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Direct Current is a podcast about energy -- the kind that lights our homes, powers our lives and shapes our world. From the U.S. Department of Energy’s digital team in Washington, D.C., Direct Current brings you fresh, insightful stories of how we generate and use electricity, what that means for the planet and the cutting-edge science that’s driving a global energy revolution.

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    • 4.6, 94 Ratings

Direct Current is a podcast about energy -- the kind that lights our homes, powers our lives and shapes our world. From the U.S. Department of Energy’s digital team in Washington, D.C., Direct Current brings you fresh, insightful stories of how we generate and use electricity, what that means for the planet and the cutting-edge science that’s driving a global energy revolution.

    AI: Safer, Smarter, More Secure (Live at AAAS)

    AI: Safer, Smarter, More Secure (Live at AAAS)

    Artificial intelligence is all around us — even if we don’t realize it. Whether it’s in a self-driving car, a food delivery app, or our nation’s electrical grid, the rapid spread of AI and machine learning raises some big questions about security. How do we make sure AI-controlled systems are working as intended? And how do we protect vulnerable technologies from outside interference? Our guests from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory are working hard to answer those questions — and to get more scientists, engineers and tech leaders to start asking them.

    • 23 min
    The Future of Water & Wildfire (Live at AAAS)

    The Future of Water & Wildfire (Live at AAAS)

    Human health is at the top of all of our minds these days, with COVID-19 posing an unprecedented global challenge. One of the things that has a major impact on our health — and our security, the environment, agriculture, energy, transportation, you name it — is water. Water is one of our most precious resources, yet even small environmental changes can have massive consequences. In this episode, find out how the Department of Energy’s National Labs are using everything at their disposal — from supercomputers to sifting through the ashes of wildfires — to keep us one step ahead of our shifting water cycle and help us bounce back faster from natural disasters.

    • 25 min
    National Labs Respond to COVID-19

    National Labs Respond to COVID-19

    An interview with Dr. Chris Fall, Director of the Department of Energy Office of Science, about the agency’s response to COVID-19. Secretary Brouillette has tasked Dr. Fall with coordinating efforts across the Department and its 17 National Labs, where scientists are hard at work performing critical research to help us better understand the virus and limit its spread. Learn more at https://energy.gov/coronavirus.

    • 9 min
    Tribal Energy: Powering Self-Determination

    Tribal Energy: Powering Self-Determination

    For hundreds of Indian tribes and native communities across the United States, energy represents many things: a lifeline, a source of income, a path to sovereignty. No two tribes are alike, which is why the Department of Energy's Office of Indian Energy partners with tribal communities to develop energy projects that fit their specific needs. On this episode, learn how this small office delivers a big boost to tribes' efforts to take control of their energy destinies.
     
    The music at the beginning and end of this episode is courtesy of the Library of Congress. The songs are from an LP titled "Indian Songs of Today" that was reissued by the American Folklife Center in 2016.

    • 38 min
    AI: This Is Just the Beginning

    AI: This Is Just the Beginning

    Artificial intelligence is all over the news, but what's all the hype really about? We travel to Oak Ridge National Lab in Tennessee to find out how AI is going to revolutionize science and energy, and welcome a new podcast to the Department of Energy family! When it comes to AI, this is just the beginning.
    Subscribe to "The Sound of Science" for amazing stories from the cutting-edge research inside Oak Ridge. www.ornl.gov

    • 22 min
    S3 E8: KRUSTY in Spaaace!

    S3 E8: KRUSTY in Spaaace!

    50 years after Apollo 11 made history, NASA is getting ready to send astronauts back to the Moon. After that, Mars is next up. We're going to need a power supply that can keep humans alive in space for years at a time — but it's got to be small, light, and tough as nails. Could a miniature nuclear reactor be the answer? This is a story about perseverance, teamwork, and faith in an idea against all odds. Don't be fooled by the name — these folks aren't clowning around.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
94 Ratings

94 Ratings

podsterDC ,

Jam packed quality content

Amazed at how much you fit into each episode - it’s a deep dive on interesting energy topics without being overwhelming. Recommend this for anyone looking for a jump into understanding the energy landscape.

peebles ,

Unreal quality and killer content

I listen to podcasts every day, and none sounds as good as this one. The audio is impeccable. The content is even more impressive -- I'm consistently amazed by the quality of work, diversity of interviews and topics, and depth of understanding this team shows. Proof positive that podcasts about science and government can be nerdy and cool at the same time.

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