Crazy/Genius

24 EpisodesProduced by The AtlanticWebsite

Big questions about technology, science, and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. On Season 3 (launching May 9): unbreak the internet.

24 Episodes | 2018 - 2019

How Has Netflix Changed Entertainment?

June 26th, 2019

27:50
The numbers are staggering: thousands of titles for 160 million subscribers in 190 countries. Netflix has changed where we watch -- that's obvious. But has it also changed what we watch, and how?

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Should We Be Afraid of AI in the Criminal Justice System?

June 20th, 2019

29:29
Algorithms pervade our lives. They determine the news we see and the products we buy. But most Americans don’t understand how they are transforming …

Influencers: Frauds or the Future of Online Commerce?

June 6th, 2019

23:53
Instagram influencers are beloved by fans and mocked by critics, but is there more to influencing than meets the eye? A look at what a growing industry can teach us about the future of life online.

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The U.S. and China: A Tale of Two Surveillance States

May 30th, 2019

27:46
From Beijing to Brooklyn, facial recognition is on the cutting edge of surveillance technology. But does the threat of this tech outweigh its …

How Did the Far Right Take Over the Web?

May 23rd, 2019

27:10
From Charlottesville, Virginia, to Christchurch, New Zealand, the last few years have been filled with examples of online hatred spilling over into …

What Is Pornography Doing to Our Sex Lives?

May 16th, 2019

25:45
Young people are having less sex, and access to digital pornography has never been greater. Coincidence? In this episode, we wade into the debate over pornography and determine what, if anything, can be said about its …

Why Should We Care About Privacy?

May 9th, 2019

32:13
Admit it: You have no idea what privacy means anymore. These days, virtually all online activity—searching, shopping, browsing—requires giving away our personal information to tech companies. In this episode, we review …

Season 3 Trailer: Unbreak the Internet

May 2nd, 2019

1:40
Ten years ago, “Move fast and break things” was the clarion call of the world’s tech giants. Well, they moved fast and broke stuff, alright. Lots of stuff. Whether it’s Facebook privacy scandals, YouTube’s …

Tech Was Supposed to Be Society’s Great Equalizer. What Happened?

September 28th, 2018

25:43
In a special bonus episode, computer scientist and data journalist Meredith Broussard explains how “technochauvinism” derailed the dream of the …

Can Artificial Intelligence Be Smarter Than a Human Being?

September 27th, 2018

30:41
AI can beat human geniuses at Jeopardy, chess, and complex mathematics. But surely, these machines don’t have anything that even closely resembles human imagination. Or do they?

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Will We Ever Stop Eating Animal Meat?

September 20th, 2018

28:20
Americans eat more meat now than ever. That’s a problem for the planet’s future. Animal farming takes up 30 percent of the earth’s landmass (the equivalent of Asia), and livestock causes one-sixth of global greenhouse …

Can We Extend Human Lifespans to 150?

September 13th, 2018

28:41
Some scientists see aging as a disease that can be cured—but what would immortality mean for humanity?

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How Will Self-Driving Cars Change the World?

September 6th, 2018

28:01
Over the last 130 years, the automobile shaped the modern world—it redefined the city, filled the suburbs, and revved up pop culture. With autonomous …

Should We Dim the Skies to Save the World?

August 30th, 2018

24:31
Climate change could be the most important problem facing humanity. To address it, scientists are thinking seriously about an idea that might sound …

Season 2 Trailer

August 23rd, 2018

1:24
Crazy/Genius is back with a new season featuring five ideas to save the world.

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Should We Go to Mars?

June 28th, 2018

23:29
It’s our best hope for life after earth—and a freezing, irradiated desert more than 30 million miles away. In our season finale, scientists and …

Why Haven’t We Found Aliens?

June 21st, 2018

24:13
“Where is everybody?” That’s the question physicist Enrico Fermi asked in 1950. Nearly 70 years later, we’re getting tantalizingly close to solving …

Who Killed Local News?

June 14th, 2018

24:06
Since the Internet exploded journalism’s business revenue, local newsrooms around the country have been in free fall. We speak to The Denver Post's former managing editor and other experts to debate how to save the …

Is Online Dating Destroying Romance?

June 7th, 2018

23:15
Finding love on the Internet can be awkward, annoying, or downright scary. In this episode, two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and …

Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?

May 31st, 2018

25:34
Digital devices rob us of our attention, creativity, and, some studies show, our mental health. We ask psychologists and authors if smartphone and …

Blockchain: The Next Internet, or the Next Beanie Baby?

May 24th, 2018

23:35
Silicon Valley and Wall Street are obsessed with Bitcoin and its underlying technology called blockchain. Boosters say it'll fix everything from …

Should We Break Up Amazon?

May 17th, 2018

22:45
Amazon might become the first trillion-dollar company in the history of the world. Has the Everything Store become a dangerous monopoly threatening …

Why Can’t Facebook Tell the Truth?

May 10th, 2018

22:57
In the last 18 months, Facebook has gone through one of the worst public relations crises of any major tech company. In this episode, two guests debate whether Facebook is fixable, or whether its business model is …

Introducing Crazy/Genius

May 1st, 2018

2:09
On Crazy/Genius, host Derek Thompson asks big questions about everything from online dating to blockchain to space exploration. Is technology moving …
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