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.
LPO's New Look: A Conversation with Jigar Shah
With $40 billion in lending authority, the Loan Programs Office is one of the Energy Department's most powerful clean energy investment tools. We sat down with Director Jigar Shah to talk about how LPO works, and what's in store for the future of energy.
Getting to Know Secretary Granholm
The nation's 16th Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, sat down with Direct Current to talk clean energy, climate, her "obsession" with creating millions of good-paying union jobs, and her vision for the Department of Energy.
Mars 2020, Part 2: SuperCam Does It All
Developed by Los Alamos National Lab, SuperCam is the scientific “Swiss Army Knife” for NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover. In this episode, we hear from the SuperCam team what it's like shooting rocks with lasers, and how it could help us find life on...
Mars 2020, Part 1: Powered by Plutonium
NASA's Mars Perseverance Rover is loaded with technology developed by the Department of Energy, including a nuclear battery fueled by plutonium-238. Listen as we follow the rover’s power source on its 7-year, 5,000-mile journey from lab to launch pad.
AI: Safer, Smarter, More Secure (Live at AAAS)
Artificial intelligence is all around us — even if we don’t realize it — and the rapid spread of AI technologies into our lives raises big questions about security. Our guests in this episode study the risks of ever-present AI,
The Future of Water & Wildfire (Live at AAAS)
COVID-19 is dominating the headlines, but the pandemic isn’t the only threat to human health. Water is an essential part of life, but changes in the water cycle can have disastrous results. The National Labs are working to understand and predict them.
Staying connected after SULI
Recently completed a SULI internship and became really interested in DOE, this podcast allows me to hear even more information in such an enjoyable way!
engaging look at energy and innovation
Thanks for all the hard work on this podcast! This is high quality and listeners can tell a lot of effort and research goes into each episode. Excellent job, and the content of the episodes is interesting and always teaches me something new.
Would love to see a future episode about women in STEM!
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.