So, Bob

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 Dec 4, 2019

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What is technology doing to you? Civilian podcast producer Alia Tavakolian has always felt like a dumb tech consumer. Veteran tech-journalist Bob Sullivan has spent his life showing people they're not dumb tech consumers - they're being hacked. Each week, Bob and Alia join forces to answer your questions and untangle your sanity from this dark, scary world wide web. So, Bob is a Spoke Media original.

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Introducing: Wild Wild Tech
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We've got a sneak peek of a new podcast we think you're going to love - Wild Wild Tech! Would you be surprised to find out scientists are using World of Warcraft to learn how to fight COVID-19? What if I told you that I could spoil almost any movie based on who uses an iPhone? Or how about the fact that Disney is afraid of butts? Well, that’s Wild Wild Tech, the podcast that brings you the wildest, most bizarre, most interesting stories about how tech is shaping our culture. Hosted by Jordan Erica Webber and Joshua Rivera, every week on Wild Wild Tech they uncover infamous stories at the intersection of pop culture and tech, learn from the experts, and talk to the people who lived through some truly strange tales. These are the tech stories that are seldom told - but once you hear them, you won’t be able to forget them. Take a listen to this clip, and then go check out the first 3 episodes of Wild Wild Tech wherever you get your podcasts. Or just click this slink! https://bit.ly/WildWildTech Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Aug 05, 2020
No Place To Hide: Catching Up On The Data Broker Project
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In the final installment of our data broker project, Duke students Carter Forinash and Jake Satisky talk about what it took to remove all of Keith Reynold's information from the web. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
May 04, 2020
No Place To Hide: The Ghost Of 2030
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In a decade, the world will look pretty bleak if nothing is done to put some guardrails around invasive technologies. What rules, what innovations, might save us from this dark future? National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs Hotline: 212-714-1141 Visit TechSafety.org for information on technology in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 27, 2020
No Place To Hide: I Spy...
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What does it feel like to be watched? What if you aren't even aware you've been spotted in the first place? National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs Hotline: 212-714-1141 Visit TechSafety.org for information on technology in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 20, 2020
No Place To Hide: On Location
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We know why privacy matters, but we all have this vague sense like it’s slowly being taken away from us. So, the irresistible question is, what might the future look like if our privacy is gone completely? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 13, 2020
Checking In - Day 18
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It's the last check-in for awhile and Bob and Alia have poems, a song and some words of encouragement for you. The song you heard today was River of Happiness, by the one and only Dolly Parton. If you have any good things to share, don't hesitate to message us on Twitter @SoBobPod, email us at sobob@spokemedia.io, or call us at 253-470-8398. We love hearing from you. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 10, 2020
Checking In - Day 17
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It's Thursday. Let's think about some good things. Things we reference in this episode: -If you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233); they also have a live chat option -Dolly Parton is reading us bedtime stories! -We talked with Rachel Gibson, from The National Network to End Domestic Violence Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 09, 2020
Checking In - Day 16
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Time to take your daily dose of Bob and Alia. Things we reference in this episode: -If you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at1-800-799-SAFE (7233); they also have a live chat option -Be on the look out for our miniseries, No Place to Hide, dropping next Monday! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 08, 2020
Checking In - Day 15
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Just a couple of good things for ya on a Tuesday. Things we referenced in this episode: -Young Isles Fan's B-day Celebration -Samuel L. Jackson's New Book - Stay the F*ck At Home Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 07, 2020
Checking In - Day 14
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This is your reminder to call someone you love and check in on them. Things we reference in this episode: -If you or someone you know is experiencing or has experienced domestic violence, call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at1-800-799-SAFE (7233); they also have a live chat option -Psychology Today is a great place to search for a therapist -Apps like Talkspace and Better Help are great resources for virtual therapy as well Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 06, 2020
Checking In - Day 13
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It's Friday and it's time for (you guessed it) your daily dose of good news from Bob and Alia. Things we referenced in today's episode: -Animal Crossing -Animal Crossing song Alia is obsessed with -Bob's Church in Louisville -Today's song is Ooh Child by The Five Stair Steps Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 03, 2020
Checking In - Day 12
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Checking in with some very good things. Things we mentioned in this episode: -Bob's Tech Garage Cleanout -NPR's Tiny Desk Concerts -T-Pain's Tiny Desk Concert -Tank and the Bangas Tiny Desk Concert Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 02, 2020
Checking In - Day 11
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We've got some silver linings (and exploding kittens) for ya today. Things we referenced in this episode: Exploding Kittens Home Safari - Cincinnati Zoo Tom Petty - Free Fallin' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Apr 01, 2020
Checking In - Day 10
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It's Tuesday and time for some good news. Things we referenced in today's episode: -Teddy Bear Hunts -John Krasinski's new YouTube series: Some Good News -Earth, Wind and Fire - Keep Your Head to the Sky Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 31, 2020
Checking In - Day 9
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Happy Monday. Bob and Alia have some good things to brighten your morning. Spoiler alert: it involves Lizzo. Meditate with Lizzo Now, listen to the Meditation Remix Lastly, wave to your local grocer, truck driver, or mailman today. Coconut Oil Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 30, 2020
Checking In - Day 8
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A couple good things for you on a Friday. Featuring So, Bob Story Editor and all around Good Human Carson McCain. Things we reference in this episode: -Sir Patrick Stewart Reading Sonnets on Instagram -When I Am Older - Olaf's song from Frozen 2 -You'll Never Walk Alone Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 27, 2020
Checking In - Day 7
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Some days are hard. But here's a silver lining for ya. Things we referenced in this episode: -Snohomish Fire Department Teaching Kids Math and Science -Snohomish, WA -Clint McElroy is Reading One Chapter of The Hobbit Everyday -Clint McElroy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 26, 2020
Checking In - Day 6
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Get ready for some good things. Things we referenced in today's episode: -Story Time From Space -Random acts of kindness! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 25, 2020
Checking In - Day 5
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It's Tuesday. Time to check in and dance it out. Things we reference in this episode: -Ryan Heffington's Dance Class on IG Live (seriously, do it - it's giving us all LIFE) -You can Venmo Ryan @Ryan-Heffington -Vin Scully LA Times Interview Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 24, 2020
Checking In - Day 4
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Good Morning. It's your daily silver lining. Things we referenced in today's episode: Concellation 2020 Nowruz - Persian New Year Song: Soltane Ghlabha (there is also this more modern version by Persian superstars Leila Forouhar & Aref) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 23, 2020
Checking In - Day 3
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Hey, you. Bob and Alia are here to tell you something good. Things we referenced in today's episode: -Pick of the Litter -Debbie Allen's Free Dance Class -Vince Burke, DPT Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 20, 2020
Checking In - Day 2
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Hear that? It's the sound of some good news. Things we referenced in today's ep: -https://helpmainstreet.com/ -Lemons! Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 19, 2020
Checking In - Day 1
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How are you? Alia calls Bob to find out and share something good. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Mar 18, 2020
No Place To Hide: A Dangerous Moment
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We know privacy means life or death to some people. We know that corporations and congress have sat back and done next to nothing to address privacy. So, what can be done now that we’re here?  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 09, 2019
No Place To Hide: Mistakes Were Made
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People have been worrying about privacy for decades, even before the Internet. So...where did we go wrong? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dec 02, 2019
No Place To Hide: Life Or Death
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Privacy isn’t a luxury. For some a threat to privacy can be a matter of life or death. National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs Hotline: 212-714-1141 Visit TechSafety.org for information on technology in the context of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and violence against women. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 25, 2019
Is A Cashless Society In Our Future?
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What are the implications of going cashless? Is this a good thing or a bad thing, or a little bit of both? Bob and Alia talk to Gartner research analyst Avivah Litan to find some answers. Curious to learn more about a cashless future? Go to https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/ for more info. So, Bob is a Spoke Media original. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 18, 2019
Minisode: Do VPNs Actually Work?
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Do VPNs protect our security and privacy like they all claim? What are they anyway? Bob answers this question in our final minisode of the season! Thanks to David in Quebec for asking today's question. Curious to learn more about VPNs? Visit https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/ for more info. So, Bob is a Spoke Media original. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 11, 2019
Can Dungeons And Dragons Teach Me How To Be A Good Human?
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Is the renaissance of tabletop games in part thanks to tech? Can Dungeons and Dragons actually teach me how to be a better human? Join Alia as she joins a band of thieves in her very first D&D campaign.  This week’s guests are journalist and author Mary Pilon and Dungeon Master Victoria Rogers of The Broadswords. Dying to know more about today's ep? Head to https://bobsullivan.net/sobob/ So, Bob is a Spoke Media original. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Nov 04, 2019
Minisode: Should I Diversify My Devices?
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Should I go all-in on one tech company, knowing that it has all of my data? Or is it more wise to diversify the companies I give my information to? Bob tackles this confusing question on today's minisode. Thanks to Tyler in Shawnee, Kansas for sending in today's question. Want to learn more about this topic? Check out https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/ So, Bob is a Spoke Media original. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 28, 2019
Has Texting Made My Relationship Better?
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Does texting actually have the ability to make us closer? Has the dating landscape changed now that we are introducing tech into the mix? Bob and Alia find out with the help of Love Letters host Meredith Goldstein and therapist Aida Manduley. Curious about today's episode? Check out more info at https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/ Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Oct 21, 2019
Minisode: Is Alexa Listening To My Conversations?
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Smart Homes: Good or Bad? Will we be able to settle the debate once and for all? A listener is concerned about whether or not Amazon Echo is actually listening to all of her private conversations. Thanks to Allison in Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania for this week's question!  

Curious about today's topic? Check out more info at https://bobsullivan.net/topics/sobob/





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Oct 14, 2019
What Can I Do to Unhack My Life? with Gretchen Rubin
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How does tech affect our happiness? Can it help us achieve it? In a special interview episode, join Alia, Bob, and author Gretchen Rubin on a journey about happiness, the four tendencies, and how you can use tech to your advantage. 







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Oct 07, 2019
So Bob...We're Back!
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When we left off with Bob and Alia in season 1, they were wondering about the seemingly bleak state of technology. Is tech really all bad? Are there any answers to our burning questions? In Season 2, they set off to find some reasonable hope in the world of tech (even if it’s just a little). Join us for season 2 of So, Bob, where Alia and Bob find some of the brighter corners of technology, alongside the dim ones. Coming October 7.

Also, stay tuned for a special miniseries sponsored by Intel on the state of privacy today. What have we gotten right? What have we gotten wrong? And what can we do to change it?






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Sep 23, 2019
Do I Have the Right to Be Forgotten?
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What happens when our personal photos and videos are used without our consent? When are our photos no longer ours?

Our guests this episode are Eva Galperin and Mary Pilon.














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Jul 01, 2019
Is Targeting Creepy?
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At what point does targeting cross the line from useful to creepy? Isn’t it weird that ads nowadays seem to know you better than you know you?

Our guest this episode is Jules Polonetsky.

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Jun 24, 2019
Minisode: Why Does Google Maps Need WiFi?
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Why does Google Maps ask me to have my WiFi enabled to improve location accuracy? Thanks to Maggie in D.C. for today’s question.

Go here and see a map of where you've been and when -- on Google.
Feel weird about what Google knows about your location? Go to this page and manage your location history.
Want to see all the WiFi networks near you? Visit WiGLE.netWe mentioned that Google has gotten in hot water in the past over the way Wi-Fi and the Street View part of its mapping product. Here's one story about it. 



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Jun 17, 2019
Are We at the End of Attention?
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Has technology ruined our ability to focus? Will we ever be able to get that back?

Our guest this episode is journalist and author Annie Murphy Paul.







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Jun 10, 2019
Minisode: How Safe Are Password Managers?
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Password managers are a great solution to remembering 100+ passwords, but are they actually safe? What makes a good password anyway? This week’s question comes from a listener on Twitter.

Here are the new definitive NIST guidelines on passwords.
Bruce Schneier explains this here.
Ok, so just how secure are password managers? Pretty secure, but not perfect.


















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Jun 03, 2019
Is Technology Fueling Overwork?
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Is my ability to work from anywhere actually hindering me? How much does overwork affect my wellbeing?

Our guest this episode is author Brigid Schulte.








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May 27, 2019
Minisode: What Does My Smart Meter Say?
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Should I be boycotting smart meters? A listener asks an important question about a piece of tech that most of us didn’t know was tracking us. Thanks to Brian in Lansing for this week’s question.

Last year, a federal court ruled that consumers retain their expectation of privacy around smart meter data.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation's legal argument in the case can be found here.
Info on what smart meters actually collect can be found here.















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May 20, 2019
Who’s Been Recording Me While I Sleep?
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What happens when an app records you in your sleep? And then tells you to pay to hear recordings? Is that like, legal?? Alia and Bob search for answers.

Our guest this episode is privacy lawyer Sinzi Gutiu














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May 13, 2019
Internet: Good or Bad?
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Is the internet ruining our lives? But what about puppy pics and Twitter friends and immediate access to information?!  For the very first episode of So, Bob, Alia and Bob tackle the world’s easiest question: is the internet good or bad?

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May 06, 2019
So, Bob…what is this show?
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Coming May 6: Bob & Alia join forces to answer your questions and untangle your sanity from this dark, scary world wide web. So, Bob is a safe, welcome space for understanding what technology is doing to you. We’ll be dropping episodes weekly starting May 6. Subscribe now so you don’t miss a thing!
Apr 15, 2019