Sam Harnett is a reporter who covers tech and work at KQED in Northern California. For the last five years, many of his stories have shown how technology and capitalism are changing the way we think about ourselves and what it means to work. He is the co-creator of The World According to Sound, a 90-second podcast that features different sounds and the stories behind them. Before joining KQED, Sam worked as an independent reporter who contributed regularly to The California Report, Marketplace, The World and NPR.
In the '80s and '90s, Filipino American turntablists dominated parts of California's party scene, and pushed some DJs to national hip-hop fame.
Want to hear the sound of London's Millennium Bridge or the sound of metal workers in Kathmandu? You can do both on the sound map Aporee.
Many Japanese believe the media hasn't done its job in holding the government and power companies accountable for the Fukushima disaster. Jun Hori, a former TV anchor, agreed. Now he and others are starting new media companies to break the compliant mold of Japanese reporting.
How do you decide when it's safe to go home after a nuclear accident? Three and a half years after the Fukushima disaster, the government says the clean-up is mostly completed in one nearby town. But only half the residents have returned.
It's been three and a half years since the nuclear disaster in Fukushima, and clean-up is still going. The area is still too dangerous for residents to return, but an army of decontamination employees has created its own small economy in the area, keeping a small number of businesses alive.