Codebreaker, by Marketplace and Tech Insider

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S02-7: Technology Crossing Borders
December 27, 2016

The gadget that saved a refugee in the middle of the Aegean Sea, how an agent uses technology to patrol the U.S. border with Mexico, and how a journalist in exile broadcasts the news with WhatsApp. Listen, decode, and decide: Can technology crossing borde

S02-6: Encryption
December 21, 2016

How encryption hides all around us, how it was used in 18th century Paris to separate merchants from their money and the difference between your brain and your fingertip. Listen, decode, and decide: Can encryption save us? Stay updated on all things Codeb

Five ways a bioethicist wants to change our bodies to fight climate change
December 15, 2016

Dr. S. Matthew Liao, a bioethicist at New York University, believes that solving climate change starts with the individual. That’s why he suggests we turn humans into cat-eyed, meat-allergic, semi-genius, hobbit people. His proposal is dead se

Smile! You're on camera, and the person watching could be a world away
December 14, 2016

This story is from Codebreaker, our tech podcast that asks "Can it save us?" Every morning Barbara Morrow, an 80-year-old woman in rural Northern Ireland, wakes up at 6 a.m. and puts on a kettle of water. She makes a cup of coffee, powers up her computer,

S02-5: World Building
December 14, 2016

A proposal to bioengineer shorter humans with cat eyes, a decades-old idea for a totally new kind of power, a battery made from trash and Bill Nye the Science Guy tries to get us in gear. Listen, decode, and decide: Can world-building save us? Stay update

S02-4: Watching
December 07, 2016

A small city known for its Amish population and surveillance cameras, an old lady in Northern Ireland who watches video feeds in Brazil and getting footage from the fin of a shark. Listen, decode, and decide: Can watching save us? Stay updated on all thin

S02-3: The Augmented Self
November 30, 2016

The man who collected too much data, cyborgs who want to make their body-hardware mainstream, robots that rebuild your hairline and a conversation with Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge aka LeVar Burton. Listen, decode, and decide: Can the augmented se

S02-2: Alternate Reality
November 23, 2016

A therapist who creates virtual reality experiences for people with dangerous disorders, a grandmother who uses a headset to escape her surroundings and Ernest Cline on virtual reality in fact and fiction. Listen, decode, and decide: Can alternate realiti

Codebreaker season two starts now
November 16, 2016

Sometimes, the best way to understand a complicated issue is by asking a simple question. This is something we know as journalists, and as users, but it's easy to forget when the world we live in is increasingly complicated by technology built to simplify

S02-1: Recognition
November 16, 2016

A toddler who saved her mother's life with Siri, a man whose mysterious ailment opened up a world of voice recognition technology and a dating service that wants to scan the faces of all your exes. Listen, decode, and decide: Can recognition software save