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The Edge Episode 12: 2021, A Space Hotel Odyssey

Since the first human left Earth’s atmosphere in 1961, few earthlings—and even fewer private citizens—have had the opportunity to “boldly go” there. But, with new advancements from SpaceX, Blue Origin, and other spaceflight companies, wealthy tourists could soon be booking rooms in hotels in outer space. The rise of space tourism raises some new, sometimes uncomfortable, questions.

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The Edge Episode 11: A Completed Life

Five years after 29-year-old, terminally ill Brittany Maynard makes national news by choosing to end her life early, medically assisted death continues to face enormous legal and social barriers. And yet public support of the practice is high. As life-expectancy and palliative care improve, we face new questions: Under what circumstances are people allowed to choose when and how they die?

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The Edge Episode 10: A Shroom of One’s Own

Half a century after the counterculture movement swept through the Bay Area and “mind altering substances” were banished from the laboratory, researchers at the new Berkeley Center for the Science of Psychedelics are reviving a long-buried field of research. Is this the beginning of a psychedelic renaissance?

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The Edge Episode 9: You Say Couch Potato, I Say Athlete

How did video gaming, or esports, make it from your parents’ basement to the big leagues? Laura and Leah discuss with student esport “athletes,” an administrator, and a team owner.

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The Edge Episode 8: Control-Alt-Meat

After an unsettling encounter with a turkey, Laura resolves to eat less meat and takes Leah on a journey through the alternative meat industry. Will real, flesh and blood meat be obsolete in 15 years, as one industry leader suggests?


The Edge Episode 7: Hey Siri, Write Me a Poem

When a Berkeley student launches an AI-generated blog that goes viral, Leah and Laura wonder if robots will soon replace us all. Will the journalists, novelists, and poets of the future be robots? What does this mean for art?

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The Edge Episode 6: Are Cities Over?

As reopenings stall and some companies extend work-from-home indefinitely, Leah and Laura wonder what the future of cities looks like. Will all the yuppies flee to the countryside? Will mom-and-pop retail survive?


The Edge Episode 5: Can You Make Your Baby Glow?

Can you pick your baby’s gender? What about their IQ? And what’s to stop people from editing their babies’ genes to make them glow? Laura and Leah talk to UC Berkeley-trained researcher Mark DeWitt about a controversial case of human genetic engineering.


The Edge Episode 4: That Manhole Is Now a Maintenance Hole

After the Berkeley city council renames “manholes” to “maintenance holes” to avoid gender references, Laura and Leah decide to find out how language changes with the times.


The Edge Episode 3: I Know Where You Live

Laura and Leah worry about their digital presence. How much could someone find out about their private lives based on their online behavior?


The Edge Episode 2: What’s In A Name?

  Subscribe and continue listening to The Edge on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube. When Boalt Hall loses its name because of the building’s namesake’s racist views, Laura and Leah wonder if it rights old wrongs or just papers over the past. Should we change the Washington Redskins name? Does removing a statue or a […]


The Edge Episode 1: Pattern, How Do You Know Me?

  Subscribe and continue listening to The Edge on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, and YouTube. Laura and Leah discover they use the same mysterious astrology app, The Pattern. They try to figure out how it works, who owns it, and what The Pattern is really doing with their data, which takes them all the way across the […]