Breakthrough in nuclear fusion, UW tribal relations, Male birth control

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Britain’s Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, 2nd left, talks with Professor Ian Chapman, CEO of the UK Atomic Energy Authority, left, Nanna Heiberg, 2nd right, and Joseph Milnes, head of engineering design unit, right, alongside the MAST Upgrade chamber, during his visit to the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) at the Culham Science Centre in Abingdon, southern England, Thursday Oct. 18, 2018. Prince William officially marked the end of the construction of the MAST (Mega Amp Spherical Tokamak) Upgrade Fusion Experiment. Researchers at the Joint European Torus experiment near Oxford managed to produce a record amount of heat energy over a five-second period, which was the duration of the experiment, the U.K. Atomic Energy Authority announced on Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (Adrian Dennis/Pool via AP, File)

An engineering physics professor joins us to share more about a scientific breakthrough on creating clean energy with nuclear fusion. Then, UW-Madison’s tribal relations director joins us to reflect on his career as he retires. Later, we learn more about scientific advances in male birth control.

Featured in this Show

  • Nuclear fusion breakthrough reproduces energy of sun in laboratory

    Scientists with the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory announced a major breakthrough on nuclear fusion. An expert joins us to talk about what this could mean for creating energy.

  • UW-Madison tribal relations director reflects on two decades of progress

    UW-Madison’s tribal relations director is retiring. He joins us to reflect on his 22 years on campus in that role and others.

  • Whatever happened to male birth control research?

    After the infamous 2016 study on male contraception was canceled, research on developing male birth control didn’t stop. Now, some scientists say we’re closer than ever to safe and effective male contraception. A science journalist explains.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Emilie Burditt Producer
  • Lorin Cox Producer
  • Colleen Leahy Producer
  • Stephanie Diem Guest
  • Aaron Bird Bear Guest
  • Eleanor Cummins Guest

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