In this weekend's podcast of All Things Considered, host Arun Rath investigates the controversial practice of engineering the planet's climate with man-made chemicals. Plus, music from Anoushka Shankar and Norah Jones.
You may not find South Sudan at the top of most dream destination lists, but the authors of a new travel guide say the young country, long isolated by a violent civil war, has much to offer tourists in search of wildlife, culture and natural beauty.
The new RoboRoach project allows users to influence the movements of cockroaches with a smartphone. Greg Gage of Backyard Brains says it's not brain control but more like the bridle of a horse. The RoboRoach just provides a sensation that makes the cockroach perceive an obstacle.
Meteorologist Eric Holthaus has made his career monitoring the Earth's climate, and he's alarmed at what he sees. After reading a new, bleak international report on climate change, Holthaus has decided one important way to reduce his carbon footprint is to give up airplane travel for good.
Washington State has finalized rules for recreational marijuana sales, joining Colorado in beginning to create a legal framework for the pot industry. Randy Simmons, deputy director of the Washington Liquor Control Board, says other states and even other countries are watching Washington's developing system very closely.
Some very mainstream scientists are saying that the climate change situation is so bad that saving life as we know it might require something radical: like shooting chemicals into the stratosphere or to protect earth from the sun or sucking carbon dioxide from out of the atmosphere.
Addiction can come in a lot of forms, but the defining characteristics are the same. But Dr. Charles O'Brien, who's been studying addiction for years, says the treatment must fit the patient. Even with advances in medication, he says combining approaches is the most likely path to success.
The journalist who broke the story about the U.S. government's surveillance program is leaving The Guardian to work with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The structure of media site is still unknown, but Greenwald has called the move a "once-in-a-career dream journalistic opportunity."
The reSTART clinic in Washington State treats Internet addicts. Many of the young men who go through the program have been using video games as an escape for years, only to lose themselves in the process. But avoiding the Internet can be nearly impossible, and finding the right balance is a "constant struggle," one patient says.
The kingdom decided it will not take a two-year rotating seat on the United Nations Security Council, calling the body incapable of ending wars and resolving conflicts.