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From the Outside Looking In: Online Tracking, an Unconventional Politician, Staying Stubborn

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Monday, June 23, 2014

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On today’s show: ProPublica’s Julia Angwin explains how online marketers are gathering more of your offline data to create increasingly intrusive and targeted ads. Then Jón Gnarr explains how he went from launching a political party in order to satirize Iceland’s political system to being elected mayor of Reykjavík. We’ll find out how Detroit went from making cars to producing a bomber an hour during World War II. And constitutional law professor Richard H. Weisberg praises intransigence in an age of increasing flexibility.

Online Tracking Is Getting Creepier

So if you feel watched while on the web, you're not being totally paranoid - most likely, you're right. 

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Jón Gnarr Accidentally Became the Mayor of Reykjavik and Changed the World

Satire, dinosaurs, and a fight against corruption. That's not the plot of a sci-fi movie - it's a recipe for political success. 

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FDR, Detroit, and Arming America During World War II

In 1941 President Roosevelt realized we needed weaponry to fight the Nazis—most important, airplanes—so he turned to Detroit and the auto industry for help. The Ford Motor Company went from making automobiles to producing the airplanes, which made all the difference between winning and losing the war. A. J. Baim discusses how they did it. His book The Arsenal of Democracy: FDR, Detroit, and an Epic Quest to Arm and America at Warcenters on Henry Ford and his tortured son Edsel, who, when asked if they could deliver 50,000 airplanes, made an outrageous claim: Ford Motor Company would build a plant that could make a “bomber an hour.”  

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It Can Be Good to be Stubborn

Flexibility is usually seen as a virtue, but constitutional law professor Richard H. Weisberg makes the case for intransigence, stubbornness, and inflexibility.

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