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Big Tech 'Comes' To Washington + A Conversation With Zadie Smith

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Big Tech 'Comes' To Washington + A Conversation With Zadie Smith

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Big Tech 'Comes' To Washington + A Conversation With Zadie Smith

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Zadie Smith's latest collection of essays is called "Intimations." TOBIAS SCHWARZ/TOBIAS SCHWARZ/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Zadie Smith's latest collection of essays is called "Intimations."

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The last several months have been dizzying.

Some of us are just now stepping back to reflect on all the ways our world has changed since February—or in the case of George Floyd's killing and the ongoing protests against systemic racism—the ways our world hasn't changed.

In her new essay collection, "Intimations," writer Zadie Smith meditates on the whirlwind that has been 2020. Everything from the value of art during times of social upheaval, to privilege and racism as viruses in their own right.

In this episode, we spoke first with Zephyr Teachout about the meeting between powerful tech CEOs and the House Judiciary Committee's antitrust subcommittee.

Then, Zadie Smith talked with us about "Intimations" and what the world looks like from her home in London.

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