World podcast.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Library Company of Philadelphia 3 16 mins – “Benjamin Franklin founded the Library Company of Philadelphia in 1731. Today, you can visit his library and its amazing collections, which begs the question: How has the Library Company managed to stay open, and remain relevant, for over 283 years? The 3-part “Ben Franklin’s World” launch special concludes with a conversation with Richard S. Newman, Director of the Library Company of Philadelphia. Rich discusses how the Library Company strives to remain relevant in our twenty-first-century digital age and its mission to increase our understanding of American history before 1900.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Native Americans 59 mins – “Fifty years ago this November, a group of Native Americans that came to be known as Indians of All Tribes began a 19-month occupation of Alcatraz Island. The takeover and occupation attracted a groundswell of interest from across the United States and the globe. The initial focus of the occupation was a protest against the U.S. government’s policies that took aboriginal land away from Native Americans. The Alcatraz occupation is recognized today as one of the most important events in contemporary Native American history and one of the most important public displays of the Red Power movement, a social movement that demanded self-determination for Native Americans in the United States. The occupation helped bring Native American activism to the forefront of the consciousness of the American people. The 50th anniversary of this important event is being recognized throughout the Bay Area in an effort led by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The takeover and occupation was led, in part, by Richard Oakes, a charismatic student from San Francisco State. The first biography of Oakes, A Journey to Freedom, was published late last year. Its author, Kent Blansett, will make a special visit to Marin County to discuss Oakes, the role the occupation played in the Red Power movement of the 1960s and the ongoing legacy of Native activism that was spurred by the 1969 takeover. Kent Blansett is a Cherokee, Creek, Choctaw, Shawnee and Potawatomi descendant. Blansett will also discuss the role that Marin County residents played in the start of the Alcatraz occupation, including the role of the Sausalito-Indian Navy, which helped Oakes launch the occupation late in the evening of November 20, 1969. Join us for this special event.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Neuroscience of Magic 26 mins – “BS 165 is an encore presentation of an interview with neuroscientists Stephen L. Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde. We talk about their international bestseller “Sleights of Mind: What the Neuroscience of Magic Reveals about Our Everyday Deceptions.”  Macknik and Martinez-Conde study vision, but several years ago they had the innovative idea of collaborating with magicians to explore how their use of both visual and cognitive illusions reveals secrets about how our brains work. This may sound esoteric, but it has practical consequences, especially for making sound decisions in our complex world.” At the link right-click “audio mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Open Access Books 13 mins – “IntechOpen, founded in 2004, is a scientific community of authors and editors built by scientists for scientists to provide a collaborative environment for peer-reviewed academic research, according to Dr. Anke Beck who became CEO in August 2018. In its role as an Open Access publisher of books and anthologies, she says, IntechOpen seeks to level the research playing field and promoting an environment that is democratic and inclusive. “We focus on books where we believe there’s a greater space for ideas to flourish, and for collections of ideas to come together,” Beck tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “In a talk in Berlin at Academic Publishing in Europe conference, I referred to open access book publishing as the Cinderella of publishing because it opens that space where scientists can shed light on a given scientific problem in more detail,” she explains. “Book publishing, I think, serves much, much better the scientific discussion than scattered articles in a journal.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pandemic History 19 mins – “What happens to the world after a pandemic? Lots of experts have been talking about what we may be able to expect after COVID-19 from the 1918 Spanish flu and The Black Death. But, as any historian will tell, history is often more complicated than people think. Ada Palmer is an associate professor of Early Modern European History at the University of Chicago and an expert on the Renaissance that followed the Black Death. But she says the “Golden Age” may not have been as golden as we think. On this episode, she clearly explains what lessons for coronavirus we can really learn from historic pandemics. At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pelosi Background 43 mins – “When Nancy Pelosi first ran for political office at the age of 47, she wasn’t new to politics. From the time she spent helping her father while he served as the mayor of Baltimore, working for Jerry Brown’s presidential campaign or serving as the Democratic Party chair of California, she developed skills that would propel her to the peak of American politics. As the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, she is now the most powerful woman in the political history of the United States. In the first 100 days of the 116th Congress, Speaker Pelosi and House Democrats have worked on their “for the people” agenda, passing legislation to clean up corruption and restore ethics to Washington, D.C., a bipartisan background checks bill, and what many Democrats call a landmark paycheck fairness bill. House Democrats are also pursuing a bipartisan infrastructure deal, looking at ways to expand and protect the right to vote, tackling climate change, and lowering health care costs and prescription drug prices for all Americans. This progress comes as Democrats welcome the most diverse caucus in the history of Congress, including more than 100 women in the same Congress that America will mark 100 years since women won the right to vote. Speaker Pelosi says this diversity is a strength that enables Democrats to more fully represent the values and voices of the American people and deliver progress in their lives. How will the Democratic Party try to recreate the success it saw in the 2018 midterm elections? As America heads toward the presidential election in 2020, join us for a conversation with the iconic face of the Democratic Party, and bring your questions.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Playful Learning 100 mins – “Playful Learning Landscapes lies at the intersection of developmental science and transformative placemaking to help urban leaders and practitioners advance and scale evidence-based approaches to create vibrant public spaces that promote learning and generate a sense of community ownership and pride. On Wednesday, February 26, the Center for Universal Education and the Bass Center for Transformative Placemaking at Brookings hosted an event introducing Playful Learning Landscapes, an interdisciplinary project aimed at transforming everyday places into learning experiences and bringing education into public spaces by reaching families in parks, supermarkets, and other places where they regularly go. The event convened community leaders, city planners, designers, and behavioral scientists that share a vision for creating family-friendly cities across the world.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Podcasting Retrospective 22 mins – “This episode is an adapted version of the talk I gave last week at the first annual She Podcasts Live event, which was held October 10-13, 2019, in Atlanta, Georgia. I was asked to share my experience of podcasting “through life’s rollercoaster.” This gave me a chance to reflect on what I have learned over the last 13 years. Though the talk was originally aimed at podcasters, I have adapted it for a general audience.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Radio Free Alcatraz 11 mins – “This is an aircheck of one of the episodes of Radio Free Alcatraz, recorded during the Native American occupation of Alcatraz Island. This episode, as all episodes in the series, starts with a recording of Buffy Sainte-Marie singing “Now that the Buffalo’s Gone.” John Trudell, then talks of plans to start a university on the island. This is followed by an interview with Grace Thorpe about her job doing public relations for Alcatraz Island’s occupiers. Previously cataloged as “Aircheck Alcatraz”. At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Religious Freedom 41 mins – “The right to practice religion free of fear is one of our nation’s most indelible rights. But over the last few years, the United States has experienced a significant increase in mass casualty attacks targeting houses of worship and their congregants. Following a string of attacks on synagogues, temples, churches, and mosques in 2019, the Department of Homeland Security launched a new task force to examine the threat posed by violent extremists, including those inspired by white supremacy ideologies. As a co-chair of the task force, Brookings Institution President John R. Allen worked with leaders from the Jewish, Muslim, Sikh, and Christian faith communities to issue a new report that offers recommendations for how law enforcement and communities of faith can work together to prevent and mitigate mass casualty attacks.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sanctions 60 mins – “On January 27, Foreign Policy at Brookings hosted a panel discussion on economic sanctions and their implications for advancing U.S. foreign policy objectives. Moderated by Robert Bosch Senior Visiting Fellow Jim Goldgeier, the panel included experts with a combined background on the use of sanctions in the Middle East, Latin America, and North Korea: Brookings Senior Fellows Suzanne Maloney, Ted Piccone, and Jung Pak. Since the 9/11 attacks, and particularly under the current administration, the United States has expanded its use of economic sanctions as a tool to address a broad range of national security and foreign policy objectives. With the increasing reliance on economic sanctions as a tool to achieve U.S. strategic objectives, our scholars gathered to discuss their long-term effectiveness and their potential to generate unfavorable consequences.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taiwan Elections 73 mins – “Taiwan held elections for the president and all the members of the Legislative Yuan on January 11. Although President Tsai Ing-wen had maintained a strong lead in the polls, there were questions about the reliability of some polls. Moreover, the outcome of the legislative elections was very uncertain. China, which has long made clear its dislike of the Tsai administration, had predictably intensified its pressure campaign against Tsai and Taiwan, hoping to impact these elections. In the end, Tsai Ing-wen was reelected, and the Democratic Progressive Party maintained its majority in the Legislative Yuan. On January 16, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at the Brookings Institution hosted a panel of policy experts for a discussion on the results of the elections and their implications for domestic governance in Taiwan, relations between the two sides of the Taiwan Strait, U.S.-Taiwan relations, and other policy implications.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Black Women Assaults 45 mins – “Join us for a memorable program exploring the struggles of African-American transgender women, who are the most frequent victims of anti-trans violence.  Toni Newman is the executive director of St. James Infirmary in San Francisco. St. James is a peer-based occupational health and safety clinic, offering free, compassionate and nonjudgmental health care and social services for former and current sex industry workers. With the many challenges facing the aforementioned—including but not limited to political climate, homelessness, violence and the overwhelming intricacies of the legal, public and social systems—St. James Infirmary offers an independent alternative, providing individuals with culturally competent and nonjudgmental services. Monica Roberts is the founding editor of the award-winning TransGriot blog and is an award-winning human rights advocate. She is a sought-after collegiate and conference speaker who has been advocating for the human rights of transgender people for more than 20 years, with a focus on the issues affecting black trans people. Her writing has appeared at Ebony.comThe Advocate, Black Girl Dangerous and OutSmart magazine. Roberts has also received the 2018 GLAAD Media Award, the Robert Coles “Call of Service” award from Harvard University’s Phillips Brooks House Association, the Virginia Prince Transgender Pioneer Award and the Barbara Jordan breaking barriers award from the Harris County Democratic Party.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Trump Administration book 59 mins – “The extraordinary authority of the U.S. presidency has no parallel in the democratic world. Today that authority resides in the hands of one man, Donald J. Trump. But rarely, if ever, has the nature of a president clashed more profoundly with the nature of the office. From the moment of his inauguration, Trump has challenged our deepest expectations of the presidency. But what are those expectations, where did they come from, and how great is the damage? In their new book, “Unmaking the Presidency: Donald Trump’s War on the World’s Most Powerful Office,” Brookings Senior Fellows Susan Hennessey and Benjamin Wittes tell the story of the confrontation between a person and the institution he almost wholly embodies. On January 21, Hennessey and Wittes debuted their new book at Brookings and were joined by journalist Fred Hiatt for a conversation. After the discussion, speakers answered questions from the audience.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Video Games 49 mins – “Books and Ideas 68 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 left-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.

Vision Prosthesis 43 mins – “This week neuroscientist Stephen Macknik returns on Brain Science 166 to discuss an exciting new approach to prosthetic vision. Unlike traditional approaches electrodes are not required. He explains how this work is based on recent discoveries in vision research along with techniques like optogenetics.” At the link right-click “audio mp3“ under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women in Workplace 41 mins – “Studies show that we are starting to see real results in the number of women represented in the c-suite, with nearly 45 percent of companies having three or more women in senior roles. While the bright spots are clear, women are still getting stuck, and it is happening even earlier in their careers, at the very first rung along the corporate ladder. The glass ceiling is cracking, but what else needs to be done to move progress forward for a majority of working women?  “Women in the Workplace” is an annual report conducted by McKinsey & Company and, and with 329 companies, representing 13 million people surveyed, it is the largest data set of its kind for women in corporate America. Now in its fifth year, join Alexis Krivkovich, co-author and senior partner at McKinsey & Company, and other corporate leaders and experts as they discuss the 2019 findings. They’ll offer their insights, share key lessons learned along their journey and discuss what needs to be done to fix the broken rung and accelerate progress for all working women.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

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