Media Mining Digest, MMD485: Accenture, AI and Pandemics, AI Bias, AI in the Drivers Seat, AI Introduction, AI Promise and Pitfalls, AI’s Polarize America, Allegheny Health Network Antivaxxers and Dr Rachie, Battery Expert, Bitcoin Future, Brain Noise, Cheating in College, Congo Handicap, Covid 19 Concerns, Covid Discussion, Covid Impact on Communities of Color, Covid Stress Management, Dairy Business, Disability Rights Advocate, Disabled and Dying Alone, Disabled and President Trump, Disabled House Hunt, Disabled Workers at Comcast, Disaster Doctor in Training, Disaster Modular Shelters, Disaster PTSD, Fools Game, Highmark Health, History of Settler Colonialism, Hydrogen Car Update, J.G. Ballard, Mary Lambert, Maya Angelou, Minimum Basic Income and Disabled, Miracle of the Commons, Noisy Minds, Pediatric Disaster Resilience, Plagued, Rechargeable Batteries, Sea Level Rises, Seed Crops, Spaceflight and Human Issues, Spaceflight and Skeleton, Spinal Frontier, StEER NHERI Disaster Design, Tuna Wranglers, Wilderness EMS Burnout, Wildfire Smoke Effects, Youth and Disabilities

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Accenture 34 mins – “Joyce welcomes Nedra Dickson, international/national business leader and disability advocate to the show. Ms. Dickson is managing director, Global Supplier Inclusion and Sustainability Programs across 18 countries at Accenture. Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services in strategy and consulting, interactive, technology and operations, with digital capabilities across all of these services. They combine unmatched experience and specialized capabilities across more than 40 industries – powered by the world’s largest network of Advanced Technology and Intelligent Operations centers. With 509,000 people serving clients in more than 120 countries. Ms. Dickson will offer advice on what businesses can do to prepare for and survive the COVID-19 pandemic.” At the link right-click “Download MP3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI and Pandemics 19 mins – “Sophisticated AI tools played a major role in our fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, from developing drugs and vaccines, to aiding medical research, and coordinating healthcare providers. We’ll look at the huge expansion of AI capability in just the last few years, and consider what a pandemic response could look like in 100 years. We’ll talk to a professor and founder of a science competition to use AI to solve the “protein folding problem,” and hear how the new AI system Alphafold helped one biologist solve a decades long problem in half an hour. We’ll also hear from residents of a country that successfully used AI to extinguish the spread of COVID-19, and how Americans could do it, too (but probably won’t). (Read the transcript for this episode.)” At the link right-click “Download” “Ep 3 The Next Pandemic” and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

AI Bias 22 mins – “AI systems can be highly susceptible to bias. The potential for serious consequences is huge, especially when it comes to the AI increasingly used in police departments. We’ll hear from a man wrongfully arrested due to facial recognition technology, and from a lawyer researching how “dirty data” has corrupted predictive policing algorithms. We’ll also hear from the creator of one of these predictive policing systems, and an AI researcher who says de-biasing AI isn’t enough. (Read the transcript for this episode.)” At the link right-click “Download” “EP4 Biased Intelligence” and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

AI in the Driver’s Seat 24 mins – “Drones, Driverless Cars, and Automated Weaponry. Increasingly, we’re putting AI in the driver’s seat, physically, with autonomous vehicles. We’ll consider the progress, safety, security, and ethical implications of machines that remove the human factor.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

AI Introduction 22 mins – “Artificial intelligence has seen huge advances in the last decade, very notably in the technology of natural language processing. NLP has gotten increasingly better at convincingly parroting us back to ourselves, and can sometimes briefly pass for human speech, and even write computer code. But, AI can only work with data that it receives from humans, and when the data is corrupt or biased, the systems will faithfully reproduce the corruption.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in this blog archive.

AI Promise and Pitfalls 35 mins – “This is an episode of another WHYY podcast called The Pulse. In a lot of ways, artificial intelligence acts as our personal butlers — it filters our email, manages the temperature in our homes, finds the best commute, shapes our social media, runs our search engines, even flies our planes. But as AI gets involved in more and more aspects of our lives, there are nagging fears. Will AI replace us? Make humans irrelevant? Make some kind of terrible mistake, or even take over the world? On this episode, we hear from scientists and thinkers who argue that we should look at AI not as a threat or competition, but as an extension of our minds and abilities. They explain what AI is good at, and where humans have the upper hand. We look at AI in three different settings: medicine, work, and warfare, asking how it affects our present — and how it could shape our future.” At the link right-click “Download” “Bonus: The Promise and Pitfalls of AI” and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

AI’s Polarize America 26 mins – “We examine AI’s role in polarizing America, from online echo chambers to the virulent spread of misinformation on social media. How did AI influence the attack on the Capitol? How do social media algorithms work, and what’s their goal? We’ll talk with a reporter who witnessed the violent effects of misinformation first-hand; talk to a reporter and researcher who’s created tools to crack open the black boxes of social media algorithms, and hear from an author who explains how Facebook groups are particularly polarizing. (Read the transcript for this episode.)” At the link right-click “Download” “Ep 5 Echo Chambers” and select “Save File” to get the podcast.

Allegheny Health Network 37 mins – “Joyce welcomes Dr. Margaret Larkins-Pettigrew, Senior Vice President and Chief Clinical Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer at Allegheny Health Network to the show. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew is known and respected nationally for her work to promote diversity in the workforce. Dr. Larkins-Pettigrew will share the organization’s commitment from the top down to diverse workforce that includes hiring people with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antivaxxers and Dr Rachie 19 mins – “Dr Rachael Dunlop tells Ian Woolf about her battle with the Australian Vaccination Network. Victoria Bond explains the new DSM descriptions of mental illness. News by Victoria Bond – Coma patients may be conscious and communicate by brain scan, – Boredom kills, – Beetles music saves trees, – stuttering is linked to genetic mutation. Presented and produced by Ian Woolf ” At the link right-click “MP3 Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Battery Expert 19 mins – “New iterations of the smartphone often focus on bells, whistles and other fancy features, when what we all really want for our devices are batteries that last longer. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with technology writer and battery expert Daniel Oberhaus about the latest developments in the energy storage space. We learn about the role that solid state and lithium-silicon batteries may play in the machines of tomorrow, how artificial intelligence may improve battery life, and the progress being made to create recyclable batteries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin Future 53 mins – “Nilay Patel interviews two experts on different sides of the bitcoin argument: a bitcoin investor and bitcoin skeptic. The investor is Nic Carter. He’s a general partner at Castle Island Ventures, which funds startups that are building on top of the bitcoin infrastructure to make payments more accessible — basically, making sure bitcoin can function like a currency. The skeptic is Steve Hanke. He is a professor of Applied Economics at Johns Hopkins University, senior fellow and director of the Troubled Currencies Project at the Cato Institute, a former member of President Ronald Reagan’s Council of Economic Advisers, and was the president of Toronto Trust Argentina in Buenos Aires when it was the world’s best performing mutual fund in 1995. He has also advised other countries on how to deal with hyperinflation and how to stabilize currencies. Nilay asks them both questions about bitcoin’s place in the market and pushes them on the shakier parts of their arguments.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Brain Noise 19 mins – “At a sleep research symposium in January 2020, Janna Lendner presented findings that hint at a way to look at people’s brain activity for signs of the boundary between wakefulness and unconsciousness. For patients who are comatose or under anesthesia, it can be all-important that physicians make that distinction correctly. Doing so is trickier than it might sound, however, because when someone is in the dreaming state of rapid-eye movement (REM) sleep, their brain produces the same familiar, smoothly oscillating brain waves as when they are awake. Lendner argued, though, that the answer isn’t in the regular brain waves, but rather in an aspect of neural activity that scientists might normally ignore: the erratic background noise…..” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cheating in College 5 mins – “John Ydstie visited the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the University of Maryland at College Park to talk to students and faculty about plagiarism. A survey shows that cheating among college students has risen dramatically in the past two years. A high percentage of that cheating involves copying material found on the Internet. Students are apparently finding it more tempting than ever to simply copy from the Web. But some professors are catching on, and Web sites are emerging to help them catch cheaters….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save File As” from the pop-up menu.

Congo Handicap 30 mins – “Congo Handicap trains, hires and supports people with disabilities in South Kivu, DRC Although the eastern part of her country is engulfed in civil war, Francine Atosha Mbusa lives, works and takes empowering action in exactly that region of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).   The government of the DRC was a strong supporter of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). However, local organizations like Congo Handicap are often the only protection for disabled people in the area. Violence rages around them as “Congo Handicap” gathers statistics, leads workshops, distributes supplies and supports individual rights…. Learn more as we interview Francine Atosha Mbusa, the coordinator of “Congo Handicap.”   We’ll also be joined by Leroy T. Moore Jr, the founder of Krip Hop Nation to talk about his history with Congo Handicap and get an update on his international work.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Covid 19 Concerns 35 mins – “This episode looks at spikes in COVID-19 across the U.S. and its effects on EMS providers, hospital staff, and other medical responders. Dr. Joe Holley shares his expertise and experience in Memphis, Tennessee as the virus spread continues to grow there. Then we talk with our disaster weather expert Becky DePodwin about recent extreme weather outbreaks including two new hurricanes in the Atlantic and a third forming in the Caribbean. It looks like 2020 will be a record year for extreme weather, too.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Covid Discussion 32 mins – “Dr. Diane Havlir knows it takes a community to end a pandemic. Latinx was particualry hard hit with COVID-19. She talks about what Unidos en Salud did to respond to the virus and where things stand in the race between the virus and the vaccine. Recorded on 05/18/2021. (#37137)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Covid Discussion 55 mins – “Dr. George Rutherford shares what we know about the emergence and spread of SARS-CoV-2, the epidemiology of COVID-19, and the status of immunizations. He also explores what can still go wrong and what we’ve learned to better handle future pandemics. Recorded on 05/11/2021. (#37136)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” or “Video MP4” then select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Covid Impact on Communities of Color 57 mins – “Reflecting on the devastating, disparate impacts of the COVID pandemic on communities of color, this panel examines the role of structural racism in health outcomes and the systemic changes necessary to ensure health equity. Recorded on 03/23/2021. (#36860)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Covid Stress Management 38 mins – “We brought back Dan McGuire from CISM Perspectives to talk about stress management for all healthcare professionals in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dan compares the stress seen by EMS, ER, and other hospital staff in major pandemic hot spots around the world to the stresses seen by responders on and after the 9/11 attacks. We discuss the importance of stress management in the face of recent suicides by EMS, nurses, and physicians surrounding COVID. We also enlist 911 Dispatcher and Meteorologist Kyle Nelson into the discussion to talk about the impacts on that part of the first response community.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dairy Business 23 mins – “Today’s episode is all about data and technology for the modern dairy. But even if you’re not specifically interested in the dairy industry, you’re going to want to stick around. And here’s why: one of the big challenges to agtech is the long feedback loop. You try a technology out for an entire year and you get one shot – harvest to see how it performed. Dairy is way different. That scorecard happens three times per day when the cows are milked. This rapid feedback loop has allowed dairies to embrace data analytics arguably faster than other areas of agriculture. And I would argue all of ag could learn a thing or two from this episode.  We have on the show Jordan Lambert. Jordan is the VP of Business Development for VAS, a software and data analytics company that provides sustainability and profitability insights to dairy producers. Jordan grew up on a dairy farm in rural Colorado, and graduated from my alma mater, UC Davis with a bachelor’s in Biotechnology.  She spent her early career as a genetic engineer before pursuing an MBA at Harvard. From there her career took her into consulting and back into agriculture with a role at Indigo. But she returned to Colorado and to the dairy industry to take this position with VAS.  There’s some great stuff here on data including collection, standardization, and privacy. As well as some interesting discussion towards the end about what it’s like to have private and cooperative ownership in the company, and how sustainability metrics are increasing the need for farm-level data.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disability Rights Advocate 35 mins – “The newly appointed CEO of Disability Rights Advocates, Kathy Martinez, will be Joyce’s guest. Kathy Martinez is a nationally known and admired disability rights leader in our country. She served as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Disability Employment Policy during the Obama administration. Her work continues to improve and protect the rights of Americans with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled and Dying Alone 20 mins – “Due to 12 years of budget cuts, people with developmental disabilities are taking care of aging parents by themselves, dying alone in single occupancy residences (SROs), and facing a host of other problems. Hear more about the crisis and find out the solutions. We speak to those directly affected.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled and President Trump 20 mins – “Almost a month into our long national nightmare, we ask ‘how will the Trump administration affect the lives of people with disabilities?’ Trump’s campaign started with his mocking of a reporter’s disability. Now we’ve moved on to an education secretary who had to be told what the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) is, and an attorney general who thinks that students with disabilities are “disruptive.” Coming soon: devastating cuts to healthcare. Listen to community members as they weep, resist, build coalitions and strengthen their resolve to make social change. Hosted by Sheela Gunn-Cushman and Mark Romoser.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled House Hunt 20 mins – “Sixteen months!  That’s right… It took our producer Sheela Gunn-Cushman one year and four months to find an affordable place to live in the high-rent east bay of Northern California. Her story is a mythic saga of slogging through swamps, fording rushing streams and (here and there) stumbling across a golden ring. It’s a story many of us on fixed incomes know only too well — as we struggle to find a place we can call home.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disabled Workers at Comcast 37 mins – “Joyce welcomes Toni Murphy who in January 2021 was named Senior Vice President of Comcast’s Keystone Region, overseeing the organization’s operational, strategic and financial performance across areas serving western, central and northeastern Pennsylvania, eastern Ohio, northern West Virginia and the Maryland panhandle. The Region is headquartered in Pittsburgh, where Murphy is based. Highly engaged within her industry and the community, Murphy is an executive sponsor of Comcast’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and plays an active role with organizations including Women in Cable Telecommunications, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Strong Women Strong Girls and Catalyst Connection. During the show she will share her perspective on why Comcast is committed to a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download MP3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Doctor in Training 27 mins – “Today with visit with Dr. Sam Ni, a third year emergency medicine resident and USAR Doc in Training. Dr. Joe Holley connected us with Dr. Ni so we could get an understanding about what draws some ER docs to this unique calling. We chat with Dr. Ni about the process of her training. She shares what parts she enjoyed the most and what challenged her more than others. She also shares her understanding how this opportunity offers her a different look at emergency medicine and disaster medicine as two sides of the same coin. Dr. Ni will be returning to the show in the future as her training proceeds so we can follow up on the process with her.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster Modular Shelters 28 mins – “Jonathan Barry from Harbor Wellness comes on the Disaster Podcast to introduce us to their modular shelter systems. One of the major issues with standard disaster shelters is the inability to socially distance evacuees. The Harbor Modular Room system gives responders the opportunity to use existing shelter spaces and effectively separate family groups. The team had a lot of great questions for Jon, seeing the immediate utility of this system beyond the world of COVID-19. These shelters could be used wherever a modular room system would prove useful: Triage, Private Medical Treatment, Training, etc. View a video of the RDMRS shelters during set-up here. Meteorologist Becky DePodwin also came on the show to discuss recent disaster weather events and the continued activity in the Tropics. Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disaster PTSD 39 mins – “We invited psychologist Randy DuPont PhD. on the show this episode to talk about mental health wellness and awareness in the first responder and disaster response community. Randy is a recognized expert in the fields of mental illness, crisis de-escalation systems and public safety personnel wellness programs. He is a professor and clinical psychologist at the University of Memphis School of Urban Affairs and Public Policy. Previously, he was a professor at the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, where he was responsible for the Regional Medical Center Psychiatric Emergency Services. Then we talk with our disaster weather expert Becky DePodwin about recent extreme weather outbreaks in the tropics, especially Hurricane Iota’s impacts on Central America. Our other disaster meteorologist, Kyle Nelson comes on to look at extreme weather across the mountain west and the rest of the country.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fools Game 20 mins – “This April Fools Friday, nothing’s off limits on Pushing Limits.  Sheela Gunn-Cushman hosts. Shelley Berman puts Robin Williams and Eliahu Ha Navee in the same paragraph.  And Josh Elwood hands nuggets of wisdom to some politicians who particularly need them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Highmark Health 36 mins – “Joyce welcomes Joshua Verdi, Labor and Employment Counsel at Highmark Health to the show. Mr. Verdi will share the reasons the organization places emphasis on maintaining a diverse workforce that includes people with disabilities within their corporate culture. He will also talk about living with his own mental health disability and the importance of ending the stigma associated with having a mental health disability.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

History of Settler Colonialism 32 mins – “Letters & Politics US History Collection The History of Settler Colonialism Guest: Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz, author of the book An Indigenous Peoples’ History of the United States.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hydrogen Vehicle Update 19 mins – “Back in February of 2013 when we spoke to hydrogen vehicle expert Robert Boyd, the mass market appeal of hydrogen cars seemed somewhat limited to say the least — hydrogen was less than an ideal fuel for a number of reasons. But a lot can happen in eight years, and now the hydrogen car seems to be re-emerging as a viable alternative to our old gas guzzlers. This week on Sea Change Radio, we provide listeners an update on the  hydrogen-powered vehicle with Scott Lerner, a writer who’s been driving a hydrogen-fueled Toyota Mirai since 2017. He tells us of the advantages and disadvantages of driving a clean fuel vehicle that’s not an EV, what hurdles the hydrogen vehicle industry faces, and why he thinks there’s a chance our nation’s enormous trucking fleet will someday be powered by clean-burning hydrogen gas.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

J. G. Ballard 31 mins – “An interview with legendary author J. G. Ballard (1930-2009), conducted for KPFA’s Probabilities radio program in 1988, digitized and re-edited in 2016 by Richard Wolinsky. J. G. Ballard, who died in 2009 at the age of 78, was one of the greatest of all British speculative fiction writers, and one of the major writers of the period known as the British New Wave. On May 8th, 1988, KPFA’s Probabilities crew (Lawrence Davidson, Richard A. Lupoff and Richard Wolinsky) had a chance to sit down with J. G. Ballard while he was on tour for his novel, The Day of Creation. It turned into a fascinating career retrospective.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mary Lambert 20 mins – “In this program we play music from Mary Lambert, talk some about being disabled and finding yourself in a yet another crisis, and give a big shout out to those of us with mental disabilities.   We also open the phones for listener calls. You might know Mary Lambert from her work with Macklemore on the song “Same Love” or, as I call it, “My Love She Keeps Me Warm” or from her hit song, “Secrets”.  Her latest album, Grief Creature, she says, centers around trauma and mental illness.  She’s courageous, fun and a wonderful singer! Because of the music in this program, this archived version will only be available for 14 days. Hosted by Mollie McLeod & Adrienne Lauby Production help from Shelley Berman, Sheela Gunn-Cushman, Rod Akil and Jose Gonzalez” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maya Angelou 80 mins – “Knowledge is Power Maya Angelou Maya Angelou at the Calvin Simmons Theater in Oakland, September 8th, 1995 with her son poet Guy Johnson and poet Janice Mirikitani in an event titled As The World Rises.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Minimum Basic Income and Disabled 20 mins – “Maybe the way to end poverty is to give poor people money. The idea of a universal basic income in the U.S. isn’t new. Progressives pushed the concept in the 1960s and 70s, and several other countries have tried local experiments. But, tech industry leaders like Tesla’s Elon Musk have recently taken up the idea and that’s making a buzz. Many of us in the disability community already live on the basic income called Social Secu rity and SSI.   Today, Mark Romoser, Josh Elwood, Sheela Gunn-Cushman, Eddie Ytuarte and Adrienne Lauby examine this new (old) idea. Would a universal income produce more volunteers for your organization as those who are beaten down by poverty become activated empowered voting individuals. Or would poor people simply have more isolation and personal loneliness without the necessity to work a series of low-wage jobs? Based on the experience of people who currently live on the fixed income of Social Security our panel takes up this and other issues. Produced and hosted by Adrienne Lauby with audio editing help from Sheela Gunn-Cushman. Audio engineering by Shelley Berman.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Miracle of the Commons 10 mins – “In 1968, ecologist and biologist Garrett Hardin published “The Tragedy of the Commons,” and to this day the idea has currency in environmental and conservationist circles. But what if the idea is wrong? Michelle Nijhuis is a project editor at The Atlantic, and the author of Beloved Beasts: Fighting for Life in an Age of Extinction. She recently published an essay titled “The miracle of the commons,” and we spoke with her about alternative ways of looking at the commons that don’t end in tragedy.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Noisy Minds 34 mins – “Psychologist Daniel Kahneman says there are invisible factors that distort our judgment. He calls these factors “noise.” The consequences can be found in everything from marriage proposals to medical diagnoses and prison sentences. This week on Hidden Brain, we consider how to identify noise in the world, and in our own lives. If you like our work, please consider supporting it! See how you can help at support.hiddenbrain.org. And to learn more about human behavior and ideas that can improve your life, subscribe to our newsletter at news.hiddenbrain.org.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Pediatric Disaster Resilience 44 mins – “Bobbie Merica joins us on the show this week to talk about resilience in the face of disasters, especially for children. Her One Child At A Time coloring book series found at AOIFA.org is an ambitious project that collects valuable resources for children before, during, and following high stress events like weather disasters, active shooter incidents, and similar situations. “Like a child, it takes a courageous heart to put one foot in front of the other.  Resilience, hope, and preparedness must be fostered if we are to be stronger than our circumstances.” (from the AOIFA.org website)” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Plagued 28 mins – “Dr John Froude talks about how plagues have shaped human evolution. Produced and hosted by Ian Woolf” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy of the podcast is included in this blog archive.

Rechargeable Batteries 19 mins – “New iterations of the smartphone often focus on bells, whistles and other fancy features, when what we all really want for our devices are batteries that last longer. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with technology writer and battery expert Daniel Oberhaus about the latest developments in the energy storage space. We learn about the role that solid state and lithium-silicon batteries may play in the machines of tomorrow, how artificial intelligence may improve battery life, and the progress being made to create recyclable batteries.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sea Level Rises 19 mins – “Summer is nearly upon us. The next time you’re at the beach, gazing upon the blue horizon, take a moment to contemplate the depths of the sea, and the ways that the ocean is changing. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with oceanographer and author John Englander to take a deep dive into rising sea levels and his book Moving To Higher Ground. We examine the latest predictions by the scientific community, discuss the various challenges that coastal regions around the globe face, and ponder the policies needed to mitigate the encroaching threat of higher and higher tides.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seed Crops 21 mins – “Today you’re going to get to hear the story of Dave Oien of Timeless Seeds and Timeless Food. He shares how he figured out how to convert to organic when very few thought it was possible, then how we built a seed business that ultimately became a food business. And make sure you stay to the end for some really interesting comments about resiliency.  Dave returned to the farm in Montana and convinced his dad in the 1970s to let him convert the farm to organic. Then, over the next four decades he built a seed business and a food business selling organic lentils and chickpeas as well as ancient grains and some other farm products.  His story is so remarkable, it was made into a book called “Lentil Underground.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spaceflight and Human Issues 30 mins – “Dr. Jonathan Clark explores enabling technologies and how they’ve been used in advancing humans in space while also having impacts on terrestrial applications. Clark worked at NASA from 1997 to 2005 and was a Space Shuttle Crew Surgeon on six shuttle missions and was Chief of the Medical Operations Branch. Recorded on 03/10/2021. (#37005)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spaceflight and Skeleton 24 mins – “The environment of long-duration spaceflight causes major disruption to all aspects of human functioning, including the musculoskeletal system. But astronauts are not the only ones that worry about bone loss. All those who suffer from osteoporosis have issues with bone density and strength. Researchers hope that looking at the problem of bone loss in space will help the disease on Earth. Recorded on 03/24/2021.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spinal Frontier 17 mins – “Prolonged exposure to microgravity experienced by astronauts in space is known to cause low back pain and a heightened risk of intervertebral disc herniations following spaceflight. Jeff Lotz, Professor, Vice Chair for Research, UCSF Orthopaedic Surgery, discusses what has been learned about back pain and spinal degeneration. Recorded on 03/24/2021.” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

StEER NHERI Disaster Design 43 mins – “Daniel Zehner from the DesignSafe Radio podcast joins us on the Disaster Podcast this week. Dan talks with us about the important work of NHERI (Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure). He highlights the report from a recent StEER report that came out following Hurricane Laura. The Structural Extreme Events Reconnaissance Network puts teams and equipment on the ground prior to disaster events to measure the forces involved in real time and then observes the damage caused after the fact. Dan and the Disaster Podcast team talk about this important data and the information gleaned from it. This information is especially important with Hurricane Delta bearing down on the same stretch of the Gulf Coast struck by Hurricane Laura weeks before. Dr. Joe Holley and meteorologist Becky DePodwin join the show tonight. Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tuna Wranglers 19 mins – “When we hear the term “resource curse,” it usually refers to the exploitation of countries with rich stores of natural resources like fossil fuels or widely coveted metals and minerals. Today, however, we are talking about protein. Some of the most beautiful, remote parts on the planet also produce some of its most unsustainable protein sources. This week on Sea Change Radio, we speak with environmental journalist Malavika Vyawahare from the distant Indian Ocean island of Réunion to discuss the devastating and corrupt practices surrounding the tuna fishing industry in that part of the world. We learn about the destructive practice using fish aggregating devices (or FADs), how ships from wealthy European nations like Spain and France are exploiting law-of-the-sea loopholes, and what steps are being taken to prevent the region’s fishery from being completed wiped out. Read the show transcript At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wilderness EMS Burnout 25 mins – “The Disaster Podcast team is back with a look at burnout for Wilderness EMS responders this week. James Corbin (@Wilderness_PA on Twitter) joins the discussion along with new guest David Bremson. The podcast team and our guests discuss the challenges around regular training, loss of desire to continue in the field, and other ways responders become overwhelmed enough to burn out and lose effectiveness. Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis, along with Dr. Joe Holley, and our disaster weather experts, Kyle Nelson and Becky Depodwin.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wildfire Smoke Effects 22 mins – “With wildfires all up and down the west coast of the United States, clouds of smoke have been detected as far away as New York City. What are the long term effects of wildfire smoke on air quality and the health of residents in communities nearby? We talk with Dr. Joe Holley about the health effects and what potential protective steps can be taken by individuals in those affected communities. We also talk with our emergency and disaster meteorologist Kyle Nelson about how his area of Colorado are messaging about air quality to residents and tourists who visit. Also on the show were co-hosts Sam Bradley, and Jamie Davis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Youth and Disabilities 20 mins – “In the wake of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida, youth activists have taken center stage as never before.   Disability activists made history with last summer’s ADAPT protests of proposed Medi-Care cuts in Washington, Colorado and elsewhere. So, what’s going on today at the intersection of youth and disability? Jamie Caron of DANY, Hayward-based Disability Action Network for Youth, joins hosts Mark Romoser and Sheela Gunn-Cushman to talk about what issues are picking up steam for young people with disabilities.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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