The Gist

Is Amazon a Monopoly?

NPR’s Robert Smith wonders whether tech giants like Amazon and Google really need to be reined in.

Amazon is everywhere.

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Hosting today’s Gist is Robert Smith from NPR’s Planet Money.

On the show, he’ll talk to Lina Khan, whose research encouraging tighter regulations on Amazon caught some heat from the company’s general counsel. Khan works at the Open Markets Program, formerly housed under the New America Foundation.

Update, Sept. 5, 2017: This episode originally failed to mention that Slate’s Future Tense program is a partnership with New America and Arizona State University. Slate had no involvement in New America parting ways with the Open Markets program.

In the Spiel, Smith observes a new trend in broadcast news: reporters becoming heroes on live television. What could possibly go wrong?

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