Thinking of going to a nice restaurant? Before you decide, you probably go online and read reviews of the place from other customers (or you listen to these actors read them to you). Online reviews of restaurants, travel deals, apps and just about anything you want to buy have become a powerful driver of consumer behavior. Unsurprisingly, they have also created a powerful incentive to cheat.
Military commanders, government officials and members of Congress have long wrangled over which weapon systems are needed. Now, there's an argument over what computer software should be provided to soldiers in Afghanistan. It's a defense dispute for the digital age.
In recent years, the ability to analyze data has become almost as important to U.S. war-fighters as the guns they use.
The United States' southern border bristles with technology and manpower designed to catch illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. Since 1986, the government has spent hundreds of billions of dollars on fences, aircraft, detention centers and agents.
But even as federal budgets shrink and illegal immigration ebbs, experts say that there's no end in sight for the growth of the border-industrial complex.
On today's Your Call, we’ll speak with Ruben Martinez, author of “Desert America: Boom and Bust in the New Old West,” about what he sees as the extremes of the desert regions of the US: outrageous wealth and devastating poverty, sublime beauty and ecological ruin. From drug wars to immigration wars to water wars -- what lessons should we be learning from the legacy of the West? Join us at 10am PST or post a comment here. It’s Your Call with Holly Kernan, and you.