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June 24, 2013

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Illustration: Arctic Landscape by Roy Lichtenstein
Arctic Landscape by Roy Lichtenstein
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Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Peeping The Cloud: A Journey To The Center Of Cloud Computing

Produced by
Benjamen Walker

Even on a clear day, the cloud is up there: computing things, storing messages and information.

Today, guest host Sean Cole joins Benjamen Walker from the Theory of Everything podcast, and they dissect the cloud: how it works, what powers it and what we gain from it.

Benjamen talks to people who know the ins and outs of cloud computing and where the power comes from, rare earth dug up mostly in China. Then, Benjamen travels to China in search of visiting one of the mines that produce rare earth elements for the cloud.

This story is part of the PRX Global Story Project made possible by the Open Society Foundations.

Music

Sound design by Bill Bowen. Additional music includes "Palace Chalice" by Mux Mool; "All That We Perceive" by Thievery Corporation; and "The Afterlife of Things" by Hauschka

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