“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.
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.
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.