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Wearable devices are big business — sold as a way to develop healthier habits. But critics say the urge for self-awareness can make users slaves to technology — and that sharing intimate personal information can make them vulnerable to exploitation.

Also, the US economy added 295,000 jobs in February, and Bloody Sunday and tomorrow's "Bridge Crossing Jubilee" in Selma, Alabama.

Photo: Vernon Chan

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Katie Cooper
Evan George

US Economy Added 295,000 Jobs in February 6 MIN, 12 SEC

The latest Labor Department report shows nonfarm employers added 295,000 jobs last month, while unemployment fell from 5.7 to 5.5 percent. Wall Street's looking for an increase in interest rates sometime this summer. But, not all the data are encouraging about the economy. That's according to Danielle Kurtzleben, economics and business correspondent for Vox.com.

Guests:
Danielle Kurtzleben, NPR (@titonka)

More:
Vox on jobs report suggesting little reason to raise interest rates
Ben Casselman on people dropping out of labor force (FiveThirtyEight)

Fitness Tracking: The Benefits and Unintended Consequences 34 MIN, 52 SEC

Wearable devices to monitor bodily functions now constitute a multi-billion-dollar industry. Fitbit, Jawbone Up and other gadgets keep track of your blood pressure, sleep patterns, calories burned and how many steps you take in a day. The idea is to apply technology to human biology in order to develop healthier habits, but the value of self-awareness has limits. All that data can be overwhelming — and compromise privacy. Will tracking and collecting so much personal information give new power to insurance companies and government agencies?

Guests:
Christie Aschwanden, FiveThirtyEight (@cragcrest)
Chris Dancy, "the most connected human on Earth" (@ServiceSphere)
Robert Wachter, University of California, San Francisco (@Bob_Wachter)
Clive Thompson, Wired Magazine / New York Times Magazine (@pomeranian99)

More:
Aschwanden on how fitness trackers make you more aware of your steps, daily activity
Thompson's 'Smarter than You Think: How Technology Is Changing Our Minds for the Better'
Associated Press on the challenges for doctors using fitness trackers, apps

The Digital Doctor

Robert Wachter

Bloody Sunday and "The Bridge Crossing Jubilee" 8 MIN, 32 SEC

On "Bloody Sunday," John Lewis and other civil rights marchers were brutally attacked by police and soldiers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Tomorrow — just 50 years later -- President Obama and former President George W. Bush will be among the huge crowd that's expected to attend the "Bridge Crossing Jubilee" in Selma. It's a reminder of progress toward civil rights in America — and a reminder of failure. Peniel Joseph is a history professor at Tufts University, where he directs the Center for the Study of Race and Democracy. He's author of, Stokely: A Life, about the disillusioned civil rights leader, Stokely Carmichael.

Guests:
Peniel Joseph, University of Texas at Austin (@PenielJoseph)

More:
Voting Rights Act of 1965
Shelby County v. Holder, TtP discussion on
Justice report on racial bias in Ferguson Police Department, TtP feature on
White House task force on 21st Century Policing
New York Times on prison abuse at Rikers, Attica

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Peniel E. Joseph

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