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"Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil"

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Aired on Wednesday, May 19th.

Our guest on ST is Viktor Mayer-Schönberger, a professor of internet governance and regulation at the Oxford Internet Institute at the University of Oxford. He's also a faculty affiliate of the Belfer Center of Science and International Affairs at Harvard. Mayer-Schönberger joins us to talk about "Framers: Human Advantage in an Age of Technology and Turmoil," a new book for which he's a co-author. This book argues that humankind's ability to "frame" things -- that is, our gift for making mental models that allow us to see patterns, predict how things will occur, and make sense of new situations -- is what will help us conquer a whole range of current-day problems...from pandemics to populism, AI to ISIS, and wealth inequity to climate change. As was noted of this book in Forbes: "[The authors] don't want to just point out how powerfully we are influenced by our perspectives and prejudices -- our frames. They want to show us that these frames are tools, and that we can optimise their use."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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