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Philosophy Talk: The Rhetoric of Big Tech

Jan 29, 2021

What do Ayn Rand, Martin Heidegger, and Samuel Beckett have to do with Silicon Valley?

What Will It Take To Rein In The Power & Influence Of Big Tech?

Jan 28, 2021

On this edition of Your Call, we’re discussing what it will take to hold Big Tech accountable for the spread of disinformation online. Experts say companies like Facebook and Twitter have enabled far-right extremism and dangerous lies on their platforms for years.

Philosophy Talk: Monstrous Technologies?

Oct 30, 2020

How do we ensure that the Victor Frankensteins of the future unleash no new monsters on the world?

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California appears to be flying somewhat blind as it battles rising rates of COVID-19.

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The social media app TikTok has taken India by storm, but a political storm may mean that time has run out for its users.


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Tracking Down A Mysterious Hum In San Francisco

Jul 16, 2020
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Recently, reporter Nikolas Harter heard an eerie hum floating through his neighborhood. He hopped on his bike and journeyed out with his recorder to discover why the north side of San Francisco is suddenly being bathed in mysterious ethereal tones. 

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The Shifting Work Culture of Big Bay Area Tech

May 13, 2020
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Bay Area tech companies are making major changes to work culture in the wake of COVID-19. Since the shelter-in-place order began in March, most tech workers have shifted to working from home.

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There’s no end date for when it will be safe to gather in crowds again, so people around the world continue to stretch the possibilities of a Zoom call. Funerals, weddings, and church services have all been happening virtually. For one woman in Berkeley, the shelter-in-place order meant rethinking two very different rituals.

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Rolling out full-on distance learning assignments when only more affluent students could participate, SFUSD decided, would only deepen the achievement gap. Step One? Figuring out how many students needed devices. 



While we are sheltered in place, Manny's in San Francisco is presenting a series of virtual conversations with local leaders and thinkers who are trying to make sense of this moment and how we will recover. 

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In Fremont, an industrial road near Tesla has become home to a large number of people living in RVs. In February, the city ordered them to leave and began placing boulders in their place. We followed one resident as she struggled with her next move.

Lynn Shipman and her boyfriend live in their RV along Kato Road in Fremont. When I meet her, she immediately invites me in.

Inside, the RV looks like a miniature botanical garden.

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The reality of COVID-19 means that instead of sharing meals, meditations or prayers in person, people of faith are connecting online. Since the beginning of this epidemic, Bay Area spiritual leaders have turned to online tools such as Zoom or YouTube to stay connected, and offer wisdom to their communities. 

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As more and more people are relying on the video conferencing platform Zoom, California residents are suing the company over what they say are serious privacy violations.

Toni Morrison once said that in chaotic times is when artists must go to work. Theaters, concert halls, and other event venues are shut down. But that isn't stopping Bay Area artists from shining on the virtual stage.

Most of us are working from home, including the staff of KALW. In fact, this show was put together using apps like Slack, Zoom and a variety of recording and file sharing services. It’s been an adjustment, but many of us are realizing how much we can communicate and do without meeting in person.

Philosophy Talk: The Internet of Things

Feb 14, 2020

What will life be like when every road you travel, every device you own, every building you enter is connected to the internet?

Megan Crum

From Facebook’s new privacy features, to Uber’s worker policies, the tech companies in our backyard are changing the way people around the world live every day. Rex Crum, senior business editor at the San Jose Mercury News and Bay Area News Group, gives us an update on what’s going on in Silicon Valley, and what should be on our radar. 

Is It Time To End The Iowa Caucus After Last Night's Disaster?

Feb 3, 2020

On this edition of Your Call, we'll discuss what happened at last night's Iowa Caucus. The results never came in and there are reports of caucus chairs being on hold for up to two hours after calling to report problems with Iowa's new vote-reporting app. What happened?

Sandip Roy 317: JOMO

Jan 15, 2020

Sandip Roy reflects on the fast paced decade that defined “Social Media.”

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Impossible Foods has something new on its plate. The California plant-based meat company is unveiling Impossible Pork and Impossible Sausage at the CES gadget show in Las Vegas.

Philosophy Talk: Driverless Cars at the Moral Crossroads

Dec 6, 2019

Can we trust an algorithm to make morally responsible driving decisions?

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Turn off, and turn on!

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Facebook has been highly criticized for what it allows on its platform. Erroneous political ads and also what civil rights groups are calling violence-inciting hate speech. 

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Smartphones are making the wilderness easier to access, but no longer a place to escape and unplug.

On this edition of Your Call, we discuss Matt Stoller’s new book Goliath: The 100-Year War Between Monopoly Power and Democracy.

Impact Hub Khartoum

The Innovate for Africa Conference connects African entrepreneurs and innovators to Silicon Valley to create partnerships that can help the continent grow its already booming tech field. Cities like Lagos, Nigeria and Nairobi, Kenya have rapidly growing tech sectors. 

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On this edition of Your Call, we’ll discuss the recent BuzzFeed News investigation about how Amazon’s decentralized, next-day delivery service has brought chaos, exploitation, and danger to communities across America.

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Governor Gavin Newsom, last week, signed AB5: that’s legislation that transforms the way workers are identified and get paid in California.

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Hey Area is where we find answers to questions you ask. One listener wanted to know, what’s the history behind the street fire alarm boxes around the city? Are they functioning today?