Hearsay Culture Network takes a look back at 2023 and other recent shows that expertly discern truth from fiction. Hosts Dave Levine and Denise Howell bring their professional legal and broadcasting backgrounds to showcase the trends that affect our everyday lives.

Author Laurie Woolever traveled the world with the late Anthony Bourdain, and her thoughtfulness, attention to finding the true person behind the public persona through 91 interviews, and ability to take on this deeply personal project, make this discussion a highlight of Hearsay Culture Network’s recent offerings.

The 2020 election was a whirlwind of controversy and “stolen election” claims. Antonio Mugica, CEO of Smartmatic, which has counted billions of votes worldwide, addresses the claims about Smartmatic machines and how voting machines serve democracy. 

What makes technology useful? Dave and Denise, along with editors Deborah Johnson and Jameson Wetmore, expertly curate the literary and scholarly history of how humans have viewed technology and demonstrate how technology has shaped humanity.

Who should be held accountable for the impact of AI on society? In this episode, the Department of Commerce’s special advisor on AI policy, Prof. Ellen Goodman, discusses how and if we can regulate AI, and what its contours should entail.

Should the mantra “move fast and break things” still remain the mantra of Silicon Valley? In this episode, Denise Howell discusses the role of ethics in technological development with Prof. Debra Donig, exposing the fault lines in whether technology can advance ethically or not.

How have we become beholden to massive tech companies? How have these companies gained such influence in our lives? Host Dave Levine chats with the authors of Chokepoint Capitalism, Prof. Rebecca Giblin and Cory Doctorow, on how companies create “chokepoints” to maximize profits.

Social Media ripples throughout society. Dave Levine, alongside Santa Clara Law Professor Eric Goldman, a leading expert in technology law and social media, showcases eye-opening revelations about what we don’t know about social media. Among the concerns include the psychological implications for users and those who filter their speech, and the far-reaching societal consequences that emerge when social media operates with minimal regulation.

Jeremy Pelt’s Griot is filled with interviews with leading black jazz musicians to broaden understanding and share music industry perspectives from experts with unique insight. In this episode, Dave and Jeremy discuss the art of questioning and Jeremy’s process for writing his book. 

Non-Fungible Tokens (NFTs): The next pioneering tech breakthrough or an extension of the internet’s transformative prowess? In this R&D With D&D episode, Denise and Dave embark on a discerning exploration of NFTs, delving deep into their profound implications for monetization in the digital era with Chicago-Kent Law Prof. Edward Lee, author of Creators Take Control

What has the Covid pandemic wrought? Looking at the impact of communities, leading economics innovation expert Esther Dyson and Dave Levine discuss the pandemic’s implications and how we can collectively make the world a better place. “There is no power for change greater than a community discovering what it cares about.” –Margaret J. Wheatley

2024 will be a big year for Hearsay Culture Network; stay tuned! Happy and safe new year!


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