Big questions about technology, science, and culture, hosted by The Atlantic’s Derek Thompson. On Season 3 (launching May 9): Unbreak the internet.

Society & Culture
Introducing Holy Week
The story of a revolution undone.
3 min
Presenting: The Review, a new podcast from The ...
Join The Atlantic’s cultural critics and their guests as they go deep, debating the big ideas behind movies, music, and more.
2 min
How To Build A Happy Life: A new podcast from T...
The Atlantic's new show on all things happiness, featuring Arthur Brooks
2 min
Introducing: The Experiment
A new podcast from The Atlantic and WNYC Studios, The Experiment, tells stories from our unfinished country.
34 min
Introducing New Atlantic Podcasts
The Atlantic has launched three new podcasts this year: Social Distance, Floodlines, and The Ticket. Subscribe to keep up with Atlantic journalism.
3 min
How Has Netflix Changed Entertainment?
Netflix has changed where we watch -- that's obvious. But has it also changed what we watch, and how?
26 min
Should We Be Afraid of AI in the Criminal Justi...
Could computers make the legal system more fair? Or is it inherently unjust to put a person’s life in the hands of an algorithm?
27 min
Influencers: Frauds or the Future of Online Com...
What the growing influencer industry can teach us about the future of life online.
22 min
The U.S. and China: A Tale of Two Surveillance ...
A look at two communities living under the microscope.
26 min
How Did the Far Right Take Over the Web?
How did the Web become one big media channel for the far right, and how can we make the Internet safe from extremism?
26 min
What Is Pornography Doing to Our Sex Lives?
We wade into the debate over pornography and determine what, if anything, can be said about its effect on our relationships.
24 min
Why Should We Care About Privacy?
The 200 year history of privacy in America, and what the new age of “surveillance capitalism” means for all of us.
29 min
Season 3 Trailer: Unbreak the Internet
Surveillance capitalism, porn wars, totalitarian AI in Brooklyn and Beijing, and other real-life dystopias
1 min
Tech Was Supposed to Be Society’s Great Equaliz...
In a special bonus episode, computer scientist and data journalist Meredith Broussard explains how “technochauvinism” derailed the dream of the digital revolution.
24 min
Can Artificial Intelligence Be Smarter Than a H...
Surely, AI technology has nothing that even closely resembles human imagination. Or does it?
29 min
Will We Ever Stop Eating Animal Meat?
We need more than moral arguments against meat. We need a technological revolution in better, cleaner food.
26 min
Can We Extend Human Lifespans to 150?
Some scientists see aging as a disease that can be cured—but what would immortality mean for humanity?
27 min
How Will Self-Driving Cars Change the World?
With autonomous technology, everything about our relationship to cars is about to change. Then what?
26 min
Should We Dim the Skies to Save the World?
Scientists are thinking seriously about an idea that might sound like something from a sci-fi dystopia.
23 min
Season 2 Trailer
Crazy/Genius is back with a new season featuring five ideas to save the world.
1 min
Should We Go to Mars?
Scientists and writers discuss whether colonizing Mars is the most important mission in the history of the human race, or an absurd daydream.
21 min
Why Haven’t We Found Aliens?
If the universe is so large and so old, why haven't we found life on other planets?
22 min
Who Killed Local News?
How the Internet broke the news business—and how journalism might survive in a post-advertising world.
22 min
Is Online Dating Destroying Romance?
Two sociologists debate the merits of online dating and discuss their research on the history of romance in America.
21 min
Are Smartphones Ruining Our Lives?
We ask psychologists and authors if smartphone and social media usage has triggered a national health crisis — and what we can do to free ourselves from the allure of modern technology.
24 min