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About the Show
If Then is a show about technology, society, and power. Each week, the hosts take you on a lively tour of the tech news that actually matters, from fake news in your Facebook feed to the algorithms that want your job to the Uber drivers who want a job with benefits. With news-making interviews of key tech-industry figures, fascinating academics, and top tech journalists, we explore not only how the technology that’s shaping our world works, but the ideas, ideologies, incentives, and biases that underlie it.
Host Aaron Mak talks with e-sports analyst Daniel Lee about his approach to coaching Mango, one of the best competitive Super Smash Bros. players in the world. They discuss the culture of e-sports and what it’s like for amateur gamers to travel and participate in tournaments. They also discuss Lee’s tactics for coaching a superstar, how to get into the right mental headspace, and how he’s trying to bring modern-day analytics to gaming.
After the interview, host Aaron Mak joins co-host Shannon Palus and new host Lizzie O’Leary for this week’s edition of Don’t Close My Tabs.