Podcast of The Week: Shortwave on Engineered Perennial Rice

This fascinating Shortwave episode describes how American scientists working with Chinese farmers have successfully engineered a strand of perennial rice and harvested it over mutiple crop years. Rice usually has to be planted from seed each year, which is labour intensive and harmful to the health of farm land. This perennial rice regrows each year without having to replanted, while also rejuvenating the land.

Podcast Of The Week: Eamon Ryan on Magnified With Matt Cooper

On his new long-form podcast, Matt Cooper interviews Eamon Ryan about Ireland's climate landscape and all the change that is in train, but that is needed to address the climate emergency. This deep dive is great and full of details and challenging questions. Eamon Ryan has a questionable meme-inspired political reputation, but he can't be accused of not knowing his brief inside out and being able to paint a positive picture of transitional change.

Podcast Of The Week: Francis Huagen on RCP

The Rhodes Centre Podcast (RCP) published a fascinating interview between Francis Haugen, the Facebook whistleblower, and economist Mark Blyth. The interview goes beneath the surface of the practices highlighted by Francis Haugen's testimony to congress, and discusses the long term impact that the lack of oversight on social media content delivery algorithms can have on democracy.


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