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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. Alex Kantrowitz, a Silicon Valley journalist who's interviewed the world's top tech CEOs — from Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison — is the host.

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The Big Technology Podcast takes you behind the scenes in the tech world featuring interviews with plugged-in insiders and outside agitators. Alex Kantrowitz, a Silicon Valley journalist who's interviewed the world's top tech CEOs — from Mark Zuckerberg to Larry Ellison — is the host.

    How Tech Can Actually Help Mental Health — With Ex-National Institute of Mental Health director Dr. Tom Insel

    How Tech Can Actually Help Mental Health — With Ex-National Institute of Mental Health director Dr. Tom Insel

    Dr. Tom Insel led the National Institue of Mental Health for 13 years, departing toward the end of the Obama administration for a career in tech. Insel joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss how the data on our devices may unlock the key to treatment. Our conversation covers how tech can help manage and treat illness, the privacy ramifications of collecting this data, and whether social media is actually harmful for our mental health.
    You can pre-order Dr. Insel's forthcoming book, Healing: Our Path From Mental Illness To Mental Health, here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/670329/healing-by-thomas-insel-md/
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    • 53 min
    The Rise Of Conservative Social Media — With The New Yorker's Clare Malone and Stanford's David Thiel

    The Rise Of Conservative Social Media — With The New Yorker's Clare Malone and Stanford's David Thiel

    Clare Malone is a staff writer at The New Yorker who recently wrote about Gettr, a rising conservative social network. David Thiel is the big data architect and chief technology officer of the Stanford Internet Observatory, where he's researched Gettr's usage. The pair join Big Technology Podcast to discuss Gettr — and its counterparts' — potential to take on incumbent social networks. We dig into the network's growth, its funding sources, and how mainstream social network policies open the door for its success.
    Here's Clare's story: https://www.newyorker.com/news/annals-of-communications/can-gettr-become-the-online-gathering-place-for-trumps-gop
    Here's David's research: https://cyber.fsi.stanford.edu/io/news/topologies-and-tribulations-gettr


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    • 57 min
    Tech Regulation's Crucial Year — With Sen. Mark Warner

    Tech Regulation's Crucial Year — With Sen. Mark Warner

    Senator Mark Warner takes us inside the battle to regulate Big Tech. Elected in 2008 and serving his third term in the U.S. Senate, Sen. Warner joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss whether we should regulate Big Tech and how the companies are fighting back — overtly and covertly. Ahead of the midterm elections, this year is crucial. In the second half, we also discuss whether members of Congress should trade individual stocks.


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    • 46 min
    Web3 And The Future Of The Internet — With Box CEO Aaron Levie

    Web3 And The Future Of The Internet — With Box CEO Aaron Levie

    Aaron Levie is the CEO of Box, a $3.95 billion publicly-traded tech company. He joins Big Technology Podcast to discuss the rise of Web3 — a crypto-based vision for the internet — and where it can go wrong. Levie raises several important questions about where the Web3 theory and promise might slam into obstacles in the real world. Listen and you'll get a more nuanced view of Web3, something that goes beyond "This is the future" or "This will never work."


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    • 57 min
    2021 In Review, 2022 Predictions — With Casey Newton

    2021 In Review, 2022 Predictions — With Casey Newton

    Casey Newton is the editor of Platformer, a CNBC Contributor, and a friend of Big Technology Podcast. He joins us for our final show of the year, where we look back on the biggest stories of 2021 and predict what's coming in 2022. Join us for a conversation about Big Tech's year of transition, the upcoming Web3 wars, and whether the cult of the founder is falling apart.


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    The Theranos Trial Concludes — With NPR's Bobby Allyn

    The Theranos Trial Concludes — With NPR's Bobby Allyn

    Bobby Allyn is an NPR tech reporter based in San Francisco. He's been waking up at 2 a.m. to watch the trial of ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes from the courthouse. In this episode, Allyn breaks down the case for and against Holmes, the biggest moments in the trial, and the potential outcomes now that the jury is deliberating.


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Customer Reviews

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10 Ratings

10 Ratings

david_hay ,

Really really informative long-form podcast

Alex covers a lot of ground with each of his guests, and the two most recent episodes, both of which pertain to the 2020 US Election, were especially useful.

As an outside, who's followed the news for the past forever, the insights from Steve and Noah provided good background.

This, supplemented with Justin Robert Young's Politics Politics Politics ( Px3 ), have made the election more understandable to a non-US audience.

Thanks again, and keep up the awesome work, Alex n' team

Ben_Eire ,

Strong opener with a lot of potential

The host has excellent credentials and started with two high quality guest, look forward to more episodes.

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