Host Rabia Yeaman interviews author and editor-in-chief of its The Economist website, Tom Standage. They discuss his most recent book "Writing on the Wall" (2013), a historical look at the first 2000 years of social media. 50:58 minutes (17.5 MB)
The US Military wants smart machines to do more and more of the fighting. But author Mike Maden sees a danger in taking the human element out of war, which he says is a human activity, not a technological activity. Don Merrill goes in-depth with Mr. Maden and his new book, "Drone". 28:13 minutes (25.84 MB)
Iven Hale hosts this two-hour membership-drive special that focuses on the environment and various social struggles that link up with it (note that pitch-breaks accounts for about 40 minutes of the programming otherwise excised).
Bill Resnick talks with government toxicologist, John James, and author of A Sea of Broken Hearts, which tells the story of how his son died due to a hospital error. The event made James interested in hospital errors and ultimately in advocating against the way the profit motive negatively influences medicine. 12:11 minutes (11.16 MB)