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  1. Radiolab: The Wubi Effect

    When we think of China today, we think of a technological superpower. From Huawei and 5G to TikTok and viral social media, China is stride for stride with the United States in the world of computing. However, China’s technological renaissance almost didn’t happen. And for one very basic reason: The Chinese language, with its 70,000 plus characters, couldn’t fit on a keyboard.

    Today, we tell the story of Professor Wang Yongmin, a hard headed computer programmer who solved this puzzle and laid the foundation for the China we know today.

    https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/radiolab/articles/wubi-effect

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  2. Oliver Sipple - Radiolab

    In a flash of heroism and humanity, Oliver Sipple saved a life and became something he never wanted to be.

    One morning, Oliver Sipple went out for a walk. A couple hours later, to his own surprise, he saved the life of the President of the United States. But in the days that followed, Sipple’s split-second act of heroism turned into a rationale for making his personal life into political opportunity. What happens next makes us wonder what a moment, or a movement, or a whole society can demand of one person. And how much is too much?

    Through newly unearthed archival tape, we hear Sipple himself grapple with some of the most vexing topics of his day and ours - privacy, identity, the freedom of the press - not to mention the bonds of family and friendship.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/oliver-sipple/

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  3. The Ceremony - Radiolab

    Last November, journalist Morgen Peck showed up at her friend Molly Webster’s apartment in Brooklyn, told her to take her battery out of her phone, and began to tell her about The Ceremony, a moment last fall when a group of, well, let’s just call them wizards, came together in an undisclosed location to launch a new currency. It’s an undertaking that involves some of the most elaborate security and cryptography ever done (so we’ve been told). And math. Lots of math. It was all going great until, in the middle of it, something started to behave a little…strangely.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/ceremony/

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  4. Nukes - Radiolab

    President Richard Nixon once boasted that at any moment he could pick up a telephone and - in 20 minutes - kill 60 million people. Such is the power of the US President over the nation’s nuclear arsenal. But what if you were the military officer on the receiving end of that phone call? Could you refuse the order?

    This episode, we profile one Air Force Major who asked that question back in the 1970s and learn how the very act of asking it was so dangerous it derailed his career. We also pick up the question ourselves and pose it to veterans both high and low on the nuclear chain of command. Their responses reveal once and for all whether there are any legal checks and balances between us and a phone call for Armageddon.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/nukes/

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  5. Dark Side of the Earth

    200 miles above Earth’s surface, astronaut Dave Wolf — rocketing through the blackness of Earth’s shadow at 5 miles a second — floated out of the Mir Space Station on his very first spacewalk. In this short, he describes the extremes of light and dark in space, relives a heart-pounding close call, and shares one of the most tranquil moments of his life.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/242184-dark-side-earth/

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  6. Radiolab: New Normal?

    How do you tell the difference between a sea change and a ripple in the water? Could a nonviolent baboon be sign of things to come? Or is it just a flukey outlier from the norm? What about a man in a dress? Or a fox without vicious urges? Is there ever really even a norm? In this hour of Radiolab, we examine three stories that re-frame our sense of normalcy.

    http://blogs.wnyc.org/radiolab/2009/10/19/new-normal/

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