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Pirate Radio » The PIRATE Act
Nov 26, 2019 • 17 min
Congress is in the process of passing a non-partisan bill to increase support for enforcement against illegal pirate radio operations: Fines can now go as high as $2 million, and the FCC will fund “enforcement sweeps” in major radio markets. Does this…
Pirate Radio » Dial Up!
Nov 22, 2019 • 20 min
How the Hmong diaspora uses the world’s most boring technology to make something weird and wonderful. Episode two of The Verge’s Pirate Radio mini-series featuring Mia Sato. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Pirate Radio » Outside the wire
Nov 19, 2019 • 36 min
When the US entered Afghanistan, local DJs were hired to help with the war effort. And when the American military pulled out, they abandoned those voices, leaving many of them for dead. Episode 1 of The Verge’s Pirate Radio mini-series featuring Chris…
Machine Of Loving Grace | Better Worlds Pt. 5
Feb 13, 2019 • 28 min
Welcome to Better Worlds, The Verge’s new series of short fiction, audio, and animation that explores how technology can shape our society and environment in better, more equitable ways. “Machine Of Loving Grace” is the fifth and final installment of the…
Skin City | Better Worlds Pt. 4
Feb 6, 2019 • 24 min
Welcome to Better Worlds, The Verge’s new series of short fiction, audio, and animation that explores how technology can shape our society and environment in better, more equitable ways. “Skin City” is part four of five audio adaptations of Better Worlds…
The Burn | Better Worlds Pt. 3
Jan 30, 2019 • 24 min
Welcome to Better Worlds, The Verge’s new series of short fiction, audio, and animation that explores how technology can shape our society and environment in better, more equitable ways. “The Burn” is part three of five audio adaptations of Better Worlds…
Monsters Come Howling in Their Season | Better Worlds Pt. 2
Jan 23, 2019 • 27 min
Welcome to Better Worlds, The Verge’s new series of short fiction, audio, and animation that explores how technology can shape our society and environment in better, more equitable ways. “Monsters Come Howling In Their Season” is part two of five audio…
Online Reunion | Better Worlds Pt. 1
Jan 16, 2019 • 27 min
Welcome to Better Worlds, The Verge’s new series of short fiction, audio, and animation that explores how technology can shape our society and environment in better, more equitable ways. “Online Reunion” is part one of five audio adaptations of Better…
Introducing Better Worlds
Dec 17, 2018 • 1 min
Welcome to Better Worlds, The Verge’s new series of short fiction, audio, and animation that explores how technology can shape our society and environment in better, more equitable ways. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
@dril tweets: a reading of his best work
Sep 27, 2018 • 2 min
Last month, Dril published Dril Official “Mr. Ten Years” Anniversary Collection, a 420-page collection of his best tweets of the last decade. And it works because during that same stretch of time, Dril has defined so much of what it’s meant to be online.…
VR pioneer Jaron Lanier on dystopia, empathy, and the future of the internet
Dec 8, 2017 • 61 min
Jaron Lanier is one of virtual reality’s most recognizable figures. He’s credited with popularizing the term itself, and he co-founded VPL, a short-lived but groundbreaking company that built some of the first commercial VR headsets. Since then, Lanier…
Why watch people play video games?
Aug 17, 2017 • 22 min
About a month ago my colleague Dan Seifert admitted on Twitter to, basically, not understanding me as a person: “i will never understand the fascination with watching other people play video games” Instead of lashing out in his mentions, I sat on that…
What to do when 20,000 bees unexpectedly swarm your Manhattan skyscraper
Jun 20, 2017 • 3 min
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Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on tweeting from space and brewing the first zero-G espresso
May 13, 2017 • 19 min
Samantha Cristoforetti is an Italian astronaut with the European Space Agency. She currently holds a few spaceflight records — including being the first person ever to brew an espresso in space. In 2014 and 2015, Cristoforetti spent 199 days aboard the…
How to build your own personal Westworld
Mar 22, 2017 • 70 min
Last year in Los Angeles, a mysterious cult began recruiting people through emails, phone calls, and one-on-one consultations. For nine months individuals were drawn into the group’s web of intrigue, discovering that a young woman from Ohio had been taken…
Astronauts Scott and Mark Kelly on NASA’s twin experiment and the future of space travel
Mar 21, 2017 • 15 min
Mark and Scott Kelly are the only twins that have ever traveled to space — and their experience will be invaluable if we want to get to Mars one day. The brothers are taking part in what NASA calls the Twins Study — a genetic experiment to see how our…
The Space Shuttle Columbia tragedy: a conversation with my parents who worked the accident
Feb 1, 2017 • 35 min
On February 1st, 2003, the Space Shuttle Columbia broke apart over Texas and Louisiana as it returned from a 16-day mission in space. The cause of the accident was a piece of foam that had fallen off the Shuttle’s external fuel tank during launch. The…
Keystone XL and Dakota Access pipelines controversy explained
Jan 30, 2017 • 5 min
Now that President Trump has resurrected the hotly contested Keystone XL and Dakota Access Pipelines, here’s what you need to know about their pasts — and their futures. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCPWjg-bXTY Host: Rachel Becker Director: Miriam…
The delicate science of counting crowds
Jan 26, 2017 • 2 min
Here’s how we know how many people were in the crowd for Donald Trump’s inauguration — and why you won’t hear the number on TV. www.youtube.com/watch?v=boOWZXZXINU Host: Russel Brandom Director: Kimberly Mas Camera: Tom Connors Graphics: William Joel…
Judges, not Trump, will decide Obama’s environmental legacy
Jan 20, 2017 • 4 min
President Donald Trump has vowed to dismantle many of the environmental policies passed under president Barack Obama. But environmental groups and some states are ready to fight back and bring the administration to court. Host: Alessandra Potenza…
Listening to machines to understand why they break
Jan 11, 2017 • 3 min
There is nothing more frustrating than taking your car into the mechanic with only the vaguest sense that something is wrong. You know that odd little creak or strange whine is new, but you don’t have a clue what it’s trying to tell you. You would like to…
A highly specific Tinder problem
Dec 27, 2016 • 18 min
What’s the biggest problem you run into while using the popular dating app Tinder? Is it that almost all the children of the Earth seem appalling when reduced to four photos and the opportunity to describe themselves in two sentences? Is it that you are a…
Emotional (Tech) Support
Oct 14, 2016 • 41 min
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1,000 Words: bringing pictures of the internet to your ears
Aug 13, 2016 • 35 min
It’s a familiar problem for podcast listener: a host vaguely references a picture or a video or something in their recording booth, but you can’t see what it is this person is talking about. This happened recently on Vergecast 214. Yeah, a video would…
Paul Miller’s gadget corner 06/03/16
Jun 3, 2016 • 3 min
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Extended interview with Prof. Randal Picker
Apr 20, 2016 • 18 min
Nilay talks with Randal Picker; professor at University of Chicago Law School, to discuss the recent news about Google’s antitrust charges. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Extended interview with T-Pain
Jan 22, 2016 • 33 min
Recently, The Verge visited T-Pain at his home to talk about the music industry and the new Garageband software available. This is the full extended interview we had with T-Pain that day.…
Chris Ziegler at Code/Mobile
Oct 9, 2015 • 16 min
Though the connected car is one of the hottest topics in the transportation sector this year, the concept of the connected car is anything but new: Systems like GM’s OnStar, BMW Assist and Lexus Link launched well over a decade ago, wirelessly linking…
John Gaeta can see the future of VR
Aug 13, 2015 • 27 min
Bryan Bishop (@ Bcbishop) and The Verge video team recently took a visit to Industrial Light & Magic’s xLab. It’s a kind of next-generation entertainment sandbox, exploring virtual reality, augmented reality, and other immersive experiences — all under…
ReBoot is coming back
Jun 16, 2015 • 22 min
After a 14-year hiatus, ReBoot is back. That’s right, the first half-hour, completely computer-animated TV series was given the greenlight last week. But what will the new ReBoot look like? To find out, Arielle Duhaime-Ross gave Michael Hefferon, the…
Chris Gethard has a talk show
May 27, 2015 • 63 min
After fours years on public access, underground NY comic Chris Gethard is bringing his experimental talk show to Fusion. Ross Miller sat down with Chris for a chat about comedy, New York City, and Diddy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
Pitch Perfect’s Deke Sharon on the rise of a cappella
May 15, 2015 • 60 min
The words “a cappella empire” probably mean nothing to you. But Deke Sharon has built one. He’s the musical force behind NBC’s The Sing-Off and both Pitch Perfect films, and soon he’ll be starring in an a cappella reality show on Lifetime. Casey Newton…
Fast Dungeons & Furious Dragons
Apr 1, 2015 • 47 min
The Rock, Vin Diesel, and Ludacris go for a birthday joy ride when suddenly they are ambushed by agents of a shadowy organization in souped-up Toyota Camrys. Roll a die and punch bad guys. This is Fast and Furious 6.5, a special role-playing episode we…
The Verge at SXSW 2015
Mar 17, 2015 • 43 min
Emily Yoshida, Dieter Bohn, Kwame Opam, and Casey Newton are on the ground in Austin, TX for SXSW 2015. They’re here to talk about movies, Meerkat, brand activations, and waiting in lines. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
A conversation with Brian K. Vaughan
Mar 16, 2015 • 55 min
Saga is widely regarded as one of the best comics of 2014, and its author, Brian K. Vaughan, as one of the best sci-fi writers around. Listen as The Verge’s biggest comic book nerds talk to Vaughan about everything from Saga and gaming, to racial…
The problems with Interstellar
Mar 16, 2015 • 38 min
Interstellar is absolutely gorgeous. Interstellar has strong performances and real tearjerking moments. Interstellar also has some pretty large issues that unravel over the course of its nearly-three-hour runtime. Let’s talk about it. Learn more about…
The Verge at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival
Jan 31, 2015 • 49 min
The Verge’s Casey Newton, Emily Yoshida and Bryan Bishop chat about the films of the Sundance Film Festival, the huge steps Oculus is making in the narrative film world, and the unstoppable force of nature that is James Franco. Learn more about your ad…