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On Codebreaker we decipher our complicated feelings about technology by asking straightforward questions with a sense of humor, a sense of awe — and sometimes a sense of dread. In our second season we’ve got one question in mind: Can it save us? Codebreaker isn't just the name of our podcast, it's also a way to listen. Each episode contains a code to help you immediately unlock the next installment and ultimately the entire season. Think you've cracked a code? Go to Codebreaker.codes and enter it. If decoding isn't your thing, that’s OK. We'll put out episodes every Wednesday during the season. Produced by Marketplace in partnership with Tech Insider, and distributed by Marketplace from American Public Media. Follow along on Twitter: @MarketplaceTech
||CleanS02-7: Technology Crossing Borders||The gadget that saved a refugee in the middle of the Aegean Sea, how an agent uses technology to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, and how a journalist in exile broadcasts the news with WhatsApp.||12/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02-6: Encryption||How encryption hides all around us, how it was used in 18th century Paris to separate merchants from their money and the difference between your brain and your fingertip.||12/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02-5: World Building||A proposal to bioengineer shorter humans with cat eyes, a decades-old idea for a totally new kind of power, a battery made from trash and Bill Nye the Science Guy tries to get us in gear.||12/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02-4: Watching||A small city known for its Amish population and surveillance cameras, an old lady in Northern Ireland who watches video feeds in Brazil and getting footage from the fin of a shark.||12/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02-3: The Augmented Self||The man who collected too much data, cyborgs who want to make their body-hardware mainstream, robots that rebuild your hairline and a conversation with Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge aka LeVa...||11/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02-2: Alternate Reality||A therapist who creates virtual reality experiences for people with dangerous disorders, a grandmother who uses a headset to escape her surroundings and Ernest Cline on virtual reality in fact and ...||11/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanS02-1: Recognition||A toddler who saved her mother’s life with Siri, a man whose mysterious ailment opened up a world of voice recognition technology and a dating service that wants to scan the faces of all your exes....||11/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIntroducing Codebreaker Season 2||Can it save us?||11/2/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanYou have a message from Codebreaker||The key starts with zero. Once you've cracked it head to codebreaker.codes.||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCodebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 7: Data Tracking||Marketplace Tech and Tech Insider on data tracking.||12/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCodebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 6: Going Viral||Marketplace Tech and Tech Insider go viral.||12/15/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCodebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 5: The Decisive Machine||Marketplace Tech and Tech Insider go inside smart machines.||12/8/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCodebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 4: The Software Update||Marketplace Tech and Tech Insider take on software updates.||12/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCodebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 3: The Dark Web||Marketplace and Tech Insider dive into the dark web.||11/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCodebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 2: Internet Porn||Marketplace Tech and Tech Insider look at the effects of internet porn.||11/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCodebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 1: Email||Marketplace Tech and Tech Insider look at the consequences of email.||11/10/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnouncing Codebreaker Season One||Is it evil?||11/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
A surprising spin on tech we take for granted
The first episode about email was a delight. I honestly hadn’t though to ask, “is it evil?” Codebreaker delivered with great stories: A mistyped address, an annoying college listserv, and a hurtful rock band feud. Can’t wait to see what the future episodes are about and what else they dig up. (Although I think I cracked the code so I may not have to wait…)
Ben Johnson is a great host. I'm pretty confident that APM is going to have a winner here.
Such a great concept
It took me about 1.5 minutes to decide that this was an awesome idea for a podcast. Is email evil? I've debated this question in my head many times. I can't wait for the next episode!!!