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Direct Current - An Energy.gov Podcast

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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.

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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.

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

Great info!

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

iTunes Ratings

92 Ratings
Average Ratings
73
10
2
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6

all

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

Great info!

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

Latest release on Dec 10, 2019

The Best Episodes Ranked Using User Listens

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Rank #1: Episode 1.5: Direct Current Teaser

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

Jun 25 2016

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Rank #2: Episode 9: What Happened to Acid Rain?

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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

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Rank #3: Episode 5: The Future of Cool

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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

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Rank #4: Episode 3: Power To The People

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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

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Rank #5: S3 E5: Microbiomes! Live at AAAS

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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

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Rank #6: Episode 6: Energy Ghostbusters

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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

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Rank #7: Episode 4: Backronyms

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Not all acronyms are created equal. Join us on a journey into the colorful world of government "backronyms," where there's more to a name than just a jumble of letters.

Aug 10 2016

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Rank #8: Episode 8: Ho-Ho-How Holiday Lights Work

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Why do holiday lights burn out all the time? We find out the answer, and do it in rhyme.

Dec 01 2016

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Rank #9: Episode 7: From Water to Wattage

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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

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Rank #10: Episode 10: The Exit Interview

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With the current presidential administration coming to a close, we asked a very special guest to share some thoughts on his time here at the Energy Department. It’s our boss, nuclear physicist and Secretary of Energy, Dr. Ernest Moniz.

Jan 17 2017

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Rank #11: S3 E4: This Episode Stinks

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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

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Rank #12: S3 E3: Nuclear Energy: Fact, Fiction, Future 

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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

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Rank #13: S3 E2: Makers

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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

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Rank #14: S3 E1: Sitting Down with Secretary Perry

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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

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Rank #15: S2 E9: Power Couple

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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

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