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Hacking The Planet


Hacking The Planet is an original series for The Weather Channel that I created with Chris Cassel of Castle Pictures, and for which I serve as host. Each episode looked at whether current or future technology might allow us to better control, predict, or protect ourselves against some dangerous force of nature. The program debuted on February 28, 2013.

The six 30-minute episodes of Hacking The Planet focused on hurricanes, tornadoes, lightning, precipitation (including rain, snow, and hail), earthquakes and volcanoes. The show also inspired a one-hour special, The Truth About Twisters, that debuted on The Weather Channel as part of its Tornado Week programming on May 1, 2013.

My co-hosts in both the series and the special were Brian Malow and Cara Santa Maria. Brian, a.k.a. Earth’s premier Science Comedian, has been a regular contributor to Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s radio show Star Talk and starred in science videos for He  also works as a science communicator for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Cara, trained as a neuroscientist and a past senior science correspondent for The Huffington Post, hosts the popular Talk Nerdy with Cara Santa Maria podcast.

This clip from the “Hacking Hurricanes” episode captures the flavor of the show nicely.

More episode clips and exclusive behind-the-scenes webisode videos can be found here.

Here’s a gallery of images taken from the show and from behind the scenes.