The Madeleine Brand Show for August 9, 2012

Olympics Day 9 - Athletics

Are athletes reaching the limits of human potential?

This week, Jamaican Olympic sprinter Usain Bolt crushed his competitors in the 100 meter dash. But he also crushed another record after finishing the race with a time of 9.63 seconds, a record in the Olympics. Viewers are already looking forward to Bolt's next race to see if he'll put his name in the record books once again in the 200 meter dash, when he squares off against fellow Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake. But his 100 meter run caused many to wonder something else, just how fast humans could ever run, and would there ever be a time that could not be broken.

Air conditioning: why the cooling issue is heating up

Air conditioning. For some it's the best invention in the modern world. For others it's an example of American wastefulness and decadence.

The best places for Taiwanese shaved ice in LA

If your air conditioning just isn't doing the trick, you can always go out and get yourself a nice, icy treat. Madeleine talks to Eddie Lin from Deep End Dining about some of the most delicious ways to cool down around LA.

Can you fry an egg on sidewalk pavement?

Just how hot was it yesterday? Hot enough to fry an egg on the pavement? KPCC's John Rabe braved the triple digit heat in the San Fernando Valley to find out, and, well, it didn't exactly turn out as well as he planned.
John Moe, host of the Marketplace Tech Report, joins the show to talk about the latest news in the tech world.
CeBIT 2012 Technology Trade Fair

Drone Expo sets eyes on civilian targets

Robots are crawling all over Las Vegas this weekend. Not for the inevitable robot uprising, but instead for the 39th annual Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems International's North America trade show, or the Drone Expo as it's being called.
Olympics Day 13 - Swimming

Sklar bros on sports: Olympics round-up

Jason Sklar, co-host of comedy and sports podcast "Sklarbro Country," and History Channel's, "United Stats of America" with twin brother Randy, joins the show to talk about the latest in the sports world.
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