IEEE Spectrum Radio Programming

IEEE Spectrum produces four to six hour-long documentaries per year on a wide range of technology subjects. Our specials are made available to public radio stations and other broadcast outlets, and are distributed by the Public Radio Exchange and NPR’s Content Depot. In addition to the IEEE, support for our programs comes from the National Science Foundation and the Sloan Foundation via the Public Radio Exchange.

Latest Show—FutureCar: Accelerating Into the Future

FutureCar: Accelerating Into the Future, a one-hour special from IEEE Spectrum, explores the latest technological advances for the automobile, and previews cars we may see in the not-too-distant future.

Previous Shows

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    Robert Reich, former Secretary of Labor and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, and Susan Hassler, editor in chief of IEEE Spectrum magazine, are joined by engineers, scientists, and futurists from MIT, Carnegie Mellon, Rice University, and the Institute for the Future to give listeners insights into how technology will redefine work in the not too distant future.

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    Adapting to Climate Change

    No matter what you believe about climate change, we can all agree that extreme weather events—tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, droughts—are occurring more frequently. These massive natural disasters upset lives and devastate property. The costs of cleanup and reconstruction are enormous.

    “Adapting to Climate Change” explores the ambitious plans that engineers, scientists, government officials, business leaders, NGOs, and community groups around the world are making to deal with future catastrophic events and shifting weather patterns.

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    Grokking Democracy: A Political World Transformed by Digital Technology

    The hour-long radio special “Grokking Democracy” examines how elections and governing have changed in today’s digital world. Cohosted by political journalist Jonathan Alter and public radio anchor Lisa Mullins, the program looks at social media campaigns, e-voting, and other transformative tools. We hear from campaign managers and political strategists and discover ways that digital technology has changed civil society from Northern Europe to South Asia.

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    Becoming Bionic: Engineering Beyond Biology

    “Becoming Bionic” explores how engineers and scientists transmute nature to engineering. Adapting what they observe in the living world, they create useful products or processes, going beyond the simple imitation of biological structures.

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    Mapping Eliza: Decoding DNA Secrets

    Genome sequencing is cheap, fast, and poised to revolutionize health care. IEEE Spectrum editor Eliza Strickland gets a glimpse of the medical future by getting her own genome sequenced.

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    Engineers of the New Millennium: Life in 2030

    Robots that fight fires, cars that drive themselves, clothes that prevent illness—are they the stuff of science fiction? Or are they more likely than we think?

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    The New Medicine: Hacking Our Biology

    These stories explore technological advances in medical inventions to enhance and extend life.

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    Fastest on Earth

    To explore what’s fastest on earth we’ve roamed the globe to check out speedy things on wheels, tracks, legs or wings, and in the water.