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Codebreaker, by Marketplace and Tech Insider

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Codebreaker is a podcast that dares to ask – and answer – the fundamental questions about technology that consume us every day. From “is it evil?” to “can it save us?” – it’s up to you to listen, decode and decide. In partnership with Tech Insider.

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Codebreaker is a podcast that dares to ask – and answer – the fundamental questions about technology that consume us every day. From “is it evil?” to “can it save us?” – it’s up to you to listen, decode and decide. In partnership with Tech Insider.

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211 Ratings
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Great show

By ac26151 - Oct 15 2017
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I wish they’d come out with more episodes.

Yes!!!

By Boom360$ - Sep 06 2017
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Ben Johnson is such a talented host

iTunes Ratings

211 Ratings
Average Ratings
168
13
5
15
10

Great show

By ac26151 - Oct 15 2017
Read more
I wish they’d come out with more episodes.

Yes!!!

By Boom360$ - Sep 06 2017
Read more
Ben Johnson is such a talented host

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Cover image of Codebreaker, by Marketplace and Tech Insider

Codebreaker, by Marketplace and Tech Insider

Updated 4 days ago

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Codebreaker is a podcast that dares to ask – and answer – the fundamental questions about technology that consume us every day. From “is it evil?” to “can it save us?” – it’s up to you to listen, decode and decide. In partnership with Tech Insider.

Email

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A woman answers a mysterious email and finds herself on a plane, spam buries our inbox, and a band falls apart over the send button. Listen, decode, and decide: Is email evil?

Nov 11 2015

34mins

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Internet Porn

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A man whose job is scrubbing porn from the web; adult film star Stoya’s battle against free, pirated porn; and the dirty history of tagging. Listen, decode and decide: Is internet porn evil?

Nov 18 2015

44mins

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The Dark Web

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A couple is forced onto the dark web to buy life-saving medicine; Ben buys a drug scale; and a researcher who says the dark web might make the illegal drug trade safer. Listen, decode, and decide: Is the dark web evil?

Nov 25 2015

32mins

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Recognition

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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 us?

Nov 16 2016

33mins

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Going Viral

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How people-rating app Peeple drew rage and put its co-founders in danger, how a 16-year-old embraced identity through virality, and the funny video that threatened to put its makers into crushing debt. Listen, decode, and decide: Is going viral evil?

Dec 16 2015

31mins

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The Decisive Machine

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A guy who thinks machines can prevent crime, another who thinks machines could destroy humanity and a machine-learning algorithm outsmarted by squirrels. Listen, decode and decide: Is the decisive machine evil?

Dec 09 2015

30mins

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Alternate Reality

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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 realities save us?

Nov 23 2016

35mins

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You have a message from Codebreaker

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Oct 19 2016

1min

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Introducing Codebreaker Season 2

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Nov 02 2016

2mins

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Data Tracking

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How targeted ads for a pair of men’s sandals broke up one relationship, the researchers trying to keep data tracking honest, and the casualties of ad blockers. Listen, decode, and decide: Is data tracking evil?

Dec 23 2015

31mins

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Announcing Codebreaker Season One

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Produced by Marketplace in partnership with Tech Insider, Codebreaker is a podcast that dares to ask — and answer — the fundamental questions about technology that consume us every day. In season one, we’re starting with three deceptively simple words: Is it evil? In each episode, host Ben Johnson applies this question to a different technology. Codebreaker launches November 11, 2015.

Nov 04 2015

1min

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Email

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A woman answers a mysterious email and finds herself on a plane, spam buries our inbox, and a band falls apart over the send button. Listen, decode, and decide: Is email evil?

Nov 11 2015

34mins

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Internet Porn

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A man whose job is scrubbing porn from the web; adult film star Stoya’s battle against free, pirated porn; and the dirty history of tagging. Listen, decode and decide: Is internet porn evil?

Nov 18 2015

44mins

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The Dark Web

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A couple is forced onto the dark web to buy life-saving medicine; Ben buys a drug scale; and a researcher who says the dark web might make the illegal drug trade safer. Listen, decode, and decide: Is the dark web evil?

Nov 25 2015

32mins

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The Software Update

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A software update that almost brought down the International Space Station with astronauts inside, updating software inside your body, and the days when even geeks dreaded installing new programs. Listen, decode, and decide: Is the software update evil?

Dec 02 2015

36mins

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The Decisive Machine

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A guy who thinks machines can prevent crime, another who thinks machines could destroy humanity and a machine-learning algorithm outsmarted by squirrels. Listen, decode and decide: Is the decisive machine evil?

Dec 09 2015

30mins

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Going Viral

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How people-rating app Peeple drew rage and put its co-founders in danger, how a 16-year-old embraced identity through virality, and the funny video that threatened to put its makers into crushing debt. Listen, decode, and decide: Is going viral evil?

Dec 16 2015

31mins

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Data Tracking

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How targeted ads for a pair of men’s sandals broke up one relationship, the researchers trying to keep data tracking honest, and the casualties of ad blockers. Listen, decode, and decide: Is data tracking evil?

Dec 23 2015

31mins

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You have a message from Codebreaker

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Oct 19 2016

1min

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Introducing Codebreaker Season 2

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Nov 02 2016

2mins

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Recognition

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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 us?

Nov 16 2016

33mins

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Alternate Reality

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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 realities save us?

Nov 23 2016

35mins

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The Augmented Self

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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 self save us?

Nov 30 2016

32mins

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Watching

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Dec 07 2016

36mins

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World Building

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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?

Dec 14 2016

39mins

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Encryption

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Dec 21 2016

28mins

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Technology Crossing Borders

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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 borders save us?

Dec 27 2016

34mins

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