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Less than a century ago, chicken was as expensive as lobster. Now, Americans eat. 6 million pounds of chicken every hour of every day. Emelyn Rude tells us how thinking about the chicken as a piece of technology can help explain this change. Read more...

You can read a book from 100 years ago… but will your descendants be able to access a USB drive? A look at the world of digital memory. Read more...

Why do we use mice for medical research? As I-Hub’s Caroline Lester found out, it all started with fancy mice. Read more...

This week, we’ve got a bunch of stories that explore the idea of place. So, wherever you’re reading this, take a listen. Read more...

Helping refugees - and others - generally means giving them things like blankets, clothes, and food. Radha Rajkotia thinks we should try handing out cash.

Pride (at least other people’s) can be irritating, but maybe it gets a bad rap. Jessica Tracy explains why one of the seven deadly sins could be a good thing, after all.

Advances in genetic engineering have allowed scientists to make decisions that could affect millions of people. And Kevin Esvelt thinks the public should have a voice in those decisions.

Pride isn’t just for cheating athletes or bullies. Psychology professor Jessica Tracy explains why pride is a key emotion in human civilization. Read more...

Gene technology is becoming more and more powerful… and could affect more and more people. MIT researcher Kevin Esvelt tells us why he thinks the public needs to have a say in how we use it. Read more...

Do we know what refugees need better than they do? Radha Rajkotia of the International Rescue Committee tells us why giving cash, rather than food and other supplies, could be a better model for foreign aid to refugees. Read more...

Trump promised to bring back jobs from China and Mexico. But, according to MIT researcher Andrew McAfee, not only are those jobs not coming back - they don’t even exist anymore.

No matter who you voted for, you were probably surprised by Trump’s win. Psychology professor Mahzarin Banaji thinks implicit bias might help us understand the difference between the polls and the actual results.

A former reality TV star will be the 45th president of the United States. Columbia Law School’s Tim Wu explains how Donald Trump was able to capture our attention.

America’s manufacturing industry has been hollowed out by globalization and automation. Donald Trump promises he can revive it. MIT researcher Andrew McAfee says that’s not possible. Read more....

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