Codebreaker

Codebreaker

From American Public Media

On Codebreaker we decipher our complicated feelings about technology by asking straightforward questions with a sense of humor, a sense of awe — and sometimes a sense of dread. In our second season we've got one question in mind: Can it save us? Codebreaker isn't just the name of our podcast, it's also a way to listen. Each episode contains a code to help you immediately unlock the next installment and ultimately the entire season. Think you've cracked a code? Go to Codebreaker.codes and enter it. If decoding isn't your thing, that's OK. We'll put out episodes every Wednesday during the season. Produced by Marketplace in partnership with Tech Insider, and distributed by Marketplace from American Public Media. Follow along on Twitter: @MarketplaceTechMore from Codebreaker »

Most Recent Episodes

S02-7: Technology Crossing Borders

The gadget that saved a refugee in the middle of the Aegean Sea, how an agent uses technology to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, and how a journalist in exile broadcasts the news with WhatsApp. Listen, decode, and decide: Can technology crossing borders save us?

S02-6: Encryption

How encryption hides all around us, how it was used in 18th century Paris to separate merchants from their money and the difference between your brain and your fingertip. Listen, decode, and decide: Can encryption save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.

S02-5: World Building

A proposal to bioengineer shorter humans with cat eyes, a decades-old idea for a totally new kind of power, a battery made from trash and Bill Nye the Science Guy tries to get us in gear. Listen, decode, and decide: Can world-building save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.

S02-4: Watching

A small city known for its Amish population and surveillance cameras, an old lady in Northern Ireland who watches video feeds in Brazil and getting footage from the fin of a shark. Listen, decode, and decide: Can watching save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.

S02-3: The Augmented Self

The man who collected too much data, cyborgs who want to make their body-hardware mainstream, robots that rebuild your hairline and a conversation with Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge aka LeVar Burton. Listen, decode, and decide: Can the augmented self save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.

S02-2: Alternate Reality

A therapist who creates virtual reality experiences for people with dangerous disorders, a grandmother who uses a headset to escape her surroundings and Ernest Cline on virtual reality in fact and fiction. Listen, decode, and decide: Can alternate realities save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.

S02-1: Recognition

A toddler who saved her mother's life with Siri, a man whose mysterious ailment opened up a world of voice recognition technology and a dating service that wants to scan the faces of all your exes. Listen, decode, and decide: Can recognition software save us? Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.

Introducing Codebreaker Season 2

Codebreaker is back with a brand new season of stories about how technology is woven deeper and deeper into our lives. Last season we asked if this technology was evil. This season we're a little more hopeful, but the stakes are higher. This season, we're asking: "Can it save us?" The first episode drops November 16. Stay updated on all things Codebreaker.

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Codebreaker - Is It Evil? Ep 7: Data Tracking

Marketplace Tech and Tech Insider on data tracking.

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