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Can Tech Bring Us Together When We Can’t Be IRL?

Very Biggest Questions

Originally Aired: Thursday, March 19, 2020


Right now the only way that many of us can connect with each other is virtually. How do we stay sane and connected when apps and conference lines are all we’ve got to work, play, and socialize? 

Journalist Angélique Roché (NBC News, Syfy Wire, Marvel) hosts, with guests including Ashley Fetters, staff writer at The Atlantic, Dr. Gail Saltz, author and psychiatrist, and Elana Levin, a digital strategy teacher and host of Graphic Policy Radio Podcast.

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Angelique Roche

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Angélique Roché is a host, voiceover artist, journalist and content creator.

As a writer and photographer, Angélique has contributed to NBC News, Black Girl Nerds, Syfy Wire, Marvel.com, and Rewire News. She is currently the host of Marvel Entertainment’s Marvel’s Voices podcast, an on-air contributor and host of the podcast Geeksplain for Syfy Wire.

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Dr. Gail Saltz is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry with The New York Presbyterian Hospital and psychoanalyst at The New York Psychoanalytic Institute, best known for her work as a relationship, family, emotional wellbeing, and mental health/wellness contributor in the media where she frequently shares her expertise and commentary on the mental health aspects of current issues and news. She is a bestselling author of numerous books including her most recent, The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius, a powerful and inspiring examination of the connection between the potential for great talent and conditions commonly thought to be “disabilities.” Dr. Saltz is the host of the 92Y regular, live Psychobiography series, and she also serves as a Medical Expert for the Physicians for Human Rights. In addition, she is the host of the upcoming podcast “Personology” from iHeart Radio. Follow her at @DrGailSaltz

Ashley Fetters Photo

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Ashley Fetters is a staff writer for The Atlantic, where she reports on relationships and families.

Elana Levin

Credit: Photo courtesy of the guest

Elana Levin teaches digital strategy to organizations working for social change. As a digital organizer in the union movement, Elana co-founded the Organizing 2.0 Conference, an annual gathering of organizers and activists now on it’s 10th year. This year’s is April 17 and 18 in NYC. She also serves as Program Director of New Media Mentors running an online academy of digital strategy trainings and overseeing trainings at the Netroots Nation Convention. She hosts the Graphic Policy Radio podcast (“where geek culture and politics meet”) and tweets a bit too much at @Elana_Brooklyn.

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