Nov 24, 2020
Coming Up on Passport!
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The Passport team is off for Thanksgiving this week, but we’ve got a taste of what’s to come.

This season we’ve taken you to over 30 countries. We’ve met the world’s most famous extra in Belfast, investigated a stolen Van Gogh in Amsterdam, met mafia fighting chefs in Palermo, spent the night in the hotel that inspired The Shining, and set the record straight on Italy, Iran, Iceland and Russia. But we’re not done yet!

Coming up on the show: we search for love on the rails in India, visit Disneyland to see if it really is the happiest place on Earth, go back to the Afrofuturism in South Africa, and try to figure out just why the French love clowns so much. We gaze up at the stars in Australia with the world’s very first astronomers, and do our best to figure out what the deal is with Barcelona’s very… shall we say unique… Christmas tradition - Caga Tió.

So enjoy the holiday if you’re celebrating… and we’ll see you in the next place! 

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Tesla under fire from Feds after failing to recall almost 160,000 cars with defective screens
The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has taken the view that those absurdly gigantic and distracting central touchscreens on almost 160,000 Teslas are defective - mainly because they randomly just go blank after about five years of ordinary driving.   Save thousands on any new car (Australia-only): AutoExpert discount roadside assistance package: Did you like this report? You can help support the channel, securely via PayPal: Yet another example of Genius Elon’s amazingly cutting-edge technology. The defect this time causes the reversing camera not to work and the windscreen defrosters likewise to fail.  Chimes and other alerts that form part of Tesla’s ‘not really an autopilot’ system also fail to work when this happens.   It’s all somewhat inconvenient if that happens when you’re asleep on the Interstate at 75mph because you put your faith in Electric Elon, and (for whatever reason) you actually thought the term ‘AutoPilot’ was loosely related to what those two words actually mean.  The Feds have taken the inconvenient (for Tesla) view that this is a safety issue - because they say - using what we in the real world might call ‘facts’ and ‘reasoning’ - that the failure of the screen increases the risk of death and/or carnage - and therefore it is deserving of a recall.  The Feds say the defect occurs because the processors driving the fat screens are designed for early obsolescence. Apparently they have a finite number of program-and-erase cycles, after which they simply decline to function any more - a process which takes about five years of ordinary driving. The Feds say this is insufficient for safety-critical features.
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