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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Saga of the stolen plane

How was an airline employee with no known flying experience able to successfully steal a plane? Why did he want to do so? And what can be done to stop something like this from happening again? We tackle those questions on this special episode of the Week in Geek Podcast and share snippets of the man's rambling conversation with air traffic control as he does stunts and evades F15 fighter jets scrambled to prevent a potential disaster. We also want to invite podcast listeners to a special meetup and live recording of the Week in Geek! The event is all about building community and takes place the evening of Thursday, August 23, in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Go to for more details, and use the code "podcast" to get tickets for just $10.

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Creating masters of science fiction

One house in Seattle's University District is home to perhaps the most influential and least showy science fiction and fantasy hub in the world. It's called the Clarion West Writers Workshop, and its graduates are reshaping the world with bestselling novels, literary magazines, geeky museums and beyond.

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

Can Amazon 'fix' healthcare?

The U.S. healthcare system needs to change. But how? Can the system be 'fixed' the way that Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase want to fix it with their new healthcare company? What would 'fixing' the system even look like? We explore answers to those questions on this episode of Health Tech. 

Friday, August 03, 2018

Judge blocks 3D printed gun blueprints

A lawsuit over 3D-printed guns took a turn this week when a judge blocked the release of blueprints that show how to make them — but the legal battle isn't over yet. Plus, Starbucks is teaming up with Amazon competitor Alibaba to deliver coffee in China. Can the retail giant find success overseas? And finally, grab your litter scoopers. There might just be valuable scientific data hiding in your pet's poop.

Friday, July 27, 2018

Facebook's moment of reckoning?

Facebook agreed to stop letting advertisers exclude ethnic and religious groups from seeing certain ads on its platform this week, the same week that it lost roughly $120 billion this week as investors sold off stock. So is this a moment of reckoning for Facebook and other social media giants? Plus, we go inside Microsoft's Imagine Cup competition, where 49 students teams pitted advanced technology projects against each other.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Facial recognition tech enters schools

It was quite a week for controversial news. First up: Would you let a facial recognition program track your kids at school? One tech dad is making it happen. Plus, scooter sharing company Bird seems to be planning a launch in Seattle, even though the company isn't allowed to put scooters in the city. GeekWire is also diving into homelessness with the #SeaHomeless campaign: This time around, we investigated how other cities are combating homelessness and what Seattle might learn from them.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Week in Geek with Chairman Mom's Sarah Lacy

Sarah Lacy is the founder and CEO of Chairman Mom, a subscription-based online community for working moms. She joins us to talk about the venture and sticks around to discuss the news of the week on this special Week in Geek episode. Other stories on the show: Lime's $335 million funding round and new scooter deal with Uber and the parallels between San Francisco and Seattle are becoming even more pronounced. Plus, on the Random Channel, the topic you've all been waiting for: The Incredibles 2.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Best tech of 2018 (so far)

We're halfway through 2018, and that means it's time for our mid-year technoloyg roundup. On this episode we dig into three of our favorite new pieces of technology from the past six months.

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

Controversy over 'why women don't code'

Why are women underrepresented in tech? One answer to that question, offered by a University of Washington lecturer, has ignited a fierce debate in the tech industry. We sit down with Stuart Reges to discuss the ideas in his essay, "why women don't code." We also speak with diversity expert Ruchika Tulshyan about the pervasive gender gap in technology and the research into its causes.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Amazon's $1B acquisition

It was a big week for Amazon. The company announced a new last-mile delivery service to rival FedEx and UPS, but with an interesting twist. It also announced a $1 billion acquisition: A company called PillPack that delivers drugs straight to customer's doors. Plus, we dive into a huge funding round from a startup you've probably never heard of.

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hands-on with the Fire TV Cube

Amazon is trying to get its Alexa voice assistant into as many homes as possible. Its latest offering: The Fire TV Cube, which essentially turns Alexa into a remote control. We try it out live on this episode. Plus, Oculus announced a new virtual reality TV app -- and some people are unimpressed -- and a report points to a new line of AirPods coming before the end of the year.

Monday, June 25, 2018

Predicting the future with sci-fi

Can science fiction help us predict -- and prepare for -- the future? How about helping us make better business decisions? Scout thinks so. The unique online magazine and futurist community connects innovators, technologists and science fiction writers to strategize for the near future. On this episode, we speak with Scout CEO and Editor in Chief Berit Anderson about the company's work.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Amazon's health partnership gets a CEO

Amazon, JPMorgan Chase and Berkshire Hathaway have finally picked a CEO for their ambitious health venture, and his background gives some interesting clues to his potential ideas. Plus, a lawsuit over a moving app could mean big consequences for the gig economy and we dive into tech's involvement in the controversial family separation polciy.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Doctors Without Data

Dr. Dan Low wanted to know how his patients were doing on a new drug. Getting the data was so painful, he decided to found his own software company to make it easier. On this episode of Health Tech: Dan's journey from career doctor to startup CEO and back, and what his experience says about the state of healthcare data.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Why the 'Amazon Tax' was repealed

The Seattle City Council voted to repeal the Head Tax, also called the 'Amazon Tax,' less than a month after it was put in place. The vote was surrounded by chaos and demonstrations from both sides of the issue -- some citizens were actually hauled out of Town Hall during the event. We'll explain exactly what happened, why it matters for tech companies around the country and where things stand with Seattle's huge homelessness problem.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

E3's biggest games

E3, the biggest gaming convention in the U.S., is starting with a bang this week. Geared Up co-host Andru Edwards is down in Los Angeles for the show and on this episode, we run down the big game announcements of the year from Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo — including Xbox's push to have more exclusive titles. Plus, an intriguing new study on something most people want nothing to do with: Airport WiFi.

Friday, June 08, 2018

Zillow wants to buy your home

Right now you use Redfin and Zillow to find homes, but what if they wanted to buy your home? Plus, Amazon's new Fire Cube wants to make Alexa your remote control and Microsoft makes one of its biggest acquisitions ever, and some fun on the random channel.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018

iOS 12 hands-on

iOS, Apple Watch, Siri, Oh my! Apple just wrapped up its annual Worldwide Developers Conference and this show is all about the new features the company is bringing to its most popular devices. We've been trying the new tricks on iOS 12, including some very goofy MeMojis, and will give you the rundown on what's cool and what's not so impressive. Plus, the new Mac OS Mojave and updates to the Watch OS and the Apple TV OS.

Friday, June 01, 2018

AI vs. Cancer

Su-In Lee's father passed away from incurable cancer. Now she's using her expertise in artificial intelligence to help cancer patients find the most effective treatment — based on their genetic data. On this episode, we follow Su-In's story and explore how precision medicine is increasingly using health data, AI and other technologies to fight diseases from cancer to Alzheimer's. 

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Jeff Bezos: 'We will have to leave this planet'

On this special edition of the GeekWire podcast, the other side of Jeff Bezos. You may know him as the Amazon CEO, but he's also the founder of the Blue Origin space venture. He talked about his space ambitions this weekend at the National Space Society in conversation with Alan Boyle, GeekWire’s aerospace and science editor. It was a fascinating talk about the future of humanity with someone who is thinking -- and spending -- deeply to usher in a new era of space travel.