Function with Anil Dash
What goes into the technical choices that change our culture? Entrepreneur, activist and writer Anil Dash sits down with the developers behind some of the world's best-known apps, games and services, and also talks with users, critics and culture experts to unpack the effects of these features. Produced by Glitch and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
It's More Than Just Teaching Kids to Code
Coding education for kids is wildly popular right now. From books and toys to after school programs from non-profit organizations, companies are putting lots of money and resources behind helping create the next generation of programmers. But is that enough? A few years ago, Anil wrote about his skepticism behind these efforts, wondering if perhaps they are missing the mark on teaching proficiency over literacy.On our season finale of Function, Anil sits down with Alex Klein, co-founder and CEO of Kano Computing, a company that creates kits for all ages that help make coding and computing skills as simple and fun as putting together LEGO bricks. During their wide-ranging conversation (recorded at this year's CES), learn about what motivated Alex to empower kids to create technology in this way, and hear his thoughts on the current trends around teaching kids to code.Thank you for listening to the first season of Function! As we take a break and prep for season two, we want to learn more about you. What do you like about Function? What would you change? Tell us everything in our audience survey! Visit voxmedia.com/podsurvey and let us know what you think.GuestAlex KleinOther LinksHarry Potter Coding KitGlitch user Samarth Jajoo"It's more than just 'teach kids to code'" (Anil Dash)
Social Media, 20 Years Ago
On Function, our focus is about how technology has influenced culture and communications, and nothing encompasses the intersection of these concepts more than social media. It's allowed us to express our innermost feelings, meet people that share our interests, and find community with others from all over the world.This week, we're doing something a little different. Anil sits down with some of the pioneers of the social web — Bruce Ableson (founder of Open Diary), Lisa Phillips (former senior system administrator at LiveJournal), and Andrew Smales (founder of Diaryland) — for an oral history about social media 20 years ago. What was the Web like in 1999? How did these websites begin, and what did the media think about them? How have the features of these networks influenced the Web that we know today, and can we get that old feeling back of the early social web?Show notes and references:Brad Pitt parody site on Diaryland (archive.org)Who is the Real JT LeRoy? (New York Magazine)G...
How Are Personal Finance Apps Changing Our Money Habits?
Saving money is at the top of a lot of people's lists of new year's resolutions. According to Fidelity Investments, nearly one-third of Americans want to make some type of money resolution for 2019. Maybe you want to pay down debt, or maybe you just want to save more of your hard-earned cash. Regardless of the goal, there are a number of mobile apps to help you make it happen. But are they worth the download or do they just make you feel bad about your spending routines?We're kicking off 2019 here on Function with a look at personal finance apps. Anil sits down with Varun Krishna, VP of Product at Intuit Consumer Group, the company behind the apps Mint and Turbo. Varun says money can be the primary source of stress for most people, and personal finance apps can help transform the nature of finances for households and individuals. Anil also talks to author and personal finance coach Tarra Jackson, better known as "Madam Money". Tarra shares the apps she uses for her own spending habi...
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