Vint Cerf, Peeple, And Elementary School Sci Fi

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 where our kitchen appliances start trying to hack our financial institutions. We also discuss Peeple, the “Yelp for People” app that’s

How Does Facebook Know Who You Know?

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? Motherboard contributor Kari Paul talks to us about her investigation

Mr. Robot

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 got to add Mr. Robot to my short list of major series that

Why ‘Fallout 4’ Is a Niche Video Game

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. The game is the latest “AAA” release from Bethesda Softworks, a

When Big Guns Go Down

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 least one case, a soldier was seriously injured.   Radio Motherboard talks with reporter Damien Spleeters

eSports, Adderall, and Nootropics

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 drag in Steve Cronin, a self-taught nootropics expert, to talk about the smart drug

NASA’s Long-Lost Lunar Rover

Earlier this fall, we brought you the curious story of a long lost lunar rover prototype tested 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 history and its journey from NASA’s Marshall Space Flight

Cryptoparty in Harlem

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 are often male or white or both. But recently, Motherboard attended a cryptoparty in a less obvious place: