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Podcasts I’m Listening To – Week of 4/15 – 4/26

Show Podcast
And Justice For All We The People Stories
Senator George McGovern on Abraham Lincoln We The People Stories
Using Tiny Particles To Answer Giant Questions NPR: Science Friday Podcast
It’s All Politics April 9 2009 NPR: It’s All Politics Podcast
NYT: Science Times for 4/07/2009 Science Times
CIA Interrogation Memos, Possible U.S.-Cuba Talks Top Week’s News NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS
EPA Finding Opens Door to Regulating Greenhouse Gases NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS
Newly-released Memos Detail Harsh CIA Interrogation Tactics NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS
Fighting America’s ‘Financial Oligarchy’ NPR: Fresh Air Podcast
Kristin Chenoweth Is ‘A Little Bit Wicked’ NPR: Fresh Air Podcast
NPR: 04-17-2009 Fresh Air NPR: Fresh Air Podcast
‘Hey I’m Dead!’ The Story Of The Very Lively Ant NPR: Hmmm…. Krulwich on Science Podcast
#354: Mistakes Were Made This American Life
#378: This I Used to Believe This American Life
The American Presidency We The People Stories
From Revolution to Evolution We The People Stories
The Future of the Republican Party We The People Stories
Legacy of 1808: Deconstructing Reconstruction We The People Stories
The NAACP Centennial We The People Stories
Better Brewing Through Synthetic Biology NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Green DIY Projects To Reduce, Reuse, Recycle NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Harnessing Nanoparticles For Targeted Cancer Treatment NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Is Missile Defense Ready For Prime Time? NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Skunked? Tomato Juice Is Not The Answer NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Shields, Brooks Mull Torture Memos, Obama’s Leadership Shields and Brooks | NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS

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Podcasts I’m Listening to, Week of 3/22/2009

Name Album
Unger Report: Advice For Potential Cabinet Appointees NPR: Satire from The Unger Report Podcast
Military Contractor Blackwater Changes Its Name NPR: Satire from The Unger Report Podcast
A Night At The Oscars NPR: Satire from The Unger Report Podcast
#350: Human Resources This American Life
Exploring The Darker Side Of Tweets And Twitter NPR: Satire from The Unger Report Podcast
#376: Wrong Side of History This American Life
Thanks To Fans And Critics Alike NPR: Satire from The Unger Report Podcast
NYT: Science Times for 3/24/2009 Science Times
#209: Didn’t Ask to Be Born This American Life
It’s All Politics March 26 2009 NPR: It’s All Politics Podcast
What Shape Is Your Galaxy? Scientific American Podcast
Does ‘Watchmen’ Hold Hidden Physics Lessons? NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Afghanistan Strategy, Budget Pitch Top Week’s News Shields and Brooks | NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS
Who’s To Blame For The Financial Crisis? NPR: Intelligence Squared Podcast
Thinning Brain Cortex May Signal Depression NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Researchers Monitor Eruptions At Mt. Redoubt NPR: Science Friday Podcast
Alaska’s Coast Disappearing At Record Rates NPR: Science Friday Podcast
NOAA Head Jane Lubchenco On Ocean Policy NPR: Science Friday Podcast
20 Years Since Exxon Valdez, New Ocean Threats? NPR: Science Friday Podcast

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Who’s To Blame For The Financial Crisis? : NPR

I, for one, am beginning to loathe that I waste any of my time watching cable TV news and opinion programs.  The quality of the talking heads on MSNBC, Fox and CNN is (perhaps always was) in free fall.  I can, perhaps, tolerate Chris Mathews a bit; I terribly miss Tim Russert — but he mainly did his Meet the Press show rather than much specific to cable.  But I don’t realize most of the cable programs are just so much cotton candy until I hear real debate.

I most realize it when I actually listen to real, substantive, witty, thoughtful, hard, and fact laden debate.   Like the difference between a quality hard-wood cabinet maker and a rough carpenter.  Yeah, they both work with wood, but one’s a craftsman and the other, well, a day laborer.

Listen to this recent debate on NPR’s program Intelligence Squared.  I’ve not heard the full podcast quite yet.  I caught the last half of it airing this evening on my way home from work (far too late).   The debate – the proposition – “Blame Washington More Than Wall Street for the Financial Crisis” – was timely and really made me think.   The panel exchanged polite barbs (distinct from the often thoughtless vitriol of left/right pundits on cable programs), pushed their position with both factual support as well as comical retorts.  There’s a few great lines in this — the best that I heard was from John Steele Gordon who stated that

While Wall Street constantly needs reform…it does not need reform as much as Congress…Institutions tend to evolve in ways that benefit their elites … the poster child for this is [not Wall Street but] Congress…People lament that Wall Street took its checkbook down to Washington to get the regulation it wanted rather than have stricter regulation.  But Wall Street was not [in Washington] debauching a virgin, it was paying a harlot.

In the end, the position taken by Mr. Gordon and Niall Ferguson (for the proposition) won more of the audience’s change over vote.  They convinced me.  While there’s plenty of blame to go around, when systemic risks crashes down the house, those holding the reigns of the regulatory structure are ultimately accountable.   In any event, if you are following the debate concerning the financial crisis, you’ll want to hear this and see who convinces you.

via Who’s To Blame For The Financial Crisis? : NPR.

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Podcasts I’m Listening to, Week of 3/16/2009

Name Artist Album
NYT: Science Times for 1/6/2009 David Corcoran of The New York Times Science Times
The Evolution of Evolution Scientific American Science Talk: The Podcast of Scientific American
NYT: Science Times for 1/13/2009 David Corcoran of The New York Times Science Times
NYT: Science Times for 1/20/2009 David Corcoran of The New York Times Science Times
Phrasing a Coyne: Jerry Coyne on Why Evolution Is True Scientific American Scientific American Podcast
Appeals Judge Posner Says U.S. Is in a Depression Bloomberg News Bloomberg Law
Buckyball Discoverer Explores Nanotech Frontier NPR NPR: Science Friday Podcast
In Search of Time Scientific American Scientific American Podcast
AIG Bonus Outrage, Soaring Deficit Complicate Obama Agenda NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Shields and Brooks | NewsHour with Jim Lehrer Podcast | PBS
It’s All Politics March 19 2009 NPR NPR: It’s All Politics Podcast
How Do You Amputate A Phantom Limb? NPR NPR: Hmmm…. Krulwich on Science Podcast
The Search For Hidden Dimensions In The Universe NPR NPR: Science Friday Podcast
‘Remarkable Creatures’ Behind Darwin’s Discoveries NPR NPR: Science Friday Podcast

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