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If you drive with your cell phone turned on, consider this: one passionate critic of “distracted driving” killed two people while he was texting. Drivers tell pollsters they know that’s dangerous, but many admit they do it anyway. Now, neuroscientists say they don’t have much choice. We’ll hear how the “beep” from the cell phone throws a driver’s brain out of balance, often with tragic results. What will that mean for the law, insurance rates—and new forms of the communications technology we all depend on?

Also: Britain orders airstrikes against ISIS, and a retiring baseball star hits the winning run in his final game as shortstop.

Banner Image Credit: Vivian D Nguyen

Producers:
Benjamin Gottlieb
Claire Martin
Jenny Hamel

UK Parliament Approves Airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Britain’s Parliament voted today for airstrikes against ISIL—the so-called Islamic State—after a passionate address by Prime Minister David Cameron. The vote was 524 to 43; for authorization, that’s much more limited than the big margin might suggest. Griff Witte is London Bureau Chief for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Griff Witte, Washington Post (@griffwitte)

How Technology Distraction Kills 34 MIN, 5 SEC

Drivers tell pollsters they know it’s too dangerous to text while they’re at the wheel, but about one third admit they do it anyway. Now there’s persuasive evidence that we don’t have as much choice as we tell ourselves. Matt Richtel reports for the New York Times, where he writes about the intersection of technology, neuroscience and public policy. He’s author of a new book called A Deadly Wandering: A Tale of Tragedy and Redemption in the Age of Attention.

Guests:
Matt Richtel, Technology Reporter, New York Times (@mrichtel)
David Greenfield, Center for Internet and Technology Addiction (@CITACenter)
Cathy Davidson, City University of New York (@CathyNDavidson)

A Deadly Wandering

Matt Richtel

Derek Jeter’s Magical End to a Magical Career with the Yankees 8 MIN, 25 SEC

Last night was Derek Jeter’s last game as shortstop for the New York Yankees with the team playing the Baltimore Orioles at Yankee stadium. In the 9th inning, the game was tied five to five, when Jeter came to the plate.

Steven Goldman is managing editor for Baseball for SB Nation—an American Sports Network.

Guests:
Steven Goldman, SB Nation (@GoStevenGoldman)

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