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Your Undivided Attention

52 EpisodesProduced by Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, The Center for Humane TechnologyWebsite

In this podcast from the Center for Humane Technology, co-hosts Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin confront catastrophic risk with existential hope. How is technology both a symptom and a driver of broader social, political, and economic forces? How do we reimagine humane technology that supports our sha… read more

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Behind the Curtain on The Social Dilemma

November 11th, 2021

43:40

How do you make a film that impacts more than 100 million people in 190 countries in 30 languages?

This week on Your Undivided Attention, we're going behind the curtain on The Social Dilemma — the Netflix documentary …

Facebook Whistleblower Frances Haugen in Conversation

October 18th, 2021

55:24

We are now in social media's Big Tobacco moment. And that’s largely thanks to the courage of one woman: Frances Haugen.

Frances is a specialist in algorithmic product management. She worked at Google, Pinterest, and Yelp …

Bonus — A Whirlwind Week of Whistleblowing

October 6th, 2021

4:56

In seven years of working on the problems of runaway technology, we’ve never experienced a week like this! In this bonus episode of Your Undivided …

Making Meaning in Challenging Times

September 30th, 2021

43:03

What helps you make meaning in challenging times? As you confront COVID, the climate crisis, and all of the challenges we discuss on this show, what helps you avoid nihilism or fundamentalism, and instead access …

Bonus — The Facebook Files with Tristan Harris, Frank Luntz, and Daniel Schmachtenberger

September 21st, 2021

1:05:12

On September 13th, the Wall Street Journal released The Facebook Files, an ongoing investigation of the extent to which Facebook's problems are …

The Power of Solutions Journalism

September 3rd, 2021

40:23

What is the goal of our digital information environment? Is it simply to inform us, or also to empower us to act? 

The Solutions Journalism Network

Do You Want to Become a Vampire?

August 12th, 2021

36:35

How do we decide whether to undergo a transformative experience when we don’t know how that experience will change us? This is the central question …

You Will Never Breathe the Same Again

July 23rd, 2021

37:46

When author and journalist James Nestor began researching a piece on free diving, he was stunned. He found that free divers could hold their breath …

A Facebook Whistleblower

July 9th, 2021

28:08

In September of 2020, on her last day at Facebook, data scientist Sophie Zhang posted a 7,900-word memo to the company's internal site. In it, she described the anguish and guilt she had experienced over the last two …

[Unedited] A Problem Well-Stated is Half-Solved

June 25th, 2021

2:02:49

We’ve explored many different problems on Your Undivided Attention — addiction, disinformation, polarization, climate change, and more. But what if …

A Problem Well-Stated is Half-Solved

June 25th, 2021

37:06

We’ve explored many different problems on Your Undivided Attention — addiction, disinformation, polarization, climate change, and more. But what if …

Mr. Harris Zooms to Washington

May 10th, 2021

32:36

Back in January 2020, Tristan Harris went to Washington, D.C. to testify before the U.S. Congress on the harms of social media. A few weeks ago, he …

Can Your Reality Turn on a Word?

April 29th, 2021

47:27

Can hypnosis be a tool to help us see how our minds are being shaped and manipulated more than we realize? Guest Anthony Jacquin is a hypnotist and …

The Stubborn Optimist's Guide Revisited

April 22nd, 2021

59:56

[This episode originally aired May 21, 2020] Internationally-recognized global leader on climate change Christiana Figueres argues that the battle against global threats like climate change begins in our own heads. She …

Mind the (Perception) Gap

April 15th, 2021

1:02:13

What do you think the other side thinks? Guest Dan Vallone is the Director of More in Common U.S.A., an organization that’s been asking Democrats and Republicans that critical question. Their work has uncovered …

Coded Bias

April 8th, 2021

23:56

The film Coded Bias follows MIT Media Lab researcher Joy Buolamwini through her investigation of algorithmic discrimination, after she accidentally …

Come Together Right Now

April 1st, 2021

1:16:50

How many technologists have traveled to Niger, or the Balkans, or Rwanda, to learn the lessons of peacebuilding? Technology and social media are …

Disinformation Then and Now

March 18th, 2021

55:45

Disinformation researchers have been fighting two battles over the last decade: one to combat and contain harmful information, and one to convince …

The Courage to Connect

March 4th, 2021

1:00:01

It’s no revelation that Americans aren’t getting along. But it’s easier to diagnose the problem than come up with solutions. The organization Braver …

A Renegade Solution to Extractive Economics

February 11th, 2021

1:26:15

When Kate Raworth began studying economics, she was disappointed that the mainstream version of the discipline didn’t fully address many of the world …

Two Million Years in Two Hours: A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari

January 15th, 2021

1:59:48

Yuval Noah Harari is one of the rare historians who can give us a two-million-year perspective on today’s headlines. In this wide-ranging …

Won't You Be My Neighbor? A Civic Vision for the Internet

December 23rd, 2020

48:25

You’ve heard us talk before on this podcast about the pitfalls of trying to moderate a “global public square.” Our guest today, Eli Pariser, co-director of Civic Signals, co-founder of Avaaz, and author of "The Filter …

Are the Kids Alright?

October 27th, 2020

40:35

We are in the midst of a teen mental health crisis. Since 2011, the rate of U.S. hospitalizations for preteen girls who have self-harmed is up 189 …

Your Nation's Attention for the Price of a Used Car

October 6th, 2020

43:17

Today’s extremists don’t need highly produced videos like ISIS. They don’t need deep pockets like Russia. With the right message, a fringe organization can reach the majority of a nation’s Facebook users for the price …

The Social Dilemma

September 9th, 2020

4:26

A new documentary called The Social Dilemma comes out on Netflix today, September 9, 2020. We hope that this film, full of interviews with tech …

Facebook Goes '2Africa'

September 2nd, 2020

35:43

This summer, Facebook unveiled “2Africa,” a subsea cable project that will encircle nearly the entire continent of Africa — much to the surprise of

When Media Was for You and Me

August 6th, 2020

37:07

In 1940, a group of 60 American intellectuals formed the Committee for National Morale. “They’ve largely been forgotten,” says Fred Turner, a professor of communications at Stanford University, but their work had a …

Digital Democracy Is Within Reach

July 23rd, 2020

46:33

Imagine a world where every country has a digital minister and technologically-enabled legislative bodies. Votes are completely transparent and audio …

Beyond the Boycott

July 10th, 2020

9:20

#StopHateforProfit is an important first step, but we need to go much further. 

The World According to Q

July 8th, 2020

59:13

What would inspire someone to singlehandedly initiate an armed standoff on the Hoover Dam, or lead the police on a 100-mile-an-hour car chase while …

The Bully’s Pulpit

June 22nd, 2020

55:53

The sound of bullies on social media can be deafening, but what about their victims? “They're just sitting there being pummeled and pummeled and …

The Dictator's Playbook Revisited

June 17th, 2020

52:11

[This episode originally aired on November 5, 2019] 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 withstood death …

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 …

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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