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Alyom means "the day". It is April 4, 2017. Syria's dictator Assad drops poison gas over Chan Sheikhun. It is a war against his own nation, more than 80 people are cruelly killed, including many children. The message is spread around the globe within minutes – and just as fast it is forgotten again. The twelve-year-old Yusuff loses 29 relatives. His fate is the reason for this podcast. We talked to Yusuff, to the survivors of his family, to people who know the backgrounds. We must not avert ...
 
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Mark sits down with Dr. Joe DeRisi and Dr. Stephen Quake, who lead the Chan Zuckerberg Biohub, a nonprofit research center that brings together scientists and engineers from Stanford, Berkeley, and UCSF. They talk about how technology is accelerating health research, the new advancements they’re most excited about, how to restore faith in science a…
 
Mark sits down with Stanford Law School Dean Jenny Martinez and Harvard Law Professor Noah Feldman to talk about freedom of expression and governance. They’re both experts in constitutional law and Noah is an advisor helping define Facebook’s independent oversight board where people will be able to appeal Facebook’s content decisions. They talk abo…
 
Mark talks with Yuval Noah Harari, historian and author of Sapiens, Homo Deus, and 21 Lessons For the 21st Century. They discuss some of the most important topics surrounding the future of technology and society – like whether the internet is connecting or fragmenting communities, the different ways artificial intelligence could be developed, how a…
 
Mark sits down with Mathias Döpfner — the CEO of the largest news publisher in Europe, Axel Springer — in Berlin. They answer questions like: What role does quality journalism play in building informed communities? What principles should Facebook use for building a dedicated area to surface more high quality news? They also talk about the privacy-f…
 
"Why is nothing happening, although you've proved that Assad attacked us with toxic gas?", Yussuf asks us via voicemail. We're also left wondering: Why is nobody doing anything? Why is the West just watching – and then turning away again? In Episode 3, in search of answers to these questions, we visit, among other places, the Spiez Laboratory in Sw…
 
Yussuf often plays football after school. There used to be more kids on the field, but since April 4th, several are missing. They're dead. But even more children might have died if it hadn't been for those who risked their lives for others on April 4th. Abboud is one of them. He lives near Yussuf. He's woken up by the explosion, which occurs in the…
 
Eight months have passed since the toxic gas attack. For Yusuff, life goes on. But nothing is as it was. Yusuff's family home has been destroyed. His family too. Every Thursday, he goes to the cemetery: the sixth-grader visits his father and 28 other relatives. After six years of war, Yusuff has grown accustomed to many things: For example, that he…
 
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