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Looking towards the future.

1. Hospitals in the South were desegregated thanks to Medicare. Jennifer Klein, professor of history at Yale, lets us in on Medicare's bumpy, challenging backstory.

2. Access to cell phones won't banish poverty. That's according to author - and former Microsoft exec - Kentaro Toyama, who explains why technology is not always the answer.

3. In politics, owning an Island is still better than owning a computer. Micah Sifry, co-founder of Personal Democracy Media, expains why technology hasn't lived up to its promise - and why he's still hopeful.

Toyama says students are a little too used to tech.

Computer scientist Kentaro Toyama used to use tech to help the poor around he world. But slowly, he started believing it wasn't the answer. He explains why tech isn't doing much to educate the underprivileged or spur social change. Read More...

Happy 50th birthday to Medicare.

As Medicare turns 50, Yale Professor Jennifer Klein explains how the social program changed America - and why it almost didn’t happen. Read More...

Some old-fashioned ballot casting.

The Internet was supposed to revolutionize democracy and make government more responsive.; so far, that hasn’t really happened. Author Micah Sifry tells us what went wrong, and what could still go right. Read More...

One screen isn't enough for today's employees.

Ever feel like you’re still at work, long after you’ve left the office? Well, you’re not alone. Professor Ian Bogost argues we live in a “hyper employed” time, and offers some ideas for what we can do about it. Read More...

The Disney crew gears up for big change.

Rides, costumed princesses… and wearable technology? Writer Austin Carr goes into the high-tech process of reinventing the happiest place on earth. Read More...

A choice of train tracks.

Justice isn’t always based on ethics or fairness, sometimes it’s based purely on luck. Harvard’s Fiery Cushman examines the science and psychology of morality, and how it affects our daily lives in unexpected ways. Read More...

A large pile of generic pills.

What's in a name (brand)? Professor Jeremy Greene takes a look at the complex history of “generic” medicine, and its impact on modern health care. Read More...

A massive yacht.

Shrimp, billionaires, and the invention of modern glamour. On Innovation Hub, we'll explore excess of all kinds, and tell you how to cope with it. Read More...

Saturn illustrates how no negotiation drives up prices. Credit: Anne Wardwell / Flickr Creative Commons

For women in business, Reddit’s new anti-negotiation policy might seem like a step in the right direction. But Stanford professor Margaret Ann Neale insists otherwise. Read More...

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