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Jun 9, 2021

Ben Reinhardt, an independent researcher and robotics PhD, discusses

  • Why DARPA has so many hits to its name
  • Why NASA wasted the past two decades
  • What needs to be subtracted from the US research ecosystem
  • Sci-fi book recommendations

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Jun 4, 2021

Dr. Yan Zheng, senior technical staff specializing in microelectronics at In-Q-Tel, discusses

  • What it's like to invest in startups for the CIA and the rest of the US intelligence community
  • What's broken in the early stage chip ecosystem and how to fix it
  • Why the US government should consider expanding its...

May 29, 2021

Bell Labs is dead, long live Bell Labs! This week's guest, Ilan Gur, the CEO of, has a plan to improve America's R&D apparatus: fund start-ups that allow entrepreneurial researchers to pursue the practical applications of their world-class basic research. We discuss why we're lucky to have Moderna and...

May 21, 2021

The Endless Frontier Act, the most important piece of legislation no one's heard of, got blown to bits in committee this week. Sam Hammond of the Niskanen Center joins to discuss. 

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May 19, 2021

Why hasn’t North Korea emulated Deng’s Opening & Reform? Are China’s wealthy, educated, urbane youth liberals? Could the PLA cooperate with the U.S. military in the event of Korean reunification?

Dr. Sungmin Cho of the Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies joins ChinaTalk for a discussion of the Korean...