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[Bonus] Introducing CYBER, a Hacking Podcast by Motherboard

01:14 | Nov 12th, 2018

Motherboard has launched a new podcast, called CYBER. It's available on Apple Podcasts and on whatever app you listen to. Hacking. Hackers. Disinformation campaigns. Encryption. The Cyber. This stuff gets complicated really fast, but Motherboard s...Show More

NASA Turns 60

56:46 | Oct 1st, 2018

NASA turns 60 this week. We're joined by Former NASA chief technologist Mason Peck joins us to discuss the agency’s history of spaceflight milestones, which include landing humans on the Moon (six times!), putting rovers on Mars, sending probes to in...Show More

[BONUS] Introducing Queerly Beloved

20:42 | Sep 12th, 2018

If you've been enjoying Radio Motherboard, we think you'll also love our newest VICE podcast, Queerly Beloved. Queerly Beloved ​is a new podcast series from Broadly. Co-hosted by Broadly editor Sarah Burke and Fran Tirado of the popular queer podca...Show More

Motherboard's New Crossword Puzzle: Solve the Internet

18:23 | Jun 12th, 2018

Radio Motherboard talks to Caleb Madison and Marley Randazzo about Solve the Internet, Motherboard's new internet-themed weekly crossword puzzle.

Sex Workers Lobby Congress Against a Terrible Internet Law

38:02 | Jun 7th, 2018

Radio Motherboard talks to Liara Roux, a sex worker who was part of the first ever organized effort by her industry to lobby Congress. We talk about SESTA/FOSTA, a law that puts sex workers in danger and has fundamentally changed the internet.

PewDiePie, Alinity, and the Burden of Being a Female Streamer

45:46 | Jun 5th, 2018

Radio Motherboard breaks down the harassment that has been leveled against Twitch streamer Alinity and other women online, as well as the phenomenon of YouTube's "Twitch Fails" videos.

Elon Musk, Then and Now

38:55 | May 31st, 2018

Radio Motherboard pulls a 2015 interview with Elon Musk's biographer Ashlee Vance, and talks about how perceptions about Musk and his companies have changed.

Facebook’s Reckoning with American Nazis

1:01:12 | May 29th, 2018

After a white supremacist killed a protester in Charlottesville in 2017, Facebook pushed to re-educate its moderators about hate speech groups in the US, and spell out the distinction from nationalism and separatism, documents obtained by Motherboard...Show More

Amplifying the Alt-Right

1:16:46 | May 24th, 2018

Whitney Phillips, the author of a new report called "The Oxygen of Amplification," talks about what she learned by talking to more than 50 journalists who covered the alt-right and white supremacists during the 2016 election cycle.

Who's Afraid of Kaspersky?

43:42 | May 22nd, 2018

We went to Kaspersky Lab's SAS conference, where the controversial Russian anti-virus firm showcases its best research, wines and dines competitors and journalists, and burns American espionage operations. 

The Senate Voted to Save Net Neutrality--Here's How it Happened

34:38 | May 17th, 2018

Evan Greer has spent the last few months pushing the Senate to preserve net neutrality. She explains how Fight for the Future and millions of internet users convinced the Senate, and what's next in the uphill battle to save the internet.

Pod Void if Removed

49:16 | May 15th, 2018

The FTC just announced that Warranty Void if Removed stickers on video game consoles are illegal. This is a big win for consumers--and an indication that the walled gardens of electronic manufacturers are being breached.

How to Make a Photo Go Viral

37:20 | Mar 14th, 2018

A woman in cyberpunk body paint stands in the center of a ring of old laptops. It's a staged photo about e-waste, sure, but photographer Ben Von Wong hasn't just set up the photo to look cool. He wants it to go viral: "I create viral campaigns around...Show More


1:08:11 | Mar 8th, 2018

We talk to Claire Evans (who last joined us on the first ever episode of Radio Motherboard!) about her new book BROAD BAND: The Untold Story of the Women Who Made the Internet. Claire joined Motherboard staff writer Kaleigh Rogers to talk about the i...Show More

Net Neutrality

42:56 | Dec 12th, 2017

The FCC will vote later this week to repeal net neutrality protections. Radio Motherboard talks to BoingBoing co-founder and Electronic Frontier Foundation activist Cory Doctorow about what the next steps are to protect the open internet.

Stress Week: Drone Therapy

27:29 | Dec 8th, 2017

Kristel Jax, a performance artist, leads us through a drone therapy session, which uses drone music and cognitive behavioral therapy to try and treat anxiety and stress.

Stress Week: How to Hack New York Stress

34:18 | Dec 7th, 2017

Ankita gets her stress test results and sits down with Dr. Chiti Parikh at Weill Cornell's Integrative Health and Wellbeing program to talk about how to deal with the intense stress of 2017.

Bonus: Rebuilding the Swamp

15:13 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Motherboard's Ankita Rao went to an Army Corps of Engineers project in south Florida to see an Everglades restoration project firsthand. Read the story at

Jane Goodall on chimps, feminism and Donald Trump

24:32 | Oct 27th, 2017

Staff writer Kaleigh Rogers sits down with renowned anthropologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall and director Brett Morgen ahead of the release of "Jane," a new documentary about her life and work.


46:54 | Oct 6th, 2017

Motherboard speaks to Ben Makuch, the host of VICELAND's Cyberwar, about how he may have come face-to-face with a Russian DNC hacker.

The Tide Is Shifting in Silicon Valley

52:11 | Sep 25th, 2017

The same tech companies once heralded as crusaders of a bright future are increasingly being seen as hoarders of vast, unchecked power. Franklin Foer, a national correspondent for The Atlantic, has been questioning the intentions of corporations like...Show More

Pirates and Robots: A Conversation With Annalee Newitz

41:07 | Sep 18th, 2017

The science fiction author Annalee Newitz discusses her new novel Autonomous, set in a 22nd century world of patent pirates, soul-searching robots, indentured servants, and really great drugs. (BEWARE: BOOK SPOILERS)

Big Tech's Blackballing of Neo-Nazi Sites Shows Who Controls the Internet

50:54 | Aug 24th, 2017

In the wake of a domestic terrorist incident at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, we witnessed a flashpoint in a long-overdue debate: How much control should a few powerful internet companies have over user content? On August ...Show More

Facebook Wants to Convince Us That VR Is Cool

33:42 | Aug 4th, 2017

Virtual reality adoption has been slow. Despite promising leaps in the tech over the past several decades, relatively few VR headsets have been sold worldwide, especially compared to smartphones. Can the world's most popular social network bring VR t...Show More

Infamous Hacker Kevin Mitnick Tells Us How He Created Fake Identities

1:06:47 | Jul 28th, 2017

Radio Motherboard sits down with infamous hacker and computer security expert Kevin Mitnick—AKA The Condor—to discuss internet safety, online privacy, and the art of hacking.

Gender-Swapping Sci-Fi With 'Ancillary Justice' Author Ann Leckie

36:06 | Jul 21st, 2017

The award-winning sci-fi novelist's new book 'Provenance' is due out September 26. A far-flung space empire on the verge of internal collapse? Check. A multi-body artificial intelligence that calls all people "she"? Si. Tea? Of course. These are jus...Show More

What is Bitcoin really for?

54:10 | Jul 14th, 2017

Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies aren't just for making money. Enthusiasts often believe the technology could help give rise to a political revolution. But of what kind? On this week's episode, we talk to two researchers about the ideology behind B...Show More

Looking Into the Future With Kim Stanley Robinson

36:25 | Jul 7th, 2017

Description: We talk to the award-winning sci-fi author about his new book, New York 2140.

Radio Motherboard Live: What Is the iPhone?

59:38 | Jun 29th, 2017

It's the 10th anniversary of the iPhone! Motherboard's Jason Koebler talks to Brian Merchant, author of The One Device: The Secret History of the iPhone, about how Apple's most groundbreaking products changed our lives.

An Update to Your Motherboard

41:56 | Jun 22nd, 2017

Motherboard has a change in management! Starting today, Jason Koebler is taking over the keys to this website as its new editor-in-chief. To set a course for the future of the site, he sat down with Derek Mead—who had been running Motherboard for the...Show More

How the Grateful Dead Anticipated the Future

1:01:59 | Jun 5th, 2017

Radio Motherboard talks time travel, sound tech, and why we're all living in the Grateful Dead's future, with Amir Bar-Lev, director of the new Martin Scorsese-produced documentary about the band.

Introducing Science Solved It

16:40 | Apr 24th, 2017

A mystery is only as good as its solution…at least, that’s what host Kaleigh Rogers believes. Science Solved It is a new weekly show from Motherboard that introduces listeners to the world’s greatest mysteries that were solved by science, with insigh...Show More

Vote for Motherboard, Come on Our Show!

12:23 | Apr 18th, 2017

We'll be back with a new episode tomorrow, but in the meantime, please vote for Motherboard in the Webbys: ... Then tweet at us telling us you voted (@...Show More

Wasting Time on the Internet

1:01:54 | Apr 13th, 2017

Have you ever tried a digital detox? Or spending less time on Facebook, Twitter, or Reddit? Kenneth Goldsmith definitely hasn't. He's a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he teaches a class called "Wasting Time on the Internet." What ...Show More

The Only FCC Commissioner Still Fighting For Your Online Privacy

47:31 | Mar 30th, 2017

Congress just voted to repeal the FCC's privacy rules that prevent your internet provider from selling your personal data to the highest bidder. Last week, Radio Motherboard talked to Mignon Clyburn—the only Democrat on the commission—who is still fi...Show More

You Have the Right to Repair Your Electronics

54:32 | Mar 3rd, 2017

Radio Motherboard talks to Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, and Gay Gordon-Byrne, executive director of about legislation that is moving through eight states that would require electronics manufacturers to enable you to fix your things. The bill...Show More

Introducing pluspluspodcast, a new show from Motherboard

13:31 | Mar 2nd, 2017

Motherboard is launching a brand new show! This is a preview for "pluspluspodcast," a fully produced, documentary-style show that takes you on the road with Motherboard reporters as we meet with the people who are helping shape our shared, crazy futu...Show More

LIVE PODCAST: The Motherboard Guide to Defending the Future

1:04:01 | Feb 15th, 2017

Radio Motherboard's first ever LIVE EPISODE! On February 12, the Radio Motherboard crew recorded a podcast in front of a live audience at the Work x Work On Air festival. We talked about what it means to be vigilant in Trump's America and discussed h...Show More

The End of Ownership

49:13 | Feb 12th, 2017

The internet of things, End User License Agreements, and Digital Rights Management are increasingly being used to give electronics manufacturers control and ownership over your stuff even after you buy it. Radio Motherboard talks to Aaron Perzanowski...Show More

Meme Warfare

46:10 | Jan 31st, 2017

Radio Motherboard discusses the extent that memes have taken over political discourse with Ryan Milner, a College of Charleston assistant professor who wrote his PhD. dissertation on memetics. We also discuss the idea of meme warfare, meme insurgency...Show More

Super Mario Is Not a Human Being

42:57 | Jan 19th, 2017

A preview for the new Nintendo Switch has brought us to the startling realization that Super Mario is not a homo sapien. On this episode, we discuss the geographic location of the Mushroom Kingdom and how excited we should be for Nintendo’s new conso...Show More

The Race to Save Government Science From Trump

22:33 | Jan 12th, 2017

Dozens of scientists working at schools like the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon, the University of Toronto, and a handful of others are frantically working on a series of projects to preserve government science from alteration or deletio...Show More

The Disease We're Getting Wrong

40:27 | Dec 23rd, 2016

Diabetes is usually considered a disease of excess—so why are so many starving people in India getting it?

When Will We Have 'Westworld' Robots?

44:07 | Dec 13th, 2016

Like much of America, we are big fans of HBO's 'Westworld,' but not because of the science in the show. To be honest, the show doesn't really bother trying to explain how its hosts work, but in doing so, it allows the show to ask some of the big ethi...Show More

Your Next T-Shirt Could Be Made Out of Seaweed

46:52 | Dec 6th, 2016

Motherboard takes a trip to Biofabricate, a synthetic biology conference at the Parsons School of Design. We talk to Aaron Nesser and Kenji Higashi, two entrepreneurs who are hoping that fibers made of spider silk and alginate could help clean up our...Show More

Trump's Powers

1:38:18 | Nov 18th, 2016

Motherboard's writers, editors, and contributors have spent the last week talking to activists, researchers, and policy makers about the powers that Donald Trump will inherit when he takes power in January. There's little sense in speculating about w...Show More

Donald Trump's Dystopia and Black Mirror

47:49 | Nov 14th, 2016

We couldn't ignore the fact that an impending Trump presidency feels like a Black Mirror episode. We discuss his campaign and the election through the lens of Black Mirror, and discuss 'San Junipero,' 'Men Against Fire,' and 'Hated in the Nation.'

'Black Mirror' Season 3 Episodes 1-3

47:04 | Nov 4th, 2016

We’ve always sort of called Charlie Brooker’s “Black Mirror” the Motherboard show, because while we love tech, we’re probably a bit more wary of its ability to lean dystopian than your average tech publication. So this week and next, we’re going to b...Show More

Werner Herzog On Science, Language, Mars, and His Volcano Fever Dreams

41:38 | Oct 28th, 2016

Werner Herzog doesn’t care what you think about him, about his mythos. He does care about myth, the stories people tell and why. His newest movie, "Into The Inferno," in which he tours six active volcanoes around the world, is as much about the cultu...Show More

'Berlin Station' and 'Americatown’

49:18 | Oct 21st, 2016

'Berlin Station' is a new spy drama/thriller from the cable network EPIX, which focuses on a leak of classified information at the titular CIA office, and the agents tracking it down. Motherboard spoke to series writers Brad Winters and Larry Cohen, ...Show More

iPhone Touch Disease

42:46 | Oct 15th, 2016

Tens of thousands of iPhone 6 Plus phones have been spontaneously losing their touchscreen capability because of an engineering flaw, but Apple still won't admit there's a problem. Motherboard spoke to Kyle Wiens, CEO of iFixit, about what's causing ...Show More

Luxury Week

24:41 | Oct 12th, 2016

Motherboard reflects on a week exploring time, money and how we decide what to value.

The Future of Periods

38:19 | Oct 7th, 2016

Periods are having a moment in mainstream consciousness. We talk to Kiran Gandhi, a drummer and activist about how the technology and ideas are menstruation are changing, and what it was like to run a marathon “free bleeding.”

Why Facts Don't Matter in the 2016 Presidential Election

38:07 | Sep 30th, 2016

Between the hours of 3 AM and 5 AM Friday morning, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump went on a tweetstorm in which he was, you know, just saying that Hillary Clinton helped former Miss Universe (and a target of Trump’s misogyny) Alicia Mac...Show More

Can 'Snowden' the Movie Save Snowden the Man?

35:29 | Sep 23rd, 2016

At times, Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ feels like a remake of ‘Citizenfour,’ Laura Poitras’s Oscar-winning documentary. Citizenfour is the superior film, but Stone’s spy thriller is still a fun look into this generation’s most important whistleblower. Th...Show More

Rocko's Modern Life Predicted Our Lame Future

50:39 | Sep 16th, 2016

On this episode of Radio Motherboard, we speak with Joe Murray, creator of Rocko's Modern Life, about the show's upcoming hour-long special and how a show about a 90s vision of modern living has stayed relevant today. We also chat with Sean Yeaton, f...Show More

Inside the Tesla Gigafactory

34:24 | Sep 9th, 2016

Elon Musk’s new temple of energy is open for business in the middle of the desert outside Reno, Nevada. A few weeks ago, I went to the opening of the Tesla Gigagfactory, where Musk proposes to ramp up production of car batteries to the point where Te...Show More

The Real Impact Your Phone Has on the World

32:16 | Sep 7th, 2016

Your phone uses the equivalent of two refrigerators’ worth of electricity every year. If you add in all of the electricity required to store and move data across high-speed cable and wireless networks and climate-controlled server farms to deliver an...Show More

Leslie Jones and the Ethics of Amplifying Online Harassment

49:52 | Aug 26th, 2016

Soon after news broke that Ghostbusters star Leslie Jones’s website had been hacked and replaced with stolen nude photos and racist memes, I got an urgent email from Whitney Phillips, one of the world’s foremost experts on online trolling and harassm...Show More

The Future of Hacking

1:02:56 | Aug 2nd, 2016

As our lives become ever more digitized, the security of our data will become ever more important to protect. So far, judging by the daily routine of data breaches and large scale hacks, it seems like we're failing to secure our most precious digital...Show More

#fsociety Episode 1: How a Motherboarder Became a Writer for Mr. Robot

1:16:04 | Jul 25th, 2016

Hello, friend. If you’ve been a Radio Motherboard listener, you know that we’re big fans of Mr. Robot, USA’s moody, disorienting hacker drama. In fact, Motherboard and Mr. Robot’s respective moods align so closely that Amy Teitel, a former Motherboar...Show More

Hello World

11:35 | Jul 13th, 2016

Radio Motherboard's Jason Koebler and Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai are going to talk about the real-life hacks that we see in Mr. Robot season two. This is #fsociety, coming your way all summer.

Reflecting on 'Independence Day,' the Greatest Hacking Movie Ever

34:28 | Jul 8th, 2016

This podcast contains spoilers for Independence Day and Independence Day 2: Resurgence. We had 20 years to prepare. That's the tagline for Independence Day 2. It refers to Earth, and how long we had to get ready for a second alien invasion. But it al...Show More

Inside the Dark World of Online 'Competitive Tickling'

44:38 | Jul 1st, 2016

David Farrier is used to uncovering bizarre information. But his latest project investigating the online world of competitive tickling was a lesson in the strange side of life, even for him. We talked to the journalist and filmmaker about his new mov...Show More

I Skipped Showering for Two Weeks and Bathed in Bacteria Instead

39:26 | Jun 16th, 2016

For two weeks, Motherboard writer Kate Lunau skipped her soap and deodorant—spritzing herself with a “live bacteria spray” instead. Her goal was to colonize her skin with ammonia-eating bacteria, which are supposed to neutralize the smell of sweat. T...Show More

The Case for Giving Everyone Free Money

1:09:07 | Jun 9th, 2016

Sometime in the last few weeks, or months, or years, you may have heard about this idea called “universal basic income.” It’s the idea that maybe governments should give a monthly stipend—no questions asked—to everyone who lives there. It’s an idea w...Show More

When Uber Left Austin

51:41 | May 26th, 2016

Remember when Uber came to your city? It was probably exciting—you could hail a car without talking to anyone or standing on a cold, rainy corner. It’s so easy, maybe you thought. Maybe the taxi commission or some local politicians expressed worry ab...Show More

The Moon Walking, Alien-Hunting, Psychic Astronaut Who Got Sued By NASA

48:19 | May 13th, 2016

Edgar Mitchell, who passed away in February at the age of 85, was exceptional, even among astronauts. Like an archetypal moon man, he was a Boy Scout and a military test pilot with a protestant upbringing and an impressive command of engineering and ...Show More

The Battle for Klingon

1:07:31 | May 6th, 2016

Even if you’re not a Trekkie, you’ve got to feel for the Klingons of Earth. Their language is under threat of being taken back by the very company that commissioned its creation, raising the very important question: Can a language even be copyrighted...Show More

The DeLonge Con

2:01:31 | Apr 29th, 2016

Former Blink 182 guitarist Tom DeLonge has a new project: telling the world the truth about UFOs. DeLonge has always been interested in the supernatural, and he’s been researching and reporting the topic as part of a multimedia project called Sekret ...Show More

The Silicon Divide

36:05 | Apr 21st, 2016

We often talk about the gender gap in Silicon Valley—there are far too few female computer engineers and startup founders—but there’s one field where women do dominate Silicon Valley: public relations. Most research suggests that about 70 percent o...Show More

Fronterizas (en español)

28:46 | Apr 14th, 2016

En esta edición muy especial de Radio Motherboard, viajamos a la zona fronteriza entre los Estados Unidos y México para evaluar la viabilidad de "control remoto," una nueva táctica de contrabando en que los migrantes guía de contrabando a través de l...Show More

Border Lines

28:27 | Apr 14th, 2016

In this very special edition of Radio Motherboard we travel to the US-Mexico borderlands to gauge the viability of "remote control," a new smuggling tactic in which smugglers guide migrants across the border by phone.

Song Exploder, Exploded

31:50 | Apr 1st, 2016

Ever notice that the piano part from “Dancing Queen” is tucked into the end of MGMT’s song “No Time To Pretend”? Or that The Album Leaf kept the squeaking of an old piano pedal in the final recording of their song “The Outer Banks?” These are just a...Show More

To Block or Not to Block, Featuring Talib Kweli

1:06:52 | Mar 25th, 2016

Twitter is a place where anyone can say anything, to anyone, at any time. But what happens when you don’t want to hear what someone else has to say? What if someone is attacking you personally, or getting all their friends to attack you? On this week...Show More

How 'The X-Files' Got Its Creepy Theme Music

40:02 | Mar 18th, 2016

Hollywood, 1992. Mark Snow was already a pro at TV scores—dramas, procedurals, comedies—when a producer recommended him to Chris Carter, a veteran of Disney TV movies who needed music for a new TV pilot, The X Files, an unlikely supernatural procedur...Show More

Double Episode! Cortana Abuse/Why Humans Should Be More Like AI

32:55 | Mar 11th, 2016

Sometimes, it can be hard to know how to act around artificial intelligence.  In the first half of Radio Motherboard this week, staff writer Jason Koebler explores how people treat Microsoft’s digital assistant Cortana when no one’s listening. (A sm...Show More

How to Think About the Biggest Earthquake Ever

45:35 | Mar 4th, 2016

So scientists are saying an earthquake—a quake that is so big and so powerful you probably can’t even properly comprehend it—is probably going to hit your city, hard. It could be five years out, ten years, fifty years, or it could be tomorrow. But it...Show More

Why You Should Own Your Cable Box

40:02 | Feb 26th, 2016

The tyranny of the set-top box may soon be over.   The way it works now, you’re forced to rent a cable box from the likes of Time Warner Cable and Comcast to the tune of about $230 per year. The very idea that in 2016 you need a dedicated piece of ...Show More

Apple vs the FBI

34:49 | Feb 18th, 2016

Earlier this week, a federal judge in California ordered Apple to help the FBI brute force hack into the encrypted iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters, setting up a legal showdown that could have far-reaching ramifications for the ...Show More

Video Games Are Missing Black Voices (Literally)

1:07:30 | Feb 12th, 2016

There aren’t many black characters in video games with speaking roles, which is why it’s controversial when some of them are voiced by white actors. The most recent example is Nadine Ross, the strong, black, female antagonist in the upcoming Uncharte...Show More

The Hyperloop

42:23 | Feb 5th, 2016

The hyperloop, Elon Musk’s futuristic, tube-based “fifth mode of transportation” has stoked imaginations unlike any recent transportation technology except for maybe self driving cars. Lots has been said about it—Musk called it a “cross between a Co...Show More

Kickstarter - Failure to Launch

48:57 | Jan 29th, 2016

The Zano drone raised £2.3 million in one of the most successful Kickstarter crowdfunding campaigns of all time. A year later all the money is gone, Zano’s creator is having a nervous breakdown, and its 13,000 backers are livid.

A Practical Guide to Sleep Hacking Your Room

1:06:01 | Jan 22nd, 2016

What does it take to get a good night’s sleep? In this episode of Radio Motherboard, managing editor Adrianne Jeffries talks to the greatest sleep hacker she knows: her little brother William. We cover blackout curtains, smart light bulbs, sleep head...Show More

Free Basics

30:46 | Jan 15th, 2016

If you live in India, or happen to have visited in the past month, you probably noticed the seemingly-ubiquitous advertising for something called Free Basics. It's what you might call a full-court press: full-page ads in newspapers, billboards, and m...Show More

The Community-Owned ISPs Building an Alternative to Big Telecom in New York City

45:45 | Jan 8th, 2016

If you want high speed internet in most any spot in New York City, you’re stuck with Time Warner Cable. Or at least, that’s how it usually works. But increasingly around the city, citizens and small community groups are setting up their own locally o...Show More

2015 - The Year in Science Fiction

55:55 | Dec 30th, 2015

2015 was a banner year for science fiction; Motherboard's resident sci-fi editors, Claire Evans and Brian Merchant, review the year of Mad Max, Ex Machina, and, yes, Star Wars. These are the top stories about the future of 2015.

Transhumanists in Their Own Words

27:43 | Dec 25th, 2015

Transhumanism, the idea that humans should use science and technology to extend our natural abilities, is the religion of the 21st century. It's a concept that has been around since the 70s, but seems to be resonating with a growing number of people....Show More

Everything You Wanted to Know About the New York City Subway

1:02:52 | Dec 17th, 2015

The New York City subway is sprawling system, with more than 5 million people per day (and sometimes many more, on special occasions) passing through more than 460 stations. There is probably someone who knows more about the intricacies of the system...Show More

Cryptoparty in Harlem

28:05 | Dec 10th, 2015

Ever heard of a cryptoparty? It’s a gathering of people interested in privacy and encryption. You’ll often hear of cryptoparties in association with other techy, geeky spaces or organizations, and they’re usually dominated by computer-savvy nerds who...Show More

NASA's Long-Lost Lunar Rover

47:41 | Dec 4th, 2015

Earlier this fall, we brought you the curious story of a long lost lunar rover prototypetested by NASA in the 1960s. At the time, we decided to keep some of the details off the record, but for this week's podcast, we delve deep into the rover's histo...Show More

eSports, Adderall, and Nootropics

1:00:00 | Nov 28th, 2015

It's Lit Up week at Motherboard, which means we're talking about drugs. And what's more fun than that? Weekend/gaming editor Emanuel Maiberg and managing editor Adrianne Jeffries pop some Alpha BRAIN and OptiMind to try and perk up the podcast. We d...Show More

When Big Guns Go Down

29:25 | Nov 20th, 2015

Earlier this week, Motherboard published a year-long investigation that revealed the Pentagon has been sending defective gun parts to soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. In more than 60 cases, the barrels of guns have literally exploded and, in at leas...Show More

Why 'Fallout 4' Is a Niche Video Game

1:02:28 | Nov 13th, 2015

Did you hear? Fallout 4, the video game for people who are serious about video games, is finally out. Do you care? If you're reading this rather than obsessively exploring a post nuclear disaster Boston, maybe not. Or maybe you're just taking a break...Show More

Why Putting Your Water Damaged Phone in Rice Is Dumb and Doesn't Work

50:20 | Nov 9th, 2015

One time, I misjudged the depth of a creek, stepped in, and was literally in over my head. Not that much of a problem, except I had various electronics in my backpack. As thousands (millions?) of people have done, I stuck my phone and camera in a bow...Show More

Mr. Robot

1:03:22 | Oct 30th, 2015

It's been an astoundingly good couple years for television shows and movies that fit into the Motherboard orb of interest. Whenever people ask me what Motherboard is, I tell them we write about stories that are like Black Mirror, but real. Now, I've ...Show More

The Culture Where the Dead Walk Among the Living

58:17 | Oct 23rd, 2015

It's almost Halloween, so Motherboard is exploring the very nature of fear. Why do we still get scared by things that no longer represent any threat to us? How has technology changed how we feel fear? And what happens in a culture that reveres death?...Show More

Why Does Facebook Suggest You Friend Your Tinder Matches?

40:44 | Oct 16th, 2015

When you log into Facebook, you'll see a list of "suggested friends." They're full of people you went to high school with, random colleagues, and a bunch of people that you do sort of know ... but why does Facebook know that you know them? Motherboa...Show More

Motherboard Discusses 'The Martian' and Why We Killed Comments

1:11:56 | Oct 6th, 2015

Two major, solar system-shaking things happened this week. 'The Martian' came out, and we're all thankful that it ended up being a very good film. And Motherboard killed comments. These two things aren't even remotely related, but you're in luck if ...Show More

Vint Cerf, Peeple, and Elementary School Sci Fi

44:23 | Oct 2nd, 2015

Radio Motherboard talks to Vint Cerf, one of the fathers of the internet and Google's "internet evangelist," about the company's plans to fly internet-providing balloons over the developing world, encryption and security, and a horrifying scenario wh...Show More

Yeast That Make THC, Climate Divestment, and Cliff Diving

38:24 | Sep 25th, 2015

Scientists have just proven for the first time that it's possible to engineer yeast to make THC, arguably the most important chemical in marijuana. But do we want to get high using lab-made drugs when the real thing works so well? On this week's Rad...Show More

Forever War, Superbugs, and an Ultrasound That Controls Your Brain

47:58 | Sep 17th, 2015

This week is ALL FRONTS, Motherboard's deep dive into what a future of forever war looks like. On this episode of Radio Motherboard, we talk about what it means to always be at war and how technology and automation have made it possible to stay in a ...Show More

iPhones, Free Money, and Hacking Team

42:51 | Sep 10th, 2015

If you've been listening to Radio Motherboard the last few months, thank you very much: It's been a bit of a roller coaster as we try to figure out a format and recording setup that works best for us, and it's been a blast experimenting.    This we...Show More

Are You a Jerk If You Vacation in Cuba?

1:23:59 | Sep 4th, 2015

If you're American, it's easier than ever to go to Cuba, a country that's remained, mas o menos, off limits for the last 60 years or so. In fact, you can go to, buy a ticket, fill out a couple forms confirming you fit into one of several...Show More

The Pokemon World Championships

1:09:58 | Aug 28th, 2015

Who goes to the Pokemon World Championships in 2015? Well, we did, for one—mostly to find out who else was there. Well over a decade after its heyday, Pokemon is still going strong. There's now nearly 800 Pokemon, but there are still lots of kids, te...Show More

Are Uber Drivers Employees?

50:14 | Aug 25th, 2015

Uber drivers set their own hours, file taxes independently, and often own their cars. They don’t get health insurance from Uber and they don’t wear uniforms. And yet, Uber controls much of what they do by setting prices, handling their tips, and micr...Show More

The Would-Be Astronaut

1:08:55 | Aug 18th, 2015

Brian Shiro really wants to go to space. He wants to go to space so badly, in fact, that he’s applied to NASA’s astronaut program. Twice. Both times he fell just short. He’s hoping the third time’s the charm. Until then, he’ll be heading up Astronau...Show More

Twilight of the Bomb

1:18:41 | Aug 7th, 2015

We travel to the crater of the first atomic bomb with one of the youngest and last surviving Manhattan Project scientists. This is his story.

Sleepaway Camp for a 38-Year-Old Computer

1:04:39 | Jul 30th, 2015

When did you get rid of your last computer or cell phone? It was probably pretty recently—we replace our technology all the time. But it's not this way for everyone: A contingent of diehard retro computing enthusiasts are still programming, hacking, ...Show More

Meet Motherboard

1:09:22 | Jul 24th, 2015

For the last six months or so, you've been listening to us talk at you about simulated universes and head transplants and transhumanism and all sorts of topics (and we thank you very much for that). But we haven't really told you all that much about ...Show More

What Have We Learned from the Ebola Outbreak?

58:34 | Jul 17th, 2015

It’s now been just over a year and a half of the biggest Ebola outbreak in history. We’ve dabbled in vaccines, but the best prevention method is still abstaining from contact with symptomatic patients, and the best treatment is still basically hydrat...Show More

Gawker vs Hulk Hogan

1:05:33 | Jul 10th, 2015

In October 2012, the gossip site Gawker published an edited video of Hulk Hogan having sex. In response, the former pro-wrestler sued the company. It's now going to court in a case that could have wide-ranging consequences for the First Amendment.


49:14 | Jul 3rd, 2015

On this most American of holidays, it’s a good time to take a look at how we select the people who run this ol’ country many of you call home. Like everything else, social media and technology are playing a huge role in campaign strategy.    Much w...Show More

What Will World War III Look Like?

1:28:38 | Jun 26th, 2015

We assume that the next world war will be a technological one, but the United States and its potential adversaries are increasingly developing tech designed to blast enemies into the past. In Ghost Fleet, real cybersecurity and war experts Peter W. S...Show More

Smartphones Make Dating Terrible (Feat. Aziz Ansari)

1:09:24 | Jun 19th, 2015

We're all living two lives. We've got whatever's going on in the physical world, and then we've got our online personas—our Facebook and Twitter profiles, our Gchat lives, our Reddit accounts, our OKCupid and Tinder profiles. How do you make sense of...Show More

This Is Your Brain on Technology

1:10:53 | Jun 12th, 2015

What happens to our brains and our psyche when a huge portion of humanity spends their lives persistently jacked in to their computers, their tablets, their smartphones, their screens? We don't really know—in a sense, we're performing one massive unc...Show More

Mad Max, Ex Machina, and Tomorrowland—Motherboard's Summer Sci-Fi Bonanza Extravaganza

1:27:59 | Jun 4th, 2015

It's only June, and it's already been a very good summer for sci-fi. From the soaring optimism of Tomorrowland to the postapocalyptic dreariness of Mad Max to the outright unsettling nature of Ex Machina, there's already been plenty of speculative fi...Show More

Elon Musk's Plan for Humanity

1:06:47 | May 28th, 2015

We talk about Elon Musk and his companies, SpaceX, Tesla, and SolarCity all the time, but what is Musk's longterm plan? How do the companies fit together and, should Musk manage to create a reusable rocket or launch an array of internet-providing sat...Show More

The History of Bitcoin

51:01 | May 22nd, 2015

In this episode of Radio Motherboard, we talked to New York Times reporter Nathaniel Popper about the process of researching his new book about Bitcoin. We also spoke to Courtney Marie Warner, who loves Bitcoin, even though it put her boyfriend in pr...Show More

See, Click, Kill

1:04:08 | May 15th, 2015

*This podcast contains spoilers for the movie Good Kill* The military's drone pilots are physically removed from the battlefield, but, seven days a week, they spend 12-hour days staring at a screen, waiting for orders to kill from above. And then th...Show More

Are We Living in a Simulation?

1:14:07 | May 8th, 2015

The world seems real, but is it really? As humans get better at simulating artificial intelligence, it seems at least plausible that we could create life that is both conscious and has free will. And if we can create conscious life, who's to say that...Show More

Embedding With the Internet's Worst Trolls

1:07:17 | Apr 30th, 2015

Why would someone willingly spend years hanging out with people who make fun of recently dead teens? To write a book about the experience, of course. Motherboard meets Whitney Phillips, a Humboldt State University researcher and author of 'This is Wh...Show More

The Human Head Transplant

1:11:13 | Apr 23rd, 2015

In 2017, Valery Spiridonov hopes to become the first human to have his head transplanted onto a new body. We talk to Val, his would-be surgeon Sergio Canavero, and Arthur Caplan, a bioethicist about the process. Then, Motherboard's staff talks about ...Show More

Goodbye, Meatbags!

1:24:01 | Apr 16th, 2015

Do we have to die? The world's first transhumanist candidate for president doesn't think so.

Everything You Need to Know About the Silk Road Trial

40:09 | Mar 7th, 2015

The ​Silk Road trial has only been going on for two weeks, and already it’s had its fair share of drama: There have ​been setups by the prosecution, ​accusations and alternative theories tossed out by the defense, and, ​yes, selfies. Motherboard’s Ka...Show More

Copyright Law Is a Beautiful Trainwreck

38:26 | Mar 7th, 2015

​If you see the words “copyright” and “law” juxtaposed next to each other, and your eyes glaze over, we don’t necessarily blame you. But copyright law is insane, and a wonderful, constant source of nutty human interest cases that explore every part o...Show More

What Would a ‘Serial’-Like Murder Investigation Look Like Today?

38:36 | Dec 24th, 2014

The ​first season of the ultra-popular podcast Serial is over, but lots of questions remain, in no small part due to the lack of evidence tying then-high school student Adnan Syed to the 1999 murder of his ex-girlfriend, Hae Min Lee. Huge swaths of S...Show More

A Conversation With Laura Poitras, Director of ‘Citizenfour’

23:23 | Dec 12th, 2014

In her filmmaking, the director Laura Poitras—my guest on this edition of Radio Motherboard—likes to document reality as it happens, those moments of uncertainty that often don’t appear on film. “There’s something about how we look at the past which ...Show More

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About ‘Interstellar’

52:03 | Dec 7th, 2014

Interstellar may not be a great film—then again, it might be—but it does cut to the heart of quite a few of the themes we regularly hit on here at Motherboard: Space colonization, ecological collapse, near and far future dystopias, theoretical physic...Show More