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May 25, 2024 • 38min

'The Interview': Ted Sarandos’s Plan to Get You to Binge Even More

Explore the influence of Ted Sarandos on Netflix's binge-watching culture and content creation. Dive into the evolution of the streaming industry, Netflix's dominance, and the impact of AI on creativity. Discuss the complexities of film quality, audience preference, storytelling fit for Netflix, and technology's influence on filmmaking.
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May 24, 2024 • 25min

Whales Have an Alphabet

Science reporter Carl Zimmer discusses the language of sperm whales and the potential existence of a complex communication system among them, similar to an alphabet. The podcast explores the history of whale songs, the challenges in deciphering their messages, and the fascinating research behind understanding the linguistic patterns of these intelligent oceanic beings.
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May 23, 2024 • 34min

I.C.C. Prosecutor Requests Warrants for Israeli and Hamas Leaders

Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times, Patrick Kingsley, discusses the International Criminal Court's arrest warrant requests for Israel's prime minister and defense minister. The podcast explores the potential showdown between the ICC and Israel, highlighting the legal complexities and diplomatic challenges faced by Israeli leaders.
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May 22, 2024 • 22min

Biden’s Open War On Hidden Fees

White House correspondent Jim Tankersley discusses Biden's crackdown on hidden fees in industries like airlines and hotels to protect consumers. The administration's strategy to combat inflation through transparency and fairness is highlighted, despite pushback from corporations. The podcast also explores the challenges Biden faces in convincing the public of the effectiveness of his fee elimination efforts.
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May 21, 2024 • 24min

The Crypto Comeback

Technology reporter David Yaffe-Bellany discusses the improbable resurgence of crypto, focusing on FTX's collapse and recovery, the mainstream shift of Bitcoin, regulatory debates, and the need for the crypto industry to address critical issues beyond price.
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May 20, 2024 • 29min

Was the 401(k) a Mistake?

Michael Steinberger, a writer for The New York Times Magazine, discusses the shortcomings of 401(k) plans for retirement. The show explores the history of 401(k) plans and the concerns about inadequate retirement savings. It also touches on potential solutions to improve the system and broaden retirement savings.
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May 19, 2024 • 31min

The Sunday Read: ‘Why Did This Guy Put a Song About Me on Spotify?’

A writer discovers a song about him on Spotify with generic lyrics, leading to a surprising realization. The podcast explores Matt Farley's unique songwriting approach and his prolific output. It delves into the debate on whether Farley's work is spam or outsider art, showcasing his unwavering drive for recognition. The chapter highlights challenges artists face in navigating algorithmic music platforms and the importance of individual creative approaches.
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May 18, 2024 • 28min

'The Interview': Ayana Elizabeth Johnson Has an Antidote to Our Climate Delusions

Ayana Elizabeth Johnson, a scientist, discusses overcoming 'soft' climate denial and promoting cautious optimism. The conversation explores shifting perspectives on climate action, addressing political divisions, emergency care in hospitals, kitchen testing of canned tomatoes, and advocating for community responsibility for sustainable solutions.
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May 17, 2024 • 50min

The Campus Protesters Explain Themselves

Three college students, Mustafa, Elisha, and Jasmine, discuss their involvement in campus protests over the war in Gaza. They share personal experiences reflecting on Palestinian identity, support for Israel, childhood memories, and navigating activism on campus. The podcast delves into generational perspectives on Israel and Jewish identity, highlighting the importance of understanding diverse viewpoints amidst campus protests.
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May 16, 2024 • 30min

The Make-or-Break Testimony of Michael Cohen

Criminal justice reporter Jonah E. Bromwich discusses how Michael Cohen's testimony in the hush-money trial could spell trouble for Donald Trump. They explore Cohen's pivotal role, loyalty, regrets, and the intense cross-examination in court. The podcast delves into the intricate dynamics of loyalty, payment, and betrayal, as well as the unique agreement between Biden and Trump for presidential debates.

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