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Actuality explores the inner workings of the new global economy. Brought to you by Marketplace® and Quartz, it’s a podcast that combines the best of our economic smarts. Hosts Sabri Ben-Achour and Tim Fernholz find the interesting in the important and the important in the interesting—and define the issues shaping our daily experience in the global economy. In Season Two, we explore the impossible, with: they said it couldn’t be done. From creating a perfect algorithm to a perfect workforce, we reveal the surprising answers to puzzles that once seemed impossible to solve. Join us for new episodes every other week when in season. Produced by American Public Media’s Marketplace and Atlantic Media’s Quartz. Twitter: @ActualityPod
||CleanMale Contraception||They said it couldn't be done: The "male pill." Actuality asks why men haven't seen a new reversible contraceptive in centuries—and if we need one. We found out why Big Pharma gave up on a male pil...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUnAmerican Football||They said it couldn't be done: Soccer makes it in America. Actuality can't turn on the TV without seeing a soccer game — what gives? We talk with U.S. players Crystal Dunn and Matt Besler to figure...||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCannabiz||They said it couldn't be done: Ending the American war on marijuana. This week, Actuality tells the ugly truth about cannabis prohibition and peeks at the green shoots of the nascent legal weed ind...||6/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMuseums: Wherefore contemporary art thou?||They said it couldn't be done: New art in old museums. Actuality visits an auction house to see a billion dollars of art sold in just a week and learn how this bubbling private market is changing s...||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA machine to save the world||They said it couldn't be done: Nuclear fusion. We visit scientists building a clean power plant that's hotter than the sun — but can they ever deliver? Then: the strange world of cold fusion, the p...||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBatman v Hollywood||They said it couldn't be done: Making superheroes into movie stars. Forty years ago, Hollywood told 27-year-old Michael Uslan a Batman movie would never succeed. More than a dozen big-budget superh...||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpace Internet||They said it couldn't be done: Internet in space. The dream of a totally connected world is still out of reach. Companies like OneWeb and SpaceX think a global swarm of satellites is the answer. Th...||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanRobot Tastemakers||"Actuality" visits Spotify to look into the algorithmic DJs that soundtrack our lives.||3/23/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSmuggler’s Morgue||Quartz and Marketplace go into the world of animal trafficking with this episode of Actuality||1/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanActuality’s Holiday Extravaganza!||Quartz and Marketplace get into the holidays and looks back at 2015.||12/17/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's a deadline?||Quartz and Marketplace prepare for the end of the year.||12/11/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFear Fast Fashion||Quartz and Marketplace race into the world of fast fashion.||11/27/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThanksgiving in the Jungle||Quartz and Marketplace look at the current refugee crisis.||11/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrin and Bear It||Quartz and Marketplace explore fake happiness in the workplace.||11/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2015: A Trash Odyssey||Quartz and Marketplace find out littering exists in space, too.||10/30/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGimme Shelter||Quartz and Marketplace look at the state of homelessness starting in the 1970s.||10/16/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEverest Industrial Complex||Quartz and Marketplace look back at the Mount Everest avalanche in April.||10/2/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBig Broccoli||Quartz and Marketplace dig into genetically modified broccoli.||9/18/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSonification||Quartz and Marketplace listen to 'data,' and talk about Wi-Fi allergies.||9/4/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanUndocumented||Quartz and Marketplace look at Donald Trump's immigration reform plan and Turkish whistling.||8/21/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExcessories||Quartz and Marketplace look at caviar, rodents and poultry.||8/7/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMonsnoozin’||Quartz and Marketplace look at irregular sleep schedules, the economic effects of monsoon weather on India and a 'sleeping sickness' in Kazakhstan.||7/24/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGMOsquitoes||Quartz and Marketplace look at how genetically modified mosquitoes could be the key to preventing a disease outbreak in Florida.||7/9/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Devil Wears Nada||Quartz and Marketplace look at the history of American Apparel's controversial former CEO, jerk bosses and German erotica.||6/26/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCuba Libre||Quartz and Marketplace look at how the Cuban economy has changed in the last few years.||6/12/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanIsland Fever for China||Quartz and Marketplace look at the territorial dispute over the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea.||5/22/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPopcorn Time||Quartz and Marketplace look at digital media and online piracy.||4/3/2015||Free||View in iTunes|
Not What I Was Expecting...
This podcast does a deep dive into recent economic stories tying in some historical context (guano is the grandfather of oil apparently). It's good and I like both the format and the hosts, but what I was expecting to hear was behind the mic story development. I was hoping to hear producers arguing in meetings and "overlords" cutting pieces near and dear to producers' hearts.
Review of Popcorn Time Episode
Really well done, really interesting. Only critique I would have is regarding the interview with the programmer. It was at some points cringeworthy and a bit clunky. I say cringeworthy because while I appreciated the direct questions, it almost came off as if you were attacking the guy. Also, why did the interview end so abruptly? Perhaps a bit of finesse is needed… Overall, good work! Keep it up! Looking forward to more episodes.
Two episodes in, I'm a fan!
I wrote this email to the hosts: "Hi, just wanted to let you know that I love the podcast so far. Learning more about the global economy is fascinating and hearing you two joke around at the end is very funny and endearing. All I want to change is for the episodes to lengthen to a half hour!"