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Personally connecting the dots. All of them. Benjamen Walker's Theory of Everything is a proud member of Radiotopia, from PRX. Learn more at radiotopia.fm.


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The Twentieth of January

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Jan 20, 2017


A spy novel from the 80’s gives Donald Trump and his Russian friends some ideas. PLUS your host inspires the youth with cowardice.

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Entrapment

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Jan 16, 2017


The FBI builds more surveillance traps that don’t work, and your host shares a few of his earliest adventures in surveillance.  

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The fairest of them all?

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Dec 28, 2016


Our Surveillance miniseries continues with a special holiday episode. Your host visits both the glass room ( a fake pop up store) and the Google pop up store (a real pop up store).  

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Useful Idiots

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Dec 12, 2016


Your host discovers you can’t beat the Russians at the fake game and ToE’s Chris reviews Oliver Stone’s Edward Snowden. Plus: Vladislav Surkov and the Potemkin Panopticon.  

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Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Nov 23, 2016


Donald Trump promises women he will make Surveillance great again. Plus Digital Security Training!

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Targeted

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Nov 08, 2016


Your host tries his hand at targeted advertising and he dooms his child to a life of exclusion with the simple gift of a stuffed frog. Plus the truth about Facial Recognition.

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Honeypot

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Oct 25, 2016


Your host decides to follow back a Joy Division T-shirt that is following him around the internet. Plus the surveillance that powers behaviorally targeted personalized advertising.

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Burning down the Panopticon

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Oct 11, 2016


Our new miniseries on Surveillance begins with your host tripping over the corpse of Jeremy Bentham, the man who gave us the Panopticon.

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You are so Pretentious

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Sep 20, 2016


Writer Dan Fox wants to reclaim the word pretentious. Take it back from those who use it like a stick to beat down the curious and the adventurous.

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revolutionary slogans will be written by the winners

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Aug 25, 2016


As the 2016 American presidential election heads into the final round – we are featuring a story your host stumbled upon during the last election in October of 2102. Radio producer Silvain Gire tells us about an impossible encounter between Mitt Romney and Guy Debord in Paris 1968.   *** Benjamen Walker will join Silvain […]

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pass (r)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Aug 16, 2016


Your host dreams the future of Self Driving Cars.

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The art of the deal

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Aug 04, 2016


The secret history of ISIS from ToE’s special corespondent Chris. PLUS Donald Trump is ready for sacrifice.

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Something will happen, eventually

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Jul 21, 2016


Your host opens his file of near misses and close calls. Joe Mazur examines the math and myth behind the stories we call coincidences.  Plus a grasp at the law of truly large numbers.

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Because there’s nothing else to do

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Jul 06, 2016


Your host wanders London just before and after Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union.

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sudculture (part II of II)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Jun 21, 2016


Part two of your host’s craft beer drinking adventure. As the battle over shelf space intensifies we meet a couple of brewers who are doing things differently?

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sudculture (part I of II)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Jun 06, 2016


Your host sets out to better understand America’s craft beer scene. The latest food trend? Or oppositional culture?  And can it survive the attention from Megabrew? image: http://www.beercapmaps.com  

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Analog Time

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Sun, May 29, 2016


Your host explores the transition from UFO to Drone on stage as part of Radiotopia Live! and pinpoints the date he crossed his own personal digital divide (Feb 21st 1997). Also filmmaker Alix Lambert tells us about a group of people who are still on Analog time. A version of the prison tape piece ran […]

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Transformers (r)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, May 13, 2016


Yvette Gonzales tells us a first person story about what its like to be transgender in Prison. Gender theorist B. Preciado tells us about what happens when a person takes testosterone without the intention of transitioning from one gender to another. Plus, Jim Elledge tells us about his  biography of Outsider Artist Henry Darger, and […]

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Platform of the Real

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Apr 28, 2016


A look at the most revolutionary media format that has ever existed and a trip back to 1968 when video became real. Plus Virtual reality!

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The Future

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Apr 13, 2016


Your host has a chance encounter with the supposed inspiration for a cult TV show that predicted the future of tech and media. Plus the end of Moore’s law?

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A light touch and a slight nudge

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Mar 28, 2016


Is Donald Trump actually a CIA asset with implants in his small hands or are our brains just wired for paranoia – or both! Rob Brotherton, author of Suspicious Minds, explains how our cognitive biases push us to see Conspiracies everywhere. Plus a look back to when the CIA weaponized Abstract Expressionism (one of the […]

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Paris

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Mar 07, 2016


Luc Sante takes us on a tour of “The Other Paris” Beno?t Peeters shows us Paris of 22nd century and your host learns why there is so much Brooklyn in the 10th arrondissement image by Celeste Lai

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After Work

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Feb 10, 2016


ToE instaserf Andrew Callaway gets invited to do a TED ALPHA Talk on the sharing economy.  Mary Gray (a real sharing economy expert) explains why we are anxious about the future of work and Ignacio Uriarte leaves his cubicle to make post-office art. image from the amazing Swedish TV show real humans

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The Escapers

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Jan 28, 2016


Artist Gary Panter packs up and sizes down, Alix Lambert explains the new computer trap. Plus your host on Gordon Comstock (the escaper protagonist of Orwell’s novel Keep the aspidistra flying).  

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70Ă—7 (Holy War part II of II)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Dec 29, 2015


The second half of our  sly-fi story about redemption, forgiveness and torture.  Margo hopes to leave Christian America with Ali Baba ( a terrorist clone she was given as recompense for the death of her husband). But can they escape before evil Freddie catches wind of their plans? Plus a meditation on the parable of the unforgiving servant.

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Alaska Is Closer (Holy War part I of II)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Dec 22, 2015


As 2015 winds down we offer you a story about redemption, forgiveness and torture. When Margo’s husband is killed in a terrorist attack, she is given Ali Baba, a terrorist clone. This is how it works in Christian America in this piece of speculative fiction (although we like the term Sly-fi). Will Margo use her new Walmart deluxe torture […]

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New York After Rent (post prop f director’s cut)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Nov 25, 2015


Now that Airbnb has proved it can beat regulation we return to the post-gentrified city. Two! new segments:  we meet a landlord (named Benny) who built an illegal artists space in Bushwick, and we visit Astor Place, the embodiment of the New New York, with writer Ada Calhoun (Saint Marks is Dead).  

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The things we do for money

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Sat, Oct 31, 2015


Allen Ginsberg tries his hand at Market Research,  Walter Benjamin goes on the radio and ToE’s Chris drops in on a new bar in DC called the Freedom Cock. Also visit radiotopia.fm and become a sustaining member today! image: Celeste Lai

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Secret Histories of Podcasting

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Oct 22, 2015


It turns out there are (at least) three ways to tell the secret history of podcasting: it is a story about technology, it is a story about a business model for audio, and it is also a story about the birth of a new art form. What’s really cool is that the whole thing is […]

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Enchanting By Numbers (2015 version)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Oct 09, 2015


We take another look at algorithms. Tim Hwang explains how Uber’s algorithms generate phantom cars and marketplace mirages. And we revisit our conversation with Christian Sandvig who, last year asked Facebook users to explain how they imagine the Edgerank algorithm works (this is the algorithm that powers Facebook’s news feed). Sandvig discovered that most of […]

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Resolution

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Sep 07, 2015


Your host attempts to write a description for the Podcast. He seeks assistance from an old book, and the plot whisperer.  

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Artifacts (redux)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Aug 12, 2015


Photographer Robert Burley takes pictures of the end of analog for his book The Disappearance Of Darkness. Christine Frohnert and Christiane Paul explain why it is difficult to care for digital artworks and Social Media theorist Nathan Jurgenson wants us to understand what is truly revolutionary about ephemeral photographs and platforms like Snapchat. Sponsors: Hellofresh.com […]

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1984 (the year not the book) EXPANDED VERSION

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Jul 27, 2015


New version with 25% more audio diary! In 1984 your host was twelve years old and like George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith, he kept a diary, for the citizens of the future. For this special installment of Benjamen Walker’s Theory of Everything we travel back in time and give this diary a soundtrack. TV commercials, radio spots, movie […]

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Instaserfs (III of III)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Jul 07, 2015


“This is part of the sharing economy, I am sharing myself” Our instaserfs series comes to a crushing conclusion, Hear Instapoder Andrew attempt to manserve…  Plus we meet two former Uber drivers! Also this Thursday July 9th 3pm EST a live online ToE post-listening party. Visit spoken.am for details. Your host will be there, along […]

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Instaserfs (II of III)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Jun 24, 2015


Instaserfs II: “Chipolte Strikes back” or “Seriously, in the sharing economy no one can hear you work”  Either tagline works for our second installment in our future of work series. Andrew (our ToE instapoder) continues with his task of working for as many San Francisco sharing economy companies as he can stand this month. Plus Susie […]

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Instaserfs (I of III)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Jun 17, 2015


In the sharing economy no one  can hear you work. This is because companies like Uber, Lyft, Postmates and others only employ “partners” or independent contractors. So your host decided to partner with Andrew Callaway, a 25 year old San Francisco native, to find out what its like to work in the sharing economy. As the […]

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Art De Vivre (II of II)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Jun 02, 2015


Benjamen and Mathilde continue exploring the intersection between France and China over wine. In this installment they traverse China talking with winemakers, wine enthusiasts and drinkers to find out what the emerging middle class of China, one of the most powerful forces on Earth, wants from a bottle of wine.  Plus Your host is forced to defend his working […]

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Art De Vivre (I of II)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, May 26, 2015


The voice of the ToE episode announcer revealed! (her name is Mathilde)  and she joins our host for this two part series about the intersection between France and China and wine. The story of the red obsession of Wealthy Chinese has been told many times, but what is going to happen when China’s elusive emerging middle class gets wine […]

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The Dislike Club (finale/ABC version)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, May 12, 2015


In this program (which originally aired on the ABC last December) your host makes his final attempt to build the ultimate anti-social-media-social-platform. Things continue to decline: the phone in the hand becomes the phone on a stick in the hand. And we meet a controversial blogger who overnight becomes one of the internet’s most disliked […]

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New York After Rent (III of III)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Apr 30, 2015


Our series concludes with an attempt to examine the suburbanized commodified inner cityscape of New York. Author and activist Sarah Schulman tells us about the Gentrified Mind, plus we hear from one of the first Airbnbers of New York. PLUS  a sneak preview of a new rock musical everyone will soon be talking about. *********Click […]

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New York After Rent (II of III)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Apr 22, 2015


Our series continues with a journey from Avenue B to Bushwick: Kathy Kirkpatrick tells us about the final days of her Life Cafe in the East Village and essayist Tim Kreider tells us about his exile in Bushwick. Plus your host tries to make sense of the first time he got a glimpse of the new […]

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New York After Rent (I of III)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Apr 08, 2015


The financial crisis of September 2008 overshadows one of the most important events in recent New York History: the arrival of Airbnb. And while your host wasn’t paying attention back then either, today he is fed up with the commodification of every square inch of the city. But what if the Airbnb economy is also […]

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Dark Karma

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Mar 17, 2015


“G.S.” was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Bozeman, Montana many years ago. The story he told me about how bad karma brought him from Devon, England to the C.U.T. bomb shelters in Gardiner, Montana still haunts me. A few years ago we reconnected and he recounted the whole story […]

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Radio WIFM

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Mar 02, 2015


Decades before the first shot was fired in the American revolution a band of runaway slaves known as the Maroons living in the mountains in Colonial Jamaica took on the British Empire and won.  I’ve long been obsessed with the Maroons and so last summer I jumped at the opportunity to visit their compound in […]

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An Illumination

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Jan 27, 2015


C?dric Villani won the prestigious Fields Medal for his work in 2010.  He wrote a book about his experience called Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure. It is a book about where ideas come from. There is something spider like about Villani, and I say that not just because of the pins he is […]

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Occupy Siberia (dislike club prequel)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Dec 29, 2014


Yours truly is recuperating from 2014 in France but wishing you a happy holiday. Hope you enjoyed the programming this year. The dislike club series pretty much contains everything I have ever wanted to say about social media. Been thinking about all this stuff for quite some time now,  but it all started to crystalize when I […]

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Logical Fantasies (the dislike club part V)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Dec 22, 2014


In the penultimate episode of our series, Kathy Sierra tells us how one tweak could fix everything and ToE’s Chris tells us the secret origin of Facebook. PLUS #marksbros (as in Zuckerberg)  #marxhegel (as in Groucho) ***ALERT*** the DISLIKE CLUB Finale was commissioned by RADIOTONIC from the ABC’s Creative Audio Unit. Download it here. Or subscribe to their podcast. […]

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Wishful Thinking (the dislike club part IV)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Dec 09, 2014


In 2007 writer, programmer, and horse trainer Kathy Sierra quit the internet because of misogynist hate trolling. She stayed off the social web for 7 years but last year she came back to see what Twitter was like. She tells us why she only lasted a few weeks and her theory about why so many […]

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If you dislike like, then you will… (the dislike club part III)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Dec 03, 2014


This week Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman tells us about the internet’s original Dislike Club, Anonymous. Biella has spent the last eight years hanging out with Anons both on IRC and in IRL. Her new book “Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy: the many faces of Anonymous”  is the definitive book on the topic, nothing else comes close.  Biella also […]

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Paying For It (the dislike club part II)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Nov 25, 2014


Our mini-series about the internet continues. This week we take a close look at the fundamental business model of the web – advertising. In 1993  your host was a founding member of an international monkey wrench gang that fought billboards in outer space. He recently ran into one of his old comrades in Midtown-South (Manhattan’s […]

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Backspace to the Future (the dislike club part I)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Nov 14, 2014


Paul Ford is a technologist and a writer, sometimes these two things blur. For example, he’s currently working on a book about webpages, but he’s also building a content management system for webpages –  because you know it could help with the writing.  (yeah his book is late) Its not like he’s trying to procrastinate, this […]

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Making it Happen

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Nov 04, 2014


For this special installment of the Theory of Everything we explore Maker Culture. Makerbot co-founder Bre Pettis gives us a tour of his new venture: Bold Machines. Plus we go to China to learn what the next generation of Chinese makers have planned for the future.

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Enchanting By Numbers

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Oct 06, 2014


When I was in Beijing last summer I dropped by the Microsoft research campus to talk with  Dr. Yu Zheng. He studies the air pollution in his city, and the noise pollution in mine. Using algorithms he is able to predict what kinds of noises New Yorkers are most likely to hear in their neighborhoods, […]

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It will always be hard

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Sep 16, 2014


When the photographer Garry Winogrand died in 1984 he left behind hundreds of thousands of unpublished negatives and undeveloped rolls of film and a few out of print books that are still treasured by connoisseurs and photo book collectors today. It’s always bothered Leo Rubinfien that his friend Garry’s legacy is bound up with these hard to […]

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Man Without a Country (3 of 3)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


What happens when you curse your own country? In this version of the classic Americana tale your host is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a hot air balloon.  Our story concludes(?) when your host attempts to turn bread into wine. Plus learn about the origins of the tale of the […]

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Man Without a Country (2 of 3)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


What happens when you curse your own country? In this version of the classic Americana tale your host is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a hot air balloon.  In part two of the story your host has his first human interaction in ten years. Plus radio host Glynn Washington tells us […]

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Man Without a Country (1 of 3)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Aug 08, 2014


What happens when you curse your own country? In this version of the classic Americana tale your host is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a hot air balloon.  In part one we hear the story of what happened when he fought the “three strikes you are out forever” law and […]

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Recent, Relevant, Random

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Jul 25, 2014


We don’t have metrics to measure what happens when we read something that changes our life. So this episode is an attempt to deal with that.  We begin with writer Rob Walker who tells us about his “New Old Thing,”  a regular feature he produces for Yahoo Tech. Rob is one of the most thoughtful […]

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Guided By Voices

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Jun 30, 2014


 Philosopher Daniel Heller-Roazen tells us the story of Pythagoras and the fifth hammer and how Kant and Kepler both tried (and failed) to record the universal harmonies Pythagoras once heard. Your host sets out to make some money doing experimental medical testing, and gets the chance to record the voice in his head.  

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Stages on Life’s Way

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Jun 13, 2014


A few years ago your host took a pilgrimage to Copenhagen to walk the streets the great Dane S?ren Kierkegaard once walked. He wanted to understand  the meaning of Kierkegaard’s religious stage so he decided to ask the experts at the Kierkegaard research center. Also Photographer Dina Litovksy tells us about the history and some of the […]

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A Better Tomorrow

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Sun, May 18, 2014


This week we examine the legacy of The Work of Art in the Age of Technological Reproducibility by Walter Benjamin.  Media Theorist and Benjamin scholar (and translator) Thomas Levin explains why this essay resonates today and what Benjamin has to tell us about the utopian power of new media. Also Russell Meyer tells us about the Wu-Tang clan’s plan […]

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The Bootlickers

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Apr 25, 2014


Andrew Rubin opens up his Archives of Authority to tell us the story of how George Orwell's Animal Farm and 1984 became global phenomenons. Melissa Gira Grant tells us about her new book Playing the Whore and the complicated relationship between sex workers, Feminists, Journalists, and the Police. And your host turns to ToE correspondent Peter Choyce for advice on how to fight his bike ticket in traffic court.

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1984 (the year not the book)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Apr 04, 2014


In 1984 your host was twelve years old and like George Orwell’s protagonist Winston Smith, he kept a diary for the citizens of the future. Find out what totalitarianism really sounds like.

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PrĂŞt-Ă -Portable

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Mar 24, 2014


Technology consultant Sarah Slocum loves social media and her Google Glass, she wears them everywhere. But when she walked into Molotov's, a bar on Haight Street in San Francisco, she discovered that not everyone shares her love for wearable gadgets. Also, your host makes his annual pilgrimage to SXSWi and ends up designing wearables at a surreal Hack Day. We also hear from Shingy, AOL's Digital Prophet. He says wearables will allow us to have it both ways: we can be both digital and human.

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When You’re Lonely, Life is Very Long

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Mar 03, 2014


After moving to New York alone, writer Olivia Laing discovered the truth about loneliness. She says it is a gift.  Eric Klinenberg explains why more and more people are choosing to live alone and why cities like New York must invest in housing stock that singletons actually want to live in, the type of housing they […]

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F is for Fake

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Feb 11, 2014


To Bot or Not? That’s the big question for Data Scientist Gilad Lotan. His research suggests we may be damaging our online reputations if we choose not to play the fake follower game. Jason Q Ng, author of the book Blocked on Weibo, tells us why the Chinese government hates fake bots and why they targeted Black PR companies last summer. And your host […]

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Artifacts (2 of 2)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Jan 16, 2014


Social Media theorist Nathan Jurgenson wants us to understand what is truly revolutionary about ephemeral photographs and platforms like Snapchat, Fred Ritchin says we are going to get our minds blown “After Photography” and Finn Bruntun explains why we need to preserve our transition from Analog to Digital.

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Artifacts (1 of 2)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Jan 01, 2014


Photographer Robert Burley takes pictures of the end of analog for his book The Disappearance Of Darkness. Christine Frohnert explains how conservators must care for Art with a Plug. Curator Christiane Paul tells us how the Whitney Museum of American Art restored the digital artwork “the world’s first collaborative sentence” by Douglas Davis. And TOE’s […]

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Not Soon Enough

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Dec 11, 2013


This week your host tries to break through to the other side using the art of John Singer Sargent as a… jumping off point. Also we get an update from our corespondent Peter Choyce. When we last heard from Peter (in “admissions of defeat”) he was heading to rehab, he is now free and living […]

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Waiting In Line

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Wed, Oct 23, 2013


About a year ago I travelled across America for the BBC. I visited Airports, Amusement parks, Highways and Community Colleges in order to understand how the priority queue is changing the American experience of waiting in line. A version of this piece aired on the BBC World Service, part of their “Real America” series produced in conjunction […]

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Out Of The Office

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Oct 14, 2013


Programmer David Heinemeier Hansson tells us about his Out Of Office experience, David is a partner at 37signals and a co-author (with Jason Fried) of REMOTE: Office Not Required. We also meet Ignacio Uriarte, he left his cubicle for a career in Office Art. And Ravenna Koenig, TOE’s newest correspondent, explains the difference between Facebook-Work […]

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Admissions Of Defeat

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Thu, Oct 03, 2013


We check in with a few of our TOE regulars: Peter Choyce has is one of my oldest friends and a listener favorite, but he has a secret we’ve never addressed until now. We also check in with our D.C. correspondent “Chris” who tells us about the NSA’s desire to install backdoors in Podcasts. Also, I […]

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Hacked

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, Jun 11, 2013


Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman tells us about her book Coding Freedom and the time she spent among the Hackers, “Chris” makes his TOE debut with a story about the alleged hacking of the New York Times by the Chinese, and your host wonders if it might be possible to hire a hacker to break into George […]

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Red, White, Blue & Orange

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Tue, May 14, 2013


A torture expert records an imaginary criterion commentary track for the torture scenes in Zero Dark Thirty. We learn about Umarov Muhibullah, one of the first innocent men to be released from Guantanamo. And your host ponders why Guantanamo is still open. **********Click on the image for the whole story about this week’s installment********

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The Clouds (part 3 of 3)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, May 06, 2013


Our series concludes with some revelations. Metahaven uses the story of Wikileaks to show us the infrastructure of the cloud and its super-jurisdictional powers. The BBC’s Paul Mason takes us on a wild tour of China in his novel Rare Earth. And a pile of iPhones brings your host a moment of clarity. *********Click on […]

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The Clouds (part 2 of 3)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Mon, Apr 29, 2013


We continue our journey to the center of the cloud, by way of the earth: Rare Earth. China controls 95% of the market for the 17 Rare Earth elements that power our invisible technologies so your host decides to pay a visit to the Ganzhou region, to see the illegal mines in the with his […]

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The Clouds (part 1 of 3)

(Benjamen Walker) Author: Benjamen Walker
Fri, Apr 19, 2013


Twitter employee #7 tells us what happened when Justin Bieber joined twitter in 2009. An Amazon Data scientist, explains how the cloud is changing our relationship with technology, Obama’s CTO Harper Reed explains why the cloud is awesome + we tour Parse, a hot hot hot (BaaS). But can your host get inside the cloud? […]

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