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The Future of Renewable Energy, Featuring Bill Gates

Renewable energy could be the key to ensuring the future prosperity and health of Planet Earth and humankind. In this very special episode, we sit down and discuss the possibilities with Bill Gates.

How Street Gangs Work

The street gang problem in America peaked in the 1990s, but recent FBI reports find that gang membership doubled from 2006-2011. What's driving this increase, and gangs in general? Wander into gang territory with Josh and Chuck in this episode.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Oh boy! Josh and Chuck have another list of the best articles they read this week, just for you and your spongy brain.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Every week, Chuck and Josh read tons of articles. Here are links to the best of the bunch.

So it's extremely difficult to visit Guatemala and not feel the creeping sense that one has led a comparatively entitled life. Being an American I can count on one hand the number of times I've arisen at three in the morning to make flour tortillas by hand. Then sold the tortillas door to door. Then headed off to work for the rest of the day in the fields, reaping sugar cane with a machete or picking coffee beans from plants growing on steep mountainsides or plowing unreasonably rocky soil with a hoe. Then bagged whatever harvest had been gotten and carted the bags into town in a bus alongside pigs and chickens, if I didn't ride on the top -- which I could if I had been born Guatemalan -- to sell the produce at a market and return home again that night on a similar bus and go to sleep only to do it once more the following morning. And so on, ad infinitum.