Ralph spends the whole hour with journalist Franklin Foer, author of World Without Mind: The Existential Threat of Big Tech, about how the Big Four, Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon are attempting to dominate every aspect of our lives and minds. Plus, we get Ralph’s take on the Bernie Sanders’ single-payer bill, and he answers more listener questions.
Ralph questions noted linguist, George Lakoff, about the language progressives need to use to get their message across. And Washington Post columnist, Christine Emba, tells us about how “Smartphones Changed Our Lives. Let’s Think Before We Let Robots In.”
Ralph welcomes civil justice advocate, Joanne Doroshow, to unpack the latest corporate efforts to deny you your day in court; and Dr. Richard Stallman joins us to discuss his views on digital surveillance, privacy and the free software movement.
Ralph talks to Professor Trebor Scholz about how to organize workers in the new “Uber” economy. And David and Steve ask Ralph about what he thought about the Trump Inauguration speech. Plus, listener questions.
Ralph talks to author Doug Hill, author of Not So Fast: Thinking Twice About Technology about, among other things, whether people like Elon Musk and Mark Andreeson actually believe in their grand techno-visions or are just seeking publicity for their businesses. Plus, Ralph breaks down the second Presidential debate, and we discuss the Wikileaks revelations of Hillary Clinton’s closed door speeches to corporate America.
Ralph talks to the President of Public Citizen, Robert Weissman, about that organization’s storied history fighting and winning against the perfidies of corporate power. And in our listener question segment, Ralph defends his position on autonomous cars and talks about what he might do differently if he had it to do all over again.
Ralph challenges old friend, Harvey Wasserman, on his claim that electronic voter fraud turned the presidential elections of 2000 and 2004 and could also do so in 2016. Also, Ralph and Steve debate the value of comedy. Plus: Listener questions!
Ralph talks to Columbia Law Professor and software expert, Eben Moglen, about the recent VW scandal and how computer software in cars and voting machines is ripe for mischief and accidents. And Paul Hudson, president of Flyers Rights tells us how we can fight bad airline service.