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Feds want to end California's power to set higher fuel efficiency standards 8 MIN, 23 SEC

Today, the White House said it will roll back Obama-era rules that required vehicles to average more than 50 miles per gallon by the year 2025. They also want to end California’s waiver that allows it to set even higher fuel efficiency standards. The administration argues that the higher rules mean more traffic deaths and higher costs.

Guests:
Carla Marinucci, Politico (@cmarinucci)

More:
The Trump Administration Just Released Its Proposal to Eviscerate Car Standards, Revoke California Authority

How we missed the chance to address climate change 16 MIN, 55 SEC

Scientists, politicians, teachers, and even kids knew more than 50 years ago that carbon emissions were changing the planet. We had a chance to change course and repair the damage, but failed to do so. Now we can see the results: the highest temperatures on record, wildfires around the world. The latest issue of the New York Times Magazine is devoted entirely to this story.

Guests:
Nathaniel Rich, New York Times Magazine

More:
Losing Earth: The Decade We Almost Stopped Climate Change

Designing a new space suit -- customized to each wearer 9 MIN, 58 SEC

NASA wants to send astronauts back to the moon, to Mars, and beyond. But their existing space suits are too bulky and outdated -- from the 1970s. Dava Newman is a former NASA Deputy Administrator, and she and her team at MIT have designed a relatively lightweight, skin-tight “Bio-Suit.” It’s custom fit to each wearer, and applies pressure directly to the body. The helmet features augmented reality.


2008 Silver BioSuit™ Mock-up

Credit:  Professor Dava Newman, MIT: Inventor, Science and Engineering
Guillermo Trotti, A.I.A., Trotti and Associates, Inc. (Cambridge, MA): Design
Dainese (Vincenca, Italy): Fabrication; Douglas Sonders: Photography

Guests:
Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics at MIT (@DavaExplorer)

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Biosuit

Remembering 'An American Family' 11 MIN, 59 SEC

Last week, the patriarch of the Loud family of Santa Barbara died. He was 97. Don’t know the name? Well, back in 1973, Bill Loud was famous. His family was the focus of a 12-part documentary series on PBS, called “An American Family.” For some reason, the series has faded from our collective memory.

Guests:
Matt Holzman, Producer, 'The Document' (@KCRW_Matt)

More:
Bill Loud, the Father of TV’s ‘An American Family,’ Is Dead at 97

CREDITS

2008 Silver BioSuit™ Mock-up. Credit: Professor Dava Newman, MIT: Inventor, Science and Engineering Guillermo Trotti, A.I.A., Trotti and Associates, Inc. (Cambridge, MA): Design Dainese (Vincenca, Italy): Fabrication Douglas Sonders: Photography.

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney
Michell Eloy
Amy Ta
Christian Bordal
Quinn O'Toole
Yael Even Or

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