FROM Robinson Meyer
Is the Trump administration scrubbing climate change data? President Donald Trump signed an executive order to undo most of President Obama’s climate change agenda. This is prompting scientists to download and archive as much federal science data as possible. One arctic researcher details how the Trump administration has deleted some of her climate data from federal websites.
Al Gore's Satellite There's a new satellite in orbit that will help measure climate change. Al Gore is credited with dreaming it up — he literally had a dream about a satellite that would send back pictures of the earth. Now we have the first images from what's been dubbed " GoreSat ." They're the first photos of the entire planet since American astronauts took the famous "Blue Marble" picture, way back in 1972.
Facebook Fiddles with Our Brains Back in 2012, Facebook conducted a mass experiment on users. Some users had more positive, happy posts removed from their news feeds. Others had more negative posts removed. Facebook wanted to see how the posts of our friends and colleagues affected our own behaviors on the social network. The results of the study were recently released, but the ensuing uproar has not been about the findings. It’s Facebook’s manipulation of user data without consent that’s largely gotten the thumbs down.
Mapping Technology Helping Relief Efforts in Philippines Humanitarian Open Street Map is a sort of Wikipedia of mapping, which allows more than a million users to contribute. Now it's helping the Red Cross to determine where things were before Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines so relief workers can make crucial decisions. Since Saturday, some 400 volunteers have been making almost a million additions to free, online maps of areas in and around the Philippines. That's according to Robinson Meyer of The Atlantic .
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."