Drones (Updated)

March 22, 2015

Imagine a world where flying robots watch over our borders, assist with search and rescue missions, and survey roads and pipelines. Sounds like science fiction, but in many parts of the country it's a reality. This week, we explore the rise of drones, both as a military tool and a disruptive technology.

  1. The Meme of Our Time - Alex Rivera

    Filmmaker Alex Rivera has been interested in drones for years. His 2008 sci-fi thriller, Sleep Dealer, imagines a dystopian future where the U.S.-Mexico border is aggressively policed by drones, and migrant workers can only cross it virtually, by plugging their bodies into a digital network of robots. He told Steve Paulson why he believes drones are the meme of our time.

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  2. Commercial Drones - Missy Cummings

    Missy Cummings studies unmanned systems like drones, as director of Duke University’s Humans and Autonomy Lab. Charles Monroe-Kane spoke with her about a few of the ways drones are being used outside of the military.

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  3. Drones Gone Wild

    Have you heard about Amazon's plans to start a fleet of delivery drones? What would that look like? Listener Sandra Cheasty gives us a glimpse in her short story, "Drones Gone Wild."

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  4. The Life of a Military Drone Pilot - Bruce Black

    Retired US Air Force pilot Bruce Black talks about his experience flying drones in places like Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  5. BookMark: Steve Roggenbuck

    Poet Steve Roggenbuck BookMarks "Feminism is for Everybody" by Bell Hooks.

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  6. On Our Minds: Nadia Hashimi

    Afghan-American author Nadia Hashimi talks about her book, “The Pearl That Broke Its Shell,” as well as the Afghan custom of Bacha Posh – in which a girl is allowed to dress as a boy.

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