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This reel contains the following segments, in order of appearance.
#1 “Climate SOS” Half-Hour Special
A thousand-mile journey from California’s highest point down through the Central Valley to the San Francisco Bay reveals the danger climate change poses to the state’s water supply, and to the nation’s food supply.
#2 A Climb Into the World’s Tallest Trees
Giant sequoias, the world’s largest living organisms, are dying at an alarming rate from the effects of climate change and a four-year drought. We followed scientists hundreds of feet into the air—after days of training—to see the damage firsthand.
#3 Silicon Prison
A new California program at San Quentin teaches inmates to code. But it’s not job-preparation — the prison system plans to sell their services at an extraordinary profit.
#4 Pesticides May Have Poisoned Hawaii Locals, Part 1 & 2
A two-part look at the open-air labs of companies like Syngenta and Dow Agrochemical, which use Hawaii to develop seed crops for sale on the mainland. Locals tried to regulate pesticide application after schools and homes were exposed, sending dozens to the hospital, but industry lawsuits — and inaction from state officials — shut down the effort.
Part 2: https://youtu.be/7W1gni8hH1o
#5 The Megacities of 2050
Tokyo-Yokohama is the single largest city in the world today, but cities like Lagos and Karachi are the “megacities” of the future. For AJ+ I looked at the complications of life in the world’s largest metropolitan areas.
#6 A Thin Line Between Legal and Illegal Firearms
We decided to adapt the typical “holiday gift guide” presentation to a much darker subject: the difference between a legal rifle and an illegal assault weapon. It turns out the distinction is so vague as to be almost meaningless, even in California, the most restrictive state in the nation.
#7 The Rise of Super-Slender Skyscrapers for the Very Rich
New engineering and Manhattan’s peculiar real-estate market have conspired to create a unique phenomenon: the rise of skyscrapers no wider than a typical living room, but taller than almost any other residential building on earth.
#8 What If Everyone in America Voted?
On midterm-elections night, we looked at the “other country” made up of the people who vote. Turns out that the folks who vote essentially constitute a whiter, richer, older nation — one that makes decisions for the rest of us. (This segment was posted — and praised — by Brian Stelter, host of CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”)
#9 Third Rail: Should “Gay Therapy” Be Banned?
States have moved in recent years to restrict so-called “Gay Therapy” programs that claim to be able to suppress the homosexuality of young people. We looked at the science of those claims, and the damage that suppression can do.
#10 How Ebola Workers Become Infected Despite Protective Suits
Aid workers, dressed head to toe in protective suits, were coming down with Ebola nonetheless during the height of the outbreak. AJAM was the first network to reveal why: wiping one’s brow with a contaminated glove.
#11 Protest Technology in Ukraine
A survey of the drones, catapults, and phone-tracking software that have made the pro-democracy clashes in Ukraine the “protest of the future.”
#12 The Valley Fire Shows No Sign of Slowing Down
A 60,000-acre blaze has engulfed Northern California, and climate change, coupled with a four-year drought, means the fire is behaving in new and dangerous ways.
#13 Native Alaskans Build a Video Game to Preserve Their Culture
The creators of “Never Alone” are like a lot of video game producers — new to the field, eager to make their mark, and worried about making their money back. But this game is unique: it’s inspired, written, and funded by the 10,000-strong Inupiak people of northernmost Alaska.
#14 How Stoned Is Too Stoned to Drive?
When it comes to laws about marijuana, American states are making it up as they go along. Nowhere is this more true than when it comes to pinning down a “blood-alcohol” limit for pot. We looked at the strange and counterintuitive findings of what few researchers have looked at the issue, and discovered that it’s almost impossible to know how stoned is too stoned to drive, and almost impossible to spot-test for it.
#15 Popular Science: Wave Power
Episode three of a four-part look at the prospect of a truly energy-independent United States. In this segment, we visit the facilities making floating boxes, tethered to the sea floor, that can not only survive the power of the ocean, but capture it.
#16 DARPA’s Robot Olympics
The United States’ most far-out research organization helped to invent everything from the compact-disc to the Internet. Now they’re hoping to jumpstart the development of robots that can drive, open doors, and someday rescue us from flames and gunfire.
#17 New Big-Bang Findings Could Prove Einstein Was Right
A Stanford University professor was surprised on his doorstep by a former student who’d come to tell him that his life’s work had just been proven right: the universe rapidly expanded in its first moments, and Einstein may very well have been proved correct.
#18 Secret of the Pyramids Revealed
How did ancient Egyptians, working before the advent of hydraulic systems, steel cabling, or any other modern heavy-lifting convenience, manage to move enormous blocks of stone across the sand? This was our live demonstration of the method that a University of Amsterdam team has determined made the whole process possible.
#19 The Biggest Earthquake Threat to San Francisco Is A Half-Demolished Bridge
Building the new San Francisco Bay Bridge was a race against time, but now the real race has begun: trying to safely take down the old Bay Bridge before an earthquake can tip it over into the new one.