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By analyzing masses of information collected online, Netflix, Amazon, Google and others can figure out what you want and how much you'll pay. But what's called "Big Data" has many other uses as well — and there are risks, including invasions of privacy. Will Big Data stifle creativity and opportunity for innovation? Also, unemployment hits a four-year low, and the world's elite sports-car makers are going hybrid.

Making News Unemployment Hits Four-Year Low 7 MIN, 21 SEC

The economy gained more jobs than expected last month, and the unemployment rate is now 7.7 percent, the lowest since December of 2008. Construction was especially strong, although public sector employment continued to shrink. Catherine Rampell reports on economics for the New York Times.

Guests:
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (@crampell)

Main Topic What Big Data Means for Your Life, Now and in the Future 34 MIN, 10 SEC

Netflix used Big Data to determine that 27 million subscribers would like the series House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey. Yahoo used Big Data to require employees to come into the office rather than working from home. Google is using Big Data to develop self-driving cars.  But, what is Big Data?  Is it more than a powerful tool?  Could it change the way people think? We hear how Netflix developed House of Cards and look at the risks as well as the benefits of a constantly expanding avalanche of information… about us.

 

Guests:
Joris Evers, Netflix (@jorisevers)
Evgeny Morozov, New Republic (@evgenymorozov)
Tijl De Bie, University of Bristol
Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, Oxford University (@Viktor_MS)

Reporter's Notebook La Ferrari and Other Super Hybrids Redefine the Green Car 8 MIN, 10 SEC

You can save on gasoline and still go 210 miles an hour — if you're willing to pay $1.3 million. That's the price tag for the La Ferrari, a new hyper-hybrid that sold out at this week's auto show in Geneva. It's not just Ferrari. Porsche and the Formula 1-maker McLaren are going hyper-hybrid as well, as we hear from Dan Neil, auto critic for the Wall Street Journal.

 

Guests:
Dan Neil, Wall Street Journal (@Danneilwsj)

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