Join award-winning journalist Miles O’Brien as he explores developments in technology, science, aviation, space and the environment.
A 35-year veteran of the news business, Miles is currently an independent producer, writer, and director for PBS NewsHour, NOVA, Frontline, and the National Science Foundation. An experienced pilot himself, he also serves as aviation analyst for CNN (And he does it all with one arm).
The Challenge of Robots and Artificial Intelligence, a Retrospective – with AI Pioneer Marvin Minsky
Marvin Minsky is often regarded as the father of modern AI, but when Miles visited him in 2010, Minsky wasn’t a proud father. In fact, Minsky was disappointed with the lack of progress in the field and had reservations about its future. Unfortunately, Minsky is no longer with us and can’t answer our questions about machine learning and new robots, but his answers from this interview in many ways still hold. Go back in time on this episode of Miles To Go.
How and Why We’re Sampling Asteroid Bennu – with NASA’s OSIRIS-REx Team
How did our early solar system form? What are the origins of life? How likely are we to get hit by a dangerous asteroid? A daring NASA mission called OSIRIS-REx hopes to find the answers to these big questions at an asteroid named Bennu. This week, the spacecraft arrives at its destination. To learn more, Miles sits down with members of the OSIRIS-REx team on this episode of Miles To Go.
Why Europa is the Most Likely Spot We’ll Find Aliens – with NASA’s Kevin Peter Hand
Jupiter has many moons, but none are quite like Europa: it has a thick crust of ice and a huge amount of liquid saltwater underneath its surface. In fact, many believe it’s the best place in the Solar System that we could find other lifeforms. To dive deeper into the mysteries of this icy world–and how we plan on exploring it–Miles sits down with Kevin Peter Hand, Deputy Project Scientist of NASA’s Europa Mission on this episode of Miles To Go.
How Average Americans are Fighting Climate Change – with Clean Air Carolina’s June Blotnick
Hurricane Florence was a perfect example of how climate change supercharges extreme weather events. But climate change also affects us in other more subtle, interconnected, and difficult to manage ways. Thankfully, people like June Blotnick, Executive Director of environmental advocacy group Clean Air Carolina, are working on the ground to help communities battle climate change. Miles sits down with June to learn more about how the average citizen can move the needle on these issues.
Steve Squyres – On Exploring Mars, and Other Celestial Objects
Steve Squyres is the principal investigator for the Mars exploration Rover program, which gave us the plucky and productive rovers Spirit and Opportunity. With the latter on life support and the former no longer with us, I spoke with him about his amazing run on Mars and what he’s working on now. It’s all out-of-this-world stuff.
The Murky World of Science Transparency – Hash it Out with NYU Professor George D. Thurston
There are calls in the EPA and in Congress for the use of more transparent science. But what does that mean? Why do scientists seem united against these regulations? And what would it mean if they went into effect? In this special Hash it Out episode, Brian and Fedor talk to vocal opponent of science transparency regulations George D. Thurston, Director of the Program in Exposure Assessment and Human Health Effects at the Department of Environmental Medicine, NYU School of Medicine.
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One of the best science shows available that probably goes reasonably deep for a layman audience. Miles is great at getting to the heart of the subject matter and seasoned enough to have thoughtful questions on any subject. The ‘hash it out’ episodes with Brian & Fedor are pretty fun too.
Cheesy Name, Great Show!
As Spock would say, "Fascinating." It is always interesting and well-produced by a professional journalist who can speak of and ask good scientific questions of real scientists.
Informative deep discources on salient science and technology topics
Miles O'Brien & Company are first-rate science and technology journalists. This is a lovely collection of deep dives in a variety of science and technology topics that touch all of our lives in some way.