14 EpisodesProduced by The Atlantic

Big questions and provocative conclusions about technology and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson.

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Will We Ever Stop Eating Animal Meat?

September 20th, 2018

Americans eat more meat now than ever. That’s a problem for the planet’s future. Animal farming takes up 30 percent of the earth’s landmass (the equivalent of Asia), and livestock causes one-sixth of global greenhouse ga…

Can We Extend Human Lifespans to 150?

September 13th, 2018

Some scientists see aging as a disease that can be cured—but what would immortality mean for humanity?

How Will Self-Driving Cars Change the World?

September 6th, 2018

Over the last 130 years, the automobile shaped the modern world—it redefined the city, filled the suburbs, and revved up pop culture. With autonomous technology, everything about our relationship to cars is about to chan…

Should We Dim the Skies to Save the World?

August 30th, 2018

Climate change could be the most important problem facing humanity. To address it, scientists are thinking seriously about an idea that might sound like something from a sci-fi dystopia: Spraying the skies with sulfuric …

Season 2 Trailer

August 23rd, 2018

Crazy/Genius is back with a new season featuring five ideas to save the world.

Should We Go to Mars?

June 28th, 2018

It’s our best hope for life after earth—and a freezing, irradiated desert more than 30 million miles away. In our season finale, scientists and writers debate whether colonizing Mars is the most important mission in the …

Why Haven’t We Found Aliens?

June 21st, 2018

“Where is everybody?” That’s the question physicist Enrico Fermi asked in 1950. Nearly 70 years later, we’re getting tantalizingly close to solving the riddle known as Fermi’s Paradox: If the universe is so large and so …

Who Killed Local News?

June 14th, 2018

Since the Internet exploded journalism’s business revenue, local newsrooms around the country have been in free fall. We speak to The Denver Post's former managing editor and other experts to debate how to save the news—…

Is Online Dating Destroying Romance?

June 7th, 2018

Finding love on the Internet can be awkward, annoying, or downright scary. In this episode, two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and discuss their research on the history of romance in America.

Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?

May 31st, 2018

Digital devices rob us of our attention, creativity, and, some studies show, our mental health. We ask psychologists and authors if smartphone and social media usage has triggered a national health crisis — and what we c…

Introducing Crazy/Genius

May 1st, 2018

On Crazy/Genius, host Derek Thompson asks big questions about everything from online dating to blockchain to space exploration. Is technology moving us forward or backward? How did we get here — and where are we headed? …
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