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Wednesday, March 29 -- NOON THE INTERNET OF THINGS: Letting In the Spies?
Kellyanne Conway was widely mocked when she cited "microwaves that can turn into cameras". And it's true, those don't exist - that we know of! But the same week the makers of We Vibe, a BlueTooth-enabled vibrator, paid millions to settle a lawsuit for collecting personal data. And then of course, there's Alexa, the always-on Amazon servant that may or may not have overheard a murder in Texas.
The "Internet of Things" - IoT for short - is a non-stop trade-off. What do we sacrifice for convenience? Who sees the pings you send to turn on your thermostat? What agencies might be interested in the Amazon book searches you request aloud?
Sheera Frenkel, cybersecurity correspondent for Buzzfeed, and Cyrus Farivar, Senior Business Editor at Ars Technica, bring their years of research and reporting to the discussion. As always, your questions are part of the show.
Wednesday, April 5 -- NOON ELIZABETH COBBS - "THE HELLO GIRLS"
In 1918, the U.S. Army Signal Corps sent 223 women to France. They were masters of the latest technology: the telephone switchboard. General John Pershing demanded female wire experts when he discovered that inexperienced doughboys were unable to keep him connected with troops under fire.
Elizabeth Cobbs reveals the challenges they faced in a war zone where male soldiers welcomed, resented, wooed, mocked, saluted, and ultimately celebrated them.
The army discharged the last Hello Girls in 1920 without veterans benefits. They began a sixty-year battle for those benefits - a battle that a handful of survivors carried to triumph in 1979.
Historian, novelist, and documentary filmmaker Elizabeth Cobbs is Professor of American History at Texas A&M University and a Research Fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.
Wednesday, April 12 -- NOON TONY TACCONE
For the first time in its history, Amazon sold out of George Orwell's 1984. A Marin County teacher turned his classroom into Oceania for a semester. Berkeley Rep's Tony Taccone chose Sinclair Lewis' It Can't Happen Here for adaptation this season - "the ascent of a demagogue who becomes President of the United States by promising to return the country to greatness". Sound familiar?
How can teachers, parents, and thought leaders capitalize on the new interest in socially relevant literature and entertainment? Can mainstream media be persuaded to take a greater role in pulling important, politically-charged productions, in place of or at least alongside "reality" program and ratings-based news products?
Tony Taccone and other creatives join Angie to talk about old political critique given new life and relevance in this panel hour of In Deep.
Wednesday, April 26th JOSH KORNBLUTH - NOON
Dementia statistics are daunting. One in three seniors dies with Alzheimers or other dementia; every 66 seconds someone in the US develops the disease. Monologist Josh Kornbluth has immersed himself in this realm, and incorporates his experience in "Josh's Brain Improvs", a coproduction with The Marsh theater in San Francisco.
Kornbluth bases his series of improvisations on his experiences working at the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF and Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, and his work as an artist-in-residence and volunteer at the Zen Hospice Project in San Francisco.
Josh Kornbluth has performed autobiographical one-man shows since 1987 -- The San Francisco Chronicle declared, Kornbluth takes a world we ignore, or barely observe, and brings it into brilliant comic relief.
Wednesday, May 3, 2017 IMMIGRATION: REAL POLITICS, REAL PEOPLE
Donald Trump's changes to immigration policy, initially supported by a majority of Americans, have faced steadily increasing disapproval. Despite that, the administration has moved to widen scrutiny to include tourists, business travelers and relatives of American residents. All this, even as construction contractors bid for contracts to build a wall on America's southern border.
From its initial Muslim-targeting efforts thrown out by a court, to a second version designed to circumvent those objections, to this latest expansion - what are the real goals of the administration's policies? Are they equitably applied? Can they be? And away from the airports, the borders and the courtrooms, how do the policies play out in the real lives of laborers in America?
In Deep takes a two-pronged approach this hour, with guests Terri Givens and Gabriel Thompson. Terri Givens is provost of Menlo College, and an authority on immigration policy and its impact. Gabriel Thompson is the editor of an upcoming oral history documenting the stories of migrant workers in California; Chasing the Harvest: Migrant Workers in California Agriculture will be released this Spring.
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