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TBD | The Return of Hacktivism

Fri, 15 Oct 2021
Over the last month, the domain company Epik and the streaming service Twitch have fallen prey to massive-scale hacks. The hackers revealed not just email addresses, but detailed personal information too. For Twitch, it was the entire source code for their site. 

But the attackers aren’t holding this data for ransom. In fact, they don’t seem to want much of anything. What’s motivating this new wave of activist hacks? And who suffers?

Guest: Drew Harwell, tech reporter at the Washington Post

Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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The Strike That Could Paralyze Hollywood

Thu, 14 Oct 2021
For as glamorous as Hollywood often seems, the workers behind the scenes rarely experience the star treatment. They do everything from sound design and makeup to cinematography and lighting, and they’ve had enough with the industry’s dizzying production pace and long hours that stretch into the early morning. Motivated by shifts in the industry due to the pandemic, workers from the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees union are gearing up for a strike that could halt movie and show productions alike.
Guest: Anousha Sakoui, entertainment industry writer for the Los Angeles Times. 
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Is Someone Brain-Zapping American Operatives?

Wed, 13 Oct 2021
The Havana Syndrome sounds like something straight out of a spy novel: microwaves are being directed towards U.S. embassies, causing hearing loss, headaches, and in some cases, permanent brain damage. The Biden administration is taking these “anomalous health incidents” very seriously. Should we?

Guest: Michael Wilner, a Senior National Security and White House Correspondent for McClatchy. 

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When Airbnb Takes Over Your Neighborhood

Tue, 12 Oct 2021
Galveston is a small island off the south east coast of Texas. It’s become a hot spot for short term rentals through start-ups like Airbnb but what the city has gained in tourism dollars, they’ve lost in actual residents. 

Guest: Peter Holley is a senior editor at Texas Monthly. 

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TBD | Will the Facebook Whistleblower Make a Difference?

Fri, 08 Oct 2021
The last month has seen a steady drip of leaked documents from inside Facebook, each seemingly more damning than the next. This week, the whistleblower behind the leaks revealed her identity.

What motivates Frances Haugen? And can she do real damage to the social media giant?

Guest: Jeff Horwitz, tech reporter at the Wall Street Journal. 

Host: Lizzie O’Leary
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