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Greeks, Dingoes, and Robots

Friday, July 03, 2015

On the popular misconceptions surrounding the Greek debt crisis, women whose lives were mistold by the media, and humor, both robotic and Soviet.

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The "Department of Jokes"

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Yakov Smirnoff on performing in the Soviet Union, where comics had to submit jokes to a Department of Humor for approval.

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The (Perceived) Tragedy of Greece

Friday, July 03, 2015

Greece's financial house is in ruins, they're destroying the Eurozone, and it's all their fault. Or not.

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The Story Behind "The Dingo Ate My Baby"

Friday, July 03, 2015

In 1982, Lindy Chamberlain was falsely convicted of murdering her 9 week old infant daughter, and her cry for help became a global punch line. 

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Joking With Robots

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Myq Kaplan faces off against a robot in a duel for comedic superiority.

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Behind the Myth of the Welfare Queen

Friday, July 03, 2015

The real story behind Linda Taylor, the woman who became immortalized as the infamous welfare queen. 

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Robot Humor

Friday, July 03, 2015

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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Vint Cerf and Our Uncertain Digital Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Four decades after he co-developed one of the protocols that made the internet a reality, Vint Cerf is worried about our digital future.

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Digital Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

What if, either by the slow creep of technological obsolescence or sudden cosmic disaster, we were cut off from our electronic records? 

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The Storage Potential of DNA

Friday, June 26, 2015

Paper burns. Bits rot. CDs decay. But DNA can last tens of thousands of years. That's why researchers in England have developed a way to code digital data into the code of life. 

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Preventing a NASA Dark Age

Friday, June 26, 2015

NASA's archives faced technological extinction, until a series of happy accidents allowed Keith Cowing to rescue the iconic photograph, Earthrise.

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Surviving A Solar Flare

Friday, June 26, 2015

Rocky Rawlins created the Survivor Library in preparation for a solar flare taking us back to a pre-digital age.

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The Solar Flare Scenario

Friday, June 26, 2015

Could a solar flare cause a digital meltdown? Brooke speaks with Lucianne Walkowicz, astronomer at Chicago's Adler Planetarium, about the sun's power to affect our electrical grid.

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Margaret Atwood Writes for the Future

Friday, June 26, 2015

Novelist Margaret Atwood recently handed in a new manuscript, Scribbler Moon, to the Future Library -- which means we'll have to wait until 2114 to read it.

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Digital Dark Age

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

What if, either by the slow creep of technological obsolescence or sudden cosmic disaster, we no longer could draw from the well of of knowledge accrued through the ages?
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A Comedic Counternarrative

Friday, June 19, 2015

Humza Arshad, a British-Pakistani comedian and YouTube star, makes teens laugh -- and steers them away from religious extremism and ISIS recruitment.

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A Healthy Dose of Information

Friday, June 19, 2015

Myths abound about the Supreme Court's imminent ruling on the Affordable Care Act.   

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Animating Anti-Extremism

Friday, June 19, 2015

A home-grown cartoon character named Abdullah-X is the face of a grassroots approach to anti-extremism.

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I'm Not A Scientist

Friday, June 19, 2015

Bob raises an eyebrow at the perennial non-denial denial of climate change. 

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A Hate Crime in Charleston

Friday, June 19, 2015

Brooke traces the historical legacy of racially-motivated hate crimes in the wake of this week's shootings in Charleston.

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