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pdurbin / Philip Durbin

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  1. Fresh Air interview with Maurice Sendak

    Fresh Air’s Terry Gross interviews children’s author Maurice Sendak. I found this touching. Transcript: http://www.npr.org/templates/transcript/transcript.php?storyId=140435330

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  2. Indiana Jones and Raiders of the Lost Ark on The Incomparable Podcast

    This is a very enjoyable discussion among some guys who know Raiders of the Lost Ark inside and out.

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  3. When Patents Attack - This American Life

    I had heard this story mentioned on a couple technology podcasts I listen to and I’m very glad I listened to it. I’ve heard rumblings for years that patents are a problem in the software industry, that they hinder rather than promote innovation, and this show clearly spells it out, almost shockingly.

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  4. The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 2 – Local Hero

    I especially like the story about Bubbles the pygmy hippopotamus from the San Diego zoo.

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  5. The Tobolowsky Files Ep. 46 – The Time Machine Deconstructed

    This episode is interesting, a story about a piano class with Alfred Brendel and more. I’ll probably check out more episodes of The Tobolowsky Files. The page for this episode is http://www.slashfilm.com/category/features/slashfilmcast/the-tobolowsky-files/ and I found this podcast via http://twitter.com/mattcutts/status/62017106941722625

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  6. Evolving English — Steven Pinker

    Steven Pinker discusses the interplay of language and the mind and how psychological processes have shaped the English language.

    The best stuff is about using Google’s enormous database of word-from-books to track how language evolves over time, in particular the gradual erosion of irregular forms in English (keep/kept and drive/drove) in favour of their regular counterparts (beep/beeped and jive/jived).

    Which you WILL want to follow up with a visit to Google Ngrams - http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/ - essentially Google Trends but with all written words in the English language for the last 1,000 years (instead of all search terms in the last ten years).

    Mind-blowing.

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  7. Phil Ochs documentary filmmaker Kenneth Bowser

    Documentary filmmaker Kenneth Bowser on "Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune" - http://philochsthemovie.com . Interview by Ann Fisher from All Sides, WOSU Public Media. The second half of the episode is something else. http://www.wosu.org/allsides/?archive=1&date=02/17/2011

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  8. Webcomics Weekly #79 - Reputation

    A bitter fight between the creators of "Doonesbury" and "Bloom County" over plagiarism and a tour of the studio in which "Garfield" is created are covered in the first half hour. The rest can be skipped. http://ww.libsyn.com/webcomics-weekly-79-reputation

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  9. The Power of Poop | Freakonomics Radio

    From http://freakonomicsradio.com/the-power-of-poop.html

    "Medical breakthroughs often follow a strange path. The search for a cure can be advanced when one curious researcher stumbles across mold-covered dishes in the sink, for instance. Thousands of deaths in maternity wards can be forestalled when a single doctor wonders if his colleagues should disinfect their hands before making a delivery. Some advances will inevitably be achieved by people who look in the dark corners where others have not.

    One of those dark corners is the stuff that we prefer to flush down the toilet. Human feces, as it turns out, may represent a new frontier for science. New research is unlocking the relationship between our intestinal bacteria and the factors that make us sick — and well.

    In this episode, we’ll hear from Dr. Thomas Borody, whose research and clinical work at the Centre for Digestive Diseases in Australia shows that fecal matter may be helpful in treating disease, especially through (hold your nose) “fecal transplants.” And we’ll talk with Alex Khoruts at the University of Minnesota, who sees the potential therapies coming from poop as “the beginning of (a) new science … a wide-open new frontier.”"

    See also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastroenterology http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fecal_bacteriotherapy

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