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Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 1:00 PM
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 -- 1:00 PM Radiolab

Laughter -- We all laugh -- and you'll find that humor has very little to do with it. But what makes us laugh? To find out, the program tickles some rats, listens in on a baby's first laugh, talks to a group of professional laughers, and travels to Tanzania to investigate an outbreak of contagious laughter.

Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Fri, Apr 12, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Computer History Museum Presents

The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America -- The late 19th century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb. Unveiled in his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory in 1879, the light bulb overwhelmed the American public with the sense of the birth of a new age. More than any other invention, the electric light marked the arrival of modernity. However, as author and professor Ernest Freeberg shows, Edison's greatest invention was not any single technology -- but rather his reinvention of the process itself. Freeberg talks with John Hollar about the technological revolution behind Edison's light bulb.

Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 8:00 PM The Computer History Museum Presents

The Age of Edison: Electric Light and the Invention of Modern America -- The late 19th century was a period of explosive technological creativity, but arguably the most important invention of all was Thomas Edison's incandescent light bulb. Unveiled in his Menlo Park, New Jersey laboratory in 1879, the light bulb overwhelmed the American public with the sense of the birth of a new age. More than any other invention, the electric light marked the arrival of modernity. However, as author and professor Ernest Freeberg shows, Edison's greatest invention was not any single technology -- but rather his reinvention of the process itself. Freeberg talks with John Hollar about the technological revolution behind Edison's light bulb.

Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 2:00 AM
Thu, Apr 11, 2013 -- 2:00 AM Climate One: Solar Flares

Through all the growing pains and political attacks, the U.S. solar industry is still moving ahead. The founders of three prominent Bay Area startup companies that lease systems to homeowners share their insight on tapping the sun to get off fossil fuels, creating investment opportunities for small investors, and whether natural gas is a good bridge to cleaner power -- or dirty and unnecessary. They also talk about how monopoly utilities are grappling with their customers suddenly becoming competitors. Guests include: Ed Fenster, co-founder of Sunrun; Danny Kennedy, president and founder of Sungevity; Marco Krapels, executive vice president of Rabobank; and Lyndon Rive, co-founder and CEO of SolarCity.

Wed, Apr 10, 2013 -- 8:00 PM
Wed, Apr 10, 2013 -- 8:00 PM Climate One -- Solar Flares

Through all the growing pains and political attacks, the U.S. solar industry is still moving ahead. The founders of three prominent Bay Area startup companies that lease systems to homeowners share their insight on tapping the sun to get off fossil fuels, creating investment opportunities for small investors, and whether natural gas is a good bridge to cleaner power -- or dirty and unnecessary. They also talk about how monopoly utilities are grappling with their customers suddenly becoming competitors. Guests include: Ed Fenster, co-founder of Sunrun; Danny Kennedy, president and founder of Sungevity; Marco Krapels, executive vice president of Rabobank; and Lyndon Rive, co-founder and CEO of SolarCity.

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