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Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.

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    • Technology
    • 4.7 • 661 Ratings

Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.

    Spark presents What On Earth: "Can Earth Day be badass again?"

    Spark presents What On Earth: "Can Earth Day be badass again?"

    The climate is changing. So are we. On What On Earth, you’ll explore a world of solutions with host Laura Lynch and our team of journalists. In 1970, 20 million people showed up to fight for the environment on the first Earth Day. More than five decades later, is it time for this much tamer global event to return to its radical roots? 

    OG organizer Denis Hayes recounts how – amidst other counterculture movements at the time – his team persuaded roughly one in ten Americans to take to the streets. As he approaches 80, Denis offers his singular piece of advice to the next generation of climate leaders. Then, environmental warriors Maria Blancas and Axcelle Campana share ideas on what a reinspired Earth Day could look like – including making it a public holiday.

    More episodes of What On Earth are available at: https://link.chtbl.com/fHfXfjAJ

    We love to hear from our listeners and regularly feature them on the show. Have a question or idea? Email Earth@cbc.ca

    • 29 min
    Being Human Now - Music

    Being Human Now - Music

    From the earliest musical instruments to the metronome, to vocoders, auto-tune and beyond, music creation has always been a collaboration between humans and machines. But now that generative AI is shaking up songwriting, have we crossed a new threshold where the distinctively human talent for music is no longer ours alone?

    • 54 min
    Should robots work for us or with us?

    Should robots work for us or with us?

    Strides in AI software are finding their way into physical robots. It's promising a new era of human-robot interaction, where robots can assist us, respond to our needs and to cues in the environment. Question is: are we ready for robots among us?

    • 54 min
    Building more responsive, AI-driven infrastructure

    Building more responsive, AI-driven infrastructure

    Like most of us, you probably only think about infrastructure when it doesn't work: the power goes off, the roads flood. But in the face of climate change and the increasing energy demands of our digital tech, how can we rethink what infrastructure looks like to meet our future needs?

    • 54 min
    How yeast and bacteria could be key to future fashion design

    How yeast and bacteria could be key to future fashion design

    One of civilization's oldest technologies, textiles have long been linked to money, power, and politics. Now, researchers are looking to produce novel, more sustainable textiles using organisms like yeast, fungus, and bacteria.

    • 54 min
    Being Human Now - Play

    Being Human Now - Play

    What does play mean in a digital age, when so much happens on our all-consuming phones, and tech erases the boundaries between work and play?

    • 54 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
661 Ratings

661 Ratings

markii_swiss ,

One of the best shows about new tech and innovation

I’m always learning new things - and leave with a book recommendation or two. Nora Young is one of the best interviewers. Just a great show.

Michael MacGillivray ,

🚙 CenturyAuto.ca 🚙 ❤️ Spark! ⚡️

Great listen always😄

Geoelh ,

The way it’s done

Spark is CBC at it’s best, and it used to be more like this. Cracking and insightful, entertaining and well paced. Nora is one of our broadcasting treasures.

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