In Depth for August 17, 2013

The week’s best content from WHYY and from around public media.


Herzog Plumbs Guilt and Loss Wrought by Texting and Driving

NPR: All Tech Considered — For decades, acclaimed filmmaker Werner Herzog has introduced audiences to subjects that stick in one’s mind long after the credits have rolled, from a cave of artwork painted more than 30,000 years ago, to the landscape of Antarctica, or a man who believed he had a special relationship with grizzly bears. His latest film is no less thought-provoking, but it’s a bit of a departure for Herzog — it’s a public service announcement.


The Prospects and Perils of Geoengineering

Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane — The prospect of controlling the weather has for a long time lived solely in the realm of science fiction and the plots of evil villains. However, a growing number of scientists are now advocating geoengineering as a way to address climate change.


Oprah and Forest Whitaker for “The Butler”

Flicks — Oprah and Forest Whitaker talk with Patrick Stoner about “The Butler”


Frontline: Football High

Frontline — FRONTLINE documents a tragic story of heat-stroke injuries that reveal how weak regulation has created a crucial lack of athletic trainers at most high schools. It all raises a critical question: has the amped-up culture of high school football outrun necessary protections for the boys who play the game?


This Pulsing Earth

NPR: Krulwich Wonders — John Nelson is a designer, well known for tracing complex weather patterns or cultural information on maps, so considering what he usually does, this was easy. NASA’s Visible Earth team publishes pictures of our planet every month of the year, so John thought, why not stitch them together, and see what the seasons look like from outer space?



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