Elon Musk has described the colonization of Mars as a planetary “insurance policy.” If we’re going to trash Earth, we’ll need somewhere else to go. The New Yorker’s archive editor, Joshua Rothman, is a lifelong science-fiction fan who has often fantasized about going to the red planet. He speaks with Elizabeth Kolbert, a New Yorker staff writer who is against the galactic-colonization plan, and Jacob Haqq-Misra, a scientist who writes about what the political landscape of an inhabited Mars might look like.
About John Searle’s TED Talk
Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.
This August, that summer-cinema experience of cataclysm and crash has escaped the theaters and invaded our everyday lives. The panic is real: about politics and economics, terrorism and temperature.
So we’re taking a cue from Hollywood for a summer blockbuster of our own. What if we looked beyond those superhero-movie scenarios—New York decimated by robots, clones, aliens, or terrorists—into the world-changing, and life-threatening, real developments of 2016? In 200 years, will humans (if they still exist!) speak with regret about Trump, the rising tide, or about trends and inventions we’ve barely even heard of yet?
With scientists, writers, humanists and technologists, we’ve got our eyes looking for the big risks and asking the life-or-death question for our entire civilization: Apocalypse Now?
Is the Earth too perfect? The Moon too grey? Mars too dusty? Then how about setting up a human colony in the depths of space?
Richard Hollingham travels to the Tennessee Valley Interstellar Workshop in Chattanooga, Tennessee to meet scientists, engineers, doctors and anthropologists planning human colonies in space and spaceships that will take humanity to the stars.
These are not dreamers - although they all have an ambitious dream - but well qualified experts. Several work at Nasa, others have day jobs at universities and research institutes.
Richard hears of proposals to build giant space stations and worldships - vessels packed with the best of humanity. These caravans in space might be lifeboats to escape an approaching asteroid or perhaps the first step to colonising the galaxy.
Our story was inspired by a real contingency speech written in 1969 by William Safire for Richard Nixon titled “In Event of Moon Disaster." It was the most listened-to piece on PRX in 2010, and the winner of the 2010 Mark Time Gold Award for Best Science Fiction Audio.
Nobel physicist Frank Wilczek sees beauty as a compass for truth, discovery, and meaning. His book, A Beautiful Question, is a long meditation on the question: “Does the world embody beautiful ideas?” He’s the unusual scientist willing to analogize his discoveries about the deep structure of reality with deep meaning in the human everyday.
There is an Irish family who have called all their children after racing drivers. Just one of the things John Kenny found out when he decided to make a documentary about rallying.
Kenny is an RTE sports journalist who has covered many sports but his firm favourite is rallying. He loves everything from the roar of the engines to the easy camraderie between competitors.
In this documentary, Kenny brings the listener behind the scenes at the Cork 20 Rally 2015, which took place in North Cork last October.
He records the contrast between the spectators excitement at the danger and the organisers’ fear of it: one farmer wishes the cars would drive faster near his land - even if it meant hitting his wall. While nearby, marshalls are threatening to call off a stage unless spectators stand well back.
Kenny focusses particularly on the overlooked work of the ‘co-drivers’ and the companies who sell them navigation guides, called ‘pacenotes’.
One of those co-drivers is Alison Levis, a chef from Skibbereen, who navigates for her brother, Adrian, who is a truck driver and farmer. Alison and Adrian love rallying but especially the stages - where they are racing against the clock. Alison: “You’re sitting there concentrating. You’re on your notes. You’re in the zone.” Adrian: “Say a stage takes 10 minutes. For 10 minutes, you’re free. It’s you and the road. You forget about everything - you’re free.” Alison: “You’re not on Facebook, or Snapchat. You’re not checking in.” Adrian: “That’s why we do it!”
Zen and the Art of Irish Rallying, sort of.
You’ve seen them — everywhere! — and often clustered together, as if central planners across America decided that what every city really needs is a Mattress District. There are now dozens of online rivals too. Why are there so many stores selling something we buy so rarely?
Benches in parks, train stations, bus shelters and other public places are meant to offer seating, but only for a limited duration. Many elements of such seats are subtly or overtly restrictive. Arm rests, for instance, indeed provide spaces to rest arms, but they also prevent people from lying down or sitting in anything but a prescribed position. This type of design strategy is sometimes classified as "hostile architecture," or simply: "unpleasant design."
Gordan Savičić and Selena Savić, co-editors of the book Unpleasant Design, are quick to point out that unpleasant designs are not failed designs, but rather successful ones in the sense that they deter certain activities by design.
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/roman-mars/219-unpleasant-design
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I’m very excited to announce the launch of SCB Radio, my brand new weekly show. Every week I’ll be presenting a rundown of my favourite tunes, not so much in a mix format but playing tracks and putting them into a bit of context and hopefully introducing you to some music you haven’t heard before.
This is the first weekly show I’ve done since being on pirate radio in London many years ago so I’m really looking forward to getting back on the airwaves for a packed hour of music each week. The show will be broadcast on FM radio throughout the world and of course we’ll be archiving it too, so lock on, tune in, and drop out….Here’s the first edition.
Hope you enjoy.
1 Moderat – Running (Shed Remix) 2 Tessela – Diving 3 Midland –Blush 4 Mind Against –Gravity 5 Härdstedt – Alliteration 6 Pearson Sound – XLB 7 Trevino – Desecrate 8 Pedram - LEX (Craig Richards Magic Carpet Ride Remix) 9 Recondite – Nock 10 Eric Cloutier -Ipseity 11 Sepalcure - Devil Inside (LA-4A remix) 12 Truncate - Another One -(Len Faki Remix) 13 Robert Hood – Magnet 14 Eric Cloutier –Heuristic 15 Nicole Moudaber & Skin -Organic Love (Scuba Remix)
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/scubaofficial/scb-radio-with-scuba-episode-001?in=clampants/sets/sets
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