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Producer Noel Brown joins the show to talk about the science, theory and practice of soundproofing. How does sound work? How can you protect a room from sound?

Flying the Friendly Future (An Episode of The Restless Ones)

Hi TechStuff listeners! Today, we wanted to introduce you to a brand new podcast we think you'll like. It's called The Restless Ones and is hosted by none other than Jonathan Strickland himself. Listen in to the first episode now and don't forget to subscribe to The Restless Ones here or on your favorite podcasting app, so you never miss an episode.

The Restless Ones, Episode 1: From smart terminals and mobile apps, to hyper-connected passengers who expect their bandwidth to be as fast as their planes, and their flights as entertaining as their homes. These days running an airline is as much about technology as it is aviation, with connectivity at the heart of it all. 5G will enable airlines to provide experiences and efficiencies one could only imagine a generation ago. In this episode of The Restless Ones, our host Jonathan Strickland speaks with Ravi Simhambhatla, CTO of United Airlines, to discuss what steps are being taken today to build a connected airline in a 5G world.


Rerun: How Tech Could Make Better Chocolate

Temple University scientists have found a new way to improve chocolate and it involves electric fields. Learn about the technology and physics behind improving a nearly perfect food.

TechStuff Classic: Social Media and You

Is social media harmful to our real-world relationships? Is there evidence that social media helps us form stronger connections? Why are there so many contradictory studies? Join Jonathan and Lauren as they explore the effects of social media.

Hinge founder: I don't believe in “the one”

Hinge founder Justin McLeod opens up about addiction, depression, and how his own epic love story fundamentally changed the mission of his company. Justin takes us along the roller coaster ride of entrepreneurship that led him to create one of the most popular dating apps, and gives insight into how the tech company is looking to code vulnerability into a tech-addicted world of swipes and scrolling. Is data the new matchmaker? And why doesn't the founder of one of the world's most popular dating apps believe in "the one?" First Contact explores the fine line between success and failure in Silicon Valley, and how leaning into risk and uncertainty helped a company discover its core values.

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Biofuel Bonanza

What exactly are biofuels, and can they replace fossil fuels? In this episode, we take a critical look at the issues surrounding our energy needs and why it's so darn complicated.

Fake It Til You Make It

In the world of technology, it's not unusual for startups to make big promises and then scramble to try and keep them. In this episode, we look at some big examples of this philosophy and how it can go wrong.

TechStuff Classic: The Wonderful Wizard Named Woz

Who is Steve Wozniak? What was Wozniak's role at Apple? What other ventures has Wozniak been involved in over the years? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the life and times of this iconic computer engineer and Apple cofounder.

Lighting Up the Holidays

We look at the history of incorporating lights in winter holidays like Christmas and Hanukkah and how electricity changed things dramatically. We'll also dive into those over the top displays that sequence lights with sound and talk about why it was such a challenge for the electrician on Stranger Things to make lights blink a specific way.

Introducing: This Time Tomorrow, a New Podcast about 5G Innovations

Hi TechStuff listeners, today we want to introduce you to a new podcast we think you'll like. It's called This Time Tomorrow, and it's all about the 5G revolution. In this new series from T-Mobile for Business and iHeartRadio, hosts Oz Woloshyn and Karah Preiss look closely at how 5G innovations will revolutionize the way we work, socialize and interact with the world. They'll explore how the 5G revolution has the potential to change everything from airline travel to manufacturing to sports to disaster relief, and what the next generation of wireless really means for the businesses that serve us. You can listen to more episodes here - and don't forget to subscribe for free so you never miss an episode!

Blizzard Meltdown

We look at what's been going on at Blizzard recently and how global politics have created a challenging situation for the company.

TechStuff Classic: How Motion Capture Works

What does motion capture mean? What are the different systems used to capture a performer’s movements? Why do some animators consider motion capture cheating?

Things Get Hot for Blizzard

Riding high on some notable successes, Blizzard continued to make big waves in the world of video games. But now and again the company would find itself in a storm of criticism.

Winter is Coming: The Early Days of Blizzard

Founded in 1991, the video game company Blizzard got its start not by creating blockbuster games of its own but by porting other companies' games to different platforms. This is the story of the founding of Blizzard.

TechStuff Classic: The Firefox Story

How is Firefox connected to Netscape Navigator? Are Firefox and Internet Explorer cousins? What is Mozilla? Join Chris and Jonathan as they explore the origin and growth of Mozilla.

Media in the Stream

Over the last decade, we've seen a gradual shift from hard copy media to streaming media. In this episode, we look at the history and tech behind devices designed to stream entertainment.

The Birth of the Electric Chair

At the end of the 19th century, it seemed like there was nothing electricity couldn't do. So could it be used as a way to humanely carry out the death penalty? We learn about the invention of the electric chair and the dentist who dreamed it up.

TechStuff Classic: TechStuff Takes the Ingress

What is an alternate reality game? What is Ingress? How do you play the game? Join Jonathan and Chris as they introduce you to the world of Ingress and alternate reality gaming.

The Trials and Tribulations of the 737 MAX

What happened with Boeing's 737 MAX aircraft and why did the CEO of the company appear before the US Congress? We learn about the flight control system that led to tragedy and the controversy surrounding it.

The Basics of Electricity

What's the difference between voltage and current? What is resistance? What are the units of measurement associated with electricity?