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How Uber Changed Employment, And For More Than Its Drivers

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Technology wins: in many places, you don't have to call a cab anymore, you just use your Uber app to summon a ride-share.  Great for people wanting to get from place to place... but how about those drivers?  Is life behind the wheel all they thought it would be? 

Technology ethnographer Alex Rosenblat rode thousands of miles on Uber to find the answers to those questions, and many more. 

The resulting book is called Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work.  The book gives an overview of the technological, economic, and even cultural power Uber now wields.  The author visits with stories from her many road trips.  
 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.
John Baxter's history at JPR reaches back three decades.  John was the JPR program director who was the architect of "the split" when JPR grew from a single program stream to three separate streams. We coaxed him out of retirement and he's now a co-producer of the Jefferson Exchange.