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Last night's GOP debate was a more raucous affair than the first two. Sometimes the moderators seemed barely in control of the proceedings. There were several testy exchanges among candidates trying to raise their profile and damage their opponents.

Then, Theranos' mission is to offer fast and cheap blood testing to the public. Founder Elizabeth Holmes is the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. But the company that helped make her rich is under investigation by the FDA and there's been a recent spate of stories questioning the accuracy of the blood tests that Theranos offers.

Next, in 1692, the Massachusetts Bay Colony executed 14 women, five men, and two dogs for witchcraft. Stacy Schiff's new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692, intimately explores that dark time period.

Finally, a fundamental law of the Internet is Don't Feed the Trolls. In other words, don't engage with people who try to get a rise out of you online. The annual SXSW Festival in Austin Texas, seems to have missed that lesson.

Banner Image: Theranos Chairman, CEO and Founder Elizabeth Holmes (L) and TechCrunch Writer and Moderator Jonathan Shieber speak onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt at Pier 48 on September 8, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Steve Jennings/Getty Images for TechCrunch)

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Ryan Kailath

GOP Debate Roundup 15 MIN, 48 SEC

Last night's GOP debate was a more raucous affair than the first two. Sometimes the moderators seemed barely in control of the proceedings. And as early voting gets closer, there were a few more testy exchanges among candidates trying to raise their profile and damage their opponents. 

Guests:
Juana Summers, Mashable (@jmsummers)
John Carney, Wall Street Journal (@carney)

More:
NPR on the third GOP presidential debate

Theranos Under Fire 9 MIN, 19 SEC

Theranos' mission is to offer fast and cheap blood testing to the public. Founder Elizabeth Holmes is the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world. But the company that helped make her rich is under investigation by the FDA and there's been a recent spate of stories questioning the accuracy of the blood tests that Theranos offers.

Guests:
Eric Lakin, DeciBio Consulting

'The Witches: Salem, 1692' 15 MIN, 4 SEC

In 1692, the Massachusetts Bay Colony executed 14 women, five men, and two dogs for witchcraft. That's the first sentence of Stacy Schiff's new book, The Witches: Salem, 1692. Who were the women and men accused of witchcraft? Who were the people who sentenced them to death? And what lessons did the New World ultimately learn from the experience?

Guests:
Stacy Schiff, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and biographer (@stacyschiff)

The Witches

Stacy Schiff

Web Roundup: SXSW and More 8 MIN, 34 SEC

A fundamental law of the internet is Don't Feed the Trolls. In other words, don't engage with people who try to get a rise out of you online. The annual SXSW Festival in Austin Texas, seems to have missed that lesson.

Guests:
Xeni Jardin, BoingBoing.net (@xeni)

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