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Werner Herzog On Science, Language, Mars, and His Volcano Fever Dreams

Werner Herzog doesn’t care what you think about him, about his mythos. He does care about myth, the stories people tell and why. His newest movie, "Into The Inferno," in which he tours six active volcanoes around the world, is as much about the culture and beliefs that surround volcanoes as it is about the science. Editor Alex Pasternack speaks with Herzog about his filmmaking, science and scientists, distributing his film through Netflix, and police body cameras. Read more at Motherboard: http://motherboard.vice.com/read/into-the-herzog-radio-motherboard-podcastSee acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


28 Oct 2016

Rank #1

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Wasting Time on the Internet

Have you ever tried a digital detox? Or spending less time on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit? Kenneth Goldsmith definitely hasn't. He's a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a class called "Wasting Time on the Internet." What started as an exploration of how we spend time online quickly became something of an art project—students shared their passwords, deleted files at random off their classmates' computers, and started impromptu dance parties. Goldsmith tells us why it's OK to spend all day looking at your phone or aimlessly browsing through Reddit. It's just human nature. Radio Motherboard is up for a WEBBY AWARD - we would really appreciate a vote here: https://vote.webbyawards.com/PublicVoting#/2017/podcasts-digital-audio/general-podcasts/technology Tell your friends See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Apr 2017

Rank #2

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You Have the Right to Repair Your Electronics

Radio Motherboard talks to Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, and Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of Repair.org about legislation that is moving through eight states that would require electronics manufacturers to enable you to fix your things. The bills have been intensely opposed by companies like Apple, IBM, John Deere, and dozens of other gigantic corporations. If you're here, you might want to check out "pluspluspodcast," a new podcast from Motherboard that takes you on the road with our reporters: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/pluspluspodcast/id1210989400?mt=2 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


3 Mar 2017

Rank #3

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A Practical Guide to Sleep Hacking Your Room

What does it take to get a good night’s sleep? In this episode of Radio Motherboard, managing editor Adrianne Jeffries talks to the greatest sleep hacker she knows: her little brother William. We cover blackout curtains, smart light bulbs, sleep headphones, the best white noise mixes, and sleeping in the office.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


22 Jan 2016

Rank #4

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The Hyperloop

The hyperloop, Elon Musk’s futuristic, tube-based “fifth mode of transportation” has stoked imaginations unlike any recent transportation technology except for maybe self driving cars. Lots has been said about it—Musk called it a “cross between a Concord, a railgun, and an air hockey table,” while the media has latched on to the promised speeds of more than 700 mph and travel times between San Francisco and Los Angeles of 35 minutes. But much of the promise of the hyperloop still remains theoretical. That changed in a small way last weekend, when SpaceX hosted the first part of its “Hyperloop Pod Design Challenge,” a contest that asks 180 university teams to design the capsules that will actually go inside the hyperloop. In June, 22 of the teams will test their pods in a track being built by SpaceX. I traveled to Texas A&M University to meet the teams, meet the companies actually building the hyperloop, and to separate out the hype from what’s actually happening.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


5 Feb 2016

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Meme Warfare

Radio Motherboard discusses the extent that memes have taken over political discourse with Ryan Milner, a College of Charleston assistant professor who wrote his PhD. dissertation on memetics. We also discuss the idea of meme warfare, meme insurgency, and meme use by nation states. Milner is the author of World Made Meme, published by MIT Press.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


31 Jan 2017

Rank #6

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How to Think About the Biggest Earthquake Ever

So scientists are saying an earthquake—a quake that is so big and so powerful you probably can’t even properly comprehend it—is probably going to hit your city, hard. It could be five years out, ten years, fifty years, or it could be tomorrow. But it’s going to come. How do we go about organizing that kind of information in we brains? How do we understand it on a rational, sensible level? Then, what do we do about it? We can write science fiction stories about it, for one thing. That’s what the archivist, researcher, and writer Adam Rothstein has done. Rothstein spent many months poring over every available emergency document, seismic evaluation, and scientific study carried out on the Cascadia Subduction Zone Earthquake that he could get his hands on. That quake, scientists say, will be of a magnitude up to 9.3 Mw—perhaps the biggest to hit the continental US in our nation’s history. Last year, Kathryn Shulz published “The Really Big One” in the New Yorker. The story...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


4 Mar 2016

Rank #7

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When Will We Have 'Westworld' Robots?

Like much of America, we are big fans of HBO's 'Westworld,' but not because of the science in the show. To be honest, the show doesn't really bother trying to explain how its hosts work, but in doing so, it allows the show to ask some of the big ethical questions associated with artificial intelligence and our pursuit of the singularity. Radio Motherboard talks to Facebook AI researcher Antoine Bordes about where we are in the development of artificial intelligence right now, and the show brings back our former managing editor Adrianne Jeffries (hi Adrianne!), who now runs our favorite Westworld podcast, called "Out West," over at her lovely new website The Outline. Listen to Out West: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/out-west-westworld-fan-theories/id1167700780?mt=2 And check out The Outline: www.theoutline.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


13 Dec 2016

Rank #8

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Why You Should Own Your Cable Box

The tyranny of the set-top box may soon be over.   The way it works now, you’re forced to rent a cable box from the likes of Time Warner Cable and Comcast to the tune of about $230 per year. The very idea that in 2016 you need a dedicated piece of hardware, whether it’s Comcast’s X1 or Time Warner Cable’s latest “whole home” DVR, just to tune into Guy’s Grocery Games on Food Network is crazy on its own, but the fact that you have to rent these boxes in perpetuity is even worse.    The Federal Communications Commission on February 18 issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would make it so that consumers wouldn’t have to rent a set-top box from their cable company.    Although this is just the first step in a lengthy process, the prospect of being able to own your own cable box, just as you’re able to own your own cable modem or smartphone, already has supporters of the measure giddy with excitement.   And that’s great, of course, but I wanted to lean more about the possible implications of...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


26 Feb 2016

Rank #9

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Song Exploder, Exploded

Ever notice that the piano part from “Dancing Queen” is tucked into the end of MGMT’s song “No Time To Pretend”? Or that The Album Leaf kept the squeaking of an old piano pedal in the final recording of their song “The Outer Banks?” These are just a taste of the sonic details most listeners would miss before they’re revealed by Song Exploder, a podcast by Hrishikesh Hirway that has musicians like Bjork, Wilco, Ghostface Killah, and Iggy Pop peel back the layers of their songs and talk about how they’re made. The process is obviously appealing to aspiring musicians or fans of the artists, but that’s not why we’re devoting this week’s episode of Radio Motherboard to talking with Song Exploder's Hirway. What’s really interesting is why the show is compelling if you don’t know anything about music or haven’t even heard of the bands. By stripping away anything but the isolated sounds, it’s bringing awareness to our sense of hearing, which is often overshadowed by the visual world. It basically opens up your ears, and the end result is you hear music in a richer, more enjoyable way, which is pretty awesome if you think about it. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


1 Apr 2016

Rank #10

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The Race to Save Government Science From Trump

Dozens of scientists working at schools like the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Toronto, and a handful of others are frantically working on a series of projects to preserve government science from alteration or deletion under the Donald Trump administration.  In this episode, we’ll be checking in with Nick Shapiro and Bethany Wiggin, who are organizing efforts to download and rehost vital climate change data before Trump takes office.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


12 Jan 2017

Rank #11

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The Community-Owned ISPs Building an Alternative to Big Telecom in New York City

If you want high speed internet in most any spot in New York City, you’re stuck with Time Warner Cable. Or at least, that’s how it usually works. But increasingly around the city, citizens and small community groups are setting up their own locally owned and operated free wifi networks. This week on Radio Motherboard, we take a trip to a meetup where two nascent but potentially disruptive groups were discussing how to collaborate in order to provide new connection options to people around the city. Since 2012, the nonprofit Red Hook Wifi network has been providing totally free internet to people in the small Brooklyn neighborhood. For weeks after Hurricane Sandy struck the neighborhood, the Red Hook Wifi network was the only way many in the community could get on the internet or make phone calls. On any given day, Red Hook Wifi has about 500 users. Meanwhile, NYC Mesh is little more than a meetup group at the moment, but its organizers have big plans. Its network currently has...  See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


8 Jan 2016

Rank #12

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Super Mario Is Not a Human Being

A preview for the new Nintendo Switch has brought us to the startling realization that Super Mario is not a homo sapien. On this episode, we discuss the geographic location of the Mushroom Kingdom and how excited we should be for Nintendo’s new console. Waypoint managing editor Danielle Riendeau and Motherboard contributor Zack Kotzer join the discussion—listen to Waypoint Radio wherever you get your podcasts.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


19 Jan 2017

Rank #13

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Double Episode! Cortana Abuse/Why Humans Should Be More Like AI

Sometimes, it can be hard to know how to act around artificial intelligence.  In the first half of Radio Motherboard this week, staff writer Jason Koebler explores how people treat Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana when no one’s listening. (A small spoiler: Apparently, people like to harass it. One new challenge in AI programming is learning how to gently smack down haters.) In the second half, editorial fellow Louise Matsakis looks at a group that runs a “rationality” workshop that teaches humans that in some cases, it makes more sense to think more like computers.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


11 Mar 2016

Rank #14

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To Block or Not to Block, Featuring Talib Kweli

Twitter is a place where anyone can say anything, to anyone, at any time. But what happens when you don’t want to hear what someone else has to say? What if someone is attacking you personally, or getting all their friends to attack you? On this week’s Radio Motherboard, we talk about when to block, when to mute, and we consult with the master of the Twitter debate, rapper Talib Kweli.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


25 Mar 2016

Rank #15

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Donald Trump's Dystopia and Black Mirror

We couldn't ignore the fact that an impending Trump presidency feels like a Black Mirror episode. We discuss his campaign and the election through the lens of Black Mirror, and discuss 'San Junipero,' 'Men Against Fire,' and 'Hated in the Nation.'See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


14 Nov 2016

Rank #16

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LIVE PODCAST: The Motherboard Guide to Defending the Future

Radio Motherboard's first ever LIVE EPISODE! On February 12, the Radio Motherboard crew recorded a podcast in front of a live audience at the Work x Work On Air festival. We talked about what it means to be vigilant in Trump's America and discussed how Motherboard and the general populous can defend the future from an administration that seems hellbent on stunting progress. Also, a helpful audience member explains why you should always use encrypted chat with your drug dealers. Special thanks to Brooklyn's Wythe Hotel and work x work ON AIR, a pop up live streaming radio lounge that explored creativity and storytelling. Check out more at wxwonair.com.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


15 Feb 2017

Rank #17

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Trump's Powers

Motherboard's writers, editors, and contributors have spent the last week talking to activists, researchers, and policy makers about the powers that Donald Trump will inherit when he takes power in January. There's little sense in speculating about what Trump will do when he takes office, but it's important to understand the powers he will have to affect things like climate change, energy policy, surveillance, cybersecurity, and the other things Motherboard holds dear. Credits for this episode: Host/producer: Jason Koebler Editor: Tim Barnes Space/NASA: Becky Ferreira  Border, immigration, and drug trafficking: Brian Anderson Trade: Nicholas Deleon Energy and Climate: Sarah Emerson Vaping: Kaleigh Rogers Health: Ankita Rao Hacking and Cybersecurity: Lorenzo FB Privacy: Joseph Cox Drones: Ben Sullivan See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

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18 Nov 2016

Rank #18

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'Black Mirror' Season 3 Episodes 1-3

We’ve always sort of called Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror” the Motherboard show, because while we love tech, we’re probably a bit more wary of its ability to lean dystopian than your average tech publication. So this week and next, we’re going to be talking about the new season of Black Mirror on Netflix. Today, we’re going to be talking about what the first three episodes—Nosedive, Playtest, and Shut Up and Dance say about our culture. Next week, we’ll be back talking about the end of the season—San Junipero, Men Against Fire, and Hated in the Nation. This week’s episode has spoilers for the first three episodes and some light discussion of the first season episode “Fifteen Million Merits.”See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


4 Nov 2016

Rank #19

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'Berlin Station' and 'Americatown’

'Berlin Station' is a new spy drama/thriller from the cable network EPIX, which focuses on a leak of classified information at the titular CIA office, and the agents tracking it down. Motherboard spoke to series writers Brad Winters and Larry Cohen, who also worked together on a separate project: a graphic novel series called 'Americatown' about a near-future dystopia where Americans are the immigrants.See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


21 Oct 2016

Rank #20