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20 minutes | Dec 3, 2021
Did @jack Ruin Twitter?
On Monday, Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO of Twitter. It’s not the first time he’s left the job. Is this really the end for the man who guided Twitter through the Trump era? And how will the platform change without him at the helm?Guest: Nick Bilton, special correspondent at Vanity FairHost: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
23 minutes | Nov 26, 2021
Best of 2021: Inside the Subreddit That Blew Up GameStop
This episode originally aired in January 2021The story of how GameStop went from the verge of a bankruptcy to a $15 billion market value isn’t an easy one to wrap your head around. But it helps to go back to the beginning; almost three years ago, in a subreddit called r/wallstreetbets.Guests:Brandon Kochkodin, reporter at Bloomberg Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26 minutes | Nov 19, 2021
Space Junk! (And Space Wars?)
Over the weekend, Russia tested a new weapon—a type of missile that can fly into space and destroy a satellite in orbit. The test created thousands of pieces of debris, which will hurtle around the Earth’s orbit for years to come. What’s the real risk of the rapid increase in space junk? And is there anything to be done about it?Guest:Laura Grego, Stanton Nuclear Security Fellow at MITHost: Seth Stevenson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28 minutes | Nov 12, 2021
The Kid-Vaccine Holdouts
A recent poll showed that about a third of parents of younger children would get their kids vaccinated, a third would not, and the final third said they wanted to wait and see how the vaccines worked.Public health officials are asking: what will it take to convince that third group that now is the time to vaccinate? Guests:Julie HamillDr. Aaron Carroll, pediatrician and professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of MedicineHost: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26 minutes | Nov 5, 2021
How Schools Surveil Your Kids
In schools across the country, tighter digital controls were put in place to keep kids on task during the pandemic. Are they here to stay?Guests: Priya Anand, reporter at BloombergHost: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
27 minutes | Oct 29, 2021
Why Are Bots Buying Sneakers?
The bots aren’t just buying cool sneakers. They’re buying concert tickets. Tickets to basketball games and Broadway shows. At the beginning of the pandemic, they were buying hand sanitizer and face masks. And later, they were booking vaccine reservation spots.Why are bots taking over certain markets? And is there anything we can do to slow them down?Guests: Derreck Johnson, designer at SlateEric Budish, economics professor at the University of ChicagoHost: Seth Stevenson Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22 minutes | Oct 22, 2021
Honey, I Sold the House to Zillow
Between April and June of this year, Zillow bought nearly 4,000 homes. And they had no intention of holding onto them. The plan was to flip houses, often and at scale, joining the ranks of companies like Opendoor and Offerpad, also known as iBuyers. So, why did Zillow put their plans on pause last weekend? Can online middlemen really change the way we buy and sell houses?Guests: Tony Santos, homeownerPatrick Clark, reporter at BloombergHost: Henry Grabar Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
25 minutes | Oct 15, 2021
The Return of Hacktivism
Over the last month, the domain company Epik and the streaming service Twitch have fallen prey to massive-scale hacks. The hackers revealed not just email addresses, but detailed personal information too. For Twitch, it was the entire source code for their site. But the attackers aren’t holding this data for ransom. In fact, they don’t seem to want much of anything. What’s motivating this new wave of activist hacks? And who suffers?Guest: Drew Harwell, tech reporter at the Washington PostHost: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26 minutes | Oct 8, 2021
Will the Facebook Whistleblower Make a Difference?
The last month has seen a steady drip of leaked documents from inside Facebook, each seemingly more damning than the next. This week, the whistleblower behind the leaks revealed her identity.What motivates Frances Haugen? And can she do real damage to the social media giant?Guest: Jeff Horwitz, tech reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Host: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24 minutes | Oct 1, 2021
What Instagram Does to Teens
Since 2018, internal research teams at Facebook have been studying the effect on Instagram on mental health. Their results couldn’t be more clear: Instagram is causing problems, especially for teen girls. Why has it taken so long for their research to surface? And what can be done to improve the relationship between kids and the platform?Guest: Georgia Wells, tech reporter at the Wall Street Journal. Host: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30 minutes | Sep 24, 2021
Are We Getting COVID Testing All Wrong?
In the U.S., the PCR test is the gold standard for COVID testing. Common knowledge would have it that the test is more accurate—and therefore more effective at containing the spread of the dease—than the rapid antigen test. What if that isn’t quite true? Guest: Michael Mina, assistant professor of epidemiology at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health Host: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
30 minutes | Sep 22, 2021
Sponsored: Tech Solutions that Serve L.A. Citizens with Ted Ross
The final episode of Season 1 features Ted Ross, Chief Information Officer for the City of Los Angeles. His role became more vital than ever during the pandemic, with L.A.’s 4 million residents and 50,000 employees relying on the city’s complex technological operation for support. Ted helped his city navigate the challenge with tech solutions built on principles designed to serve citizens and inspire employees: focus on people, improve lives, and lean into promising innovations. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18 minutes | Sep 17, 2021
China vs. Video Games
Recently, China restricted video game playing to just three hours a week for its young people: 8pm to 9pm, Friday through Sunday.And that’s not the only change. Over the last few months, private tutors, diehard celebrity fans, and tech giants have all faced fresh restrictions from Beijing. What’s behind this new wave of crackdowns?Guest: Brenda Goh, technology correspondent for ReutersHost: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
21 minutes | Sep 10, 2021
Can This River Be Saved?
The Colorado River Basin is experiencing its 22nd year of drought. Its reservoirs are at their lowest-ever levels. The water stored in the system is at just 40 percent of its capacity. How did the situation on the Colorado become so dire? And what does the shortage mean for the 40 million people who rely on its waters?Guest: Abrahm Lustgarten, senior investigative reporter at ProPublicaHost: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
24 minutes | Sep 3, 2021
The Rush for Ivermectin
A medicine meant to treat parasites is the latest unproven COVID treatment craze. With warnings from the FDA, and prescribers clamping down, some are going to extreme lengths to get their hands on the drug. What’s behind Ivermectin’s sudden rise?Guest: Brandy Zadrozny, senior reporter for NBC News Host: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
26 minutes | Aug 27, 2021
Elizabeth Holmes on Trial
Elizabeth Holmes convinced countless people that her company would change the world. Can she convince 12 jurors that she didn’t intend to deceive her company’s patients and investors?Guest: Rebecca Jarvis, host of “The Dropout” podcast and ABC News Chief Business, Technology & Economics Correspondent Host: Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
22 minutes | Aug 20, 2021
Will Booster Shots Make a Difference?
The Biden administration says a third dose of vaccines for all American adults will end the pandemic faster. And experts say there is evidence of waning vaccine effectiveness against mild-to-moderate disease. But globally, what’s the best use of the next available dose? Guest: Saad Omer, director of the Yale Institute for Global Health. Host: Lizzie O’LearyThis episode was produced by Alyssa Edes. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
28 minutes | Aug 13, 2021
What's Taking the FDA So Long?
Experts say that a “fully approved” designation for the vaccines could have sweeping effects. Broader vaccination mandates, inclusion for new age groups, and reassurance for those hesitant to take a vaccine without the designation. As calls for approval grow louder and more urgent, the Food and Drug Administration is yet to give its blessing. What’s happening inside the FDA as they work toward this milestone?Guest: Sarah Owermohle, health care reporter at Politico Host:Lizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
18 minutes | Aug 6, 2021
Can America Fix Its Trains?
America used to be at the vanguard of railroad technology. What went wrong? And can the new infrastructure bill fix our broken system?Guests: Alon Levy and Eric Goldwyn of the Marron Institute at NYU HostHenry Grabar Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
19 minutes | Jul 30, 2021
I Bought It. Why Can't I Fix It?
Whether it’s a phone screen or a coffee machine, why is it so hard to fix our own stuff? And what can we do to make it a bit easier?Guest: Jason Koebler, editor-in-chief of Motherboard and contributor to the CYBER podcastHostLizzie O’Leary Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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