The Digital Divide

How do the latest technologies affect our communities? How can we use science to benefit society and how do we keep it from harming us?

KBOO's The Digital Divide attempts to answer these questions and ask a few of our own through interviews, recordings, and commentary. The show touches upon such issues as open source, privacy, transparency, intellectual property, free speech, accessibility, hacking, net neutrality, file sharing, piracy, social networking, pollution, bioethics and more.

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The Digital Divide on 02/11/11

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Fri, 02/11/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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THE DIGITAL ORIGINS OF DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY

Rabia Yeaman speaks with Philip N. Howard, an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington about his new book, THE DIGITAL ORIGINS OF DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY: Information Technology and Political Islam.

Philip Howard's previous book, New Media Campaigns and the Managed Citizen, won the American Sociological Association's Communication Technology and Society Section Best Book Award and the International Communication Association's Outstanding Book Award.

The Digital Divide on 01/14/11

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Fri, 01/14/2011 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Christopher Wills about his new book “The Darwinian Tourist and Robert Meeropol on Wikileaks

Tune in Friday, January 14th at 11 AM to hear an interview with Robert Meeropol, attorney and the son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. We'll discuss the governments attempts to stifle Wikileaks and the rights of American citizens to be informed.

Dave DeAngelis interviews biologist Christopher Wills about his new book “The Darwinian Tourist: Viewing the World Through Evolutionary Eyes.” Wills discusses some of his adventures as a globe-trotting scientist, and describes how our understanding of the living world can be deepened by a Darwinian perspective.

The Digital Divide on 12/10/10

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Fri, 12/10/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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"Girls in Tech" and “What Technology Wants”

Dave DeAngelis interviews Wired magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly about his new book “What Technology Wants.” Kelly argues that our whole world of manufactured technology—automobiles, electrical systems, factories, gadgets, and the Internet—is so complex and interdependent that it functions as a life-like system.

Rabia Yeaman takes calls about Wikileaks, Julian Assange and freedom of speech.

The Digital Divide on 11/12/10

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Fri, 11/12/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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What the Internet is doing to our brains, and bed bug sniffing dogs

Dave interviews Nicholas Carr, author of The Shallows, What the Internet is doing to our brains, and Rabia yeaman speaks with Leigh Ann Coleman, owner of Pest detection NW, and Molly, about the science of bed bug sniffing dogs

The Digital Divide on 09/10/10

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Fri, 09/10/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Digital Divide for September 2010 - Open Source and Social Media Activism

This month on the Digital Divide, Dave DeAngelis speaks with two guests about how open source technology can be used to improve education. First, Bryant Patten of the National Center for Open Source and Education discusses how to provide students with better technology education and collaborative team skills. Then, Mark Frischmuth of Democracy Lab, discusses how to produce better education policy outcomes.

The Digital Divide on 08/13/10

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Fri, 08/13/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Open Source Software and Girls in Tech
If you use computers and the internet, chances are you use open source software. Whether its word processing with OpenOffice, browsing the internet with Firefox, or serving up web pages with Apache, there's an open source solution for just about any problem. But can open source help us build a better voting system?

Dave DeAngelis speaks with Greg Miller of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation about creating an open source, publicly owned, and trustworthy voting technology for any U.S. elections jurisdiction.

The Digital Divide on 08/13/10

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Digital Divide for August 2010

If you use computers and internet, chances are you use open source software. Whether its word processing with OpenOffice, browsing the internet with Firefox, or serving up web pages with Apache, there's an open source solution for just about any problem. But can open source help us build a better voting system?

Dave DeAngelis speaks with Greg Miller of the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation about creating an open source, publicly owned, and trustworthy voting technology for any U.S. elections jurisdiction.

We'll also hear a recorded talk with Howard Rhinegold, Professor at Stanford and Berkeley, about how open source software encourages collaborative thinking and development.

The Digital Divide on 06/11/10

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Fri, 06/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Digital Divide for June 2010

Tune in to the Digital Divide this Friday, June 11, 2010. Dave DeAngeles speaks with Shahid Buttar of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee regarding the ever increasing domestic surveillance techniques. How far are we willing to allow the government to document all of our movements and conversations in exchange for percieved security. Do full body scanners in Airports cross the line in regard to invading our personal privacy.

Rabia Yeaman interviews Chris Wirth at Multnomah County Public Health about a small but insidious topic keeping thousands of people awake at night: Bed Bugs. Learn what you need to know about this growing epidemic across the U.S and right here in Portland, OR.

You will be able to listen to the archived audio online. Search Digital Divide June.

The Digital Divide on 06/11/10

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Fri, 06/11/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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The proliferation of surveillance and profiling programs, and the growing bed bug epidemic in Oregon

Dave DeAngelis interviews Executive Director of the Bill of Rights Defense Committee, Shahid Buttar about the proliferation of domestic surveillance and profiling programs since Sept. 11, 2001. We'll discuss how our civil liberties have been eroded, and actions you can take to stem the tide of the ever-expanding surveillance state.

The Digital Divide on 05/14/10

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Fri, 05/14/2010 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Examining the social, political and environmental implications of science & technology in our world.

This Friday, May 14th, tune in to the Digital Divide, KBOO's locally produced technology program focusing on the latest innovation and news in technology, medicine, science and the environment.

This month, Dave DeAngelis speaks with Jim Brau of the University of Oregon about the latest news in high-energy particle physics including the unification of forces, the mystery of dark matter, and the nature of mass.

Rabia Yeaman will be joined by KBOO's web coordinator, Dan Gurin about upcoming additions and enhancements to KBOO's web site.

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Are We Alone in the Universe?

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Sun, 06/12/2011

Are we alone in the universe? So far, definitive proof has eluded us. However, in recent years scientists have been engaged in a widespread search for extraterrestrial life, which has produced encouraging results.

To learn the latest about the quest for life beyond Earth, Dave DeAngelis interviews Washington Post science writer Marc Kaufman. Marc is the author of First Contact,” where he describes compelling new evidence that suggests life beyond Earth is not only possible, but highly probable.

Exploring The Best of the Left Podcast

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Fri, 06/10/2011

KBOO Digital Divide: Interview with Jay Tomlinson, creator of Best of the Left Podcast | by Ross Freeman Levin

reporter Ross Freeman Levin thinks he spends too much time trolling podcasts for interesting audio content. But that seemingly-wasted time may be paying off: he's found creative inspiration in one show, The Best of the Left Podcast. Ross interviewed Jay Tomlinson, the show's producer, and picked his brain for tasty tidbits about making a living as a progressive podcaster.


Best of the Left Script for Digital Divide:
find links for content in this segment following this script

(audio from bestoftheleft.com intro)

That’s the voice of Jay Tomlinson, producer of The Best of the Left Podcast.

He works from his home in Chicago or on the road, distributing his show through the internet to listeners around the world.

Jay takes a broad spectrum of progressive media and paints ideas as soundscapes through the voices of others.

He is a story teller, media aggregator and curator of ideas.

If you listen to his show you’ll hear commentary, debate, comedy, thought pieces, and music related to the show’s topic.

Jay posts a new program every three days on a different topic ranging from labor rights to marriage equality and everything in-between.

I use an application on my mobile phone to download The Best of the Left automatically whenever there’s a new episode.

And I listen to the show whenever I have time to wrap my mind around big ideas.

Although he doesn’t typically editorialize, Jay asks the listener to actively engage his audio collage.

Listeners give their feedback on his show through various social media channels or by leaving voice mail to be played on the show.

Here are a few clips from the most recent The Best of the Left podcast entitled ‘Dumb as the Fossils we Burn’:

(audio clips from podcast)

Jay has found a niche where his listeners support him not only with comments and suggestions but also with their dollars.

I wanted to know more about Jay’s creative process and what it takes to produce a successful multimedia podcast.

So I interviewed Jay Tomlinson to give you a glimpse of what it can be like to work as a curator of ideas online and make a living doing it.

(interview audio)

Today’s digital media has expanded our sphere of knowledge and transformed our story telling.

Our relationships to each other and our society have evolved simultaneously with our communication technology.

A confluence of curious people, mobile media devices and the world wide web has shattered many boundaries between distant individuals and the stories of their lives.

It’s exciting for me to engage listeners in this new media frontier and share some of my story with you through this show.

So there you have it, a heavily distilled, shaken but not stirred, lightly vaporized version of my interview with Jay Tomlinson, creator of the Best of the Left Podcast.

Go to Jay’s website at Best of the Left dot com to learn more about what he’s doing lately.

Or visit KBOO.fm slash Digital Divide to see links for the topics discussed in this segment.

We all have a story to tell. With a little creativity, experimentation and some concerted effort any one out there can join in the fun.

A good way to start is by volunteering at KBOO.

It’s your listener powered radio station, where you too can learn to produce the stories you want to tell and get them out into the mediasphere.

I’m Ross Freeman Levin for the Digital Divide.

Let’s keep our airwaves radical!
 


Links for the show segment:
www.bestoftheleftpodcast.com | Best of the Left website
https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft | Jay’s Facebook page
http://twitter.com/#!/BestOfTheLeft | Best of the Left on Twitter social networking site
http://donateyouraccount.com/ | donate your Twitter account to a campaign you support
audacity | free, open source tool for editing audio
garage band | audio editor for Mac OS
wordpress | one of the many resources for publishing your work or blog on the web
getglue | personalized pop culture media tracker
http://www.stitcher.com/home.php | your source for portable and personalized news and talk internet radio
http://bre.ad/ | the best way to share your idea

Best of the Left Description (from https://www.facebook.com/BestOfTheLeft)
Aggregating and amplifying the absolute best of the truly liberal media

most recent show posting:
Subscribe to this show!
Check out Stitcher Smart Radio and use the promo code “BEST”
Visit www.Stitcher.com/BEST
Act 1: Rocks – Mark Fiore
Song 1: Welcome Home (Sanitarium) [Instrumental Version] – Plays Metallica By Four Cellos
Act 2: Fracking linked to well contamination – Green News Report
Act 3: Watch It, Gas Hole – Thom Hartmann
Song 3: Home – Up From Below (Deluxe Edition)
Act 4: Nuclear and the climate – Le Show
Song 4: As Long As the Grass Grows – Round Dance the Night Away
Act 5: Island’s Recovery May Set Example For Gulf Residents – NPR
Song 5: Dudeman – Viktor Krauss II
Act 6: Exxon Paleontologists Call For Increased U.S. Fossil Production – The Onion
Song 6: La Paix – Dimanche a Bamako
Act 7: 2011 sets weird weather record – Green News Report
Song 7: Knock Yourself Out – I Heart Huckabees (Soundtrack from the Motion Picture)
Act 8: Mark Moffett – Colbert Report
Song 8: Mexico – James Taylor: Greatest Hits, Vol. 1
Act 9: Safe, clean, too cheap to meter – Le Show
Song 9: Go Sadness – Howl Howl Gaff Gaff
Act 10: More weird weather, new records set – Green News Report
Voicemails:
Thoughts on the future of climate change – Dominic from Castle Rock, Colorado
Responding on federal funding of Planned Parenthood – Patrick from Dallas
Details on government reimbursments for non-profits – Shane from Cleveland, OH
Voicemail Music:
Turtle (Bonobo Mix) – One Offs… Remixes & B Sides
Ghostwriter – Deadringer
Final comments on Stitcher.com and DonateYourAccount.com
Bonus Voicemail:
Deeper understanding reaction to Bin Laden – Andrew from NY
Bonus iPhone/iPod Touch App Content:
How green is my country? – Need to Know
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Physicist Brian Greene discusses the hidden reality of parallel universes

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Sat, 04/09/2011

Dave DeAngelis speaks with physicist Brian Greene about his new book "The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes and the Deep Laws of the Cosmos."

Brian Greene is Professor of Mathematics & Physics at Columbia University, and is recognized for a number of groundbreaking discoveries in the field of superstring theory. He's the author of two previous bestsellers: “The Elegant Universe” and “The Fabric of the Cosmos”, and his three-part NOVA special based on "The Elegant Universe" won both an Emmy Award and a Peabody Award.

Death & Dying: Green Funeral Options in Oregon

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Fri, 04/08/2011

Elizabeth Fournier, owner and mortician of Cornerstone Funeral Services joined us for a lively conversation on death, embalming, Formaldehyde and options for green burial in and around the Portland area.

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Sustainability expert Alan AtKisson

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Sun, 03/13/2011

Dave DeAngelis speaks with sustainability expert Alan AtKisson about how we can accelerate innovation to support sustainability goals.

Alan AtKisson helps governments, businesses and nonprofits accelerate innovation for sustainability. In 1990, he co-founded the Sustainable Seattle initiative, and went on to lead the National Indicators Program, Redefining Progress, the Belaton Group, and his own consulting company, the AtKisson Group. He is the author of two books: Believing Cassandra: An Optimist Looks at a Pessimist's World and The ISIS Agreement: How Sustainability Can Improve Organizational Performance and Transform the World

Philip N. Howard on The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

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Wed, 02/16/2011

Philip N. Howard on The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy

Rabia Yeaman speaks with Philip N. Howard, an Associate Professor of Communication at the University of Washington about his new book, THE DIGITAL ORIGINS OF DICTATORSHIP AND DEMOCRACY: Information Technology and Political Islam.
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Dave DeAngelis interviews biologist Christopher Wills about his new book “The Darwinian Tourist, on the Digital Divide

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Fri, 01/14/2011

Dave DeAngelis interviews biologist Christopher Wills about his new book “The Darwinian Tourist: Viewing the World Through Evolutionary Eyes.” Wills discusses some of his adventures as a globe-trotting scientist, and describes how our understanding of the living world can be deepened by a Darwinian perspective.

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Digital Divide interview with Robert Meeropol regarding WikiLeaks and our right to information- January 2010

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Fri, 01/14/2011

Rabia Yeaman interviews Robert Meeropol, attorney and the son of Ethel and Julius Rosenberg. We'll discuss the governments attempts to stifle Wikileaks and the rights of American citizens to be informed.

Kevin Kelly: "What Technology Wants"

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Fri, 12/10/2010

Dave DeAngelis interviews Wired magazine co-founder Kevin Kelly about his new book “What Technology Wants.” Kelly argues that our whole world of manufactured technology—automobiles, electrical systems, factories, gadgets, and the Internet—is so complex and interdependent that it functions as a life-like system. And just as biological evolution has unconscious tendencies, so too does technology. By following these tendencies, we can get an idea of what technology wants and prepare ourselves for the inevitable technologies to come.

Digital Divide December 2010 - We take your calls about the WikiLeaks Drama, Free Press and the 1st Amendment

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Fri, 12/10/2010

 

Rabia Yeaman invites listeners to call in and give their opinion about Wikileaks, Julian Assange and freedom of speech. Want to weigh in on the subject, post your comments here.

 

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