FROM Ariel Bogle
Australia’s Environmental About-Face This week, world leaders met at the United Nations to address climate change. Notably absent: the leaders of China, India and Australia. Australia, once a leader in conservation and green energy, now emits more greenhouse gases per capita than any other developed nation. How did the country reverse course so dramatically?
Blackphones, Robot Legs, and Computer Chefs A Swiss company has introduced a new “Black Phone” - the first smartphone that goes out of its way to protect all your data, all the time. We talk about that in today’s tech segment. We also hear about a robotic exoskeleton that help paraplegics walk, an app that will help curb your smart phone use, and a computer in the kitchen.
Tech Roundup In today’s tech roundup, a look at Amazon’s new smartphone - and why the company want to get in on the handheld device game. And there’s new technology that would deliver smells via text.
The Battle Over Private Search Of all the news to come out of this week’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference, one update went almost unnoticed: Apple is partnering with a small startup to make online searching more private. Is this a shot across the bow for Google? And what does it say about the future battle for user privacy? We discuss this and other tech news with journalists from Slate’s Future Tense blog.
Death of the Infomercial? Since the 1950s, late night TV has been the world of the infomercial: late night hucksters selling ginsu knives, wearable towels, Snuggies... But infomercials have become a victim of their own success. At more than $200 billion, the late night “direct response television” industry has attracted big companies that are squeezing out the backyard inventors that used to populate the space. Is the infomercial as we know it disappearing? Is that a bad thing?
Bassem Youssef and Sara Taksler on 'Tickling Giants' Known as the "Jon Stewart of Egypt," Bassem Youssef hosted a satirical news show that was the first of its kind in the Middle East. The show was immensely popular, until the military-backed government forced Youssef off the air and out of the country. Youssef and director Sara Taksler tell us about their documentary Tickling Giants, which profiles Youssef’s leap from heart surgeon to super star satirist.
How California gave birth to Trumpism California served as an incubator for the hard-line conservative thinking that helped propel Donald Trump to the White House. It’s an ideology birthed out of opposition to the liberal politics and multiculturalism that now dominate the state.
Elif Batuman: The Idiot Selin, the heroine of Batuman’s autobiographical first novel, The Idiot, is an 18-year-old Harvard freshman of Turkish-American descent. Set in 1995, the novel observes the rise of internet culture.
Symbols of protest, lighting up EDM festivals The Women's March made a huge impact, in part because of its widely worn pink knitted "pussyhat." Does the March for Science need its own unifying symbol? Lighting designer Steve Lieberman is "the man behind the lights" for the country's leading electronic music festivals and nightclubs. He talks about his early experiences with rave culture, and what it takes to spark the excitement of today's EDM fans.