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Big questions and provocative conclusions about technology and culture. A new podcast from The Atlantic with Derek Thompson.

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Introducing New Atlantic Podcasts

The Atlantic has launched three new podcasts this year: Social Distance, Floodlines, and The Ticket. Subscribe to keep up with Atlantic journalism.Subscribe to Social Distance: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket CastsSubscribe to Floodlines: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket CastsSubscribe to The Ticket: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Pocket Casts Learn...

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?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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...

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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?Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Why Should We Care About Privacy?

Admit it: You have no idea what privacy means anymore. These days, virtually all online activity—searching, shopping, browsing—requires giving away our personal information to tech companies. In this episode, we review the 200 year history of privacy in America and explain what the new age of “surveillance capitalism” means for all of us who have to...

Season 3 Trailer: Unbreak the Internet

Ten years ago, “Move fast and break things” was the clarion call of the world’s tech giants. Well, they moved fast and broke stuff, alright. Lots of stuff. Whether it’s Facebook privacy scandals, YouTube’s radicalization of the far right, or China’s brutal use of surveillance gadgetry, digital technology seems to be a relentless force for greed, bad...

Tech Was Supposed to Be Society’s Great Equalizer. What Happened?

In a special bonus episode, computer scientist and data journalist Meredith Broussard explains how “technochauvinism” derailed the dream of the digital revolution.Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

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