Cyclists reaching critical mass

1. Your Netflix addiction might be hurting the planet. Social scientist Toby Miller tells us the environmental consequences of our digital infatuations.

2. When they first saw the potato, European farmers thought it looked like a leprosy patient. Professor Ruth DeFries gives us a peek at the surprising ways food has shaped our civilization.

3. Imagine talking to your next-door neighbor about your deepest issues. Mental health expert Vikram Patel and UNESCO's Jordan Naidoo explain how training more ordinary people to be health and education workers could be a solution to the drastic shortage of teachers and doctors around the globe.

A picture of the Sears Catalog

Long before the Internet revolutionized commerce by bringing everything to your door, two men connected hard-working, rural Americans to conveniences and delights that came from thousands of miles away.

Ton of electronic waste

Printing everything out seems so wasteful, but is sending an email any better? Social scientist Toby Miller looks at the real environmental consequences of our digital lives. Read More...

Children at school in India

The world doesn’t have nearly enough teachers or doctors to meet its growing demand. Mental health expert Vikram Patel and UNESCO's Jordan Naidoo tell us about ingenious new solutions to address these serious problems. Read More...

Girl hunting and cooking

Hunger isn’t just driving you to get that double bacon cheeseburger at Five Guys - it’s also been a main force behind all of civilization. Columbia's Ruth DeFries talks about the unexpected ways our quest for food has shaped, and is still shaping, the world we live in. Read More...

Finding the right balance

Three things you should know:

1. You can fight crime with gondolasThat's what Medellin, Columbia did, and Judith Rodin of the Rockefeller Foundation says that cities will have to get increasingly creative to solve their toughest problems.

2. Beyonce doesn't need more fans. But that doesn't mean she couldn't use some extra cash. Gogi Gupta tells us how he's helped A-list clients get more money from their legions of adoring fans.

3. If your kid wants to be a cancer researcher, tell them they're in for a bumpy ride. Turns out that STEM jobs may not be quite as abundant as we thought. Professor Hal Salzman - and some grad students - tell us what areas are hot, and what are not.

Man listening to music

Beyonce, Taylor Swift, and Iggy Azalea all have one thing in common, and it’s a marketing guru named Gogi Gupta. Hear what selling music really means in an age of torrents and streaming video. Read More...

There aren't that many jobs like this

If you’ve got an engineering degree, you’re pretty much set for life, right? Well, that might not be the whole picture, according to Professor of Public Policy Hal Salzman, who argues that there’s entirely too many STEM graduates. And we get a peek at what the STEM job market is truly like, from a roundtable of students and recent graduates. Read More...

Elevator going up

There’s an invention that’s made the modern metropolis possible. No, it’s not the automobile or steel. It’s the elevator. Tom Sybert, host of the Elevator Radio Show, explains how the elevator completely transformed how we live. Read More...

Storm clouds over a city

Floods, drought, crime waves, terrorism, and superstorms. The modern city faces myriad catastrophes and crises. Judith Rodin, President of the Rockefeller Foundation, tells us how cities can cope with these challenges, and what they can do to bounce back. Read More...

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