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Episode 330: London attacks, Trump and Russia, autism on Sesame Street, kids' climate change lawsuit and more  

How ISIS is orchestrating so-called "lone wolf" attacks | A former NSA analyst on Trump's Russia ties | Autism on Sesame Street | Terry Gilliam's quest to make a Don Quixote film | why 21 kids are suing the U.S. government over climate change and more.

The David Pakman Show - March 23, 2017  

--On the Show:

--The conclusion to our interview with Lawrence Krauss, theoretical physicist, cosmologist, physics professor, and Director of the Origins Project at Arizona State University, who joins David to discuss his new book "The Greatest Story Ever Told--So Far"

--US officials and Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, indicate there is more than circumstantial evidence suggesting that Donald Trump's campaign did indeed coordinate with Russian officials to release information damaging to Hillary Clinton

--Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes (R-CA) bypasses his own committee and tells the White House he believes Donald Trump's communications were intercepted by intelligence agencies conducting surveillance of foreign targets

--Notable discussions from The David Pakman Show Reddit

--Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, worked as an unregistered foreign agent to the Russian government and was paid millions of dollars by Russian officials to promote Vladimir Putin's interests

--President Trump is filling top positions in the State, Defense, and Homeland Security Departments with defense contractors and their lobbyists

--Donald Trump authorizes $19.5 billion in spending for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), but Elon Musk points out the new law only reauthorizes existing programs and adds no additional funding for Mars

--The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is reportedly investigating right-wing propaganda news outlets like Breitbart and Alex Jones' InfoWars as part of its broader probe into Russia's connection to the Donald Trump presidential campaign

--Voicemail from Eggman suggesting a conspiracy between FBI Director James Comey and Vice President Mike Pence

--On the Bonus Show: Sesame Street introduces a muppet with autism, Shaquille O'Neal thinks the earth is flat, Boston school changes its world map and much more...

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170: Daniel Levitin  
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This week we talk to Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin is an award-winning scientist, musician, author and record producer.

He is the author of three consecutive #1 bestselling books: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind. He is also the James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, where he runs the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Perception and Expertise.

Dr. Daniel Levitin earned his B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science at Stanford University, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon.

He has consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and on audio quality for several rock bands and record labels (including the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan), and served as one of the “Golden Ears” expert listeners in the original Dolby AC3 compression tests. 

He taught at Stanford University in the Department of Computer Science, the Program in Human-Computer Interaction, and the Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Music, and History of Science. Currently, he is a James McGill Professor of Psychology, Behavioural Neuroscience, and Music at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), and Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at KGI.

His latest book is called Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era

   In This Interview, Daniel Levitin and I Discuss... His new book,Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post-Truth Era Evidence-based thinking Critical Thinking The myth that the MMR vaccine causes autism The difference between correlation and causation Belief Perseverance The danger of adopting a belief before all of the evidence is in That we tend to make decisions emotionally rather than based on evidence Persuasion by association How important it is to question the status quo Information overload His book, The Organized Mind What's wrong with multitasking The effect of multitasking Rapid task switching Decision fatigue The benefits of restorative time for the brain His book, This is Your Brain on Music The 6 songs Daniel Levitin gave his friend who didn't really get rock 'n roll The songs he would add to that list now The role of music in our brains How music and the arts can regulate our mood The power of the arts to re-contextualize things for us Music therapy vs Music and emotion The role of opioids in experiencing musical pleasure     Please Support The Show with a Donation  

 

 

Sunday, March 19, 2017  

American workers have expressed anger over the H-1B visa bill -- which allows American corporations to outsource foreigners. Bill Whitaker reports. A civil war has created a massive humanitarian crisis compounded by a famine in South Sudan. Scott Pelley reports. Plus -- Lesley Stahl takes a trip to Sesame Street - where she meets Julia -- a Muppet with autism.

Science with Chris Smith: blood test for autism  

Juergen Hahn from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in the US compared blood samples collected from a group of 83 autistic children with blood samples from 76 unaffected volunteer controls.

The David Pakman Show - March 16, 2017  

--On the Show:

--Our investigation into the practice of gerrymandering, including origins, how legislators draw congressional districts favorable to themselves and their party, and possible solutions

--President Trump's second travel and refugee ban from six Muslim-majority countries is blocked by federal judges Derrick Watson and Theodore Chuang hours before it was set to take effect

--House Speaker Paul Ryan claims that President Trump is the "co-author" of the Republican health care plan to replace the Affordable Care Act

--Defense Secretary James Mattis is one of the few voices of reason in Donald Trump's inner circle on the issue of climate change, believing it to be a serious environmental concern and counter to America's national security interests

--Notable discussions from The David Pakman Show Reddit

--Nils Bildt, who went on Fox News as a supposed "Swedish National Security Expert" and criticized criminal immigrants even though he himself is a criminal immigrant, starts a Twitter feud with David

--The anti-vaccine organization Safe Minds funds a six-year study to find a link between vaccines and autism, but when the results failed to show a connection they backed away from the research and questioned its methodology

--While Donald Trump was calling on businesses to buy American, his daughter Ivanka was importing a 53.3-ton Chinese shipment of clothing for her fashion line

--While Republicans push for bringing back coal jobs to the US, solar energy is now providing twice as many occupations as the coal industry and creating jobs at a rate 17 times faster than the overall economy

--On the Bonus Show: Trump campaign chair caught in a motel room with an underage boy, Tesla cars will soon be as affordable as gas-powered vehicles, space savers in South Boston and much more...

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The Pinball Champion Defying Expectations  

Last year a 27-year-old Canadian called Robert Gagno won the World Pinball Championship. Robert has autism so taking part in the sport has been a way of building an independent life. Image: Robert Gagno

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The Nine Essential Steps For Peak Brain & Body Performance - Anat Baniel  

Growing new neurological pathways in order to achieve peak brain and body performance can be achieved in 9 steps according to world-renown psychologist Anat Baniel. These 9 steps are part of the Neuro- Movement approach called the Anat Baniel Method, a system used by over 1,000 practitioners all around the world to treat a variety of neurological problems ranging from autism to such traumatic brain injury. Anat has helped small children and infants with developmental disabilities lead better lives, world class athletes and musicians overcome repetitive and traumatic physical injuries, and 90-year-old adults regain control of their minds and bodies. Now, Anat wants to do the same for Bulletproof listeners by revealing some of the simple steps that can be taken to completely change lives for the better.

History Hit Live - Part 2 of 2  
This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney.

Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.

Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History.

Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London

Producer: Dan Morelle

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History Hit Live - Part 1 of 2  
This episode was recorded live on 22 February 2017 at Oslo in Hackney.

Dr. Adam Rutherford is a science writer and broadcaster. On radio, he is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s flagship science programme, Inside Science, as well as many documentaries, on the inheritance of intelligence, on MMR and autism, human evolution, astronomy and art, science and cinema, scientific fraud, and the evolution of sex.

Dr Janina Ramirez is a presenter, lecturer and researcher. She specialises in interpreting symbols, and examining art works within their historical context. She has published widely on medieval art and literature, and has taught and researched across a broad chronological sweep.

Dr Sam Willis is an award-winning historian, archaeologist and broadcaster. He is one of the world's leading authorities on maritime and naval history. His smash-hit television series for BBC Four is entitled Sword, Musket & Machine Gun - Britain's Armed History.

Dr Suzannnah Lipscomb is one of the world's leading Tudor scholars. Her impressive career has straddled academia, broadcast history and the heritage sector. She is an authority on Henry VIII, and has presented hugely successful television history whilst also running the history faculty at the New College of the Humanities, in London

Producer: Dan Morelle

Subscribe, rate and review on iTunes and be sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Prunkande Sahara, cannabis mot autism, starkare stål och möss med klåda  

När temperaturen steg efter senaste istiden grönskade Sahara, cannabis används mot autism utan vetenskapliga belägg för att det fungerar, starkare stål om det tillverkas så det liknar ben i skelettet och klåda hos möss smittar artfränder. Programledare: Lars Broström

Föräldrar behandlar autistiska barn med cannabis  

Föräldrar i USA behandlar sina svårt autistiska barn med cannabis. Men vetenskaplig kunskap om behandlingen saknas. I Kalifornien är den omdiskuterade plantan sedan en kort tid tillbaka laglig. Vi träffar föräldrarna som provat allt för att behandla svåra autismsymptom hos sina barn, och anser att de till slut hittat något som fungerar bra när de provat cannabis. Men forskare i både USA och Sverige menar att vetenskaplig kunskap om hur cannabis eventuellt fungerar mot autism saknas. I programmet medverkar Rhonda Möller, tvåbarnsmamma bosatt i södra Kalifornien som ger cannabis till sitt autistiska barn och arbetar som kemist, Jenni Mai, mamma till tre barn bosatt i södra Kalifornien, Shafali Spurling Jeste, professor i psykiatri pediatrik och neurologi samt specialist och forskare inom autism vid UCLA, Tamara Nankivel, förälder, Sven Bölte, professor Karolinska institutet. Julia Lundkvist vet@sverigesradio.se

Omnibus - Understanding  

Autism, Islam and friendship are all open to misperceptions

#54 Genetisk forskning om autism. Kristiina Tammimies  

Kristiina Tammiies är genetiker och forskargruppledare på KIND Genomics vid Karolinska Institutet, Center of NeuroDevelopment disorders. Kristiina forskar på att kartlägga gener, som är inblandade vid olika grader av autism. Syftet är att i framtiden snabbare kunna koppla kliniska bilder till olika genetiska uttryck och förhoppningsvis snabbare kunna erbjuda barn med olika autistiska svårigheter tidig träning och stöd. Kristiina berättar om sitt arbete och vi pratar även om det komplicerade med genetisk kartläggning och etik gällande försäkringar, sjukvård och diskriminering. Följ med i vårt samtal. Kristiina Tammimies når du på Karolinska Institutet och Kristina Bähr når du som vanligt lättast på kontakt@hjarnpodden.se

Award season; Not My Party; Mysteries of the cosmos; Former BBC head on public broadcasting  

Michael graciously accepts an award for "deception, distortion and dishonesty" from Vaccine Choice Canada, an organization that says vaccines cause autism in children; Former Tory cabinet minister Tom McMillan says he no longer recognizes his old party

Loving with Autism - 'Train Ride'  

Life is a ride ins't it? And Autism a journey like no other. This is about a ride on a train and a journey within the connections we can make with each other when we are not looking for opportunities to be offended. Come along, one thing for sure is it is a fun ride!

Ep. 78: Autastic Australia, JJ loves ice skating, Peter is chatting up girls  

Kirk gives an update of one man show in Australia.  Graham braves the frozen tundra of the north.  Graham and Peter go Bowling...Peter wins then chats up a girl.

Teaching Improv to people with Autism.  When JJ’s tried he’ll say, “Good day to you" and leave.Letters we get letters

 

 
LSE Literary Festival 2017 | Viewing Autism through the Arts Lens [Audio]  

Speaker(s): Ros Blackburn, Jem Lester, Emma Claire Sweeney | The scientific understanding of autism has developed significantly over the last few decades. But how realistically are autism and the experiences of autistic people and their families portrayed in the arts? Literature such as The Reason I Jump, plays like The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night, and movies such as The Accountant that reach the general public potentially increase the awareness of autism, but how far can arts and literature further revolutionise the way it is understood? Can they truly portray the reality of autism? This event aims to use examples from literature and art to explore the quality of portrayals of autism. Speakers will provide their personal reflections on these questions, followed by audience discussion. The panel is being finalised. Speakers currently include: Ros Blackburn is an adult with autism. At three months old she appeared withdrawn, isolated and very much in a world of her own. At eighteen months she was diagnosed very severely autistic but with average intellectual ability. Now at 48 Ros lectures nationally and internationally giving insight into her own experiences and the care and education practices she has observed. In spite of the severe limitations imposed by her condition, Ros displays great courage (and a strong sense of humour) in facing her fears and tackling life’s challenges. During the course of making the movie Snow Cake, a 2006 drama about the relationship between autistic Linda (Sigourney Weaver), and British tourist Alex, Sigourney Weaver researched the subject of autism and was coached by Ros. Jem Lester (@jemlester) was a journalist for nine years and saw the Berlin Wall fall in 1989 - and though there, he denies personal responsibility. He was also the last journalist to interview the legendary Fred Zinnemann, before the director died. He denies responsibility for that too. He taught English and Media studies at secondary schools for nine years. Jem has two children, one of whom is profoundly autistic, and for them he accepts total responsibility. His recent novel Shtum is a story about families, forgiveness and finding a light in the darkest days. Emma Claire Sweeney (@emmacsweeney) has won Arts Council, Royal Literary Fund and Escalator Awards, and has been shortlisted for several others, including the Asham, Wasafiri and Fish. She publishes arts features and pieces on disability for the likes of the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, Mslexia and The Times, and co-runs SomethingRhymed.com – a website on female literary friendship. Emma currently teaches creative writing at New York University, and has previously worked for Cambridge, City University’s Novel Studio and the OU. She is a fellow of Art and Cultural Studies Laboratory in Armenia and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild in the USA, and has also held writing residencies at Camden Carers, Eastside Educational Trust, Circle of Misse and Sunnyside Rural Trust – which resulted in the publication of The Memoir Garden: a collection of poems from the words and experiences of adults with learning disabilities. Her debut novel in 2016, Owl Song at Dawn, was inspired by her sister who has cerebral palsy and autism. Martin Knapp is Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE. He is also Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) (@PSSRU_LSE) is part of LSE Health and Social Care, which is located within the Department of Social Policy. LSE has established a reputation for depth, breadth and excellence in British social science, with a long history of policy impact.

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