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2837 - Best Of: AI's Prejudices / UFOs & Gov't Conspiracies
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  • 2837 - Best Of: AI's Prejudices / UFOs & Gov't Conspiracies

    Computer scientist Joy Buolamwini coined the term the "coded gaze" while in grad school at MIT. As a brown-skinned woman, the facial recognition software program she was working on couldn't detect her face until she put on a white mask. She's written a book about the potential harms of AI — which include the social implications of bias and how it affects everyone.

    Also, we'll talk about UFO conspiracy theories with journalist Garrett Graff. He talks with us about how they've led to other conspiracy theories about the government.

    And Justin Chang will review the latest film by Japanese animator Hayao Miyazaki,The Boy and the Heron.

    Sat, 02 Dec 2023
  • 2836 - America's WWII-Era Fight Against Fascism

    Maddow's new book, Prequel, chronicles the the ultra right-wing groups that sided with Hitler's Germany and plotted to overthrow the U.S. government before World War II. The plot led to the largest sedition trial in American history. The book is also about sitting members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives who colluded with a Nazi agent to spread Nazi propaganda to millions of Americans with the help of American taxpayers money. Prequelis based on Maddow's hit podcast series, Ultra.

    Also, Justin Chang reviewsThe Boy and the Heron, by Hayao Miyazaki.

    Fri, 01 Dec 2023
  • 2835 - The Gutting Of The Voting Rights Act

    Journalist Ari Berman says both the Supreme Court and the lower courts are working to dismantle the 1965 law that's considered one of the most effective pieces of civil rights legislation ever enacted in the U.S. "It's precisely because it worked and because it worked so well that there has been such a dedicated effort for 50 plus years to try to weaken and nullify it," Berman says.

    Also, Maureen Corrigan reviews two mysteries: Alexis Soloski's Here in the Darkand The Mystery Guestby Nita Prose.

    Thu, 30 Nov 2023
  • 2834 - How Trump Is Dividing The Evangelical Church

    Journalist Tim Alberta grew up in a conservative, republican, evangelical church, where his father was the pastor. He wanted to know why so many evangelical Christians had become extremists, and ardent supporters of Trump. Over the past 4 years, he traveled to churches around the country, reporting on pastors and congregants who backed Trump, and those who felt forced out of their church because they couldn't support him. His new book is The Kingdom, the Power, and the Glory.

    Wed, 29 Nov 2023
  • 2833 - Unmasking AI's Racism And Sexism

    Computer scientist and AI expert Joy Buolamwini warns that facial recognition technology is riddled with the biases of its creators. She is the author of Unmasking AIand founder of the Algorithmic Justice League. She coined the term "coded gaze," a cousin to the "white gaze" or "male gaze." She says, "This is ... about who has the power to shape technology and whose preferences and priorities are baked in — as well as also, sometimes, whose prejudices are baked in."

    Also, we remember former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, who died at age 96 last week. She spoke with Terry Gross in 1984.

    Tue, 28 Nov 2023
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