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Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily radio show and podcast uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world. Transforming breaking news to breaking ideas, Marketplace Tech uncovers themes that transcend the hype in an industry that’s constantly changing. Reporting from Oakland, California host Molly Wood asks smart questions that connect the dots and provide insight on the impact of technology to help listeners understand the business behind the technology rewiring our lives.
Molly has spent two decades covering the tech industry on all platforms and is known as a pioneer in podcasting. She is an IDEAS contributor at Wired and  has been recognized for her dynamic reporting by the Webbys, the National Magazine Awards, and is a Gracie Award winner. Prior to joining Marketplace, she was a tech columnist at The New York Times and before that an executive editor at CNET. The Marketplace Tech daily news podcast is available worldwide on platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, RSS Feeds and any place else where you get your podcasts.

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Hosted by Molly Wood, “Marketplace Tech” demystifies the digital economy. The daily radio show and podcast uncovers how tech influences our lives in unexpected ways and provides context for listeners who care about the impact of tech, business and the digital world. Transforming breaking news to breaking ideas, Marketplace Tech uncovers themes that transcend the hype in an industry that’s constantly changing. Reporting from Oakland, California host Molly Wood asks smart questions that connect the dots and provide insight on the impact of technology to help listeners understand the business behind the technology rewiring our lives.
Molly has spent two decades covering the tech industry on all platforms and is known as a pioneer in podcasting. She is an IDEAS contributor at Wired and  has been recognized for her dynamic reporting by the Webbys, the National Magazine Awards, and is a Gracie Award winner. Prior to joining Marketplace, she was a tech columnist at The New York Times and before that an executive editor at CNET. The Marketplace Tech daily news podcast is available worldwide on platforms including Apple Podcasts, Google, Spotify, Stitcher, RSS Feeds and any place else where you get your podcasts.

    Turning video game tech into accessible tools

    Turning video game tech into accessible tools

    This week, we’ve been looking at disability and technology: where innovation is happening and where there’s work left to do to improve accessibility. That includes video games. Kimberly Adams talks with Steven Spohn, chief operating officer at AbleGamers Charity. He helped develop an adapter that lets gamers use their wheelchair as a controller for consoles or computers.

    • 8 min
    Online learning tools aren’t as accessible for students with disabilities

    Online learning tools aren’t as accessible for students with disabilities

    Remote learning this year is an ongoing challenge from kindergarten all the way to college. Much of the technology that connects students and teachers isn’t optimized for people with disabilities. We speak with professors around the U.S. to learn more about the tech that makes online learning less accessible for students with disabilities.

    • 5 min
    How the FCC regulates accessibility for new technologies

    How the FCC regulates accessibility for new technologies

    The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 30 this summer, but this year also marks a decade since the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act was signed. That law sets federal rules for things like streaming video, mobile browsers and teleconferencing software. Regulators at the Federal Communications Commission are in charge of making sure people follow that law, and they get help from the FCC’s Disability Advisory Committee. Kimberly Adams speaks with Brian Scarpelli, co-chair of that group. He says tech has definitely outpaced the law.

    • 7 min
    Innovating for disability, because you have to

    Innovating for disability, because you have to

    This week we’re using the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act to talk about technology and accessibility. Kimberly Adams speaks with disability rights advocate Haben Girma, author of “Haben: The Deafblind Woman Who Conquered Harvard Law.” Girma created a communications system for herself while she was at Harvard and says, “Disabled people constantly have to come up with our own solutions.”

    • 10 min
    The internet is everything. But is it accessible?

    The internet is everything. But is it accessible?

    Recently, we spent some time digging into just how crucial internet access is during the pandemic. But even if you have access to the internet, many parts of it are still not accessible. The Americans with Disabilities Act turns 30 years old this summer. A lot of the tech that makes things convenient for some can be game-changing for people with disabilities, such as screen readers that help visually impaired people read websites or software that lets us type with our voice. But some products that claim to help, actually make things worse. Nicolas Steenhout, a web accessibility consultant and trainer, said that’s partly because companies don’t always do a good job of consulting people with disabilities at every stage of development. He talks with Marketplace’s Kimberly Adams about the best way to create tech for everyone.

    • 6 min
    It’s official: TikTok’s days in the U.S. are numbered

    It’s official: TikTok’s days in the U.S. are numbered

    Late Thursday, President Trump signed an executive order, banning the social media app TikTok in 45 days. TikTok is owned by the Chinese company ByteDance and the administration says a Chinese company having access to Americans’ data is a national security threat. Trump also put a clock on WeChat, the popular Chinese texting app.  Kimberly Adams speaks with Shira Ovide, who covers technology at The New York Times, and she says this could have implications far beyond social media.

    • 8 min

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