FROM Vauhini Vara
This Year's Tech Stories You'll Be Reading More on Next Year 2014 was a banner year for new technology and controversies over its ramifications: think net neutrality, the sharing economy and people wearing Google Glass bumping into things. None of this is going away anytime soon so, in the spirit of the New Year, we're looking ahead to some ongoing tech stories for 2015. Vauhini Vara is a business and technology correspondent for the New Yorker .
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.
Terrorism and tweets, hate speech and murder Just days before an election, Britain is coping with a rash of deadly terrorism, and Prime Minister Theresa May is on the defensive. And again today, President Trump has tweeted criticism of the Mayor of London. Later, a double murder in Portland, Oregon has revealed the ugly past of a supposedly “progressive” city. One immediate question: is “hate speech” protected by the First Amendment?
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.