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When SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk spoke at the Code Conference this week, he said some interesting things: that humans may all be cyborgs in an elaborate computer simulation, and that we’ll travel to Mars by 2024. Will we also get our hyperloop soon? Then, academic success depends a lot on the school, and like it or not, the American public education does not serve all students the same. Wealthy districts are nearly always more successful than poor districts. Author Paul Tough talks about what can be done to help kids succeed in both rich and poor schools alike. And, Danish director Susanne Bier speaks to us about her six-part mini series The Night Manager, how shooting it was like making one giant film, and why she likes directing action flicks. And finally, Hillary Clinton made a forceful case in a foreign policy speech Thursday that Donald Trump is more than unqualified to be Commander in Chief, calling his foreign policy platform ‘dangerously incoherent’. Banner Image: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivers a speech on national security in San Diego, California, United States June 2, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Laura Swisher
Sarah Sweeney

Musk Says Humans Will Go To Mars by 2024 9 MIN, 32 SEC

When SpaceX and Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk spoke at the Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes this week, he said that humans may all be cyborgs in an elaborate computer simulation. Musk also said humans will travel to Mars by 2024, landing there in 2025. Nine years from now. Meanwhile, we’re still waiting for the hyperloop.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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Elon Musk thinks we're probably living in a simulation

'Helping Children Succeed' in Rich and Poor Schools Alike 13 MIN, 46 SEC

Academic success depends a lot on the school, and like it or not, the American public education does not serve all students the same. Wealthy districts are nearly always more successful than poor districts. For the latest in our ongoing conversation about how children can succeed in school, we talk to author Paul Tough, who has built his career on studying what works in public education. Tough’s book “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character” was a bestseller in 2013. In his follow up, “Helping Children Succeed: What Works and Why,” Tough explores what can be done to help kids succeed in both rich and poor schools alike.

Guests:
Paul Tough, Editor, New York Times Magazine

Susanne Bier on Directing the Bond-like 'Night Manager' 14 MIN, 29 SEC


In
The Night Manager, a six-part miniseries based on the John le Carré novel of the same name, a night manager of an Egyptian hotel is recruited by intelligence agents to infiltrate the network of an international arms dealer. The night manager, Jonathan Pine, is played by the actor and rumored next James Bond, Tom Hiddleston. The $30 million production, directed by Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier, is as sleek and action-packed as any Bond film. We’ll speak with Bier about how making The Night Manager was like making one giant film, and why she likes directing action flicks.

Guests:
Susanne Bier, Director

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'Night Manager'

Clinton Slams Trump in Forceful Foreign Policy Speech 9 MIN, 25 SEC

The takeaway from Hillary Clinton’s foreign policy speech Thursday in San Diego: it would be a historic mistake to elect Donald Trump. For 30 minutes, Clinton made a forceful case that Trump is more than just unqualified to become Commander in Chief, calling his foreign policy platform ‘dangerously incoherent’. Mark Landler, White House Correspondent for the New York Times and author of “Alter Egos: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and the Twilight Struggle over American Power,” joins us for analysis.

Guests:
Mark Landler, New York Times (@MarkLandler)

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Clinton attacks Trump's foreign policy as 'dangerously incoherent'

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