Could Injecting Carbon Into the Earth Save Our Planet?

Iceland: the land of majestic waterfalls, black sands, sparkling glaciers, and… maybe one of the world’s wildest solutions for solving climate change? Nestled beside the majestic hills of southwestern Iceland, are a series of huge pods capable of taking CO2 that’s been snatched from the air and injecting it into underground stones, where the gas […]

What makes Delhi’s air so deadly

…near Delhi. The smog here was so thick, drivers couldn’t see where they were going. At least 24 vehicles were damaged as drivers kept crashing into the pileup. These conditions happen every year, when Delhi experiences a huge spike in air pollution. “Are we breathing poison in Delhi?” “…every two minutes one person dies due […]

Why German spies blew up this US island

You ready to history? PHIL: Ready. You’re ready? Okay. Alright. I’m Coleman Lowndes. PHIL: I’m Phil Edwards. And this is History Club, where Phil and I tell each other a story from history that ideally the other one doesn’t know anything about. So today is my turn. And it’s a story of sabotage, deception, and […]

What Happens When an Island Completely Disappears?

In October 2018, the Pacific Ocean brewed one of most intense hurricanes ever recorded, AND it hit one of the most remote places in the world. With so much force, it eliminated an entire island overnight. But this isn’t the first time an island has vanished. It’s part of a trend, so what’s behind it? […]

The US Government Program That Pays For Your Flights

This video was made possible by Curiosity Stream. When you sign up at the link in the description you’ll also get access to Nebula—the streaming video platform that Wendover is a part of. A quite reasonable question would be why the American government is paying United Airlines $4,780,955 a year to fly from their hub […]

Why It’s So Hard to Capture CO2 From the Air

The Earth’s climate is shifting, and it’s our fault. Not Seeker, specifically, I mean humans in general. We’re digging up and burning sources of carbon that otherwise would have been locked away within the Earth, adding it to our atmosphere and driving average global temperatures up. So why don’t we take the carbon from the […]

Why there’s a ring of natural disasters around the Pacific

“Offer a magnificent view of nature’s greatest power display.” Mount Mayon in the Philippines erupted in January. It continued for over a month. In February, Mount Sinabung erupted in Indonesia. Here’s the ash cloud as seen from space. And in June an eruption in Guatemala killed more than 100 people. Turns out this is pretty […]

The US’ Overseas Military Base Strategy

This video was made possible by Brilliant. Learn complex topics simply with Brilliant for 20% off by being one of the first 200 to sign up at brilliant.org/Wendover. If you ask the US military how many bases they have overseas, you won’t really get an answer. They don’t make it all too hard to find […]

How Airlines Schedule Flights

This video was made possible by Clear. The first 200 people to sign up at clearme.com/wendover get three free months of speeding through airport security with Clear. Airlines are notoriously difficult businesses to run. Each and every flight operated is a multi-thousand dollar gamble on whether or not passengers will buy tickets. Aside from cost, […]

How China is changing Hollywood

In the fourth Transformers movie, there’s a scene where a random guy in an elevator helps Stanley Tucci beat someone up. That guy? Turns out he’s a Chinese boxer, Zou Shiming – a world champion & gold medalist. Elsewhere in the movie, you’ll see a Chinese milk box, and even a Chinese bank ATM in […]