24 episodes

Big questions about technology, science, and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. On Season 3 (launching May 9): unbreak the internet.

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Big questions about technology, science, and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. On Season 3 (launching May 9): unbreak the internet.

    How Has Netflix Changed Entertainment?

    How Has Netflix Changed Entertainment?

    The numbers are staggering: thousands of titles for 160 million subscribers in 190 countries. Netflix has changed where we watch -- that's obvious. But has it also changed what we watch, and how?
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    • 27 min
    Should We Be Afraid of AI in the Criminal Justice System?

    Should We Be Afraid of AI in the Criminal Justice System?

    Algorithms pervade our lives. They determine the news we see and the products we buy. But most Americans don’t understand how they are transforming every part of the criminal justice system—from policing and bail to sentencing and parole. Could computers make the legal system more fair? Or is it inherently unjust to put a person’s life in the hands of an algorithm?
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    • 29 min
    Influencers: Frauds or the Future of Online Commerce?

    Influencers: Frauds or the Future of Online Commerce?

    Instagram influencers are beloved by fans and mocked by critics, but is there more to influencing than meets the eye? A look at what a growing industry can teach us about the future of life online.
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    • 23 min
    The U.S. and China: A Tale of Two Surveillance States

    The U.S. and China: A Tale of Two Surveillance States

    From Beijing to Brooklyn, facial recognition is on the cutting edge of surveillance technology. But does the threat of this tech outweigh its benefits? A look at two communities living under the microscope.
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    • 27 min
    How Did the Far Right Take Over the Web?

    How Did the Far Right Take Over the Web?

    From Charlottesville, Virginia, to Christchurch, New Zealand, the last few years have been filled with examples of online hatred spilling over into offline violence. How did the Web become one big media channel for the far right, and how can we make the Internet safe from extremism?
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    • 27 min
    What Is Pornography Doing to Our Sex Lives?

    What Is Pornography Doing to Our Sex Lives?

    Young people are having less sex, and access to digital pornography has never been greater. Coincidence? In this episode, we wade into the debate over pornography and determine what, if anything, can be said about its effect on our relationships.
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    • 25 min

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Excellent Podcast

Relevant and well-researched podcast at a vital intersection between society, technology and economics. It’s great to hear The Atlantic’s voice on these big issues, recommended!

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Impressively informative

A selection of great 20 min (~) podcasts highlighting the issues that technology has created in our day to day. Well researched and presented, offering both sides of the argument and perfect for the morning commute

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