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To the Best of Our Knowledge: We Are All Connected | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: We Are All Connected

We are connected -- probably connected in ways neither of us has dreamed of. Forget six degrees of separation; on Facebook we have only 3.74. And that's just today.
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In this hour, Lada Adamic is one of a host of social scientists working at facebook. Anne Strainchamps wanted to know why. And what all those sociologists are up to.

Next, Somalia didn’t have a written language until the 1970's, and today, many if not most Somalis still live within an oral tradition. And in that tradition the poet is king.

Then, some time ago, Olga Nunes got an invitation to join an email Listserv of more than 21,000 artists. The rules of the Listserv are simple. Every day, one person on the list is randomly selected to write an email and send it – to everyone else. So when it’s your turn… what do you write? Olga Nunes records voicemail memories of smell.

After that, in Chile, a new platform called Poderopedia has just been launched. Its goal is to make those connections more transparent. It’s a crowd-sourced map of business and political power in Chile. Journalist Miguel Paz founded Poderopedia.

And finally, in the gaming world, game designer Jason Rohrer is a god. Now, saying someone is a god in a certain field is a figure of speech. I mean, they’re not REALLY immortal beings. That is, unless you’re Jason Rohrer. [Broadcast Date: March 13, 2013]

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