How Algorithms Shape Our Lives; Debra Winger, Tracy Letts; 'Non-Apology' Apologies; Richard Russo, Richard Bausch On Writing Short Stories

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This March 23, 2010, file photo, shows the Google logo at the Google headquarters in Brussels.

John Cheney-Lippold, an assistant Professor of American Culture and Digital Studies at the University of Michigan, discusses how algorithms shape our lives both online and in the real world. He shares how algorithms construct our digital identities, and how that information is used by everyone from Google to the U.S. government. Actors Debra Winger and Tracy Letts discuss their new film, “The Lovers.” It tells the story of a disinterested couple who are cheating on one another. As they near divorce, events unfold that reignites their relationship, which they then try to hide from their respective affairs. Authors Richard Russo and Richard Bausch discuss their mutual love for writing short stories. Ben Zimmer, The Wall Street Journal's language columnist, joins us to discuss the recent spate of “non-apology” apologies, from United Airlines to Hillary Clinton to Ja Rule.