I’m new to the world of freelance writing. Somebody recommended this podcast on the business of freelancing. I literally just got a contract by taking notes from this episode and downloading materials from his website. Totally unpaid testimonial.
Explores the innate human need for a sense of control over macro events beyond individual control. There is high specific uncertainty (local weather ) within trends with high certainty (rising temps). The gap between physical and social science.
Tremendous episode on the complexity of birdsong. I thought bird like parrots did empty repetition of human words. Didn’t know they could actually learn meaning and context to the level of a 4 year old!!!!
I, fortunately, do not have personal experience with chronic pain but I do understand “to talk about pain is to doubt”. I don’t know if it’s a good thing to tell people simply “soldier on” though. Hope the girls in the story get better soon.
In an era of “fake news” allegations, Canada is falling behind other countries, including the US, on basic population trends statistics. The media always focuses on the benefits of access to data and downplays the personal privacy interests.
Seniors are increasingly heavy users of social media like Facebook— but nobody is providing them with online literacy training as the schools do for kids. It’s hard to stay on top of new tech once you’ve left the workplace and your kids are grown.
The story behind the tones of a touch tone phone from this wonderful podcast about sound. Once ubiquitous to those of us of a certain age, the sound of touch tone is passing into history as both phoning and push button fade into obsolescence.
The story behind the Unknown Soldier delves into not just the history but the complexity of the symbolism. Turns out that in modern warfare truly unidentifiable remains are comparatively rare, but the concept still resonates.
Ok this is why 99pi will always be my favourite podcast, no matter what other ones I discover. Deep in the utility passages of a mall is a hidden room that nobody remembers. Some prankster artists move in and live there rent free for 4 YEARS. 😄🍾
I took 2 main messages from this episode: 1. The critical role that savvy media/PR can play in influencing public policy; and 2. The unintended impact of rare drug laws that enable research while also enabling six figure unaffordable drug pricing.
Earlonne’s sentence was commuted!!! I’d never have guessed I’d get this invested in a podcast from behind bars. 21 years ago he committed a terrible crime, but behind bars had matured, got a degree in journalism and become a different man.
An interview with the person who invented the Facebook Like button! Discusses the ethics of web design. He had no idea of the psychology of online addiction that would be fed by the constant need for reinforcement by counting likes.
Loved loved loved this episode. A rabbi, a priest and an imam sit down to share their geeky love of sci fi fantasy. Faith in sci fi was the #1 Dan topic request when Moljnski put out a public call for topics on social media.
There is a women’s ice hockey team in India! I was gobsmacked. This is the story of what they had to go through to get a team off the ground. FYI, in a separate news item, this team just played in Alberta.
I work in the field of professional credentialing. The second item about non invasive scanning to determine what part of the brain is being used to perform a task is a potential game changer in terms of test methodology.
Exploration of the ethics of life extending technology that leaves the patient in long term limbo. Not dead, but no quality of life. And yes sometimes there are miraculous recoveries. Sometimes. There is no easy bright line test.
SAN Quentin prison has a historic dungeon in the basement. Like a real dungeon. Dark unlit pits type of dungeon. Holy shit. They closed that part mid last century. The wonderful Ear Hustle goes on a historic site tour.
Rampant scientific fraud - falsification of peer review in science journals in China and the Chinese governments very serious response to protect their massive investment in global scientific cooperation.
This is one of the most powerful podcast episodes I have ever heard. A pimp incarcerated for life and a former child prostitute have an actual restorative justice session. Articulate, thoughtful, wistful, powerful.
I had to listen to a British podcast to learn about the tremendous role our Canadian troops played in turning the tide of WWI at the Battle of Amiens. Canadian & Aussie troops were the strongest of the Allied forces.Shame on me for not knowing this.
I shared a link to this episode on the Culinary Historians web page and it had had more reshapes than anything else I’ve ever posted. Describes tremendous resources in National Archives for researchers on food related topics.
Episode sent thrills down my spine. Indiana Jones in real life! A new pre-humanoid missing link species discovered by death defying spelunkers; a media savvy scientist who arouses jealousy in his peers. Great stuff!
Conventional wisdom has it that the human dependence on grains for most of our calories came after agriculture started, perhaps 12k years ago. But research shows that baked bread goes WAY back in history before signs of agriculture. Fascinating.
Zita Cobb is one of my heroes. A dot com gazillionaire, she decided to use her money to build a sustainable future for her tiny Newfoundland hometown that had been devastated by the collapse of the cod fisheries. A great Canadian story.
When people’s concerns about the risks of science are not acknowledged, those anxieties play out in other spheres. This includes the elections of extremely unequipped governments focused on nostalgia for a past that never existed.
Written 65 years ago, Fahrenheit 451 is eerily predictive of today’s reality. Amazing interviews with high schoolers discussing how they relate to the text and the characters. These kids have grown up in the world Bradbury describes.
Odd yet compelling theme of “people caught in between” paradigms. A black American who is constantly called “whitey” in Africa; a transsexual escapes the sex that trapped him only to find a new trap of societal fear of black men. Replayed this one.
Nature vs nurture: we are hardwired to seek human predictability through patterns but what if life is more random? Of particular interest to those of us in professional regulation who have to make decisions about “good character”. How to know?
Gut wrenching episode about the MeToo movement and the rough and crude power of social justice. The community steps in in very painful ways when the system fails to establish boundaries and fails to provide justice.
Some of the key Apple computer sounds were actually snuck into the coding by a rogue engineer who as frustrated by litigation with the Beatles’ Apple. The screenshot/iPhone camera click is a recording of his Canon.
The link between sound and food. The spectacular rise of fajitas as a TexMex chain staple can be traced directly to the decision by Chilis to plate them on a hot iron platter that emphasized the sizzle. We overlook the links between senses.