The Pokemon World Championships

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, teens, and older nerds trying to catch ’em all. We

Are Uber Drivers Employees?

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 micromanaging them through its driver rating system. Are these drivers independent contractors, working

The Would-Be Astronaut

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 Astronauts4Hire, an appropriately-named astronaut contracting service. Wth A4H, Brian hopes

Sleepaway Camp for a 38-Year-Old Computer

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, tinkering with, and playing games on the Apple II, a 38-year-old computer originally released

Meet Motherboard

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 ourselves. This week on Radio Motherboard, there is no

What Have We Learned from the Ebola Outbreak?

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 hydration. We’ve figured out that Ebola survivors seem at least temporarily immune, making them

Gawker vs Hulk Hogan

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. Radio Motherboard talks to Tommy Craggs, the executive editor of Gawker, and Maria Bustillos,