Mining Digest 417 – Nov 15, 2019: Alzheimer Disease, Blind Education Issues, Blind Jobs, Blind Mentor, Blind Menus, California Drug Policy, California Electricity and Fires, Chronic Pain, Dementia Pseudo Medicine, Education Technology Situation, Farm Hubs, Farm Loans, Homeless Death Prevention, Innovations on Farms, Investment Basics, Investment Market Timing, Nematodes in Space, Opioid Crisis Response, Opioid-Heroin-Fentanyl, Parent Tele-Support Network, Student Introverts, Teen Tele-Support, War Stories

Exercise your ears: the 24 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 332 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 (26,460 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 160GB 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.

Alzheimer Disease 84 mins – “Worldwide 50 million people live with dementia. By 2040 over 70% of them will be living in the developing world. Dr. Shamiel McFarlane explores the social and economic cost of dementia around the world. Recorded on 05/28/2019. (#34779)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Education Issues 22 mins – “Rachel Carver is the Public Relations Senior Specialist at Outlook Business Solutions. Rachel joins Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities studio to talk about National Disability Employment Awareness Month and the capabilities of the visually impaired in the workforce. Outlook Business Solutions is a sister company to Outlook Nebraska, the state’s largest employer of the blind. Outlook Business Solutions offers full-time and freelance work opportunities to the visually impaired in knowledge-based jobs in the areas of marketing, customer care, writing and public relations. Rachel leads Outlook Nebraska’s public policy efforts, meeting with state and federal officials at home and in Washington, DC.  Rachel is the first Blind person in the United States to earn the accreditation in public relations certification.  Join Rachel as she talks about her Career and Outlook Business Solutions and how they are creating opportunities and solutions for the Visually Impaired and the workforce.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Jobs 39 mins – “Business Relations Specialist, Pam Gowan, has worked at State Services for over 45 years and with retirement just around the corner. Lisa larges, Outreach Coordinater at SSB, sat down with Pam to talk about Pam’s history at SSB and walk through the process a customer/client would experience or expect when a counselor enlist the services of an employment specialist such as Pam Gowan. With October being National Disability Employment Awareness month, we thought Pam would be the one who could best talk about preparing for the workforce and Pam does a great job. Not only working with individuals to help them with the job search and application process, Pam works with businesses and employers to educate them about the possibilities and abilities of the Blind and Visually Impaired. Pam has seen a lot of changes evolve over her 45 year career and shares with us some memorable moments. She also gives us some great tips and suggestions for job seeking and putting your best self forward.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Mentor 58 mins – “Dr. Amit Patel is a proud father, a speaker, motivator and becoming an advocate for the Blind. After suddenly losing his eyesight six years ago, Amit was devastated and within 6 months he started to take charge of his situation and get on with the life he wanted. He learned how to use the cane, read Braille, use assistive technology to gain back his independence. He did not want to be a burden on others and wanted to face the World and the challenges ahead of him. Amit missed driving and with a bit of chance and a desire to drive, he was soon sitting behind the wheel of a Toyota GT86 and navigating a racetrack. Yes, #StartYourImpossible. Dr. Amit Patel may be using his doctoring skills when his kids get an owie and maybe address his possibilities of returning as a doctor in a few years. Amit is a happy father, husband, son and welcomes every day as he has accepted his blindness realizing that he can do anything he puts his mind to. Join Dr. Amit Patel and Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio and learn how Amit went from not wanting to face another day not being able to see to his drive in the Toyota sports car and beyond.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Menus 16 mins – “Stephanie Jones joined Jeff Thompson in the Blind Abilities Studio to let us all no about Menus4ALL. A web based database of over 50,000 menus from over 12,000 cities across the states. Accessibility is as accessible as your screen reader on your smart phone, tablet or computer. If you use a refreshable braille device, then you are all set. Menus4ALL is ready anytime and anywhere. From having heading navigation and categorical price ranges, one can actually just take a glance at the Menus4ALL menus or dig in deep and find out the full details of the Seafood Platter or what is in that Mystery Burger. Check out Menus4ALL on the web and see what’s on the menus in your area.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Drug Policy 59 mins – “The Drug Policy Alliance advances policies and attitudes that best reduce the harms of both drug use and drug prohibition, and promotes the sovereignty of individuals over their minds and bodies. California’s deputy director Laura Thomas talks about the history of drug prohibition, the consequences and a more effective path moving forward. Recorded on 05/22/2019. (#34792)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Electricity and Fires 35 mins – “A year ago, we spoke to the Mayor of Paradise, California just days after a wildfire broke out there. The Paradise fire, and another blaze that devastated parts of Wine Country, are very much on the minds of Californians today as more fires burn up and down the state. Wine Country is threatened again: this time by a blaze near a power line that reportedly failed minutes before the fire started. Those lines belong to PG&E: a company that’s faced investigations and lawsuits over negligent maintenance. What’s the latest with these fires? And what might they tell us about the threats the rest of the nation’s power grids face? To answer these questions, we spoke to Russell Gold, a senior energy reporter for the Wall Street Journal and author of Superpower: One Man’s Quest to Transform American Energy; Ted Nordhaus, the founder and executive director of the Breakthrough Institute — a California-based think tank that focuses on tech solutions to environmental challenges; Sam Liccardo, the mayor of San Jose, California; and Susie Cagle, a climate and energy reporter with the Guardian US.” At the link right-click the down-poitning arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chronic Pain 31 mins – “What do we know about the way we experience pain? What purpose does it serve, and could we be close to dealing with the kind of chronic pain not yet treatable with medicine? Scientists at University College London have made a discovery which makes mice pain-free, and have reversed painlessness in a woman with a rare condition. Nicola Davis is joined by Dr Natasha Curran, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine at University College London Hospitals, and by Professor John Wood, lead author of the study and a neuroscientist at UCL.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dementia Pseudo Medicine 83 mins -”There are modifiable behaviors that may reduce the risk factor of Alzheimer’s: vascular disease, sedentary lifestyle, depression/stress, diet factors and alcohol. Kaitlin Casaletto talks about the benefits of an active lifestyle and proper nutrition. Then Dr. Joanna Hellmuth looks at how to decode direct-to-consumer interventions – dietary supplements – and the rise of pseudo-medicine for dementia. She explains that supplements may or may not be safe and that manufacturers can make broad claims without supporting evidence. Recorded on 05/21/2019.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Education Technology Situation Room  62 mins – “Welcome to episode 150 of the EdTech Situation Room from October 2, 2019, where technology news meets educational analysis. This week Jason Neiffer (@techsavvyteach) and Wesley Fryer (@wfryer) discussed newly announced hardware from this week’s Microsoft event, security concerns over the latest way to add Google Apps to Huawei smartphones, and the implications of a recent New York Times expose of the horrific proliferation of images of sexual abuse of children online. Exciting and important announcements from Google focusing on protecting your privacy online, managing your passwords, and checking existing passwords saved with Google against a database of known breaches / compromised were also highlighted. Additional article topics included newly announced efforts by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to crack down on White Supremacists, Andrew Yang’s policy platform announcement on protecting digital data as personal property, and the media literacy education importance of imagery shared online of China’s 70 year birthday of the Communist Party with increased street violence in consecutive week 17 of youth led protests in Hong Kong. Newly announced jailbreak exploits to older versions of iOS / the iPhone operating system were also discussed, along with the perils of jailbreaking / rooting your smartphone. Geeks of the week included a superb post by Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne) about digital storytelling tools for students, Auto Update Expiration (AUE) dates for ChromeOS / Chromebooks, and an excellent article explaining the difference between Chromium and ChromiumOS.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Hubs 50 mins – “Chris Damico is the CEO and Founder at Farm’d. Farm’d is described as an online platform that enables farmers to connect to local buyers directly. The idea was born from annual price hikes, long transits, and expensive middlemen. Chris’ company benefit farmers through their transparency in market prices and profitability, as well as offer convenient ways to confirm and adjust orders in real time. Chris joins me today to describe how Farm’d works and how farmers can join the platforms. He shares what it was like to source for capital and the company’s humble beginnings. He explains how their platform works, the services they offer, and the benefits to both consumer and seller. Chris also discusses what they’re looking for in future users.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farm Loans 36 mins – “Bill York is the Founding Partner, CEO, and Chief Credit Officer at FarmOp Capital, a lending company that provides funding primarily to farm operators. Their independent business model allows farmers to decide which suppliers to buy from. Bill has over 40 years of experience in the ag lending space and has held senior positions in various major ag lending companies. He specializes in business development, particularly increasing profits and assets of the businesses he works with. Bill York joins me to describe what FarmOp Capital is and its efforts to provide farmers with a helping hand in receiving capital loans. He explains the trends that make their company ripe for the ag industry and the benefits of doing business with them from a farmer’s perspective. He also shares the criteria and requirements they have for their customers and explains what sets their company apart from traditional lending companies. “If you’re able to get a loan that is timely and adequate to meet all of your operating needs, you’re better able to purchase inputs efficiently to buy the optimum level of inputs and actually reduce your costs.” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless Death Prevention 83 mins – “Dr. Barry Zevin is the medical director of Street Medicine and Shelter Health, San Francisco Department of Public Health. He describes programs to treat opioid use disorder in persons experiencing homelessness, safe consumption sites, and homeless deaths. Recorded on 04/17/2019. (#34787)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovations on Farms 41 mins – “Kerryann Cocher is a Principal at Rock Road Consulting, a practice that focuses on improving the translation of science and technology into something that will give value to farmers, ranchers, and other producers. Kerryann specializes in helping struggling ag businesses to be competitive again by providing re-engineering solutions. She is also an expert on animal health, feed ingredients, and protein production. Kerryann joins me today to share the various opportunities and untapped potential in animal agriculture. She describes the challenges that the animal agriculture industry currently faces and the solutions she proposes to resolve these issues. She also explains how she brings people to the table to innovate in animal agriculture and why she remains motivated about the success of the animal agriculture industry. “It’s more than a choice to play in ag; it’s a lifelong commitment.” – Kerryann Kocher” At the link right-click “MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Basics 87 mins – “I had the recent pleasure of being interviewed by Meb Faber, co-founder and the Chief Investment Officer of Cambria Investment Management, and author of five books. We covered a lot of ground, speaking in some detail about my “Ultimate Buy & Hold Portfolio,” the power of diversification, and the pitfalls of emotional investing. We discussed the benefits of investing early, and the challenges of educating young people as to its importance, as well as different investing needs over a lifetime. Through Meb’s good questions, we touched upon many other subjects including how and when to invest, how to avoid getting screwed by your advisor, investment newsletters, buy-and-hold versus market timing, the importance of understanding past performance, giving money to grandkids and my most memorable trade. I hope you enjoy this podcast and share it with anyone you think might benefit from it.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Market Timing 43 mins – “Do you think the market is close to the top and you should be considering an exit strategy? Let’s talk about market timing, as it seems a lot of investors are concerned with it, judging from the number of questions I am receiving about timing subsequent to my interview with Meb Faber and Bogleheads’ comments after my interview with Dr. Jim Dahle of In this podcast I seek to present market timing from a more complete and realistic point of view. And it may surprise you that most people who claim market timing doesn’t work actually use it on a regular basis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Market Timing 52 mins – “In this interview with Pure Financial‘s “Today on Your Money, Your Wealth”, Paul discusses the truth on market timing vs. buy-and-hold – and explains why he still does both. Plus, he answers questions on collecting Social Security and a pension, rolling and converting IRA money, and whether there are financial perks to waiting until after the first of the year to get married.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nematodes in Space 37 mins – “Dr. Fatma Kaplan and Cameron Schiller founded Pheronym, an agricultural biotech company that provides safe, non-toxic, and innovative solutions to solve numerous agricultural problems. They also recently become involved in the development of space nematodes under the company AstroNematode. AstroNematode seeks to establish interstellar agriculture for Earth. The first launching experiment will happen this December and provide data to pave the way for sustainable agriculture outside of Earth. Dr. Fatma and Cameron join me today to share their latest project, AstroNematode, and how it can help provide sustainable solutions for future generations. They describe the origins of this idea and the companies that helped fund the project. They discuss their tie-ins with private companies like Space-X and explain the experiments that will happen in space. They also share what it’s like to work on this project while running Pheronym at the same time.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Crisis Response 83 mins – “Dr. Phillip Coffin talks about the history of opioid crisis and available medical treatments. Coffin is the director of substance use research at the San Francisco Department of Public Health and assistant professor in the division of HIV/AIDS at the University of California, San Francisco Recorded on 05/08/2019. (#34790)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid-Heroin-Fentanyl 59 mins – “Deaths from drug overdose are greater than from car accidents or guns. Dr. Daniel Ciccarone, talks about the triple wave: opioids, heroin and fentanyl. This epidemic is the worst in decades and a comprehensive response is needed. Recorded on 05/15/2019. (#34791)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parent Tele-Support Network 15 mins – “Connect with other parents to share resources, experiences and strength – The Lighthouse Guild Parent Tele-Support Network – Support is a phone call away! Audio Player Dr. Linda Gerra, Director of the Parent Support Program at Lighthouse Guild, and Parents, Maria Ceferatti and Himanshu Neema share their experiences participating in the Parent Tele-Support Network. The Lighthouse Guild has Tele-Support Networks for Teens and Parents of Blind and Visually Impaired children. Support is a phone call away – Wherever you live, there’s a community of caring parents who understand how you feel, because they’re going through the same thing. Through our National Tele-Support Network for Parents of Children with Visual Impairment, you can connect with other parents to share resources, experiences, strength, and hope. These free tele-support groups meet weekly, and are professionally moderated. Whether you choose to actively participate or just listen, you are welcome and not alone.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Student Introverts 62 mins – “After leaving her corporate law practice, Susan Cain decided to write a book exploring how people like her—introverts with a lot to offer—were being left by the sidelines in a world increasingly geared toward extroverts. Apparently she hit a nerve. The 2012 book, Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, has been a huge best-seller. In a recent talk recorded at 6th and I Historic Synagogue in Washington, D.C., Cain and her old friend and law school classmate Angie Kim discuss how businesses and schools are beginning to absorb the lessons of the book—and how Cain and Kim, an avowed extrovert, experienced their law school days very differently.” At the link right-click “Download” under the soundbar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Teen Telesupport 21mins – “Chat with Other Teens Around the Country! Talk about School, Tech, Relationships, Careers and Whatever is on Your Mind – Join the Lighthouse Guild Teen Support Network – Dr. Linda Gerra, Director of the Family Support Program at Lighthouse Guild, Daria Zawadzki, Simon Bonenfant, Matthew Cooper and Sanya Neema talk about their experiences participating on the Nationwide Lighthouse Guild Teen Support Program.At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Stories  44 mins – “Fresh off the success of her first novel, Swamplandia!, a finalist for last year’s Pulitzer Prize for fiction (and an unwitting participant in the notorious Pulitzer selection process that resulted in no 2012 winner), Karen Russell is back with a quirky, and according to many critics brilliant, collection of short stories. The title piece in Vampires in the Lemon Grove concerns aging blood-suckers who are trying to temper their addiction to bodily fluids by sucking on citrus. But at this Feb. 25 appearance at Politics & Prose, Russell read instead from another story in the collection, “Proving Up.” She also answered a wide range of audience questions.” At the link right-click “Download” under the soundbar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thanks for stopping by.


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