Paul Ford

Paul Ford appears in the following:

Whose Internet Ethics?

Friday, September 22, 2017

Google and Facebook regulate much of what we see and interact with in our day-to-day lives. Whose ethical standards should they follow?

Thanks for Everything, Bing

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Get in the holiday mood with this look at how Bing Crosby contributed to the rise of Silicon Valley (really). 
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What Can We Learn From Ashley Madison?

Friday, July 24, 2015

Writer and programmer Paul Ford ponders the Ashley Madison hack, and wonders if we'll ever actually learn how to keep our information safe online.

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Behind the Code Curtain

Friday, June 12, 2015

Most of us are familiar with Facebook or Apple products, but don't really understand the code that animates them. Programmer Paul Ford wants to change that.  

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That Was A Hit?!?: Extra Helpings Of 'Sukiyaki'

Friday, June 20, 2014

Kyu Sakamoto's 1963 hit "Sukiyaki” left its mark on rapper Slick Rick, Mad Men and countless cover versions.

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That Was A Hit?!?: Will To Power, 'Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley'

Friday, June 06, 2014

In our occasional series That Was A Hit!?!, we look at songs that snuck onto the pop charts and achieved improbable success. This week, Paul Ford -- contributor to online magazine The...


Industrial Musicals; The Complicated Story Of Gus Cannon; That Was A Hit?!? On Will To Power

Friday, June 06, 2014

In this episode: The book Everything’s Coming Up Profits digs into the golden age of post-WWII “industrial musicals” created by big American corporations. Co-author and Late Show With David Letterman writer Steve Young shares some of the Broadway quality songs composed for the auto industry in the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s.

Then: Dom Flemons, formerly of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, tells Soundcheck the story of 20th century blues singer Gus Cannon, whose song “Walk Right In” was a hit for the Rooftop Singers in the 1960s. We take a listen to his minstrel-inflected music, and find out who he was singing for.

Plus: Another installment of our series That Was A Hit!?!, about "Baby, I Love Your Way / Freebird Medley" by Will To Power.


Healthcare dot UGH

Friday, October 18, 2013 launched in the beginning of the month to much frustration, as hundreds of thousands of people flocked to buy insurance from the online exchange. Because of technical glitches, the majority of these users were turned away due to website problems. Bob talks to programmer and Bloomberg Businessweek contributor Paul Ford who says while was open for business at the beginning of the month, it’s failure may be attributed to its closed code.

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Thanks For Everything, Bing

Friday, June 14, 2013

Brooke speaks with writer Paul Ford about the remarkable connection between Bing Crosby, magnetic tape, Nazi technology, and the computer hard drive. Ford's post about Crosby appears on the New Yorker Elements blog

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That Was A Hit?!? : Grab Bag Edition

Friday, May 03, 2013

Writer Paul Ford brings in a variety pack for our series about surprising pop hits. 


Facebook versus the Epiphanator

Friday, October 26, 2012

As popular as Facebook is, it has its share of detractors, especially among public intellectuals. Novelist Jonathan Franzen spoke for many when he said that platforms like Facebook are “great allies and enablers of narcissism" and that "to friend a person is merely to include the person in our private hall of flattering mirrors.” Where’s this frustration coming from? Is it fair? Writer Paul Ford talks to Brooke about an essay he wrote last year that sought to answer that question.

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That Little Thing Called "Like"

Friday, October 26, 2012

The Facebook "Like" button has ventured beyond the pages of Facebook. Now, not only can you tell your friends that you "Like" their comments, photos and status updates, you can also tell third-party site how much you "Like" a blog post or news article. Bob explores the meaning of a Facebook "Like."