Cover image of Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast
(94)

Rank #161 in Government category

Government

Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast

Updated 8 days ago

Rank #161 in Government category

Government
Read more

Direct Current is a podcast about energy -- the kind that lights our homes, powers our lives and shapes our world. From the U.S. Department of Energy’s digital team in Washington, D.C., Direct Current brings you fresh, insightful stories of how we generate and use electricity, what that means for the planet and the cutting-edge science that’s driving a global energy revolution.

Read more

Direct Current is a podcast about energy -- the kind that lights our homes, powers our lives and shapes our world. From the U.S. Department of Energy’s digital team in Washington, D.C., Direct Current brings you fresh, insightful stories of how we generate and use electricity, what that means for the planet and the cutting-edge science that’s driving a global energy revolution.

iTunes Ratings

94 Ratings
Average Ratings
75
10
2
1
6

all

By Beaver Pond Ben - Mar 01 2018
Read more
Not what you might expect!

Great info!

By justLuckey1 - Jul 27 2017
Read more
Great content, great hosts, my new favorite podcast!

iTunes Ratings

94 Ratings
Average Ratings
75
10
2
1
6

all

By Beaver Pond Ben - Mar 01 2018
Read more
Not what you might expect!

Great info!

By justLuckey1 - Jul 27 2017
Read more
Great content, great hosts, my new favorite podcast!
Cover image of Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast

Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast

Latest release on Apr 22, 2020

Read more

Direct Current is a podcast about energy -- the kind that lights our homes, powers our lives and shapes our world. From the U.S. Department of Energy’s digital team in Washington, D.C., Direct Current brings you fresh, insightful stories of how we generate and use electricity, what that means for the planet and the cutting-edge science that’s driving a global energy revolution.

Rank #1: Episode 1.5: Direct Current Teaser

Podcast cover
Read more
A word of thanks, and a sneak preview of what’s coming up on future episodes of Direct Current.

Jun 25 2016

3mins

Play

Rank #2: Episode 3: Power To The People

Podcast cover
Read more
How does power get to the people who use it? In this episode we talk about one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the 20th century -- something we use every day, but often take for granted: the electric grid. 
We talk to an expert about how power travels to our electric sockets, and hear about how one city -- hit with major power outages during Superstorm Sandy in 2012 -- is preparing for the next storm with something called a microgrid.
You can find lots more information, graphics and videos related to this episode on our blog: http://energy.gov/direct-current-episode-3-power-people

Jul 11 2016

19mins

Play

Rank #3: S2 E4: 17 Labs in 17 Minutes

Podcast cover
Read more
The Department of Energy’s National Labs are the crown jewels of science in America. But their work is so diverse, and the challenges they tackle so far-reaching, that it’s hard to talk about all 17 of them -- there’s just too much to cover in one episode.
Or is there?
This episode takes on that challenge. Buckle up for a journey through all 17 National Labs… in 17 minutes.
Learn more at energy.gov/labs.

Jul 24 2017

22mins

Play

Rank #4: S2 E3: The Manhattan Project, Part 2

Podcast cover
Read more
The conclusion of our two part story on the Manhattan Project. We take you to the Trinity site where the first bomb was tested and then follow the Airmen as they drop the first ever atomic bombs. Later, learn about the creation of the Department of Energy and how, along with the National Park Service, we're preserving the origins of nuclear power and weaponry.
Learn more about the Manhattan Project at energy.gov/manhattanproject.

Jun 21 2017

35mins

Play

Rank #5: S2 E2: The Manhattan Project, Part 1

Podcast cover
Read more
The first of two episodes that tell the story of an unprecedented, U.S. government effort to beat Nazi Germany in the race to construct a nuclear weapon. Find out how the atomic age began, what happened in three top-secret towns, and how the Department of Energy and the National Park Service teamed up to preserve the legacy of this pivotal moment in history.

May 18 2017

34mins

Play

Rank #6: Episode 9: What Happened to Acid Rain?

Podcast cover
Read more
Acid rain was one of the biggest environmental problems of the 20th century. We investigate why it’s a thing of the past -- and what it can teach us for tackling climate change.

Jan 05 2017

23mins

Play

Rank #7: Episode 5: The Future of Cool

Podcast cover
Read more
On this episode of Direct Current, we're taking you to the future of cooling, where new technologies like magnet-based air conditioning and personalized robots will transform how we fight climate change, save on energy costs and stay comfortable.

Sep 14 2016

29mins

Play

Rank #8: S3 E6: Women in Power: The C3E Story

Podcast cover
Read more
Meet the women who are leading a clean energy revolution, with a little help from C3E. It's part support network, part annual gathering, part awards show — and all about empowerment.

Mar 20 2019

25mins

Play

Rank #9: S3 E8: KRUSTY in Spaaace!

Podcast cover
Read more
50 years after Apollo 11 made history, NASA is getting ready to send astronauts back to the Moon. After that, Mars is next up. We're going to need a power supply that can keep humans alive in space for years at a time — but it's got to be small, light, and tough as nails. Could a miniature nuclear reactor be the answer? This is a story about perseverance, teamwork, and faith in an idea against all odds. Don't be fooled by the name — these folks aren't clowning around.

Jul 16 2019

23mins

Play

Rank #10: S3 E7: DUNE: The Neutrinos Must Flow

Podcast cover
Read more
Here's a question. Why does anything exist? The key to this age-old mystery could lie with neutrinos, elusive particles that flow all around us and (through us) by the trillions. Join Direct Current on a subatomic sojourn into the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a massive international research project aiming to unlock the secrets of the neutrino with help from more than 175 institutions in over 30 countries. We'll take you from Fermilab to the home of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to the bottom of a former gold mine a mile beneath the hills of South Dakota as we explore one of the most ambitious particle physics projects of our lifetime.

May 07 2019

44mins

Play

Rank #11: SHORT CIRCUIT | Ruth's Story

Podcast cover
Read more
Ruth Huddleston was 18 years old when she took a job at a top secret Army facility in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, at the height of World War II. Her task was so highly classified that no one could even tell her what she was working on -- until one fateful day in August 1945. We have her story.

Jun 05 2017

14mins

Play

Rank #12: SHORT CIRCUIT | How to Soak Up an Oil Spill

Podcast cover
Read more
It's been seven years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster. Could a sponge developed by Argonne National Lab help stop the next big oil spill from becoming a catastrophe?

Apr 20 2017

12mins

Play

Rank #13: S3 E5: Microbiomes! Live at AAAS

Podcast cover
Read more
There's an invisible world of microbes living all around us — on our skin, in our guts, even in the ground beneath our feet — and we're only just beginning to understand their function. In this episode, recorded live at the 2019 American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Meeting in D.C., we interview two scientists who are using genetic data to study the "microbiome" of soil. Turns out, these tiny organisms can help us answer big questions about agriculture, energy, climate, and much more.

Mar 01 2019

26mins

Play

Rank #14: Episode 6: Energy Ghostbusters

Podcast cover
Read more
Spooked by the ghosts and goblins of energy inefficiency? In this special episode, we talk with Josh Olsen, an “Energy Ghostbuster" from our Weatherization Assistance Program. He provides tips on how to keep from being haunted by your energy bill and trick-or-treat yourself to energy savings. Happy Halloween!

Oct 20 2016

12mins

Play

Rank #15: Episode 7: From Water to Wattage

Podcast cover
Read more
Hydropower is America's oldest and largest source of clean, renewable energy. But can it grow to meet our changing needs? Follow our hosts on a journey from hydropower's origins to the new wave of technologies that could shape its future.

Nov 03 2016

33mins

Play

AI: Safer, Smarter, More Secure (Live at AAAS)

Podcast cover
Read more
Artificial intelligence is all around us — even if we don’t realize it. Whether it’s in a self-driving car, a food delivery app, or our nation’s electrical grid, the rapid spread of AI and machine learning raises some big questions about security. How do we make sure AI-controlled systems are working as intended? And how do we protect vulnerable technologies from outside interference? Our guests from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are working hard to answer those questions — and to get more scientists, engineers and tech leaders to start asking them.

Apr 22 2020

23mins

Play

The Future of Water & Wildfire (Live at AAAS)

Podcast cover
Read more
Human health is at the top of all of our minds these days, with COVID-19 posing an unprecedented global challenge. One of the things that has a major impact on our health — and our security, the environment, agriculture, energy, transportation, you name it — is water. Water is one of our most precious resources, yet even small environmental changes can have massive consequences. In this episode, find out how the Department of Energy’s National Labs are using everything at their disposal — from supercomputers to sifting through the ashes of wildfires — to keep us one step ahead of our shifting water cycle and help us bounce back faster from natural disasters.

Mar 31 2020

25mins

Play

National Labs Respond to COVID-19

Podcast cover
Read more
An interview with Dr. Chris Fall, Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science, about the agency’s response to COVID-19. Secretary Brouillette has tasked Dr. Fall with coordinating efforts across the Department and its 17 National Labs, where scientists are hard at work performing critical research to help us better understand the virus and limit its spread. Learn more at https://energy.gov/coronavirus.

Mar 14 2020

9mins

Play

Tribal Energy: Powering Self-Determination

Podcast cover
Read more
For hundreds of Indian tribes and native communities across the United States, energy represents many things: a lifeline, a source of income, a path to sovereignty. No two tribes are alike, which is why the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy partners with tribal communities to develop energy projects that fit their specific needs. On this episode, learn how this small office delivers a big boost to tribes' efforts to take control of their energy destinies.
 
The music at the beginning and end of this episode is courtesy of the Library of Congress. The songs are from an LP titled "Indian Songs of Today" that was reissued by the American Folklife Center in 2016.

Dec 10 2019

38mins

Play

AI: This Is Just the Beginning

Podcast cover
Read more
Artificial intelligence is all over the news, but what's all the hype really about? We travel to Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee to find out how AI is going to revolutionize science and energy, and welcome a new podcast to the Department of Energy family! When it comes to AI, this is just the beginning.
Subscribe to "The Sound of Science" for amazing stories from the cutting-edge research inside Oak Ridge. www.ornl.gov

Oct 09 2019

22mins

Play

S3 E8: KRUSTY in Spaaace!

Podcast cover
Read more
50 years after Apollo 11 made history, NASA is getting ready to send astronauts back to the Moon. After that, Mars is next up. We're going to need a power supply that can keep humans alive in space for years at a time — but it's got to be small, light, and tough as nails. Could a miniature nuclear reactor be the answer? This is a story about perseverance, teamwork, and faith in an idea against all odds. Don't be fooled by the name — these folks aren't clowning around.

Jul 16 2019

23mins

Play

S3 E7: DUNE: The Neutrinos Must Flow

Podcast cover
Read more
Here's a question. Why does anything exist? The key to this age-old mystery could lie with neutrinos, elusive particles that flow all around us and (through us) by the trillions. Join Direct Current on a subatomic sojourn into the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment (DUNE), a massive international research project aiming to unlock the secrets of the neutrino with help from more than 175 institutions in over 30 countries. We'll take you from Fermilab to the home of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland to the bottom of a former gold mine a mile beneath the hills of South Dakota as we explore one of the most ambitious particle physics projects of our lifetime.

May 07 2019

44mins

Play

S3 E6: Women in Power: The C3E Story

Podcast cover
Read more
Meet the women who are leading a clean energy revolution, with a little help from C3E. It's part support network, part annual gathering, part awards show — and all about empowerment.

Mar 20 2019

25mins

Play

S3 E5: Microbiomes! Live at AAAS

Podcast cover
Read more
There's an invisible world of microbes living all around us — on our skin, in our guts, even in the ground beneath our feet — and we're only just beginning to understand their function. In this episode, recorded live at the 2019 American Association for Advancement of Sciences (AAAS) Meeting in D.C., we interview two scientists who are using genetic data to study the "microbiome" of soil. Turns out, these tiny organisms can help us answer big questions about agriculture, energy, climate, and much more.

Mar 01 2019

26mins

Play

S3 E4: This Episode Stinks

Podcast cover
Read more
Grease. Gunk. Sludge. Where most people see a nasty nuisance, these scientists see powerful potential. Join us as we wade into the world of bioenergy and learn about the folks working to turn waste into useful energy!

Nov 21 2018

35mins

Play

S3 E3: Nuclear Energy: Fact, Fiction, Future 

Podcast cover
Read more
D'oh! Nuclear energy gets a bad rap on "The Simpsons". But don't believe everything you see on TV — there's a lot more to the story of our most misunderstood energy source. In this episode of Direct Current, we separate nuclear fact from fiction and explore how splitting atoms could play a big role in America's clean energy future.
Learn more at energy.gov/podcast.

Sep 13 2018

38mins

Play

S3 E2: Makers

Podcast cover
Read more
This episode of Direct Current is dedicated to the makers at the Energy Department — the engineers, researchers and artisans whose creations are pushing science and technology to exciting new places. Check out photos, video and more from this episode at energy.gov/podcast.

Jul 31 2018

28mins

Play

S3 E1: Sitting Down with Secretary Perry

Podcast cover
Read more
You know Rick Perry as the current Secretary of Energy and former Texas governor, but did you know he once played drums with ZZ Top? Hear from Perry himself in the season 3 premiere of Direct Current as he sits down with our hosts to discuss everything from supercomputers to "Dancing with the Stars."
Also, we bid a fond farewell to one of our show's original producers.
[Editor's Note: This interview was recorded shortly before the unveiling of the Summit supercomputer at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, which as of June 2018 claimed the title of fastest supercomputer in the world.]

Jun 20 2018

23mins

Play

S2 E9: Power Couple

Podcast cover
Read more
A pair of energy detectives is hunting down waste and saving money at two big U.S. manufacturing companies. Hear their story, and learn how our Better Plants program is helping partners across the nation find similar success.

Feb 05 2018

18mins

Play

S2 E8: Holiday Lights, Redux

Podcast cover
Read more
We're keeping the season merry and bright with a show about data and holiday lights!
Ever thought about how big a role data centers play in your life? From searching to streaming to shopping, these critical pieces of infrastructure provide the foundation for our digital world -- and they need an upgrade. Learn how an ARPA-E program is using light-powered technology to boost data center performance and energy efficiency for the future.
Also, we revisit our favorite energy-themed holiday poem from season 1! As always, you can find all our episodes at https://energy.gov/podcast.

Dec 19 2017

15mins

Play

SHORT CIRCUIT | History of the Light Bulb

Podcast cover
Read more
We devote this Short Circuit to one of the most ubiquitous items in the world, an item you can probably see from wherever you’re listening… the light bulb. The story of how the light bulb came to light is a fascinating one that we think even a child could understand. The History of The Light Bulb is an illuminating tale of a mother, child and some particularly enlightened bulbs.

Nov 14 2017

7mins

Play

S2 E7: Energy Secrets

Podcast cover
Read more
Last year, Netflix's sci-fi hit "Stranger Things" called us out on being... well... a secretive agency. We set the record straight back then, but with season 2 coming out, there's more to the story. 
So, prepare yourself: from the real science behind the Upside Down to the mysterious death of a U.S. president, Direct Current is pulling back the curtain on some of our deepest, darkest #EnergySecrets.

Oct 27 2017

26mins

Play

SHORT CIRCUIT | Energy @ 40

Podcast cover
Read more
The U.S. Department of Energy is 40 years old, and Direct Current is celebrating with a look back at four decades of #ScienceForThePeople. Join us as we talk to the Department's longest-serving employee (53 years!), revisit the agency's origins, and look to the future with the help of our official historians.

Oct 04 2017

17mins

Play

S2 E6: A Shot in the Dark

Podcast cover
Read more
Earth, the cosmos, everything we can see with our eyes and our instruments is made up of normal matter. But all that doesn’t add up to a whole lot. It's just 15% of the mass of the universe.
The rest is an unknown, invisible… something… This mysterious substance lives under the alias of DARK MATTER.
It’s one of the most staggering scientific puzzles in the history of human knowledge. A mystery that goes back to the very birth of our universe. Luckily, our detective-producers are on the case.
Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast proudly presents… A Shot in the Dark: The Case of the Missing Matter.

Sep 13 2017

26mins

Play

SHORT CIRCUIT | Solar, Meet Eclipse

Podcast cover
Read more
Solar power is booming in the U.S. So what happens when the sun disappears during the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017? We talk to the energy experts.

Aug 17 2017

9mins

Play

iTunes Ratings

94 Ratings
Average Ratings
75
10
2
1
6

all

By Beaver Pond Ben - Mar 01 2018
Read more
Not what you might expect!

Great info!

By justLuckey1 - Jul 27 2017
Read more
Great content, great hosts, my new favorite podcast!