KQED Newsroom Special: Author Interviews

KQED Newsroom Special: Author Interviews

Roger McNamee’s Zucked
More than 2 billion people around the world log onto Facebook to do everything from sharing vacation photos to scrolling through news feeds and streaming live events. But the explosive growth has come at a price. Data breaches affecting tens of millions of users and misinformation campaigns to influence national elections have prompted hearings on Capitol Hill and a public backlash against the tech giant and its CEO, Mark Zuckerberg. A book by an early Facebook investor suggests regulation may be the only way to preserve privacy and protect the personal data that is key to the company’s growth and profits.

Jose Antonio Vargas’ Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen
In 2011, Jose Antonio Vargas — whose journalism career included a stint at the Washington Post — revealed in a New York Times magazine essay that he was living in the U.S. illegally. Since then, he has become perhaps the nation’s most well-known undocumented immigrant. He has done two documentaries and appeared in numerous interviews to advocate for immigrants. We discuss his latest memoir: “Dear America, Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.”

Anand Giridharadas’ Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World
In an in-depth look, one journalist makes the argument that when today’s corporate titans and political leaders try to change the world, they actually preserve the societal problems they say they want to solve.  Author Anand Giridharadas contends the rich and powerful are willing to fight for justice and equality, but only if it doesn’t threaten their positions at the top of the social order.

Scott Dikkers’ Welcome to the Future Which is Mine
Scott Dikkers is the founder and longest-serving editor-in-chief of the popular online satirical news outlet “The Onion.” It’s never shied away from taking jabs at public figures. Now, Dikkers is aiming his sarcastic wit at Elon Musk in his book, “Welcome to the Future Which is Mine.” Musk is well known for being the outspoken and often flamboyant CEO of the companies Tesla and SpaceX.

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