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On the Gist, once a Nobel Peace Prize winner, now a war criminal.
In the Interview, writer Jill Lepore joins Mike for part one of their conversation on her latest book:If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future, a precursor to data and polling companies. If Then is an account on the mid-century boom in the advertising industry and its overlap with political marketing. Lepore articulates the deep prejudice in polling at the time, the rise of awareness of computers, and how Simulmatics’ people machine’s duplicity was made legible.
In the spiel, the GameStop/Wall Street debacle starring the usual suspects.