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Troubles in Tech: Twitter, the Crypto Collapse and Big Layoffs; Plus Musician Matthew Whitaker

Our guests explain the recent developments of the cyber industry, cryptocurrency, and our economy.



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We talk with jazz sensation Matthew Whitaker who at age 21 is being hailed as "the second coming of Ray Charles." He shares his journey of being born blind and having a natural aptitude for playing music. Matthew's gift for music has even been the subject of study by scientists to better understand the minds of those with creative talent.

Matthew's new album Connections is available now. To listen, click here.

Performing Arts Houston presents Matthew Whitaker at the Cullen Theater at Wortham Center on Friday, November 18, 2022, at 7:30pm. For information and to purchase tickets, click here.

We then take a closer look at the upheaval in the cyber world, the economy, and the supply chain. How will it affect your holidays? Our experts share their thoughts on everything from the effects digital streaming has had on the entertainment industry to the collapse of crypto exchange FTX and how consumers have been defrauded for billions of dollars. We also discuss the recent actions of Elon Musk's takeover of Twitter and Jeff Bezos giving away his billions of dollars to charity.



Matthew Whitaker

  • Pianist, Organist, and Drummer

Dr. Chris Bronk

  • Associate Professor, Hobby School of Public Affairs, University of Houston
  • Non-Resident Scholar, Baker Institute for Public Policy

Dr. Dietrich Von Biedenfeld

  • Assistant Professor, Marilyn Davies College of Business, University of Houston Downtown

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