On today’s show, host Will Oremus will talk about the employee uprising at Google and the changes that it and other tech companies have made to their sexual harassment policies in response. Joining him is Caroline O’Donovan, senior technology reporter for BuzzFeed News, who was there to cover the employee walkouts in person and has continued to report on the fallout.
And then, a story that has been making headlines for months and finally reached its culmination this week with a big announcement. That would be Amazon’s HQ2 contest—or maybe now it’s HQ2.5, or HQ2 and 3, HQ2a and HQ2b. Whatever you call it, we’ll talk about the company’s decision to open not one but two new headquarters. One will be in Arlington, Virginia, just outside D.C. And the other in Long Island City, just across the East River from Manhattan. That, of course, prompted an outcry from critics around the country, not to mention all the cities that weren’t chosen. Here to help Will make sense of all this will be Tim Bartik, a senior economist at the Upjohn Institute for Employment Research. He’s done some fascinating research on the incentives that cities offer to companies to try to get them to locate there—and whether it really pays off for their residents in the long run.
2:47 - Interview with Caroline O’Donovan
14:32 - Interview with Tim Bartik
32:00 - Don’t Close My Tabs
Stories discussed on the show:
• The New York Times: How Google Protected Andy Rubin, the “Father of Android”
Don’t Close My Tabs:
• The Atlantic: The Problem With Feedback
• Chico, California, Enterprise-Record: How You Can Help Camp Fire Victims
• Twitter: Martha McSally for Senate (Concession Video)
Podcast production by Max Jacobs.
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