MMD456 Media Mining Digest: Algae Blooms, Animal Preservation, Childbirth Quandary, Climate Change and Agriculture, Climate Warming, Concentration Camp Survivor, Documentary Film Maker, Earthbound Problems, Fake Videos, Ghetto Gastro, Hate Online, Headstart versus Upstart, Immigrant Issues, Meat Substitute, Menopause Quandary, Menstruation, Micro Museum, Microbiome Underground, Neighborhood Pollution, Newspaper Shrinkage, North Korea Refugees, Obituary Writer, One Child Policy, Online Marketplaces, Optogenetic Tools, Paleontology, Peptide Medicines, Ping Pong, Police Women, Political Participation, Prisoner Story, Protein Designer, Racism Solution, Refugee Rights, Robot Impact, Scotland’s Well Being, Soul Food, Time Measurement, Transgender, Unhealthy Relationships, Vertical Farming, Work Rules

Exercise your ears: the 43 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 512 for the week, to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Get all the files as a group here, or double (ctrl-click) individual  titles to get single podcasts and explore the source. A collection of 29,610 podcasts, listed alphabetically and grouped by topic, can be downloaded piecemeal, with files A-E at this link, and the remainder here. You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download at the last place, so multiple group downloads will be needed to get all files, totaling over 170GB and may take a few hours. The first entry in the collection is a text file with just titles for quicker reference. A collection of abstracts for all the podcasts is available at this link and updated quarterly. Get the discarded material, too, using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of the 503 sources. And try PodcastRE from the University of Wisconsin with over 150,000 titles. Exercise your ears and relax the rest.

Algae Blooms 8 mins – “When the ocean changes, the planet changes — and it all starts with microbes, says biological oceanographer Angelicque White. Backed by decades of data, White shares how scientists use these ancient microorganisms as a crucial barometer of ocean health — and how we might rejuvenate them as marine temperatures steadily rise.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download video” [only video is available] and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Animal Preservation 9 mins – “To save the achoque — an exotic (and adorable) salamander found in a lake in northern Mexico — scientists teamed up with an unexpected research partner: a group of nuns called the Sisters of the Immaculate Health. In this delightful talk, science journalist Victoria Gill shares the story of how this unusual collaboration saved the achoque from extinction — and demonstrates how local and indigenous people could hold the secret to saving our planet’s weird, wonderful and most threatened species.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download video” [only video is available] and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Climate Warming 8 mins – “The climate crisis is too vast and complicated to solve with a silver bullet, says author David Wallace-Wells. What we need is a shift in how we live. Follow along as he lays out some of the dramatic actions we could take to build a livable, prosperous world in the age of global warming.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Concentration Camp Survivor 7 mins – “Holocaust survivor Werner Reich recounts his harrowing adolescence as a prisoner transported between concentration camps — and shares how a small, kind act can inspire a lifetime of compassion. “If you ever know somebody who needs help, if you know somebody who is scared, be kind to them,” he says. “If you do it at the right time, it will enter their heart, and it will be with them wherever they go, forever.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Documentary Film Maker 8 mins – “Film has the power to change the way we think about ourselves and our culture. Documentarian and TED Fellow Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy uses it to fight violence against women, turning her camera on the tradition of honor killings in Pakistan. In a stirring talk, she shares how she took her Oscar-winning film on the road in a mobile cinema, visiting small towns and villages across Pakistan — and shifting the dynamics between women, men and society, one screening at a time.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Earthbound Problems 4 mins – “To study a system as complex as the entire universe, astrophysicists need to be experts at extracting simple solutions from large data sets. What else could they do with this expertise? In an interdisciplinary talk, TED Fellow and astrophysicist Federica Bianco explains how she uses astrophysical data analysis to solve urban and social problems — as well as stellar mysteries.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Fake Videos 9 mins – “The use of deepfake technology to manipulate video and audio for malicious purposes — whether it’s to stoke violence or defame politicians and journalists — is becoming a real threat. As these tools become more accessible and their products more realistic, how will they shape what we believe about the world? In a portentous talk, law professor Danielle Citron reveals how deepfakes magnify our distrust — and suggests approaches to safeguarding the truth.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Ghetto Gastro 6 mins – “”The hood is good,” says Jon Gray of the Bronx, New York-based creative collective Ghetto Gastro. Working at the intersection of food, design and art, Gray and his team honor the soul and history of their community while applying their unbridled creativity and expansive imagination to unexpected, otherworldly collaborations. Learn more about how they’re creating and investing in their home borough — bringing the Bronx to the world and vice versa.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Hate Online 7 mins – “Digital creator Dylan Marron has racked up millions of views for projects like “Every Single Word” and “Sitting in Bathrooms With Trans People” — but he’s found that the flip side of success online is internet hate. Over time, he’s developed an unexpected coping mechanism: calling the people who leave him insensitive comments and asking a simple question: “Why did you write that?” In a thoughtful talk about how we interact online, Marron explains how sometimes the most subversive thing you can do is actually speak with people you disagree with, not simply at them.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Headstart versus Upstart 6 mins – “Early education is critical to children’s success — but millions of kids in the United States still don’t have access to programs that prepare them to thrive in kindergarten and beyond. Enter the UPSTART Project, a plan to bring early learning into the homes of children in underserved communities, at no cost to families. Education innovator Claudia Miner shares how UPSTART is setting four-year-olds up for success with 15 minutes of learning a day — and how you can help. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED’s initiative to inspire and fund global change.)” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Immigrant Issues 8 mins – “Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. “A country shows strength through compassion and pragmatism, not through force and through fear,” she says.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Meat Substitutes 4 mins – “Conventional meat production causes harm to our environment and presents risks to global health, but people aren’t going to eat less meat unless we give them alternatives that cost the same (or less) and that taste the same (or better). In an eye-opening talk, food innovator and TED Fellow Bruce Friedrich shows the plant- and cell-based products that could soon transform the global meat industry — and your dinner plate.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Meat Substitutes 4 mins – Conventional meat production causes harm to our environment and presents risks to global health, but people aren’t going to eat less meat unless we give them alternatives that cost the same (or less) and that taste the same (or better). In an eye-opening talk, food innovator and TED Fellow Bruce Friedrich shows the plant- and cell-based products that could soon transform the global meat industry — and your dinner plate.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Menopause Quandary 9 mins – “Many of the symptoms of menopause — hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, memory lapses, depression and anxiety — start in the brain. How exactly does menopause impact cognitive health? Sharing groundbreaking findings from her research, neuroscientist Lisa Mosconi reveals how decreasing hormonal levels affect brain aging — and shares simple lifestyle changes you can make to support lifelong brain health.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Menstruation 7 mins – “Having your period is exhausting — and for many people across the world, menstruation is even more challenging because of stigmas and difficulty getting basic hygiene supplies, says social activist Ananya Grover. In this uplifting, actionable talk, she shares how “Pravahkriti,” her campaign to spread period positivity, creatively engages with everyone to promote menstrual health, raise awareness and break taboos around periods.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Micro Museums 8 mins – “Sometimes, small things make a huge impact. After studying how bees in urban environments can survive by navigating small land patches, ecologist Amanda Schochet was inspired to build MICRO, a network of portable science museums the size of vending machines. Learn how these tiny museums are being deployed in libraries, community centers, transit hubs and elsewhere to increase public access to science.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Microbiome Underground 8 mins – “The ground beneath your feet is home to a massive, mysterious world of microbes — some of which have been in the earth’s crust for hundreds of thousands of years. What’s it like down there? Take a trip to the volcanoes and hot springs of Costa Rica as microbiologist Karen Lloyd shines a light on these subterranean organisms and shows how they could have a profound impact on life up here.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Neighborhood Pollution 4 mins – “To study a system as complex as the entire universe, astrophysicists need to be experts at extracting simple solutions from large data sets. What else could they do with this expertise? In an interdisciplinary talk, TED Fellow and astrophysicist Federica Bianco explains how she uses astrophysical data analysis to solve urban and social problems — as well as stellar mysteries.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Newspaper Shrinkage 8 mins – “Nearly 1,800 newsrooms have shuttered across the US since 2004, leaving many communities unseen, unheard and in the dark. In this passionate talk and rallying cry, journalist Chuck Plunkett explains why he rebelled against his employer to raise awareness for an industry under threat of extinction — and makes the case for local news as an essential part of any healthy democracy.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

North Korea Refugees 8 mins – “”North Korea is unimaginable,” says human rights activist Yeonmi Park, who escaped the country at the age of 13. Sharing the harrowing story of her childhood, she reflects on the fragility of freedom — and shows how change can be achieved even in the world’s darkest places.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Obituary Writers 8 mins – “Since its founding in 1851, the “New York Times” has published thousands of obituaries — for heads of state, famous celebrities, even the inventor of the sock puppet. But only a small percentage of them chronicle the lives of women and people of color. In this insightful talk, “Times” editor Amy Padnani shares the story behind “Overlooked,” the project she’s leading to recognize people from history whose deaths were ignored — and refocus society’s lens on who is considered important.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

One Child Problem 4 mins -”China’s one-child policy ended in 2015, but we’re just beginning to understand what it was like to live under the program, says TED Fellow and documentary filmmaker Nanfu Wang. With footage from her film “One Child Nation,” she shares untold stories that reveal the policy’s complex consequences and expose the creeping power of propaganda. w generation of medicine — made from smaller, more durable proteins known as peptides — is on its way. In a quick, informative talk, molecular engineer and TED Fellow Christopher Bahl explains how he’s using computational design to create powerful peptides that could one day neutralize the flu, protect against botulism poisoning and even stop cancer cells from growing.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download video” [only video is available] and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Online Marketplaces 8 mins – “The growth of online marketplaces like Uber, Airbnb and Amazon can sometimes threaten local businesses such as taxis, hotels and retail shops by taking away jobs or reducing income to the community. But it doesn’t have to be this way, says strategy consultant Amane Dannouni. Pointing to examples like Gojek (Indonesia’s Uber for motorbikes) and Jumia (Africa’s version of Amazon), he explains how some online marketplaces make deliberate trade-offs to include, rather than replace, existing players in local economies — benefiting everyone in the long run.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Optogenetic Tools 9 mins – “Neuroscientist Kay M. Tye investigates how your brain gives rise to complex emotional states like depression, anxiety or loneliness. From the cutting edge of science, she shares her latest findings — including the development of a tool that uses light to activate specific neurons and create dramatic behavioral changes in mice. Learn how these discoveries could change the way you think about your mind — and possibly uncover effective treatments for mental disorders.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Paleontology 6 mns – “In this hilarious, whirlwind tour of the last four billion years of evolution, paleontologist and TED Fellow Lauren Sallan introduces us to some of the wildly diverse animals that roamed the prehistoric planet (from sharks with wings to galloping crocodiles and long-necked rhinos) and shows why paleontology is about way more than dinosaurs.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download video” [only video is available] and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Peptide Medicines 3 mins – “Some common life-saving medicines, such as insulin, are made of proteins so large and fragile that they need to be injected instead of ingested as pills. But a new generation of medicine — made from smaller, more durable proteins known as peptides — is on its way. In a quick, informative talk, molecular engineer and TED Fellow Christopher Bahl explains how he’s using computational design to create powerful peptides that could one day neutralize the flu, protect against botulism poisoning and even stop cancer cells from growing.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download video” [only video is available] and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Ping Pong 9 mins – “Growing up in England, Pico Iyer was taught that the point of a game was to win. Now, some 50 years later, he’s realized that competition can be “more like an act of love.” In this charming, subtly profound talk, he explores what regular games of ping-pong in his neighborhood in Japan have revealed about the riddle of winning — and shows why not knowing who’s won can feel like the ultimate victory.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Police Women 4 mins – “Less than 13 percent of police officers in the United States are women — despite their proven effectiveness in diffusing violent situations and reducing the use of force. Drawing on more than two decades of experience as a police officer and chief, TED Fellow Ivonne Roman shares how a simple change to police academy physical fitness tests could help build a more balanced force that benefits communities and officers alike.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Political Participation 8 mins – “Everyone should participate in decision-making and politics — and it starts at home, says activist Hajer Sharief. She introduces a simple yet transformative idea: that parents can teach their children about political agency by giving them a say in how their households are run, in the form of candid family meetings where everyone can express their opinions, negotiate and compromise. “We need to teach people that political, national and global affairs are as relevant to them as personal and family affairs,” she says. “Can you really afford not to be interested or not participate in politics?” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Prisoner Story 9 mins – “A few weeks before his release from prison, Jarrell Daniels took a class where incarcerated men learned alongside prosecutors. By simply sitting together and talking, they uncovered surprising truths about the criminal justice system and ideas for how real change happens. Now a scholar and activist, Daniels reflects on how collaborative education could transform the justice system and unlock solutions to social problems.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download video” [only video is available] and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Protein Designer 7 mins – “Proteins are remarkable molecular machines: they digest your food, fire your neurons, power your immune system and so much more. What if we could design new ones, with functions never before seen in nature? In this remarkable glimpse of the future, David Baker shares how his team at the Institute for Protein Design is creating entirely new proteins from scratch — and shows how they could help us tackle five massive challenges facing humanity. (This ambitious plan is a part of the Audacious Project, TED’s initiative to inspire and fund global change.)” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio”and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Racism Solution 8 mins – “When we define racism as behaviors instead of feelings, we can measure it — and transform it from an impossible problem into a solvable one, says justice scientist Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff. In an actionable talk, he shares his work at the Center for Policing Equity, an organization that helps police departments diagnose and track racial gaps in policing in order to eliminate them. Learn more about their data-driven approach — and how you can get involved with the work that still needs to be done. (This ambitious plan is part of the Audacious Project, TED’s initiative to inspire and fund global change.)” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Refugee Rights 8 mins – Refugee and immigrants rights attorney Melanie Nezer shares an urgently needed historical perspective on the crisis at the southern US border, showing how citizens can hold their governments accountable for protecting the vulnerable. “A country shows strength through compassion and pragmatism, not through force and through fear,” she says.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Robot Impact 4 mins – “How comfortable are you with robots taking over your life? Covering a wide range of potential applications — from the mundane (robot house cleaner) to the mischievous (robot sex partner) to the downright macabre (uploading your brain to live on after death) — technology strategist Lucy Farey-Jones shares data-backed evidence of how our willingness to accept AI may be radically changing.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Scotland’s Well Being 7 mins – “First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon joined TEDSummit in Edinburgh to deliver a visionary talk about making collective well-being the main aim of public policy and the economy. Watch the full talk at go.ted.com/nicolasturgeon. It was a charged week in UK politics; that same morning, Boris Johnson assumed office as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. After the talk, Head of TED Chris Anderson joined First Minister Sturgeon to ask a few questions about the political situation in the UK.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

Soul Food 8 mins – “In a lyrical talk full of radical imagination, poet Aja Monet and community organizer phillip agnew share the story of how they fell in love and what they’ve learned about the powerful connection between great social movements and meaningful art. Journey to Smoke Signals Studio in Miami, their home and community art space where they’re creating a refuge for neighbors and creators — and imagining a new answer to distraction, anger and anxiety.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Time Measurement 8 mins – “Ask any deep space navigator like Jill Seubert what makes steering a spacecraft difficult, and they’ll tell you it’s all about the timing; a split-second can decide a mission’s success or failure. So what do you do when a spacecraft is bad at telling time? You get it a clock — an atomic clock, to be precise. Let Seubert whisk you away with the revolutionary potential of a future where you could receive stellar, GPS-like directions — no matter where you are in the universe.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Transgender 8 mins – “In much of the world, gender is viewed as binary: man or woman, each assigned characteristics and traits designated by biological sex. But that’s not the case everywhere, says France Villarta. In a talk that’s part cultural love letter, part history lesson, he details the legacy of gender fluidity and inclusivity in his native Philippines — and emphasizes the universal beauty of all people, regardless of society’s labels.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio” and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Unhealthy Relationships 8 mins – “In a talk about understanding and practicing the art of healthy relationships, Katie Hood reveals the five signs you might be in an unhealthy relationship — with a romantic partner, a friend, a family member — and shares the things you can do every day to love with respect, kindness and joy. “While love is an instinct and an emotion, the ability to love better is a skill we can all build and improve on over time,” she says.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio”and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Vertical Farming 7 mns – “By 2050, the global population is projected to reach 9.8 billion. How are we going to feed everyone? Investment-banker-turned-farmer Stuart Oda points to indoor vertical farming: growing food on tiered racks in a controlled, climate-proof environment. In a forward-looking talk, he explains how this method can maintain better safety standards, save money, use less water and help us provide for future generations.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio”and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

Work Rules 4 mins – “Most companies operate on a set of policies: mandated vacation days, travel guidelines, standard work hours, annual goals. But what happens when a company looks less to control and more to trust? Patty McCord, the iconic former chief talent officer at Netflix, shares the key insights that led her to toss the handbook out the window.” At the link left-click “Share” then left-click “Download” and select “Download audio”and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.

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