Is your phone listening to you?
May 17, 2019

Is your phone listening to you?

It's a spooky feeling: You're discussing a TV show or a pair of shoes or whatever with a friend, then you open Instagram and see an ad for the exact thing you were just talking about. But it's not like your phone is listening ... right?

Segments From this episode

Food delivery apps bring business, but are they good for business?

May 17, 2019
Restaurants may need to prepare those meals differently and hire extra staff.
A man delivers a food order by bicycle for Uber Eats in Tokyo's Shibuya shopping district in 2018.
Kazuhiro Nogi/Getty Images

Grumpy Cat built an empire on memes. That's getting harder to do

May 17, 2019
The cat was a pioneer of the viral internet.
Internet phenomenon Grumpy Cat brings her iconic "No Face" to Madame Tussauds Washington, DC for a meet-and-greet with fans at Madame Tussauds on September 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. The iconic cat passed away Friday.
Larry French/Getty Images for Getty Images for Madame Tussauds

Making sense of stats that don't make sense

May 17, 2019
Don't question your sanity when economic indicators point in opposite directions.

These bygone supermarkets live on in our memories

May 17, 2019
Many people remember local supermarkets past. Here's our ode to three venerable chains that are now gone.
Some of the items in Jim Pessek’s Red Owl collection that he hopes to display in the museum in a former Red Owl store in Stewart, MN.
Judy Griesedieck

Is your phone listening to your conversations?

May 17, 2019
Companies don't need to eavesdrop to target ads — we give them plenty of information.
Social media can be a tool for human connection, but some experts say some follower-type platforms can instead exacerbate loneliness.
Manan Vatsyayana/AFP/Getty Images

Music from the episode

Rising Son Takuya Kuroda
Esperar Pra Ver Poolside, Fatnotronic
Colours Hot Chip
This Is the Day The The
The Worse It Gets Penguin Prison

The team

Nancy Farghalli Executive Producer
Maria Hollenhorst Producer II
Sean McHenry Director & Associate Producer II