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  1. BBC Radio 4 - Digital Human, Series 9, Work

    In the 1st of a new series Aleks Krotoski gets down to work. From micro-taskers paid pennies to be the janitors of our digital services to car drivers jumping on the Uber bandwagon.

    Aleks speaks to technology writer Kashmir Hill who spent a month as an invisible girlfriend writing loving texts to service subscribers for a few cents per message. This is just one example of ‘micro-tasking’ made famous by Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service. For Vili Lehdonvirta of the Oxford internet institute they’re examples of the hidden human effort going into services we would assume were automated. Its a new form of piece work undertaken by a causal workforce doing it where and when it suits them.

    This type of work treats you like part of a system managed by algorithms an artificial, artificial intelligence. In some senses this isn’t anything new as work historian Richard Donkin explains using the examples of the time and motion studies pioneered by Fredrick Winslow Taylor and later taken up by Henry Ford.

    What is new is that having an algorithm as a boss runs the risk of having only the appearance of freedom and flexibility. Its what attracts people to the so called gig economy, where tasks are farmed out by the app to a willing freelance workforce. Aleks hears both sides of that experience from two people who make their living off a digital platform; one by day and the other by night.

    So what promise do these new forms of digital work offer? Aleks discovers they have the potential to be both a race to the bottom for labour markets and usher in a new era for those currently unable to work.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b075pm43

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  2. BBC Radio 4 - Analysis, The End of Free

    Andrew Brown of The Guardian asks if the dramatic rise of ad-blocking software will undermine the commercial model behind most free news on the internet. He finds an industry in deep concern over the "Ad-blockalypse" - with these new programmes meaning that advertisers may refuse to continue to subsidise online news providers if consumers are now no longer seeing their online adverts. Can the industry persuade people to pay for what was previously available at no charge? And if not, can commercial online news services survive?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b072j3g6

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  3. LDNWebPerf December 2015

    Performance is not a technical problem.

    Original video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RXVqiMO1UME
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  4. BBC Radio 4 - The Untold, Being Bowie

    Laurence Bolwell has been dressing as David Bowie and singing his songs on stage for 18 years. One Monday morning, early in January, he hears the news that his idol has died. That Friday night, he is due on stage with his act in a theatre in Carmarthen. Grace Dent tells the story of Laurence’s week, and finds out what it’s like to be a tribute artist the day your hero dies.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06yr6px

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  5. BBC World Service - World Have Your Say, Apple, FBI & Encryption

    Who’s right in Apple’s court battle with the FBI over California shooter’s phone data?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03j2qcf

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  6. BBC Radio 4 - A Point of View, Star Wars Obsession

    Helen Macdonald has made her name writing about nature and birds of prey. So why has she become so fascinated with the recent Star Wars movie that she’s been to see it six times? In her first "A Point of View" she tries to get to the bottom of her obsession and wonders whether it’s all down to nostalgia or something else.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06z5jmt

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  7. Space, Reaching for the Stars

    What does the future hold for human space exploration? With more countries getting involved and costs falling, ambitious projects are being proposed.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03dn2m9

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  8. BBC World Service - The History Hour, The Challenger Disaster

    The launch of space shuttle Challenger goes horribly wrong, Rupert Murdoch goes to war with his print unions, Australia’s 18th century penal colonies, Sharia law in Nigeria, and Batman comes to TV.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03g9g4t

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  9. BBC Radio 4 - Food Programme, Yotam Ottolenghi: A Life Through Food

    Since ‘Ottolenghi: the cookbook’ was published in 2008, Yotam Ottolenghi has become one of the UK’s most followed voices on food and cooking. Nearly eight years later, Ottolenghi’s cookbooks total five, the last written in collaboration with head chef at his London Soho restaurant NOPI, Ramael Scully. The restaurant is one of five in the capital, which he runs with a small, loyal team. He’s appeared on our TV screens, exploring the foods of the Mediterranean and his birthplace and childhood home, Jerusalem. He’s presented an ode to the Cauliflower on The Food Programme on Radio 4 and in a weekly column for the Guardian, has shed new light on cooking with vegetables, paving the way for ingredients from the Middle East to enter our kitchen store cupboards. No wonder that the rise of sumac, za’atar and tahini in our supermarkets was dubbed ‘the Ottolenghi effect’.

    In an extended interview, Yotam Ottolenghi shares his life through food with Sheila Dillon. She hears how a Jewish boy from Jerusalem negotiated the world of academia, and winded up as a pastry chef in chic restaurants in 90s London. How a chance meeting with business partner Sami Tamimi led to one of London’s most successful string of deli restaurants ‘Ottolenghi’, and on to Soho restaurant NOPI.

    Yotam explains how people in his life have shaped the food he cooks. He tells Sheila about the effect of his brother’s untimely death in tragic circumstances, his own coming out as gay and reflects on his connection with Jerusalem now that he has adopted London as home for his own young family. As 2015 draws to a close, he looks to the future. What will the Philosophical food writer do next?

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06sfh16

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  10. BBC Radio 4 - The Kitchen Cabinet, Series 12, Brighton

    Jay Rayner hosts the culinary panel programme from Brighton.

    This week’s panel includes the experimental food psychologist Professor Charles Spence, DIY cooking expert Tim Hayward, top chef Sophie Wright, and the singer-turned-cook Andi Oliver.

    They discuss all things 1970s - prawn cocktails, vol-au-vents, fondues - as well as the legacy of Marguerite Patten.

    Also, the panel delve into the grand kitchen of George IV at the Royal Pavilion and they experiment with the role smell plays in eating.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b06y8l7w

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