Crazy/Genius

By The Atlantic

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Big questions and provocative conclusions about technology and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. New season coming in late summer.

Episode Date
Should We Go to Mars?
1409
It’s our best hope for life after earth—and a freezing, irradiated desert more than 30 million miles away. In our season finale, scientists and writers debate whether colonizing Mars is the most important mission in the history of the human race, or an absurd daydream.
Jun 28, 2018
Why Haven’t We Found Aliens?
1453
“Where is everybody?” That’s the question physicist Enrico Fermi asked in 1950. Nearly 70 years later, we’re getting tantalizingly close to solving the riddle known as Fermi’s Paradox: If the universe is so large and so old, why haven't we found life on other planets?
Jun 21, 2018
Who Killed Local News?
1446
Since the Internet exploded journalism’s business revenue, local newsrooms around the country have been in free fall. We speak to The Denver Post's former managing editor and other experts to debate how to save the news—and, just possibly, democracy itself.
Jun 14, 2018
Is Online Dating Destroying Romance?
1395
Finding love on the Internet can be awkward, annoying, or downright scary. In this episode, two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and discuss their research on the history of romance in America.
Jun 07, 2018
Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?
1534
Digital devices rob us of our attention, creativity, and, some studies show, our mental health. We ask psychologists and authors if smartphone and social media usage has triggered a national health crisis — and what we can do to free ourselves from the allure of modern technology.
May 31, 2018
Blockchain: The Next Internet, or the Next Beanie Baby?
1415
Silicon Valley and Wall Street are obsessed with Bitcoin and its underlying technology called blockchain. Boosters say it'll fix everything from elections to shipping to identity theft. But what exactly is blockchain, how is it being used, and is the hype really worth it?
May 24, 2018
Should We Break Up Amazon?
1365
Amazon might become the first trillion-dollar company in the history of the world. Has the Everything Store become a dangerous monopoly threatening the U.S. economy?
May 17, 2018
Why Can’t Facebook Tell the Truth?
1377
In the last 18 months, Facebook has gone through one of the worst public relations crises of any major tech company. In this episode, two guests debate whether Facebook is fixable, or whether its business model is designed to sell us lies. Read more <a href="https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2018/05/crazy-genius-facebook/560087/">here</a>.
May 10, 2018
Introducing Crazy/Genius
129
On Crazy/Genius, host Derek Thompson asks big questions about everything from online dating to blockchain to space exploration. Is technology moving us forward or backward? How did we get here — and where are we headed? Starting May 10.<br><br>Music by Breakmaster Cylinder.
May 01, 2018