Your Undivided Attention
Tristan Harris and Aza Raskin, The Center for Humane Technology
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 attention, manipulate our choices and destabilize our real world communities. They’ll explore what it means to become sophisticated about human nature, by interviewing hypnotists, magicians, experts on the dynamics of cults and election hacking and the powers of persuasion. How can we escape this unrelenting race to the bottom of the brain stem? Start by subscribing to our new series, Your Undivided Attention.
Two Million Years in Two Hours: A Conversation with Yuval Noah Harari
Friday 15 January 2021
: 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
Wednesday 23 December 2020
: You’ve heard us talk before on this podcast about the pitfalls of trying to moderate a “global public square.” Our guest today, Eli...
Are the Kids Alright?
Tuesday 27 October 2020
: 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...
Your Nation's Attention for the Price of a Used Car
Tuesday 06 October 2020
: Today’s extremists don’t need highly produced videos like ISIS. They don’t need deep pockets like Russia. With the right message, a...
The Social Dilemma
Wednesday 09 September 2020
: A new documentary called The Social Dilemma comes out on Netflix today, September 9, 2020. We hope that this film, full of interviews with...
Facebook Goes '2Africa'
Wednesday 02 September 2020
: This summer, Facebook unveiled “2Africa,” a subsea cable project that will encircle nearly the entire continent of Africa — much to...
When Media Was for You and Me
Thursday 06 August 2020
: In 1940, a group of 60 American intellectuals formed the Committee for National Morale. “They’ve largely been forgotten,” says Fred...
Digital Democracy Is Within Reach
Thursday 23 July 2020
: Imagine a world where every country has a digital minister and technologically-enabled legislative bodies. Votes are completely transparent...
Beyond the Boycott
Friday 10 July 2020
: #StopHateforProfit is an important first step, but we need to go much further.
The World According to Q
Wednesday 08 July 2020
: 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...
The Bully’s Pulpit
Monday 22 June 2020
: The sound of bullies on social media can be deafening, but what about their victims? “They're just sitting there being pummeled and...
The Dictator's Playbook Revisited
Wednesday 17 June 2020
: [This episode originally aired on November 5, 2019] Maria Ressa is arguably one of the bravest journalists working in the Philippines today....
The Fake News of Your Own Mind
Tuesday 02 June 2020
: 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...
The Stubborn Optimist’s Guide to Saving the Planet
Thursday 21 May 2020
: How can we feel empowered to take on global threats? The battle begins in our heads, argues Christiana Figueres. She became the United...
The Spin Doctors Are In
Thursday 07 May 2020
: How does disinformation spread in the age of COVID-19? It takes an expert like Renée DiResta to trace conspiracy theories back to their...
When Attention Went on Sale
Tuesday 28 April 2020
: An information system that relies on advertising was not born with the Internet. But social media platforms have taken it to an entirely new...
Changing Our Climate of Denial
Wednesday 22 April 2020
: We agree more than we think we do, but tech platforms distort our perceptions by amplifying the loudest, angriest and most dismissive voices...
Stranger than Fiction
Tuesday 31 March 2020
: How can tech companies help flatten the curve? First and foremost, they must address the lethal misinformation and disinformation...
Mr. Harris Goes to Washington
Thursday 30 January 2020
: What difference does a few hours of Congressional testimony make? Tristan takes us behind the scenes of his January 8th testimony to the...
Tuesday 14 January 2020
: We are in the middle of a global trust crisis. Neighbors are strangers and local news sources are becoming scarcer; institutions that used...
The Cure for Hate
Thursday 19 December 2019
: “You can binge watch an ideology in a weekend,” says Tony McAleer. He should know. A former white supremacist, McAleer was introduced to...
Thursday 05 December 2019
: Brittany Kaiser, a former Cambridge Analytica insider, witnessed a two day presentation at the company that shocked her and her co-workers....
The Dictator's Playbook
Tuesday 05 November 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,...
The Opposite of Addiction
Tuesday 22 October 2019
: What causes addiction? Johann Hari, author of Chasing the Scream, travelled some 30,000 miles in search of an answer. He met with...
Pardon the Interruptions
Wednesday 14 August 2019
: 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...