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The Steam Deck Is an Open-Ended Question About the Future of PC Gaming

Valve’s new handheld console is a game-changing proposition. It’s also a bit of a dare.

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Welcome to the Age of Peak Tech TV

Starting this Sunday, three series centered on three infamous tech companies arrive to streaming services within three weeks of each other. It marks a new wave in television, and perhaps the end of another for startup culture.

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Four Brilliant Frames for Finding the Next Big Thing, With Venture Capitalist Josh Wolfe

Plus, what’s eating tech stocks in 2022?

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Spotify’s Joe Rogan Problem, Facebook’s TikTok Crisis, and Crypto’s Anonymity Conundrum

Plus, reacting to Mark Zuckerberg’s big stock market wipeout

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Are Restaurants Ready for NFTs?

Mike Novogratz returns to the show to guide Dave and Chris through the wilds of web3, NFTs, and the crypto economy

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One Big Question Each for: Apple, Microsoft, Alphabet, Amazon, Tesla, and Meta

Derek is joined by Shira Ovide of The New York Times to discuss the future of big tech

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The Profound Legacy of ‘Final Fantasy VII,’ 25 Years Later

Twenty-five years ago to this day, a man named Cloud began appearing on TV screens in Japan and helped popularize one of the most influential video games of all time

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The Past, Present, and Future of Faraway Worlds

Thirty years ago this month, astronomers first confirmed the existence of planets beyond our solar system. The anniversary comes as NASA’s ultra-powerful James Webb Space Telescope gets ready to begin its work, raising the question: What kinds of extrasolar discoveries await?

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Crypto Crashing, Pandemic Stocks Plunging: The Story Behind January’s Wild Stock Market

Author Morgan Housel joins to talk Peloton, Bitcoin, and finance myths

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What Exactly Does the “Metaverse” Have to Do With the Microsoft-Activision Deal?

Microsoft develops the Xbox and has been a major player in PC and console gaming for more than 20 years. The company isn’t betting $70 billion on the buzzword of the week.

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Microsoft’s Purchase of Activision Blizzard Encapsulates an Industry in a Single Deal

The deal, announced Tuesday and expected to close in 2023, touches on every hot-button gaming-industry issue, from consolidation to workplace reform to Netflix-style libraries to speculation around the "metaverse"

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The Biggest Inventions of the 2020s: Cancer Vaccines, Flying Cars, Space Travel, and More

Derek breaks down what could be coming in science and tech over the rest of the decade

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What to Do When Playing the Word Game Wordle Isn’t Enough? Solve It.

Linguists, engineers, and puzzle obsessives unite in the quest for the perfect first word

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How the Rise of the Celebrity Instructor Transformed Our Relationship With Fitness

In March 2020, the fitness industry was forced to adapt to the onset of a global pandemic. Nearly two years later, many of the changes are here to stay—for good and for bad.

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The Four Biggest Myths of the U.S. Economy. Plus, Omicron in 100 Seconds.

Derek is joined by Morgan Housel to discuss inflation, the great resignation, and the future of robots

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Elon Musk Is the Person of the Year. Who Is the Person of the Century? 

Plus, why Derek is wrong about remote work and breaking down the strange behavior of tech’s most famous founders

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The Elizabeth Holmes Trial With Rebecca Jarvis of ‘The Dropout’ Podcast

Derek discusses the evidence in the case against the Theranos founder

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Jack Dorsey’s Twitter Exit, the Omicron Variant, and More

Bryan and David discuss how Dorsey’s exit will affect Facebook and the broader media landscape before reacting to news coverage of the latest major coronavirus variant

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The Future Is Going to Be Weird As Hell

The New York Times’s Kevin Roose joins the show to walk Derek through the metaverse, crypto, NFTs, and the maybe-BS or maybe-brilliant future of technology

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QB Career Over/Unders, Jonathan Vilma, Plus WeWork With Authors Eliot Brown and Maureen Farrell

Plus, Ryen answers some listener-submitted Life Advice questions

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Is Marvel’s Video Game Takeover Inevitable?

With upcoming titles such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy,’ ‘Midnight Suns,’ ‘Spider-Man 2,’ and ‘Wolverine,’ Marvel is aiming to improve upon its spotty track record in video games. But will gaming ever become a cornerstone of the MCU?

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Video Games’ Sensory Revolution: How Haptics Reinvented the Controller

The next generation of consoles has further evolved a once-basic necessity to an immersive tool for physical connection. But do developers—and gamers—actually want that?

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Music Copyright in the Age of Forgetting

In the post–"Blurred Lines" legal landscape, artists like Lorde are treading extra carefully when their music ends up sounding similar to someone else’s. But our brains can’t be trusted to notice when we steal an idea—and the problem is likely getting worse.

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The Day the Good Internet Died

For a small slice of time, being online was a thrilling mix of discovery, collaboration, creativity, and chaotic potential. Then Google Reader disappeared.

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The Rise of the $10 Million Disc Golf Celebrity

How much can athletes really make in niche sports? A whole lot more than you might think. Disc golfer Paul McBeth set a new standard by signing an eight-figure endorsement contract—and his deal might only be the beginning.

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More NBA Playoff Reactions, the NFT Market, and SGC vs. PSA Grading

Mike and Jesse discuss how the current playoff picture may affect the card market of some NBA stars and more

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Luka! Plus: The Bucks and Big Tech Craziness With Ben Thompson. Plus: Three Decades of Counting Crows With Adam Duritz.

Bill talks to Ben about about the Bucks’ Round 1 series vs. the Heat, AT&T’s announcement to merge Warner Media and Discovery, streaming giants, and more before talking with Adam about the origin of the band, their iconic first album, behind-the-scenes stories about some of their most beloved songs, and more

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How SoundScan Changed Everything We Knew About Popular Music

Thirty years ago, Billboard changed the way it tabulated its charts, turning the industry on its head and making room for genres once considered afterthoughts to explode in the national consciousness

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Cryptocurrency, the Black Wealth Gap, and Corporate Diversity With John Rogers

Bakari is joined by the co-CEO of Ariel Investments to talk about the recent GameStop saga, the pervasiveness of the Black wealth gap and how to fix it, and more

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Newsletters and Social Media Are Already One and the Same

Facebook and Twitter’s entrance into the newsletter business has driven speculation about how the tech giants might differentiate from the current market leader, Substack. But are they really alternatives at this point?

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RIP, Elgin Baylor. Plus: Alexis Ohanian

Mirin Fader also joins the show to share anecdotes from her new book about the rise of Giannis Antetokounmpo

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How They Made It: The Deeply Real Deepfakes of ‘For All Mankind’

For its second season, the Apple TV+ show relied on more than just impersonators and reappropriated audio to bring Johnny Carson, John Lennon, and Ronald Reagan to the screen