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How America became a superpower

How America became a superpower

The modern United States is the most powerful country in human history. With over 800 military bases and 37% of global military spending, the United States has become the leader of a vast interconnected global system that has helped usher in an era of unprecedented prosperity and low levels of conflict. To understand America’s position …

The Trouble with the Electoral College

The Trouble with the Electoral College

In a fair democracy everyone’s vote should count equally, but the method that the United States uses to elect its president, called the electoral college, violates this principle by making sure that some people’s votes are more equal than others. The Electoral College is, essentially, the 538 votes that determine who wins the presidency. If …

How to Solve the Housing Crisis

How to Solve the Housing Crisis

This episode of Real Engineering is brought to you by Brilliant, a problem-solving website that teaches you to think like an engineer. We’ve been hearing about it for years. The 21st century is the era of urbanization. In almost every country around the world, people are packing their bags, and moving into cities at record …

What If: World Without the US – Part 2

What If: World Without the US – Part 2

In our first episode of a world without the US we looked at the ways that the World War 2 and post War-era may have turned out if the US had simply refused to engage the world and remained isolationist. We discovered that there would be a near-certainty of a World War II that ended …

Canada & The United States (Bizarre Borders Part 2)

Canada & The United States (Bizarre Borders Part 2)

Canada and the United States share the longest, straightest, possibly boringest border in the world. But, look closer, and there’s plenty of bizarreness to be found. While these sister nations get along fairly well, they both want to make it really clear whose side of the continent is whose. And they’ve done this by carving …

Why Trains Suck in America

Why Trains Suck in America

Let’s face it: trains kinda suck in America. They’re slow, expensive, and just don’t exist in many parts of the country. The simple reason for this is because the US is so sparsely populated. Aside from here, here, and here, cities just aren’t close enough together to make train travel faster or cheaper than plane …