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In Gish Jen’s latest “The Resisters,” we meet Gwen who has a Golden Arm and her teens find her happily playing in an underground baseball league. The novel is the story of an America that seems ever more possible. It is also the story of one family struggling to maintain its humanity and normalcy in circumstances that threaten their every value as well as their very existence.

Our tech-guru Jesse Feiler joins us to discuss current trends in tech. This morning we talk about a new digital divide: what it is, what it's all about, and how it affects you and the web.

Jesse Feiler writes and publishes books and apps about the theater (particularly about Uta Hagen and Herbert Berghof), technology (often from Apple), and community development (such as the annual Jane's Walks sponsored by Friends of Saranac River Trail.

Doreen Dodgen-Magee, PsyD, is a psychologist with over twenty-five years of experience working with individuals and groups in Portland, Oregon. Her main passion is engaging people about how the new digital landscape is shaping humanity.

In her new book, "Deviced!: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World," Dodgen-Magee uses personal stories, cutting edge research, and anecdotes from youth, parents, and professionals to highlights the brain changes that result from excessive technology use and offers an approach to the digital world that enables more informed and lasting change and a healthier long-term perspective.

John Browne trained as an engineer, was CEO of BP from 1995 to 2007, and remains an influential leader in the energy business. He is chairman of the Crick Institute, a fellow of the Royal Society and the US Academy of Arts and Sciences, former president of the Royal Academy of Engineering and former chairman of Tate.

Today's unprecedented pace of change leaves many people wondering what new technologies are doing to our lives. In "Make, Think, Imagine: Engineering the Future of Civilization," John Browne argues that we need not and must not put the brakes on technological advance. Civilization is founded on engineering innovation; all progress stems from the human urge to make things and to shape the world around us, resulting in greater freedom, health and wealth for all.

Our tech-guru Jesse Feiler joins us to discuss current trends in tech.

Jesse Feiler is an author and developer who focuses on small business and nonprofits along with iOS technologies. He has recently added book publisher to his roles: his Champlain Arts business has published apps for a number of years, and has recently added books. Uta Hagen’s memoir Sources is back in print through ChamplainArts.com.

Our Falling into Place series spotlights the important work of -and fosters collaboration between- not-for-profit organizations in our communities; allowing us all to fall into place.

Falling Into Place is supported by The Seymour Fox Memorial Foundation, Providing a helping hand to turn inspiration into accomplishment. See more possibilities … see more promise … see more progress.

This morning we’ll learn about the Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in the Rensselaer Technology Park from Executive Director Catherine Gilbert and Director of Education and Discovery Sarah Smith.

Reshma Saujani is the Founder and CEO of Girls Who Code, a national nonprofit organization working to close the gender gap in technology while teaching girls confidence and bravery through coding. A lifelong activist, Reshma was the first Indian American woman to run for U.S. Congress. She's been named a Fortune 40 under 40, a WSJ Magazine Innovator of the Year, and one of the Most Powerful Women Changing the World by Forbes.

In "Brave, Not Perfect," Reshma shares powerful insights and practices to help us let go of our need for perfection and make bravery a lifelong habit. By being brave, not perfect, we can all become the authors of our biggest, boldest, and most joyful life.

Jesse Feiler - Emojis

Jul 23, 2019

World Emoji Day was last week. We didn’t want it to go by with notice. However, the day is much bigger than just your favorite emoji. World Emoji Day is a celebration of all emojis. So, we will talk about the power of emojis with our tech guru, Jesse Feiler.

Jesse Feiler helps people and organizations get to know and use new technologies. Projects have included building the page caching module for the Prodigy Web Browser for Mac in the very early days of the Web, location-based apps for iPhone and iOS, as well as books and classes on new technologies. His latest book is “Implementing iOS and macOS Documents with the Files App: Managing Files and ensuring compatibility.”

Hayim Herring, PhD, is an author, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist, with a specialty in faith-based communities. A former congregational rabbi and “C-suite” nonprofit executive, Hayim blends original research and real-world experience to inspire individuals and organizations to achieve their greatest impact.

Social isolation, loneliness, and suicide are conditions we often associate with the elderly. But in reality, these issues have sharply increased across younger generations. Baby Boomers, Gen X’ers, Millennials, and post-Millennials all report a declining number of friends and an increasing number of health issues associated with loneliness. In his book, "Connecting Generations," Hayim Herring focuses on how Baby Boomers, Gen Xers, and Millennials perceive one another and looks underneath the generational labels that compound isolation. 

Jesse Feiler joins us this morning to talk about changing and updating devices and acquiring the correct devices for your tasks.  

We’re managing more data than ever before and moving it around all the time. We need lots of compatible apps and data formats. The more flexible your tools, the more you can do with limited hardware resources.

Jesse Feiler helps people and organizations get to know and use new technologies. Projects have included building the page caching module for the Prodigy Web Browser for Mac in the very early days of the Web, location-based apps for iPhone and iOS, as well as books and classes on new technologies. His latest book is “Implementing iOS and macOS Documents with the Files App: Managing Files and ensuring compatibility.”

Jesse joins us to talk about the self-publishing world today. Authors are taking publishing into their own hands using the self-publishing tools we now have. And (surprise, surprise!) this is what authors have been doing for a long, long time but the technology is changing.

Jesse Feiler is a developer, consultant, and author specializing in Apple technologies. He is the creator of Minutes Machine for iPad, the meeting management app, Saranac River Trail app a guide to the Trail that includes location-based updates as well as social media tools. As a consultant; he has worked with small businesses and nonprofits on projects such as fine arts, production control, and publishing.

Nathan Englander once again tackles the complexities of contemporary Jewish life in his new novel, "kaddish.com."

When an atheist's Orthodox father dies, he is called upon by his mother and sisters to perform the prayer for the dead - every day for 11 months. Reluctant, he hires someone from the title website to recite the Kaddish for him.

We live in a society where kids and parents are obsessed with early achievement, from getting perfect scores on SATs to getting into Ivy League colleges to landing an amazing job at Google or Facebook, or even better, creating a startup with the potential to be the next Google or Facebook or Uber.

But there is good news. A lot of us do not explode out of the gates in life. There is a scientific explanation for why so many of us bloom later in life. The executive function of our brains don’t mature until age 25, and even later for some. In fact, our brain’s capabilities peak at different ages. We actually enjoy multiple periods of blooming in our lives.

Rich Karlgaard, publisher of Forbes magazine, write about this in his book "Late Bloomers."

Named one of the world’s ten most influential intellectuals by MIT, Douglas Rushkoff is an award-winning author, broadcaster, and documentarian who studies human autonomy in the digital age. The host of the popular "Team Human" podcast, Rushkoff has written twenty books. His latest is "Team Human," a manifesto on his most urgent thoughts on civilization and human nature.

In it, he argues that we are essentially social creatures, and that we achieve our greatest aspirations when we work together not as individuals. Yet today society is threatened by a vast antihuman infrastructure that undermines our ability to connect. Money, once a means of exchange, is now a means of exploitation; education, conceived as way to elevate the working class, has become another assembly line; and the internet has only further divided us into increasingly atomized and radicalized groups. If we are to resist and survive these destructive forces, we must recognize that being human is a team sport. In Rushkoff’s own words: “Being social may be the whole point.”

In this new portrait of Apple’s current CEO, "Tim Cook: The Genius Who Took Apple to the Next Level," New York Times bestselling author Leander Kahney has written the first-ever biography of Tim Cook and tells the story of how one man attempted to replace someone irreplaceable.

Based on interviews with Cook’s colleagues, Kahney chronicles the success of a post-Steve Jobs Apple including how Cook led the company to its historic trillion-dollar valuation.

Leander Kahney is an Apple expert, Cult of Mac.com Editor, and bestselling author of "Inside Steve’s Brain."

Bill McKibben is a founder of the environmental organization 350.org and was among the first to have warned of the dangers of global warming. He is the author of fifteen books, including the bestsellers "The End of Nature," "Eaarth," and "Deep Economy." He is the Schumann Distinguished Scholar in Environmental Studies at Middlebury College and the winner of the Gandhi Prize, the Thomas Merton Prize, and the Right Livelihood Prize.

Thirty years ago he offered one of the earliest warnings about climate change; now in "Falter," he provides a powerful, sobering call to arms to save not only our planet but all humanity.

McKibben and Joe Donahue will talk about "Falter" in an Off the Shelf edition of The Book Show at Northshire Bookstore in Manchester Center, VT on Friday, April 19 at 6 p.m.

You use software nearly every instant you’re awake. It powers everything from social media, video games, and email to credit card fraud monitoring, smart home systems, and the brakes in your car. All of this software is written by computer programmers, and through their work, coders have become the most quietly influential people on the planet. If we want to understand how today’s world works, we ought to understand something about these digital architects.

In "Coders: The Making of a New Tribe and the Remaking of the World," tech journalist Clive Thompson draws on his access to today’s tech world to dive into the enigmatic world of coding and examine the consequences of the “programmer mentality.”

To join in on the conversation, we welcome our tech guru, app developer and author Jesse Feiler.

Shoshana Zuboff is the Charles Edward Wilson Professor emerita, Harvard Business School. She is the author of In "The Age of the Smart Machine: the Future of Work and Power" and "The Support Economy: Why Corporations Are Failing Individuals and the Next Episode of Capitalism."

In her new book, "The Age of Surveillance Capitalism: The Fight for a Human Future at the New Frontier of Power," she brings to life the consequences of surveillance capitalism as it advances from Silicon Valley into every economic sector. Vast wealth and power are accumulated in ominous new "behavioral futures markets," where predictions about our behavior are bought and sold, and the production of goods and services is subordinated to a new "means of behavioral modification."

Zuboff's analysis lays bare the threats to twenty-first century society: a controlled "hive" of total connection that seduces with promises of total certainty for maximum profit; at the expense of democracy, freedom, and our human future. 

For more than four decades, enormous advertisements displayed in New York City’s Grand Central Terminal affirmed a picturesque notion of everyday American life. The 18-foot-by-60-foot images depicted an idyllic nation: beautiful landscapes, holiday celebrations, world-changing historical events, family road trips, and patriotism.

"Colorama" is now on display at the Hyde Collection in Glens Falls, NY, examines the advertisements, offering insight into America, and the histories of advertising, photography, and technology. Thirty-six reproduced images from the George Eastman Museum depict an idealized past for a new generation, and a reintroduction for those who lived through the decades that helped shape photography. To tell us more: we welcome Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programming Jonathan Canning and Curator of Museum Education & Programming Jenny Hutchinson.

  Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss tech jobs.

With a great deal of to-do, Amazon looked for a new headquarters to add to its home base in Seattle. They wound up selecting northern Virginia and Long Island City, but soon after the selection of Long Island City, Amazon decided not to pursue it. Much was made of the loss of potentially 25-40,000 jobs.

What were these job and the other jobs that the new corporations offer to communities? Rather than think of the raw numbers of jobs (sometimes classified as "well-paying jobs"), Jesse looks at the jobs that these companies are trying to fill. 

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His apps include Minutes Machine Plus which helps you manage agendas and minutes for organizations as well as The Nonprofit Risk Book and App. He wrote the Saranac River Trail app and is launching its successor, Trails & Places which lets you build location-based apps without writing code. His apps are available on the Apple App Store.

We’re all aware that innovations like smartphones and social media can have a negative impact on our lives, but the thought of quitting these technologies can scare us into believing we’ll be left disconnected and left behind.

According to Georgetown Computer Science Professor Cal Newport, the solution isn’t relying on tips and hacks to use technology less, and it isn’t an outright rejection either -- it’s a clear, simple philosophy for our technology use.

In his new book, "Digital Minimalism: Choosing a Focused Life in a Noisy World," Newport suggests focusing your online time on a small number of carefully selected activities that strongly support things you value, allowing you to happily miss out on everything else.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss the power and entertainment value of gaming versus streaming services. Brian Fung wrote in the Washington Post on January 18 that "Netflix: Fortnite is a bigger rival than HBO."

That got Joe and Jesse thinking and today they talk about the various ways in which people spend time with games, books, and other diversions, and what it means for everyone from readers and players to authors and creators.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His apps include Minutes Machine Plus which helps you manage agendas and minutes for organizations as well as The Nonprofit Risk Book and App. He wrote the Saranac River Trail app and is launching its successor, Trails & Places which lets you build location-based apps without writing code. His apps are available on the Apple App Store.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss the issues around privacy and misleading “sponsored content.”

Jesse Feiler is an app developer and author. His apps include Minutes Machine Plus which helps you manage agendas and minutes for organizations as well as The Nonprofit Risk Book and App. He wrote the Saranac River Trail app and is launching its successor, Trails & Places which lets you build location-based apps without writing code. His apps are available on the Apple App Store. He has the recent distinction of not having been mentioned as a candidate for White House Chief of Staff.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss his 10 Tips for Dealing with Social Media in a Changing World.

Jesse Feiler's apps (published by Champlain Arts and available in the App Store) include Minutes Machine Plus for managing meetings and agendas, Saranac River Trail to help you explore the Trail and the City of Plattsburgh, Cyber Continuity which lets you learn about your vulnerabilities, the Nonprofit Risk App (a companion to Jesse’s book with Gail Nayowith), and Trails and Places to help you build your own self-guided trails using the model of the Saranac River Trail app.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss the latest in devices and all their various shapes and sizes.

Jesse Feiler's apps (published by Champlain Arts and available in the App Store) include Minutes Machine Plus for managing meetings and agendas, Saranac River Trail to help you explore the Trail and the City of Plattsburgh, Cyber Continuity which lets you learn about your vulnerabilities, the Nonprofit Risk App (a companion to Jesse’s book with Gail Nayowith), and Trails and Places to help you build your own self-guided trails using the model of the Saranac River Trail app.

You can find more information at Champlain Arts.

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Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning for a new-tech round-up. We’ll discuss several upcoming products and advancements.

Jesse Feiler's apps (published by Champlain Arts and available in the App Store) include Minutes Machine Plus for managing meetings and agendas, Saranac River Trail to help you explore the Trail and the City of Plattsburgh, Cyber Continuity which lets you learn about your vulnerabilities, the Nonprofit Risk App (a companion to Jesse’s book with Gail Nayowith), and Trails and Places to help you build your own self-guided trails using the model of the Saranac River Trail app.

Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss tech trends.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant specializing in small business and nonprofit organizations. His most recent books are “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs” written with Gail B. Nayowith and “Learn Computer Science with Swift.” His most recent apps are “CyberContinuity,” a free app to learn about your vulnerabilities and “The Nonprofit Risk App,” a companion to the book.

Simon Winchester has taken on subjects as diverse as the volcanic explosion of Krakatoa to the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary. His latest, “The Perfectionists,” traces the development of technology from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age to explore the single component crucial to advancement: precision.

Andrew Yang is the founder of Venture for America, a major non-profit that places top college graduates in start-ups for two years in emerging U.S. cities to generate job growth and train the next generation of entrepreneurs. Yang has been the CEO, co-founder or executive at a number of technology and education companies.

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Our tech guru Jesse Feiler joins us this morning as we discuss recent news from the world of privacy and personal data.

Jesse Feiler is an app developer, author, and consultant specializing in small business and nonprofit organizations. His most recent books are “The Nonprofit Risk Book: Finding and Managing Risk in Nonprofits and NGOs” written with Gail B. Nayowith and “Learn Computer Science with Swift.” His most recent apps are “CyberContinuity,” a free app to learn about your vulnerabilities and “The Nonprofit Risk App,” a companion to the book.

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