TechCrunch Mixtape

TechCrunch Mixtape
Welcome to TechCrunch Mixtape the TechCrunch podcast that looks at how technology impacts culture. Listen to TechCrunch Senior Reporter Megan Rose Dickey and Editorial Director Henry Pickavet as they dive into headlines and sometimes talk to influencers and innovators in the field.

Unpacking the Capital One breach
Aug 1, 2019 • 26 min
This week we are joined by TechCrunch’s resident bearer-of-bad-news — security reporter Zack Whittaker.
Phenomenally tech with Meena Harris
Jun 19, 2019 • 45 min
Season 3 kicks off with Meena Harris, founder of the Phenomenal Woman campaign, and head of strategy and leadership at Uber.
Angelica Ross, co-star of FX’s ’Pose,’ talks activism, transgender rights and spirituality
Mar 7, 2019 • 41 min
Angelica Ross, co-star the FX show ‘Pose,’ joined us in the studio this week.
Can tech help those experiencing homelessness?
Feb 21, 2019 • 30 min
This week we sit down with Neil Shah, CEO of Concrn, a compassionate care app that allows people to request help for homeless people experiencing a mental health crisis.
Instacart’s apologetic week
Feb 7, 2019 • 26 min
It’s that time of the week again when Megan Rose Dickey and Henry Pickavet talk about the good and could-be-better tech companies. This week, we talked about Instacart getting caught shorting its shoppers out of dough they rightfully deserved. Of course…
Oracle’s alleged $400M issue with underrepresented groups
Jan 31, 2019 • 27 min
Screen time for kids, corporations not paying people from underrepresented groups and IBM offers some hope for the future of facial recognition technology: These are the topics that [Megan Rose Dickey][1] and [Henry Pickavet][2] dive into on this week’s…
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and that meme life
Jan 24, 2019 • 41 min
This week Megan Rose Dickey and I welcome Tiana Kara, the head of partnerships and growth at #builtbygirls (which, like TechCrunch, is owned by Verizon Media). We also take a look at Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her near-perfect ability to troll the GOP…
CES and its sex tech fail
Jan 17, 2019 • 25 min
This week, Megan Rose Dickey and Henry Pickavet get into a discussion about women’s sexuality, because the world’s biggest “consumer electronics show” revoked an innovation award from Lora DiCarlo, a company that created a sex toy for women. We also…
That Super Mario Party life and enough with digital home assistants already
Oct 24, 2018 • 31 min
This time Megan and Henry talk about all of those hubs in your abodes — you know, your Google Homes, your Amazon Echo Shows, your Facebook Portals …. There really are a lot. Stripe is doing a little something different when it comes to reporting…
Wait, what’s a ‘culture fund’?
Sep 15, 2018 • 25 min
The housing struggle, ancestry and not ‘hurting men’s feelings’
Aug 25, 2018 • 41 min
This week, Megan and Henry talk about a startup called Bungalow that is trying to make the housing search a little easier. Also on tap this week was a conversation about 23andMe and its efforts to provide more specific regional data about the origins of…
Yes, dogs, mac and cheese, and working out are tech-related
Aug 18, 2018 • 30 min
It’s dogs, mac and cheese and working out this week!
Nintendo is making sure it’s still a thing
Aug 2, 2018 • 24 min
What it’s like riding in a self-driving car
Jul 24, 2018 • 39 min
Welcome to another episode of TC Mixtape, where Senior Reporter [Megan Rose Dickey][1] and Editorial Director [Henry Pickavet][2] talk about some tech news of the week and sometimes go on field trips. This week they took a ride in a self-driving car — and…
Finding purpose at San Quentin State Prison
Jul 17, 2018 • 31 min
Welcome to the first episode of TechCrunch Mixtape (formerly CTRL+T). In this episode, join Senior Reporter Megan Rose Dickey and Editorial Director Henry Pickavet at San Quentin State Prison for The Last Mile’s the demo day and graduation.
The issue with Apple’s Memoji
Jun 27, 2018 • 41 min
Apple released the public beta of iOS 12 this week, and Megan and Henry downloaded it so they could play with the new Memoji feature. Their feelings are mixed. Also this week Microsoft improved its facial recognition technology to better detect darker…
‘Gaming disorder’ is barely a real thing
Jun 20, 2018 • 34 min
Welcome back to CTRL+T. This week, [Megan Rose Dickey][1] and [Henry Pickavet][2] talk about the World Health Organization identifying ‘gaming disorder’ as a mental health issue. We disagree. Gamers gonna game. Also this week we were joined by [Adina…
Uber’s unrelenting desire to be everything
Jun 13, 2018 • 25 min
Between electric scooter permit applications and drunk passenger patents, Uber was doing too much this week.
That time we talked about Apple, Kanye West and slavery
Jun 6, 2018 • 31 min
This week is Apple’s big developer conference, creatively called Worldwide Developers Conference (or WWDC), and TechCrunch was there. Each year the company showcases the things developers will be able to do in upcoming versions of their various operating…
About that new Tinder feature
May 26, 2018 • 25 min
Tinder released a new feature that helps people connect based on places both have visited, but is it as sketchy as people say it is? Amazon’s Alexa recorded a couple’s conversation and then sent it to someone else, which is undoubtedly sketchy. All that…
Flying taxis are coming
May 15, 2018 • 36 min
Yes uberAIR is a thing and one day the company wants to make taxis fly you around your congested cities. And regular readers of TechCrunch might already know about the root canal Megan was told to get by a startup. Click play so you can hear the story…
Facebook’s dating play
May 7, 2018 • 24 min
Megan and Henry are coming to you on a Monday this week because why not? On the show: Facebook’s dating play, Hulu passes 20 million subscribers, Handmaid’s Tale decompression and MoviePass competitor Sinemia launches $4.99 per month subscriptions.
When scooters attack
May 1, 2018 • 26 min
Henry’s back on the pod this week and tells a harrowing tale about his appendix. Then he and Megan get into the fight to deliver your groceries, Amazon’s desire to put packages in all kinds of places, and about the millions of scooters that have taken…
Our homeless neighbors
Apr 17, 2018 • 31 min
On this week’s episode, Megan Rose Dickey chats with Kevin Adler of Miracle Messages, a non-profit organization that aims to connect homeless people with their loved ones.
Here come the zebras
Apr 10, 2018 • 32 min
On this week’s episode, I chat with Aniyia Williams, the person behind Tinsel Wear, Black and Brown Founders and the Zebra Movement. We talk all-things tech, making it rain cash money in black and brown communities and white savior complex .
Bail reform is coming
Apr 3, 2018 • 26 min
Cash bail systems are unjust and disproportionately affect low-income people. On this week’s episode of CTRL+ T, Megan Rose Dickey chats with Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins of Promise, a startup that looks to provide an alternative to cash bail systems.
My house, my car, my rules
Mar 27, 2018 • 34 min
On this week’s episode of CTRL+T, Henry Pickavet and Megan Rose Dickey chat about Facebook’s privacy drama involving Cambridge Analytica, an Airbnb experience gone wrong and a new camera for your car.
Your brain on ice and the alleged inaccessibility of Lyft
Mar 20, 2018 • 21 min
There is a company out of startup accelerator Y Combinator that says it’s “committed to the goal of archiving your mind.” Okay. We also talk software developer ethics and the alleged inaccessibility of Lyft.
Moving to Tuesday
Mar 17, 2018 • 0 min
We are moving our release date to Tuesday. See you then!
Data on a street corner
Mar 10, 2018 • 44 min
This week we talk MoviePass’s tracking drama and the way the local world works - media-style.
Incubating tech in the shadow of the civil rights movement
Mar 3, 2018 • 19 min
When Birmingham led the charge in the civil rights movement in the sixties, the city inadvertently created big shoes for itself to later fill. Just how Birmingham was the birthplace of many civil rights actions in the sixties, the city wants to be the…
A Black Panther Moment
Feb 24, 2018 • 29 min
You might have heard that a film called “Black Panther” came out last week and saw near-record crowds descend on theaters all over the world. The CTRL+T podcast team was among them.
Robot assistants and a marijuana incubator
Feb 17, 2018 • 31 min
We’ve had plenty of time to get used to our robot overlords and Boston Dynamics is helping us get there. This week we talk about the company’s addition of a door-opening arm to its SpotMini robot. It’s not spooky at all. We then switch gears and discuss…
The future is flying cars, rockets and diabetes-detecting Apple Watches
Feb 10, 2018 • 44 min
This week’s episode is all about the future. Thanks to technology, the highest capacity rocket platform ever, the Falcon Heavy, blasted up into space.
Meanwhile, over on Earth, Uber is working to make urban air travel a thing, and companies are developing…
Teeth, flamethrowers and DeRay Mckesson on the racial wealth gap and mass incarceration
Feb 3, 2018 • 46 min
On this week’s episode of CTRL+T, it’s all about flamethrowers (yes, the devices that throw flames), startups trying to get inside your mouth and education in the prison system. Later on, I chat with the one and only DeRay Mckesson, who is known for his…
Artificial intelligence may become a human rights issue
Jan 27, 2018 • 40 min
Welcome back to another glorious episode of CTRL+T. This week, Henry Pickavet and I explore Amazon’s new cashier-less stores that promise no waiting in line — except to get in — and Uber’s newest C-level executive hire. Later in the episode, I rage with…
Blockchain explained and Tide Pod Challenge interrupted
Jan 20, 2018 • 37 min
Blockchain, contraceptive app being blamed for unwanted pregnancies, Uber safety move in the UK and people have been ingesting laundry detergent via pods.
Diversity and its discontents
Jan 13, 2018 • 41 min
If you thought last year was intense for diversity, hold on tight, because based on the way this year is unfolding, it looks like we’re in for a wild ride. Already, Google was hit with a revised gender pay lawsuit that alleges Google underpaid women in…
As long as it tastes like chicken, folds my clothes for cheap and doesn’t run me over
Jan 6, 2018 • 42 min
Wait, what? Yeah, this week a company called SuperMeat announced that it raised $3 million to create chicken in a lab. It requires real chicken cells, Petrie dishes probably and some patience. The benefits for fake (fake real?) chicken are numerous, not…
Automating your life
Dec 30, 2017 • 31 min
People can be lazy. So it’s no wonder why on this week’s episode of CTRL+T, we were drawn to some news that touched on home assistants and personal assistants for when you’re out in the wild.
The identity politics of emoji
Dec 23, 2017 • 34 min
This week we wondered if cell phones can adversely affect your health (or kill you), the madness of Magic Leap and the problem Twitter has with the hateful people on its platform. Then later in the ep, Megan chats up Jeremy Burge, the Aussie founder of…
Shonda Rhimes talks Netflix and not getting too comfortable
Dec 16, 2017 • 29 min
On this week’s episode, hear about Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya’s declaration that the social network is effectively “destroying how society works,” the FCC’s vote on repealing net neutrality and Netflix reminding everyone it’s spying on its…
Welcome to CTRL+T
Nov 24, 2017 • 1 min
Welcome to CTRL+T, the TechCrunch podcast that looks at how technology impacts culture. Listen to TechCrunch reporter Megan Rose Dickey and Editorial Director Henry Pickavet as they dive into the week’s headlines followed by interviews with influencers…