Your host decides to follow back a Joy Division T-shirt that is following him around the internet. Plus the surveillance that powers behaviorally targeted personalized advertising.

a16z Podcast: Stickers! Filters! Memes! Livestreams!

From glittery reaction gifs modded by grandparent…

Burning down the Panopticon

Our new miniseries on Surveillance begins with your host tripping over the corpse of Jeremy Bentham, the man who gave us the Panopticon.

a16z Podcast: Truce for Mobile, Battle for VR

The most recent Oculus Connect event (the third a…

Episode 23 - Pedro Sorrentino, Venture Associate at FundersClub

Hello there! This is The Startup Catalyst Podcas…

Episode 76: Ember.Weekend.readOnly

Chase and Jonathan discuss Stef Pennar's most recent addon, tc39 happenings, and Jeffrey Biles' new creation—EmberSchool.

Cathy O'Neil on Weapons of Math Destruction

Cathy O'Neil talks with host Russ Roberts about the ideas in her book, Weapons of Math Destruction. She argues that commercial applications of big data often harm individuals in unknown ways, and that the poor are particularly vulnerable to exploitation. Examples include prison sentencing, college rankings, evaluations of teachers, and targeted advertising. O'Neil argues for more transparency and ethical standards when using data.

#560: Abdi and the Golden Ticket

A story about someone who's desperately trying – against long odds – to make it to the United States and become an American. Abdi is a Somali refugee living in Kenya and gets the luckiest break of his life: he wins a lottery that puts him on a short list

Valter Longo, Ph.D. on the Fasting-Mimicking Diet & Fasting for Longevity, Cancer & Multiple Sclerosis

Professor of gerontology and biological sciences and director of the longevity institute at the University of Southern California.

Why Are We Still Using Cash?

It facilitates crime, bribery, and tax evasion -- and yet some governments (including ours) are printing more cash than ever. Other countries, meanwhile, are ditching cash entirely. And if Star Trek is right, we won't have money of any sort in the 24th c

124- Longbox

Reporter Whitney Jones argues that R.E.M.’s Out of Time is the most politically significant album in the history of the United States. Because of its packaging. Longbox Please Vote.

You are so Pretentious

Writer Dan Fox wants to reclaim the word pretentious. Take it back from those who use it like a stick to beat down the curious and the adventurous.

a16z Podcast: Welcome to the New Era of Commerce

Just as "social networking" is a bland term that …

Episode 71: Drums and Sparkles

Chase and Jonathan talk about Gavin's drum machine and try to keep a straight face while talking about Ember Sparkles.

revolutionary slogans will be written by the winners

As the 2016 American presidential election heads into the final round – we are featuring a story your host stumbled upon during the last election in October of 2102. Radio producer Silvain Gire tells us about an impossible encounter between Mitt Romney...


How does genius emerge?

Something will happen, eventually

Your host opens his file of near misses and close calls. Joe Mazur examines the math and myth behind the stories we call coincidences.  Plus a grasp at the law of truly large numbers.