Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.
506: Revolutionizing the culture of work
Employees in the tech sector are organizing, demanding a more democratic workplace with goals that align with their own. And, how to truly shake up the workplace so workers are empowered to innovate.
Repeat: Social Tech
(This episode first aired in December 2020, and has been updated to reflect that.) As we interact more - and more often - with our digital technologies, those interactions tell us a lot about who we are. How we can analyze behaviour on social media for mental health insights. And, taking cues from early childhood development and behavioural observation to build and train better robots.
(This episode first aired in November 2020, and has been updated to reflect that.) For all the good they give us, our personal tech has also become a major time suck. Between work from home and doom-scrolling through social media, are we wasting time, or is this the "new normal" for spending it? And if we are going to be spending this much time online, can we improve online public spaces with better design?
505: Civilization - Correspondence
Whether it be via carrier pigeon, smoke signal, telegram or text message, humans have corresponded in some way since they first walked upright. On the 50th anniversary of the first internet email, we look at how the act and art of letter writing has evolved — and where it might go.
The death of email has been predicted for a long time. Yet, it's still with us. Will e-mail ever be replaced? Productivity expert David Heinemeier Hansson, the co-founder and CTO of Basecamp, talks about his love/hate relationship to email, and its future.
Can the way the ancient Greeks and Romans corresponded inform how we communicate today? Antonia Sarri is a researcher in the department of ancient history and archeology at the University of Manchester, and an expert on Greco-Roman letter writing.
504: Glass, innovation and the invention urge
An indepth look at the history of glass and a broader look at the circumstances that push us to innovate even with much older technologies.
503: The psychology and economics of 'Niftymania'
NFTs could significantly shift the economics of being an artist by creating equitable structures so artists can participate in art markets they've traditionally been excluded from. And, how the psychology behind NFT valuations brings to mind 17th century post-plague tulipmania.
Top tier insight!
Spark has been on heavy rotation for me lately, and with good reason... every episode offers expert knowledge from impressive guests, the latest news on innovative tech, and an easy to consume package that ties it all together. Really appreciate all that Nora and her team are doing here!
Nora is the Bomb
I <3 Spark.This is a nice way to keep up with tech and trends in electronic media. So good to say she makes my day.
The writing is excellent
Nora is a great writer and the content is consistently very good.