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Bumble & the trap of modern dating; plus, living ethically in COVID’s aftermath

podcast May 17, 2024


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This week, the dating app Bumble could not stay out of the news. First, the company launched an anti-celibacy advertising campaign mocking abstinence and suggesting women shouldn’t give up on dating apps. Then, at a tech summit, Bumble’s founder suggested artificial intelligence might be the future of dating. Both efforts were met with backlash, and during a time when everyone seems irritated with dating – where can people turn? Shani Silver, author of the Cheaper Than Therapy substack, and KCRW’s Myisha Battle, dating coach and host of How’s Your Sex Life? join the show to make sense of the mess.

Then, it’s been four years since the start of the COVID pandemic. So much has changed – especially attitudes towards public health. Brittany talks to, Dr. Keisha S. Ray, a bioethicist, to hear how public health clashed with American culture – how we’re supposed to live among people with different risk tolerance – and what all this means for the next pandemic.

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