Controversy erupted over news that President Trump may grant more pardons for alleged war criminal Edward Gallagher and others. This week, On the Media looks at Fox News’s influence on the president’s decision. And, how the Navy may be spying on a reporter who's tracked Gallagher's case. Plus, how the latest Julian Assange indictment could spell disaster for the future of investigative journalism.
How do we get beyond Right versus Left, "Us" versus "Them," and even "Me" versus "You"? Jonathan Haidt has a few theories about this all too-familiar tribalism and the seemingly endless culture wars of our time. As someone who studies morality and emotion, Jonathan has deep insight into the moral foundation of our politics and his research in moral psychology has revealed new ways for us to engage in more civil forms of politics, which can help make us all more cooperative and decent. In this conversation, Alan Alda talks with Jonathan about what makes us happy and how we can overcome our natural tendency toward self-righteousness, in order to respect and learn from those whose morality (and politics) differs from our own.
Awesome episode. Definitely worth a second listen.
Steven Strogatz possesses a special ability to see into the unseen. How does he do it? Steve is a world class mathematician, who sees through the window of math. But, lucky for us, he’s also a world class communicator. An award-winning professor, researcher, author, and creative thinker, Steve can help anyone (even Alan Alda) understand some of the unseen world of numbers. In this episode, Alan and Steven start from zero, not the number, but from a place of not knowing anything. He emerges from the darkness for a moment as Steve actually gets Alan to understand something that’s always mystified him. Steven's latest book, "Infinite Powers: How Calculus Reveals the Secrets of the Universe," is now available online and at all major book sellers.
While doing a good job of warming people up to math there was still a little bit too much “math is hard” or “math is impenetrable” discussion in the opening here. We need to get away from continuing the myth that math is “hard”. The stories we tell are crucially important here. I do like the fact that Alan Alda talks about how he’s been fascinated with it and has never given up. I’m also intrigued at Strogatz’ discussion of puzzling things out as a means of teaching math–a viewpoint I’ve always felt was important. It’s this sense of exploration that has driven math discovery for centuries and not the theorem-proof, theorem-proof structure of math text books that moves us forward.
I’ve always thought that Euler and Cauchy have their names on so many theorems simply because they did a lot of simple, basic exploration at a time when there was a lot of low hanging mathematical fruit to be gathered. Too many math books and teachers mythologize these men for what seems like magic, yet when taught to explore the same way even young children can figure out many of these same theorems for themselves.
If we could only teach the “how to do math” while children are young and then only move to the theorem-proof business later on as a means of quickly advancing through a lot of history and background so that students can get to the frontiers of math to begin doing their own explorations on their own again we would be far better off. Though along that path we should always have at least some emphasis on the doing of math and discovery to keep it at the fore.
- Facebook Demands Users' Email Passwords, Steals Their Contacts
- Sri Lanka Shuts Down Social Media
- Smoking Cessation and Depression Apps Could be Sharing and Selling and Your Data
- Samsung Galaxy Fold Delayed to June 13th • Mr Dorsey Goes to Washington
- Android Q Will Kill the Back Button
- Google I/O Preview
- Google's Undersea Cable Infrastructure
- Jacquard on TEDtalks
- Jarvis on Our Addiction to Stories
- The EU Wants Your Biometric Data
- The WashPo Columnist that Hates Podcasts (and Whistling)
- Sprint Settles with AT&T Over Fake 5G
- IoT Over 5ghz
- That $16,000 Laundry Folding Goes Bankrupt, but a $3000 Competitor is on the way
- Google Punishes Walkout Organizers
- Most Tweets Made By Young, Female Democrats
- AOC Quits Facebook & Thinks You Should, Too
- Facebook is Ready to be Fined by the FTC
- Tik Tok Unbanned in India
- Exploding Frisbees, Underwater Relay Racing, Pommel Horse Sawing, and More Game Ideas from Artificial Intelligence
Picks of the Week
- Stacey's Thing #1: The Princess and the Fangirl: A Geekerella Fairy Tale (Once Upon A Con)
- Stacey's Thing #2: IoT Inspector
- Jeff's Number #1: How Google saved 6 million lbs in food waste
- Jeff's Number #2: Court denies Boston entrepreneur share of $65 million Facebook settlement
- Leo's Tool: The Land Before Time, "Scottish" edition
The cofounder of WordPress and CEO of Automattic embarks on a journey to understand the future of work. Having built his own 900-person company with no offices and employees scattered across 68 countries, Mullenweg examines the benefits and challenges of distributed work and recruiting talented people around the globe.
This sounds like an interesting premise for a podcast, though I suspect it’s a limited run. I can’t imagine what episode 50 would look like.
Facebook Hell, Julian Assange, Notre Dame
- Documents "Confirm" Facebook Used Your Data Against Rivals
- Google I/O Plans: Will Pixel 3a Be There?
- YouTube Falsely Hints Notre Dame Fire was Terrorism
- Defending Assange: Hard but Necessary
- The Open Internet is Under Attack
- YouTube Wants to Reward "Quality Watch Time"
- Congratulations 2019 Pulitzer Winners!
- Facebook's 15 Months of Hell
- Twitter "Prioritizes" Abuse Flags
- Jack Dorsey Floats Controversial Twitter Changes
- Secret Service Mishandle Mar-A-Lago Malware
- Illinois' Anti-Alexa Law Has No Teeth
- Pixel Camera Adds Kiss Detection
- Galaxy Fold Review Units Breaking
- Twitter Deletes Journalists' Tweets about Torrent Story
Picks of the Week
- Jeff's Numbers: Mayor Pete speaks Binary, Get naked to protest social media
- Mathew's Thing: Assassin's Creed Unity will be used to rebuild Notre-Dame cathedral
On this episode, Adam and Ralph have their first guest, Dr. Lisa Funnell. Dr. Funnell’s research explores the performance and intersection of identities—specifically gender, race, sexuality, nationality, and ethnicity—in Hong Kong martial arts films, Hollywood blockbusters, and the James Bond franchise. We recognize we should have held out this discussion for episode 007, but we were too excited to contain ourselves.
- Lisa Funnel (personal site)
- Purchase her books on Amazon
- Gal Gadot will only be ‘Wonder Woman’ again if Brett Ratner is out(Page Six)
- We Are All Implicated in the Post-Weinstein Reckoning (The Cut)
Cory Doctorow's latest book is Radicalized. Megan Morrone talks to him about DRM toast, online radicalization and science fiction vs. futurism.
I love the sound of these short stories. I’ll need to track down a copy.
Jason Howell speaks with Brianna Wu, video game developer and Candidate for US House of Representatives in MA District 8 for 2020. They discuss how she got started in tech, surviving the Gamergate harassment, why she's running for Congress, and more.
Interesting statistics about first time congressional candidates. I loved the way she framed her run for congress as something she would do at least twice since an engineer would look at the problem and know that the first time would be a failure, but that a second attempt would be more likely to win.
The World Wide Web just turned 30 years old, and so much has changed over those three decades because of this powerful new medium. Books, music, and video are beamed instantly around the globe, and authors, artists, and the giant industries around them have reacted in excited, complicated and sometimes fearful ways. Joining us on episode 29 is Kyle Courtney, a legal scholar and lecturer here at Northeastern University, and the copyright advisor for Harvard University. Kyle is a leading expert on intellectual property and copyright law during the era of the Web, and someone who has thought actively and creatively about the past present and future of what we do and say online.
At first, Don McGahn tried to limit White House cooperation with the special counsel investigation. He became one of its key cooperators.
We dig into the highly anticipated findings of the special counsel’s two-year investigation.
Once in a while, in this space, we offer you an episode of another podcast that we think is pretty aligned with our goals here at On the Media. This week, we’re offering you the first episode of a new podcast from WNYC Studios, called The Stakes. The angle is: we built the society we've got. And maybe it's time to build a new one.
You can and should subscribe to The Stakes wherever you get your podcasts (we are). But in the meantime, here's their first episode all about the pervasive problem of lead paint stillpoisoning children. The ancient Greeks knew lead is poisonous. Ben Franklin wrote about its dangers. So how did it end up being all around us? And how is it still a problem?
I knew lead paint was a huge problem, but didn’t know about some of the early history about why. It’s painful that this is still such a problem in current society. It’s deplorable that corporations can get away with exploiting society with externalities like this.
On the Media is one of the few podcasts that I don’t mind when they sneak other episodes of material into their feed because they have such a solid editorial voice of what does or doesn’t appear in their feed.
Another interesting episode idea for the show with this theme could cover surveillance capitalism and digital redlining potentially with interviews with academics/researchers like Chris Gilliard, Cathy O’Neil, and Tressie McMillan Cottom.
Google Cloud Next, Larry & Sergei MIA
This Week's Stories
- Staceysplaining Google Cloud Next
- Australia and the UK vs Free Speech on Social Media
- Google Drone Tests in Australia
- Google Cancels its AI Ethics Board in Record Time
- Larry and Sergei: MIA
- G Suite and Google Home: Better, but Still Disappointing
- More Ads and Suggestions Coming to Google Maps
- Embedded Ads Coming to Android TV
- Pixel 3a: All the Leaks!
- Google Tests Health Wristband
- YouTube TV Price Hike
- YouTube Choose-Your-Own-Adventure
- House Futilely Votes to Save Net Neutrality
Picks of the Week
- Stacey's Thing: Verdant Lady Cocktail
- Jeff's Number: More Pixel Laptops, Tablets on the Way
- Jason's App: AllTrails
Ralph chats with Mary Jo Heath, who recently spoke at OU for a Presidential Dream Course titled Women in Media Leadership.
Mary Jo Heath is in her fourth season as Radio Host of the Metropolitan Opera radio broadcasts, hosting both the Saturday matinees heard live by almost eight million people worldwide each week and the evening broadcasts on the Met Opera Radio Channel on SiriusXM – more than 70 live broadcasts of 25 different operas each season. She is only the fourth “Voice of the Met” in the history of the house since the broadcasts began in 1931. Prior to that appointment she spent nine seasons as the Met’s Senior Radio Producer, leading almost 1,000 broadcasts from behind the scenes. She has worked for more than 25 years in many parts of the music industry, from radio stations to record companies to researching and writing to the internet. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music from the University of Oklahoma in her hometown of Norman, Oklahoma. She earned a Ph.D. in music theory from the Eastman School of Music where she returned in May 2016 to give the Commencement Address and receive a Distinguished Alumni Award.
I love the idea that a radio producer from opera would sit in on live sports coverage by ESPN to improve her “game”.