This Week On The WIRED Podcast

NFTs and football; the unstoppable captcha. 

On The WIRED Podcast this week...

Podcast 577: NFTs Are Conquering Football

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On the podcast this week, Matt B and Amit examine how NFTs and crypto are taking over football. And in our second story, Amit and Natasha look at the unstoppable rise and rise of the captcha.

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Podcast 576: The Chaotic Monkeypox Vaccine Pipeline Is Leaving Everyone Short

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On the podcast this week, Grace explores the monkeypox vaccine pipeline problems and Matt Burgess looks at Facebook's European data woes.

Podcast 575: How Siestas Might Help Europe Survive Deadly Heat Waves

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On the podcast this week, Matt B and Morgan talk about working during heatwaves. As climate change intensifies, Northern European countries are seeing the appeal of Spain’s controversial midday siestas break. In our second story, Amit and Grace look at how brain-computer interfaces are closer to reality than you think. Synchron has implanted its BCI in a US patient for the first time—bringing it a big step closer to distribution.

Podcast 574: Abortion Pill Demand Is Driving an Underground Network

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On the podcast this week, Natasha and Morgan discuss how desperate people in the US and beyond are turning to an unregulated, cross-continental supply chain of abortion pills. And how the supply chain manages to self-regulate itself. In our second story, Amit and Matt Burgess discuss a cable-cutting mystery in France.  

Podcast 573: China's Electric Dream

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This week we look at China's electric car ambitions. Western automakers built their fortunes on the internal combustion engine. Now China has ambitions to define the electric vehicle age. In our first story, Amit and Morgan discuss Zeng Yuqun, China’s most prolific battery billionaire. His ascent has major implications for a world increasingly reliant on electric vehicles. And in our second story, James and Matt B talk about whether electric and autonomous cars will be a threat to national security

Podcast 572: As Elon Musk Walks, Twitter Workers Say No One’s in Charge

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On the podcast this week, Amit and Matt R discuss the ambitious plan to grow plants in the dark. Powering plant growth with solar panels instead of photosynthesis could be a more efficient way of using the sun’s energy for food—but it's not all good news. In our second story, Matt B and Natasha dive back into the ongoing saga of Twitter and Elon Musk. As the Tesla and SpaceX CEO reconsiders his Twitter takeover—and Twitter launches a lawsuit against Musk—all is not well inside the social media company.