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It's well known that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is investigating former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Today, the Wall Street Journal reports that Mueller wants to know about alleged plans to transport a controversial Muslim cleric from the US to Turkey in exchange for $15 million. The Journal’s Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter James Grimaldi disentangles the allegations and denials.
We started this program 17 years ago; Google and Apple were losing money. Now, 80 percent of Americans are walking search engines with smart phones. Driverless cars are on the horizon; robots already in factories may take over white-collar jobs. We're being warned that our species is subject to capture by Artificial Intelligence. In the meantime, social problems aren't going away. We'll trace the rise of the iPhone — how it's changed our lives, for better or worse—and what to expect from technology in the future.
Alex Salkever, writer and futurist (@AlexSalkever)
Brian Merchant, Motherboard (@bcmerchant)
Wayne Sutton, Change Catalyst (@waynesutton)
Delaney Ruston, physician and filmmaker (@DelaneyRuston)
As we've been telling you, this is the last radio broadcast of To the Point. We're already available as a podcast — and now, we'll be a podcast only. Here's an amazing statistic: 42 million Americans listen to podcasts every week. That's 15 percent of the population. Just three percent see a movie every week. But that doesn't mean podcasts are always easy to find. Nicholas Quah is founder and writer of Hot Pod, a weekly newsletter about podcasts.
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