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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.
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.
Paul Tough, Editor, New York Times Magazine
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.
Susanne Bier, Director
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.
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Trevor Noah on his brand of political comedy On Tuesday night, Trevor Noah spoke to Omarosa Manigault Newman, who’s been on the TV circuit promoting her anti-Donald Trump book. Trevor Noah has hosted The Daily Show for nearly three years. Now he’s nominated for an Emmy for the first time. We talk about that Omarosa interview, and using comedy to affect politics.
How bees play a crucial role in our food chain Much of the food we eat -- fruit, vegetables, nuts -- are all pollinated by bees. But bees are dying, and their hives are disappearing. Bees now have to be sent around the country to pollinate crops. We learn more about the nature of bees, and what’s at stake if their numbers continue to plummet.
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