Media Mining Digest 477: Airplane Stories, Amazon Business, Car Sales, Civilization Collapses, Coronavirus Impact, Covid Antibodies, Covid Business Loans, Covid Economic Impact, Covid Impact on Latin America, Covid in Minks, Covid Long and Short Term, Coivd mRNA Vaccines, Covid Recession, DACA in Court, Digital Divide, Emotional Heart, EU Emmigration, Hydra Immortality, Immigration on US-Mexico Border, Kate Rubins, Lipstick Business, Migrants in Europe, Nurse History, Ocean Pollution, Ransomeware, School Swap, Switched at Birth, Whale Behavior

Exercise your ears: the 31 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 401 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 30,000 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.

Airplane Stories 117 mins – “Our crew today: Hosts Dr. Steph, Captains Nick and Jeff, Producer/Director Liz. Join us for the latest in aviation news, your feedback, and this week’s Plane Tale: “Lest We Forget.” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Airplane Stories 118 mins – “Our crew today: Hosts Dr. Steph, Captains Nick and Jeff, Producer/Director Liz. Join us for the latest in aviation news, your feedback, and this week’s Plane Tale: “You Couldn’t Give These Away Either!” At the link left-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Amazon Business 20 mins – “Over the past fifty years, around 17% of the Amazon rainforest has been destroyed, according to the World Wildlife Fund, but as this week’s guest on Sea Change Radio explains, with fires and deforestation out of control, the situation could get even worse before we see any significant improvement. We speak to Christian Poirier of Amazon Watch to get a clearer picture of this largely man-made disaster in Brazil. While some steps to control the fires have been made recently by the Brazilian government, rampant deforestation continues unabated. Poirier gives us a closer glimpse into the agribusiness giants that are involved in the devastation, what his organization is doing to help stop it, and tells listeners what they can do to get involved in the struggle. Then, we take a peek into the Sea Change Radio archives and hear Kevin Walker talk about what he calls our grand food bargain.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Car Sales 49 mins – “We spend a month at a Jeep dealership on Long Island as they try to make their monthly sales goal: 129 cars. If they make it, they’ll get a huge bonus from the manufacturer, possibly as high as $85,000 — enough to put them in the black for the month. If they don’t make it, it’ll be the second month in a row. So they pull out all the stops.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civilization Collapses 35 mins – “What happens after everything falls apart? The end of the Bronze Age was a moment when an entire network of ancient civilizations collapsed, leaving behind only clues to what happened. Today, scholars have pieced together a story where everything from climate change to mass migration to natural disasters played a role. What the end of the Bronze Age can teach us about avoiding catastrophe and what comes after collapse.” At the link but you can listen; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this podcast archive.

Corona Virus Impact 32 mins – “As the coronavirus outbreak rapidly spreads, existing social and economic inequalities in society have been exposed and exacerbated. State and local governments across the country, on the advice of public health officials, have shuttered businesses of all types and implemented other social distancing recommendations. Such measures assume a certain basic level of affluence, which many in low-income and vulnerable communities do not have and as a result, millions of people have lost their jobs. On Thursday, April 2, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a webinar discussion to address how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting low-income and vulnerable communities. Panelists discussed what measures officials can take to protect marginalized communities as the country continues to fight the virus.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Covid Antibodies 122 mins – “Daniel Griffin provides a clinical report on COVID-19, and Shane Crotty explains a study of antibodies, B cells and T cells in patients which suggests that immunological memory to SARS-CoV-2 might be long-lived.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

Covid Business Loans 48 mins – “In the recently passed CARES Act, Congress created the Paycheck Protection Program, authorizing up to $349 billion in loans to small businesses (including nonprofits, sole proprietorships, and the self-employed) that can be forgiven—provided they keep workers on the payroll and don’t cut their compensation. These government-guaranteed loans are being made through banks and other lenders that participate in Small Business Administration lending. The Federal Reserve says it will complement the program with a new Main Street Business Lending Program aimed at firms too big for small business loans and too small to tap capital markets. The universe of potential borrowers for both programs is huge: There are almost 6 million “small” businesses with fewer than 500 employees, and another 18,000 with between 500 and 5,000 employees. On Tuesday, April 14, the Hutchins Center on Fiscal & Monetary Policy at Brookings convened a virtual panel to discuss the shape, scale, and economic rationale for the small business lending program; the administrative challenges it poses to lenders, small businesses, and government; and the possibility that it will prove to cost far more than the initial $349 billion allocation.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Covid Economic Impact 41 mins -”As the coronavirus outbreak rapidly spreads, existing social and economic inequalities in society have been exposed and exacerbated. State and local governments across the country, on the advice of public health officials, have shuttered businesses of all types and implemented other social distancing recommendations. Such measures assume a certain basic level of affluence, which many in low-income and vulnerable communities do not have and as a result, millions of people have lost their jobs. On Thursday, April 2, Governance Studies at Brookings hosted a webinar discussion to address how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting low-income and vulnerable communities. Panelists discussed what measures officials can take to protect marginalized communities as the country continues to fight the virus.” At the link right-click “Download the audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Covid Impact on Latin America 46 mins – “Latin America finds itself at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic that has claimed more than 430,000 lives around the world and 75,000 in the region, where the virus is now spreading most rapidly. While most countries have taken measures to protect their citizens and contain the spread of the virus, they also face the looming threat of large-scale economic depression, mass unemployment, food insecurity, and political turmoil. The World Bank recently estimated that the region’s GDP will contract by 7.2 percent in 2020, putting between 70 million and 100 million people at risk of sliding into extreme poverty. The health and economic crises are compounded by Latin America’s deep structural fault lines: extreme inequality, weak safety nets, high levels of urbanization and labor informality, fragile fiscal positions, and relatively weak democracies. The pandemic is likely to aggravate existing inequalities and vulnerabilities further. On June 22, the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings hosted a virtual conversation with Secretary General of the Organization of American States (OAS) H.E. Luis Almagro to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing Latin America as well as Mr. Almagro’s vision and priorities for his second term as OAS secretary general.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Covid in Minks 179 mins – “Daniel Griffin provides a clinical report on COVID-19, Kathleen Crowley explains the role of Environmental Health & Safety departments, update on SARS-CoV-2 transmission in farmed mink, and the presence of pre-existing antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 in unexposed individuals.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

Covid Long and Short Term 30 mins – “As the COVID-19 pandemic nears 2 million confirmed infections, scientists and doctors are working on treatments for the sick as well as preventive measures to stop the spread of infection. Dr. William A. Haseltine, known for his groundbreaking work on HIV-AIDS and pioneering application of genomics to drug discovery with Human Genome Sciences, joined USC-Brookings Schaeffer Initiative for Health Policy Director Paul Ginsburg for a discussion on short- and long-term approaches to the COVID-19 pandemic.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

COVID Long-Term 75 mins – “Mady, Fiona, and David join TWiV to discuss patients with long-term COVID and similarities and differences with ME/CFS.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

Covid mRNA Vaccines 79 mins – “On this episode of TWiV, mRNA vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer show over 90% efficacy, prothrombotic auto-antibodies in serum of COVID-19 patients, and the whereabouts of SARS-CoV-2 in the human body.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

Covid Recession 30 mins – “While health workers fight to restrain the spread of the COVID-19 virus itself, economic policymakers are examining the monetary and fiscal options for reducing the length and depth of the economic downturn that will follow in the wake of the virus. The Federal Reserve has already engaged many of its tools to ease the strain on the financial system, including some of the emergency mechanisms last used during the Great Recession, while Congress has passed a massive aid package for businesses and workers. On Tuesday, April 7, Brookings will host an online discussion with former Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke, now at the Hutchins Center at Brookings, on the economic effects of the coronavirus pandemic, how governments have responded so far, and what further options are available to soften the blow and help speed an economic recovery.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DACA in Court 52 mins – “In an unprecedented era of executive branch policy-making in the immigration arena, the nation’s federal judiciary has been called to decide a raft of major cases that hold the lives of more than 1 million recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status in the balance, and govern the conditions of care for children in immigration detention and the ability to apply for asylum. The administration’s action on the “public charge” rule may end up in the courts as well, and the fallout from the controversy of including a citizenship question on the 2020 census remains unsettled. What are the legal underpinnings, the stakes, and the possible outcomes as the nation’s courts, from district courts all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, hear and rule on a consequential portfolio of legal challenges? And what is or will be Congress’ response given the dynamic interplay of litigation and executive action? This panel tackles these big questions. In an unprecedented era of executive branch policy-making in the immigration arena, the nation’s federal judiciary has been called to decide a raft of major cases that hold the lives of more than 1 million recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status in the balance, and govern the conditions of care for children in immigration detention and the ability to apply for asylum. The administration’s action on the “public charge” rule may end up in the courts as well, and the fallout from the controversy of including a citizenship question on the 2020 census remains unsettled. What are the legal underpinnings, the stakes, and the possible outcomes as the nation’s courts, from district courts all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, hear and rule on a consequential portfolio of legal challenges? And what is or will be Congress’ response given the dynamic interplay of litigation and executive action? This panel tackles these big questions.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital Divide 41 mins – “The coronavirus outbreak has exposed just how wide the digital divide is in the United States. With more than 50 million students at home, many school districts are struggling in their transition to remote learning. Telehealth services are being expanded to help protect front line health workers and avoid patient overloads at hospitals. Hundreds of thousands of workers are being asked to telecommute and conduct business digitally. As the nation addresses the pandemic and implements social distancing mandates, how has this online shift affected those without steady internet access? What short- and long-term strategies are being deployed to address disparities in digital access? What areas are most profoundly impacted by digital exclusion? How are the needs of rural Americans, whose communities are already deeply affected by weak broadband infrastructure, being addressed? On April 8, the Center for Technology Innovation at Brookings hosted a webinar discussion on the growing digital divide and what federal agencies and local leaders are doing to identify and mitigate the challenges those without broadband access are facing.” At the link right-click “Download the Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional Heart 10 mins – “A record of our emotional life is written on our hearts,” says cardiologist and author Sandeep Jauhar. In a stunning talk, he explores the mysterious ways our emotions impact the health of our hearts — causing them to change shape in response to grief or fear, to literally break in response to emotional heartbreak — and calls for a shift in how we care for our most vital organ.” At the link you can watch and listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

EU Emigration 43 mins – “More than a decade after EU eastern enlargement, some eastern Member States are still grappling with the consequences of large-scale emigration for their communities, economies, and societies. Emigration may come with certain advantages: it can relieve pressure in situations of high unemployment, generate remittances, and allow mobile EU citizens to pursue better job opportunities and living conditions. In the long run, however, brain drain, demographic decline, and eroding tax bases can put a massive strain on countries of emigration, and may even trigger a downward spiral that ultimately stands in the way of EU convergence.” ” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hydra Immortality 31 mins – “Daniel Martinez discovered the unthinkable: a creature that breaks one of the most fundamental laws of life. In the wake of his discovery–which has been widely confirmed by the scientific community–all kinds of people have thrown themselves into trying to unlock the secrets of how this creature seems to cheat death. Cellular biologists, aging researchers, and the biotech industry all hold high hopes that there may be some application to slow human aging. Millions of dollars are being poured into the dream of extending the human lifespan, which looks increasingly possible. But Daniel? He trashed his experiment. He completely abandoned the pursuit of unlocking the secrets of immortality. Perhaps because he believes that dream is all wrong. We went down to California to spend a few days with him to try to find out why.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-menu.

Immigration on US-Mexico Border 54 mins – “From Donald Trump’s first utterances as a presidential candidate in 2015 to the hundreds of policy actions undertaken during his administration, immigration has loomed as the major touchstone for his political base. It is the issue to which the president and his administration return again and again. Chaos at the U.S.-Mexico border resulted from a sharp uptick in flows, as well as outmatched policies, infrastructure, and resources. Now, a growing number of Americans cite immigration as one of the most crucial national issues. Yet Congress remains incapable of even small-bore fixes, continuing its nearly two-decade inability to undertake substantive immigration legislation. Vast differences exist among Republican and Democratic politicians and other stakeholders—from “build the wall” and narrowing humanitarian protections on one side, to #AbolishICE and pressing to decriminalize illegal crossings on the other. Whither immigration as high-stakes elections approach in 2020? In this lively State of Play conversation, political and policy experts will explore the politics of immigration, the pitfalls for both political parties, and the potential for a post-election pause in the brinkmanship, along with what other pressing challenges may converge to force action in Washington.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigration on US-Mexico Border 54 mins – “Under the current administration, U.S.-Mexico border polices have dominated headlines, becoming both the symbol and testing ground of hardline immigration policy. Family separation, the deaths of children in immigration custody, and the detention of men, women, and children in unsafe, overcrowded conditions have stirred national concern.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kate Rubins 19 mins – “From Expedition 64 of International Space Station, Flight Engineer Kate Rubins joins TWiV to discuss experiments that she is working on, including cell cultures, genome sequencing, and plant growth.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

Lipstick Business 55 mins – “While working long hours as a Wall Street analyst, Melissa Butler started making lipstick in her kitchen as a hobby. But it soon turned into an obsession, costing thousands of dollars. She was frustrated by the lack of diversity in the cosmetics industry, and as a Black woman, wanted to create lipstick colors that complimented her complexion and style. So in 2010, she launched The Lip Bar, with bold colors like green and purple, and boozy names like “Cosmo” and “Sour Apple Martini.” Undeterred by a disastrous appearance on Shark Tank with her partner Rosco Spears, Melissa was motivated to pitch her lipstick to Target, and in 2016, launched a new color on Target’s online store. Today, The Lip Bar has expanded to 500 Target stores, and has continued to grow a following, despite the pain points of the pandemic.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Migrants in Europe 43 mins – “More than a decade after EU eastern enlargement, some eastern Member States are still grappling with the consequences of large-scale emigration for their communities, economies, and societies. Emigration may come with certain advantages: it can relieve pressure in situations of high unemployment, generate remittances, and allow mobile EU citizens to pursue better job opportunities and living conditions. In the long run, however, brain drain, demographic decline, and eroding tax bases can put a massive strain on countries of emigration, and may even trigger a downward spiral that ultimately stands in the way of EU convergence. Amid ongoing debates about the costs and benefits of free movement, this Migration Policy Institute Europe webinar examines evidence from the EU-funded REMINDER (Role of European Mobility and Its Impacts in Narratives, Debates and EU Reform) project on different types of East-West mobility. Among the topics of discussion: mobility of care workers, short-term cross-border movement in frontier regions, and return migration to countries of origin—and their impact on sending countries’ communities and societies. Speakers–MPI’s Meghan Benton and Liam Patuzzi, Bernhard Perchinig of International Centre for Migration Policy Development, and Marcin Wiatrów from the Polish Ministry of Family, Labour, and Social Policy–examine big-picture trends of East-West migration; consider possible policy responses at regional, national, and EU levels to alleviate some of the challenges; and reflect on realistic actions that could be taken under a new European Commission.” At the link you can listen, but a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Nurse History 20 mins – “Dr. Iman Abuzeid is the co-founder and CEO of Incredible Health, a digital platform that helps streamline the hiring process for nurses and recruiting hospitals. After seeing an increased demand for nurses in April, and a shift to hiring digitally, the platform has now been able to expedite the hiring process to 15 days or less, compared to an industry standard of 90 days. These conversations are excerpts from our How I Built Resilience series, where Guy talks online with founders and entrepreneurs about how they’re navigating turbulent times.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Pollution 19 mins – “As the author of “Jaws,” Peter Benchley, put it, “You could start now, and spend another forty years learning about the sea without running out of new things to know.” This week’s guest on Sea Change Radio would surely concur. Richard Delaney, the President and CEO of the Center for Coastal Studies, has spent the past forty some-odd years on Cape Cod, striving to understand the fathomless and majestic depths of the ocean. In our discussion, we look at the impact that pollution and climate change are having on the Cape’s fragile ecosystem, how shark, whale and seal populations have been affected, and what these changes mean for the area’s seafood industry. We also note that Delaney’s organization is currently hosting a free online film festival, coincidentally dubbed Sea Change Film Shorts 2020.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ransomware 21 mins – “Throughout 2020, ransomware has increased rapidly in both the number of incidents and the ransom amounts paid, and current data shows no foreseeable slowdown. As these ransom demands continue to surge, what do lawyers need to know if they fall victim to an attack? Digital Detectives Sharon Nelson and John Simek talk with Ted Kobus about how threat actors in these incidents typically operate, what usually happens to ransomed data, and what law firms should do and not do in the event of an attack. Ted Kobus is a partner and the firmwide chair of BakerHostetler’s Digital Assets and Data Management Group.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

School Swap 40 mins – “There’s a program that brings together kids from two schools. One school is public and in the country’s poorest congressional district. The other is private and costs $43,000/year. They are three miles apart. The hope is that kids connect, but some of the public school kids just can’t get over the divide. We hear what happens when you get to see the other side and it looks a lot better…The kids who traveled three miles up the road are in their mid-20s now. We hear how what they saw affected them for years, including at college.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Switched at Birth 39 mins – “On a summer day in 1951, two baby girls were born in a hospital in small-town Wisconsin. The infants were accidentally switched, and went home with the wrong families. One of the mothers realized the mistake but chose to keep quiet. Until the day, more than 40 years later, when she decided to tell both daughters what happened. How the truth changed two families’ lives—and how it didn’t.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. 

Whale Behavior 47 mins – “Summer is normally cruise ship season in Southeast Alaska. Starting in late April ships filled with tourists sail up the inside passage, stopping at little coastal port towns. One of the popular destinations along this route is Glacier Bay. It’s this spectacular bay filled with icebergs, sea otters, and lots and lots of humpback whales. The National Park Service regulates how many cruise ships can come in and out of the bay, but still, the humpbacks that are there in the summer have to live alongside the roaring of boat engines. Michelle Fournet is an acoustic ecologist at Cornell, and she says that these sea animals change their behavior when the waters get noisy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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