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Agriculture Future 31 mins – “Happy New Year, and welcome to everyone listening to the very first episode of the year for the Future of Agriculture podcast. 2019 was such a good year for the show and was rife with amazing guests bearing their trade secrets and intelligent insights into the world of agriculture. To commemorate the year we had, I decided to categorize the overarching themes that summarize what 2019 was like for the Future of Agriculture podcast. In today’s episode, I discuss the five trends that governed much of the events in 2019. I share a few clips of the most well-received episodes that relate to the trends we had. I discuss some of the trends that we’ll be doing a deeper dive this year and some of the changes that will happen. I also share some of your wonderful ideas and suggestions.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Agriculture’s Father 31 mins – “Dr. Ray Goldberg holds the title of George M. Moffett Professor of Agriculture and Business, Emeritus at Harvard Business School. He’s among the pioneers of modern agribusiness, coining the term himself. He is the author of Food Citizenship, a book that talks about the global food system and the many faces that are leading the charge in changing the way we look at food and agriculture forever. Ray has decades of experience in the industry, from authoring journal articles and teaching materials to holding seminars about climate and its effect on food systems. Ray joins me today to share the progress the ag industry has made over the many years he has watched over it. He describes the need to form a group of individuals that represent different parts of the industry, the reason why he authored his latest book, and what readers can expect. He explains the relationship between capitalism and agriculture, and why the government needs to help small farmers more. Ray also shares his thoughts on millennials and why he looks forward to what they can bring for the next generation.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Amazon Forest Fires 19 mins – “How can we prevent a repeat of the devastating fires in the Amazon? Tom Heap and Lucy Siegle search for solutions.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Higher quality” from the pop-up menu.
ASARCO Copper Smelter 18 mins – “Dr. Pannell sits down with Daniel Carey-Whalen Director of the Centenniel Museums and Gardens to discuss the new exhibit, “The Town and the Smelter”. ASARCO and the community of Smeltertown.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in this blog archive.
Book History 13 mins – “What is a book? For centuries, books have existed in a form that has come to be universally recognized. Few of us ever bothered to give the book, either as object or idea, very much thought, any more than we might ask, ‘what is a chair? ‘ What is a book? The answer just seems so obvious. Yet poet, scholar, and book artist Amaranth Borsuk has taken up the challenge to offer much more than a simple definition. Her latest book, The Book from MIT Press, is a thoughtful interrogation of the book as object and idea. An Assistant Professor in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the University of Washington Bothell, Amaranth Borsuk concentrates her focus on what she calls ‘textual materiality,’ the surface of the printed page as well as the surface of language.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
C-Diff Diagnosis 8 mins – “Why is C. diff such a serious disease and what are clinical microbiologists doing to improve patient outcomes with better diagnostic tools?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chicago Storm Water Control 13 mins – “Managing stormwater in cities is important to reduce flooding and secure people and property. Stormwater needs some kind of treatment before it flows to surface waters, and that treatment can be essential in older areas where stormwater and sanitary waste are collected in combined sewers. The Chicago area has built a network of underground tunnels to store that stormwater for later treatment before it goes to the river. To understand this extraordinary project we’re talking with Kevin Fitzpatrick, Managing Civil Engineer for the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, who works on what is called the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan.” At the link find the title, “Storing Stormwater Underground – Chicago’s Deep tunnel System,” right-click “Listen to this episode now,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Chimeras for Organ Transplants 21 mins – “Researchers have been making animal embryos from two different species, so-called “chimeras,” for years, by introducing stem cells from one species into a very early embryo of another species. The ultimate goal is to coax the foreign cells into forming an organ for transplantation. But questions abound: Can evolutionarily distant animals, like pigs and humans, be mixed together to produce such organs? Or could species closely related to us, like chimps and macaques, stand in for tests with human cells? Staff Writer Kelly Servick joins host Sarah Crespi to discuss the research, the regulations, and the growing ethical debate. Also this week, Sarah talks with Yossi Yovel of the School of Zoology and the Sagol School of Neuroscience at Tel Aviv University in Israel about his work on sensory integration in bats. Writing in Science Advances, he and his colleagues show through several clever experiments when bats switch between echolocation and vision. Yossi and Sarah discuss how these trade-offs in bats can inform larger questions about our own perception.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Clearview AI 16 mins – “A secretive facial recognition software used by hundreds of police forces is raising concerns after a New York Times investigation said it could “end privacy as we know it.” Clearview AI has extracted more than three billion photos from public web sites like Facebook, Instagram, employment sites and others, and used them to create a database used by more than 600 law enforcement agencies in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere, according to Times reporter Kashmir Hill. “It is being used to solve many murder cases, identity fraud cases, child exploitation cases,” Hill told The Current’s host Matt Galloway. Police officers who spoke to Hill said the app was a far more powerful tool for cracking cases than any government database they had used before. The company claims their software finds a match in three out of four cases. The software is so effective, Hill said, that even when she covered her face and mouth for a photo, it still pulled up seven images of her. “I was just shocked at how well this face recognition algorithm works,” she said. ” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Climate Warming in England 19 mins – “Whilst this Autumn’s heavy rainfall has caused some rivers in the north of England to burst their banks and flood neighbourhoods there are rivers in the south-east with barely a drop of water in them. Tom Heap asks what impact this is this having on aquatic ecosystems. He talks to water companies and environmental campaigner Feargal Sharkey to find out how flora and fauna are changing as a result of the shortage of water. It’s a particular concern for chalk streams, which provide a unique wildlife habitat found in very few places in the world. Tom asks who’s the blame – the water companies for taking water out of the rivers, the Environment Agency for giving them permission to do it, or us consumers for using more water per person than we ever have before?” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Higher quality” from the pop-up menu.
Creativity and Space 26 mins – “What is the role of nature in regard to creativity? The human body craves to be near nature; unfortunately, we spend ninety percent of our time indoors. Rattner says to you do not have to do a lot to bring nature to your workplace. One study showed that simply placing a plant on your work desk can boost your creative output from fifteen to twenty percent. Fortunately, you do not need hours of exposure; you need a certain amount of inputs to achieve the necessary restorative affect nature has on the human body and mind.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As,” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Crisis of Racial Justice 24 mins – “I paid a visit to New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture recently to help a large gathering of the Schomburg’s devoted friends and visitors say goodbye — very reluctantly — to Dr. Khalil Gibran Muhammad. He’s been the beloved director of the Schomburg for the past five years and has done much to expand the reach and the influence of the Harlem institution that devotes itself to researching and disseminating the history of African Americans. But Muhammad is also a scholar and he is now eager to evaluate everything he has gleaned about the contemporary concerns of black America from a new vantage point. He’s on his way to join Harvard University’s faculty as a professor of history, race and public policy at the Kennedy School of Government.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Eddie Glaude Jr on Democracy p1 26 mins – “I’m holding in my hand what has been called “one of the most daring books of the 21st century,” a “book for the ages,” “bracing,” “unrelenting.” The title is Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul, and it breathes with prophetic fire. Its power comes because the author does not begin with “pristine principles or with assumptions about our inherent goodness.” Rather, its view of democracy, as he writes, “emerges out of an unflinching encounter with lynching trees, prison cells, foreclosed homes, young men and women gunned down by police and places where ‘hope, unborn, had died.’” Democracy in Black is rich in history and bold in opinion, and inconvenient truths leap from every page. For example, and I’m quoting the book again, “black people must lose their blackness if America is to be transformed. But of course, white people get to stay white.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow, then right-click “Download File” and select “Save File As” to get the podcast.
Eddie Glaude Jr on Democracyp2 17 mins – “My guest is Eddie Glaude Jr., author of Democracy in Black: How Race Still Enslaves the American Soul. In the first part of our conversation, Professor Glaude and I discussed the crisis that continues to engulf black America. Eddie Glaude Jr.: We talk about the achievement gap, we talk about the empathy gap, we talk about the wealth gap, and the value gap is this: the belief that white people matter more than others. And to the extent to which that belief animates our social arrangements, our political practices, our economic realities, under different material conditions, as long as that belief obtains, democracy will always be in abeyance in this country. We continue with Professor Glaude’s proposal to upend our politics and launch a revolution of values.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Saves File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Dept of Energy on AI 26 mins – “Typically, people don’t notice much of the DOE’s activity in their everyday lives. In reality, the Department of Energy continuously operates from the shadows fixing our nation’s toughest problems. It works in areas that range from the health industry to electrical grids. At its core, the Dept of Energy exists to fix a wide variety of issues by leveraging its innovative capabilities. Dimitri Kusnezov, says that the DOE is the biggest funder of physical sciences in the U.S. They focus on public-private partnerships to accomplish their many goals. The DOE uses connections, as well as advanced innovative technologies, to keep our nation running efficiently.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save As,” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Drug Patent Revision 9 mins – “Between 2006 and 2016, the number of drug patents granted in the United States doubled — but not because there was an explosion in invention or innovation. Drug companies have learned how to game the system, accumulating patents not for new medicines but for small changes to existing ones, which allows them to build monopolies, block competition and drive prices up. Health justice lawyer Priti Krishtel sheds light on how we’ve lost sight of the patent system’s original intent — and offers five reforms for a redesign that would serve the public and save lives.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in this blog archive.
Elitism vs Populism Politicians 17 mins – “The old idea of the two parties in America and many countries just doesn’t matter anymore. It’s now elitist versus populist. It’s the cities versus the rural areas and everything’s being realigned that way.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Farm Hacking Software 26 mins – “Michael Stenta is the software developer and owner of farmOS, a web-based app used for planning, record keeping, and general farm management. What sets farmOS apart from other apps is its open-source nature. This means the app can be tweaked or fixed by virtually any contributor. To take advantage of its open-source nature, Michael also created Farmier, a platform that makes it easy for farmers to update or host their farmOS systems. Michael joins me today to discuss what farmOS is, its purpose, and why he decided to develop it. He shares where his passion for programming came from and what inspired him to apply his skills to the ag industry. He explains the unique aspects of creating an app that is open-source by nature and some of the benefits and risks involved with open-source platforms. Michael also describes what the farmOS community is like and the onboarding process involved with using the app.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Farming in Canada 50 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 47 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.
Farming in New York 50 mins – “Jack Algiere is the farm director for Stone Barns Center in the New York’s lower Hudson Valley. Actively farming since the early 1990s, Jack has been the director at Stone Barns since its inception fifteen years ago. Jack oversees the extensive and diversified farm operations, including indoor and outdoor vegetable production, small grains, and a diverse array of livestock. Most of the farm’s produce and meat is sold to the partner restaurant Blue Hill, and we dig into how this relationship has benefitted both the farm and the restaurant. We also take a look at how the vegetables are integrated into the livestock and pasture operation, the half-acre gutter connect greenhouse and how that differs from high tunnel production, and the compost heating system for the propagation operation.” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farming in Tennessee 38 mins – “Lauren Palmer raised 15 acres of vegetables in Smyrna, Tennessee, just south of Nashville. With year-round production, a sprouts operation, a 300-member CSA, wholesale accounts, farmers markets, and on-farm events, Bloomsbury Farm is a thriving hot spot in the local food scene in Nashville. We dig into how Lauren has built the farm from the ground up since its start in 2009, taking a deep dive into Bloomsbury’s sprout production, employment structures, and CSA setup. We discuss how she deals with extreme deer pressure and regulations, and how she navigated a farm divorce. And Lauren reflects on the value of four-season production and building relationships with her customers and community” At the link right-click “Download episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Farmland Investing 22 mins – “Carter Malloy is the Founder and CEO of AcreTrader, an online platform that seeks to provide a bridge that connects investors and farm sellers. Before starting his company, Carter was a successful Managing Director at Stephens Inc., a large private investment bank. His passion for conservation and agriculture was drawn from his experience growing up in an Arkansas farming family. This passion eventually led to founding AcreTrader. Carter joins me to share what AcreTrader can do for farm owners and people seeking a long-term investment. He explains how the platform works, what a typical transaction would look like, and some of the fees involved. Carter discusses the total amount of investments in farmland and why it’s still insignificant from the perspective of the entire ag industry. He also describes some of the reasons why farm sellers should use their platform over traditional methods.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Farmland Investment 23 mins – “David Chan is the COO and Founding Team Member at Farm Together, a company that offers a simplified approach to US farmland investment. The company not only serves Americans, but also welcomes foreign investors who are interested in growing their assets or simply having a continuous source of income in their retirement. David has over five years of Fin-Tech experience in the ag industry. He describes himself as a meteorologist by background, but a financier and technologist by training. David earned his MBA at Harvard Business School and is also part of the Board of Directors at the Harvard Alumni for Agriculture. David joins me today to share how their company, Farm Together, will make it easier for local and foreign investors to invest in US farmlands. He explains how their platform works, when their investors get paid, and the due diligence they conduct prior to putting a property for sale. He discusses several risks involved in investing in different states. David also describes how they plan to put regenerative agriculture in the limelight.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Farmland Irrigation 23 mins – “Leif Chastaine is the Co-founder and COO of WaterBit. WaterBit is a precision ag irrigation company that wants to solve farming problems through its Automated Irrigation Solution technology. Before Leif cofounded WaterBit, he founded and helped grow other companies in the IoT and photography industry. He obtained his BBA in Production and Operations Management from Boise State University. Leif joins me today to explain how WaterBit can help farmers gather water data through their sensor technology. He shares the humble beginnings of WaterBit and the difficulty in raising funds for this kind of startup. He discusses the pain points farmers have and how they built a solution around those issues. Leif also describes how WaterBit is unique in a type of market that is always full of standout startups.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Future of Agriculture 26 mins – “We are going back to the farm today. Zach Johnson, the YouTuber Minnesota Millennial Farmer and Mitchell Hora, farmer and founder of Continuum Ag, join us today. These two co-host the Fieldwork Podcast, “a podcast for farmers, from farmers.” Fieldwork Podcast focuses on sustainable farming practices, their environmental impact and how to make them profitable. For Mitchell, Continuum Ag specifically supplies health data analytics and does consulting for farmers. Mitchell and Zach farm 500 miles apart but find common ground in adopting soil health principles and are enjoying the opportunity to share that with other farmers.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Greenhouse Technology 23 mins – “Joe Swartz is the Vice President and Lead Horticulturist at AmHydro, a company recognized as a top innovator in the ag industry and focused on developing products that promote efficient hydroponic growing systems. Joe is also widely recognized as one of the leading consultants when it comes to Controlled Environment Agricultural industries that include commercial greenhouse farms. He specializes in crop production improvements, pesticide-free insect and disease control, and professional grower training, among other skills. Joe joins me today to discuss the economic implications of fusing traditional farming with greenhouse technology. He shares why he is interested in greenhouse farming and how he initially tried it himself. He explains how controlled ag works and the factors required to make it work. He describes the benefits traditional farmers can reap from adapting greenhouse operations. Joe also shares some of the limitations of controlled environment agriculture.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Guest Worker Visas 7 mins – “By October 2018, Juan Carlos Rivera could no longer afford to live in his home in Copan, Honduras. As the “Dallas Morning News” reported, a gang was taking 10 percent of his earnings from his barber shop. His wife was assaulted going to her pre-K teaching job. And they were concerned about the safety of their young daughter. What could they do? Run away? Seek asylum in another country? They didn’t want to do that. They just wanted to live in their country safely. But their options were limited. So that month, Juan Carlos moved his family to a safer location while he joined a group of migrants on the long and perilous journey from Central America to a job a family member said was open for him in the United States.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in this blog archive.
Gun Rally in Virginia 7 mins – “Fears of violence at upcoming pro-gun group rally in Virginia. Former Manitoba reservist Patrik Mathews’ alleged involvement in a U.S. neo-Nazi group is “not entirely shocking,” according to an investigative reporter who tracks far-right movements. “White supremacist groups often target the military and active service members to try to build out their ranks with people like Mathews, who is reported to have had experience with explosives and combat engineering,” Jared Holt, an investigative reporter for the non-profit publication Right Wing Watch, told The Current’s host Matt Galloway. The FBI arrested Mathews and two other alleged members of the neo-Nazi group The Base in Delaware on Thursday on firearm-related charges. According to experts who track far-right movements, The Base is an extremist group that hopes to start a race war, and believes in a philosophy called accelerationism. “This is the idea that in order to evoke their agenda of a white ethno-state in the United States, or Canada — or whatever country they belong to — that the fastest path to that is to destabilize society through acts of mass chaos, including terrorism,” said Holt….According to the New York Times, the three men had also talked online about attending a pro-gun rally in Richmond, Va., on Monday. The arrests came a day after Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency in Richmond ahead of the rally, saying that law enforcement believed there was a “credible” threat of violence.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
House Prices in Canada 16 mins – “What’s the secret to real estate? Location, location, location. In Canada though, you’ll also need money, money, money. As the housing market continues to boom and communities across this country face an affordability crisis, the federal government is easing the so-called mortgage stress test. Is allowing people to take on more debt such a smart idea? We’ll discuss in 30 minutes. And after that.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
Hydropondics in Space 28 mins – “Dr. Ray Wheeler is NASA’s Plant Physiologist and the lead for Advanced Life Support Research activities in the Exploration Research and Technology Program at Kennedy Space Center. He began his career at NASA in 1988 and the bulk of his research revolved around the use of hydroponic techniques for space farming experiments. One of Ray’s goals is to allow humanity to grow safe and nutritious crops off the Earth. Ray joins me today to discuss some of NASA’s recent developments regarding planting crops in space. He shares some of the systems and tech that have been made commercial in the ag industry and explains why it’s difficult to experiment with plants in space. Ray also describes some of the benefits of being able to grow plants on other planets.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Iron Curtain Turns Green 19 mins – “The Iron Curtain was an accidental wildlife haven. 30 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tom Heap walks the borderlands to see how nature has continued to thrive. Before the fall of the wall naturalists in West Germany had noticed that some bird and mammal species favoured life in the deathzone with its lack of human disturbance. When the Soviet bloc crumbled they joined friends and colleagues in the East to declare a Greenbelt through Europe, from Trieste on the Adriatic to Lubeck on the Baltic. Against the odds their campaign has met with great success, creating new migration routes for some of Europe’s biggest mammals whilst keeping developers away from most of the old border between East and West.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Higher quality” from the pop-up menu.
Leadership Traits 51 mins – “Can a great leader or manager be humble in public? Or is exuding confidence, even when it may not be merited, a key part of leadership? In this episode of EconTalk, host Russ Roberts talks with David Deppner, CEO of Psyberware, about an email David sent Russ wondering how Russ might reconcile his passion for humility and honesty with the demands put upon leaders to inspire followers with confidence in their vision.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Malware Analyst 24 mins – “HackerNinjaScissors — With Bret Padres. www.crypsisgroup.com 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 “HNS Podcast 2 Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Menstruation 8 mins – “’It shouldn’t be an act of feminism to know how your body works,’ says gynecologist and author Jen Gunter. In this revelatory talk, she explains how menstrual shame silences and represses — and leads to the spread of harmful misinformation and the mismanagement of pain. Declaring the era of the menstrual taboos over, she delivers a clear, much-needed lesson on the once-mysterious mechanics of the uterus.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in this blog archive.
Most Fun We Ever Had 10 mins – “There’s a new book out called The Most Fun We Ever Had. It’s about a suburban Chicago couple and their four grown daughters, who each seem to be messed up in their own special way. The oldest daughter is an erratic alcoholic racked with grief; the second is a control freak who doesn’t want to meet the son she put up for adoption 15 years ago; the next is pregnant and falling out of love with her partner; and the youngest is a thousand miles away, caught up in a massive lie. In this bonus interview of Nerdette, WBEZ’s Greta Johnsen talks with author Claire Lombardo about her debut novel, which tells the story of the Sorenson family through seven points of view, across two timelines, over the course of 40 years.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.
Plant Based Meat 25 mins – “Bruce Friedrich is Co-Founder and Executive Director at The Good Food Institute (GFI), a company that promotes plant-based and cultivated meat food products by making them just as good, just as convenient, and just as affordable as real meat. Their company has several branches in over six countries, all working towards the goal of making the alternative meat industry more attractive to consumers. Bruce oversees the business’ global strategy and programs. He also works with its directors, staff, and international representatives to guarantee the effectiveness of their programs. Bruce joins me today to discuss how GFI is making plant-based and cultivated meat products more consumer-friendly and just as competitive as traditional meat. He shares where he drew inspiration to innovate food, how the idea of starting GFI began and the company’s current progress. Bruce also explains why they’re not here to disrupt the meat industry and shares his thoughts on animal agriculture.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Plastic Gardens 18 mins – “The last decade has seen a huge rise in the number of people opting for artificial turf in their gardens. Meanwhile businesses and corporations are making more use of plastic plants in both indoor and outdoor spaces. What effect does choosing fake over real plants have on the environment? Peter Gibbs investigates.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Powering Britain 18 mins – “Britain urgently needs a zero carbon source of reliable energy for our homes, industry and the new generation of electric vehicles. This summer’s electricity blackouts suggest that we’re a long way from achieving the goal. Tom Heap and a panel of power experts offer their solutions. Tom is joined by Jillian Ambrose, Energy Correspondent of The Guardian, the Chief Executive of the Committee on Climate Change, Chris Stark and CEO of power company Good Energy, Juliet Davenport.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Higher quality” from the pop-up menu.
Product Sources 9 mins – “Given the option, few would choose to buy products that harm the earth — yet it’s nearly impossible to know how most consumer goods are made or where they’re sourced from. That’s about to change, says supply chain innovator Markus Mutz. He shares how he used blockchain technology to track Patagonian toothfish on their journey from ocean to dinner plate — and proved it’s possible to offer consumers a product they can trust.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the audio file is included in this blog archive.
Registry Recon Tool 26 mins – “This episode of CyberSpeak we conduct recon on Mark Spencer and his new Windows registry analysis tool Registry Recon. Mark is the President of Arsenal Consulting. This new registry tool could change the way we analyze the Windows registry. No longer will you be satisfied just looking at the current/active registry. [Registry Recon, developed by Arsenal Recon, is a powerful computer forensics tool used to extract, recover, and parse registry data from Windows systems. The process of manually scouring Windows Registry files proves to be extremely time consuming and leaves gaping holes in the ability to recover critical information. What makes this tool superior to others is its capability to examine registry files not only from the current installation of a Windows operating system, but former installations as well. In addition, this application can be used to quickly and efficiently determine external devices that have been connected to the computer. The company’s slogan is, “Computer forensics tools by computer forensics experts.” This tool certainly affirms the slogan!]” At the link right-click “Download: Cyberspeak Show 145 2013-02-16.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Soil Genetic Testing 27 mins – “Dr. Poornima Parameswaran is the President and Co-Founder of Trace Genomics. Trace Genomics is a company that based its business around mapping living soil, analyzing its microbial content, and helping growers maximize yield potential without sacrificing sustainability. Poornima’s goal is to build the world’s most massive actionable body of soil intelligence, allowing even ordinary farmers to have access to expert information on what’s underground. Poornima earned her Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine, her entrepreneurial skills at Stanford University Graduate School of Business, and her Bachelor’s degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology at The University of Texas at Austin. Poornima joins me today to discuss how Trace Genomics seeks to improve farm yield and sustainability through genetic testing for soil. She shares the benefits of knowing which microbes are dominant in a particular farmland. She also explains how their analytics engine works, their process, and what a typical scenario using their technology would be like.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
SRUM Artifact 37 mins – “CyberSpeak is BACK and we hope to publish a monthly podcast (more if I’m lucky). This episode on CyberSpeak we briefly discuss possible implications to U.S. forensicators with the release of the Ashley Madison database (hopefully not). We also have a great interview with Yogesh Khatri, an assistant professor at Champlain College and a security researcher about the SRUM or System Resourse Usage Monitor forensic artifact. Website of the week: Has your email been Pwned? Check it out here -> Have I Been Pwned” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcasts is included in this blog.
Synthetic Biology 22 mins – “Dr. John Cumbers is the founder of SynBioBeta. SynBioBeta prides itself as the premier innovation network for innovators, investors, entrepreneurs, and biological engineers. Their focus is introducing synthetic biology innovations to improve the human condition and make life more sustainable. John is a recipient of multiple grants and awards from NASA and the National Academy of Sciences for his work in the industry. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, and Biochemistry from Brown University, his MSc in Bioinformatics from Edinburgh University, and a degree in Computer Science with Information Engineering from the University of Hull. John joins me today to discuss the potential of synthetic biology if applied to today’s agriculture sector. He explains what SynBioBeta stands for, what they want to accomplish, and the innovations we can look forward to as consumers. He shares his thoughts on lab-grown meat, the Anti-GMO crowds, and the future of Mars exploration. John also discusses what we can look forward to from their Beta Space Event.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Threat Analysis Training 33 mins – “In the inaugural show of HackerNinjaScissors, Bret Padres interviews Robert M Lee. Robert M. Lee is the CEO and Founder of the critical infrastructure cyber security company Dragos where he has a passion for control system traffic analysis, digital forensics, and threat intelligence research. He is also a non-resident National Cybersecurity Fellow at New America focusing on policy issues relating to the cyber security of critical infrastructure. For his research and focus areas, Robert was named one of Passcode’s Influencers, awarded EnergySec’s Cyber Security Professional of the Year (2015), and inducted into Forbes’ 30 under 30 for Enterprise Technology (2016).” At the link right-click “HNS Podacast 1 Final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Vegan Diet 19 mins – “What would the British countryside look like if we all adopted the vegan diet recommended by many environmental campaigners? Tom Heap hosts a discussion with panellists from the National Farmers Union and the Vegan Society. We also hear from expert witnesses from Oxford University, Aberystwyth University, Harvard Law School and Rothamsted Research.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Higher quality” from the pop-up menu.
Winery Open Source 21 mins – “Reinier van der Lee is the CEO & Founder of Vinduino, an AgTech company that supports farmers and other producers in the ag industry with products that improve profits and fruit quality as well as increase yield. One of the company’s latest products is the Vinduino R4 Sensor station, an open-source sensor that gives farmers data on water usage and efficiency. Reinier also owns a 4-acre vineyard and credits his need for better irrigation management as the reason why he founded Vinduino. Reinier joins me today to share how Vinduino is helping farmers gather the kind of data they need and understand when it comes to water management. He explains how their products work, what separates them from other AgTech companies, and why knowing how much water you’re using is critical to your business. He also discusses why he chose to keep their products open source and shares some of the upcoming events and projects they have lined up this year.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Winery Open Source 22 mins – “Mike Barrow is the Project Lead at OpenVino, a company that aims to create the first-ever open-source, transparent winery, and wine-based cryptocurrency under the Costaflores label. Costaflores is a boutique organic winery based in Argentina. As suggested, OpenVino will rely on blockchain technology to engage in a new and innovative way of selling wine products. With over 30 years of experience in IT, data science, and cloud services, Mike aims to disrupt the wine world with a business that converts consumers into shareholders. Mike joins me today to share how OpenVino will innovate the way we consume wine through blockchain tech. He shares his passion for wine, what inspired him to start OpenVino, and why he chose to make the company open-source. He explains their data collecting strategies and how consumers can benefit from buying their cryptocurrency. Mike also describes how wine is priced and why quality is second to story.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Winners Take All Politics 24 mins – “Here’s what the 2016 election should be about: Winner-Take-All Politics — How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class. It’s a groundbreaking account of how our political system was hijacked by the super rich and engineered to work for them at the expense of everyone else. Two of our top political scientists – Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson – published it four years ago to wide acclaim. Robert Solow, winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize for Economics, said of it: “This book is a wake-up call. Read it and wake up.” Elizabeth Warren called it “must reading for anyone who wants to understand how Washington stopped working for the middle class.” I interviewed Hacker and Pierson at the time, and given how inequality has continued to grow and divide our country, what they wrote and said is more relevant than ever. Take a listen and let me know what you think can be done.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Saves File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Woman President 10 mins – “Can of woman beat Donald Trump. Look at the men on this stage. Collectively, they have lost 10 elections. The only people on this stage who have won every single election that they’ve been in are the women.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.
WWII Pacific Theater 196 mins – “Japan’s rising sun goes supernova and engulfs a huge area of Asia and the Pacific. A war without mercy begins to develop infusing the whole conflict with a savage vibe.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.