All Things Considered for October 21, 2019 Hear the All Things Considered program for October 21, 2019

All Things Considered

Earlier this month, California utility PG&E shut down power for about 800,000 customers in north and central California. The move was meant to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment during high winds. MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Energy

Are Blackouts The Future For California?

Residents are wondering whether widespread power outages are the future and whether they're the only way to prevent wildfires. New technology may help prevent them if utilities are willing to invest.

Cane Shuga Glass Animals
So So Lovely Shigeto

An e-bike resembles a regular bicycle, with its batteries and electric motor integrated into the bike's frame. Enthusiasts see e-bikes on national park trails as a great thing, but some traditional riders and environmentalists see big problems ahead. Mark Arehart/WKSU hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Arehart/WKSU

National Parks Trying To Get A Handle On E-Bikes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/771858867/772050037" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Vah Vaow DJ Vadim & Heidi Vogel
Money Trees Kendrick Lamar & Jay Rock

The Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program seeks to develop devices that will automatically detect when a driver is intoxicated with a blood-alcohol concentration over the legal limit. Courtesy of Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Driver Alcohol Detection System for Safety Program

A Push To Have Cars Say 'No' To Drunk Drivers

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/772004296/772050043" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Dance [Instrumental] Danny Brown

Earlier this month, California utility PG&E shut down power for about 800,000 customers in north and central California. The move was meant to prevent wildfires caused by their equipment during high winds. MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
MediaNews Group/The Mercury News via Getty Images

Are Blackouts The Future For California?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/771280208/772050049" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Helementary Felly
Wind Waker DZA
Instrumental José González
North by Northwest Blue Scholars
Little Nature Chris Joss
Sinnerman [Album Version (Stereo)] Nina Simone
Ash Wednesday Bola Sete
Hotline Bling Drake
Chardonnay Dexter
Wanted/Wasted P.O.S & Astronautalis
Akiko Guitar

Scientists are exploring a new technique, called prime editing, that is more precise than CRISPR and which uses certain enzymes, including reverse transcriptase, to edit DNA. Evan Oto/Science Source hide caption

toggle caption
Evan Oto/Science Source

Scientists Create New, More Powerful Technique To Edit Genes

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/771266879/772050055" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Hilary Swank (left) and Chloe Sevigny starred in Boys Don't Cry, a fictionalized portrayal of the transgender youth Brandon Teena (played by Swank). Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Getty Images

20 Years Later, 'Boys Don't Cry' Still Inspires Admiration And Debate

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/771451650/772050061" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Knowledge Pigeondust
Getting Better The Beatles

All Things Considered