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5th Grade Innovator 27 mins – “What inspirations feed your ideas for innovation? In this case, seeing a news report on a tragic death of a 6 month old baby let a young entrepreneur to create an innovation that could save kids left in the car.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Africa Growth 29 mins – “The population of Africa is projected to double by 2050, giving the continent one quarter of the world’s people by then. Nigeria alone will have a larger population than the United States. To the extent they aren’t so already, the world’s problems and opportunities will be Africa’s, too, and African problems and opportunities will also be the world’s. David Priess spoke about developments in African politics and international engagement with two experts from the Africa Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies—its director Judd Devermont, and one of its senior associates, Emilia Columbo.” At the link left-click the down-pointing and arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.
Artificial Intelligence 26 mins – “As humans, we have some unique abilities. We are self-aware, we exhibit critical thinking and we have the ability to be creative and innovate. Will that always be the case? Some think that artificial intelligence (AI) will someday take over creativity and innovation.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Artificial Intelligence 26 mins – “I’m searching for real innovation in Artificial Intelligence (AI). A surfeit of AI products leaves me skeptical. Not to rain on anybody’s parade, but the term appears on countless products. Even so, some companies do the work of real innovation in AI. DeviceBits is one such company. This start-up charts a unique path. Their AI customer support suite is distinctly real innovation. AI customer support is new ground and makes a widespread impact. It brings value to people’s everyday lives.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Artificial Intelligence Discussion 26 mins – “AI has become the new buzzword that has been applied to anything and everything. You can’t attend trade shows without seeing AI attached to labels such as AI apps, AI-enhanced coffee, and AI influenced healthcare, etc. As of recent, AI has been in transition mode. It has moved from merely a “hype label” to something of reality. Some are even calling it the AI-driven “fourth industrial revolution.” On today’s show, I am going to be discussing AI and how it can be applied and used in innovation.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Bloomberg 34 mins – “On Wednesday, the Democratic primary contenders gathered in Las Vegas for their final debate ahead of the Nevada caucus. The result was a veritable bloodbath, with candidates slamming one another over party allegiance, billionaire donors, policy specifics (or a lack thereof), and more. It was a free-for-all — except for debate newcomer Mike Bloomberg, who has spent over $400 million in the past ten weeks to buy the name recognition needed to get on the stage. And it was him who everyone else on stage most accelerated to demolish. Bloomberg has become the subject of substantial media recognition since his historically expensive campaign began in November, and, if he stays in the race, we can expect the fervent coverage of his campaign to continue. But there is one publication that likely won’t be delving into the details: Bloomberg News, an international news organization founded and owned by Mike Bloomberg. As New York Times media correspondent Michael Grynbaum explains, the Bloomberg staff received a memo in November detailing how reporters were to cover the Democratic primary given their boss’s candidacy. They were told to cover the race, cite polls, and report on policies, but were instructed not to do any in-depth investigations into Bloomberg or any of his Democratic rivals.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Brainstorming 26 mins – “So, you are about to pull together a team of eight to twelve people into a brainstorming session; do not make the mistake that 90% of us make…no area of focus. Most teams will be given the challenge of to “quickly come up with a product idea.” The results can be predicted; poor to none when it comes to creating any form of disruptive ideas. This week on Killer Innovations, we will talk about four steps to better brainstorm problem statements.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Corporate Law 8 mins – “The Hobby Lobby and Citizens United decisions outraged many Americans who said the Supreme Court was unreasonably expanding corporate rights. But Adam Winkler, professor of law at UCLA, says there’s a rich history of the court expanding corporate rights through creative (and expensive) legal arguments. Winkler is the author of We The Corporations: How American Businesses Won Their Civil Rights. He walks Bob through a few hundred years of American history to explore how expanded corporate rights have not always hurt society — and what has changed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Covid Control 21 mins – “Many research labs are pivoting from their normal work to offer diagnostic testing for COVID-19. We discuss how to go about retooling a lab, the hurdles researchers are facing and why, in some cases, tests are not being taken up….” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Cyber Security 29 mins – “Ben Buchanan is a professor at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a scholar on cybersecurity and statecraft. He has a new book out this week: “The Hacker and the State: Cyber Attacks and the New Normal of Geopolitics.” Jack Goldsmith sat down with Buchanan to talk about Ben’s new book, about the so-called name-and-shame of Justice Department indictments, and about the various reasons why states engage in offensive cyber operations.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Bonus_Edition_with_Ben_Buchanan.mp3, “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
DARPA Story 26 mins – “While many are familiar with the story of how DARPA (actually it was its predecessor ARPA) invented the internet. What few are familiar with is the untold stories of of DARPA and how its innovators solved some of the most pressing problems we faced.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Disease Control 33 mins – “Dr. Rebecca Katz is the director of the Center for Global Health Science and Security at Georgetown University Medical Center. She also teaches courses on global health diplomacy, global health security, and emerging infectious disease in the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown. From 2004 to 2019, she was a consultant to the Department of State, working on issues related to the biological weapons convention, pandemic influenza, and disease surveillance. On Sunday, Margaret Taylor spoke with Rebecca about the international legal architecture and institutions for pandemic preparedness response, how some Asian and European countries have approached the problem, and the United States’s response.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Fake News 32 mins – “This week on Lawfare’s Arbiters of Truth series on disinformation, Evelyn Douek and Quinta Jurecic spoke with Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth University. We talk a lot about the crisis of falsehoods circulating online, but Nyhan’s work focuses on empirical research on what the effects of disinformation and misinformation actually are. And he’s found that those effects might play less of a role in political discourse than you’d think—or at least not quite in the way you might think. They talked about the fake news about fake news and the echo chamber about echo chambers.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
FISA Errors 30 mins – “Jim Baker served as general counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was also the counsel for the Office of Intelligence Policy and Review at the Justice Department, where he supervised FISA applications. He joined Benjamin Wittes in the virtual Jungle Studio to discuss Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s shocking report on inaccuracy in FISA applications, and the problems at the FBI that led to these errors.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Hearing Aid Technology 27 mins – “What would you think if your child, grandchild, niece or nephew came to you and said that they were skipping college to start a business? Almost a year ago, I interviewed Nick Titus who was soon to be a High School Senior about his science fair project that was quickly becoming an innovation that could impact the lives of those who had lost mobility. To get an update, I invited Nick back to the show to share an update. To start off, Nick and his friends have decided to take a “gap year” and skip college to start a business. That business is Myonic. Myonic is taking what started as Nick’s science fair project to hack a TENS device so that people who had suffered a spinal cord injury or stokes could regain movement.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
High Impact Innovations 29 mins – “This time of year, I take a moment and look at innovations that were announced in the last year whose impact will be significant in the next 12 to 24 months. This year’s list contains some intriguing innovations that are less about “new tech” and more about human ingenuity to look at problems and opportunities in unique and different ways. These 6 high impact innovations will change the world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Barriers 25 mins – “A common question I get from listeners is how to fight against the roadblocks and barriers to innovation. In this week’s show, I address five of the biggest barriers to innovation. The list is based on the 2018 Innovation Leader study done in partnership with KPMG. The study surveyed Chief Innovation Officers in organizations ranging from small to large. As many of you have let me know, these barriers resonate with you. As we walk through the list, I will share my thoughts on each of these barriers to innovation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Challenges 26 mins – “What can derail the innovation journey? Recently, I finished a 3.5-day Innovation Bootcamp. In the end, I was asked an interesting question with a different look and perspective of innovation, now and in the future. The participant asked what challenges are facing innovation. After answering the question for the group, I put more thought into what I’ve seen in the past, is happening today and can persist in the future. In today’s show, I will examine in more detail what I see as the 4 challenges facing innovation that innovators need to pay close attention to and address.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Coaches 26 mins – “Lets face it. Innovation is hard work and requires leadership support if an organization is going to be successful at it. Thus every CEO needs an innovation coach who can come alongside and help the CEO achieve innovation success.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Failures 26 mins – “It goes without saying that not all ideas are good ideas that lead to market winning innovations. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves that while failures will happen, we can learn from those that have gone before us in bringing innovations to market. This week on the show, we are going to look at the five worst innovation failures and see what could have been done differently.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Myths 28 mins – “When it comes to innovation, there are a collection of unwritten rules of thumb and myths of innovation that both help and hurt innovators. We all use rules of thumbs and myths in our everyday lives such as estimating how long something will take to complete. At the same time, rules and myths can be misapplied and hold us back from doing something. For example, using a “rule” to estimate that something will “take to long to complete” and therefore we never start.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovation Questions 26 mins – “Over the years, I noticed that I seem to get a similar set of questions from the participants at my talks, workshops, and innovation boot camps. What this tells me is that there are a set of common questions about innovation that are on everyone’s mind.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovative Attributes 26 mins -”I’ve been going back and looking at past shows that had guests in an attempt to trigger ideas for new guests we should invite to be on the show. During the process, I started to see patterns of common attributes across this group that I label as the most the innovative people I’ve interviewed.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Innovative Skills 26 mins – “ What are the innovation skills needed to be successful in creating new ideas and products? Many people often find themselves void of creativity in the innovation world. This stems from a deeper issue. On today’s show, we will go through in more detail what innovation skills separate those that have limited success to those that have continual success. The core set of skills to be successful and to win regardless of your organization type, size or geographical location are the same.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Intelligence Briefing 29 mins – “Every year for a quarter of a century, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, or both, have hosted the worldwide threat briefing featuring open unclassified testimony from leaders of the intelligence community about the biggest threats facing the United States. That is, at least until this year, when it is still unclear when the worldwide threat testimony will take place, if at all. To shed some light on the history, the norms, and the value of this open intelligence testimony, we gathered an extraordinary group of intelligence leaders who have done it, in some cases many times. David Priess spoke with Jim Clapper, the former director of national intelligence, former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, and former director of the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency; Michael Hayden, the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, former principal deputy DNI, and former director of the National Security Agency; and Andrew McCabe, the former Acting Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Land Ownership 28 mins – “Elbert Lester has lived his full 94 years in Quitman County, Mississippi, on land he and his family own. That’s exceptional for black people in this area, and some family members even say the land came to them through “40 acres and a mule.” But that’s pretty unlikely, so our WNYC colleague Kai Wright, host of The United States of Anxiety, went on a search for the truth and uncovered a story about an old and fundamental question in American politics, one at the center of the current election: Who are the rightful owners of this country’s staggering wealth?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Leadership Levels 59 mins – “The founder and co-head of the Leadership Practice at CRA and the Admired Leadership Institute, Randall Stutman is an incredible executive coach with an impressive roster of clients. You’ll walk away from this episode with some tools to put into practice to make you a better leader, partner and parent as Randall discusses the behavioral versus psychological view of leadership, what really drives results, and the uncommon routines of the world’s best leaders.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Placenta Biology 40 mins – “Does the fetus have a microbiome? How does the placenta prevent infection? Carolyn Coyne talks about placental structure and biology, and why studying the maternal-fetal interface remains a critical area of research. Julie’s Biggest Takeaways: The placenta forms within 3-5 days post conception as a single layer of cells surrounding the fertilized embryo. These cells differentiate and develop into more complex structures. Very few microbes cause fetal disease. Of those that do, the disease-causing microorganisms are diverse and can lead to serious congenital defects or even death of a developing fetus. These microbes are largely grouped into the TORCH (now TORCH-Z) microorganisms: Toxoplasma gondii Other (a variety of different bacteria and viruses) Rubella Cytomegalovirus Herpesviruses Zika virus…” Ri”ght-click https://www.stitcher.com/show/meet-the-microbiologist/episode/126-placental-biology-infection-and-immunity-with-carolyn-coyne-67332943” to play the podcast. A copy of the podcast is also included in this blog archive.
Russian Operations 34 mins – “The past few years have seen an uptick in Russian covert actions across Europe, including assassinations and attempted killings of people in Ukraine, Bulgaria, Germany, and the United Kingdom. Just this week, Bulgaria charged three Russian agents with the poisoning of a prominent Bulgarian arms manufacturer. Michael Schwirtz has been an investigative reporter with the New York Times for almost 15 years, and he’s been tracking this Russian skulduggery carefully in many of those countries for much of that time. Recentl-click y, he’s reported on how quite a bit of that activity is linked to one particular unit within the Russian GRU. David Priess sat down with Michael to work through this increasingly aggressive Russian action and what it all means going forward.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode_500.mp3,” and select “Save link as” from the pop-up menu.
Russian Operations Under Putin 37 mins – “Russia continues to sporadically poke its head into American media headlines, whether it be for its role in Syria or for anxieties about fresh election interference in 2020. But these news stories seldom provide a window into life in Putin’s Russia. Jacob Schulz sat down with Joshua Yaffa, the Moscow correspondent for the New Yorker, to talk about his new book, “Between Two Fires: Truth, Ambition, and Compromise in Putin’s Russia.” The book gives a series of portraits of prominent figures within Putin’s Russia and details the compromises they make to maintain their status and goodwill with the Kremlin. They talked about this framework as a way to understand Russia, what Putin’s rule looks like on the peripheries of the country, and about a couple of the fascinating characters that animate the book.” At the link left-click the down-load link and select “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Safety Net Hospitals 5 mins -”Defining what counts as a safety-net hospital has long been a challenging but critical issue in U.S. health policy. The Covid-19 pandemic has brought this subject to the fore, as Congress and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) have struggled to operationalize a strategy for distributing Covid-19 relief funds to the hospitals that need them most. U.S. safety-net hospitals provide essential care to patients regardless of their insurance coverage, financial circumstances, or immigration status. The disproportionate share of uncompensated care that these hospitals provide often leads them to operate with thin financial margins while assuming responsibility for providing services that are critical but often unprofitable, including inpatient psychiatric services, neonatal intensive care, and burn and trauma care. In addition, these facilities often fulfill local community needs, such as offering food pantries and housing-assistance programs, and they represent an important source of employment. They are also the primary sites of care for many non-White communities and structurally marginalized populations.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Soleimani Death Reaction 32 mins – “Afshon Ostovar is the associate chair for research and an assistant professor of national security affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School. He is also the author of “Vanguard of the Imam: Religion, Politics, and Iran’s Revolutionary Guards.” The IRGC has been in the news of late because of the killing of the head of the Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guard Corps, Qassem Soleimani. Benjamin Wittes spoke with Ostovar about the fallout from the Soleimani killing, how it is all playing in Iran, and why things are so quiet. They talked about whether people made a mountain out of a molehill at the time the killing happened, or whether the blowback just hasn’t happened yet.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.
Transgender 32 mins – “What does it mean to be a woman who had a boyhood? That’s the question LGBTQ activist Jennifer Finney Boylan set out to explore her new memoir, Good Boy: My Life in Seven Dogs. After Boylan came out as trans in her 40s, she felt estranged from her previous life. She describes her new book as a “memoir of masculinity, kind of told the way an expatriate might speak of the country of their birth.” Boylan acknowledges that some in the trans community might take issue with the notion that she had a “boyhood.” “There are many people who feel that they always were who they are, and to refer to an earlier part of your life differently is really disrespectful,” she says. “But even though I respect that view, for me, … I had this experience and it’s an experience that I now struggle to connect to.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File” and “OK” to download the podcast.
Wine Bottles 26 mins – “When delivery fails, it costs in more ways than one. In today’s show, I talk with Santiago Navarro, founder and CEO of Garçon Wines. Santiago shares his unique solution to a constraint that caused major problems for his online wine business. Based in the UK, Santiago developed a packaging innovation that ensures delivery the first time. But his flat wine bottle does much more than simply guarantee delivery. This constraint-based innovation gives rise to market opportunities beyond the mailbox.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.
Zoom Conferencing Service 9 mins – “Since many of us have retreated to our homes in the past month, we’ve been connected to each other mostly through our screens. Work meetings, dinners, catch-ups with old friends, classes, religious ceremonies, weddings, funerals. They’re all taking place in one location: our computers. And often, over an app called Zoom. A piece of software that until recently was mostly used for business-to-business conversations, Zoom has taken over lives… and, given the company’s track record of misrepresenting its data and encryption policies, that might be a bit of a problem. For this podcast extra, Bob speaks with Motherboard journalist Joseph Cox, who recently broke the story that Zoom was sharing user data with Facebook.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link” and “OK” from the pop-up menu.