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The Philosopher With Silicon Valley's Ear

Longtermism, the idea that positively influencing the future is a key moral priority of our time,...

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When Climate Change Makes You Sell Your House

With disaster relief funds from Hurricane Harvey, Houston's Harris County instituted a mandatory...

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Can Nuclear Power Be Green?

Nuclear technology has become more important than ever, thanks to a global energy crisis and...

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The Fight Over Online Speech Headed to the Supreme Court

Conservative lawmakers in Florida and Texas are taking aim at content moderation on social media,...

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The Hidden Abuse Behind Those Spam Texts You're Getting

Victims of a new and high tech kind of human trafficking are forced to scam people all around the...

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How Big Internet Keeps Small Communities Disconnected

A small parish in Louisiana tried to get affordable, fast internet. An incumbent ISP stopped...

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The Chaos That Made YouTube a Juggernaut

An inside look at the rise of YouTube into a social media behemoth. Guests: Mark Bergen and...

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Can A.I. Make Great Art?

Technology is transforming the creative economy and ideas about what "art" even is. Guest: Drew...

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The Summer Vaccine of the Future

LYMErix, the first vaccine against Lyme, was pulled from the market amid poor sales and pressure...

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A.I. Made to Fight Child Porn Ensnared an Innocent Dad

A father took a photo of his son for their doctor. He wound up being investigated by the police....

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The Streaming TV Bloodbath

Shows are disappearing. Staff are getting axed. Is It greed, or necessary for the networks'...

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The Hacker Blowing the Whistle on Twitter

Legendary hacker Peiter "Mudge" Zatko’s reputation in the cybersecurity world is unmatched....

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We're Expecting the Wrong Things From the CDC

There's no way to remove politics from public health. Guest: Tim Requarth Host: Lizzie O'Leary...

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What All That Money for Green Tech in the Climate Bill Is Buying

The Inflation Reduction Act is spurring progress towards new climate technology that, at times,...

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Big Pharma’s Bet on Psychedelics

The psychedelic renaissance is here. But not everyone’s on board. Guest: John Semley...

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Crypto Could Leave Texas in the Dark

Crypto mining is booming in Texas. Will the power grid be able to handle it? Guest: Russell Gold...

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The Monkeypox Vaccine Monopoly

It makes intuitive sense for companies that develop a technology to hold its intellectual...

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The Homes We Forgot to Build a Decade Ago

The US has been in a housing shortage for decades. Can it ever be fixed? Guest: Conor Dougherty...

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The Dark Web of Online Spider Sales

Researchers have untangled a world of illicit trade that threatens ecosystems and endangers...

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Paging Dr. Bezos

In buying One Medical, Amazon is primed to be your doctor. Are they disrupting health care, or...

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