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Guest: Andrew Blum, Author of "The Weather Machine"
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Andrew Blum, Author of "The Weather Machine"
Andrew Blum is an author and journalist, writing about technology, infrastructure, architecture, design, cities, art and travel. As a magazine journalist, he has published dozens of feature stories in publications including Time, WIRED, Popular Science, Vanity Fair, and The New York Times. His previous book, Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet, was the first ever book-length look at the physical infrastructure of the Internet. His new book, The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast, was published in June 2019.
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Co-host Cymene reminisces this week about being the first intern hired by Wired magazine waaaay back in the day. Then (14:42) we are joined by journalist Andrew Blum (https://www.andrewblum.net)—the celebrated author of Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet—to talk about his new book, The Weather Machine (Ecco/HarperCollins, 2019). We dive deep into it, beginning with our “golden age” of meteorology, and its improved computer simulations. We talk about human presence within massive information infrastructures, his interest in place philosophy, balancing attentions to weather and climate, comparing weather banality vs. weather catastrophe; and, Andrew explains to us the different ways of interpreting the history of weather forecasting. From there we turn to the intersection of war and weather, how Cold War rivalry and internationalism helped shape the weather machine as a global cooperative project, and whether private corporations like Google and IBM will control the future of forecasting. Chemtrails and other weather conspiracies make an appearance, as does the secret Nazi invasion of Canada to build a weather station. We close talking about weather and sympathy and sharing storm stories.
Meteorologists use a complex system of computer models, algorithms and historical data to predict the weather. Andrew Blum joins host Krys Boyd to talk about how satellites, super computers and international alliances are all vital to putting together a weather forecast. His new book is called “The Weather Machine: A Journey Inside the Forecast” (Ecco).