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Marketplace Tech is a daily radio segment and podcast produced by Marketplace from American Public Media exploring the world of technology and the Internet.
||03-02-2015 Marketplace Tech - 5G vs Wifi||Airing on Monday, March 2, 2015: Massive Open Online Courses or MOOCs are on today's agenda at an annual conference hosted by Coursera, a major online course provider. They will likely discuss the growth of corporate MOOCs. We find out if MOOCs have become less about transforming higher education and more about helping already educated workers get ahead and boosting the company’s bottom line? Next up is Alison Griswold, staff writer at Slate, to talk about Venmo’s security problems. And then we are joined by Ted Rappaport, director of NYU WIRELESS - he speaks with us about the development of 5G technology and wireless internet cell phone plans.||3/2/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-27-2015 Marketplace Tech - The internet as utility||Airing on Friday, Feb. 27, 2015: The FCC has approved new internet rules, ushering in net neutrality. First up is Susan Crawford, Co-Director of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, to talk about the FCC's vote on Thursday. Next we take a look at why only a third of people in the U.S. have chip and pin credit cards - a system widely used in other countries. And, for this week's Silicon Tally, we are joined by Leo Laporte, host of the podcast, "This Week in Tech."||2/27/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-26-2015 Marketplace Tech - How safe are biometrics?||Airing on Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015: Today, the FCC will vote on net neutrality. We speak with Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, who coined the term “network neutrality,” ahead of the vote this evening. And, for this week's edition of Back to Back to the Future Part II, we are joined by Joseph Lorenzo Hall, Chief Technologist at Center for Democracy & Technology - he talks with Ben about fingerprint scanning technology.||2/26/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-25-2015 Marketplace Tech - Vote for your Book||Airing on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk about a sex discrimination suit in Silicon Valley involving the venture-capital firm Kleiner Perkins which opens another window on complaints that women are treated unequally in the tech world. We'll also talk to Amanda Lotz, Associate Professor of Communications Studies at the University of Michigan, about why cable companies aren’t worried about cord cutters. And Steve Gannon, one of the authors selected for the Kindle Scouts program, talks about being an author on Amazon.||2/25/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-24-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Backdoor Key||Airing on Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015: Comcast, the country's largest cable operator reports its earnings today. But the merger with Time Warner is still hanging in the balance? We'll talk about how that's going. Next, we have Nitasha Tikku, senior writer at The Verge, on the Unicorn Startup Explosion, how it affects us and where companies could fail. And then we speak with Harvard professor Jonathan Zittrain about his open letter to Prime Minister Cameron explaining why banning encrypted messaging apps is a bad idea.||2/24/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-23-2015 Marketplace Tech - YouTube for kids||Airing on Monday, February 23, 2015: YouTube is launching a “YouTube for kids” app. In part, it’s a response to parents who want to be able to let their kids surf YouTube’s video content safely. But it’s also an enormous money making opportunity. We take a look at the market for kid-friendly media platforms. Next up is Chris Schlitt, a Pebble app developer, to talk about what features he’d like to see in the new Pebble smartwatch, which is rumored to be launching on Tuesday. We also speak with Will Oremus, senior tech writer for Slate, about why Snapchat’s user interface is so hard to use.||2/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-20-2015 Marketplace Tech - Rethinking Hollwyood||Airing on Friday, Feb. 20, 2015: Cyber crime has been in the news a lot lately. It's become a big enough problem that the White House is hosting summits on it, and even establishing a brand new agency to fight it. Today, we speak with Maria Tcherni, assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of New Haven, about the rise of cybercrime compared to other types of property theft. Next up is our segment from our series on Hollywood vs Silicon Valley - we talk with Todd Wagner, co-founder of Broadcast.com and co-owner of 2929 Entertainment, about rethinking the Hollywood distribution model. For this week's Silicon Tally, we have Janet Vertesi, a sociologist and historian of science and technology at Princeton.||2/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-19-2015 Marketplace Tech - Cinemas of the Future||Airing on Thursday, February 19, 2015: The Apple Watch is almost here. It's expected to be released in April. We speak with Ryan Martin, a wearable technology analyst for 451 Research, on the watch's looming launch. Today, on our Hollywood vs Silicon Valley coverage - we talk with Charles Forman, co-founder of the gaming company OMGPOP, about bringing tech to the screenwriting process and whether or not the balance is tipping in favor of Silicon Valley, and we also talk with VidCon founder and YouTube star Hank Green about the difference between being Internet-famous and Hollywood-famous.||2/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-18-2015 Marketplace Tech - Spies & Pirates||Airing on Wednesday, February 18, 2015: A Russian cybersecurity firm, Kaspersky Lab, accused the United States on Monday of embedding surveillance tools in computers in China, Russia, Iran, Afghanistan, and others. According to the lab, these alleged implants, which target firmware, might be connected to the NSA. On today's show, we speak with Chester Wisniewski, senior security advisor at Sophos, about Kapersky's findings. Plus, for today's segment on Hollywood vs Silicon Valley, we speak with Senator Wyden on the difference between the two industries' lobbyists, and we also have Mike Robinson, from the MPAA, talking about internet piracy and whether or not tech companies are doing enough to stop illegal movie downloads.||2/18/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-17-2015 Marketplace Tech - From the web to television||Airing on Tuesday, February 17, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk to Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of CNET.com, about the FAA’s proposed drone regulations and the privacy issues that go with them. Plus, the Internet has made crafting a lucrative business-and not just for selling goods. We look at a company that is attracting big money to the online world of crafting education. We'll also talk to Issa Rae, who created and stars in The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl, about making the transition from a web series to broadcast television.||2/17/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-16-2015 Marketplace Tech - Will there be a Black Mirror (US)?||First up, we look at the state of modern apprenticeships, as the Department of Labor prepares a series of grants to push forward "the other college, but without the debt" in the tech sector. Then, Tesla's earnings call last week wasn't stellar, but it came with this nugget: Elon Musk says the company is working on batteries that could power your home. Turns out the company is well-placed to innovate outside of electric cars if it can cut costs. Finally: We start our series on the tension between Hollywood and Silicon Valley by looking at "Black Mirror."||2/16/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-13-2015 Marketplace Tech - All that Student Data||Airing on Friday, Feb. 13, 2015: The White House is gearing up to introduce new laws on student privacy given the increasing amount of technology used in classrooms. First, we speak with Marketplace's Adriene Hill about the patchwork of student data laws on the books, and how new, federal legislation might change standards for what companies do with student data. Next up is Brian Kelly, also known as The Points Guy, for this week's Silicon Tally.||2/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-12-2015 Marketplace Tech - Tesla earnings||Airing on Thursday, February 12, 2015: First up on today's show, we'll talk with Mathhew Nordan, managing partner at MNL Partners an energy and environmental investment firm, on Tesla earnings. Plus, Radio Shack wants to pay up to $3 million in retention bonuses to some key executives and high level staff. How is the bankrupt electronics device retailer justifying this expense and how likely is it that the bankruptcy court will allow it. And Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, adjunct professor at Pratt who specializes in fabric technology, joins us to talk about self-drying jackets as part of our Back to the Future series.||2/12/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-11-2015 Marketplace Tech - A new cybersecurity agency||Airing on Wednesday, February 11, 2015: This week, the Obama administration announced that it would create a cybersecurity agency to protect U.S. companies and citizens from hackers and other threats from cyberspace. This agency is expected to gather intelligence from various government agencies and coordinate their efforts. First up is Stephen Cobb, a security researcher at ESET North America, to tell us more about this agency's mandate. Next, we'll talk to Molly Wood, Technology Columnist for the New York Times, about at-home networking company Eero. And Richard Macauley, a reporter based in China, joins us to talk about about China’s crackdown on VPNs that bypass the great firewall.||2/11/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-09-2015 Marketplace Tech - Be My Eyes 1.0||Airing on Monday, February 9, 2015: The FCC is moving on with its plans to reclassify broadband and wireless data as Title II services. Meanwhile, AT&T has said it will sue the federal government, and some Republicans have vowed to fight the new rules. What will happen if this particular battle winds up in court? We'll talk with Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder of Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society, about the legal backing for the FCC’s plan. Next, we spoke with Eliza Cooper, a social media consultant who’s been blind since childhood, about using the Be My Eyes app. It matches people who are visually impaired with sighted strangers who help identify things through the smartphone camera.||2/9/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-06-2015 Marketplace Tech - Twitter earnings||Airing on Friday, Feb. 6, 2015: First up, we look at the push in the Hunts Point neighborhood of the Bronx to encourage technology start ups as a way to revitalize the area and bring new jobs in. Next, we discuss Twitter's earnings - including it's net loss of $ 125 million - with Nate Elliott, an analyst at Forrester. And how well have you kept up with the week in tech news? Shanon Cook, a Spotify trends analyst, joins Ben for a digital-music-themed Silicon Tally.||2/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-05-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Verdict||Airing on Thursday, February 5, 2015: The FCC is poised to unveil new rules on net neutrality. We look at the legal quagmire that will emerge from this, and how it might ultimately impact consumers. Ross Ulbricht was convicted on Wednesday as the Dread Pirate Roberts, the mastermind behind an illegal online market called Silk Road. The minimum sentence he faces is 30 years and the maxium, life. We spoke with Sarah Jeong, a technology policy journalist who has been covering the Silk Road Trial for Forbes, about the verdict. Also, Robbie Allen, Founder and CEO of Automated Insights, joins us for our latest segment in Back to Back to the Future Part II - it's on software that writes news articles.||2/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-04-2015 Marketplace Tech - Technology on the Inside||Airing on Wednesday, February 4, 2015: This week, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to make the internet a public utility. That is, wireless and broadband data will be regulated as a telecommunication service, and not an information service, under Title II of the Telecommunications Act. We spoke with Kevin Werbach, an Associate Professor of Legal Studies and Business Ethics at the University of Pennsylvania, about the FCC’s plans to reclassify the internet. And Kevin Roose, Senior Editor at Fusion, joins us to talk about how prisoners use cell phones and social media on the inside.||2/4/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||02-03-2015 Marketplace Tech - The Racist Algorithm||Airing on Tuesday, February 3, 2015: Amazon has struck a deal with UC Davis, UMass Amherst, and Purdue in which the schools get a specially-branded online Amazon bookstore for their students, and a cut of the revenues. Amazon gets early access to college kids who are creating habits, and it gets another whack at Barnes & Noble - one of the companies that's built a niche in academic book selling. We consider Amazon’s strategy and its effect. Nexr up, we talk with Lindsey Turrentine, Editor-in-Chief of CNET.com, about the internet of things and Intel’s latest acquisition. Also, Frank Pasquale, Professor of Law at the University of Maryland, discusses his new book, "The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information."||2/3/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
A great public-radio tech podcast. A would-be five stars, but with one anoying problem: A five minute show with aproximately O:35 seconds of ads! It's okay to plug a sponsor, but two "underwriters" is pushing it and 0:15 seconds a piece, I'll skip the ads (always the same length) and go to the show. Otherwise, I love it.
Consistently delivers interesting and informative content. A staple of my podcast subscriptions.
Succinct, information packed, and well-produced, the Future Tense series is a podcast I always listen to--and find there's always something within each episode that's new to me or that I understand better after I've listened. Well done!