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Rep. Drew Hansen announces plan to preserve net neutrality in Washington state with Gov. Jay Inslee and other state leaders. (Photo via HouseDemocrats.WA.Gov.)

The tech industry’s entanglements with politics were on full display this week. Washington and other states are fighting the FCC’s net neutrality rollback with new bills and lawsuits, and advocates across the political spectrum are criticizing Amazon’s request for government incentives in its HQ2 search, with some calling it ‘corporate welfare.’

We explore both topics on this episode of the Week In Geek Podcast. Plus, we take a look at the technology behind wireless, over-the-air charging — it’s closer to reality than you might think —  and an app that could help in the battle on the opioid crisis.

On the random channel: A tech leader gets involved in the gun control debate — with some ice cream; The latest sci-fi we’re reading (Ann Leckie’s Ancillary Justice) and watching (Netflix’s “Altered Carbon”); and Ellen schools Bill Gates on grocery shopping basics.


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