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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Episode Archive

Rabia Yeaman interview with Stuart Russell on Artificial Intelligence 06-13-14

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Fri, 06/13/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Rabia Yeaman interview with Stuart Russell on Artificial Intelligence

Rabia Yeaman interviews Stuart Russell, Professor of Computer Science at the University of California, Berkeley on the subject of Artificial Intelligence. Stuart Russell co-authored the leading textbook on the subject "Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach."

The Digital Divide on 04/11/14 Brad Burge from Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies

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Fri, 04/11/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Analyzing how to use science, medicine & technology to benefit society and keep it from harming us.

Original air date: 2014-04-11
The Digital Divide on KBOO 90.7 FM Portland, OR

An interview with Brad Burge, Director of Communications and Marketing at MAPS (Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies). Host Rabia Yeaman talks with Brad about the latest studies and breakthroughs in psychedelic treatment studies, and the future of LSD, MDMA and other psychedelics being studied to treat end of life issues and long-term PTSD.

You can find the original episode here.

The Digital Divide on 01/10/14

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Fri, 01/10/2014 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Analyzing how to use science, medicine & technology to benefit society and keep it from harming us.

The Digital Divide on 12/13/13

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Fri, 12/13/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Analyzing how to use science, medicine & technology to benefit society and keep it from harming us.

The Digital Divide on 11/08/13 Rabia Yeaman interviews Tom Standage, "Writing on the Wall Social Med

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Fri, 11/08/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Rabia Yeaman interviews Tom Standage, "Writing on the Wall Social Media, the first 2000 years".

My recent interview with Tom Standage author of Writing on the Wall Social Media, the first 2000 years here.

The Digital Divide on 10/11/13

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Fri, 10/11/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Analyzing how to use science, medicine & technology to benefit society and keep it from harming us.

The Digital Divide on 07/12/13

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Fri, 07/12/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Analyzing how to use science, medicine & technology to benefit society and keep it from harming us.

The Digital Divide on 06/14/13

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Fri, 06/14/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Brian Faherty of School House Electric, Prism, Government Spying, Bradley Manning Report

Tune in tomorrow at 11 AM on KBOO 90.7 FM for The Digital Divide. On this month's digital divide, I'll take your calls about the governments spying scandals, and privacy on the internet, an update on the Bradley Manning Court Martial Trial and an interview with the owner and founder of local hand-blown glass lighting fixtures, Brian Faherty of School House Electric.

 

The Digital Divide on 05/10/13

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Fri, 05/10/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Analyzing how to use science, medicine & technology to benefit society and keep it from harming us.

The Digital Divide on 04/12/13

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Fri, 04/12/2013 - 11:00am - 12:00pm
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Tune in Friday at 11 am for my interview with Howard Bloom, author of the God Problem

Tune in Friday at 11 am for my interview with Howard Bloom, author of the God Problem. Howard stopped by the KBOO studios for an interview. Listen in as we discuss secular shaminism, aspiring toward omniscience, LSD, doing the work of the universe, Prince, Amanda Palmer, leptones, mindgasms, bar AND GOD jokes, THE UNIVERSE and so much more. A very special episode of The Digital Divide.

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The Science Behind Greenhouse Gasses and Climate Change

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Fri, 12/11/2009

The corporate media has created a frenzy around leaked emails between climate scientists.  Meanwhile, global leaders and community activists convernge in Copenhagen.  Yet this month we take a step away from the politics to look at the science behind studying climate change.  While the concept of global warming has emerged from once being viewed as an unfounded cause from the environmental left to now a global concern unifying the naitons of the world, sceptics still claim that "bad science" is being used to support this effort.

We hear from Andrew Rice, a professor of physics at Portland State University who studies greenhouse gasses, to learn exactly what concepts and techniques scientists have used to produce data that supports the evidence that climate change is occuring in direction that will negativly impact the planet.  He and his students have been comparing the carbon dioxide levels of Portland's atmosphere to surrounding regions, as well as studying the carbon footprint of PSU.

Scientific Resources
Environmental Protection Agency's Findings
Oregon's Strategy for Greenhouse Gas Reductions
RealClimate Blog by Climate Scientists
Opinion Study of Climate Scientists
YouTube Video Series Explaining Basics and Debunking Myths

Activism Resources
56 Newspapers Publish Editorial Calling for Action
Rising Tide
Climate Justice Action

 
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Nikki Giovanni Talks about Going to Mars

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Fri, 10/09/2009

Renowned Grammy-nominated poet, Nikki Giovanni, discusses going to Mars from a Clark College performance on our space-themed show.

Gathering Outside OMSI Moon Simulcast

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Fri, 10/09/2009

NASA's bombing of the moon was set to take place at 4:31 AM.  For our membership drive special, we'll covered the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite or LCROSS mission.

In this audio, we hear from the crowd gathered outside OMSI, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry.  OMSI had announced that they would be providing a video simulcast of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite impact on to the Moon.  However, many who showed up to watch were locked out and stuck in the cold to try and look up and view with the naked eye.  As the crowd grew restless, a group of protesters and mock counter-protesters arrived to debate the moon's plight.

Reactions on Eve of Moon Bombing

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Fri, 10/09/2009

On the eve of the Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite or LCROSS mission, we ask people around Portland how they feel about the moon's bombing.

The purpose of the LCROSS mission is to send a spacecraft to impact the moon at high velocity and observe the impact and resulting cloud of debris to detect water.

You can read more about LCROSS on the NASA website.

Dr. Epstein on Preventable Causes of Cancer & Toxic Products

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Fri, 09/11/2009

Have you ever been bothered by someone’s perfume? Has a hair product ever bothered your skin? How about X-Rays? Do you get nervous when your x-ray is taken?

On this show, we’ll learn that these reactions may be warning of you for a reason.

Immediately preceding President Obama’s recent Address on Health Care Reform, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, a breast cancer survivor, hosted a congressional event. The event focused on her proposed Education and Awareness Requires Learning Young Act, or EARLY act.

Like many survivors, she’s concerned about the early detection of breast cancer. But in the industry of medicine, health isn’t always at the top of the list. We also hear how x-rays could be causing the very disease they are intended to prevent.

But first, we take a scientific look at the cosmetic market today, the variety of modern products available, and discover out how there’s a lot more to worry about than a little irritation.

Doctor Samuel Epstein is professor emeritus of Environmental and Occupational Medicine at the University of Illinois School of Public Health. He is also Chairman of the Cancer Prevention Coalition. He recently spoke with the Politics and Science show of WMRW.

To find out more about Dr. Epstein please visit PreventCancer.com

Since this recording, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s EARLY act has gathered more than 360 co-sponsors in the House of Representatives and more than 30 in the Senate. The EARLY Act would implement a national education campaign about the risks that young adult women face from breast cancer. The bill would also provide assistance to young women who have the disease.

Free Speech Around the World

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Thu, 07/09/2009

How is technology used to empower or supress democracy?  On The Digital Divide we've analyzed how the NSA and other agencies have supressed our privacy and free speech here in the United States, but what about the rest of the world?

This month, we'll take a look at the recent elections in Iran and the political crisis in Honduras to find importantance of the media and communication networks in the fight for freedom.

We'll also hear stories of censoriship and surveillence from China, Israel, Egypt and more.

Thanks to Bubbles for the music provided in this piece.  This music is licensed under an Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 License

More resources on the topics:

Biometric database to be formed in Israel
 

How We Interact Online

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Mon, 06/08/2009

Today we’ll be examining how the internet has changed the way people interact with one another.

Our first story comes to us from The Old Mole Varity Hour where Women's Studies Professor Brooke Campbell spoke with the Old Mole's Jan Haaken about recent controversies over erotic services offered on the online bulletin board, Craigslist.

Next we look at what it means to move our lives online.  We’ve found a way to do everything over the internet, and for many, its becoming a concerning issue that so much of our interaction has become virtual. Spoken word performer Jello Biafra took aim at online social networking at the recent Hacker’s on Planet Earth conference.

Finally, we take a look at e-racism.  It’s become clear that society’s problems have followed us online. At the SXSW Interactive conference this year, panelists took on the topic of racism. Latoya Peterson of Racialicious.com moderated a panel that included Jay Smooth of WBAI's Underground Railroad and Phil Yu of the Angry Asian Man blog.
 

Copyright Criminals

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Mon, 05/04/2009

Copyright Criminals

Copyright Criminals: This is a Sampling Sport, is a documentary produced by Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod.  The film examines the creative and commercial value of music sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law and of course money.
 
The film showcases many of hip hop's founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul and The Digital Underground as well as an in depth look at the artists who have been sampled such as Clyde Stubblefield and George Clinton.
 
On April 15th 2009, the University of Oregon hosted a free screening of the film  in Portland.
 
Afterwards, producer Kembrew McLeod and Portland designer and ex-Gang of Four bassist Dave Allen discussed the film and took questions from the audience.
 
Karen Munro, head of the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons emceed the event.

More information can be found at: www.copyrightcriminals.com

Music for this month's show: Brigitte Bijoux

 

The Future of Communications and Work

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Wed, 02/18/2009

This month, The Digital Divide looks at ways people are putting communications back in the hands of the community and how technology is shaping the future of how we work.

First, we speak with the Personal Telco Project, a Portland nonprofit dedicated to the idea that people should have a bigger say in how their electronic networks are operated. They began in 2000 by turning people's houses and apartments into wireless hotspots (or "nodes"), and then set about building networks in public locations such as parks and coffee shops. We'll also take a look at the failed MetroFi attempt to cover Portland and hear recent news about another wireless provider, Clearwire.

Next, we hear a talk from the hacker CypherGhost on how modern automation allows you to send a letter 3000 miles for only 42 cents and what security vulnerabilities might exist in that infrastructure. He shares how the new "PLANET" barcode will track all mail in the future.

We also look at how technology is changing the future of work.  Remote knowledge workers of today need to not only be in constant contact with their companies and customers—they also need to collaborate with their peers and managers. The future of work, hosted by Amber Case and Bram Pitoyo, interviews Kristin Wolff from the Corporation for a Skilled Workforce and Nate Di Niro from Earth Class Mail about the impact of technologies on the life of telecommuting employees.

Does Technology Invade Your Privacy?

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Wed, 01/21/2009

This month the Digital Divide show looks at issues of privacy and hosts a live on-air discussion.

We examine recent developments in federal spying cases, and hear about a local charity that has suffered from NSA wiretapping.  We also hear a report from the Riseup collective that aims to provide secure communication services for the social justice community.

Then we share your opinions on these isses, which are submitted via email and twitter.  We also see what people hope to come for technology in 2009.

 

Update:
It was recently revealed by a former NSA employee that their eavesdropping program has closely spied on American journalists.

 

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