The astronaut’s guide to life in space

4 minutes

Fun in zero gravity: the real reason astronauts go to space

Being an astronaut is generally thought of as one of the world’s most thrilling jobs, but the excitement of take-off, re-entry and missions in between is frequently offset by days and even weeks of downtime. Using 1980s-era archival video from NASA, this video from NPR shows how everything from sleeping and dressing to tossing a paper airplane is delightfully novel in space.

Director: Emily Bogle, Emily Bogle

Video/Gender & Sexuality

How a dairy farmer preached radical self-acceptance to his gay son in the 1950s

4 minutes


If soldiers act with unjust aggression they are as culpable as civilian criminals

6 minutes

Video/History of Technology

Breakthroughs, quackery and strange beauty: the afterlife of outmoded medical devices

5 minutes

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock

Essay/History of Technology

Web of war

How the hair-trigger nuclear age and fears of Armageddon inspired visionary cold warriors to invent the internet

Sharon Weinberger

Video/Energy, Resources, & Sustainability

The case for making our homes out of trash – tradition and culture be damned

7 minutes

Idea/Technology & the Self

Why upgrading your brain could make you less human

Michael Bess

Essay/Space Exploration

Whitey on Mars

Elon Musk and the rise of Silicon Valley's strange trickle-down science

Andrew Russell & Lee Vinsel

Video/Space Exploration

‘Space junk’ is a calamity in the making and a threat to anyone venturing off Earth

11 minutes