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Your Undivided Attention

20 EpisodesProduced by Aza Raskin, Tristan Harris, Center for Humane TechnologyWebsite

Technology companies are locked in an arms race to seize your attention, and that race is tearing apart our shared social fabric. In this inaugural podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin will expose the hidden designs that have the power to hijack our atte… read more

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The Fake News of Your Own Mind

June 2nd, 2020

49:22

When you’re gripped by anxiety, fear, grief or dread, how do you escape? It can happen in the span of a few breaths, according to meditation experts Jack Kornfield and Trudy Goodman. They have helped thousands of people …

The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to Saving the Planet

May 21st, 2020

52:54

How can we feel empowered to take on global threats? The battle begins in our heads, argues Christiana Figueres. She became the United Nation’s top climate official, after she had watched the 2009 Copenhagen climate …

The Spin Doctors Are In

May 7th, 2020

52:57

How does disinformation spread in the age of COVID-19? It takes an expert like Renée DiResta to trace conspiracy theories back to their source. She’s …

When Attention Went on Sale

April 28th, 2020

45:22

An information system that relies on advertising was not born with the Internet. But social media platforms have taken it to an entirely new level, becoming a major force in how we make sense of ourselves and the world …

Changing Our Climate of Denial

April 22nd, 2020

1:06:31

We agree more than we think we do, but tech platforms distort our perceptions by amplifying the loudest, angriest and most dismissive voices online. In reality, they’re just a noisy faction. This Earth Day we ask …

Stranger than Fiction

March 31st, 2020

1:02:44

How can tech companies help flatten the curve? First and foremost, they must address the lethal misinformation and disinformation circulating on …

Mr. Harris Goes to Washington

January 30th, 2020

42:10

What difference does a few hours of Congressional testimony make? Tristan takes us behind the scenes of his January 8th testimony to the Energy and Commerce Committee on disinformation in the digital age. With just …

Trust Falls

January 14th, 2020

51:22

We are in the middle of a global trust crisis. Neighbors are strangers and local news sources are becoming scarcer; institutions that used to …

The Cure for Hate

December 19th, 2019

41:17

“You can binge watch an ideology in a weekend,” says Tony McAleer. He should know. A former white supremacist, McAleer was introduced to neo-Nazi …

Rock the Voter

December 5th, 2019

52:20

Brittany Kaiser, a former Cambridge Analytica insider, witnessed a two day presentation at the company that shocked her and her co-workers. It laid out a new method of campaigning, in which candidates greet voters with …

The Dictator's Playbook

November 5th, 2019

50:44

Maria Ressa is arguably one of the bravest journalists working in the Philippines today. As co-founder and CEO of the media site Rappler, she has …

The Opposite of Addiction

October 22nd, 2019

48:58

What causes addiction? Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream, travelled some 30,000 miles in search of an answer. He met with researchers and lawmakers, drug dealers and drug makers, those who were struggling with …

Pardon the Interruptions

August 14th, 2019

43:54

Every 40 seconds, our attention breaks. It takes an act of extreme self-awareness to even notice. That’s why Gloria Mark, a professor in the Department of Informatics at University of California, Irvine, started …

From Russia with Likes (Part 2)

August 1st, 2019

28:53

In the second part of our interview with Renée DiResta, disinformation expert, Mozilla fellow, and co-author of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, she explains how social media platforms use your …

From Russia with Likes (Part 1)

July 24th, 2019

45:47

Today’s online propaganda has evolved in unforeseeable and seemingly absurd ways; by laughing at or spreading a Kermit the Frog meme, you may be …

Down the Rabbit Hole by Design

July 10th, 2019

54:29

When we press play on a YouTube video, we set in motion an algorithm that taps all available data to find the next video that keeps us glued to the screen. Because of its advertising-based business model, YouTube’s top …

With Great Power Comes...No Responsibility?

June 25th, 2019

55:41

Aza sits down with Yael Eisenstat, a former CIA officer and a former advisor at the White House. When Yael noticed that Americans were having a harder and harder time finding common ground, she shifted her work from …

Should've Stayed in Vegas

June 19th, 2019

39:11

In part two of our interview with cultural anthropologist Natasha Dow Schüll, author of Addiction by Design, we learn what gamblers are really after …

What Happened in Vegas

June 10th, 2019

40:51

Natasha Dow Schüll, author of Addiction by Design, has spent years studying how slot machines hold gamblers, spellbound, in an endless loop of play. …

Launching June 10: Your Undivided Attention

April 16th, 2019

3:16

Technology has shredded our attention. We can do better.

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