John Lanchester talks to Tom about the recent scandals involving two DAX-listed companies, Volkswagen and Wirecard, and the ways in which they challenge the stereotypes of German business.Read John’s piece on Volkswagen and Wirecard here.Music by Kieran Brunt / Produced by Anthony Wilks
Remember when Uber, the taxi-hailing app on your mobile phone, was going to revolutionize transportation, transform cities, and lead us to our glorious robot-car future? That wasn’t so long ago. So, what happened? Where did it all go? Cory Doctorow has some ideas. A prolific non-fiction author, sci-fi novelist, and technology activist Doctorow has been a keen observer and critic of Uber for years now. “Uber,” Doctorow writes, “is a
bezzle. Every bezzle ends. And Uber’s time is up.” Plus: Reality has a well known anti-car bias.
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Jon Hassell pushed beyond the boundaries to change the way we experience sound. As the originator of Fourth World music, the trumpet player and composer conjured shapeshifting sonic forms that floated at the edge of consciousness. His nuanced, dreamlike landscapes were sacred spaces where sensuality reigned supreme and the ear served as a path to the beating heart. Jon Hassell passed from this earthly plane on June 26, 2021 but his music resonates in the recorded body of work he left behind and echoes through output of the many artists he influenced. Jon was always supportive of dublab and we are honored to pay tribute to his radiant spirit through offerings of remembrance by his family, friends, collaborators and admirers in this radio program produced by Frosty.
Economist Tim Harford discusses six things which he thinks should be better known. Tim Harford is an economist, journalist and broadcaster. He is author of How To Make the World Add Up, The Data Detective, Messy, and the million-selling The Undercover Economist. Tim is a senior columnist at the Financial Times, and the presenter of BBC Radio’s More or…
In a world dominated by mass-produced software, making your own tools is a way to take back agency in your digital life. Linus joins Mark and Adam to talk about his experiences building a personal software ecosystem; tools that are a reflection of the maker’s values and taste; and packaging/sharing solutions like Docker, CodePen, Replit, and Deno. And: is it possible for software to ever be “done”? — Linus thinks so.
Billie Eilish and Hans Zimmer take on the classic theme
YANSS 218 – How anxiety hides in our unhealthy habits, why you can’t think your way out of it, and science says you should do instead – You Are Not So Smart
In this episode, Dr. Jud Brewer, a neuroscientist and addiction psychiatrist, discusses the biological origins of anxiety and how to unwind our feedback loops using techniques derived from his lab’s research. Since his last appearance on the show, Dr. Jud has written and published a book which is now a NYT bestseller titled Unwinding Anxiety:…
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When you pay for software, are you paying for the data storage or the interface? Balint is the founder of Craft, a writing app designed for iPad. He chats with Adam and Mark about design conventions for multimodal input; why import/export is so important; and how to have humility about how your product fits into your customer’s life.
Inspired by a plaintive earworm from "Hamilton," John presents a main topic: what does relaxation mean to me?
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