Media Mining Digest 272 – Jan 27, 2017: Alzheimer’s in Australia, Antarctic Ice Crack, Anthropocene Epoch, Antibiotic Resistance, Astronomy History, August Wilson Playwright, Bacterial Threat, Belief Changes, Bellevue History, Bitcoin History, Black Woman Journalist, Blackjack Math, Book Designer Boom, Botox History, Broadband in North Carolina, Chess Playing, Chinese Renewable Energy, City of Refuge, Civil War History, Colored American Opera, Communications Business, Computer Forensics, Creative Thinking, CRISPR Use, Defense Logistics Agency, Designer Bob Gill, Diabetic and Starving, Digital vs Books, Drug Interactions, Drug Production Overseas, Elevator History, Empathy Pitfalls, Empire State Building Crash, Europe Direction, Fast Pay Business, Feminist Movement, GM Science, Groucho Marx Last Years, Gun Culture, Gut Project, Hacking Future, Health Physiology, Hugge vs High Tech, Ennovation Engineering, Ira Glass, Jerusalem Embassy, Ketogenic Diet, Lead in Water LGBT Challenges, Mary Queen of Scots, MCAT Test, Mindfulness Experiment, Muon Science, Negotiation Process, North Carolina Politics, Obamacare Changes, Online Harassment, Pancuronium Bromide, Photonics Engineer, Presidential Rules, Prostate MRI and Biopsies, Public Transport in Toronto, Restaurant History, Science and Politics, Secret Radio Messages, Smartphone Impact, Solid State Chemistry, Spark Camp, STEM Pipeline, Steve Jobs Bio, Supreme Court Cases, Syrian War and America, Taser History, Tesla Gigafactory Tour, Texas Tower Sniper, Transgender Surgeries, Trump Cabinet, Trump False Rumors, Trump’s Presidential Powers, Ukraine History and Life, Universal Basic Income, WWII Britain

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 88 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 290 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 13,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Alzheimer’s in Australia 60 mins – “The National Press Club marks World Alzheimer’s Day with a special event featuring Dr Ron Petersen and Ita Buttrose.” At the link find the title, “National Press Club: World Alzheimer’s D” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antarctic Ice Crack 27 mins – “[first of four items]The British Antarctic Survey will evacuate all their researchers from the Halley VI base at the start of the Antarctic winter for safety reasons. This will be the first time experiments looking at the Ozone hole and measurements of the extreme environment will be put on hold. The reason? A big chasm is opening up on the Brunt Ice Shelf where the Ice Station is situated.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antarctic Ice Shelf Break 58 mins – “The crack in the Antarctic ice shelf grows by 11 miles. We’ll look at what’s coming, and talk with physicist Helen Czerski about the dynamics of the world around us.” At the link find the title, “Antarctic Ice Shelves And Global Dynamics, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509164739.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Anthropocene Epoch 28 mins – “Jan Zalasiewicz, Professor of Palaeobiology at Leicester University, talks to Jim al-Khalili about the Anthropocene, the concept that humans now drive much geology on the earth. He’s one of the leading lights in the community of scientists who are working to get the Anthropocene, the Age of Man, recognised. They discuss the controversy about the date of when it began- some say it was a thousand years ago, or the Industrial revolution, others that it was the Second World War, and yet others that it’s as recent as the 1960s. It all turns on finding the Golden Spike, a layer in rock strata above which the geology changes. Jan Zalasiewicz began his career as a traditional geologist studying rocks 500 million years old in Welsh border. After years out in the field mapping the landscape for the British Geological Survey he moved into academia at Leicester University.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 5 mins – “If it sometimes seems like the idea of antibiotic resistance, though unsettling, is more theoretical than real, please read on. Public health officials from Nevada are reporting on a case of a woman who died in Reno in September from an incurable infection. Testing showed the superbug that had spread throughout her system could fend off 26 different antibiotics. “It was tested against everything that’s available in the United States … and was not effective,” said Dr. Alexander Kallen, a medical officer in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s division of health care quality promotion….“People have asked me many times ‘How scared should we be?’ … ‘How close are we to the edge of the cliff?’ And I tell them: We’re already falling off the cliff,” Johnson said. “It’s happening. It’s just happening — so far — on a relatively small scale and mostly far away from us. People that we don’t see … so it doesn’t have the same emotional impact.’’ At the link find the title, “Think antibiotic-resistant ‘super-bugs’ are only a distant threat? Think again. Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0117201701.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 56 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the rise of deadly drug-resistant bacteria.” At the link find the title, “Hunting the Nightmare Bacteria, Jul, 2015,” right-click “Media files 213819981-frontlinepbs-hunting-the-nightmare-bacteria.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomy History 45 mins – “This week we consider the work of Jesuit astronomers across Europe and around the world before returning to a discussion of weighing the heliocentric and geoheliocentric models of the solar system.” At the link right-click “Direct Download Link” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

August Wilson Playwright 52 mins – “Wednesday, we’re talking about August Wilson, one of the great American playwrights … period. That doesn’t need the qualifier that he was a black playwright. But his plays were about the black experience in this country, and one of his masterpieces was Fences. Denzel Washington’s film version is now in theaters, and the stage version has just opened at Pioneer Theatre Company. We’re taking the opportunity to talk about the heart breaking beauty of August Wilson’s work.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bacterial Threat 40 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Antibiotics,” right-click “Media files 209419838-frontlinepbs-the-trouble-with-antibiotics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bacterial Threat 43 mins – “FRONTLINE investigates the widespread use of antibiotics in food animals and whether it is fueling the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance in people. (Original Upload Date: 11/18/2014)” At the link find the title, “The Trouble with Antibiotics, Jun, 2015,” right-click “Media files 209419838-frontlinepbs-the-trouble-with-antibiotics.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Belief Changes 45 mins – “We don’t treat all of our beliefs the same. The research shows that when a strong-yet-erroneous, belief is challenged, yes, you might experience some temporary weakening of your convictions, some softening of your certainty, but most people rebound from that and not only reassert their original belief at its original strength, but go beyond that and dig in their heels, deepening their resolve over the long run. Psychologists call this the backfire effect, and this episode is the first of three shows exploring this well-documented and much-studied psychological phenomenon, one that you’ve likely encountered quite a bit lately. In this episode, we explore its neurological underpinning as two neuroscientists at the University of Southern California’s Brain and Creativity Institute explain how their latest research sheds new light on how the brain reacts when its deepest beliefs are challenged.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 093-The Backfire Effect-Part One.mp3”and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bellevue History 38 mins – “Pulitzer Prize–winning N.Y.U. historian David Oshinsky, director of the Division of Medical Humanities at the N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center, talks about his latest book, Bellevue: Three Centuries of Medicine and Mayhem at America’s Most Storied Hospital.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bitcoin History 37 mins – “In this episode of Radio Motherboard, we talked to New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper about the process of researching his new book about Bitcoin. We also spoke to Courtney Marie Warner, who loves Bitcoin, even though it put her boyfriend in prison. And we spoke to some random people at a park to see just how far we have to go before Bitcoin is truly mainstream.” At the link find the title,”The History of Bitcoin, May, 2015,” right-click “Media files The_History_of_Bitcoin.mp3” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Black Woman Journalist 74 mins – “Carol McCabe Booker discusses pioneering journalist Alice Dunnigan, who shattered barriers in the late 1940s by becoming the first black female reporter credentialed to cover Congress and the White House. Booker edited and annotated a newly published edition of Dunnigan’s autobiography, “Alone Atop the Hill,” providing historical context to the journalist’s remarkable story.” At the link find the title, “Sat, 28 February 2015, Alice Dunnigan, Pioneer of the National Black Press,” right-click “Direct download: IM_20150228.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blackjack Math 26 mins – “Ed Thorp started his career teaching math at MIT. Then he slid sideways into blackjack, changed the game forever, and set his sights on Wall Street investing. He changed that forever too.” At the link find the title, “#749: Professor Blackjack,” right-click “Media files 20170120 pmoney podacst012016.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Designer Boom 46 mins – “Debbie Millman talks to Irma Boom about the art and craft of her celebrated book designs.” At the link find the title, “Irma Boom, Mar, 2014,” right-click “Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Irma-Boom.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Botox History 48 mins – “The Botox explosion. It’s not just for wrinkles anymore. Migraines, depression. We’ll track the spreading use of Botox.” At the link find the title, “Botox Revolution Moves Beyond Wrinkles, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509001739.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in North Carolina 23 mins – “From our research, we believe the municipal fiber-optic network in Wilson, North Carolina, has the best low-income Internet access program in the nation. Called Greenlight, the fiber network has led to job growth and been a financial success. And now it also offers $10 per month 50 Mbps symmetrical Internet access to those living in housing units owned by the public housing authority. Greenlight General Manager Will Aycock is back again to tell us about this program and is joined by two additional guests: CEO and President Kelly Vick from the Wilson Housing Authority and Wilson Communications and Marketing Director Rebecca Agner. We discuss how the program was created, how it is funded, and how it is impacting the community in addition to public reaction to it. Wilson continues to set a higher bar for what a community can expect when it builds its own network and seeks creative ways to improve opportunity for its businesses and residents.” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chess Playing 56 mins – “We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.” At the linkf idn the title, “161 Patrick Wolff – How to Become a Grandmaster Chess Champion,” right-click “Media files ab4af996-a6c8-4eda-9028-e9d6d41d3fbd.mp3“ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chinese Renewable Energy 4 mins – “In Donald Trump’s vision of America, some parts of the country’s future look a lot like its past. Exhibit A: his promise to revive the flagging coal industry. Meanwhile the world’s other economic giant, China, which now uses more coal than any other country on Earth, is moving sharply in the opposite direction. China recently announced another huge new investment in renewable energy — $360 billion by 2020, which the Chinese government says will also create 13 million new jobs. So which is the better bet on where the jobs and the energy of the future will come from? We put the question to Mary Kay Magistad, The World’s longtime China correspondent and now the host of its podcast “Whose Century Is It?….” At the link find the title, “Donald Trump sees the future in coal. China sees the future in renewables. Who’s making the safer bet? Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 0119201705.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

City of Refuge 20 mins – “He’s a white preacher from the hills of Virginia who brought his wife and five daughters to live in one of the most dangerous areas of Atlanta. Fought off car thieves, addicts, and deranged would-be killers. And took it upon himself to fight the city’s worst problems and create a refuge for those who needed it. Why? Meet the man who was “conned by God.” At the linkf ind the title, “S01 Episode 2: City of Refuge, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files CGT Episode 2, City of Refuge, 072216.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Civil War History 113 mins – “In this installment, we’re covering the major military developments in the war up through September of 1862.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Colored American Opera Company 27 mins – “The Colored American Opera Company was born at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church — the first all-black church in the nation’s capitol — where an Italian priest invited a white Spanish American veteran of the U.S. Marine Band, and teacher of march legend John Philip Sousa, to teach a French style of opéra bouffe to an African American choir. In doing so, in 1873, just a decade after President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, together, they created the first American opera company — black or white — in the nation. Listen as Shelley Brown, producer and former artistic director of the Strathmore theater in Bethesda, Maryland, and Patrick Warfield, a professor of musicology at the University of Maryland and author of Making the March King: John Philip Sousa’s Washington Years,1854-1893 discuss this hidden American story.” At the link find the title, “17: The Colored American Opera Company,” right-click “Media files 587d4383eb50589014deef60.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Communications Business 24 mins – “This week on The Voice, our host Tina Barton chats with Deborah Hinton, Partner at Hinton and Co., and Sohini Bhattacharya, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Allegoro Communications, about the ups and downs of going “indie”, out-of-the gate factors to have in place, the importance of planning for lean times and how else to set yourself up for success.” At the link find the title, “Wed, 13 May 2015 Mini-Series: Episode 1 – How to Become an “Indie” Communications Consultant,” right-click “Direct download: Ep87_FINAL.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Forensics 28 mins – Episode 27 of Digital Detectives is a FAQ on the topic by two lawyers who specialize in law and technology. The podcast is no longer available at the link, but is included in the blog archive.

Creative Thinking 94 mins – “My guest this episode is my friend, Eric Weinstein (@ericrweinstein), managing director of Thiel Capital, a Ph.D in mathematical physics from Harvard, and a research fellow at the Mathematical Institute of Oxford University. We recorded at my house after Eric emailed me this question: “Wanna try a podcast on… psychedelics, theories of everything, and the need to destroy education in order to save it?” He’s brilliant and hilarious. If you enjoyed my podcasts with Derek Sivers or Sam Harris, you’ll love this one. We cover a lot of ground…..” [Books mentioned include The Emperor of Scent by Chandler Burr, Heraclitean Fire by Erwin Chargaff and Kayfabe Essay] At the link find the title, “#131: Eric Weinstein on Challenging “Reality,” Working with Peter Thiel, and Destroying Education to Save It,” right-click “Media files Tim_Ferriss_Show_-_Eric_Weinstein.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CRISPR Use 50 mins – “New Yorker staff writer Michael Specter talks about the dramatic advances in genetic research. He says there are new tools that allow scientists “to edit genes in the way a word processor would edit words,” so they can alter, delete, and rearrange the DNA of living organisms. Critic at large John Powers reviews ’20th Century Women,’ the new film written and directed by Mike Mills.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As from the pop-up the menu.” At the link find the title, “January 12, 2017, Rewriting the Genetic Code,” click the arrow with three dots, right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Defense Logistics Agency 19 mins – “Earlier this week, Motherboard published a year-long investigation that revealed the Pentagon has been sending defective gun parts to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In more than 60 cases, the barrels of guns have literally exploded and, in at least one case, a soldier was seriously injured. Radio Motherboard talks with reporter Damien Spleeters about how he was able to make sense of thousands of pages of documents from the Defense Logistics Agency and with features editor Brian Anderson about the implications of Spleeters’s findings. We also talk about the DLA, which spends $40 billion a year but is little known outside of defense circles.” At the link find the title, “When Big Guns Go Down, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files When Big Guns Go Down.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Designer Bob Gill 46 mins -”Legendary designer Bob Gill talks about design in the 1950s, working with the Beatles and the problem with so many designers today.” At the link find the title, “Design Matters From the Archive: Bob Gill, Sept, 2015,”Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Bob-Gill.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diabetic and Starving 30 mins – “Diabetes is usually considered a disease of excess—so why are so many starving people in India getting it?” At the link find the title “The Disease We’re Getting Wrong, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files The_Disease_Were_Getting_Wrong.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Digital vs Books 14 mins – Along with ALA Midwinter, the publishing conference calendar for 2017 opened this week with a trimmed down and refocused Digital Book World show returning to New York City. As keynote speaker, Macmillan CEO John Sargent offered some candid remarks on the state of the business, reports Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly senior writer. “Sargent told attendees that the digital part of the business – which fell 16% among traditional publishers in 2016, according to Nielsen – will decline again in 2017. At the same time, he acknowledged that self-publishing and Amazon’s subscription service, Kindle Unlimited, were large, and getting larger,” he tells CCC’s Chris Kenneally. “His takeaway? That if self-publishing is growing, and traditional publishers are not shrinking, there is a lot of reading going on, and that better data and analytics will help publishers compete,” Albanese adds….” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Interactions 58 mins – “Medications are often crucial for maintaining our health, but every drug you take has potential side effects and may interact with other medicines. What do you know about these hazards? Understanding Benefits and Risks: Our guest, Dr. Russ Altman, suggests that physicians should exercise more restraint in prescribing and patients should ask more questions about the drugs they are expected to take. That way, everyone will have a better understanding of the balance of benefits and risks that accompany every prescription.” At the link find the title, “Show 1064: How Can You Avoid Hazardous Drug Interactions?” right-click “Media files PP-1064Interactions.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Production Overseas 7 mins – “FDA Oversight of Foreign Drug Safety At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Elevator History 21 mins – “Elevators are old. They would have to be. Because it is in our nature to rise. History is full of things that lift other things. In ancient Greece, and China, and Hungary, there were systems of weights and pulleys and platforms designed to bring nobility–or their meals–to new heights. …And then came Elisha Otis.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Empathy Pitfalls 42 mins – “We welcome back cognitive scientist Paul Bloom to talk about his new book Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion.” At the link find the title, “162 Paul Bloom – Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 41da138d-ec82-408f-93a9-f342c1dfca9c.mp3”and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Empire State Building Crash 17 mins – “On July 28, 1945, an airplane crashed into the Empire State Building. A B-25 bomber was flying a routine mission, chartering servicemen from Massachusetts to New York City…. When the plane hit, parts of the engine flew ahead and severed the lifting cables of two elevators on the 79th floor. The elevators crashed to the sub-basement. In one of the elevators was a 19-year-old elevator operator named Betty Lou Oliver. She broke her pelvis, back and neck — but she survived….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Europe Direction 53 mins – “Our discussion this week is presented by the Boston University Center for the Study of Europe, the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, and the Goethe-Institut Boston.  Our discussion is titled “Quo Vadis, Europe?”  Our speaker is Joachim Fritz-Vannahme, director of the think tank Europe’s Future at the Bertelsmann Stiftung.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Fast Pay Business 48 mins – “Author Lisa Servon says a growing number of Americans are finding alternatives to traditional banks, including prepaid debit cards, check-cashing centers, and payday lenders. Her book is ‘The Unbanking of America.’ Also, we remember activist and jazz writer Nat Hentoff with an excerpt of his 1986 interview.” At the link find the title, “January 10, 2017 Why More Americans Are Giving Up On Banks,”click the arrow with three dots, right-click “Download” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feminist Movement 37 mins – “The feminist movement has always been about equality for all women, but there are many paths to that goal. One of them is this weekend’s Women’s March on Washington which began with a rallying cry on social media. But will the march follow a path toward more inclusiveness, toward equal pay, and to greater equality between men and women? And just what does it mean to be a feminist?” At the link find the title, “Feminism And The Women’s March On Washington, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170117_1a 118.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

GM Science 39 mins – “Plants contain a family of genes called “R genes” that play important roles in resistance to disease.  Plants and pathogens exist in an evolutionary arms race, each developing new means to attack or defend against the other.  Professor Jonathan Jones has been at the forefront of R gene biology for decades.  How to plants use these specialized molecules to detect a pathogen?  How do pathogens evade detection?  How can these genes be mixed and matched between plants to create new varieties resistant to disease?  Hosted by Dr. Paul Vincelli.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Groucho Marx Last Years 86 mins – “Marx Brothers fanatics Gilbert and Frank sit down for a fascinating conversation with Groucho’s personal assistant and archivist (and author of the memoir, “Raised Eyebrows: My Years Inside Groucho’s House”) Steve Stoliar, who shares fond memories of the man himself, as well as brothers Gummo, Zeppo and famous houseguests George Burns, Liza Minnelli and Mae West. Also, Marvin Hamlisch grouses, Groucho takes in an Alice Cooper concert, Zeppo heads south of the border and Steve rescues “Animal Crackers.” PLUS: Claude Rains! S.J. Perelman! The “Israeli Chico Marx”! Bob Hope roasts Danny Thomas! And Erin Fleming turns down Woody Allen!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Culture 51 mins – “Historian Pamela Haag says there’s a mythology around American gun culture. The conventional wisdom is that since the Revolutionary War we’ve had some primal bond with our firearms. But Haag argues that our guns were once just another tool of everyday life, and that the gun industry convinced us we needed to be armed. In her latest book, she follows the rise of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and the marketing campaign she says created our gun culture. We spoke with Haag about the story.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gut Project 26 mins – “The American Gut project is the largest crowd-sourced project ever: to date, over 80.000 participants have contributed fecal, skin, or oral samples. The ambitious goal is to characterize the microbiota of as many individuals as possible to identify the diverse species living in and on us. Beth interviews Dr Embrietta Hyde, Project Manager of the Gut project about results and progess.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hacking Future 56 mins – “As our lives become ever more digitized, the security of our data will become ever more important to protect. So far, judging by the daily routine of data breaches and large scale hacks, it seems like we’re failing to secure our most precious digital belongings. As some in the world of information security say, everything will get hacked. But is that really true? As part of The Hacks We Can’t See, Motherboard’s theme week exploring the future of hacking, we asked real hackers what they think the future holds. We also spoke to Morgan Marquis-Boire, a well-known security researcher who’s spent the last few years hunting malware and helping human rights activists and journalists protect themselves. What’s the craziest thing that’ll get hacked in the future? And what can you do to protect yourself? Listen to this week’s episode of Radio Motherboard to find out.” At the link find the title, “The Future of Hacking. Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Future of Hacking.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Physiology 186 mins – “Dr. Dominic “Dom” D’Agostino (@DominicDAgosti2) is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine, and a Senior Research Scientist at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC). He has also deadlifted 500 pounds for 10 reps after a seven-day fast. He’s a beast and — no big surprise — he’s a good buddy of Dr. Peter Attia, my MD friend who drinks “jet fuel” in search of optimal athletic performance. The primary focus of Dom’s laboratory is developing and testing metabolic therapies, including ketogenic diets, ketone esters and ketone supplements to induce nutritional/therapeutic ketosis. D’Agostino’s laboratory uses in vivo and in vitro techniques to understand the physiological, cellular and molecular mechanism of metabolic therapies and nutritional strategies for peak performance and resilience. His research is supported by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), Department of Defense (DoD), private organizations and foundations.” At the link find the title, “#117: Dom D’Agostino on Fasting, Ketosis, and The End of Cancer, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files Tim Ferriss Show-Dominic Dagostino.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hygge vs High Tech 46 mins – “Danes are the happiest people in the world. They say they get there with hygge – coziness. We’ll ask how that works.” At the link find the title, “Forget Your Troubles, Come On, Get Hygge, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509720121.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Innovation Engineering 38 mins – “Elmar Mock is the Founder of Creaholic, but he began his career as an engineer in a deteriorating watch industry. Elmar approached top-level management within his company with an insane idea, a new way to completely innovate the industry and improve sales. Everyone thought he was crazy and his co-workers distanced themselves from him, but that turned out to be a good thing.” At the link find the title, “037 – Reviving the Swiss Watch Industry: The Remarkable Story of Swatch with Elmar Mock,” right-click “Media files IE037-ElmarMock.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ira Glass 77 mins – “Radio and podcast personality (and lifelong Gilbert fan) Ira Glass drops by the studio to share his love of, among other things, old-school entertainment, classic comedy albums, the Frank Sinatra songbook and the grand spectacle of “The Poseidon Adventure.” Also, Sammy Davis Jr. finds religion, Davy Jones finds inspiration, Ruth Buzzi hangs (or doesn’t) with Orson Welles and Ira crashes the set of a legendary sitcom. PLUS: “The Komodo Dragon Expert”! Red Buttons’ sister! The mercurial Zero Mostel! Yoko Ono improvises! And “The Incredible Mr. Limpet!” This episode is brought to you Harold Ramis Film School.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Jerusalem Embassy 36 mins – “If the Trump administration follows through on campaign commitments to move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, how should it proceed? How will America’s Arab partners respond? And could an embassy relocation play a positive role in reinvigorated American engagement on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict? Join us for a conversation with the scholars David Makovsky and Ghaith al-Omari about a potential American embassy in Jerusalem.” At the link find the title, “Moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem with Ghaith al-Omari and David Makovsky, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files PolicyCast14AlOmariMakovskyJerusalem.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketogenic Diet 37 mins – “This week we have guest Dr. Ron Rosedale. Dr. Rosedale is the author of “The Rosedale Diet“, and an internationally known expert in nutritional and metabolic medicine who has done groundbreaking work with diabetics. Listen in as we talk about the current state of medicine and doctor’s education, insulin, leptin, the causes and solutions to some modern diseases like diabetes, and more.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here(MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ketogenic Diet 38 mins – “Idebenone, CoQ10, ubiquinol…  what’s the difference?  Dr. Dominic D’Agostino, Associate Professor of Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology at the University of South Florida and Senior Research Scholar at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), is back to talk all things mitochondria and CoQ10….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead in Water 37 mins – “The water crisis in Flint, Michigan is ongoing, and there have been even more devastating discoveries of contaminants like lead in water systems across the country. Many of the affected communities are poor and people of color. Why are these neighborhoods so often victimized when it comes to environmental health issues?” At the link find the title, “Lead, Landfills, and Low-Income Neighborhoods, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170117_1a 117b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT Challenges 82 mins – “This overview of LGBT health looks at: LGBTQ disparities, Family Acceptance Project;, and Health Challenges for Trans Women in International Settings. Recorded on 10/12/2016. (#31558)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

LGBT Violence 88 mins – “This overview looks at Violence and Discrimination in the LGBT Community; LGBTQ Youth/Hate Crimes on College Campuses; IPV in the LGBTQ community. Recorded on 10/19/2016. (#31559)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mary, Queen of Scots 56 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the history of Mary, Queen of Scots, who had potential to be one of the most powerful rulers in Europe, yet she was also one of the most vulnerable. In France, when she was the teenage bride to their future king, she was seen as rightful heir to the thrones of England and Ireland, as well as Queen of Scotland and one day of France, which would have been an extraordinary union. She was widowed too young, though and, a Catholic returning to Protestant Scotland, she struggled to overcome rivalries in her own country. She fled to Protestant England, where she was implicated in plots to overthrow Elizabeth, and it was Elizabeth herself who signed Mary’s death warrant.” At the link find the title, “Mary, Queen of Scots, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files p04q0bn3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MCAT Test 46 mins – “In this episode, Ryan talks with Eric Chiu, Executive Director of the Pre-Health Programs for Kaplan Test Prep and he is in charge of the MCAT prep at Kaplan. …The MCAT is an evolving exam…The MCAT is not that last test you’ll have to take. Schools want to make sure that students are well-prepared to do well on the USMLE or COMPLEX exams so they can be placed into the right residency program….How to become better test preparers:…The biggest mistake students make in preparing for the MCAT: Starting to wait. Eric’s advice to students planning to take the MCAT: Start thinking about what their prep plans are a year out from when they’re planning to test. Start acclimating yourself to the types of content and the practice you can start to do early on. Kaplan courses average between 2-4 months or an option to extend their preparation for up to a full year. Students planning to test in September 2017 can start preparing now in January 2017. The sooner you begin, the more benefit you will accrue from the prep resources you invest in….Change your mindset towards the MCAT from being an obstacle to an opportunity. The MCAT is not an obstacle but an opportunity for you to show medical schools that you have what it takes to perform well in their programs, that you can do the hard work of reviewing content and learning how to take the test. At the link find the title, “Session 217,” right-click “Media files PMY217.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Risk 37 mins – “In episode 336, James and Mike finish their review of clinical practice guidelines. We talk about how well clinicians and patients understand the benefits and harms of treatments and tests and then end with how the perfect clinical practice guideline should be written.” At the link “Download this podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mindfulness Experiment 54 mins – “An in depth exploration of Mindfulness, including the science, the industry and its claims, as well as an actual scan of Bob’s brain to see the changes mindfulness can bring.” At the link find the title, “The Science of Mindfulness, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files quirksaio 20170114_58707.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Muon Science 60 mins – “Muons are very small fundamental particles that are much heavier than they should be. They fall apart pretty quickly, but they rain down on us. It’s magical. Today’s physicists are Ryan Martin, the particle physicist; and Diana Cowern, host of the “Physics Girl” youtube channel. Our Guest this time is Sarah Gailey, the author!” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep 70 Science Cat Muon.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.”

Negotiation Process 26 mins – “If you really want to win at negotiation, stop fighting and start listening. In this episode of Stanford Innovation Lab, host Tina Seelig speaks with Margaret “Maggie” Neale, professor at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, for answers to the burning questions about negotiating. Is emotion your most powerful tool? When does deference earn you more than dominance? Will setting a walk-away price decrease your drive to negotiate for more? Maggie also shares pro-tips on negotiating in all settings, from the office to the farmers’ market.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Carolina Politics 48 mins – “Our ‘Listening To America’ tour kicks off in Charlotte with a citizens’ roundtable on North Carolina’s fevered politics.” At the link find the title, “#OnPointNC: Listening To Charlotte, Jan, 2017, right-click “Media files npr_508950052.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Changes 34 mins – “What would happen to you tomorrow if the Affordable Care Act was repealed tonight? We asked our listeners to share their questions, concerns and stories about health coverage under the ACA, also known as Obamacare. “ At the link find the title, “Obamacare On Life Support, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170110_1a_1apod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Online Harassment 44 mins – “Soon after news broke that Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones’s website had been hacked and replaced with stolen nude photos and racist memes, I got an urgent email from Whitney Phillips, one of the world’s foremost experts on online trolling and harassment (Phillips quite literally has a doctorate in 4chan). Phillips wanted to know if Motherboard was going to cover the hack, and how we were going to do it. “I have some thoughts on the ethics of amplification—how, we can’t not comment on stories like this, but commenting perpetuates the disgusting narrative and associated imagery. The question being, what’s the ethical way not just for journalists and academics to respond, but for individuals, as well?” she said. “Is more harm than good done when the association of Jones with Harambe is given longer life? I’m honestly not sure,” she added. “BUT I WANT TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION.” In her book This Is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things, Phillips explores how early trolls from 4chan’s /b/ board manipulated the media into spreading their message. Though “trolling” is now an outdated, imprecise term, the Twitter harassment and illegal hacking of Jones’s website are amplified the more journalists write about it, the more people retweet it, the more we allow it to stay in our collective consciousness. Phillips emailed me as I was also considering whether there’s an ethical way to cover abhorrent behavior on the internet—decisions about how and whether to write about racially, sexually, or xenophobically motivated hacks and harassment is a question the Motherboard staff considers all the time, but it’s rarely a conversation that ever makes it to the public. And so I decided to have that conversation with Phillips and the roles we all play in amplifying questionable or grotesque online behavior.” At the link find the title, “Leslie Jones and the Ethics of Amplifying Online Harassment, Aug, 2016,” right-click “Media files Leslie Jones and the Ethics of Amplifying Online Harassment.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pancuronium Bromide 7 mins – “On-demand muscle paralysis revolutionised surgery. Katrina Krämer explores one of the key muscle relaxants used in medical procedures. This week, a drug that plays a significant role in modern surgery. Katrina Krämer has dug into the archives and discovered the lengths to which some researchers would go in the hunt for better drugs…” At the link find the title, “Pancuronium bromide: Chemistry in its element, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files CIIE Pancuronium bromide.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Photonics Engineer 71 mins – “We talk with mechanical engineer Tim Quinn about advances being made in the world of photonics, wave–particle duality, and optical computing in this episode of The Engineering Commons.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Rules 24 mins – “Congress writes laws, but the president makes the rules that put the laws in action. President Obama’s staff has been scrambling to lock in rules before Trump takes the helm. But will they stick?” At the link find the title, “#748: Undoing Obama,” right-click “Media files 20170118 pmoney podcast011816.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prostate MRI and Biopsies 12 mins – “Hashim Ahmed discusses his study about the diagnostic accuracy of multi-parametric MRI in detecting clinically significant prostate cancer in men.” At the link find the title, “Use of MRI in prostate cancer screening: The Lancet: January 19, 2017,” right-click “Media files 19january mri.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Restaurant History 46 mins- “Early humans may have visited each others’ caves for a shared meal, but they wouldn’t have expected to be served at their own table, or to choose when and what to eat. But today, restaurants are ubiquitous: there are millions of them worldwide, and the average American eats roughly 200 meals a year in one. So who invented the first restaurant, and when and where did it appear? How did it change society—and change along with society? And, in today’s saturated market, is there a scientific way to choose the best?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Transport in Toronto   48 mins – “Work can’t help but be affected when people spend almost as much time commuting as they spend on the job. How can a stressful commute impact a person’s professional performance? What does it ultimately do to family life, or social engagements?” At the link find the title, “Commute From Hell, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas 20170109_16942.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science and Politics 34 mins – “This week, as we near the inauguration of Donald Trump, we revisit a conversation with science journalist Dave Levitan about his book Not a Scientist: How Politicians Mistake, Misrepresent, and Utterly Mangle Science.” At the link find the title, “163 Dave Levitan – The Return Of “I’m Not a Scientist” right-click “Media files d0105483-d14b-486e-9927-54bf8675828d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Secret Radio Messages 24 mins – “If you tune around on a shortwave radio, you might stumble across a voice reciting an endless stream of numbers. Just numbers, all day, everyday. These so-called “numbers stations,” say nothing about where they are transmitting from or who they are trying to reach, but they can be heard in Spanish, Thai, German, Russian, Chinese, and any number of other languages from around the world….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smartphone Impact 22 mins – “Your phone uses the equivalent of two refrigerators’ worth of electricity every year. If you add in all of the electricity required to store and move data across high-speed cable and wireless networks and climate-controlled server farms to deliver an hour of video to your phone each week, in the space of a year it adds up to more power than two new Energy Star refrigerators consume in the same time.” At the link find the title, “The Real Impact Your Phone Has on the World, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Real Impact Your Phone Has on the World.mp3” and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Solid State Chemistry 26 mins – “Alejandro Briseño, University of Massachusetts at Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering, shares the groundbreaking work his research team has achieved through the study of organic and polymer semiconductor single crystals, polymer semiconductor devices and synthesis of novel organic and polymer semiconductors.“ At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spark Camp 44 mins – ”Debbie Millman talks to Spark Camp founders Amanda Michel + Amy Webb about redesigning the traditional conference and its lasting effect on participants.” At the link find the title, “Amanda Michel + Amy Webb, Jan, 2014,” right-click “Media files Design-Matters-with-Debbie-Millman-Spark-Camp.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

STEM Pipeline 60 mins – “This week we look at the current state of the STEM pipeline and what happens when people drip out. We speak with Paula Stephan, Professor of Economics at Georgia State University, about practicing “PhD contraception” in order to better match supply with realistic demand. We talk with Gary McDowell, Executive Director of Future of Research, about ways we might try to change the STEM process from the inside. And we speak with Melissa Vaught, a biochemist turned editor, about the realities of going into a science PhD and what to do on the other side.” At the link find the title, “#405 STEM Pipeline,” right-click “Play now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Steve Jobs Bio 25 mins – “Joe Nocera’s “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs” from 1986 remains the most intimate and honest appraisals of the computer visionary ever written. Nocera, a longtime New York Times reporter and op-ed writer, joins host David Brancaccio to discuss Jobs’s legacy, and how the man he wrote about twenty years ago is far different from the one portrayed today.” At the link find the title, “The Second Coming of Steve Jobs, by Joe Nocera, Dec, 2015,” right-click “Media files Esquire Classic-The Second Coming of Steve Jobs by Joe Nocera.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Supreme Court Cases 35 mins – “Dahlia sits down with the LA Times’ David Savage to consider three of the big cases on the SCOTUS docket this fall — and whether liberals are right to be worried about the outcomes of those cases….Please let us know what you think of our legal affairs podcast. Our email is amicus@slate.com.Podcast production by Tony Field.” At the link find the title, “2015 Term Preview, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files SM9639749876.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian War and America 56 mins – “Inside the Obama administration’s struggle to deal with ISIS and the civil war in Syria. (Original Upload Date: 06/02/2015)” At the link right-click “Obama at War,” right-click “Media files 209432000-frontlinepbs-obama-at-war.mp” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Taser History 22 mins – “On January 3, 1979, two officers from the Los Angeles Police Department went to the home of Eulia May Love, a 39-year-old African-American mother. The police were there because of a dispute over an unpaid gas bill. The officers approached her, and Love allegedly threatened them with a knife. They fired twelve times and killed her. Neither of the two officers involved were prosecuted for the killing.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tesla Gigafactory Tour 24 mins – “Elon Musk’s new temple of energy is open for business in the middle of the desert outside Reno, Nevada. A few weeks ago, I went to the opening of the Tesla Gigagfactory, where Musk proposes to ramp up production of car batteries to the point where Tesla can begin to sell an affordable, mass-market electric cars. Musk’s ideas and Tesla’s futuristic cars get a lot of attention, but the company has still only sold just over 150,000 cars. The good news for Tesla is that many of those 150,000 customers are rabid fans who are happy to evangelize for the company. I went to the Gigafactory’s opening party to meet the people who not only owned a Tesla, but also convinced five of their friends to buy one. This podcast is meant to be a quick primer on the world of Tesla—what’s it like to own one? Who are these superfans and why do they love the company so much? What’s it like to drive a Model S in “Ludicrous Mode?” What’s inside the Gigafactory? And what is Elon Musk’s long-term vision for the future of transportation and energy?” At the link find the title, “Inside the Tesla Gigafactory, Sept, 2016,” right-click “Media files Inside the Tesla Gigafactory.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texas Tower Sniper 52 mins – “On August, 1, 1966, a lone gunman opened fire from the top floor of a tower at the University of Texas at Austin. It was America’s first mass school shooting, and civilians and law enforcement on the ground struggled to respond. When the gunshots were silenced, 16 people lay dead and dozens were wounded. In a new documentary film, director Keith Maitland revisits the events of that infamous day through the words of the people who lived it. Maitland joins us Thursday to talk about his film. It’s called TOWER.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Surgeries 82 mins – “Topics: Facial Feminization and breast augmentation surgeries: overview, challenges and state of the art approaches. Genital gender affirming surgeries: Surgical options, Cadaver- lab review of surgical anatomy, state of the art techniques, and quality of life measures after surgery. Recorded on 11/09/2016. (#31562)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Cabinet 48 mins – “Ethics and the Trump Cabinet. Confirmations hearings for Trump’s nominees begin before ethics reviews are completed. It’s unprecedented. We’re on it.” At the link find the title “Ethical Quandaries In The Trump Cabinet, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files npr_509164725.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump False Rumors 21 mins – “For weeks now, journalists have been aware of a dossier circulating among top officials and the media; it alleges among other things, that Russia has compromising (Kompromat) information on President Elect Donald Trump. But it wasn’t until a chain of events set off by a presidential briefing about the contents of the dossier that the media felt free to talk about what they knew. Brooke speaks with Slate’s Will Oremus about Buzzfeed’s (and Slate’s) decision to publish the anonymous (and unverified) Russia memos in full.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Presidential Powers 88 mins – “Motherboard’s writers, editors, and contributors have spent the last week talking to activists, researchers, and policy makers about the powers that Donald Trump will inherit when he takes power in January. There’s little sense in speculating about what Trump will do when he takes office, but it’s important to understand the powers he will have to affect things like climate change, energy policy, surveillance, cybersecurity, and the other things Motherboard holds dear.” At the link find the title, “Trump’s Powers, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files Trumps_Powers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ukraine History and Life 58 mins – “Journalist Sophie Pinkham discusses Ukraine’s history and life today in the country amidst ongoing conflict. She is interviewed by Alexander Cooley, Director of the Harriman Institute at Columbia “ At the link find the title, “University.After Words with Sophie Pinkham, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.462976.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universal Basic Income 58 mins – “…The movement is gaining steam around the world: Switzerland voted this last weekend on whether the country should “guarantee the introduction of an unconditional basic income.” The measure failed, but the fact that it was even on the ballot speaks to its increasing relevancy. In the United States, the startup incubator Y Combinator is doing an experiment that will give 100 people in Oakland between $1,000 and $2,000 per month to see how the “mechanics” of a basic income would work and to see what people do with the money. That project is controversial for reasons we get into the podcast. I called up Matt Krisiloff, who is head of the basic income project at Y Combinator, and Elizabeth Rhodes, the research lead of the project, to talk about how it’ll work and why a Silicon Valley startup accelerator is interested in this idea. Then, we talk to Natalie Foster, who is a cofounder of the Universal Income Project, about why she finds the idea so compelling. Finally, we look at the history of basic income around the world and deconstruct the policy itself. Could it ever work?” At the link find the title, “The Case for Giving Everyone Free Money, Jun, 2016,” right-click “Media files The Case for Giving Everyone Free Money.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Universal Basic Income 64 mins – ”Michael Munger of Duke University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the virtues and negatives of a basic guaranteed income–giving every American adult an annual amount of money to guarantee a subsistence level of well-being. How would such a plan work? How would it interact with current anti-poverty programs? How would it affect recipients and taxpayers? Munger attacks these issues and more in a lively conversation with Roberts.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WWII Britain 32 mins – “This episode covers 4 missed or lightly treated subjects: Operation Pied Piper- the evacuation of Britain’s children, the disaster of the Lancastria, the occupation of The Channel Islands by the Nazis and the Italian Conquest of British Somaliland.” At the link find the title, “Episode 53- Things Missed,” right-click “Media files Episode53.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 271 – Jan 20, 2017: Addiction Neurology, ALS Research, Arctic Ice, Astrobiologist, Automation Increases Jobs, Big Data Enterprises, Biofilm Infection Control, Black Holes Discussion, Blind College Student, Broadband in Tennessee, Canadian Parks, Citizen Science, Climate Denial, Computer Repair Business, Conflict Journalism, Creative People, Denial and Self Deception, Dioxin Disaster, Drone Warfare, Drug Costs in Canada, Electronic Recycling, Emotional First Aid, Empathy Issues, EPA Head Impact, Fast Radio Bursts, Fat Facts, Fat Secrets, First Nations Photo Project, HG Wells, Homeless in Los Angeles, Human Trafficking in Canada, Hungry Students Solution, Hypertension Emergencies, Interpreter Injustice, Investment Stories, Iraqi Arrest, Medical Costs and Qualities, Medical Excesses, Medical Guidelines, Middle School Concerns, Moderation or Not, Muslim Issues, Nanotechnology Tools, Nietzsche, Obamacare Future, Obamacare Repeal, Ocean Predator, Opioid Deaths in Canada, Oprah Show History, Presidential Campaigns, Product Management, Retirement Plans, Right Care, Saturn Project, Sea Rise Affects Military, Ship Waste Disposal, Ski Lift Emergencies, Stagnation or Recession, Stress Control with Ketamin,Tax Reduction Experiment, Telomere Effect, Terrorist Attack, Trevor Noah, Trump Insights, Trump Ties with Russia, Violence Decline, Woman Journalists, WW II Submarine Warfare, X-ray History

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 77 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 217 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 13,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Addiction Neurology 27 mins – “Ulises Ricoy, PhD, Chair of Department of Biology, Chemistry and Environmental Science at Northern New Mexico College, shares his expertise on neuroscience and its relation to addiction.” At the link right-click the play button by Listen and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

ALS Research 32 mins – “For years, Dr. Richard Bedlack has hunted for a cure for ALS, a fatal degenerative disease. And then one day he builds a website called ALS Untangled. That’s when strange things start to happen. Reported by Peter Andrey Smith and Reply All producer Sruthi Pinnamaneni.” At the link find the title, “#85 The Reversal, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files GLT1138963105.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arctic Ice 132 mins – “The sea ice in the arctic and antarctic regions of the earth is an especially sensitive indicator of the earth’s climate, and in particular, the current overall atmospheric temperature of the planet. It was recently reported to have reached a new low. Our guest, NASA’s Walt Meier explains why this is the case and which processes govern the increase or decrease of the ice. We then discuss how the ice mass is measured based on satellite and how its thickness is estimated based mostly on in-situ measurements. We cover climate modeling and its connection to sea ice and conclude with an outlook on future research.” At the link right-click “Download MP3 directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astrobiologist 37 mins – “Sometimes when we are having personal or health problems, it helps to get an outside perspective: talk to other friends who have experienced similar problems and how they dealt with them, and other friends about how they avoided those problems. Talk to experts. Then using all that input, we try to make the best choice to solve the problems and to live a long and happy life. This is perhaps the situation we find ourselves in now with the health of our environment and the long-term viability of the human race. So where to we look for that “outside perspective” and expert help? The answer may be: look to other planets and talk to those who study them. This is the approach astrobiologist Dr. David Grinspoon takes in his new book: “Earth in Human Hands: Shaping Our Planet’s Future”. Dr. Grinspoon is a senior scientist at the Planetary Science Institute, an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado, and in 2013 he was appointed the inaugural Chair of Astrobiology at the Library of Congress. We had a chance to talk with Dr. Grinspoon about how he compares Earth’s story to those of other planets, and how our present moment is not only one of peril, but also great potential, especially when viewed from a 10,000-year perspective….” At the link right-click “Download” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Automation Increases Jobs 19 mins – “Here’s a paradox you don’t hear much about: despite a century of creating machines to do our work for us, the proportion of adults in the US with a job has consistently gone up for the past 125 years. Why hasn’t human labor become redundant and our skills obsolete? In this talk about the future of work, economist David Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and comes up with a surprising, hopeful answer.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Basic Minimum Income 14 mins – “The province is preparing to launch a universal basic income pilot project, joining other governments around the world. What exactly is a base wage and how would it change things?” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Ontario considers the benefits of basic minimum income, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170106_78812.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Big Data Enterprises 29 mins – “Carnegie Mellon University professor Rahul Telang discusses his book [Streaming, Sharing, Stealing], which examines how technology is reshaping television, film, music, and publishing.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Rahul Telang, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455050.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofilm Infection Control 66 mins – “Hosts: Vincent Racaniello, Michael Schmidt, and Michele SwansonVincent, Michael, and Michele explain the use of an electrochemical gradient to eliminate bacterial biofilms, and how phage susceptibility can be transferred by exchange of receptor proteins.” At the link right-click “Right click to download TWIM#143” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Holes Discussion 36 mins – “The origin of the universe, the distribution of galaxies, and the nature of black holes – it’s all in a day’s work for one of the most prominent scientists of all time. On 8 January 1942, Frank and Isobel Hawking celebrated the birth of their son, Stephen. 75 years later and Professor Stephen Hawking is one of the most prominent scientists of all time. In a career spanning half a century, the cosmologist has notched up more than 150 scientific papers, a dozen or so books, and a string of TV and film appearances. It’s an achievement made all the more remarkable given his diagnosis with motor neurone disease at the age of 21 .In this special edition of Science Weekly, we ask a handful of physicists about his contributions to science and the wider world. Speaking to Ian Sample this week are long-time friend and collaborator Professor Sir Roger Penrose, former student Professor Marika Taylor, Professor Sabine Hossenfelder, and Professor Max Tegmark.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind College Student 23 mins – “Kayla Weathers was the first totally Blind person to graduate from Dalton State Collegeand she is now looking forward to her Masters Degree and the challenges ahead of her. Her road to Dalton State was not actually a direct shot. Kayla had to make some decisions along the way to enhance her opportunities to succeed. Transitioning from High School to College is not always a smooth road and sometimes that road takes you out of your comfort zone and across the states. Kayla went to BLIND, Inc. a training center located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Not quite the same climate as Georgia has to offer. Kayla talks extensively about how her blindness training proved her opportunities to achieve her educational goals and how she gained the skills and confidence to do just about anything she set her mind to do.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Tennessee 29 mins – “Nestled in the Cherokee National Forest on the border of Tennessee and North Carolina, not far from Virginia, is Erwin. Erwin Utilities runs the water, wastewater, and electricity for the town of 6,000 and long wanted to invest in a fiber network. After years of following industry trends, they developed a plan to build it and tell us how in Community Broadband Bits episode 235. General Manager Lee Brown and Fiber-Optic Engineer John Williams join us to discuss what started as a pilot project but is now an incremental plan to connect the entire community with a Fiber-to-the-Home network offering high speed Internet access and telephone service. We discuss the reaction from the community, financing, and how they are using it for smart utility management — not only for electricity but also for water services.” At the link right-click “…can download this mp3 file directly” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Parks 20 mins – “Some conservationists are concerned 2017’s free entry to national parks will bring significant harm to our natural reserves.J” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Parks Canada’s free entry raises ecological impact concerns, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_13776.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Citizen Science 31 mins – “Our guest this week is ecologist & author Caren Cooper.  As an Associate Professor at North Carolina State university, Dr. Cooper also works with the Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program on Leadership in Public Science.  She is an advocate of citizen science, believing that anyone, anywhere at any time, can help conduct genuine scientific research. In her new book, Citizen Science: How Ordinary People are Changing the Face of Discovery, Dr. Cooper tells the stories of citizen scientists who are challenging assumptions of how and where knowledge can be acquired.  Dr. Cooper joins us to share some of these stories, along with ideas and resources on how educators might engage their students in creating new knowledge from the world around them.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Denial 58 mins – “Renee Lertzman, Climate Engagement Strategist, Author; Speaker Michael Mann, Distinguished Professor of Meteorology, Penn State University; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect Cristine Russell, Freelance Science Journalist Tom Toles, Political Cartoonist; Co-author, The Madhouse Effect The majority of Americans agree climate disruption is a major concern. The Paris Climate Agreement has been ratified by 61 countries and counting, which so far represents 47.81 percent of the world’s emissions. So we all agree, climate change is the biggest problem humankind has ever faced? Not so fast. Here in the United States, denial and confusion about the science is rampant, and we may be the only developed nation where it is written into a major political party’s platform. Climate scientist Michael Mann and Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Tom Toles take a satirical look at how this lack of consensus came to be. Cristine Russell is a veteran science journalist with deep knowledge about conveying complex scientific issues to a broad public. How deep does climate doubt run, and how can communication help us move on to solutions? Join us for a fun and informative look at manufactured doubt and genuine skepticism.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Business 74 mins – “A Show for Computer Repair Techs by Computer Repair Techs. Jeff Halash from TechNutPC.com Talks to Computer Technicians” At the link right-click Direct MpeDownload: Podnuts Daily #478” and select ‘Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conflict Journalists 50 mins – “British journalist John Cantlie has been a prisoner of ISIS for more than four years. Throughout his captivity, he’s been forced to act as a sort of warped foreign correspondent, extolling the virtues of the group in propaganda videos. With every appearance, he looks weaker and gaunter. In this special hour, we consider how Cantlie’s plight is a window into the challenges of reporting on Syria, and why the world’s tangled policy on hostages means that some live to tell the tale, and others don’t.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative People 54 mins – “Where does genius come from? Some people say geniuses are born, or that they’re made by thousands of hours of work. But what if genius is actually grown, like a plant? Travel writer Eric Weiner has scanned the globe and come to exactly that conclusion. He says genius arises in clumps at particular places and times when certain ingredients are present. Think Ancient Greece, 14th-century Florence, or modern-day Silicon Valley. Weiner joins us to explain his theory of the geography of genius. Eric Weiner is a regular columnist for BBC Travel and a former foreign correspondent for NPR. He’s the author of four books, including The Geography of Bliss and, his newest, The Geography of Genius: A Search for the World’s Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon” At the link right-click the play button by Listen and select “Save Link As from the pop-up menu.

Denial and Self Deception 31 mins – “Genius medical researcher Ajit Varki on his book “Denial: Self-Deception, False Beliefs, and the Origins of the Human Mind.” Erika Spanger-Siegfried from the Union of Concerned Scientists on American military bases endangered by rising seas. Humans society in times of climate change is like a sinking boat taking on water. The crowds will rush from one side to the other. As we know, sometimes that causes the ship to tip, throwing everyone into the sea. Right now in America and Australia, and perhaps soon in the UK or Europe, the captains try to say there is no problem….Later in this program we’ll hear from Erika Spanger-Siegfried at the Union of Concerned Scientists. She led a comprehensive report into the coming challenges to military bases as climate change unfolds. But first, we’ll talk with a medical genius who can explain how and why denial is so easy to trigger in human beings. I’m Alex Smith. Here’s this week’s serving of need-to-know” At the link right-click “…download this Radio Ecoshock show in…Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dioxin Disaster 6 mins – “Matt Gunther looks into TCDD, or dioxin, and the tragic Seveso accidentThis week, Matt Gunther has a particularly grim story, unearthed from beneath a beautiful park…The Seveso Oak Forest Park in northern Italy looks like any other park with its lush greenery and babbling brooks. But it sits above the remnants of one of the largest environmental disasters in European history….” At the link find the title, “TCDD or dioxin: Chemistry in its element, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files CiiE TCDD or dioxin.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drone Warfare 27 mins – “Vin Ray looks at the challenges facing the drone programme and how drones are fundamentally changing the face of warfare.” At the link find the title, “Remote Control War, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files p04nydqn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Costs in Canada 26 mins – “Canada is the only developed country in the world that has universal health care but no universal drug coverage. Canadians are being priced out of prescription drugs they desperately need — pushing advocates to call for a national pharmacare program.” At the link find the title, “Jan 13: 1 in 10 Canadians can’t afford prescriptions: the case for national pharmacare, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170113_80896.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronics Recycling 45 mins – “You got that new computer or phone you wanted for the holidays – but what happens to your old gadgets? They might not end up where you expect. Next time on Reveal, environmentalists follow the global trail of America’s electronic castoffs.” A the link find the title, “America’s digital dumping ground,” Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files Americas-digital-dumping-ground_podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emotional First Aid 58 mins – “Learn how you can apply emotional first aid to recover from slights, hurt feelings and other minor emotional injuries that occur in everyday life. Life is never completely smooth and easy. Along with bruised shins and skinned knees, we all experience hurt feelings from time to time. Perhaps we got left out of the game, or our best friend decided to hang out with somebody else. What do you do in a situation like this? Emotional First Aid Kit: Just as children learn how to apply first aid for cuts and scratches, they should learn about emotional first aid for minor psychological injuries. But usually they don’t. In fact, most adults are clueless about how to treat small emotional wounds. The appropriate preventive steps can keep such slights from turning into big psychological problems because they were neglected. Now you can learn about the emotional first aid that can help short-circuit rumination, overcome loneliness and turn failure into an opportunity for self-discovery.” At the link you can purchase the file or download it from the archive of this blog.

Empathy Issues 26 mins – “Paul Bloom says empathy is a capricious feeling that plays on our prejudices, and what we need is more ‘rational compassion.’” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Against Empathy: Yale psychology professor says too much emotion leads to bad moral decisions, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_37995.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

EPA Head Impact 28 mins – “When someone sues an organization repeatedly and then gets put in charge of that agency it’s a pretty classic example of the fox guarding the henhouse. Welcome to the Bizarro World of the Trump Administration where the fossil fuel industry’s favorite son, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, is poised to run the Environmental Protection Agency. The appointment of a climate change denier like Pruitt to run the EPA affirms, as NYU journalism professor Jay Rosen has put it, that “the US government is officially done with being evidence-based.” On this week’s Sea Change Radio, Mother Jones reporter Rebecca Leber gives us a closer look at the new head of the EPA, what his appointment means politically, what the repercussions could be for the climate and how states may be able to protect the environment locally.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fast Radio Bursts 8 mins – “What Are Fast Radio Bursts?” At the link find the title, “221 EE What Are Fast Radio Bursts?” right-click “Media files ede_221-cb5.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Facts 47 mins – “The secret life of fat. The latest science on America’s unending battle.Fat sounds simple, but it’s not. Fat is subtle. It’s vital. It’s a tough customer. It will fight to stick around. In the right quantity, that’s all good for you.  But carry too much – or way too much – and it’s definitely not your friend. A lot of Americans know that. Carry that. Just about now, after a few weeks of cookies and egg nog, you may be in the market for a little more insight. The latest science. We’ve got it. This hour On Point, the secret life of fat.? “ At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fat Secrets 51 mins – ”Body fat is a source of shame for many people, something to be hidden, fought, and burned away. But fat, says the biochemist Sylvia Tara, isn’t just unsightly blubber, it’s an essential and deeply misunderstood organ that’s vital to our existence. It enables our reproductive organs, strengthens our immune system, protects us from disease, and may even help us live longer. In a new book, Tara explores the science behind our least appreciated organ, and she joins us Wednesday to talk about it. Sylvia Tara holds a PhD in biochemistry from the University of California, San Diego, and an MBA from the Wharton School of Business. Her new book is called The Secret Life of Fat: The Science Behind the Body’s Least Understood Organ and What It Means for You” At the link right-click the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Photo Project 28 mins – “Project Naming aims to identify Indigenous people forgotten or misrepresented in archival photos, sparking conversations in Indigenous communities about their past.” At the link find the title, “Project adds Indigenous names to Canadian history, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170103_92594.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

HG Wells 54 mins – “He foretold the atomic bomb, he believed in a world government, he wrote books about both science and science fiction and was the first popular communicator of scientific ideas. Today we commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Herbert George Wells. HG Wells changed the way science was understood by the public, his writings and his warnings are part of the way we think today. The backdrop to all his work, both fiction and non-fiction, was what science will deliver in the future and what we will do with the knowledge. Will it be used for good or evil? Sharon Carleton reports.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in Loss Angeles 96 mins – “Secretary of Veterans Affairs meets with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti about homeless veterans; tour of Skid Row’s Union Rescue Mission; a surge in homeless families.” At the link find the title, “U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs on LA’s homeless veterans, voices on homeless families, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files SHOW_0105-ff30e263.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Trafficking in Canada 18 mins – “Ontario’s new anti-human trafficking office is being led by a woman who knows exactly what it’s like to be trafficked across the country. Jennifer Richardson gives voice to the hidden crime in Canada.” At the link find the title, “Jan 13: Ont.’s anti-human trafficking director knows first-hand about ‘hidden crime’, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170113_86676.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Hungry Students Solution 12 mins – “What can we expect our kids to learn if they’re hungry or eating diets full of sugar and empty of nutrients? Former White House Chef and food policymaker Sam Kass discusses the role schools can play in nourishing students’ bodies in addition to their minds.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hypertension Emergencies 25 mins – “Hypertensive emergencies, hypertensive urgencies, markedly elevated blood pressure–ugggh! Hypertension is a real annoyance in emergency medicine. Folks get scared of numbers and encourage dangerous behavior because of them. It’s a bit better in the ICU, where there is a filter to keep out non-emergent hypertension cases. “Hypertensive Emergencies” are a whole different bag. In these conditions, the hypertension is usually secondary to the actual emergency. So I prefer to call these emergencies with a side of hypertension” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

Indigenous or Not 28 mins – “Questions about Joseph Boyden’s heritage stir conversations about race and identity.” At the link find the title, “Jan 5: Indigenous identity and the case of Joseph Boyden, 2017” right-click “Media files current_20170105_47918.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Interpreter Injustice 61 mins – “We’ve fought two wars since 9/11. We got help from tens of thousands of Iraqis and Afghans—some were targeted or killed because they helped us. We owe these people. We’ve passed laws that say so. So why has it been so hard for us to get many of them to safety?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Investment Stories 53 mins – “Paul expresses three outrages, exposing the dirty tricks some advisors use to exaggerate their performance. He also corrects a mistake on his last podcast regarding mid-cap funds, and answers several questions from listeners: Is it time to get out of small cap funds and get into TIPS? What ETFs do you recommend to put the “Two-Fund Solution” to work?” “Why did some small cap value mutual funds and ETFs do much better than others in 2016? And he ends the podcast with a little information about what he considers the most exciting investment project of his life.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Iraqi Arrest 16 mins – “An Iranian man living in the United States is wrongly accused of a crime. Storyteller: Mahmoud Reza Banki” At the link find the title, “From Princeton to Prison, Jan, 2017.” right-click “Media files moth_469, 1_10_17.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Costs and Qualities 12 mins – “The rationale behind medical practice distils to three principles: maintaining health (wellbeing), improving quality of life, and extending length of life. For patients with incurable cancer, quality and length of life are of prime importance and should therefore be the primary outcome measures in all randomised clinical trials of innovative treatments. All other measures are surrogates that do not always translate into improvements in prime outcomes. This concern will only increase as the 21st Century Cures Act is implemented in the United States.” At the link find the title, “Surrogate outcomes distorting medicine, Jan, 2017,”right-click “Media files 301247258-bmjgroup-surrogate-outcomes-distorting-medicine.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Excesses 27 mins – “Is there a global epidemic of too much and too little medicine? International experts, writing in the Lancet medical journal, say a substantial proportion of global medical care is unnecessary or ineffective. Dr Vikas Sanai, Director of the Lown institute is lead co-author of the Right Care series. He describes to Dr Graham Easton how in Tanzania simple interventions, like prescribing pregnant women steroids to cut death rates in their pre-term babies, are under-used whilst caesarean sections are carried out on women who do not need them. Stuttering affects around 70 million people worldwide but it is a condition which is not fully understood. A new study led by Dr Jay Desai from Los Angeles Children’s Hospital has found people who stutter have reduced blood flow in areas of the brain associated with language. He hopes these findings could lead to improved treatments. Being able to afford medical care is a challenge for many in low income countries. But social media is providing help for some in Sudan. A group of young people are crowd fundraising donations on Facebook – to pay for treatment for children whose families are unable to afford medicines or treatment. Hannah McNeish reports from the streets of Khartoum.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medical Guidelines 32 mins – “In episode 335, James and Mike continue their review of clinical practice guidelines. We discuss who writes the guidelines and if they mention values and preferences.” At the link right-click “Download this podcast” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Middle School Concerns 12 mins – “A recent study finds that the hardest time for mothers isn’t when they’re new moms, but later, when their kids are in middle school.” At the link find the title, “Why moms of middle schoolers have it the hardest, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files MiddleSchoolMoms BROOD_PODCAST-3d3763c0.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moderation or Not 47 mins – “In a time of anger and extremism, we hear a deep call for moderation as an essential virtue for democracy.We’ve had a country at a fever pitch for months of election campaigning and post-election threats and fears. We’ve had family holiday tables full of anxious questions about what comes next. My guest today says maybe a little moderation is in order  Trumpists may want to go pedal to the metal. Democrats may want to resist all. Polarization and populism have grown so big. Is moderation the new heroism, for protecting democracy? This hour On Point, moderation as a fighting virtue.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanny State 21 mins – “State regulation is necessary for safety, says Simon Capewell, professor of public health and policy at the University of Liverpool. Richard Lilford, professor of public health at the University of Warwick, argues that restricting adults’ choice can undermine such aims. Read the debate: http://www.bmj.com/content/355/bmj.i6341” At the link find the title, “Nanny state knows best, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 300710799-bmjgroup-nanny-state-knows-best.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nanotechnology Tools 10 mins – “Every year the silicon computer chip shrinks in size by half and doubles in power, enabling our devices to become more mobile and accessible. But what happens when our chips can’t get any smaller? George Tulevski researches the unseen and untapped world of nanomaterials. His current work: developing chemical processes to compel billions of carbon nanotubes to assemble themselves into the patterns needed to build circuits, much the same way natural organisms build intricate, diverse and elegant structures. Could they hold the secret to the next generation of computing?” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nietzsche 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Nietzsche’s On The Genealogy of Morality – A Polemic, which he published in 1887 towards the end of his working life and in which he considered the price humans have paid, and were still paying, to become civilised. In three essays, he argued that having a guilty conscience was the price of living in society with other humans. He suggested that Christian morality, with its consideration for others, grew as an act of revenge by the weak against their masters, ‘the blond beasts of prey’, as he calls them, and the price for that slaves’ revolt was endless self-loathing. These and other ideas were picked up by later thinkers, perhaps most significantly by Sigmund Freud who further explored the tensions between civilisation and the individual.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Future 68 mins – “Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., Former Chief Health Policy Advisor to the Obama Administration; Chair, Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, University of Pennsylvania In conversation with Mark Zitter, Chair, The Zetema Project Underwritten by The California Wellness Foundation. As U.S. health-care costs continue to grow, supporters of the Affordable Care Act point to a dramatic drop in uninsured citizens, while critics highlight skyrocketing premiums. But the arguments over cost and access largely ignore the impact on the delivery of health-care services to patients. How are care delivery systems transforming to provide Americans with high-quality care at affordable prices? How will Republican efforts to repeal and replace the ACA influence the delivery system? In this wide-ranging conversation, Obamacare architect and noted health policy expert Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel will discuss the impetus for delivery reform during the Trump era and specific practices that enable highly effective care delivery.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Obamacare Repeal 47 mins – “The fight over Obamacare. The president’s on the Hill. Republicans are ready to act. What will survive?” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ocean Predator 27 mins – “This tiny predator plays a huge role in the ocean’s food web.” At the link find the title, “Jan 4: Researchers discover what may be the ocean’s most prolific predator, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170104_42519.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Deaths in Canada 20 mins – “Leaders are calling for a co-ordinated strategy to prepare for a spike in fentanyl consumption. What can be learned from previous efforts to mitigate opioid abuse?” At the link find the title, “Jan 10: Ontario prepares for fentanyl crisis as the drug moves eastward, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170110_14692.mp3 ” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oprah Show History 48 mins – ““Making Oprah.” A Chicago team digs into what made Oprah a singular sensation. We’ll get the inside scoop.The Harpo studios in Chicago where Oprah made her spectacular rise to fame and power have been torn down now to make way for a new McDonald’s headquarters. Oprah has moved on to new ventures. But the story of her rise – a mesmerizing African-American woman taking the country by storm – is still a remarkable tale. A young Chicago crew is telling it. This hour On Point, how Oprah became Oprah.  Plus, we’ll look at FOX host Megyn Kelly’s newly announced move to NBC.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Donations 26 mins – “Premier Brad Wall’s call to adopt a policy of presumed consent puts a spotlight on the challenges to increase organ donations in Canada.” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Drafting policies to increase organ donations is complex but must be done, say experts, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170106_47485.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Campaigns 58 mins – “Former [Wall Street Journal] reporter and columnist Ronald Shafer discusses his book, [The Carnival Campaign: How the Rollicking 1840 Campaign of “Tippecanoe and Tyler Too” Changed Presidential Elections Forever].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Ronald Shafer, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files program.462987.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Product Management 40 mins – “Welcome to the second anniversary of the Everyday Innovator — another 52 episodes of discussions with skilled product managers and savvy insiders. In this year in review I share highlights from several of the discussions – emphasizing concepts and tools product managers and innovators should know. Just like my 2015 Year in review, there are a lot of key concepts shared in these episodes. Also, I’ve added an index to all the interviews I have done over the last two years and the index is updated each time I add a new episode. The index is organized by subject to make it easy for you to find the information you need. Check out the index here. The review of interviews below is organized into 6 topics: why product managers should become leaders of organizations, the skills that correlate to 25% higher pay for product managers, examples of product management in action at companies, Design Thinking and its applications, tips for interviewing for a product management role, and specific innovation approaches & tools. And, the review concludes with a few of my favorite quotes from guests.” At the link find the title, “TEI 105: Highlights from valuable 2016 interviews with savvy product management insiders – with Chad McAllister, PhD, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files TEI105 2016 Year in Review.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

PTSD in Canada 21 mins – “Family members raise questions about the role of PTSD in this tragedy, and offer insight into the life and death of their loved ones.” Ahttp://feeds.bmj.com/bmj/podcasts menu. t the link find the title, “Jan 5: ‘He knew that he was sick’: Relatives mourn after apparent murder-suicide, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170105_21557.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racist Killings 25 mins – “Washington Post journalist Wesley Lowery has been on the frontline of American racial tensions for the past two years. He talks about what he’s uncovered in his new book, They Can’t Kill Us All.” At the link find the title, “Jan 5: Journalist focused on racial unrest and police shootings in U.S. reveals hard truths, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170105_72054.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Retirement Plans 47 mins – “Pioneers of the 401(k) retirement plan say that it’s not working and it may be time to bring back pensions.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Right Care 21 mins – “Vikas Saini discusses a new Lancet Series, which aims to improve global health care through an emphasis on reducing overuse and underuse of medical treatment.” At the link find the title, “Right Care Series: The Lancet: January 8, 2017,” right-click “Media files 08january rightcare.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Saturn Project 28 mins – “The Cassini mission into deep space has witnessed raging storms, flown between Saturn’s enigmatic rings and revealed seven new moons. And, thanks in no small part to Professor Michele Dougherty, it’s made some astonishing discoveries. For the last twenty years, Michele been responsible for one of the key instruments on board Cassini – the magnetometer. In 2005, she spotted a strange signature in the data during a distant fly by of Saturn’s smaller moons, Enceladus and became curious. Now,space missions are planned years ahead of time. Every detail is nailed down. But Michele convinced mission control to divert Cassini from its carefully planned route to take a closer look at Enceladus. And her gamble paid off. Cassini scientists soon discovered jets of water vapour and organic material shooting out of the south pole of Enceladus, not bad for a small moon that could so easily have been ignored. It’s now thought that this tiny moon might be able to support microbial life underneath its icy surface. In 2008, Michele was awarded the hugely prestigious Hughes medal for her work – an honour last given to a woman in 1906! She’s also been voted by the UK Science Council as one of the country’s top 100 living scientists. She talks to Jim al-Khalili about growing up in South Africa, moving from mathematics to managing space missions and what they hope will happen when Cassini crashes into Saturn later this year.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sea Rise Affects Military 24 mins- “The climate threats faced by the American military are many, and they know it. In fact, climate issues are rising up in armed forces training and long-range planning. Of course, that’s one of the problems we face: the climate fundamental to so many things is changing slowly, but can manifest itself as “surprising” shifts. One of the slowest moving, but most inevitable and life-changing impacts, is the expansion of oceans as the world warms. If you look at a map of America, it’s dotted with over 1200 military bases. Many of these, especially for the Navy, are located right at tide level. Tide level is going up, and so are storm surges, as we saw with Hurricane Sandy.” At the link right-click Download or listen to this 31 minute interview with Ajit Varki in CD Quality or Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

 

Ship Waste Disposal 3 mins – “Today, we try to keep ships clean. The University of Houston’s College of Engineering presents this series about the machines that make our civilization run, and the people whose ingenuity created them. When I was a graduate student, years ago, I worked one summer for Albert Einstein’s son, Hans Albert. Hans Albert Einstein was a distinguished sanitary engineer. I designed apparatus for a flume where he was modeling the movement of human waste….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio of Episode 1289.” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ski Lift Emergencies 32 mins – “We talk all about ski patrol disasters and in particular how ski lift evacuations are planned and prepared for. This is a two-part episode so make sure you follow up for part two next week.”http://disasterpodcast.com/2017/01/ski-patrol-disaster-training-preparedness-part-1” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop menu.

Social Innovations 55 mins – “This month on The Enright Files, ideas to improve our communities, our countries and our quality of life. Interviews with Rutger Bregman, Janette Sadik-Khan, Pasi Sahlberg & Karyn McCluskey.” At the link find the title, “The Enright Files – Ideas to make a better world, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files ideas_20170102_58547.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stagnation or Recession 68 mins – “Economist Robert Hall of Stanford University talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the current state of the U.S. economy and what we know and don’t know about the recovery from the Great Recession. Much of the conversation focuses on the choices facing the Federal Reserve and the policy instruments the Fed has available. The conversation includes a discussion of Hall’s experience as chair of the National Bureau of Economic Research Committee on Business Cycle Dating.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stress Control with Ketamine 18 mins – “The path to better medicine is paved with accidental yet revolutionary discoveries. In this well-told tale of how science happens, neuroscientist Rebecca Brachman shares news of a serendipitous breakthrough treatment that may prevent mental disorders like depression and PTSD from ever developing. And listen for an unexpected — and controversial — twist.” At the link click “Audio,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tax Reduction Experiment 21 mins – “A Republican governor lives the dream. He cuts taxes dramatically in his state and he promises good times ahead. But the good times do not come.” At the link find the title, “#577: The Kansas Experiment,” right-click “Media files 20170111 pmoney_podcast011117.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Telomere Effect 64 mins – “Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn, President, Salk Institute; 2009 Nobel Prize Winner; Co-author, The Telomere Effect – A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer Dr. Elissa Epel, Founder and Director, Center on Obesity Assessment, Study, and Treatment, University of California San Francisco; Co-author, The Telomere Effect – A Revolutionary Approach to Living Younger, Healthier, Longer Have you ever wondered why some 60-year-olds look and feel like 40-year-olds and why some 40-year-olds look and feel like 60-year-olds? Though many factors contribute to aging and illness, Dr. Elizabeth Blackburn — a Nobel laureate — and health psychologist Dr. Elissa Epel reveal the critical role that biological markers called telomerase and telomeres play in our health. Dr. Blackburn and Dr. Epel discuss how to increase not only your lifespan but your health-span (the number of years that you remain active and healthy). They say that to live healthier and younger, we need to understand how sleep, exercise, stress, and diet can affect our telomeres.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Terrorist Attack 28 mins – “One night of terror at Dhaka’s Holey Artisan Bakery in July 2016.” AT the link find the title, “Siege at the Holey Artisan Bakery, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files p04p57j2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 35 mins – “The Daily Show host grew up as a poor, mixed-race South African kid going to three churches every Sunday. So he has a sui generis view of America — especially on race, politics, and religion — and he’s not afraid to speak his mind.” At the link right-click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Insights 41 mins – “Robert Costa, an American journalist who writes for the Washington Post, joins Peter Robinson to discuss his insights into president-elect Donald Trump after covering him for the past several years. Costa discusses Trump’s mentality on running for president in 2011 compared with 2013, when he made a more serious effort. Costa explains how Trump, an Ivy League billionaire, is able to connect with blue-collar voters in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Michigan based on his experience on The Apprentice. Costa analyzes the workings of Trump’s inner circle, including Jared Kushner, Reince Priebus, and Steve Bannon, and Trump’s cabinet picks. Finally, Peter Robinson and Robert Costa discuss change between the presidency and the fourth estate with Trump’s election.” At the link find the title, “Understanding Donald Trump, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files costa-20170106.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Ties with Russia 47 mins – “Donald Trump adores Vladimir Putin and wants to remake U.S. relations with Russia. Does that make sense? On the one hand, it would be silly to pick fights with a big, potentially useful power for nothing. On the other, there is deep disbelief that Putin’s values will ever line up with American values. Deep suspicion that he wants to crack American alliances. A direct charge that he hacked the U.S. election. And big questions about Trump’s money ties to Moscow. This hour On Point, Donald Trump, the USA, and Russia.” At the link right-click the tiny arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumpism in Canada 21 mins – “The race for the Conservative Party’s leadership is crowded competitive and crucial in setting the brand of the party in the post-Harper era.” At the link find the title, “Jan 6: Conservatives clash in fight to re-define party after Stephen Harper, 2017,” right-click “Media files current 20170106_19708.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Violence Decline 61 mins – “In 2011, we welcomed world renowned American cognitive scientist Steven Pinker to the Intelligence Squared stage. He argued that, contrary to popular belief, we are living in the least violent period of history, and that even the horrific carnage of the last century, compared to primitive societies, is part of this trend. Pinker claimed that, thanks to the spread of government, literacy and trade, we are actually becoming better people. He was in conversation with Matt Ridley, One of the UK’s most popular science writers, whose books – including the award-winning ‘The Rational Optimist’ – have sold over a million copies and been translated into 30 languages.” At the link find the title, “Steven Pinker on The Better Angels of Our Nature, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woman Journalists 60 mins – “[Wall Street Journal] editor Joann Lublin looks at over 50 top women leaders in corporate America. She is interviewed by Jay Newton-Small, author of [Broad Influence: How Women Are Changing the Way America Works].” At the link find the title, “After Words with Joann Lublin, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.460359.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

WW II Submarine Warfare 38 mins – “Backing up a bit, we begin the story of the battle for the Atlantic, as German U-boats attempt to starve Britain into submission. Meanwhile, the U.S. moves closer to the Allied camp by selling arms to Britain and France.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Episode 179-1717_12.52_AM.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

X-ray History 15 mins – “Physics in the late nineteenth century was increasingly concerned with things that couldn’t be seen. From these invisible realms shot x-rays, discovered by accident by the German scientist William Röntgen.” At the link find the title, “REBROADCAST: Nature PastCast – January 1896, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 270 – Jan 13, 2017: Acid Rain, Advanced Care Planning, All Volunteer Military Future, Astronomical Radios, Billionaires Impact, Bionics, Black Americans, Blind Visual Interpreters, Book Technology Trends, Career or Family, Climate Scientist, Craft Beers, Creative People, Disruptive Trends,Drug Costs, Food Production, Forensic Botany, Gun Replicas, Health Care Compensation, Health Food History, Houston Transformation, Indigenous DNA, Israeli Tribes, Lost City of Cahokia, North Korea Future, Nuclear Weapons, Nutritional Fitness, Presidential Families, Psycho Biotics, Russian Cyber Activity, Russian Doping Scandal, Solar Panels on Mosques, Stroke Rehabilitation, Syrians in Canada, Tropical Parasites, Trump History, Trumps National Security Council, Wayfinding, Wind Farms, Zuma Creator

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 51 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 160 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 12,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Acid Rain 23 mins – “Acid rain was one of the biggest environmental problems of the 20th century. We investigate why it’s a thing of the past — and what it can teach us for tackling climate change.”At the link right-click “Download file” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Advanced Care Planning 86 mins – “It is important that our wishes about medical care, should we become incapable of making our own decisions, be known. Find out what you need to know about life-planning decisions including the living will/advance directive and durable power of attorney for health care. Recorded on 11/15/2016. (#31557)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

All Volunteer Force 87 mins – “Serving in the military goes well beyond the individual and to the entire family, which makes having an understanding of the issues involved even more important. It is also critical to inform policymakers from the White House to Congress, the Department of Defense, and beyond. Military families face unique needs and challenges, and there is no alternative to hearing from them directly. Increasing the dialogue between the military community and the broader public minimizes the gap between the two, and supports the health and viability of the all-volunteer force. On December 8, the Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence at Brookings hosted a discussion to mark the release of the 2016 Blue Star Families annual Military Family Lifestyle Survey, one of the most critical tools to understanding the issues facing service members, veterans, and military family members.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomical Radios 27 mins – “[First of 4 segments.] Incredibly short bursts of radio waves from 3 billion light years away have only recently been detected. Their origin is unknown. Now scientists have found one of these Fast Radio Bursts that repeats itself. So they tuned their telescopes on this tiny patch of night sky, and have now detected faint smudges of light as well as the radio waves. The incredible distances these waves travel is indicative of a massive event happening three billion years ago. The speculation is that it could be energy from an active galactic nucleus, a black hole at the centre of a galaxy far away, or a baby magnetar – a neutron star with a massive magnetic field. [Other segments concern schistosomiasis , astronomer Vera Rubin’s death, and moving a giant magnet.]” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Billionaires Impact 60 mins – “Our topic this week: “The Trouble with Billionaires, Why Too Much Money at the Top Is Bad for Everyone.” You’ll hear directly from the authors of that book, tax Professor Neil Brooks, and journalist Linda McQuaig. Now that Donald Trump appointed scads of multi-billionaires to run the American government, we need to hear this Radio Ecoshock replay from 2010. But if you’d like the whole thing presentation, find it in these two files: #1 Full Speech by Neil Brooks with introduction by Seth Klein of the CPPA – 43 minutes, 10 megabytes #2 Full Speech by Linda McQuaig, plus their responses to audience questions – 52 minutes, 12 megabytes” At the link right-click “Download…Lo-Fi” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bionic Bodies 27 mins – “The field of bionics has transformed medicine for centuries, as far back as the ancient Egyptians who created bespoke toes from wood and leather. During the 20th Century mechanical and electronic advances made heart pacemakers and more sophisticated prosthetic limbs possible. Now, researchers are creating bionic eyes to help blind people see again. Neurosurgeon Jeffrey Rosenfeld, director of the Monash Institute of Medical Engineering in Australia, hopes to implant tiny “ceramic micro-electrode tiles” into the brain’s visual cortex of blind volunteers this year – bypassing the normal visual pathway. A digital camera mounted on a pair of glasses captures images which are then processed in a device about the size of a mobile phone. The resulting image is then transferred wirelessly to the tiles in the brain – the more tiles, the more detailed the image. Such techniques designed to help people with disabilities could also be adopted by others wanting to enhance their own senses or performance. Anders Sandberg, senior researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University, ponders over the ethics of bionics. He supports morphological freedom – the right to modify our bodies – but also the right to say no.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bionic Man 82 mins – “Revisit the best of ‘The New Screen Savers’ in the past year with Leo Laporte. We’ll take you back to Leo’s review of the Telsa Model X, a brain implant that helped quadriplegic Ian Burkhart move his hand once again, Megan Morrone’s visit to 2K Games’ state-of-the-art motion capture studio, an augmented reality sandbox built with an old Kinect and projector, and more.“ At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Americans 95 mins – “Today, African-Americans wield influence in every domain, from politics and business to academia and the arts. At the same time, black people are incarcerated at six times the rate of whites, and possess 13 times less wealth. Many schools and neighborhoods are more segregated than they were in 1965, and police killings of black citizens in places like Baltimore and Baton Rouge recur with tragic frequency — provoking radically different responses within black and white communities. And with the election of Donald Trump, the nation stands more tense and divided on racial lines that it has been in a generation. How did we end up here, when half a century ago racial equality seemed imminent — even inevitable? “Black America Since MLK: And Still I Rise” is a two-part, four-hour PBS special that looks at the last five decades of African-American history since the major civil rights victories. Join us as executive producer, presenter and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr. explores the tremendous gains and persistent challenges of these years, drawing on eyewitness accounts, scholarly analysis and rare archival footage. The series, premiering over two nights on Tuesday, November 15 and 22, paints a complex and comprehensive portrait of black America since 1965, while raising urgent questions about the future of the African-American community — and our nation as a whole. On Monday, November 21 Brookings welcomed Henry Louis Gates, Jr. to present select clips from his new series, and award-winning journalist Charlayne Hunter-Gault led a panel of experts to discuss how much of the promise of the civil rights movement has been realized and what obstacles still stand in the way.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Blind Visual Interpreters 45 mins – “Blind Abilities once again presents this interview with Suman Kanuganti, CEO of Aira, a visual interpreter for the blind. Aira is not only progressing with its product, but it is making a significant splash in the technology world. Aira recently won the innovative technology award at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in early January. Additionally, Aira is bolstering it’s standing in the blindness community with its major partnership with the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) and with AT&T to strengthen its connectivity and accessibility with blind users. Listen to this interview and stay tuned as we are working on the follow-up interview with Suman, Aira users, and the sighted agents.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Technology Trends 17 mins – “… When students fan out on campus for class, chances are good they aren’t carrying laptops but smartphones instead – and they aren’t alone in looking to the ubiquitous devices to enhance learning. Faculty, too, have high hopes for handhelds. Educator and editor Michael Greer, a frequent guest on Beyond the Book, says if we are ever going to make learning mobile, we must first rethink learning. Greer teaches online courses in editing and publishing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and is editor for the journal Research in Online Literacy Education. In a blog post for the Textbook & Academic Authors Association, he argued that “technology should serve learning, not drive it.” In journalism, digital technology, with its capacity for two-way interaction, is also driving a transformation in the relationship between readers and reporters. Communities and conversations form naturally around digital journalism. Mostly, though, they are confined to comment sections on news sites. Journalists and audience today are only just shouting at each other. …Jane Friedhoff developed an interactive journalism model while working as a creative technologist at the New York Times R&D Lab. Her work there and elsewhere experiments with media forms to create new, unusual, and even playful relationships between people. …At Beyond the Book, we try to explore new territories in writing and reading that make use of technology, the product of human imagination and invention. It’s a remarkable journey that began 8,000 years ago when Sumerians etched the first pictographs in moist clay with a sharpened reed stylus….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Career or Family 46 mins – “Is it a myth that women can have it all, all of the time? Or do the rising numbers of female executives in Hong Kong and around the world suggest otherwise? Does the glass ceiling exist as a barrier to the boardroom, or is the only limitation to a woman’s professional success her personal ambition? To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, Intelligence Squared Asia brought together four experts to ask whether a good mother has time to be a good CEO. In this debate, which took place in Hong Kong on 3 March 2014, award-winning journalist and author Allison Pearson and author of “Wonder Women: Sex, Power, and the Quest for Perfection” Debora Spar proposed the motion. CEO of Newton Investment Helena Morrissey and CEO of SOHO Property Zhang Xin opposed the motion.” At the link find the title, “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle Cannot Rock the Boardroom, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Scientist 60 mins- “According to Schneider Award juror Ben Santer, “Her 2004 Science paper helped to quantify, for the first time, the broad scientific consensus on climate change. Her recent research unmasked the forces behind denial of human effects on climate and improved our chances of having a responsible, science-based discussion of climate change solutions.” Dr. Oreskes’ work first became well known when her paper “The Scientific Consensus on Climate Change” was featured in Al Gore’s seminal documentary An Inconvenient Truth. Later, she co-authored the influential book Merchants of Doubt, which explores the public-relations tactics used by the tobacco industry to obfuscate the health risks of smoking, and draws a parallel to the similar tactics used by the oil industry to forestall government action on climate change….“ At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Craft Beers 64 mins – “Today’s episode comes to you live from Brooklyn’s Union Hall! Hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann are joined by: Steve Hindy — Brooklyn Brewery Founder; Dan Kenary — Harpoon Brewery Founder; Rob Burns — Night Shift Brewing Founder and President of the Massachusetts Brewers Guild; Katie Marisic — Federal Affairs Manager at the Brewers Association; Nancy Palmer — Executive Director, Georgia Craft Brewers Guild. They discuss: What a craft beer is; The economics of running a small brewery; How national and state regulations affect the price and distribution of beer. At the link find the title, “The Craft Beer Edition (Live), Dec, 2016, “ right-click “Media files SM9473259569.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creative People 15 mins – “How do creative people come up with great ideas? Organizational psychologist Adam Grant studies “originals”: thinkers who dream up new ideas and take action to put them into the world. In this talk, learn three unexpected habits of originals — including embracing failure. “The greatest originals are the ones who fail the most, because they’re the ones who try the most,” Grant says. “You need a lot of bad ideas in order to get a few good ones.” At the link click ‘Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disruptive Trends 95 mins – “How targeted ads on Google and Facebook are affecting politics and destroying mass media. CES 2017: Alexa everywhere, Samsung’s Chromebook Pro, Asus ZenFones, and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 835. Google Home’s New Year Resolutions.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “audio” and select ‘Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Costs 56 mins – “Pharmaceutical executives have been in the hot seat, recently facing Congressional outrage over the cost of life-saving drugs, and President-elect Trump has promised action. What is behind these price tags? And if government intervened to lower them, would there be un-intended consequences?” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Production 56 mins – “As the world’s population continues to grow, the demand for increased amounts of food strains our soil and the ecosystems juxtaposed to agricultural sites. International NGO, Rare, and its partners have just announced the launch of a global competition, Solution Search. The contest is open to any organization that has an innovative solution in sustainable farming, while promoting behaviors that strengthen biodiversity across the agricultural sector. Examples of potential entries include: sustainable land use management that integrates the consideration of biodiversity and ecosystems; alternative pest control practices that reduce toxic run-off into local water sources; organic farming methods that increase soil biodiversity (or other species); livestock control measures that protect local flora and fauna; and innovative approaches that reduce human-animal conflicts in agricultural zones. Tune in as we learn more from Rare CEO, Brett Jenks.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pp-up menu.

Food Production at Home 54 mins – “Some people are completely connected with nature. They appreciated trees, air, clean water and clear blue skies. Others show a complete disconnectedness with nature. Food comes from supermarkets, wrapped in plastic, right? Indira Naidoo argues growing our own food, even on small balconies is an important step in forming a bond with nature. Join Indira, with Amelia Telford and David Suzuki in this discussion which considers our links with the natural world. This discussion took place as part of the WOMADelaide Planet Talks in 2016.” At the link right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Botany 28 mins – “Beth interviews Drs Jane Bock (starts at 16:35) and David Norris (starts at 7:10), co-authors of Forensic Plant Science, the application of plant science to the resolution of legal questions. A plant’s anatomy and its ecological requirements are in some cases species specific and require taxonomic verification; correct interpretation of botanical evidence can give vital information about a crime scene or a suspect or victim. They describe their entry in to the field and some interesting cases.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gun Replicas 44 mins – “A team of reporters tracking police shootings discovered an alarming trend – people brandishing phony weapons getting shot in confrontations with cops.  Today, we’ll learn about real fatalities with fake guns and why the pro-gun lobby is protecting the right to bear imitation arms. Also today, a New Hampshire high school confronts stereotypes and the national spike in hate crimes by asking refugee students to talk about their lives and cultures.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Care Compensation 67 mins – “Economist and author Mark Warshawsky of George Mason University’s Mercatus Center talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his work on the role health care benefits play in measuring inequality. Using data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Warshawsky shows that because health care benefits are a larger share of compensation for lower-paid than higher-paid workers, measures of inequality and even measures of economic progress can be misleading or distorted. The conversation covers a wide range of topics related to how the labor market treats workers and the role of benefits in setting overall compensation.” AT the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Health Food History 58 mins – “Good fats vs. bad fats, milk chocolate vs. dark chocolate, red meat, red wine, carbs, sugar — all have been the subject of conflicting nutritional advice from “the experts.” In this episode of BackStory, the Guys explore the unexpected ways that past generations defined “health food.” We’ll look at milk’s transformation from a disease-carrying dairy product in the 19th century to “nature’s perfect food” by the 20th century, the popularity of gluten free diets in the late 20th century, and the emergence of the calorie as a way to explain the science of nutrition.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Houston Transformation 27 mins – “How does Houston, Texas, a massive city, deal with the pressures of immigration, an exploding youth population and a widening divide between rich and poor? The answer could be critical to the future success of the USA. Sociologists who have studied the city for decades believe that many US metropolitan areas could look like Houston in 30 years’ time. Since the election of Donald Trump, these issues have become even more critical. Catherine Carr travels to the Texas to see how the city’s authorities and inhabitants are coping with the radical changes to Houston’s demographics and meets the pioneers attempting to intentionally build bridges across city divides.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indigenous DNA 60 mins – “This week we take a closer look at the intersection of genetics, politics, identity, and hundreds of years of colonization. We speak with Kim TallBear, Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Peoples Technoscience and Environment and Associate Professor in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, about her book “Native American DNA: Tribal Belonging and the False Promise of Genetic Science”. And we speak with Keolu Fox, a post doctoral fellow in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego, about IndiGenomics, an NGO aimed at helping create bridges between indigenous communities and genetic research.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Israeli Tribes 150 mins – “Israel is undergoing a profound transformation, from a society with one politically and socially dominant group—secular Jews—to a society of several groups of roughly similar size. Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has gone as far as to describe four “tribes” of Israeli society and has proposed the creation of a new social compact among these groups. Others argue that Israel should resist institutionalizing identity-based politics, and should focus instead on society-wide concerns. On December 13, the Center for Middle East Policy convened a public event to explore social rifts and what Americans might learn from the Israeli experience about managing diverse societies and about the proper role of group identities in national politics. The event featured two sessions titled: “Visions of Israel: Citizenship, common cause, and conflict” and “Secularism, religion, and the state.” This event was part the center’s series on “Imagining Israel’s Future,” which is designed to help Washington audiences engage with voices from today’s dynamic Israeli society.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lost City of Cahokia 43 mins – Asked to imagine a “medieval city”, you probably think of walled fiefdoms, bustling market stalls, maybe a castle, cathedral or dome of a mosque in Europe or the Middle East, not the American plains. On today痴 show, we’ll learn about the Native American mega city that was bigger than contemporary London and Paris. Also today, amid a national spike in hate crimes against Muslims and people of color, a New Hampshire high school is bent on prevention. A new program confronts stereotypes by asking refugee students to talk about their lives and cultures. And U.S. Presidents have the nation’s most scrutinized job. But they worked for it. How about their kids? Presidential historian Brady Carlson talks about first children who’ve used the spotlight to their advantage.” At the link right-click the play button beside Listen・and select Save Link As・from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Future 91 mins – “North Korea’s continuous provocations have raised important questions about the efficacy of international sanctions: Do sanctions intended to reduce or halt weapons of mass destruction procurement work, and if not, why? What, if any, unintended consequences—positive or negative—do sanctions against North Korea (DPRK) generate? What can be done to improve the effectiveness of these and other sanctions? In their recent report, Jim Walsh and John Park address these specific questions with a primary objective to document North Korea’s practices, partners, and pathways in order to better understand how the DPRK has innovated in the face of international sanctions. On November 7, the Center for East Asia Policy Studies at Brookings hosted John Park and Jim Walsh as they presented key findings from their three-year MacArthur Foundation-funded study of what they call “North Korea, Inc.,” the system of regime-operated state trading companies that the DPRK employs to procure both licit and illicit goods. Jonathan Pollack, interim SK-Korea Foundation Chair in Korea Studies, provided remarks after their presentation, followed by a Q&A moderated by Richard Bush, director of the Center for East Asia Policy Studies.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Weapons 17 mins – “Today nine nations collectively control more than 15,000 nuclear weapons, each hundreds of times more powerful than those dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki. We don’t need more nuclear weapons; we need a new generation to face the unfinished challenge of disarmament started decades ago. Nuclear reformer Erika Gregory calls on today’s rising leaders — those born in a time without Cold War fears and duck-and-cover training — to pursue an ambitious goal: ridding the world of nuclear weapons by 2045.” At the link click ‘Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nutritional Fitness 45 mins – “This week we have guest Mike Ritter. Mike is a personal trainer and Functional Diagnostic Nutrition Practitioner. He provides coaching and nutrition services at Resultcult.com.” At the link right-click “Download Episode Here (MP3)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidential Families 38 mins – “The framers of American democracy rejected monarchy and its tradition of passing power through bloodline …that has not stopped presidents past from relying on their kids. Today, Brady Carlson on first children who’ve made presidential politics a family business. Also today, hold-outs, hippies, haves and have-nots live side-by-side in a collection of stories set in Vermont…not the picture postcard version. Plus, the 10-Minute Writer’s Workshop talks with a longtime copy writer for the LL Bean catalog.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Psycho Biotics 48 mins – “Han Solo joked in Return of the Jedi that Chewbacca was “always thinking with his stomach.”  In the years since 1983, science has shown this to be truer than we ever suspected.  The bacterial passengers in our gut play an incredibly powerful role in modulating our moods and health. This week, Jesse’s joined by science writer Scott Anderson to discuss bacteria that improve your mood, fecal transplants, and why you should eat more beans.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Cyber Activity 12 mins – “President Obama has imposed sanctions against Russia. Putin says he will not reciprocate. A security expert warns Canada is vulnerable to future attacks and needs to step up security.” At the link find the title, “Jan 2: Canada vulnerable to Russian cyber attacks, says security expert, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170102_94604.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Doping Scandal 48 mins – “For the past two years, Russian athlete Yuliya Stepanova, her husband Vitaly and their three year old son, Robert have been on the run. They fear for their lives, after they exposed one of the greatest sporting scandals of all time – the systemic Russian state sponsored doping programme. With very little money or support from any sporting authority, a life of solitude and uncertainty is the prize for the whistleblower who brought down Russian sport.” At the “The Woman who Exposed Russian Doping, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04mvp6d.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Solar Panels on Mosques 5 mins – “The Koutoubia Mosque is one of the iconic landmarks of Marrakech’s old city. Its first stone was laid in 1150, and almost 900 years later, renovations continue. The latest can be found up a flight of stairs off the sahn, or courtyard, where the mosque’s visitors wash their feet before they pray. On top of the north riwaq, or arcade, a sleek array of solar panels stretches along the roof to the base of the mosque’s 253-foot, red stone minaret. “This is enough for 100 percent of the consumption of the mosque, including also for the house of the imam,” says Ahmed Bouzid, head of energy efficiency for SIE, Morocco’s national energy investment company. ‘So this mosque is 100 percent powered by solar energy.’” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Stroke Rehabilitation 31 mins – “We’ve all heard of miraculous recoveries from traumatic brain injuries or stroke.  And we’re fascinated by the science behind brain tissue regeneration. This week we’re joined by Dr. Thomas Carmichael, professor of neurology at UCLA, to discuss brain repair and tissue recovery.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrians in Canada 26 mins – “In a move proving difficult for sponsors, Canadian Syrian refugees are leaving one location for another in an effort to find work or affordable housing.” At the link find the title, “Lack of jobs, housing: why some of Canada’s Syrian refugees are relocating, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files current_20170103_21197.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tropical Parasites 100 mins – “Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin The prolific podcast-shedding Hosts solve the case of the Global Health Intern with a snakelike lesion on her foot, and reveal the role of a single-stranded DNA binding protein in differentiation of trypanosomes.” At the link right-click “Download TWiP #124” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump History 58 mins – “An examination of the key moments that shaped President-elect Donald Trump. Interviews drawn from The Choice 2016 with advisors, business associates and biographers reveal how Trump transformed himself from real estate developer to reality TV star to president.” At the link find the title, “President Trump, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 300836566-frontlinepbs-president-trump.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trumps National Security Council 61 mins – “Welcome to today’s Council on Foreign Relations meeting on “Reforming the National Security Council.” … we’re fortunate today to have as our speakers three people who have both personal and academic experience in the national security sphere, and specifically in how the National Security Council operates. Ambassador Robert Blackwill joins us via video from Council headquarters in New York, where he is a Henry Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy. He’s worked multiple times on NSC staffs, most recently as NSC deputy for strategic planning under George W. Bush. …Ivo Daalder became president of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs in 2013, after more than four years as the Obama administration’s ambassador to NATO. Before his government service, he was a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where he specialized in American foreign policy and the transatlantic relationship. Mac Destler, to my right, teaches public policy at the University of Maryland and has advised presidents and secretaries of state on economic and foreign policy, and held senior research positions at some of our most distinguished think tanks.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Wayfinding 28 mins – “At one time or another, many of us feel stuck: in the wrong job, the wrong relationship, the wrong city – the wrong life. Psychologists and self-help gurus have all kinds of advice for us when we feel rudderless. This week on Hidden Brain, we explore a new idea, from an unlikely source: Silicon Valley.” At the link find the title, “Episode 56: Getting Unstuck, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20170102_hiddenbrain_56.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wind Farms 30 mins – “As the public learned of the recent opening of America’s first offshore wind power project, many wondered why it took so long? This week on Sea Change Radio, we talk with the executive editor of EcoRI News, Tim Faulkner, to discuss the opening of the Block Island Wind Farm off of Rhode Island. We learn about the logistics of this undertaking, compare it to offshore wind projects in Europe, and ponder the future of similar endeavors under a presidential administration that is openly hostile to wind power.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Zumba Creator 43 mins- “Zumba began as a mistake: aerobics teacher Beto Perez brought the wrong music to class, then improvised a dance routine to go with it. For his students, it was more fun than work — and it eventually grew into one of the biggest fitness brands in the world.” At the link find the title, “Zumba: Beto Perez & Alberto Perlman, Jan, 2017,” right-click “Media files 20161221 hibt_zumba.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 269 – Jan 6, 2017: A Christmas Carol, Addictive Processed Foods, Albert Race-Hoss Sample, Algae Fuel, Bolshoi Ballet History, Broadband and FCC, Broadband Trends, Chess Master, Climate Change, Computer Repair Woman, Constitutional Law, Cyber Security, Cyborgs, Eloquence, Energy in Cities, Engineer School, Farming Technology, Forever War, Fred Rogers, HiddenFigures, Hieronymus Bosch, Homeless In Britain, Human Transplants, Hygga Event, Immigrants in California, Infrastructure Needs, JK Rowling, Kepler, Lab Girl, Lead Poisoning, Loon Preservation, Marijuana Impact, Maurice Sendak, Midlife, Military Science, Opioid Sammy, Orca Whales, Parenting after Divorce, Philippine Politics, Premature Baby Story, Productivity, Repair or Replace, Shooting Aftermaths, Sick Kids Hospital, Springsteen, Story Teller, Sweatshops or Not, Syrian Refugee Music, Toxic Chemicals, Triangulations Best 2016, White Supremacists

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 51 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 254 for the week to hear while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 13,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 12,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

A Christmas Carol 51 mins – “In the fall of 1843, Charles Dickens was in something of a mid-life crisis. His marriage was troubled, his career tottering, his finances on the verge of collapse. He even considered giving up writing. He didn’t, of course. Instead, he wrote his most famous work, A Christmas Carol, in just six weeks, and then self-published it. As the historian and writer Les Standiford notes, Dickens’ famous Christmas tale didn’t just change his life, it reinvented the way we celebrate the holiday. We’ll talk with Standiford about A Christmas Carol on Friday….Les Standiford is the director of the creative writing program at Florida International University. He’s the author of many books, including The Man Who Invented Christmas: How Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol Rescued His Career and Revived Our Holiday Spirits.At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addictive Processed Foods 58 mins – “We need food to survive. Can we really be “addicted” to something required for survival?” At the link find the title, “All About Food Addiction, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SDS160.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Albert “Race Hoss” Sample 44 mins – “In this rebroadcast, we hear one of Diane’s all-time favorite interviews. And judging from the response we got, it was one of yours as well. In 1986, Diane spoke with Albert “Race Hoss” Sample. He grew up under very difficult circumstances and wound up in a Texas prison, where he spent 17 years until he won his release. He spoke of the cruelty and brutality he experienced there, which he relived in an autobiography, “Race Hoss: Big Emma’s Boy.” He died in 2005. Diane said talking with Mr. Sample, hearing his story, moved her greatly. She hopes it will move you, too.” (He died in2005) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Algae Fuel 30 mins – “Who doesn’t need a miracle? As the lyricist for many timeless Grateful Dead classics, as a privacy rights activist, or as the founder of the biofuel company, Algae Systems, John Perry Barlow has used creativity and sheer will to advance a wide array of “miracles.” That is until a devastating illness left him hospitalized for most of 2015. Sea Change Radio host Alex Wise sat down recently with Barlow, who’s still on the mend, along with the CEO of Algae Systems, Matthew Atwood. They discuss the company’s technology which turns waste water into fuel, and the current Indiegogo campaign to raise new capital for Algae Systems. They also delve into Barlow’s relationship with Edward Snowden, his recovery from this illness, and the unfortunate tale of how he missed out on the Grateful Dead’s Fare Thee Well mini-tour.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bolshoi History 48 mins – “From murder, fire and on-stage suicides, to a jewel of national culture – on this special Boxing Day edition of The Current, the dramatic history of the Russian Bolshoi Ballet.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for December 26, 2016 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current 20161226_38385.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband and FCC 30 mins – “Mignon Clyburn, the longest-serving commissioner on the Federal Communications Commission, discusses how the incoming Trump administration could affect the FCC’s work, including the future of internet regulation and broadband expansion needs.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Mignon Clyburn, December 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.463643.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband Trends 2016 35 mins – “It’s that time of year – for reflection of the past and thinking about the future. Lisa, Nick, Hannah, and I discuss the previous year and then make some predictions for next year. Along the way, we have some banter and occasionally an insightful comment if you listen hard enough.” At the link right-click “… download this mp3 file directly.…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chess Master 58 mins – “We talk to American chess Grandmaster Patrick Wolff.” At the link find the title, “161 Patrick Wolff – How to Become a Grandmaster Chess Champion,” right-click “Media files ab4af996-a6c8-4eda-9028-e9d6d41d3fbd.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 58 mins – “David Suzuki says we are the first species in the history of life on Earth to have created the conditions for our own demise. He says the list of environmental problems grows and worsens. The human population continues to increase and finite resources are being depleted. We have the knowledge and power to address the problems, but sadly, political and financial greed is stymying any real progress. This is David Suzuki’s address at the WOMADelaide Planet Talks in 2016.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Computer Repair Woman 62 mins – “How I made it in the Field: By accident (my parents bought a computer a did not want and ITT not having multimedia at the time had no choice but networking)… My first job was really not in tech but in customer service which allowed me to open up to people, got a feel of how to handle customer interactions… The Computer Repair Life: This was my better year which is giving that motivation to keep it pushing….” At the link right-click beside “Direct MP3 Download:” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Constitutional Law 60 mins – “’[N]o person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any king, prince, or foreign state.’ These words, from Article I of the U.S. Constitution, make it unambiguously clear to many legal scholars that Donald Trump will be committing an impeachable offense by not relinquishing an ownership stake in his multiple companies before Jan 20. Zephyr Teachout is among those scholars, and joins us to explain why corruption in the presidency was such anathema to the nation’s founders. In the remainder of today’s episode, we share a few highlights from a recent symposium about the current state of free speech on campus. The event was organized by the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression. You can watch videos of the entire two-day event….” At the link find the title, “Corruption in the White House, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM3041126757.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Security 25 mins – “With the rise of legal technology came a heightened awareness amongst lawyers and law firms of the importance of cyber security to ensure that one’s own, and the clients’, assets are protected. In this episode of Digital Detectives, hosts Sharon Nelson and John Simek sit down with former law enforcement officer and High-Technology Crime Unit detective Keith Lowry to discuss governmental cyber security policy under President Obama and how those policies might change during the administration of President-elect Trump.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyborgs 27 mins – “Virtual reality offers the myth of presence; technology can only reward with vicarious pleasure. If your identity is tied up with memory, what happens to that idea when memories disappear, and can tech that enables life-logging at least arrest if not reverse this loss? The idea of being able to store your voice, to bank it, for people with degenerative voice conditions, has informed researchers into the latest voice synthesisers, but if you lost your voice what impact would a restored synthesised version have on your sense of your identity? Click is joined by an expert panel in the Media Café at Broadcasting House in London, to discuss how technology is increasingly shaping our identities: Neil Harbisson, a composer who was born colour-blind and who has an electronic eye implanted in his brain that allows him to hear colours; Cathal Gurrin has been wearing a life-logging camera for the last 10 years recording his every action; Phillipa Rewaj and Rupal Patel are research Speech and Language experts who have looked into collecting people’s voices for regeneration via synthesisers.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Eloquence 52 mins – “We all know eloquence when we hear it. The skillful delivery of language delights us, captivates us, persuades and moves us. Most importantly, says the linguist David Crystal, speakers and listeners alike enjoy eloquent speech. Crystal has dissected the qualities and practice of eloquence. Partly, he wants to better understand how it’s achieved. He also wants to show that eloquence is a talent everyone who uses words can possess. Crystal joins us to examine how the gift of gab works…. David Crystal is an independent scholar with lifelong experience as a lecturer, public speaker, and broadcaster. He is the author of more than one hundred books on phonetics, Shakespeare’s language, child language, and related topics. His latest book is called The Gift of the Gab: How Eloquence Works” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Energy in Cities 54 mins – “Our lecture this week is presented by the Boston University Institute for Sustainable Energy and the Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future, and is titled “District Energy in Cities: Unlocking Efficiency, Sustainability and Resiliency through Infrastructure Investment.”  Our speaker is Rob Thornton, President and CEO of the International District Energy Association.” At the linkr ight-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As: from the pop-up menu.

Engineer School 61 mins – “In this episode of The Engineering Commons, we answer questions from listener Jared about coping as an engineering student.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Farming Technology 58 mins – “Johns Hopkins professor Ellen Silbergeld looks at new farming methods and technology and their impact on consumers, the environment, and workers. Professor Silbergeld is interviewed by Dan Glickman.” At the link find the title, “After Words with Ellen Silbergeld, December 24, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.459289.MP3-STD.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forever War 60 mins – “Journalist Mark Danner, who lectures at the University of California, Berkeley, talks about his latest book, [Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War], which looks at the 15-year U.S. war on terrorism.” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Mark Danner, December 25, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.458897.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fred Rogers 54 mins – “Fred Rogers dedicated his life to serving children. He was a pioneer in educational television and a PBS icon. His show “Misters Rogers’ Neighborhood” ran for decades. In December 2002, Diane Rehm spoke with Rogers about his new parenting book, his career and the importance of fostering self-esteem at an early age. A year after this interview, Fred Rogers passed away. This remains one of Diane’s favorite on-air conversations and she wanted to share it with you during this last week of the show as one of our “farewell favorites.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Hidden Figures 13 mins – “In this episode of The Remix we talk to Margot Lee Shetterly about the real life heroines behind the new film, Hidden Figures. Author Margot Lee Shetterly grew up knowing that black women were behind the success of the early space program, that eventually became NASA. Shetterly grew up knowing their children and grandchildren in her Hampton, Virginia, community. Her recent book “Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” tells the story of these “human computers” who helped launch America’s space program, broke racial and gender barriers and supported the next generation of African American engineers and aerospace professionals.” At the link find the title, “The true story behind ‘Hidden Figures’ Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files hidfigweb1.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hieronymus Bosch 52 mins – “If you’ve ever seen paintings by the Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch, such as The Garden of Earthly Delights, you’ve probably wondered what they mean and what kind of person could have imagined such fanciful scenes. Problem is, we know very little about Bosch’s personal story. That leaves the paintings, which present their own puzzles. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Bosch’s death, and Tuesday, art historian Gary Schwartz joins us to discuss the fearless artist’s life and his inventive art….Gary Schwartz is an art historian of Dutch painters of the 17th century and the author of two books about Hieronymus Bosch, one for young readers, First Impressions: Hieronymus Bosch, and Jheronimus Bosch: The Road to Heaven and Hell” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless in Britain 27 mins -”There’s a crisis of homelessness for families in Britain” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Human Transplants 50 mins – “Human transplants. Hand, face, uterus, even head transplants in the news now. We’ll look at the widening frontier of transplant surgeries.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hygga Events 21 mins – “Hygge, a centuries-old Danish practice, is now trendy, with social media sites teeming with images of woolly socks and intimate gatherings around the fireplace. What does hygge really mean and how can it serve us?” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: In troubled times, Danish art of ‘coziness’ sparks international trend,“ right-click “Media files current_20161227_76268.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Immigrants in California 92 mins – “Looking back on the state of race relations in LA and exploring how we can move forward, LA’s busy immigration court system, 2016 tech roundup.” At the link find the title, “Race relations in LA, exploring the immigration court system, the year in technology, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SHOW_122716-d98b3653.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure Needs 25 mins – “More than a few scientists on Radio Ecoshock tell us our present economy threatens to kill us, and take out many other species in the Sixth Great Mass Extinction. Surely, we all have an interest in a new climate economy. That’s a huge global task. I’ve come across a report that seems written in a bland code for top government and corporate planners. But there are gems buried in this work, titled “The Sustainable Infrastructure Imperative.” It’s the 2016 report from something called “the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate”.The Global Commission on the Economy and Climate was commissioned by seven countries – Colombia, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Norway, South Korea, Sweden and the United Kingdom – as an independent initiative to report to the international community. To help us sort out who that is, and what this report can tell us, as citizens of this planet, I’ve called on Ipek Gencsu. She’s the Research and Engagement Manager at the New Climate Economy. Ipek has degrees in politics and economy from the London School of Economics. You may also have heard about her as a campaigner for the charity Oxfam, and for climate and food justice.” At the link right-click “CD Quality” near the sound bar for Dr Blanc and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

JK Rowling 47 mins – “In October of 1999 J.K. Rowling, author of the best-selling Harry Potter books was on a book tour in the U.S. Diane had a chance to talk with her while she was in Washington. J.K. Rowling’s books and the movies based on her books have become international sensations with fans of all ages. In this hour Rowling talks about how the Harry Potter story began in her imagination and how she hoped it would become “a little book a few people might like.” Please enjoy this conversation with writer J.K. Rowling, the creator of the Harry Potter series.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Kepler 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571 – 1630). Although he is overshadowed today by Isaac Newton and Galileo, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest scientists in history. The three laws of planetary motion Kepler developed transformed people’s understanding of the Solar System and laid the foundations for the revolutionary ideas Isaac Newton produced later. Kepler is also thought to have written one of the first works of science fiction. However, he faced a number of challenges. He had to defend his mother from charges of witchcraft, he had few financial resources and his career suffered as a result of his Lutheran faith.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lab Girl 48 mins – ““Lab Girl”, the powerful new memoir of a female scientist — geobiologist Hope Jahren — on life and love.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lead Poisoning 46 mins – “Today on Slate Money, hosts Felix Salmon of Fusion, Cathy O’Neil, author of, Weapons of Math Destruction, and Slate Moneybox columnist Jordan Weissmann discuss: America’s growing lead poisoning problem; The actual effectiveness of China’s educational system; How some of the Pulse nightclub victim’s families are suing Facebook, Twitter, and Google for their roles in spreading ISIS propaganda” At the link find the title, “The Doomed Youth Edition, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SM7781512504.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Loon Preservation 56 mins – “Warm evenings on the lakes of New Hampshire might mean the call of a loon and, perhaps, bats swooping overhead. While loon populations are on the increase, they still face rising threats in the region, while bats have been decimated by a debilitating disease. We find out what’s being done to maintain the local populations as we celebrate summer in New Hampshire..” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Marijuana Impact 47 mins – “Pot in the family. With marijuana now legal in more states, the conversation between parents and teens is more complicated. We’ll listen.” At the link find the title, “Navigating The New Pot Talk In A Time Of Legal Weed, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_506473671.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maurice Sendak 58 mins – “Diane had the pleasure of speaking with famed author and illustrator Maurice Sendak in September of 1993. He wrote a number of children’s books, but “Where the Wild Things Are” which was first published in 1963 remains one of a best-selling children’s book, a book that’s been described as thrilling to children and controversial to adults. In this hour Maurice Sendak talks about the importance of being honest with children and why it was important for him to be honest about the difficulties he experienced in his own childhood. Please enjoy this rebroadcast of Maurice Sendak talking about his life and his work.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Midlife 56 mins – “Even with all the angst about mid-life crises, and birthday cards calling you over the hill, the author says the middle years are most often about renewal. Today we’re talking with former NPR correspondent Barbara Bradley Hagerty on what she discovered about middle age in America.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Military Science 52 mins – “When you think about military science, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Bombs and guns, right? Well, that’s not what interests the writer Mary Roach, who has a habit of seeking out eccentric scientific corners. She’s not so much curious about the killing as she is about the keeping alive. That curiosity led her to research into the battlefield’s more obscure threats: exhaustion, shock, bacteria, panic, even turkey vultures. Roach joins us to explore the curious science of humans at war… Mary Roach is the author of the books StiffSpook, BonkPacking for Mars, and Gulp. Her new book is called Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Sammy 64 mins – “Jeff and Greg attempt to chew through an opioid sammy[sandwich] and Greg ponders the collective childhood of test question writers” At the link find the title, “JMT 2.0 September 2016 – Opioid Sammy,” right-click “Media files 300061338-acmt-jmt-20-september-2016-opioid-sammy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Orca Whales 26 mins – “At one time the orca — or killer whale — was seen as a terrifying monster. But then a wounded orca named Moby Doll ended up in Vancouver and in no time at all once-frightened Vancouverites fell in love. Meet the disruptor who paved the way for Shamu.” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: ENCORE: How Moby Doll changed the worldview of ‘monster’ orca whales,” right-click “Media files current_20161227_94491.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parenting after Divorce 49 mins – “Taking care of your kids’ needs after a divorce. Psychologist, divorce expert Robert Emery on his new book “Two Homes, One Childhood.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philippine Politics 48 mins – “Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte brags about a lot of things, including committing murder. We look at the Philippines under Duterte’s rule.” At the link find the title, “The Philippines’ Controversial President, Rodrigo Duterte, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_506327967.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Premature Baby Story 26 mins – “Born in the grey zone. Micro-preemies are babies born so premature, they’re on the edge of viability. Modern medicine means these babies can increasingly be saved. But with the advances, come thorny new questions about where life truly begins.” At the link find the title, “Dec 29: ENCORE: Parents explore medical frontier of micro-preemies,” right-click “Media files current_20161229_17569.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Productivity 39 mins – “In this busy time of year, we could all use some tips on how to get more done in less time. First, however, a warning: there’s a big difference between being busy and being productive.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Repair or Replace 24 mins – “Fix your clothes, appliances or whatever you’re tempted to take to the curb. It’s part of a burgeoning “fixer movement” that not only is good for the environment and pocket, in Sweden repairing what’s broken can actually give you a tax break.” At the link find the title, “Dec 30: ENCORE: Sweden offers tax breaks to repair — not replace — broken objects,” right-click “Media files current_20161230_81185.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shooting Aftermaths 68 mins – “Massad Ayoob has been handgun editor of GUNS magazine and law enforcement editor of AMERICAN HANDGUNNER since the 1970s, and has published thousands of articles in gun magazines, martial arts publications, and law enforcement journals. He is the author of more than a dozen books on firearms, self-defense, and related topics, including “In the Gravest Extreme,” widely considered to be the authoritative text on the topic of the use of lethal force….Massad joins us today to discuss protecting yourself as an armed citizen from the threat we seldom consider, our own legal system.  How to make sure you are not in violation of the law, what constitutes justification for the use of deadly force and having a “prep kit” for after a deadly force incident.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sick Kids Hospital 24 mins – “Historian David Wright chronicles how The Hospital of Sick Children became one of leading pediatric health facilities in the world.” At the link find the title, “Dec 27: History of SickKids hospital marked by achievements and scandal,” Media files current_20161227_65455.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Springsteen 48 mins – “Recorded at his home studio, Springsteen speaks to Terry Gross about growing up in Jersey, songwriting, and wishing to be his stage persona. His new memoir is ‘Born to Run.’…” At the link find the title, “December 26, 2016 Bruce Springsteen,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Story Teller 26 mins – “A journey of 8,000 kilometres begins with a single step. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Paul Salopek is walking the modern-day Silk Road, talking to people in the pursuit of what he calls ‘slow journalism.’” At the link find the title, “Dec 28: Why Paul Salopek is walking the modern-day Silk Road to pursue ‘slow journalism,” right-click “Media files current_20161228_75689.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sweatshops or Not 78 mins – “If you were a poor person in a poor country, would you prefer steady work in a factory or to be your own boss, buying and selling in the local market? Economist Chris Blattman of the University of Chicago talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about experimental evidence on how poor people choose in the labor market and the consequences for their income, health, and satisfaction.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Refugee Music 48 mins – “Since war broke out in Syria over a million people have sought refuge in Lebanon – a small country of just over 4 million people. The reporter Lina Sinjab left her home in Damascus in 2013 to live in Beirut, and for her, as for so many Syrians, the poignant music of home has become a crucial source of comfort and resilience. As the war drags on, music and songs provide a strong link to the past and hope for the future. Lina joins refugee musicians across Lebanon and hears how their music is one of the few things they were able to bring with them. In the Bekaa Valley, close to the border with Syria, she meets an oud player, a percussionist and a piper who arrived with nothing but the clothes on their backs and their precious instruments. And she visits a refugee youth choir who have found new joy and hope by singing with others who have been uprooted from their homes. In Beirut, the Oumi ensemble use music as a counter to religious extremism, taking their inspiration from the peace-loving Sufi poet Mansur Al-Hallaj. The arrival of Syrian musicians has also had a big impact on the cultural scene in Lebanon, and Lina discovers how this has inspired bands and artists in the capital.” At the link find the title, “A Song for Syria, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04m6tky.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxic Chemicals 20 mins – “Now and then, just one dedicated person can put the spotlight on a dangerous chemical. Every day, some of us wear or use the products made with this toxic process. Few people know fabrics like Rayon are made from forests boiled down by dangerous chemicals. So are cellophane and dish sponges. That person could be Dr. Paul David Blanc. He’s a real doctor and a professor of medicine at the University of California, in San Francisco. The story and the warning come in Paul’s new book “Fake Silk, The Lethal History of Viscose Rayon.” At the link right-click “CD Quality” near the sound bar for Dr Blanc and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Triangulations Best 2016 85 mins – “The best interviews of Triangulation in 2016! From Wiki inventor Ward Cunningham and Java creator James Gosling to Macintosh veteran Bill Atkinson and IARPA director Jason Matheny, this collection of 2016’s best interviews recollects Leo Laporte’s fascinating meetings of the minds.” At the link click “downloads,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacists 75 mins – “The so-called alt-right leader Richard Spencer has railed against Jews and said the U.S. belongs to white men. Now Neo-Nazi groups are calling for white supremacists to march through his hometown of Whitefish, Mont. — a site of protest as residents react.” At the link find the title, “Dec 28: Whitefish, Mont. residents rally against ‘alt-right’ targeting Jewish community,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 268 – Dec 30, 2016: Addiction Experts on Opioid Crisis, Addiction Medicine, Advertising History, Aging Cognition, Airline Travel, Aleppo, Andrew Weil MD, Asbestos Ban in Canada, Asian Americans, Astronomical Women, Bad Kids at Black Rock High, Beer Brewing, Biohacking, Blind People Jobs, Bollywood Book, Borneo Deforestation, Brain Cooling, Broadband in Boseman, California Climate One, California Water Plan, CIA and Elections, Cyber Attacks on Democracy, Cyberattacks, Desktop Fabrication, Disruptive Thinking, Dog Domestication, Ebola Review, Election Disruption in US, Election Hacks by Russia, Electoral College Dispute, Electronics Engineers Discussion, Encryption, Fake News, Fake Zombie Bands, Feds versus Locals, Female Negotiators, Genocide Survivors, Guatemala Social Media Use, Hidden Figures, Holiday Cards History, Icy Walkways, Indian Cash Chaos, Infrastructure Projects, Intellectuals and Race, Intelligence and Propaganda, Judaism in America, Katrina Disaster Response, Kid Logic, Korean Sea Women, Language Evolution, Linux Support, Malaysian Protests, Med Students Life, Medicine Defined, Micro Greens, Moral Decisions, Native Americans, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Opiate Epidemic, Pain Control Pills, Parasitism Case, Physics Tools, Political Activism, Political Unions, Prison Violence in Canada, Refugees in New Hampshire, Reindeer Racing, Religious Trends, Research Pitfalls, Robot Dangers, Roy Cohn Lawyer, Russian Nuclear Testing, Sanctuary Cities, Science of Motivation, Science Outreach to Kids, Seed Banks, Spices in US, Syrian Refugee Children, Syrian Refugees in Canada, Thomas Sowell on Economics, Tillerson as Secretary of State, Toy Inventors, Transgender Story, Trump Election Analysis, US Foreign Policy, Verizon, War Aftermaths, Warfare, Waste to Water, Wealth Poverty Politics, Wood Woodpecker, Word Use and Trends

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 104 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 308 for the week for your ears while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 12,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 12,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Addiction Experts on Opioid Crisis 23 mins – “B.C’s epidemic of opioid overdoses is in need of a solution. But how to tackle a seemingly intractable problem is complicated. The Current looks at a proposal to end the prohibition of heroin to the call for more government money to treat addiction.” At the link find the title,Dec 20: Addiction experts discuss solutions to opioid overdose crisis, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161220_50978.mp3”and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Addiction Medicine 49 mins – “Psychiatrist Anna Lembke says the medical establishment and drugmakers began telling doctors in the 1980s that opioids were effective treatment for long-term chronic pain. “That was patently false,” she says. Her book is ‘Drug Dealer, MD.’ Critic Ken Tucker shares his top 10 favorite albums of 2016.” At the link find the title, “Dec, 2016, Inside The Prescription Drug Epidemic,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Advertising History 60 mins – “Tim Wu is the Author of The Attention Merchants: The Epic Scramble to Get Inside Our Brains. Tim and Leo talk about the history of mass media advertising, from its beginnings in the 1830s with newspaper broadsheets to its current state on the internet. Tim argues that what you pay attention to defines your life, and you should think hard about how you want to spend your precious attention.” At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Cognition 56 mins – “There are many normal physiological changes that come with aging. Dr. Anne Fabiny helps distinguish those from the pathological changes of disease or illness. Then, Craig Wingate of the Alzheimer’s Association, provides clues to differentiate typical aging with Alzhemier’s. When we can make that distinction we can focus on being resilient, sustaining a sense of purpose and vitality, even while coping with stressful experiences. Recorded on 11/01/2016. (#31555)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Aging Prognosis 86 mins – “Dr. Alex Smith is a clinician-researcher at the University of California San Francisco who is at the forefront of efforts to integrate geriatrics and palliative care. Recorded on 11/08/2016. (#31556)” Reference is made to ePrognosis site and process. At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Airline Travel 47 – “A heads-up for all travelers. In-flight phone use is back on the table, and a new bare-bones economy class is moving in. We catch up with air travel.” At the link find the title, “Are You On Board With Cellphones On Airplanes? Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_505579657.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aleppo Evacuation 19 mins – “It was supposed to be over with a ceasefire and withdrawal. But over the last 24 hours, there have been claims of executions by government troops and stories of bombardment. The Current speaks with those still inside — trapped.” At the link find the title, “Dec 14: ‘They are dying in the streets’: Aleppo ceasefire fails, civilians trapped,” right-click “Download Dec 14: ‘They are dying in the streets’: Aleppo ceasefire fails, civilians trapped” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aleppo Power Dynamics 19 mins – “Eastern Aleppo’s fall signals changed power dynamics in and around Syria with potentially world-changing geopolitical implications. The Current looks at the new dynamic between Russian and U.S. influence. “ At the link find the title, “Dec 15: How will Aleppo’s fall factor into Assad’s end game?” right-click “Download Dec 15: How will Aleppo’s fall factor into Assad’s end game?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Andrew Weil, MD 59 mins– “Dr. Andrew Weil, the country’s leading expert in integrative medicine, believes that good health begins in the kitchen. It’s hardly revolutionary to propose that diet matters when it comes to our health, but so many people feel that eating delicious, healthy home-cooked meals isn’t possible for them. They don’t have time, they say, or they can’t afford good food. Dr. Weil shows us that tasty, healthful food can be prepared quickly and easily, and it isn’t especially pricey. His new cookbook, Fast Food Good Food tells us all how we can enjoy good food fast….” At the link right-click “Download the mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asbestos Ban in Canada 22 mins – “Today the federal government announces a comprehensive ban on asbestos which may come as a surprise to people who think asbestos is already banned in Canada. The CBC’s Julie Ireton explains the long road ahead for getting rid of asbestos.” At the link find the title, “Dec 15: Thought asbestos was fully banned in Canada? Not until 2018,” right-click “Download Dec 15: Thought asbestos was fully banned in Canada? Not until 2018” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Asian Americans 28 mins – “California newspapers once wrote that Chinese immigrants had “most of the vices and few of the virtues of the African”. Until 1940, Asian Americans earned less than whites…and less than black Americans too. All that changed just a few generations. Today, how Asian Americans became a “model minority.” Then, from unidentified noises to a story of heartbreaking loss, we scour the audio landscape for sound we can’t help but share. Morning Edition host Rick Ganley joins us for the latest installment of Overheard.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Astronomical Women 62 mins – “Dava Sobel argues that in the 19th century, it was women and not male astronomers who actually made some of the great discoveries of the universe. …At the outset, this group included the wives, sisters and daughters of the resident astronomers, but by the 1880s the female corps included graduates of the new women’s colleges—Vassar, Wellesley and Smith. …Anna Draper, whose late husband pioneered the technique of stellar photography—enabled the women to make extraordinary discoveries that attracted worldwide acclaim. Hear this captivating, little-known true story of a group of women whose remarkable contributions to the burgeoning field of astronomy forever changed our understanding of the stars and our place in the universe. Sobel is a noted author, and in addition to her work for The New York Times she has been a longtime science contributor to Harvard Magazine, Audubon, Discover, Life, Omni, and The New Yorker.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bad Kids at Black Rock High 12 mins – “Many of the kids at Black Rock High School have been labeled “bad kids.” Their principal and teachers are determined to help them succeed.” At the link find the title, “’The Bad Kids’ offers lessons in empathy and second chances, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files BadKidsDoc BROOD PODCAST-2cfedf87.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Beer Brewing 16 mins – “What gives beer its taste? Why do some ales taste of berries, bananas or chocolate? A big part of the answer is the type of yeast used to ferment it. There are hundreds of different strains that brewers can use to make beer, and many of them can be found at the National Collection of Yeast Cultures in Norwich. We went for a pint with scientists from the NCYC to find out how different yeasts affect the taste of ales, and learn about their research to find strains that can produce new and better beers.” At the link right-click “Download Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biohacking 55 mins – “How fake news spreads. Making ears from apples. Texting with household cleaners. The impact of tech on families. Transgender on Tinder.” At the link find the title, “339: Fake news, synthetic ears and more, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files spark_20161218_30659.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Blind People Jobs 20 mins – “US report on employment for visually impaired people, Charles Bonnet in pictures”At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bollywood Book 53 mins – “Author, Columnist Gautam Chintamani talks all things Bollywood in this awesome interview. We talk about his interest in movies, the documentaries made by him, his book on Bollywood Star Rajesh Khanna. We also talk about his most recent book titled Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak, which is based on the film by the same title.” At the link find the title, “Biography of Bollywood Film Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak: Author Gautam Chintamani ep81,” right-click “Media files 5423070-biography-of-bollywood-film-qayamat-se-qayamat-tak-author-gautam-chintamani-ep81.mp3” right-click “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Borneo Deforestation 8 mins – “…Over the past 10 years, roughly half of the deforestation on Borneo, an island Indonesia shares with Malaysia and Brunei, has been done to clear the way for industrial plantations. Most of that deforested land, an area just slightly smaller than Taiwan, has been converted into oil palm plantations in the Indonesian portion of Borneo. The vegetable oil those palms produce is used in a huge variety of products sold in the US, from ice cream to lipstick…. “Communities that live near forests depend on these forests for a number of natural resources that they use every day,” Chatellier says. When conservation groups move in to claim a piece of land to preserve it, “that can create conflict,” Chatellier says. As billions of dollars are poised to flow from developed to developing countries to protect their forests, countries like Indonesia are scrambling to figure out how to resolve that kind of conflict: how to balance the lives and livelihoods of local people with the need to protect the global climate and fragile species, like Borneo’s endangered orangutans. Note: This is the first story in a series on PRI.org and The World examining social entrepreneurs using innovative methods to protect Indonesian forests.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Borneo Deforestation Control 6 mins – “The sun is just starting to dip toward the horizon in Indonesian Borneo, and Dharsono Hartono is standing on a fire tower, looking out over a peat forest falling into shadow. …“Unlike the typical mineral soil,” Hartono says, “peat soil is actually dead wood, leaves and logs that become part of the soil.” The layers of wood and decomposing leaves create a forest floor so thick it bounces when Hartono steps on it. All those decomposing plants contain lots of carbon, which means peat forests store more greenhouse gases than a regular tropical rainforest. If the forest in front of Hartono were converted to plantations like much of Borneo already has been, tons of carbon would be freed from the soil and released into the atmosphere, where it would contribute to global warming. “It would emit about 6 million tons of carbon dioxide-equivalent,” Hartono says. “Which is in this case close to about 5 million cars a year.” Hartono’s job is to prevent that from happening. And to make sure his company turns a profit along the way. …Getting the right government permits has been a bureaucratic nightmare. Then there’s the science: Measuring the carbon stored in the company’s 600 square miles of peat forest took two years, and then the methodology had to be verified by an independent carbon credit certification body called the VCS. … I’m still very optimistic that we will make it.” Hartono hopes to finally start selling carbon credits next year….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Borneo Deforestation Medicine 3 mins – “ In a village on the western edge of Borneo, there’s a small hospital where people come from miles around to get treatment for everything from a broken arm to a heart attack. Good health care in a remote town like Sukadana, in the Indonesian province of West Kalimantan, is hard to come by. But there’s another thing that sets this one-story, metal-roofed clinic apart: how patients pay for their health care. “You can pay with non-cash means,” says Dr. Kinari Webb, founder of the ASRI clinic, known by the acronym for its Indonesian name, Alam Sehat Lestari. “So that people don’t have to log in order to pay for health care.” Patients can pay with manure, seedlings, handicrafts including hand-woven baskets, or their labor. In ASRI’s courtyard, seedlings that patients have used to pay for healthcare are a sign of what’s different about this clinic. And no matter the currency they use, patients get a 70 percent discount if they live in an area where illegal logging activity has stopped. …According to ASRI data, when the clinic opened, there were an estimated 1,350 logging households around the national park. That dropped to 450 after the clinic had been in operation for five years, and today, Webb says fewer than 200 people (that’s individuals, not households) in villages bordering the national park are loggers. ” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Cooling 27 mins – “Victims of traumatic brain injuries – caused by car accidents or falls – have a better chance of survival if their body temperature is deliberately cooled for a few days. But the technique does not help children with similar injuries – according to the British researchers behind the largest ever review of “brain cooling” studies. Pankaj Sharma, Professor of Neurology at Royal Holloway, University of London led the research and says the body should be cooled quickly to get the best results. Is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder actually a problem of excessive mind-wandering? Children who find it hard to sit still and concentrate may be diagnosed with ADHD. Health Check hears from two teenage girls with ADHD, talking about how difficult they find it to concentrate at school. Philip Asherson is Professor of Clinical and Molecular Psychiatry at Kings College London – and he says the idea that mind-wandering might play a big part in ADHD is now being taken seriously….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Sve Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Bozeman 29 mins – “This week, we return to Bozeman’s unique model in Montana to get an update now that the network is up and running. President of Bozeman Fiber Anthony Cochenour and city of Bozeman Economic Development Director Brit Fontenot join us again to discuss their unique approach. We last spoke with them on episode 142. We discuss how they are doing two months after launching the network. With five ISPs already using it to deliver services a several more in the process of signing up, they are on target for where they hoped to be….” At the link right-click “…download this mp3 file directly…” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Climate One 59 mins – “Cassandra Sweet, Energy Reporter, The Wall Street Journal Katie Fehrenbacher, Former Senior Writer, Fortune David Baker, Energy Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle Top energy stories this year range from speedy ratification of the Paris climate deal to the large number of reservations for Tesla’s mid-priced sedan. Recent headlines also include PG&E’s surprise announcement that it will close the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant and the surprise bankruptcy of SunEdison, once a darling of the solar industry. We’ll take stock of a year in which oil prices stayed low, autonomous cars sped ahead, and the first offshore wind farm in the United States was poised to come online. On the policy front, California extended its main climate law with the passage of SB 32, but clean energy is playing defense in many states around the country. Would you fly in a battery-powered helicopter or a solar-powered plane? Brave souls did just that this year. Join us for a look back at an active year in technology, innovation, policy and the battle over how to power our future.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Water Plan 58 mins – “California’s primary clean water supply, upon which 25 million people depend, is out of date, unreliable and inefficient. California’s largest supply of clean water is dependent on 50-year-old levees. Earthquakes, floods and rising sea levels could cause these levees to fail, putting the fresh water supply at risk from saltwater contamination. The current system is inefficient and cannot adequately capture and store water when it is available. The state is losing fresh water that could be used by farms, businesses and communities. Without an update to the water infrastructure, the environment and the state’s economy are at risk. Tune in today as we talk with Jeffrey Kightlinger, the General Manager of Metropolitan Water District, and Erin Mellon, Communications and Outreach Advisor at the California Natural Resources Agency.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

CIA and Elections 14 mins – “As the CIA cries foul over Russian election interference, more than a few observers find it a little bit rich given the CIA’s past meddling in elections abroad. The Current speaks to a history professor who says, “History is replete with ironies.” At the link find the title, “Dec 16: Whatever Russia did, CIA has its own history of meddling in elections,” right-click “Download Dec 16: Whatever Russia did, CIA has its own history of meddling in elections” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyber Attacks on Democracy 5 mins – “Germany finds itself in the center of the cyberstorm – … “What we’re seeing now is only the beginning,” Klingbeil says. In addition to the hacking, “there’s the problem of fake news, fake quotes and even fake videos floating around, and people believe this stuff, because they’re losing faith in traditional institutions.” Klingbeil says Germany needs new regulations for social media companies like Facebook and Twitter. He supports new legislation that would impose hefty fines on social media sites if they fail to remove fake news posts quickly… Klingbeil says, “We are irritated about Russia influencing the US election campaign. … But it’s also true that the Americans are engaging in cyber-espionage.” “They were listening to our chancellor’s mobile phone. And it’s not just Russia and America,” Klingbeil adds. Klingbeil says other national governments are capable of carrying out large-scale cyberattacks….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cyberattacks 136 mins – “This week, Leo and Steve discuss Russia’s hacking involvement in the US Election; that, incredibly, it gets even worse for Yahoo!, misguided anti-porn legislation in South Carolina, troubling legislation from Australia, legal confusion from the Florida appellate court, some good news from the U.S. Supreme Court, Linux security stumbling, why Mac OS X got an important fix last week, the Steganography malvertising attack that targets home routers, news of a forthcoming inter-vehicle communications mandate, professional cameras being called upon to provide built-in encryption, LetsEncrypt gets a worrisome extension, additional news, errata, miscellany… and how exactly DOES that “I really really promise I’m not a robot (really!)” non-CAPTCHA checkbox CAPTCHA work?” At the link click “Download Options,” right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Desktop Fabrication 8 mins – “In this installment of On the Lookout, we explore another device in the world of desktop fabrication.  Recently, we were able to test out Carvey – a tabletop 3D carving machine from Inventables. Right out of the box, we discovered Carvey to be a remarkably easy to use tool appropriate for younger learners. Solidly built, Carvey’s small footprint can easily sit on a tabletop, and features an enclosed frame that keeps the workspace relatively clean and safe. Of course, Carvey’s reach extends well beyond the science classroom, and will function as a savvy tool that any STEAM program or Makerspace could rely upon for hands-on student learning. Listen to (and watch our unbox video) to see how this new digital manufacturing tool can allow students to transform their digital creations into physical, everyday objects.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Disruptive Thinking 92 mins – “A.J. Jacobs (@ajjacobs) is a kindred guinea pig of self-experimentation who chronicles his shenanigans in books that seem to keep winding up as New York Times best sellers. The Know-It-All was about his quest to learn everything in the world. In The Year of Living Biblically, he tried to follow all the rules of the Bible as literally as possible. Drop Dead Healthy followed his well- (and ill-) advised experiments to become the healthiest person alive. My Life as an Experiment is about exactly what it sounds like, and It’s All Relative — which will be out in 2017 — will aim to connect all of humanity in one family tree. A.J. is also the host of the new podcast Twice Removed, which takes a celebrity guest and introduces them to a surprise cousin they didn’t know they had. It could be one of their heroes, an old friend, a teacher, etc.” At the link find the title, “#211: A.J. Jacobs: Self-Experimenter Extraordinaire,” right-click “Media files The_Tim_Ferriss_Show-AJ_Jacobs.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Dog Domestication 37 mins – Experts agree that dogs have evolved from the gray wolf, but after that there are many questions and debates about how and why they became our prized companions.  Prof. Greger Larson applies the lessons of evolution, archaeology and genomics to describe the canine lineage and describe this progression.  There are many inferences and surprises along the way, and DNA from dog fossils is shedding light on this interesting question. Follow Prof. Larson at @Greger_Larson or www.palaeobarn.com  Also, Chelsea Boonstra and The Boonstra Report.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Review 20 mins – “Marie-Paule Kieny outlines encouraging final results of the rVSV-ZEBOV Ebola vaccine trial from Guinea.” At the link find the title, “Ebola vaccine: The Lancet: Dec 22, 2016,” right-click “Media files 22dec-ebola.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Election Disruption in US 47 mins – “Russia and the American vote. Aleppo horror. Exxon Mobil chief to State. The Fed hikes rates. Our weekly news round table goes behind the headlines.” At the link find the title, “Week In The News: Russia Hack, Aleppo Burning, Exxon Mobil And Trump Appointees, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_505876656.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Election Hacks by Russia 48 mins – “Late last week, a CIA report suggested Russia intervened in U.S. elections to boost Donald Trump’s chances of winning. On Tuesday, a New York Times investigation supported that conclusion – and revealed new evidence that Russian hackers also targeted nearly a dozen congressional races. The investigation details a series of missed signals, slow responses and a mis-estimation of Russia’s ability to influence U.S. politics—by political leaders, the FBI and The White House. It also traces two decades worth of Russia’s attempts to tamper with America’s most sensitive computer networks. Diane and a panel discuss new details about Russia’s role in the 2016 race and its efforts to destabilize democracies around the world.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Electoral College Dispute 47 mins – “Calls grow to abolish the Electoral College and for electors to vote their conscience. We’ll take on the Electoral College question.” At the link find the title, “As Vote Looms, Controversy Over The Electoral College, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_505732717.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electronics Engineers Discussion 66 mins – “Jeff Keyzer returns for a special Christmas episode! We talk about travel, prototyping, Bell Labs, high volume manufacturing, radio astronomy and much more!” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Encryption 30 mins – “How encryption hides all around us, how it was used in 18th century Paris to separate merchants from their money and the difference between your brain and your fingertip. Listen, decode, and decide: Can encryption save us?” At the link find the title,”S02-6: Encryption, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files codebreaker 20161221_e6_671_20161114_128.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. “Why women doctors might be better for your health, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161223_58213.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake News 47 mins – “Buzzfeed News’ media editor, Craig Silverman, dissects how false stories during the presidential campaign were spread on Facebook and monetized by Google Ad Sense. Also, critic at-large John Powers shares six things he loved this year that he didn’t get around to reviewing.” At the link find the title, “Dec, 2016, How Fake News Spreads & Why People Believe It,”click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fake Zombie Bands 20 mins – “When “Time of the Season” became a hit song in 1969, the Zombies had already disbanded. Yet for some reason, there was a band touring around America calling itself the Zombies. Listen as Daniel Ralston, author of the article “The True Story Of The Fake Zombies,” talks about unearthing this forgotten piece of music history.” At the link find the title, “16: The Fake Zombie Invasion, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 585614ac88d80d2d4a1f77a8.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Feds versus Locals 92 mins – “The latest on former Sheriff Lee Baca’s mistrial, an up close look at the fears facing LGBT youth during the holidays, a shift in attitudes towards holiday classics.” At the link find the title, “Former Sheriff Baca’s mistrial, LGBT youth in crisis, a shift in pop culture, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SHOW_122316-b800a92b.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Negotiators P1 74 mins – “In many countries, women are well-positioned to detect early signs of radicalization because their rights and physical integrity are often the first targets of extremists. In addition, they are well-placed to challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and communities. This session will address strategies to counter  violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Negotiators P2 62 mins – “In many countries, women are well-positioned to detect early signs of radicalization because their rights and physical integrity are often the first targets of extremists. In addition, they are well-placed to challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and communities. This session will address strategies to counter  violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Negotiators P3 72 mins – “State fragility poses a significant threat to international security, contributing to conflict onset and relapse, the global refugee crisis, the expansion of extremist groups, and public health emergencies like the Ebola epidemic. In fragile states, women are often marginalized, despite their potential contributions to the security and prosperity of their societies. The speakers on this panel will review lessons from conflict situations and provide recommendations to the next U.S. administration on addressing state fragility by promoting women’s participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genocide Survivors 26 mins – “After Rwanda, Bosnia, WWII — the world has vowed never to let such atrocities happen again. Yet, the killing in Syria continues. Two survivors of Srebrenica, and Rwanda, share their perspectives on the failure to respond, once more.” At the link right-click “Dec 22: ‘United Nations didn’t do anything’: Genocide survivors relate to Aleppo, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161222_86307.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guatemala Social Media Impact 39 mins – “Everybody has that one Facebook friend who just won’t stop posting their political opinions. This week, we talk to one of those Facebook friends, someone whose opinions got her into an enormous mess.” At the link find the title, “#47 Quit Already (REBROADCAST) Dec 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT6508571625.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hidden Figures 12 mins – “The movie “Hidden Figures” comes to theaters this month. The film looks at the lives of a group of African American women who worked for NASA as “human computers” – the brains behind the calculations necessary for human space flight. In this Short Take, Brian talked to Margot Lee Shetterly (the author of the book the movie is based on) about the work the women did on projects Mercury and Apollo and the impact they had on the 20th century.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the en of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Holiday Cards History 47 mins – “ Holiday cards were the first social media. We’ll look at the rich history and hot trends for sharing “Seasons Greetings.” At the link find the title, “From Snail Mail To Social Media: The History Of Holiday Cards, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_505429006.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Icy Walkways 20 mins – “It’s that time of year again when sidewalks get treacherous and thousands of Canadians end up in the ER after a spill. From better boots, to deluxe heated sidewalks, The Current looks at ways to cut down on the ice-induced injuries.” At the link find the title, “Dec 16: Think big treads on winter boots can stop you from slipping on ice? Nope,” right-click “Download Dec 16: Think big treads on winter boots can stop you from slipping on ice? Nope” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

India Cash Chaos 24 mins – “The Indian government’s move was designed to help combat the underground economy. But whether it was a bad idea or just bad execution, the country’s been sent into a state of cash chaos.” At the link find the title, “Dec 16: Cash crunch grips India one month after move to demonetization,” right-click “Download Dec 16: Cash crunch grips India one month after move to demonetization” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Infrastructure Projects 15 mins – “Forecasts of the costs and benefits of infrastructure projects are important for making informed investment decisions. However, there have been many instances of major cost overruns and unexpected low utilization of new facilities. To explore the nature and pattern of such prediction errors and what we can do to make more accurate predictions, we talk with, Dr. Martin Wachs, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning at UCLA, formerly with the RAND Corporation and before that professor at UC Berkeley.” At the link right-click “Listen to this episode now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intellectuals and Race 38 mins – “Thomas Sowell discusses is newest book, Intellectuals and Race, which argues that the impact of intellectuals’ ideas and crusades on the larger society, both past and present, is the ultimate concern.” At the link find the title, “Thomas Sowell, May, 2013,” right-click “Media files 20130516.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intellectuals and Society 53 mins – “On the occasion of the publication of a new edition of his book Intellectuals and Society, Thomas Sowell returns to Uncommon Knowledge for a wide-ranging interview.” At the link find the title, “Thomas Sowell, May, 2012,” right-click “Media files 20120507.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Intelligence and Propaganda Operations 47 mins – “The saga over Russian interference in the election has been marked by secrecy, rumor, and contradictory evidence. We try to bring some clarity to a cloudy narrative. Also, the CIA says Russian hackers deliberately helped Donald Trump win the election but the FBI wasn’t initially convinced. We consider the long and tumultuous rivalry between the two agencies, and how spies and G-men have been depicted in popular culture. Plus, how the US propaganda agency “Voice of America” might function under President Trump.” At the link find the title, “Spy vs. Spy, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files otm121616pod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Judaism in America 59 mins – “On Dec. 24th, Jewish communities across the country begin celebrating Hanukkah. The annual holiday celebrates the victory of the Jews over the Greeks, and marks the rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem in the 2nd century BC. Roughly 2% of the U.S. population is Jewish, but the influence of American Jews far outweighs their relatively small numbers. In this episode of BackStory, the Guys (along with guest host Joanne Freeman of Yale University) explore the history of Judaism in America.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Katrina Disaster Response 35 mins – “On this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we have a special guest on the show to talk about managing triage in disaster situations. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by Dr. Jullette Saussy. Dr. Saussy was the medical director for New Orleans Fire and EMS Department during the Hurricane Katrina response and aftermath. She was an EMT and paramedic before she went on to become an ER doctor in New Orleans. She talks about the importance of building relationships with the people connected with your mutual aid partners at the state and federal level ahead of the day of the disaster.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Kid Logic 58 mins – “Stories of kids using perfectly logical arguments, and arriving at perfectly wrong conclusions. An updated version of an episode from 2001, with one story swapped.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Korean Sea Women 54 mins – “South Korea’s “sea women” have been harvesting commercial treasures from the ocean floor since the 4th century. With only a few tools and fishing baskets slung over their shoulders, these sunburnt and wrinkled grandmothers can dive up to 20 metres on a single breath. Their dives mix dexterity, desire and death. Vancouver writer and broadcaster Gloria Chang returns to the country of her birth for an intimate portrayal of these cultural icons and to unravel a matriarchal mystery: Why do only women take to the waters? ” At the link find the title, “The Sea Women (Encore Oct 18, 2007),” Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161214_90639.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language Evolution 52 mins – “If you’re worried that the word “literally” now means “figuratively,” or if you fret that acronyms are replacing actual words, today’s show will do one of two things: make you pull out your hair, or it’ll change your mind. The linguist John McWhorter says that changes to the English language are nothing new. Language, he says, isn’t some static thing that just is, “it’s actually something always becoming.” McWhorter will join us to discuss how languages evolve and why we should embrace the changes.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Linux Support 26 mins – “You can get help for your Linux computer in many ways. In this episode we provide some details about each kind of support. Many of the answers to your questions are available on your distribution’s website. Often, the fastest and easiest way to get answers to your questions about how to use Linux and its applications is to ask in the distribution’s community forum.” AT the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaysian Protests 27 mins – “Street artist Reza captured public dissatisfaction when he caricatured the PM as a clown” At the link find the title, “Punk Art and Protest in Malaysia, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04m5c2t.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Med Students Life 51 mins – “Dave and the crew–Mark Moubarek, Levi Endelman, Julie Gudenkauf, and Erin Pazaski–look back on things they experienced as the semester draws to a close.  As first years, Levi and Erin share their thoughts on entering medical school.  Mark is getting ready for his clerkships to begin.  And Julie has finished up her primary-care clerkships and is moving into exploring some of the more specialized areas of medicine.  We also discuss the not surprising fact that baby-boomers are more into cannabis than their children and grandchildren are.  A scientist has decided that he can find people who are overly susceptible to the placebo effect and screen them out so drug companies can save millions on clinical trials and drugs can get to patients faster.  Meanwhile, some other podcasters who couldn’t join us this week send in their Short Thoughts on American consumerism, a woman that was truly a pioneer in medicine, and cats.” At the link find right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine Defined 17 mins – “Science is a learning process that involves experimentation, failure and revision — and the science of medicine is no exception. Cancer researcher Kevin B. Jones faces the deep unknowns about surgery and medical care with a simple answer: honesty. In a thoughtful talk about the nature of knowledge, Jones shows how science is at its best when scientists humbly admit what they do not yet understand.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Micro Greens 3 mins – “Red cabbage microgreens: A potent bad cholesterol fighter.” At the link find the title, “Episode 723 – December 21, 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements_Dec21_2016.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Moral Decisions 54 mins – “We all have a moral code — a clear sense of what is right and what is wrong. But the reasons why we make certain decisions can quickly get fuzzy. Producer John Chipman explores why some people stick to their moral codes more stringently than others, and delves into the latest neuroimaging research to find out what it can tell us about what guides our moral decisions.” At the link find the title, “Cracking the Moral Code,” right-click “Download Cracking the Moral Code” and select “Media files ideas 20161212_62698.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Native Americans 67 mins – “What do you imagine when you think about a Native American reservation? Do you see sweeping vistas of the desert or plains? Glittering casinos? Or substandard housing, stray dogs, and young men milling about? In this week’s episode, host Russ Roberts welcomes back Terry Anderson of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC), who describes most reservations today as “islands of poverty in a sea of wealth.” The conversation covers what life was like for Native Americans pre-Europeans through today, raising lots of interesting questions about the changing nature of Indian institutions and the effects of current policy on reservation life today. What did you learn from this week’s episode, and what questions linger in your mind? Let us know, or have a crack at one of those posed below. As always, we love to hear from you.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil de Grasse Tyson 28 mins – “The US science superstar, Neil de Grasse Tyson grew up in the Bronx, and studied astrophysics at Harvard, Columbia and Princeton Universities before becoming director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. But he’s best known for his TV and movie appearances, his books, podcasts and his tweets or ‘scientific droppings’ as he likes to call them. He has over 6 million followers on Twitter and is often credited with turning millennials around the world on to science. Neil tells Jim al-Khalili why he’s so committed to making science feel exciting, why we are all stardust and why Pluto isn’t a planet.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opiate Epidemic Control 11 mins – “On August 24, 2016, I mailed a letter and pocket card …to 2.3 million doctors, nurses, dentists, and other clinicians asking them to help address America’s escalating opioid epidemic. It was the first time in the 145-year history of the Office of the Surgeon General that such a letter was issued specifically to medical professionals calling them to action….” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Epidemic 36 mins – “Since 2011, authorities have attempted to curb the growing opioid epidemic by monitoring prescribers, limiting doses, and cracking down on so-called pill mills. The goal is to limit access to addicts. But what do those restrictions mean for the estimated 25 million Americans who suffer from chronic pain? Plus, The Seventh Fire – a documentary follows two men through the cycle of poverty, addiction, and crime on a northern Minnesota Indian reservation.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Pain Control Pills 48 mins – “By some estimates, medical error is the third-leading cause of death in the U.S. How can that be? And what’s to be done? Our third and final episode in this series offers some encouraging answers.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Parasitism Case 122 mins – “Hosts: Vincent RacanielloDickson Despommier, and Daniel Griffin The TWiPanorama solve the case of the Dutch Woman with Wormy Objects in Her Stool, dissect a study on cytoadhesion of malaria infected red blood cells, and introduce Parasitology Superheroes.” At the link right-click “Download TWIP #123” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Physics Tools 36 mins – “We talk to physicist and oceanographer Helen Czerski about her new book Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life.” At the link find the title, “160 Helen Czerski – The Little Bits of Physics in Everyday Life,” right-click “Media files 1e413130-0ea9-4355-a7d8-0a44fbe0aa8c.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Activism P1 30 mins – All over the world people who care about the environment are watching the US President-Elect sketch out a blueprint for disaster. To head the EPA he has tapped a man who demonstrates open disdain for the very agency he would be running, and for Department of Energy Chief his choice is a guy who announced …” At the link find the title, “How We Fight Back: Part I, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SC-2016-12-13.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Activism P2 30 mins – “This week on Sea Change Radio, in the second half of our discussion with former senior advisers to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Becky Bond and Zack Exley, host Alex Wise struggles with the harsh reality of an incoming President completely unqualified and unprepared to lead the planet’s only superpower. We recap the 2016 presidential election …” At the link find the title, “How We Fight Back: Part II, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files SC-2016-12-20.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Political Unions 18 mins – “Today on the show, two unions separated by 200 years, an ocean and an exit clause. The United States has no exit clause. It led to civil war. Europe, on the other hand, has Article 50.” At the link find the title, “#743: 50 Ways to Leave Your Union,” right-click “Media files 20161221 pmoney podcast122116.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prison Violence in Canada 12 mins – “Prison violence is on the rise across Canada. And a recent prison riot in Saskatchewan that left one man dead is proof of that. The Current speaks to a former inmate for insights on how to fix a broken system.” At the link find the title “Dec 16: Prison violence won’t stop until overcrowding addressed, says former inmate,” right-click “Download Dec 16: Prison violence won’t stop until overcrowding addressed, says former inmate” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in Canada 27 mins – “The San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training program uses blunt talk to confront racial bias in Canadian health care, with the goal of making healthcare safer and more accessible for Indigenous patients.” At the link find the title, “I’m a white settler: Why that matters in healthcare,” right-click “Download I’m a white settler: Why that matters in healthcare” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees in Canada 24 mins – “Syrian refugees were welcomed by the government and Canadians but adjusting to life here, reconciling with what they’ve left behind has its challenges. One year on, The Current brings you the stories of families who now call Canada home.” At the link find the title, “Dec 14: ‘It’s a girl!’: Snapshots of Syrian refugees in Canada one year later,” right-click “Download Dec 14: ‘It’s a girl!’: Snapshots of Syrian refugees in Canada one year later” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Refugees in New Hampshire 56 mins – “About a dozen Syrians were resettled in New Hampshire last year, and more than 7000 refugees from many countries have come here since the 1980s. We look at the resettlement process, the challenges both newcomers and their host communities face, and what changes might be in store under a Trump administration.” At the linkr ight-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reindeer Racing 27 mins – “Competitive reindeer-racing is a popular sport across the Arctic Circle. In Finland, the season runs from November to April and good jockeys are local celebrities. They need strong biceps and serious guts: strapped onto cross-country skis they’re hauled behind reindeer at up to 60km/hour….” At the link find the title, “Burn Slush! The Reindeer Grand Prix, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04lxn22.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Religious Trends 16 mins – “At a moment when the world seems to be spinning out of control, religion might feel irrelevant — or like part of the problem. But Rabbi Sharon Brous believes we can reinvent religion to meet the needs of modern life. In this impassioned talk, Brous shares four principles of a revitalized religious practice and offers faith of all kinds as a hopeful counter-narrative to the numbing realities of violence, extremism and pessimism.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Research Pitfalls 28 mins – “There is a replication “crisis” in psychology: many findings simply do not replicate. Some critics take this as an indictment of the entire field — perhaps the best journals are only interested in publishing the “sexiest” findings, or universities are pressuring their faculty to publish more. But this week on Hidden Brain, we take a closer look at the so-called crisis. While there certainly have been cases of bad science, and even fraudulent data, there are also lots of other reasons why perfectly good studies might not replicate. We’ll look at a seminal study about stereotypes, Asian women, and math tests.” At the link find the link, “Encore of Episode 32: The Scientific Process,” right-click “Media files 20161216_hiddenbrain_hb32.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Robot Dangers 19 mins – “Gordon Briggs, a postdoc at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory, talks about the article he and Matthias Scheutz, director of the Human Robot Interaction Laboratory at Tufts University, wrote in the January issue of Scientific American titled the Case for Robot Disobedience.” At the link find the title, “Getting Robots To Say No, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Roy Cohn Lawyer 26 mins – “If president-elect Donald Trump learned anything from his mentor Roy Cohn, it was this: punch first and never apologize. Cohn was notorious for going on the attack—as counsel for Senator Joseph McCarthy during the communist witch-hunts of the fifties, and later as a pugnacious attorney for whom the only bad publicity was no publicity. With hooded eyes and a scar running along his nose, Cohn relished playing the intimidating outlaw in a black hat. He was fearless and bullying yet always considered himself as a victim. Despite this loathsome reputation, Cohn was resolutely loyal and counted among his friends Democrats and Republicans alike. More than partisanship, what mattered most to Cohn was power, as we learn in Ken Auletta’s searing 1978 profile, “Don’t Mess with Roy Cohn.” Auletta joins host David Brancaccio on the Esquire Podcast this week to discuss Cohn’s unrelenting cruelty and drive, and how it helped shape the man who will now lead the country.” At the link find the title,“Don’t Mess With Roy Cohn, by Ken Auletta, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files Dont-Mess-With-Roy-Cohn-by-Ken-Auletta.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Russian Nuclear Testing 48 mins – “Between 1949 and 1989 the Soviet Union tested 456 nuclear bombs in Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan. The area the size of Belgium became known as the Polygon and when Kazakhstan became independent – 25 years ago this week – it inherited the world’s fourth biggest nuclear arsenal. The BBC’s Rustam Qobil visits the Polygon to piece together its remarkable story.” At the link find the title, “The Polygon People, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04lpdhn.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sanctuary Cities 26 mins – “U.S. president-elect Donald Trump has set up a showdown with the dozens of American cities actively sheltering undocumented immigrants. But a lot of those cities have vowed not to back down.” At the link find the title, “Dec 22: Santa Fe mayor defies Trump’s crackdown on immigrant ‘sanctuary cities’, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161222_78184.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science of Motivation 60 mins – “It happens to all of us every day. You get rejected. Your customer doesn’t buy. Your boss doesn’t agree. Your crush doesn’t say yes. In this provocative and entertaining talk, exclusive to Intelligence Squared, American author Daniel H. Pink harvested a rich trove of social science to explain the theory and practice of bouncing back. He showed why questioning your abilities is often more effective than affirming them; why being positive (but not too positive) can improve your performance; and how to explain failure in ways that prepare you for your next encounter… Pink lectures on economic transformation and the new workplace at corporations, associations and universities around the world. His latest book is To Sell is Human: The Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others.” At the link find the title, “Dan Pink on the Science of Buoyancy, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men.

Science Outreach to Kids 26 mins – “So many of our misconceptions about science come from where we first encountered them—the classroom. How can we do a better job of teaching science, both so we make sure we have a new generation of STEM professionals, but also a STEM-literate public? The second of the three-part series.” At the link find the title, “The Face of Science: Teaching Teachers, y, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 161004_faceofscience_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Seed Banks 54 mins – “In the face of climate change and declining biodiversity, one of humanity’s oldest cultural practices – seed saving – has a new urgency. Maria Zytaruk explores how preserving seeds reflects the deepest of human fears and hopes, whether it’s done in a high-tech seed bank in Britain, or a simple storage closet lined with jars at a convent in Kingston. ” At the link find the title, “Seed Banks: Re-sowing paradise, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161216_50145.mp3” ad select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Serengeti Rules 60 mins – “This week we’re exploring how life is regulated at very small scales — down to the molecular level — and how those rules and regulations also seem to apply when we zoom back out to look at environments and ecosystems across the planet. We spend the hour with author and Professor of Molecular Biology and Genetics at the University of Wisconsin Sean Carroll talking about his new book “The Serengeti Rules: The Quest to Discover How Life Works and Why It Matters”.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Spices in US 46 mins – “Vanilla, chili, garlic, soy. We’ll taste the “Eight Flavors” that writer Sarah Lohman says now define American cuisine and culture.” At the link find the title, “Uncovering The ‘Eight Flavors’ Of Modern American Culture, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_505734977.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Refugee Children 24 mins – “More than 20,000 Syrian refugees who have come to Canada over the last year are under the age of 18. In schools across the country, teachers share challenges and triumphs with their students. But how do you teach a kid to be a kid again?” At the link find the title, “Dec 21: Syrian refugee children learn to be kids again, one year in Canada, 2016” right-click “Media files and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Syrian Refugees in Canada 20 mins – “This is the story of a new life, in a new country with a successful new business. It starts in the kitchen where three Syrian refugees created a catering company to bring the taste of home to Canada.” At the link find the title, “Dec 22: New life, new business: Syrian refugees bring taste of home to Canada, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161222_89510.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Sowell on Economics 50 mins -”In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter Robinson interviews Hoover fellow and author Thomas Sowell, on his 5th edition of Basic Economics: A Common Sense Guide to the Economy. In this interview, Sowell brings the world into clearer focus through a basic understanding of the fundamental economic principles and how they explain our lives. Sowell draws on lively examples from around the world and from centuries of history.” At the link find the title, “Thomas Sowell Brings the World into Focus through an Economics Lens, Dec, 2014,” right-click “Media files 20141219.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Sowell Reader 29 mins – “Thomas Sowell has studied and taught economics, intellectual history, and social policy at institutions that include Cornell, UCLA, and Amherst. Now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, Sowell has published more than a dozen books. His most recent book is The Thomas Sowell Reader.” At the li” right-click “Media files 20111031.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tillerson as Secretary of State 47 mins – “Donald Trump’s transition team says the president elect is choosing ExxonMobil chief Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State. Tillerson is a controversial pick. Like Trump he has no government experience and is likely to face many questions about his business ties with Russian leader Vladimir Putin. Meanwhile Donald Trump is holding another victory rally today, gatherings his supporters greet with great enthusiasm. But some of his sharpest critics are concerned that his political appeal and agenda bear some similarity to last century’s fascist leaders in Europe. Join us to talk about reactions to Rex Tillerson plus the history of Fascism and what resonance, if any, it has in U.S. politics today.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Toy Inventors 37 mins – “Melissa and Doug Bernstein’s first success was a wooden ‘fuzzy puzzle’ of farm animals. Today, Melissa & Doug makes over 2,000 kinds of toys and serves as an antidote to the rise of digital toys.” At the link find the title, “Melissa & Doug: Melissa And Doug Bernstein, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161216_hibt_melissadoug.mp3” and Select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender Story 50 mins – “Nicole Maines was born an identical twin, but unlike her twin brother, never identified as male. She became prominent in the trans community after winning a discrimination lawsuit. Also, contributor Sarah Hepola talks about the stress of the holiday season when you don’t drink. And producer Sam Briger speaks to author Maria Semple about her comic novel ‘Today Will Be Different,’ about a stressed-out wife and mother who starts every day with a mantra.” At the link click find the title, “Dec 2016, Best Of: Transgender Activist Nicole Maines / Writer Maria Semple,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Election Analysis 39 mins – “After a surprising presidential election, Americans and foreign leaders have closely watched the executive transition for clues to American priorities and policy under the Trump administration. What does Donald J. Trump’s victory tell us about American politics – and how will our allies and adversaries respond?” At the link find the title, “A New President and the Middle East with Norman Ornstein and Dennis Ross, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files PolicyCast_13_Ornstein_Ross.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

US Foreign Policy 47 mins – “What role the U.S. should play in Syria has been one of the most vexing foreign policy challenges for the Obama administration. The enormity of the crisis is playing out right now in Aleppo as the Syrian government, backed by Russia and Iran, take back the city from rebel forces. It’s a problem President-elect Donald Trump now inherits, and it’s one of many complex foreign policy challenges he’ll face. High on the list is Russia, following reports that the country interfered in U.S. elections in support of Trump, as well as the future of the U.S.’s “One China” policy. Diane sits down with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former national security adviser Stephen Hadley to discuss U.S. foreign policy and risks for the new administration.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Verizon 30 mins – “Verizon General Counsel Craig Silliman discusses issues facing his company, including the so-called “internet of things,” Verizon’s purchase of AOL and proposed purchase of Yahoo, and its work on new phone technology, mobile services, and broadband.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Craig Silliman, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.462750.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

War Aftermaths 59 mins – “Entrepreneur and travel writer Brian Gruber discusses his book, [War: The Afterparty – A Global Walkabout Through a Half-Century of U.S. Military Interventions].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Brian Gruber, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.457868.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Warfare 27 mins – “In this year’s Christmas BMJ 2016 podcasts, we’ve been discussing morality, compassion, truth. In this final one, it’s time for war. After the second world war, there was an attempt to bring a moral sense to conflict – and Julian Sheather, specialist adviser on ethics and human rights to the BMA, and author of the christmas editorial “medicine under fire” is worried about the retrenchment of those ideals.” At the link find the title, “Christmas 2016 – War, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 299298723-bmjgroup-christmas-2016-war.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waste to Water 6 mins – “On the outskirts of Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, there’s a huge, churning vat of nasty brown liquid. It’s so stinky that my guide, the man who runs Windhoek’s water department, tells me I might want to stay in the car. But this is what I came to see — raw sewage, on its way to being turned back into drinking water. The Goreangab waste treatment plant is where most of the wastewater from Windhoek’s 300,000 residents ends up. But it’s not your run-of-the-mill sewage plant. It’s the first stop in the city’s pioneering water recycling system. Cities around the world are wrestling with whether they should build facilities like this. But here, in the middle of a desert in a remote corner of southern Africa, they’ve been recycling wastewater for almost 50 years. It’s cutting-edge technology, but it’s based on the humblest of creatures — bacteria….”At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Wealth, Poverty, Politics 44 mins – “Hoover Institution fellow Thomas Sowell discusses poverty around the world and in the United States. Poverty in America, he says, compared to the rest of the world, is not severe. Many poor people in poverty in the United States have one or two cars, central heating, and cell phones. The real problem for the poor is the destruction of the family, which Sowell argues dramatically increased once welfare policies were introduced in the 1960s.” At the link find the title, “Wealth, Poverty, and Politics, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files 20151208.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Woody Woodpecker 10 mins – “Who knew cartoon characters could be so litigious?” At the linkr ight-click “Download this Episode” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Word Use and Trends 36 mins – “It’s finally over, kids. This monstrosity of a year is coming to a close! And to celebrate, Amy + Rebecca sit down with Kory Stamper, lexicographer for Merriam-Webster, to discuss the dictionary’s 2016 Word Of The Year: Surreal. We also learn fabulous new swears, consider Beowulf, and say eff you to the academy.” At the link right-click “Download” below “Listen Now” and select and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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Media Mining Digest 267 – Dec 23, 2016: Advertising Work, Aged Medication, AI Operations, Aleppo Rebels Fail, Alzheimers LED Light Treatment, American Military, Analog vs Digital, Bernie Campaign, Biofilm Research, Black Holes, Black Lives Matter, Boko Haram, Broadband, Carbonation, Cemetary Space Limits, Charles Johnson Writer, Chemical Weapons, Chemotherapy, Christmas Tree Giveaways, Climate Change, DDT, Diazepam, Domestic Abuse, Environmental Triage, Failure to Adjust, Fake News, FEMA Trailers, Fingerprint Comparisons, Gender and Labor, Genetic Engineering, Gin Craze of 1700’s, Indian Religious Intolerance, Industrial Espionage, Informal Economy Women, Investing Basics, Invisible Influences, Islam People and Power, Islamists, Israel Country History, Knights Templar Bank, Law and Technology, Lynching Veterans, Maker Movement, Malaysia Air 370 Crash, Male Contraception, McFaddin Murders, Megyn Kelly Interview, Mind Over Genes, NSAID and Heartburn Pill Problems, NY Times on Trump, Opioid Overdose Vaccine, Organ Transplants, Password Sharing Crime, Patagonia Founder, Permaculture, Pigments and Painters, Pizzagate Discussion, Presidential Transition, Prosthetics and Bullying, Psychology of Power, Refugee Tech Help, Refugees in Canada, Science Literacy, SECDEF Mattis, Senior Care Plans, Sex and Gender, Shi’ism, Soul Sound, Space Junk Problem, Students of Color, Sunnis, Time Management, Toxicology History, Triage Process, Trump, UN Secretary General, Urban Agriculture, US Refugee Program, US-Israel Relations, Wahhabism, Waste Disposal, Women Peacekeepers

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 89 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 318 for the week for your ears while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 12,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 10,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Advertising Work 44 mins – “Debbie talks to Cindy Gallop about her career in advertising and about the trouble people have communicating about sex. “People therefore find it bizarrely difficult to talk about sex with the people they’re having it with while they are actually having it.“ Cindy Gallop has said about herself “I like to blow shit up. I’m the Michael Bay of business”. That may be true, but it doesn’t describe all the things she has built in her career. She used to work in advertising, and now she runs her own brand and business innovation consultancy. She started Make Love not Porn a site that shows how real people have sex to counter the cliches of hardcore porn. She also started If We Ran the World, a site designed to turn good intentions into action. She’s a fierce feminist warrior and talks to Debbie about her incredible career.” At the link find the title, “Cindy Gallop, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files Cindy-Gallup.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aged Medication 86 mins – “Powerful medicines save lives but also carry risks. Find out how to avoid excessive or unnecessary use of medications while achieving the desired benefits. Dr. John Newman and Pharmacist Kirby Lee look at the principles of medication in older adults and caution that too much of anything, including medicine, can cause harm Recorded on 10/25/2016. (#31554)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI Operations 17 mins – “In this wide-ranging, thought-provoking talk, Kevin Kelly muses on what technology means in our lives — from its impact at the personal level to its place in the cosmos.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Aleppo Rebels Fail 47 mins – “Aleppo looks set to fall to Assad, a turning point in Syria’s awful war. We’ll ask if Assad now looks set to win, and what that means for Syria and the region.The suffering in Syria has been deep and long. Rebels and civilians dug in in Aleppo have captured the horrified attention of the world. But Bashar al-Assad, the ruler whose excesses sparked the rebellion, appears to be on the verge of retaking Aleppo and maybe on his way to winning – if you can say that – the civil war.  This was not Washington’s plan. Or the rebels’. It is Russia’s. And Iran’s. This hour On Point, if Assad wins. We’re looking at Syria, the region, the big powers, the people.” At the link right-click the arrow under the play button and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimers LED Light Treatment 26 mins – “Today, a startling new discovery: prodding the brain with light, a group of scientists got an unexpected surprise — they were able to turn back on a part of the brain that had been shut down by Alzheimer’s disease. This new science is not a cure, and is far from a treatment, but it’s a finding so … simple, you won’t be able to shake it. Come join us for a lab visit, where we’ll meet some mice, stare at some light, and come face-to-face with the mystery of memory. We can promise you: by the end, you’ll never think the same way about Christmas lights again. This piece was reported by Molly Webster. It was produced by Annie McEwen, Matt Kielty, and Molly Webster, with help from Simon Adler.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

American Military 43 mins – “Recorded on September 21, 2016 Although Americans have great respect for the military, most civilians have lost touch with it. This means that US citizens are not attuned to what the military needs because so few American volunteer to serve; this lack of understanding reduces not only battlefield effectiveness but the military’s role in American life. Schake talks about the effect of high levels of public support for the military combined with low levels of trust in elected political leaders. She also reflects on whether American society is becoming so divorced from the requirements for success on the battlefield that not only do we fail to comprehend the enormous responsibilities of our military but we also would be unwilling to endure a military constituted to protect us.” Kori Schake on Civil-Military Relations, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20160921-schake.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Analog vs Digital 46 mins – “In 1992, a New York Times headline declared “The End of Books.” The future of literature, it said, was digital. Similar predictions were made for vinyl records, film, even paper. Yet the digital revolution has yet to strike a mortal blow against these older technologies. In fact, even as our computers have gotten faster, our devices smarter, and our lives more connected, a peculiar thing has happened –analog objects have made a comeback. Print books remain twice as popular as e-readers, vinyl record sales hit a near 30-year high, and online retailers are opening brick and mortar stores. An exploration of the re-emergence of analog in the digital age.” (2 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Bernie Campaign 29 mins – “This week on Sea Change Radio, in the second half of our discussion with former senior advisers to the Bernie Sanders campaign, Becky Bond and Zack Exley, host Alex Wise struggles with the harsh reality of an incoming President completely unqualified and unprepared to lead the planet’s only superpower. We recap the 2016 presidential election and draw parallels between the fight to improve this country’s healthcare system and the battle to cut carbon emissions. Then we revisit part of Alex’s discussion with Ralph Steadman, the British artist best known for his work with the godfather of gonzo journalism himself, the legendary Hunter S. Thompson.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Biofilm Research 66 mins – “Hosts: Vincent RacanielloElio Schaechter, and Michael Schmidt Guest: Jennifer Bomberger Jennifer joins Vincent, Elio, and Michael to talk about the work of her laboratory on how a respiratory virus enhances bacterial growth by dysregulating nutritional immunity.” At the link right-click “TWiM#141” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Holes 74 mins – “Today our guest is a person I’ve wanted to meet for years: The founder of the Skepchick website, Rebecca Watson. Our physicists are Dr. Katie Mack and Hannalore Gerling-Dunsmore. TODAY’S TOPIC: Supermassive Black Holes!!” At the link right-click “Direct download: Ep 69 Super Hyper Fire Hose Bucket Challenge.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Black Lives Matter 19 mins – “After a mistrial this week in the case of Michael Slager, the police officer caught on camera shooting Walter Scott in the back as he ran away, we revisit two interviews we did this summer. Patrice Cullors is the co-founder of Black Lives Matter and Eugene O’Donnell is a former police officer, we spoke to them after two deadly shooting incidents involving young black men targeting police officers.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio”and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

Boko Haram 65 mins – “Drawing on her recent trip to Nigeria and Chad, Undersecretary Sewall assesses the ongoing fight against Boko Haram and violent extremism more broadly. She evaluates related humanitarian and stabilization challenges and discusses the need to reintegrate women and girls previously captured by Boko Haram back into society.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Chattanooga 70 mins – “In a break from our traditional format of 20-30 minutes (or so), we have a special in-depth interview this week with Harold Depriest, the former CEO and President of Chattanooga’s Electric Power Board. He recently retired after 20 incredibly transformative years for both Chattanooga and its municipal electric utility. We talk about the longer history behind Chattanooga’s nation-leading fiber network and how the culture of the electric utility had to be changed long before it began offering services to the public. We also talk about the role of public power in building fiber networks….” At the link right-click “download this mp3 file directly from here…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in Osage 34 mins – “…Osage Municipal Utilites General Manager Josh Byrnes joins us for Community Broadband Bits podcast 232. He is also in the midst of retiring after 3 terms in the Iowa Legislature. Osage built a hybrid fiber coaxial cable network many years ago that they are considering upgrading to being fully fiber-optic following a lot of community support for next-generation connectivity and most importantly, greater reliability….” At the link right-click “download this mp3 file directly from here…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Broadband in San Francisco 18 mins – “Cities across America are implementing policies that create friendly environments for Internet Service Providers in order to encourage competition. In San Francisco, the Board of Supervisors is now considering legislation that will create choice for residents or businesses in multi-welling units, or MDUs. In episode 231, Mark Farrell, a member of the Board of Supervisors, joins us to discuss the proposal.” At the link right-click “download this mp3 file directly from here…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Carbonation 44 mins – “’Tis the season for a glass of bubbly—but this episode we’re not talking champagne, we’re talking seltzer. America is in the throes of a serious seltzer craze, with consumption of the bubbly stuff doubling in only a decade, from 2004 to 2014. But where does seltzer come from, and why is it called “seltzer,” rather than simply “sparkling water”? Is there any truth to the rumors that seltzer can combat indigestion—or that it will rot our teeth? Why are all the hipsters crushing cans of LaCroix, and what’s the story behind Polar’s ephemeral sensation, Unicorn Kisses?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cemetary Space Limits 19 mins – “Countries around the world are running out of burial grounds. From a black market in grave sites in Istanbul to Jerusalem building underground chambers dozens of storeys deep, The Current looks at accommodating the dead among the living.” At the link find the title, “Dec 12: What happens when cemetery space runs out?” right-click “Download Dec 12: What happens when cemetery space runs out?” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Charles Johnson Writer 47 mins -”Best-selling author and philosopher Charles Johnson has been writing and teaching for more than three decades. His novel, “Middle Passage,” about a freed slave who unknowingly boards an American slave ship, won the National Book Award in 1990. Johnson’s work spans multiple genres, including dozens of screen and teleplays as well as several short-story collections like his 2011 work, “Doctor King’s Refrigerator.” In a new memoir, Johnson writes about his childhood growing up in Evanston, Illinois, his early career as an illustrator and his years teaching writing at the University of Washington.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Chemical Weapons 44 mins – “Chemical weapons have played a chilling role in human history ever since they were first used in World War I.  As reports of more recent use continue to cycle through the news, we decided to take a deeper look. The story begins in Belgium, where reporter Helena de Groot visits a farm in Flanders Fields—the frontline during World War I—and discovers that for some people the war isn’t yet over. Then we talk to Jeffrey Johnson, a historian of science and technology at Villanova University with a special interest in the origins of chemical warfare, and Amy E. Smithson, a senior fellow at the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, who specializes in modern-day chemical and biological weapons and their proliferation. Our guests discuss the past and present of chemical weapons, and share their thoughts about the future of warfare.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chemotherapy 18 mins – “Ancient Greek doctors knew about it, but could do nothing about the scourge we know as cancer. Producer Ed Prosser interviews historian Viviane Quirke about the development of chemotherapy drugs in the 20th century, drugs that for the first time offered hope to cancer patients. Next up producer Christine Laskowski goes on a very personal journey. Last year her father was among the more than 1 million Americans diagnosed with cancer. Along with radiation, his treatment included a drug called cisplatin. Cisplatin has nasty side effects, so why is a drug first used to treat cancer in the 1970s still used for many cancers?” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Christmas Tree Giveaways 14 mins -”A Christmas tree is a holiday tradition so many take for granted. One single mother’s joy and gratitude upon receiving a donated tree inspired a group to play Santa and spread cheer by delivering trees to those who would otherwise go without.” At the link find the title, “S01 Episode 10: Christmas Tree Santas,” right-click “Media files CGT EP10 Christmas_Tree_Santa HLS_mix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change 64 mins – “For the first time in Earth’s history, our planet is experiencing rapidly accelerating changes prompted by one species: humans. Climate change is the most visible, and our current behavior threatens not only our own future but that of countless other creatures. As we stand at this pivotal juncture, Dr. Grinspoon calls upon all of us to be planetary engineers, conscious shapers of our environment and caretakers of the Earth’s biosphere. With our future at stake, Dr. Grinspoon shares his 10,000-year perspective by not only asking what kind of future we want to avoid, but what do we ultimately seek to build?” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

DDT 16 mins – “Americans have had a long, complicated relationship with the pesticide DDT, or dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane, if you want to get fancy. First we loved it, then we hated it, then we realized it might not be as bad as we thought. But we’ll never restore it to its former glory. And couldn’t you say the same about America’s once-favorite pop star? We had a hunch that the usual narrative about DDT’s rise and fall left a few things out, so we talked to historian and CHF fellow Elena Conis. She has been discovering little-known pieces of this story one dusty letter at a time. But first our associate producer Rigoberto Hernandez checks out some of CHF’s own DDT cans—that’s right, we have a DDT collection—and talks to the retired exterminator who donated them.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diazepam 5 mins – “Jamie Durrani introduces one of the biggest selling pharmaceuticals in history, the ‘mother’s little helper’: Diazepam” At the link find the title, “Diazepam: Chemistry in its element, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files Ciie_Diazepam.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Domestic Abuse 27 mins – “She was a mother, a friend, and a doctor. The shocking murder of Elana Fric in Toronto has re-ignited calls for medical professionals to screen patients for signs of domestic abuse.” At the link find the title, “Dec 12: Doctor calls for screening of potential domestic abuse ,” right-click “Download Dec 12: Doctor calls for screening of potential domestic abuse” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Environmental Triage 60 mins – “50 scientists warn official predictions don’t include a feed-back as large as all U.S. emissions: the warming soil. From the Netherlands, Dr. Thomas Crowther. From Maine, paleobiologist Dr. Jacquelyn Gill says abrupt climate change hit species before us. We’re next. Radio Ecoshock 161214” At the link find the title, “Radio Ecoshock: Welcome to the Dark New Climate, Dec 14, 2016,” right-click “Media files ES_161214_LoFi.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Failure to Adjust 56 mins – “Edward Alden, CFR’s Bernard L. Schwartz senior fellow and director of the Renewing America publication series, discusses how the past four decades of U.S. trade and economic policy left many Americans behind in the global economy, and what the next administration might do to address this trend, as part of CFR’s Academic Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

Fake News 48 mins – “Fake news has always been around. Think UFO stories at the supermarket checkout counter. But this year, in the cauldron of social media and bare-knuckled politics, fake news has exploded. It’s all over, on Facebook feeds and smartphones. It polluted our election season. It’s getting people riled up over bunk. It got a Trump transition team member fired yesterday. He was spreading it. It’s poison to democracy. This hour On Point: the problem of fake news, and what to do about it.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow below the play button and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

FEMA Trailers 28 mins- “Ten years ago Hurricanes Katrina and Rita tore into the Gulf Coast and displaced more than one million residents. For many of these people, trailers provided by th Federal Emergency Management Agency became their homes. But many of the new occupants soon found it hard to breathe, suffering flulike symptoms, stinging eyes, and nosebleeds. The culprit was formaldehyde, which emanated from the hastily assembled, substandard materials used to make the trailers. A decade after the storms Distillations follows CHF researcher and medical anthropologist Nick Shapiro as he searches for the remaining FEMA trailers. His search takes him to the oil fields of North Dakota, where a different kind of housing crisis is taking place.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fingerprint Comparisons 4 mins – “Episode: 2529 Comparing Fingerprints: What’s Involved and What can go Wrong.  Today, who dunnit?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gender and Labor 64 mins – “Women’s economic advancement is a primary driver of economic growth and development. In this roundtable, Shauna Olney addresses gender inequalities across a variety of labor market indicators, including quantity and quality of jobs. She also discusses the policies that are necessary to improve women’s labor market participation.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Genetic Engineering 35 mins – “Celebrities, politicians, and scientists have fiercely debated the safety of using genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, in food. It remains to be seen whether GMO labeling becomes mandatory in the United States, but there’s no doubt that the “GMO-free” sticker is garnering the prestige and premium prices already reaped by the labels “organic” and “gluten-free.” But what’s the big fuss? And how did this great GMO debate begin? To find out Distillations goes to the soy and corn fields of Iowa where reporter Amy Mayer hears the perspectives of a few Midwesterners, including two farmers who have found a lucrative niche for the GMO-free crops they’re growing. Then, we’ll talk with plant geneticist Pamela C. Ronald and organic farmer Raoul Adamchak. Together they wrote Tomorrow’s Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food. And they’re married—to each other.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gin Craze of 1700’s 56 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss the craze for gin in Britain in the mid 18th Century and the attempts to control it. With the arrival of William of Orange, it became an act of loyalty to drink Protestant, Dutch gin rather than Catholic brandy, and changes in tariffs made everyday beer less affordable. Within a short time, production increased and large sections of the population that had rarely or never drunk spirits before were consuming two pints of gin a week. As Hogarth indicated in his print ‘Beer Street and Gin Lane’ (1751) in support of the Gin Act, the damage was severe, and addiction to gin was blamed for much of the crime in cities such as London.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Indian Religious Intolerance 27 mins – “Protecting cows has now become the focus of armed Hindu vigilante groups intent on asserting Hindu radicalism under India’s Hindu nationalist government.” At the link find the title, “India’s Silent Terror, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04lgd5s.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Industrial Espionage 26 mins – “Hackers. Spies. Secrets. This is the menacing language of industrial espionage. But how easy is it to plunder a company for its ideas? Not very, says our guest, Douglas O’Reagan, a historian of science and technology. Throughout history, O’Reagan argues, stealing trade secrets has proven more complicated than lifting a blueprint or section of computer code. What makes a company prosperous is usually much harder to grasp. But first we look at how one company is trying to pass on the skills and secrets responsible for its success. Reporter Susanne Gietl visits the small Bavarian town of Ingolstadt, headquarters of German automaker Audi. There she finds hundreds of Mexican workers learning skills, secrets, and the “German way” to build cars so they can bring that knowledge back to Mexico.” Join us for a trip to the murky world of technology transfer.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Informal Economy Women 60 mins – “Martha Chen addressed the overrepresentation of women in the informal economy and the challenges they face – including low earnings and lack of social protections, which reinforce the cycle of poverty. She also discussed the resources women need to overcome these challenges and the strategic imperative for more inclusive and equitable policy.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Investing Basics 43 mins – “Fellow Retirementor Ken Roberts always has a long list of questions for me on his Ken’s Bull and Bears Report.  In this interview Ken asks questions about stock performance in a growing economy, how to beat the market, the need for professional advisors, lessons learned from the Trump election, my favorite Bogle quotes and  how to be sure an advisor has your best interest in mind.  During the interview  I surprised myself by noting that Bogle, Buffet and Trump are all losers——as well as myself!” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Invisible Influences 27 mins – “Look down at what you’re wearing. You picked out that blue shirt, right? And those boots — you decided on those because they’re warm, didn’t you? Well, maybe not. Researcher Jonah Berger says, we tend to be pretty good at recognizing how influences like product placement and peer pressure affect other people’s choices… but we’re not so good at recognizing those forces in our own decision-making.” At the link find the title, “Episode 55: Snooki and the Handbag, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161212_hiddenbrain_55.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islam People and Power 27 mins – “Presenter Safa al Ahmad is joined by a panel of experts to reflect on the issues raised in her documentary series ‘Islam People and Power’. Guests in the studio are: Dr Maha Azzam, former Associate Fellow of Chatham House, now Head of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council Dr Hazem Kandil, Fellow of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge and author of Inside The Brotherhood Hassan Hassan, Fellow of The Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy and author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror” At the link find the title, “Reflections: Islam, People and Power Boxset, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04lnc52.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Islamists 27 mins – “What should the relationship be between Islam and the state? This is the question which dominates political debate in the Arab world. Many traditional Islamic scholars believe in the separation of religion and politics. For the Muslim Brotherhood though – the Arab world’s foremost social and political movement – the goal is to create an Islamic state. In Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was elected to power after the Arab uprisings. But its plans quickly ended in failure. After just a year in office, the Brotherhood government faced mass protests before it was deposed by a military coup. As presenter Safa Al Ahmad discovers, these events have caused an unprecedented level of debate between members past and present. She talks to a Brotherhood veteran who believes the Brotherhood should have remained a social movement rather than entering politics and to young members who believe it should be more revolutionary.” At the link find the title, “The Islamists: Islam, People and Power Boxset, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04ln8lr.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Israel Country History 66 mins – “Dr. Gordis, a former Conservative rabbi, award-winning author of several books on Jewish thought and Israeli currents, and columnist for the Jerusalem Post, will discuss the topic of his latest book, which has been described as a luminous history shedding light on Israel’s culture, politics and economy, so people can understand her future. Gordis was the founding dean of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in Los Angeles before moving to Jerusalem, where he helped to found Israel’s first liberal arts college. Presently, he is senior vice president and Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Knights Templar Bank 12 mins – “On today’s show, how a band of medieval warrior monks sworn to poverty got into the banking business and changed the way we think about money forever.” At the link find the title, “#742: Making Bank, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161216 pmoney_pmpod.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Law and Technology 29 mins – Georgetown University law professor Paul Ohm discusses the need for lawyers, prosecutors, and judges who understand the internet and coding. He is a former computer programmer and has been a Department of Justice prosecutor of computer crime.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Paul Ohm, “right-click “Media files program.461985.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lynching Veterans 41 mins – “Forty-thousand African Americans died fighting during the Civil War – more than a million enlisted in World War II.  Military service is often seen as emblematic of America’s best qualities – but the record shows that, instead of being honored, African American veterans were disproportionately targeted, beaten and lynched throughout American history. Today on the show: America’s history of targeting black veterans. Plus, the city that put a bird on it decides to put a tax on it – wage gaps that is. We’ll hear how about Portland, Oregon’s move to penalize companies that pay executives 100 times more than average workers. At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Maker Movement 61 mins – “…Dale Dougherty has been on the front lines of a worldwide renaissance of creating, designing, modifying, inventing and personalizing that is affecting all aspects of how we do business. In his new book, Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing Our Schools, Our Jobs, Our Minds, Dougherty acts as a tour guide to the spectacular, hope-filled global phenomenon that we now call the maker movement. In conversation with Robert Stephens, the founder of the Geek Squad, they will explore how the do-it-yourself movement approaches arts, crafts, science and engineering, changing us as a result.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Malaysia Air 370 Crash 27 mins – “The question is astonishingly simple: In the year 2015, with GPS and satellites and global surveillance everywhere all the time, how does a massive airplane simply go missing? To find the answer, writer Bucky McMahon boarded one of the vessels searching for Malaysia Air 370 in one of the most isolated and treacherous stretches of ocean on the planet. In telling the story of the search crew and the massive amounts of technology, money, and human capital being spent trying to find this airplane, McMahon tells a story of our time—of a world completely dependent on nets of redundant technology, yet completely lost and broken when those nets suddenly break. McMahon joins host David Brancaccio to discuss his October 2015 story, “The Plane at the Bottom of the Ocean.” At the link find the title, “The Plane at the Bottom of the Ocean, by Bucky McMahon, Dec, 2016,”Media files The Plane on the Bottom of the Ocean by-Bucky McMahon-1.mp3

Male Contraception 28 mins – “ At the link right-click “download this mp3 file directly from here…” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

McFaddin Murders 59 mins – “Samantha Broun talks to cops, politicians, inmates, and family closest to the crime that changed policy 20 years ago for inmates serving life sentences in Pennsylvania. It’s a crime Samantha knows well, because it happened to her mom. This story was produced by Samantha Broun and Jay Allison for Transom, and won the Silver Award in the 2016 Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition. There are descriptions of violence and sexual violence, so there is a content advisory, including a warning to parents that the episode is not for children. The internet version of this episode contains un-beeped curse words. If you prefer, here is a beeped version.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Megyn Kelly Interview 46 mins – “Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly talks about “PC culture,”coming forward about CEO Roger Ailes sexually harassing her, and how Trump’s election has empowered white nationalists. Her new memoir is ‘Settle For More.’” At the link find the title, “Dec, 2016, Megyn Kelly Of Fox News,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mind Over Genes 75 mins – “A renaissance in science is creating a revolution in thought and understanding—and in our physical bodies—that is changing the world and our health. Epigenetics reveals that we are not victims of our genes. Cancer, depression and diseases were once believed to be preprogrammed in our genes. In fact, the nervous system can send different signals to cells, reprogramming their genetic activity and behavior. Dr. Lipton says that this provides for miraculous spontaneous remissions from cancer or other diseases. Cell biologist and bestselling author Bruce H. Lipton will take you on a fast-paced journey from the microcosm of the cell to the macrocosm of the mind. This informative and self-empowering presentation on the mechanics of the mind-body interaction explores his views of how our thoughts, attitudes and beliefs create the conditions of our body and our place in the world. He has designed this presentation to inspire your spirit, engage your mind and empower you to become the master of your fate rather than the “victim” of your heredity.” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NSAID and Heartburn Pill Problems 58 mins – “Are there medicines you take for granted that might do you unexpected harm? We talk about the latest findings on pain relievers and heartburn pills. Occasionally a medication that has been on the market for some time is found to do unexpected harm. That happened with Vioxx, and led researchers to take a closer look at all NSAIDS. A large trial showed that the NSAID pain reliever celecoxib (Celebrex) is no worse than naproxen in raising the risk of heart attacks. Or does that mean that naproxen is no better than celecoxib? We talk about the evidence that NSAIDs can increase your chance of a heart attack. What other approaches could you take to alleviate chronic arthritis pain without causing unexpected harm?” At the link right-click “Download the MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

NY Times on Trump 46 mins – “Dean Baquet talks about covering tweets as news, his decision to use the word “lie” in a headline about Trump and why he’s not worried about libel suits from the president-elect. Book critic Maureen Corrigan shares her top 10 books of 2016.” At the link find the title, “Dec, 2016, NYT Exec. Editor On The New Terrain Of Covering Trump,” click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Opioid Overdose Vaccine 3 mins – “Vaccines could one day reduce fatal opioid overdoses.” At the link find the title, “Episode 720 – December 14, 2016,” right-click “Media files ScienceElements Dec14_2016.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Organ Transplants 21 mins – “Scientists experimented with skin and organ transplants for a long time before they finally met with success in the mid-20th century. Now surgeons are expert at performing transplants. The only problem? There aren’t enough organs to go around, which creates some serious ethical dilemmas. First, reporter Dalia Mortada takes us to Tel Aviv, Israel, where a dialysis patient waiting for a new kidney is running out of patience. Conflicting religious interpretations have prevented many Israelis from signing up to become organ donors. This has created a serious supply-and-demand problem, leading many desperate patients to the black market. Mortada tells us how this trend is slowly changing and talks to the doctors, rabbis, and bioethicists behind the shift. Then we talk to American bioethicists Art Caplan and Robert Baker about the pitfalls of the U.S. donation system. “You sign up when you go to Motor Vehicles,” Caplan says, “which may not be the ultimately wonderful place to make [these] decisions, other than the fact that you may wait there long enough to die there, in which case they can probably get your organs.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Password Sharing Crime 18 mins – “The story of a court case. On one side, the best lawyers money can buy. On the other, a night school lawyer who had never argued a case before. The outcome could affect everyone on the internet.” At the link find the title, “#741: Amy and Steve vs. Facebook, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161209_pmoney_podcast120916.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Patagonia Founder 27 mins – “In 1973, Yvon Chouinard started Patagonia to make climbing gear he couldn’t find elsewhere. Over decades of growth, he has implemented a unique philosophy about business, leadership and profit.” At the link find the title, “Patagonia: Yvon Chouinard, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161209_hibt_patagonia.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Permaculture 26 mins – “Jono Neiger is a conservation biologist, a permaculture educator, and a designer, and he joins us to talk about how the practice of permaculture lends itself to a sustainable environment.  Permaculture isn’t just an agricultural practice, but a way to sustainably design buildings, improve food production, and design smarter technology.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pigments and Painters 31 mins – ““Alchemy’s Rainbow: Pigment Science and the Art of Conservation” features art conservator Mark F. Bockrath and art historian and CHF fellow Elisabeth Berry Drago. Our guests discuss and show the messy and occasionally dangerous process of making paints from pigments and the transition to using paints from tubes. They explain how conservators preserve paintings and why alchemists were so important to painters in early modern times.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pizzagate Discussion 57 mins – “Fake news stories circulating on social media about a pizza restaurant in Washington, D.C., have led to a disturbing chain of events. The stories claimed the restaurant – Comet Ping Pong – operated a child sex-trafficking ring run by Hillary Clinton. On Sunday a man from North Carolina who read about the rumors fired an assault-style rifle inside the restaurant. No one was injured. But the incident highlights the sometimes serious consequences of sharing false information on social media. A member of Donald Trump’s transition team resigned after it was learned he too was spreading conspiracy theories about the restaurant. Diane and her guests discuss the rise in fake news and what can be done about it.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Presidential Transition 60 mins – “The peaceful transition of power has been a hallmark of our democracy, but new presidents consistently fail to get their new administrations up and running quickly and effectively. Max Stier has been leading a comprehensive initiative to reform the system and advise both the outgoing administration and the incoming transition teams. He will give a candid, insider’s perspective on the most complex takeover in the world and a case study on changing how Washington works. Under Max Stier’s leadership, the Partnership for Public Service has been widely praised as a first-class nonprofit organization and thought leader on federal government management issues. In 2015, the Partnership launched the Center for Presidential Transition, a first-of-its-kind effort to ensure the smoothest transition of power yet by working with campaign teams, federal agencies and the outgoing administration….” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Presidents and Wars 75 mins – “There is a fascinating and depressing positive correlation between the reputation of an American president and the number of people dying in wars while that president is in office. Political scientist Bruce Bueno de Mesquita of NYU and co-author of The Spoils of War talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about how presidents go to war. Bueno de Mesquita argues that the decision of how and when to go to war is made in self-interested ways rather than in consideration of what is best for the nation. The discussion includes a revisionist perspective on the presidencies of George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and others as Bueno de Mesquita tries to make the case that the reputations of these men are over-inflated.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Programmer Spolsky 66 mins – “Joel Spolsky is the CEO and founder of Stack Overflow, the premiere question and answer site about computer programming. He also founded Fog Creek Software, created Trello, and is the author of Joel on Software, one of the first (and best) computer programming blogs. Joel and Leo talk about Joel’s history with Microsoft, Juno, and Fog Creek, as well as why Stack Overflow works so well, and Fog Creek’s newest programming environment, Gomix.” At the link click “Download Options” right-click “audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Prosthetics and Bullying 56 mins – “In this hour, double-amputee Aimee Mullins chronicles her adventures with prosthetic legs as an athlete, actress and artist; the mother of a bullied teen tells the story of his suicide; Ex-NYC Mayor Ed Koch stands up to his anti-Semitic platoon leader while in training for WWII; and three teenagers from Grace King High School….” At the link find the title, “The Moth Radio Hour: Prosthetics, Boot Camp and Heartache, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files moth_1102_mp_465_12_13_16.mp3” and select “Save Link As” fromt eh pop-up menu.

Psychology of Power 127 mins – “On this episode of the Dangerous History Podcast, CJ talks with Dr. Jim Cunagin, a practicing psychiatrist, about the psychology of power and obedience and some of the experiments that can help us understand these phenomena.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from te pop-up menu.

Refugee Tech Help 27 mins – “How might technology be harnessed to help refugees? Click talks to Tom Hayton from Techfugees about the hackathon challenge that flagged up the tech benefits from ideas that arose from a new competition.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” fromteh pop-up menu.

Refugees in Canada 24 mins – “Experts from around the world working with refugees are meeting in Ottawa this week to consider if Canada’s private sponsorship system could work as a model in their country, hoping to address the worldwide refugee crisis.” At the link find the title, “Dec 12: World refugee experts meet to consider Canada’s private sponsorship model,“ right-click “Download Dec 12: World refugee experts meet to consider Canada’s private sponsorship model” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Science Literacy 64 mins – “Physician and astronaut Dr. Mae C. Jemison is a science literacy advocate and the lead ambassador of the Bayer Making Science Make Sense program. The goal of the initiative is to provide 1 million hands-on science experiences to children by 2020. Dr. Jemison is particularly devoted to getting more girls, young women and minorities into careers in science, tech, engineering and math (STEM). Join Dr. Jemison for an inspiring call-to-action on how to get Americans psyched about science!” At the link right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

SECDEF Mattis 46 mins – “President-elect Donald Trump has chosen General James Mattis as the new Secretary of Defense. Mattis is described as both a tough and thoughtful leader – and one who may challenge Trump, differing from the President-elect on Russia, Iran, and NATO. Much of the initial reaction to the appointment of “Mad Dog Mattis” has been positive, even from Democrats. But one concern looms large for some: Mattis’ recent military service. It would require a special congressional waiver for him to take the post, and some feel strongly that to allow it would be going against an important tenet of U.S. government. We take a close look at General James Mattis.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Senior Care Plans 27 mins – “Most Canadians will, at some point, care for an elderly family member. It can be a stressful and difficult experience.” At the link find the title, “Parenting your parents,” right-click “Download Parenting your parents” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up men

Sex and Gender 24 mins – “Several years ago historian of medicine Alice Dreger found herself in a room full of intersexed people, individuals with reproductive or sexual anatomy that is neither typically female nor male. Dreger noticed something strange: many of them had teeth that were in bad shape. She soon learned that many of them had endured such traumatic experiences with doctors that they wouldn’t go near anyone in a white coat, including dentists. We were astonished by this story, so we asked Dreger to tell us more. She joined us for our December podcast alongside Eric Vilain, a medical geneticist and director of the Center for Gender-based Biology at UCLA. While intersex, transgender, and transsexual issues have recently entered the mainstream, our guests explain that there have always been those whose anatomy or identity prevents them from fitting neatly into the categories of male or female. And even with this newfound exposure, tensions continue to exist for them all. But first we’ll hear about the experiences of a transgender couple desperate to conceive a child, but who struggled to find a willing doctor. Mariel Carr visits them at home in Philadelphia, where they’re adapting to life with an infant.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Shi’ism 27 mins – “Within Shi’ism there is a high level disagreement about the role of Islam in government. Shia-dominated Iran is an Islamic republic, led by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a senior Islamic cleric. But the Iranian model of government – a theocratic state – is not supported by Shi’ism’s most senior Islamic cleric, Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani who is based in the Iraqi city of Najaf. “Khamenei is the head of Iranian army. Sistani is not the head of Iraqi army,” explains Iraqi politician Walid al-Hilli. But, as presenter Safa al-Ahmad discovers on a visit to Iraq, Grand Ayatollah Sistani has significant influence on the way Iraq is governed.” At the link find the title, “The Shia: Islam, People and Power Boxset, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04ln9pq.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Soul Sound 11 mins – “There’s an angry divisive tension in the air that threatens to make modern politics impossible. Elizabeth Lesser explores the two sides of human nature within us (call them “the mystic” and “the warrior”) that can be harnessed to elevate the way we treat each other. She shares a simple way to begin real dialogue — by going to lunch with someone who doesn’t agree with you, and asking them three questions to find out what’s really in their hearts.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Space Junk Problem 10 mins – “Our lives depend on a world we can’t see: the satellite infrastructure we use every day for information, entertainment, communication and so much more. But Earth orbit isn’t a limitless resource, and the problem of space debris will get worse without a significant change to our behavior. Natalie Panek challenges us to consider the environmental impact of the satellites we rely on. Our orbital environment is breathtakingly beautiful and our gateway to exploration, she says. It’s up to us to keep it that way.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Students of Color 10 mins – “As a black woman from a tough part of the Bronx who grew up to attain all the markers of academic prestige, Dena Simmons knows that for students of color, success in school sometimes comes at the cost of living authentically. Now an educator herself, Simmons discusses how we might create a classroom that makes all students feel proud of who they are. “Every child deserves an education that guarantees the safety to learn in the comfort of one’s own skin,” she says.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sunnis 27 mins – “The anti-government protests that began in the Arab world in 2010 triggered division between the religious scholars of Islam’s largest branch – the traditional Sunnis. Some of the most senior Sunni scholars in the world held fast to the idea that revolution, and even simple protest, was forbidden in Islam. Others decided to back armed groups in Syria, though not the global jihadists of al-Qaeda and ISIS. Presenter Safa Al Ahmad travels to Egypt to meet Dr Abbas Shouman, one of the most senior scholars at Islam’s most famous seat of learning, Al Azhar University. She also tells the story of Sheikh Ramadan al-Bouti, a famous Syrian Islamic scholar whose stance on the uprisings cost him his life.” At the link find the title,”The Sunni Traditionalists: Islam, People and Power Boxset, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04ln683.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Time Management 12 mins – “There are 168 hours in each week. How do we find time for what matters most? Time management expert Laura Vanderkam studies how busy people spend their lives, and she’s discovered that many of us drastically overestimate our commitments each week, while underestimating the time we have to ourselves. She offers a few practical strategies to help find more time for what matters to us, so we can “build the lives we want in the time we’ve got.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Toxicology History 39 mins – “In this episode we are excited to talk to Barry Rumack about his life in toxicology, the eponymous nomogram, and future directions in toxicology and acetaminophen.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Triage Process 40 mins – “On this episode of the Disaster Podcast, we have special guests on the show to talk about managing triage in disaster situations. Hosts Jamie Davis, the Podmedic and Sam Bradley are joined by Jeff Lengyel – Product Manager at Disaster Management Systems, Inc. (DMS) and David Crowl – Hospital Specialist Product Manager at DMS.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump and Immigrants 46 mins – “President-elect Donald Trump says once he is in office he will deport two to three million immigrants who have committed crimes. In response, mayors of cities nationwide – from New York to Los Angeles – pledged to not to cooperate with immigration agents. Some universities are considering similar policies. But municipal officials risk losing millions of dollars in federal aid if they don’t cooperate with federal authorities. Trump says that if cities fail to cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, he will block all federal funding for these municipalities. Diane and a panel of guests discuss so-called “sanctuary cities” under a Trump presidency.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trump and the Media 50 mins – “We devote this hour to a question put to us pretty much daily since election day: How to cover President Trump? First, we ask the AP, Univision, NPR, USA Today, and other news outlets about how they are defining a relationship with a president-elect who flouts traditional rules, spreads misinformation, and criticizes the press. Then we turn to language. Listeners help us highlight moments in media coverage that obscure the truth, and journalist Masha Gessen warns of the “impulse to normalize.” Plus, linguist John McWhorter describes the phenomenon of partisan words, and cognitive scientist George Lakoff argues that the principles of journalism need to be redefined… because of how our brains work.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio”and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Election Questions 9 mins – “After news broke Friday that the CIA had assessed Russia intervened in the presidential election to favor Donald Trump, top-ranking senators from both parties called for an investigation. “Congress has an extremely important role to play using its investigative powers to get to the bottom of what happened,” said Jack Lerner, professor of law at the University of California, Irvine and director of the Intellectual Property, Arts, and Technology Clinic….” At the link click “Listen to this story” by the play button, then find the sound bar, right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump on Abortions 46 mins – “During his campaign, President-elect Donald trump pledged to defund Planned Parenthood and nominate Supreme Court justices opposed to abortion. Now, he’s preparing to take office in January with a Republican-controlled Congress and abortion opponents in his cabinet. Among them: incoming Health Secretary Tom Price, who also wants to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. This is likely to reopen emotional debates over issues like abortion and the role of government in health care – at the federal level and within state legislatures. What Trump’s presidency could mean for reproductive rights and women’s health.”(4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trump on Global Warming 46 mins – “Donald Trump has called climate change “a hoax”. But this week he met with Al Gore, a leader in the fight against global warming — raising questions about Trump’s position on the issue. For this month’s Environmental Outlook: a look at Trump’s priorities on energy and the environment.” (3 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trump Shock 42 mins – “Matthew Continetti and Andrew Ferguson discuss Donald Trump’s nomination and what it means for conservatives in America. They argue that they are encouraged by whom Trump is nominating to different cabinet positions and the Supreme Court but that Trump’s unpredictability and lack of core values are a concern. They discuss the role the media will play with the Trump administration and their relationship with the president-elect.” At the link find the title, “Donald Trump and Conservative Intellectuals, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161214-Continetti-Ferguson.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

UN Secretary General 57 mins – “Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon discusses the role of the United Nations in a changing global landscape.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

Urban Agriculture 19 mins – “City dwellers across the country are picking up shovels and burying seeds, part of a burgeoning movement to bring fresh, local produce back to urban areas. But before you join their ranks, stop and check your soil. It might be flecked with dangerous lead. On todays episode of Distillations we look at the challenges of urban agriculture and the innovative ways to solve them. First producer Charlie Mintz visits West Oakland to reveal how an EPA-funded program is leeching lead out of backyard gardens using hundreds of tons of discarded fishbones. Then we sit down with Graceful Gardens Alice Edgerton and Fair Food Philadelphia’s Alex Jones to learn about how to best make an urban garden grow.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

US Refugee Program 76 mins – “Experts discuss the role faith-based organizations have taken during the refugee crisis and the challenges of aiding and resettling refugees in the United States and abroad.” (4 panelists) At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

US–Israel Relations 45 mins – “Robert D. Blackwill, CFR’s Henry A. Kissinger senior fellow for U.S. foreign policy, and CFR Senior Fellow Philip H. Gordon discuss their recently released Council Special Report, Repairing the U.S.-Israel Relationship, and what the U.S. and Israeli governments can do to reframe and revive the countries’ relationship, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

Wahhabism 27 mins – “Wahhabism is the most misunderstood brand of Islam. It is more correctly called Salafism and is a fundamentalist interpretation of the faith, often associated with Saudi Arabia. The Salafis have long been split between jihadists who justify violently overthrowing their rulers and quietists who believe that even oppressive governments should be obeyed. Since the Arab uprisings, two new groups – Salafi democrats and Salafi revolutionaries – have come to the fore too. Presenter Safa Al Ahmad talks to representatives of all positions in the current debate within Salafi Islam about the relationship between religion and politics.” At the link find the title, “The Salafis: Islam, People and Power Boxset, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04ln7g2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waste Disposal 40 mins – “In case you hadn’t noticed, during our short time on Earth we humans have created a lot of stuff. Some of it is life-altering, like the device you’re looking at right now, and some of it is pretty silly, like those plastic, banana-shaped containers made for holding bananas. Regardless of their value, these objects all have one thing in common: one day they will become trash. For all the time we spend creating these wonders, we don’t devote much energy to thinking about what happens when their intended life-cycles run out. This episode of Distillations traces the history of trash, consumerism, and municipal garbage collection in the United States, and explores what the future holds. First, reporter Daniel Gross tells us the origin story of kitty litter, an ingenious consumer product that transformed a natural resource straight into trash.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Women Peacekeepers 60 mins – “In this roundtable discussion, Admiral Tidd shares his insights on the role of women in building peace, preventing conflict, and countering violent extremism. His remarks address the growing body of research establishing that peace and security efforts are more successful and sustainable if women participate, as highlighted in our new report, “How Women’s Participation in Conflict Prevention and Resolution Advances U.S. Interests.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the sound bar and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.  

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Media Mining Digest 266 – Dec 16, 2016: Adoption Trends, Agriculture Greenhouse Gases, AIDs Stories, Alt Right Movement, Atlanta BeltLine, Ballot Recount Issue, Black Hole Physics, Black Lives Matter, Bob Woodward on Presidents, Brain Waste, Burnouts, California Gold Rush, Canadian Pipeline, China Jails Canadian Couple, Cleve Jones Activist, Climate Change Politics, Colonial American Health, Concepts and Patterns, Conflict Resolution, Corruption in South Korea, Culture and Technology, Cybersecurity, Dakota Pipeline Protest, Death Penalty Argument, Deep Work, Democratic Party Decline, Drug Interactions, Ebola Epidemic Response, Economic Modeling, Emergency Power, End of Life Issues, Facebook Designer, First Nations Missing Women, Fish Industry Decline, Gaming Women Online, Garth Brooks, Genocide Prosecutor, George Washington, Geriatric Isolation, Guano Mania, Harriet Martineau, History and Historians, Homeless Help in Las Vegas, IARPA, Involuntary Commitment, ISIS Organization, James Burke Knowledge Web, Language Gap in Medicine, Limelight, Map Size by Topic, Mark Cuban, MDMA and PTSD, Medical Coaching, Medical History, Memory Formation, Near Death Experiences, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Oklahoma School Decline, Older Workers, Oprah Show, Pandora Website, Philippine Drug Problem, Pizzagate, Placebos, Politics and Religion, Progressive Movement, Public Discourse, Public Health History, Reality Definition, Rejection Training, Social Credit Program, Surveillance Camera Use, Thalidomide Impact, Thomas Friedman, Tim Ferriss Interview, Trevor Noah, Trump, Tuberculosis from Animals, Uganda Refugee Story, White Supremacist Groups History

Earobics – aerobics for the brain: the 92 podcasts shown below present the best ideas, information and stories from a larger group of 305 for the week for your ears while your hands and eyes are busy. Double or ctrl-click individual titles to get single podcasts and explore the source, although it’s easier to get all the files in zip format here for the next four months.  A collection of over 12,000 similar podcasts, listed alphabetically, can be downloaded piecemeal or in groups here.  You’ll be limited to a 4GB maximum per download, so at least twelve group downloads will be needed to get all files, which total over 45GB and may take awhile. The first entry of this collection is a text file listing all the titles for quicker reference.  An alphabetized collection of all 10,000 abstracts is available at this link and it’s updated quarterly.  Even more diversity is possible using a podcast aggregator loaded with this opml file of 350 sources, so even the discarded podcasts can be found and downloaded. Exercise your ears and let everything else relax.

Adoption Trends 56 mins – “International adoption peaked in 2004: That year, Americans brought 23,000 children from foreign countries into their families. But in the decade since, there’s been a remarkable decline. Last year, 5000 kids from other nations were adopted, which is a slide of 70 percent. Theories abound on why this sudden, dramatic drop-off occurred, but researchers say one thing is clear: Many Americans still want to adopt internationally, and they’re frustrated that it’s become far more difficult.” (3 guests) At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Agricultural Greenhouse Gases 25 mins – “From quitting social media in favour of “deep work,” to why journalist Chang Ping has been banned in China, to mental health advocates urging the government to commit more money for mental illness treatment … This is The Current with Nam Kiwanuka.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for December 9, 2016 – The Current,” right-click “Media files current_20161209_51818.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AIDs Stories 22 mins – “In this episode, we head to South Africa for the first ever Johannesburg Mainstage show. A woman confronts her fears by sharing a personal truth, and a career-woman takes a leap of faith.” At the link find the title, “Hail Mary & Gethwana Mahlase, Dec, 2016, right-click “Media files moth 464, 12_6_16.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alt Right Movement 47 mins– “We look at the dreams, some now coming true, of the White supremacist “alt-right” movement.” At the link find the title, “What The Alt-Right White Supremacist Movement Wants, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503627559.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Atlanta BeltLine 11 mins – “Urban planner Ryan Gravel shares the story of how his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, rallied to build a massive urban park that will transform an abandoned railroad track into 22 miles of public green space called the Atlanta BeltLine. The places we live aren’t inevitable, he says — and if we want something different, we need to speak up.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ballot Recount Issue 47 mins – “It’s been nearly three weeks since Donald Trump was declared the winner of the presidential election. But the results are being disputed by Green Party candidate Jill Stein, who has petitioned for a recount in the battleground states of Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Michigan. Election officials in Wisconsin confirm a statewide recount will begin on Thursday. And Hillary Clinton’s campaign has joined the Wisconsin recount effort. President-elect Donald Trump calls the recounts “ridiculous” and “a scam.” And he says he would’ve won the popular vote were it not for “millions” of illegal voters. Diane and guests discuss recounts, allegations of voter fraud and the 2016 presidential election.” (4 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Black Hole Physics 84 mins – “Are physicists on a path to upend some of the time-tested fundamental theories of physics? This podcast explores the interplay between quantum theory and general relativity, and how these phenomena may be exploited, from black holes to quantum computing.” At the link find the title, “A Quantum State of Mind, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 161208_poe6.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Black Lives Matter 16 mins – “Born out of a social media post, the Black Lives Matter movement has sparked discussion about race and inequality across the world. In this spirited conversation with Mia Birdsong, the movement’s three founders share what they’ve learned about leadership and what provides them with hope and inspiration in the face of painful realities. Their advice on how to participate in ensuring freedom for everybody: join something, start something and “sharpen each other, so that we all can rise.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Bob Woodward on Presidents 9 mins- “As a reporter, Bob Woodward has written the first draft of history on some of this country’s most important events. In 1973, his coverage of the Watergate Scandal with Carl Bernstein for The Washington Post was instrumental in uncovering corruption that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.  Woodward was also The Washington Post’s lead reporter for the 9/11 terrorist attacks. These days, Woodward is still an associate editor with the paper. Few reporters are as knowledgeable about presidents and the presidency as Woodward, who spoke Tuesday at University of New Hampshire about “the age of the American presidency from Nixon to now.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Brain Waste 95 mins – “The United States has long attracted some of the world’s best and brightest, drawn by the strong U.S. economy, renowned universities, and reputation for entrepreneurship and innovation. But because of language, credential-recognition, and other barriers many of these highly skilled, college-educated immigrants cannot fully contribute their academic and professional training and skills once in the United States. As a result they work in low-skilled jobs or cannot find a job—a phenomenon known as brain waste. On this podcast, MPI experts give a presentation of the first-ever U.S. estimates on the economic costs of this skill underutilization for immigrants, their families, and the U.S. economy, along with estimates on forgone earnings and tax payments for: California, Florida, Michigan, New York, Ohio, Texas, and Washington. The panel discusses the factors linked to immigrant skill underutilization; highlight the potential for current city, state, and U.S. labor policy (including implementation of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) to reduce this brain waste; and offer an employer-based view of skill underutilization and how it can be addressed.” At the link right-click “Download(Loading)” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Burnouts 19 mins – “All types of companies are struggling with burnout. Many try to fix it. Most of them fail. One exception: A 26-year-old call center manager, with stress balls and costumes in her arsenal.” At the link find the title, “#740: Burnout, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161207 pmoney podcast120716.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

California Gold Rush 48 mins – “Emory University professor Patrick Allitt teaches a class about the California Gold Rush of the mid-1800s. He describes how people got there, the physical geography of the area, and the evolving technology used to mine gold.” At the link find the title, “California Gold Rush, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.454557.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipeline 21 mins – “There’s anger and elation over Justin Trudeau’s approval of two major new oil pipelines — Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline and Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. Environmentalists are seeing red. The Current looks at all sides of the debate.” At the link find the title, “Nov 30: Kinder Morgan decision a black day for Canada, say West Coast environmentalists, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161130_94364.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipeline Issue 24 mins – “The Current heads on a road trip along the route of Kinder Morgan’s newly-approved pipeline expansion to gauge support for it in communities along the way.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6: Meet the people living along Kinder Morgan pipeline route, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161206_61335.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipeline Support 25 mins – “Some First Nations groups welcome pipeline developments as a source of wealth and jobs for their people. The Current speaks with two First Nations leaders who say working with the pipeline giant is better than working against it.” At the link find the title, “Dec 13: Why some Indigenous leaders see benefits to Kinder Morgan pipeline, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161213_90678.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Canadian Pipelines 9 mins – “With declining global demand for oil, author Jeff Rubin says the pipeline expansion will not be the economic salvation for Alberta.” At the link find the title, “Economist warns insufficient oil demand hinders Trans Mountain pipeline, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161202_94894.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

China Jails Canadian Couple 45 mins – “Kevin and Julia Garratt called China home for 30 years. But two years ago, the Canadian couple were arrested, thrown in jail, and accused of spying. Now back in Canada, Kevin and Julia Garratt are ready to share their story.” At the link find the title, “Dec 8: ‘We only came to help’: Canadian couple imprisoned in China, accused of spying, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161208_19326.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cleve Jones Activist 47 mins – “Jones became an activist after Harvey Milk’s assassination, and he lost countless friends to the AIDS epidemic. He says, “There are some days when it is so painful that I really can barely function.” He conceived the AIDS Memorial Quilt in 1985. His memoir is ‘When We Rise.’” At the link find the title, “LGBTQ Activist Cleve Jones, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503768709.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Change Politics 47 mins – “Exxon Mobil’s climate policy is under attack from its founding family, the Rockefellers. They’re with us. So is Exxon.” At the link find the title, “Exxon Mobil Vs. The Rockefellers, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_504010603.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu

Colonial America Health 78 mins – “Yale University professor emeritus John Demos leads a seminar for high school teachers on the Americas in the Colonial era. This class is hosted by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.” At the link find the tite, ”People, Germs, and Food in the Colonial Americas, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455845.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Concepts and Patterns 16 mins – “Neuroscientist Kate Jeffery discusses how the brain represents the world. This episode is is part of a short series Mind Bites made in association with Nicholas Shea’s AHRC-funded Meaning for the Brain and Meaning for the Person project. That website is open for comments and discussion of the topic of this podcast.” At the link right-click “Direct download: Kate Jeffery on Concepts and Representation.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Conflict Resolution 198 mins (3 parts) – Session 1 – “State fragility poses a significant threat to international security, contributing to conflict onset and relapse, the global refugee crisis, the expansion of extremist groups, and public health emergencies like the Ebola epidemic. In fragile states, women are often marginalized, despite their potential contributions to the security and prosperity of their societies. The speakers on this panel will review lessons from conflict situations and provide recommendations to the next U.S. administration on addressing state fragility by promoting women’s participation in conflict prevention and peacebuilding “ Session 2 – “This session will examine the devastating use of sexual violence against civilians by armed factions and extremist groups. Research shows that postconflict societies more effectively recover and rebuild when women participate in reconstruction efforts and their experiences in conflictincluding wartime sexual violence—are addressed. Responding to conflict-related sexual violence includes promoting justice and accountability, training security forces in protection measures, investing in services for survivors, and including women in developing solutions to the factors that place them at risk.” Session 3 – “In many countries, women are well-positioned to detect early signs of radicalization because their rights and physical integrity are often the first targets of extremists. In addition, they are well-placed to challenge extremist narratives in homes, schools, and communities. This session will address strategies to counter  violent extremism by capitalizing on the contributions of women.” At the links right-click the down-point arrow on the sound bar, and right-click “Save Page As” from the pop-up menus.

Corruption in South Korea 21 mins – “For weeks, protesters have been in the streets demanding the disgraced president to step down. But the political scandal has also become a flash point for broad public discontent.” At the link find the title, “Dec 1: South Koreans call for president’s impeachment amid corruption scandal, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161201_31547.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Culture and Technology 136 mins – “Breaking the Internet, empathy gap in Silicon Valley, encryption on the road, Snapchat Spectacles, and more.” Leo Laporte with guests, Om Malik and Stacey Higginbotham At the link click “Download options,” right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cybersecurity 42 mins – “Entrepreneur Jay Kaplan, co-founder and CEO of Synack, describes how the idea of creating a cybersecurity service for enterprise businesses by crowdsourcing hackers went from sounding like a long shot to launching as a venture capital-backed startup. Kaplan, previously a senior analyst at the National Security Administration, talks about the virtues of government work and the nuances of “white hat” hacking.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dakota Pipeline Protest 14 mins – “On Sunday, the Army Corps of Engineers refused to issue a permit for the Dakota Access Pipeline. The water protectors, which includes members of the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other tribes (as well as climate activists), celebrated the decision. But the celebration was brief as the opposition realized that this might be just another battle won in an ongoing war that has spanned centuries. In this Short Take, Brian talks to Robert T. Anderson, a Professor of Law and Director of the Native American Law Center at the University of Washington, about the history of colonization and treaties between the government and indigenous people.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow on the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dakota Pipeline Protest 22 mins – “Protesters at Standing Rock are celebrating a fragile victory. But a woman protesting for three months says the fight against the Dakota Access Pipeline isn’t over until it’s over.” At the link find the title, “Dec 6: ‘Still a lot of work to do’: Despite Standing Rock victory, protesters stay put, 2016,” right-click “Media files current 20161206_18195.mp3,” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dakota Pipeline Protest 47 mins – “The Governor of North Dakota has ordered the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and other Native American Dakota Access Pipeline protestors to evacuate from the federal land where many have been camped out since last summer. The protestors face blizzard conditions but have, so far, refused to move. At issue is a nearly completed 1,100 mile pipeline designed to carry oil from northwestern North Dakota to Illinois. It’s slated to tunnel under a lake less than a mile from the Standing Rock Sioux reservation which, protestors contend, poses a threat to their water supply. An update on the protest and its political implications. (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Death Penalty Argument 25 mins – “Psychological evaluations that determine whether Texas inmates get sent to death row are based on the 1937 book, Of Mice and Men. Critics say it’s high time that changed.” At the link find the title, “Dec 1: How Lennie in Of Mice and Men influences Texas death row cases, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161201_33003.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Deep Work 26 mins – “How can you get the highest quality results from your work? According to Cal Newport, author of Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World, the answer is to prioritize work that requires your full concentration and skill, a.k.a. Deep Work. When you engage in Deep Work, you don’t just get things done, you get them done well. Find out his two steps to remove distractions and make Deep Work possible, and learn a better way to market your product in our busy, noisy world.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Democratic Party Decline 47 mins – “Democrats facing big leadership issues and struggling with defeat. We’ll look at who will lead the Democratic Party.” At the tlink find the title,”Leadership Struggles In A Shaken Democratic Party, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503756142.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Drug Interactions 23 mins – “In this episode, we discuss more of the most important drug interactions, including grapefruit juice with statins and calcium channel blockers, QT prolonging medications, levothyroxine with cations and PPIs, and PDE-5 inhibitors with nitrates.” At the link right-click “Direct download: 053-Drug Interactions II.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ebola Epidemic Response 26 mins – “It sounds like the plot of a movie: police discover the body of a young man who’s been murdered. The body tests positive for a deadly infectious disease. Authorities trace the killing to a gang. They race to find gang members linked to the murder… who may also be incubating the virus. This week on Hidden Brain… disease, panic, and how a public health team used psychology to confront an epidemic.” At the link find the title, “Episode 54: Panic in the Streets, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161205 hiddenbrain panic.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Economic Modeling 56 mins – “Interest rates. Unemployment. GDP. Markets. Austerity measures. Economists tell us what we, as societies, can and can’t afford. But how do they decide? What values are at play?” At the link find the title, “It’s the Economists, Stupid (Encore Sept 9, 2015), Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161128_35377.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Emergency Power 79 mins – “Author and Consultant Jeff Yago – Jeff Yago is a well known writer for Backwoods Home Magazine, Mother Earth News, Self-Reliance Magazine, Homepower Magazine, and others. His articles cover all areas of solar power, emergency backup power, battery power, and energy conservation. I have asked Jeff back today to discuss his new book titled: Lights On, which was just released on Nov 1 and is now available from all bookstores, Amazon, and World Net Daily bookstore. Jeff believes most preppers are limiting their backup power preparations to only generators, and power outages are becoming more often and lasting longer, which will easily exceed your stored fuel supplies, then what?” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

End of Life Issues 47 mins – “Earlier this month, voters in Colorado overwhelmingly approved a so-called Death with Dignity ballot measure. It allows doctors to prescribe life-ending medication for terminally ill patients. Colorado joins four other states and the District of Columbia that have similar options. Advocates are pushing more states to consider aid-in-dying measures. The laws are controversial, to be sure. But as medical advances have done much to prolong life, more people are demanding greater choice in how and when they die. This hour offers an update on the debate over whether doctors should be permitted to give patients the means to take control of their own death.” At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Facebook Designer 38 mins – “Julie Zhuo, vice president of product design at Facebook, describes how the development of new features starts with three questions: What people problem are we solving? How do we know it’s a real problem? And how will we know if we’ve solved it? Zhuo explains how answering those fundamental questions at the outset reveals the most urgent problems to tackle — and yields features that truly enhance user satisfaction.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow at the end of the sound bar and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

First Nations Missing Women 75 mins – “A special edition of The Current comes to you from Winnipeg with a public forum in front of a live audience focusing on the relationship between families of murdered, missing and Indigenous women, the police and justice system.” At the link find the title, “Full Episode for December 7, 2016 – A special edition of The Current,” right-click “Media files current 20161207_11885.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fish Industry Decline 42 mins – “We talk to investigative journalist Lee van der Voo about her new book The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate.” At the link find the title, “158 Lee van der Voo – The Fish Market: Inside the Big-Money Battle for the Ocean and Your Dinner Plate,” right-click “Media files 8572010a-daff-412b-9321-7f61fdd080ea.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gaming Women Online 56 mins – “As a teen and then in her 20s, Emma Vosen loved gaming. Now as a PhD candidate, she looks to gamer culture as a microcosm of how sexism is seeded and replicated within broader society.” At the link find the title, “Ideas From The Trenches – The Dangerous Game, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161130_94968.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Garth Brooks 46 mins – “Country music legend Garth Brooks joins us. Don’t miss it.” At the link find the title, “Garth Brooks On ‘Gunslinger,’ Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files, npr_503759219.mp3” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Genocide Prosecutor 52 mins – “Salt Lake City resident Pierre-Richard Prosper is the son of Haitian immigrants, a former district attorney in Los Angeles at the height of the gang violence there, and he was the lead prosecutor in the first trial for genocide and rape as war crimes. Those are just a few of his stories, but in many ways they’ve shaped his view of the world. Prosper believes deeply in the law’s ability to right wrongs that we could have prevented in the first place. He joins us Thursday to talk about his fascinating life.” At the link right-click the play button beside “Listen” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

George Washington 58 mins – “This week on Q&A, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and Pepperdine University professor Edward J. Larson discusses his book, [George Washington, Nationalist].” At the link find the title, “Q&A with Edward Larson, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455843.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Geriatric Isolation 57 mins – “The complexities of aging and health can result in loneliness and social isolation. Dr. Carla Perissinotto, UCSF Division of Geriatrics, looks at the health effects of being lonely, who is at risk and what you can do. Then take a look at programs that provide services older adults and their caregivers. Recorded on 10/18/2016. (#31553)” At the link right-click “Audio MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Guano Mania 21 mins – “…Guano was a great fertilizer and many believed it would revolutionize farming, which traditionally involved cycling crops or simply depleting soil nutrients and moving to new land. While novel to Americans and Europeans, using bird poop as fertilizer was nothing new to the Quechua people of Peru who had long mined it from the Chincha Islands off the southwest coast of Peru. For centuries, seabirds nesting on the islands had piled up guano, sometimes close to a 100 feet deep, making it a rich and ready source of the stuff….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow under the title and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Harriet Martineau 43 mins – “Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss Harriet Martineau who, from a non-conformist background in Norwich, became one of the best known writers in the C19th. She had a wide range of interests and used a new, sociological method to observe the world around her, from religion in Egypt to slavery in America and the rights of women everywhere. She popularised writing about economics for those outside the elite and, for her own popularity, was invited to the coronation of Queen Victoria, one of her readers.” At the link right-click “Download MP3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

History and Historians 56 mins – “It’s tempting to think that in order to comprehend the future, we need to know the past, that there are always lessons in history. But is that true anymore? Sailing in the 21st century, perhaps we are in uncharted waters.” At the link find the title, “Rear View Mirror: Has the future ever looked like the past? Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas 20161202_78244.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Homeless Help in Las Vegas 21 mins – “The glittering neon and bustle of the Vegas strip hide a vast maze of underground flood channels that hundreds of men and women call home. Hear how journalist turned activist Matt O’Brien discovered this homeless community and what he’s doing to help.” At the link find the title, “S01 Episode 9: Shine A Light,”Media files CGT_EP” 9,Shine a Light HLS mix2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

IARPA 68 mins – “Jason Matheny is the Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). IARPA is the US intelligence community’s “moon shot” department, similar to DARPA, but focused in intelligence. Jason discusses IARPA’s research in data analysis, quantum computing, meme proliferation, and more.” At the link click “Download Options,”right-click “Audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Involuntary Commitment 48 mins – “Many mental health experts say forcing someone into psychiatric care against their will can be necessary to protect people dangerous to themselves and others. But in some certain cases it is illegal, and some see involuntary commitment as a civil rights violation. A look at how patients can be both helped and traumatized by involuntary psychiatric care, and what the data indicates about its role in preventing violence, suicide and mass murder.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

ISIS Organization 48 mins – “ISIS started capturing America’s attention in 2014. At the time it felt to many like the group had popped up suddenly, as a result of the Syrian civil war. But counterterrorism expert Brian Fishman says that’s not the right picture. While it may feel new to us, the origins of the group known as the Islamic State go back at least a decade. Because it has overcome numerous obstacles since then, Fishman says, ISIS sees itself as highly resilient, and the U.S. has failed to recognize this in its strategy to combat the group. Fishman and ISIS expert William McCants take us inside the hidden past of the organization, and talk about what the new U.S. administration needs to know about ISIS moving forward.” (2 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

James Burke Knowledge Web 73 mins – “Dan has another visit with the always fascinating science historian and TV host James Burke. He also catches up a bit on early Trump cabinet picks and the Dakota pipeline protests.” At the link find the title, “Show 312 – Re-Connections with James Burke,” right-click “Media files cswdcd12.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Language Gap in Medicine 27 mins – “Bridging the language gap in medicine. We visit the Crossroads Clinic, a first stop for many refugees arriving in Toronto. A medical interpreter tells us why you shouldn’t let kids interpret for parents. And, using Google Translate in the Dr.’s office.” At the link find the title, “The doctor speaks English. The patient doesn’t. Now what?,” right-click “Download The doctor speaks English. The patient doesn’t. Now what? “ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Limelight 3 mins – “…Sir Humphry Davy gave a famous series of lectures on natural philosophy at the Royal Institution of London starting just after 1800. Davy was enormously influential, and he returned again and again to the theme of light. Light and seeing were scientific fixations in the first half of the 19th century. That age produced dioramas, magic lanterns, photography, the first electric lighting (long before Edison), and public gas lighting. Michael Faraday followed Davy in those lectures, and, in the early 1820s, a young member of the Royal Engineers, watched him do a demonstration. When Faraday turned an oxygen-hydrogen flame on a lump of quicklime, the heated lump emitted a brilliant light. Drummond saw a new use for that fluky behavior. Setting distant markers for surveyors could radically improve the accuracy of geographic surveys. In 1825, Drummond set a limelight marker on a mountaintop near Belfast. It was so bright it could be seen in Donegal county, sixty-six miles away….” At the link right-click “Click here for audio….” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Map Sizes by Topic 14 mins – “What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is — a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You’ll never look at a map the same way again.” (Look at the video presentation, and visit Views of the World) At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Mark Cuban 36 mins – “Mark Cuban made millions off of tech startups, then billions off of stocks — and later went on to buy and revive the Dallas Mavericks. He has come to define the persona of the serial entrepreneur.” At the link find the title, “Serial Entrepreneur: Mark Cuban, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files 20161202_hibt_markcuban.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

MDMA and PTSD 24 mins – “Researchers say pure MDMA — not the stuff on the street — has the potential to change the brain and create conditions that allow psychotherapy. Ed Thompson who suffers from PTSD says MDMA treatment saved his life.” At the link find the title, “Dec 5: ‘I have no doubt it saved my life’: MDMA drug helps former firefighter with PTSD, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161205_20064.mp3” and select “Save Link As”from the pop-up menu.

Medical Coaching 62 mins – “Coaching is an integral part of sports, it’s often used by corporate executives, and even helps people manage ADHD. But until recently coaching wasn’t something physicians used to achieve their goals. For this show, Mark Moubarek, Aline Sandouk, and Amy Young talk with Georgetown University faculty member Maggi Cary and Georgetown student Jack Penner. Dr. Cary is a certified coach specializing in leadership coaching for healthcare professionals. But a serendipitous acquaintance with Jack lead to him becoming a client. Recognizing its value for him as a student–in dealing with the so-called hidden curriculum and impostor syndrome, among other things–they have put together a pro-bono arrangement for twelve Georgetown student with area coaches. …” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Medicine History 44 mins – “We tend to think of medicine as a science, but for most of human history it has been scientific-ish at best. In the first episode of a three-part series, we look at the grotesque mistakes produced by centuries of trial-and-error, and ask whether the new era of evidence-based medicine is the solution.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Memory Formation 27 mins – “How are memories made? Claudia Hammond joins an audience at London’s Royal Institution this week to hear from three prize-winning neuroscientists about their cutting-edge research on the brain. Earlier this year Tim Bliss, Graham Collingridge and Richard Morris won the one million Euro Lundbeck Foundation Brain Prize – the world’s biggest prize for neuroscience. They worked out how the brain remembers, how it strengthens connections between different brain cells and why it sometimes forgets. The brain has billions of nerve cells or neurons which are linked by trillions of connections or synapses. It is at these synapses where memories are formed – the memories which make us who we are. The trio’s research was on a mechanism known as Long-Term Potentiation, which works by permanently strengthening the connections between two neurons. It is a bit like beating a path through some long grass – the more you walk the path, the more defined it becomes. Similarly, the more times we have an experience, the stronger the memory gets. Understanding this process brings the exciting possibility of new treatments for conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia and depression.” At the link right-click “Download’ and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Near Death Experiences 52 mins – “The nature of “near death experiences”, or NDE’s has historically been the territory of religion and philosophy. But now science has staked its claim in the discussion. Ashley Walters explores the science and the meaning of near death experiences.” At the link find the title, “Decoding Death: The Science and Significance of Near Death Experiences, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files ideas_20161207_71952.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson 33 mins – “What first attracted one of the world’s foremost astrophysicists to the night sky? Are we alone in the universe? And how can scientific thinking benefit us all?…” At the link right-click Download MP3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oklahoma School Decline 46 mins- “Oklahoma public schools are on the ropes after years of budget cuts. Four-day school weeks and more. We’ll take it as a big case study and and look at Donald Trump’s new education secretary.” At the link find the title, “Public School Funding At A Loss, In Oklahoma And Beyond, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503895602.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Older Workers 46 mins – “The number of older workers is on the rise. We’ll tackle the myths and realities of landing a job after fifty.” At the link find the title, “How To Find A New Job After 50, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503895616.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oprah Show 52 mins – “Most producers want to keep you awake; we talk to a podcaster bent on putting listeners to sleep. Then, we interview Oprah! Just kidding. But we check out a podcast that did! Plus, Dan Savage’s vanilla tastes in podcasts.” At the link click the circle with three dots, right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pandora Website 30 mins – “Steve Bene, general counsel for Pandora discusses issues facing Pandora and the music industry, including copyright laws, ticket-price inflation, and what happens when humans compete with bots for concert tickets.” At the link find the title, “Communicators with Steve Bene, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455051.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Philippine Drug Problem 47 mins – “President Rodrigo Duterte was elected to power in the Philippines promising to tackle crime and to feed the corpses of drug dealers to the fish. In the months since he took office almost 5,000 people are believed to have been killed by police and vigilantes. The BBC Trending team investigates how Duterte’s ‘war on drugs’ is playing out in real life, and how a sophisticated social media strategy is ensuring support for the controversial policy.” At the link find the title, “Trolls, ‘the Devil’, and Death, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files p04k8n3h.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pizzagate 58 mins – “A conspiracy theory, a pizza related map, and a website fighting for its very soul.” Bryan Menegus’ great article, “Reddit is Tearing Itself Apart.” AT the link find the title, “#83 Voyage Into Pizzagate, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files GLT9695520801.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Placebos 60 mins – “This week, we’re taking on the science of the sugar pill. We’re talking about the placebo effect, its potential benefits and its pitfalls. We speak with Erik Vance about his new book “Suggestible You: The Curious Science of your Brain’s Ability to Deceive, Transform and Heal”. And we’ll talk with Kathryn Hall, a genetic epidemiologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, about why we experience the placebo effect, why some people are more open to suggestion than others, and why that might not be a weakness. “ At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Politics and Religion 60 mins – “Shadi Hamid, senior fellow at the Project on U.S. Relations with the Islamic World at the Brookings Institution’s Center for Middle East Policy, discusses the outcome of the U.S. presidential election and the role of identity, morality, and religion in American politics, as part of CFR’s Religion and Foreign Policy Conference Call series….” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Progressive Movement 68 mins – “Were the first professional economists racists? Thomas Leonard of Princeton University and author of Illiberal Reformers talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about his book–a portrait of the progressive movement and its early advocates at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th. The economists of that time were eager to champion the power of the state and its ability to regulate capitalism successfully. Leonard exposes the racist origins of these ideas and the role eugenics played in the early days of professional economics. Woodrow Wilson takes a beating as well.” At the link right-click “Download” and select”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Discourse 67 mins – “James Hoggan contends that the most pressing environmental problem we face today is not climate change. It is pollution in the public square, where a smog of adversarial rhetoric and propaganda stifles discussion and creates resistance to change, thwarting our ability to solve our collective problems. In I’m Right and You’re an Idiot, Hoggan grapples with this critical issue, conducting interviews with such notables as Thich Nhat Hanh, Noam Chomsky and the Dalai Lama.” At the link find right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Public Health History 10 mins – “Author Steven Johnson takes us on a 10-minute tour of The Ghost Map, his book about a cholera outbreak in 1854 London and the impact it had on science, cities and modern society.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Reality Definition 66 mins – “Have you ever questioned the nature of your reality? For our guest in this episode, cognitive psychologist Donald Hoffman, that’s his day job. Hoffman has developed a new theory of consciousness that, should it prove true, may rearrange our understanding of reality itself.Listen as Hoffman talks about the bicameral mind, the umwelt, and the hard problem of consciousness in this mindbending episode about how we make sense of our world, our existence, and ourselves.” At the link find the title, “090 Reality Donald Hoffman,” right-click “Direct download: 090 Reality Donald Hoffman.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Rejection Training 16 mins – “Jia Jiang adventures boldly into a territory so many of us fear: rejection. By seeking out rejection for 100 days — from asking a stranger to borrow $100 to requesting a “burger refill” at a restaurant — Jiang desensitized himself to the pain and shame that rejection often brings and, in the process, discovered that simply asking for what you want can open up possibilities where you expect to find dead ends.” At the link click “Download,” right-click “Download audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Social Credit Program 48 mins – “A Chinese project is tracking everything citizens do and ranking them based on their behavior – like a credit score. With impact. We’ll check it out.” At the link find the title, “China Explores Social Credit Scores, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_504015070.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Surveillance Camera Use 37 mins – “A small city known for its Amish population and surveillance cameras, an old lady in Northern Ireland who watches video feeds in Brazil and getting footage from the fin of a shark. Listen, decode, and decide: Can watching save us?” At the link find the title, “S02-4: Watching, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files codebreaker 20161207_e4_240_20161114_128.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thalidomide Impact 45 mins – “How do so many ineffective and even dangerous drugs make it to market? One reason is that clinical trials are often run on “dream patients” who aren’t representative of a larger population. On the other hand, sometimes the only thing worse than being excluded from a drug trial is being included.” At the link click the circle with three dots right-click “Download this audio” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Friedman 78 mins – “In his most ambitious work to date, Thank You for Being Late: An Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations, Thomas L. Friedman shows that we have entered an age of dizzying acceleration—and explains how to live in it. Due to an exponential increase in computing power, climbers atop Mount Everest enjoy excellent cell-phone service, and self-driving cars are taking to the roads. A parallel explosion of economic interdependency has created new riches as well as spiraling debt burdens. Meanwhile, Mother Nature is also seeing dramatic changes as carbon levels rise and species go extinct, with compounding results. Today, it is easier than ever to be a maker (try 3-D printing) or a breaker (the Islamic State excels at using Twitter), but harder than ever to be a leader or merely “average.” Friedman concludes that nations and individuals must learn to be fast (innovative and quick to adapt), fair (prepared to help the casualties of change), and slow (adept at shutting out the noise and accessing their deepest values). Join Friedman for an engaging conversation on how we should think about and cope with all of these changes.” At the link find right-click “Play Now” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thomas Friedman on Trends 39 mins – “[New York Times] foreign affairs columnist Tom Friedman speaks to a forum of global business leaders and innovators about advancements in technology and how humans can adapt to such changes.” At the link find the title, “Thomas Friedman Discusses [Thank You For Being Late], Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.462153.MP3-STD.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tim Ferriss Interview 69 mins – “Debbie talks to writer Tim Ferriss about the strategies he has used to change his life. “Any time that I take off on a plane, I ask myself ‘if I died right now, would I be happy with what I’ve been doing for the last 24 hours?'” According to Tim Ferriss, we can be great cooks, with fit bodies, and we shouldn’t have to spend so much time at work. That is, if we follow the counsel in his bestselling books: The 4-Hour Workweek, The 4-Hour Body, and The 4-Hour Chef. His central idea is that we can all be a lot more efficient in our lives if we’re willing to rethink and redesign our habits and routines. His latest book was born out of the interviews he’s conducted on his extraordinarily popular podcast “The Tim Ferris Show“. The new book is called Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Listen to hear more.” At the link find the title,”Tim Ferriss, Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files Tim-Ferris.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 50 mins – “Writer Zadie Smith talks about nostalgia and why she likes talking to people with whom she disagrees. Her new novel is ‘Swing Time.’ Also, ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah revisits his childhood in apartheid-era South Africa in his new memoir, ‘Born a Crime.’ Noah says writing the book helped him see that his mother was the real hero of his story.” At the link find the title, “Best Of: Zadie Smith / Trevor Noah, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503377667.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trevor Noah 75 mins – The Daily Show host Trevor Noah’s book Born A Crime talks about growing up in apartheid South Africa when the relationship between his black mother and white father was illegal.” At the link find the title, “Dec 5: Trevor Noah on growing up mixed race in South Africa, ‘a product of my parents’ crime’, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161205_73345.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Businesses 46 mins – “A business empire, conflict of interest concerns and President-Elect Donald Trump. We’ll look at the challenge.” At the link find the title, “Unique Conflicts Of Interests For A Businessman President-Elect, Nov, 2016,” right-click “Media files npr_503627545.mp3” and select ”Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Trump Journalism 48 mins – “The U.S. media is accustomed to covering a White House that plays by certain rules. But President-elect Donald Trump tweets false information freely and frequently manipulates the media. How journalists are rethinking their role under a Trump presidency.” (5 guests) At the link you can listen, but not download; however, a copy is included in the blog archive.

Trump Tragedy 61 mins – “It’s one month since we woke up to the shock news that the next president of the United States will be Donald Trump, and the whole world is trying to read the runes and work out what the next four years will hold for America and the rest of the world. Many are decrying Trump’s election as the end of democracy and the beginning of fascism. Others, observing that he is already watering down many of his more extreme threats, are willing to see a silver lining in at least some of his avowed policies. To weigh up these conflicting attitudes and gauge what a Trump presidency might actually look like, Intelligence Squared are bringing together a high-profile cast of Republicans, Democrats, historians and former political advisers. Given what we know of Trump’s character (he’s been described by clinical psychologists as a case-book narcissist), perhaps the most pressing question is how much power he will actually be able to wield in office. To what extent will he be able to take executive action to push through his plans, and how much will the constitutional checks and balances work to rein him in? At home, his supporters (and even some on the left) have welcomed his economic plan to revive America’s impoverished areas by building new infrastructure. His critics, however, see this as a con – nothing more than a tax-cut for the wealthy construction sector and its investors. And then there’s trade. While Trump’s promise to tear up international trade agreements won him millions of votes amongst blue-collar workers who feel left behind by globalisation, most experts believe such a move would cause a recession that hurts the rust belt more than free trade ever did. When it comes to Trump’s foreign policy, opinions are again divided. His negative stance towards NATO has sparked alarm, particularly in eastern Europe which sees the alliance as a bulwark against an increasingly aggressive Russia. To others, Trump’s apparent willingness to work with President Putin could mark the start of a new east-west détente that should be welcomed.” At the link find the title, “Trump: An American Tragedy? Dec, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Tuberculosis from Animals 6 mins – Dr Mark Crislip discusses how TB can pass from animal to man. At the link find the title, “A Gobbet o’ Pus 896: Going ape? Monkey business?” right-click “Media files gop896.mp3” and select “Save Link” from the pop-up menu.

Uganda Refugee Story 9 mins – “Meet Friday host Nam Kiwanuka. As someone who escaped Uganda and lived in a refugee camp as a child before coming to Canada, she tells The Current how she connects to today’s refugees.” At the link find the title, “Dec 8: Meet The Current’s Friday host Nam Kiwanuka, 2016,” right-click “Media files current_20161208_51580.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

White Supremacist Groups History 46 mins – “Westfield State University criminal justice professor George Michael teaches a class on white supremacist groups in the mid to late-20th century.” At the link find the title, “Twentieth-Century White Supremacist Groups, Oct, 2016,” right-click “Media files program.455236.MP3-STD.mp3and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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