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In The Tank: The Energy Holy Grail

March 5, 2013
You want to change the world, with one simple device? Build a better battery. Yep, the humble battery. If scientists can improve its power and range, the battery has the potential to dramatically change how we fuel planes, trains and, in particular, automobiles. A better battery is also one big hurdle that lies between here and much wider use of renewable energy. That makes a better battery a big weapon in the fight against climate change. As Schwartz Fellow Steve LeVine says, batteries are the one technology that really worries oil and gas companies.

The Sidebar: Prisoner X and a Sequestered Education

March 1, 2013
Ali Gharib unravels the mystery of Israel’s Prisoner X and Jason Delisle explains what impact the sequester might—and might not—have on the federal education budget. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

Education Watch: Connecting Obama’s Preschool Plan to School ‘Turnaround’ Efforts

March 1, 2013
Early childhood advocates are thrilled about President Obama’s plan for bringing preschool to more children, but the K-12 world has reason to get excited as well. As described in our Turnaround 2.0 event at New America last month, turning around elementary schools will be very difficult without more access to preschool as well as high-quality classrooms in the K-3 grades. In this podcast, we talk with Sam Oertwig, director of implementation for FirstSchool program at the University of North Carolina, about what policies are needed to improve elementary schools around the country.

In The Tank: Player One Has Escaped Poverty

February 28, 2013
If you've ever played Oregon Trail, you probably remember the part where you shot bears and squirrels more than the part where you learned about frontier families. Today, we live in the online age of instant gratification, where you can use real money to buy your digital bears and squirrels instead of hunting them. Can a new social game based on the Half the Sky movement actually educate players about the serious issues girls face in developing countries, or will it be a series of "bear-shooting" moments?

New America NYC: A Place at the Table

February 28, 2013
50 million people in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from, despite our having the means to provide nutritious, affordable food for all Americans. In A Place at the Table, directors Kristi Jacobson and Lori Silverbush examine this issue through the lens of three people who are struggling with food insecurity.

New America NYC: La Frontera: A Photojournalist’s View of the US-Mexican Border

February 28, 2013
For over a year, documentary photographer Louie Palu traveled along the nearly 2,000-mile border that connects the United States to Mexico, documenting life and death along the way. Turning his lens on violence, organized crime, and drug trade, Palu’s work offers a stark view of the ground conditions on the border.

The Sidebar: Of Asteroids and Men

February 22, 2013
Konstantin Kakaes and Dan Sarewitz explain how - theoretically - we could avert an asteroid impact, and how the asteroid tracking industry has evolved. John Williams, former meteorite-hunter, tells us why the meteorite market is so murky legally. Sarewitz and Kakaes critique the president's State of the Union science and technology proposals. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

In The Tank: State of the Union, Remixed

February 15, 2013
There’s one line in president’s annual address that’s practically carved into stone: “The State of the Union is ______.” But after filling in the blank on Tuesday, President Obama announced plenty of new policy fodder. Wondering what experts on education, Afghanistan and the economy were thinking during the speech? Listen to a podcast remix of insights from New America’s analysts woven through lines from the president’s speech.

The Sidebar: The Law of Drones and Relaxation

February 15, 2013
Rosa Brooks scrutinizes the leaked Justice Department memo that aims to provide legal rationale for the administration's drone program. Brigid Schulte introduces us to surprising research on how to be happier, healthier and more productive. Elizabeth Weingarten hosts.

In The Tank: Cupid's Data

February 14, 2013
Data, like diamonds, can be mined. But is data forever? Or, in other words, can you find love by creating a data-based algorithm for online dating sites like That’s how Amy Webb found her husband. She documents her digital romance in a new book, “Data, a Love Story.” But Christine Rosen is skeptical. The Schwartz Fellow is writing a book that cautions against using too much tech to mediate human experiences– arguing that Yelp and Match.Com may be stealing away theserendipitous experiences that enrich our lives.
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