12.2.14: The Mental Impact Of Space Travel & The Cruise Ship Of The Future

Dec 2, 2014

Virgin Galactic's Sir Richard Branson shows off his White Knight Two aircraft that will carry Spaceship Two into sub-orbital space.
Credit David Malkoff via flickr Creative Commons

The recent disintegration and crash of a Virgin Galactic suborbital space plane raised questions about the safety and viability of space tourism. On today’s show, we consider another issue for commercial spaceflight: the psychological effects of leaving earth.

Then, touted as the world’s most advanced ship, Royal Caribbean’s cruise-liner Quantum of the Seas is outfitted with virtual balconies, robot bartenders, Bladerunner-esque elevators, and smart apps. While the ship’s technology is impressive, we’ll find out where it all falls short.

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The Mental Effects of Space Travel

  • Sydney Brownstone is a staff writer at Fast Company’s Co-Exist, where she wrote about the often-ignored mental side of space travel. You can read her article here: "The Break-Off Effect."


New Hampshire Made Liquor

  • These days you won't have much trouble finding a locally-made beer or wine at your neighborhood bar or restaurant. But what about a New Hampshire made whiskey or vodka? As NHPR's Sean Hurley recently discovered when he visited the Tamworth Distillery, the hard spirits movement is fast underway in The Granite State.
  • You can find photos and a transcript of this segment at this link.

Billboard's New Way to Rank Albums

Song Exploder - Episode #16

  • Each episode of Song Exploder takes a piece of music and interviews the songwriters or composers to break it down into its separate parts, the process in which it was created, and the influences that helped shape the piece. Song Exploder is produced by Hrishikesh Hirway, and is part o the Maximum Fun Podcast Network. Episode #16 features the band Spoon.
  • You can listen to more Song Exploder and Episode #16 in its entirety at songexploder.net. You can also subscribe to the podcast at iTunes or at maximumfun.org.