These days, the online debates about gun control come with a steroid boost from Twitter bots seeking to divide Americans even further. Host Marco Werman speaks with Erin Griffith, a senior writer at Wired, who wrote about the surge in bot traffic.
The NSA's massive Utah Data Center isn't really even open yet and it's already having problems. The building's computers are being zapped, to the tune of $100,000 per incident, by power surges. And crews are having trouble figuring out why.
Pitching will be key in the World Series between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. Some fans say the Cardinals have a slight advantage when its comes to their roster of starting pitchers. But the Red Sox have an ace in the bullpen — Japanese relief pitcher Koji Uehara, with his fastball and two-fingered splitter to confound Cardinal batters in the late innings.
If Mexican legislators get their way, it will soon cost a bit more to purchase junk food and soda. Several proposals to raise taxes on junk food and sugary drinks are moving forward as part of a bigger tax reform bill. The new taxes are seen as a way to address soaring obesity rates in Mexico and to raise much needed tax revenues.
Tatyana McFadden made history this weekend — winning the New York City marathon to take home the Gram Slam of the world's four major marathons : New York, Boston, London and Chicago. McFadden, who was born in Russia and raised in the United States, is the first person to win a marathon Grand Slam.
Ben Leeds Carson is a composer living in Santa Cruz, California who listens to The World. He remembered a quiz that his geologist father used to ask on long cross-country drives. Here it is:
Of the following US states: Connecticut, Nebraska, and California, which ones fall entirely south of Canada’s southernmost border?