Blowing Away The Limits Of Convention

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins All Things Considered regularly to tell us about the site's latest feature stories.

This week, Watson talks with host Arun Rath about a Tunisian inventor with a new design for wind turbines and why HBO's True Detective is so "seductive." They also discuss how Square, a device that enables smartphones and tablets to easily process credit cards, is changing the way people tip.

The New And The Next

  • Wind Energy Reaches For the Stars

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    "An absolutely incredible 36-year-old Tunisian inventor, Anis Aouini, created a much more effective bladeless, wind turbine — they're curved and kind of a sail-shaped turbine that recently won the innovation prize in Africa. And their bet is that instead of converting about 60 percent of the energy in wind into electricity, that he's ultimately able to create about 80 percent of wind energy into electricity and it roughly costs only about half as much to make."

    Read 'Tunisia's Air Aouini' On Ozy.com

  • 'True Detective': Truly Addictive

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    "Here comes HBO striding back on the stage with a wonderful new twist on the classic buddy detective story called True Detective, starring a few familiar faces — Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey ... [In] so many buddy detective stories, the guys are good friends, they stick together. But here, the stranger they both become, the less they trust each other ... very seductive new piece from a former academic."

    Read 'Philosophical Genius + The Ill Ease Of "True Detective" ' On Ozy.com

  • Tech Tweaks Tipping

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    "One of the hottest companies in the country today is a company called Square. The idea is that whether it's a taxi driver or a coffee shop, instead of using a regular kind of credit card dispenser, this is a simpler way to go. But it's uniformly asking you, 'How much do you wanna tip?' ...

    "Square is finding is that they're seeing a dramatic increase in the number of people who are tipping — almost 40 percent more, and an average tip rate of 16 or 17 percent."

    Read 'Turned Off By Tipping' On Ozy.com

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