Contact: Producers Joel Patterson, Jasmin Tuffaha, Fiona Ng, Kaitlin Furnaro
SCHEDULE FOR AIRTALK WITH LARRY MANTLE
Thursday, April 25, 2013
Topic: More students identify Stanford as their “dream school” than Harvard
Guest: Elizabeth Scarborough, CEO of SimpsonScarborough [ONE WORD], a market research firm that specializes in looking at higher-education brands.
Topic: OC Roundtable
Guest: Ben Bergman, KPCC’s Orange County reporter
Guest: Norberto Santana, Voice of OC
Guest: Teri Sforza, OC Register reporter
12:06 – 12:20
12:20 – 12:40
Topic: You can have Burger King delivered to your home...but would you? The fast food giant Burger King announced that it’s expanding their limited delivery service to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago. One local Burger King in Glendale has been delivering Whoppers and fries since earlier this month. The new push for delivery is one way that the fast food chain is trying to hold on to customers in an increasingly competitive industry. A trend toward healthier eating and competition from newcomers like Chipotle and Panera are encroaching on fast food’s territory. Will offering deliver help Burger King keep its market share? What else are fast food chains doing to hold on to customers who are more concerned about the health effects of fast food? Would you order a Whopper to be delivered?
12:40 – 1:00
Topic: Apps, ‘big data,’ and the ‘folly of technological solutionism’: Are you tired of hearing, “There’s an app for that?” In today’s technologically-savvy world, there seems to be an app to solve everything. This has many techies expectant of a promising future. As technology develops, it’s presenting solutions for problems as big as education reform and as basic as forgetting something. Not so, says Evgeny Morozov. In his new book, “To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism,” Morozov unabashedly attacks “solutionists” and the ideas coming out from the Silicon Valley. Morozov criticizes solutionists, those who try to solve problems with technology, for their utopian ideals because technology could never provide a solution to complex human problems. Rather, its solution can even make issues worse. With education, Morozov argues that technology can limit teacher-student interactions, which hinders development through discussions. In politics, online transparency discourages political activism because individuals want to keep their privacy. Is Morozov right? Are we so caught up with “big data” hype that we believe in an unrealistic Utopia? Can the internet cause more problems than find solutions?
Guest: Evgeny Morozov, author of “To Save Everything, Click Here: The Folly of Technological Solutionism” (Public Affairs) and “The Net Delusion: The Dark Side of Internet Freedom” (Public Affairs, 2012)