Congress roundup, Solar panel research, Lynda Barry on creativity

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Sunlight shines on the U.S. Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington.
In this Nov. 2, 2020, file photo sunlight shines on the U.S. Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington. Patrick Semansky/AP Photo

New research shows that solar panels could capture sunlight for energy while still allowing it to nourish crops underneath. We find out more about the potential breakthrough. We also talk with cartoonist Lynda Barry about her residency at Beloit College. We also talk with a congressional reporter about a busy week in the nation’s capitol.

Featured in this Show

  • Ups & downs in the electric vehicle market

    Fluctuating prices and the extension of tax credits have roiled the electric vehicle market. We find out what this means for consumers and the future of transportation.

  • Getting creative with Lynda Barry

    Where do inspiration and creativity come from? Cartoonist, painter, writer and teacher Lynda Barry shares what she’s learning from the college students she teaches.

  • Could farmers harvest both plants and solar energy?

    We talk to a researcher about a new study into whether sunlight could be split — to both generate solar electricity and help grow plants beneath solar panels.

Episode Credits

  • Rob Ferrett Host
  • Sarah Hopefl Technical Director
  • Tyler Ditter Technical Director
  • Lee Rayburn Producer
  • Tim Peterson Producer
  • Jamie Page Deaton Guest
  • Lynda Barry Guest
  • Majdi Abou Najm Guest