The Popular Mechanics Show
Summary: The podcast radio show of Popular Mechanics magazine, featuring engaging talk and interviews on automotive technology, electronics, science and news.
We talk with editor of RBNexploit, Jart Armin, who covered this week's Eastern European digital attacks from the inside-out. Plus, PM contributing editor and Danger Room editor Noah Shachtman with a behind-the-scenes look at why the Pentagon suddenly pulled the plug on its much ballyhooed Air Force Cyber Command, and Dave LaBarge walks us through the modern security tactics of safecracking.
iPhone 3G has arrived. So what? We let top bloggers from Gizmodo, Cult of Mac and MacRumours break down the pig picture. Plus, Joel Johnson takes us behind his investigation into Apple's secretive "Made for iPod" and authentication chip programs.
Many modern electronic devices draw small amounts of current even when they're powered off, adding real dollars to your monthly electric bill. Here's what you can do to plug those wattage leaks.
A high-tech, high-octane season of movies has arrived, but has the increasing influence of comic books diluted science fiction on the silver screen? Annalee Newitz, editor of the awesome new sci-fi blog io9, makes the case for a modern revival. Plus, in an exclusive interview, Lost gurus Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse preview the science inside the rest of Season 4--and the inventor of Iron Man's digital suit tells us where Tony Stark's new weaponry really came from.
Resident geek and robo whiz Erik Sofge offers the inside story of armed, unmanned vehicles coming soon to the battlefield. Plus, we talk online dating and love at first sight with top researcher Helen Fisher, teleporting with director Doug Liman, and the Daytona 500 with Casey Mears's pit mechanic.
An entire generation of high-tech hot shots is losing touch with traditional skills, and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds joins us with some solutions to save the handymen. Plus, we find out what's wrong with Halo 3, office surveillance and the Google Lunar X Prize.
Despite more than $7 billion in Congressional funding, the Army Corps of Engineers says it's still four years and another $7 billion away from re-building the levees of New Orleans. Robert Bea, a professor of engineering at the University of California at Berkeley who authored the huge National Science Foundation report on why the Big Easy collapsed in the first place, proposes solutions to re-engineer the Gulf Coast. And Leslie Sabbagh, our Iraq blogger, joins us from a military air base for a very candid conversation about the state of the high-tech war. Plus, three easy ways to cut down on your water use this summer.
Leading global warming experts Gavin Schmidt, Trevor Williams and Meredith Nettles join us for a roundtable discussion about the science behind climate modeling and learn the frightening facts we already know and the even more frightening ones we don't know yet. Plus: In a new segment called "My Job," Davin Coburn chats with food scientist Doug Berg about gourmet engineering.
It allows you to put thousands of songs in your pocket, watch brilliant, life-like TV and communicate more efficiently, and faster than ever before. But there's one thing digital technology can't yet provide: The ease and simplicity of the dial, knob and toggle switch. Instapundit.com's Glenn Reynolds issues a call to electronics companies to ditch complicated menu systems and to bring back analog control. PLUS: Aviation analyst Richard Aboulafia chats with me about our test flights on the largest passenger jet in the world, the Airbus A380.
With rumors swirling that General Motors is thinking of buying the Chrysler Group from DaimlerChrysler, will it be minus one for the Big Three? If there's anyone qualified to sort out fact from auto-industry fiction, it's Detroit Editor Jim Dunne, who joins me to discuss the fate of the Motor City, and share some new-car news. Plus: Contributing editor Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit.com reviews the Nokia N800 Internet Tablet.
We set the record straight on the public dangers, or lack thereof, of polonium-210, the radioactive material blamed in the death of a former Russian spy and causing a minor panic among the citizens of London. Plus: Full coverage of the L.A. Auto Show, including a plug-in hybrid Saturn, a hydrogen-powered turbocharged Toyota Prius, and some super-secret news about a major GM announcement.
We're Back! Welcome to Season Two of the Popular Mechanics Show. This week we'll take you behind the scenes of Popular Mechanics' 2006 Breakthrough Awards. Leadership award winner Burt Rutan will join us along with Tesla Motors CEO Martin Eberhard and Lockheed Martin Stardust probe team leader Joe Vellinga to discuss why adventure and risk are necessary ingredients in innovation. DIY peanut sheller inventor and BTA winner Jock Brandis will demonstrate his device, Dartmouth College's student inventors will give us a test drive of the GyroBike and the engineers behind the BigDog quadruped robot will talk shop - all in exclusive Popular Mechanics Show appearances. Plus: Exclusive interviews from the floor of the Breakthrough Awards celebration and the full, uncut audio of Burt Rutan's acceptance speech. 15 winning breakthroughs, 54 minutes of candid talk and a combined guest IQ that's numerically larger than the national debt...THIS is the Popular Mechanics Show.
TV on the Internet, movies on your iPod a studio in your house - where is this all going? Helping us answer that question is veteran entertainment journalist and MTV anchor Kurt Loder, An Army of Davids author and Instapundit blogger Glenn Reynolds and Popular Mechanics senior editor Glenn Derene. Plus: Home department senior editor Roy Berendsohn shares his tips for fall lawn car, we examine the dangers of electronic voting and YouTube phenom Jason Woliner explains how to turn average videos into works of viral art.
Eat my root vegetables! MSNBC anchor and tuber launcher Tucker Carlson joins me on the Popular Mechanics Show to discuss the wonders of spud gunning, and to share some of the more elaborate potato cannons (a propane-powered semi-automatic) he has in his arsenal. Plus, Transterrestrial.com's Rand Simberg, a self-confessed recovering aerospace engineer, joins me to analyze last week's announcement that Lockheed Martin will build NASA's new ride to the Moon and Mars -- will it fly? Senior editor (automotive) Mike Allen answers your car care questions (including what to do when you fill your gas tank with - D'OH! - diesel), and West Coast editor Ben Stewart drives the coolest electric car yet, the Tesla Roadster. The Popular Mechanics Show is hosted by Benjamin Chertoff.
Is China Stealing Our Military Secrets? Popular Mechanics contributor Simon Cooper joins me to discuss the growing problem of classified U.S. military technology being smuggled into China. Plus: senior automotive editor Mike Allen answers your car care questions, instapundit.com blogger and PM contributing editor Glenn Reynolds explains the problems with over-hyping nanotechnology and we'll teach you how to install the ultimate car radio.