Topher Forhecz

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Goodbye Styrofoam. City Schools to Serve Lunch on 'Green' Trays

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

New York City has joined with other large school districts to buy disposable trays that won't remain stacked in landfills for eons. They're due in schools this fall.

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What Another Round of Sanctions Will Do to Iran

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

After seven weeks of negotiations, America's nuclear talks with Iran are reaching a critical phase. If all goes well, Iran will get $7 billion in sanctions relief in exchange for agreeing to roll back its nuclear program. But much to President Barack Obama’s consternation, the Senate is considering new Iranian sanctions. P.J. Crowley, a former State Department spokesperson and a professor at George Washington University, examines the power struggle between the White House and the Senate.


The End of Equal Internet Access?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

A federal appeals court has invalidated key provisions of the government's net neutrality rules. In a 3-0 decision, the court ruled that the FCC overstepped its regulatory authority in issuing a 2010 order that barred broadband carriers from blocking or slowing certain websites. Scott Cleland, Chairman of Net Competition, an e-forum that represents broadband interests, applauds the court for overruling the FCC. Susan Crawford, a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, disagrees. 

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Kentucky Bourbon Jim Beam is Turning Japanese

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The demand for bourbon is growing around the world, and foreign companies are taking notice. On Monday, the Japanese whiskey and beer company Suntory announced it was acquiring the owner of Maker's Mark and Jim Bean for $13.6 billion. Will this acquisition mash up culturally speaking? Charles K. Cowdery, the author of "Bourbon, Straight: The Uncut and Unfiltered Story of American Whiskey," explains how an inherently American product is becoming an international drink-of-choice.

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Theaters Hope Recliners Lure Homebodies Off Their Sofas

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Movie theater seats are getting more deluxe. A couple chains are installing recliners in the latest effort to give movie-goers more of the comforts of home. (This story originally aired on Nov. 29, 2013, on Morning Edition.)


Merchants Gain Say on Cost of Credit Cards

Monday, December 23, 2013

A federal judge has ruled that retailers can now institute a surcharge on consumers who pay by credit card, creating what some fear may become a two-tiered pricing system for shoppers. Joining The Takeaway now to weigh in are Mallory Duncan, senior vice president and general counsel for the National Retail Federation and Dawn Casale, owner of One Girl Cookies in Brooklyn, New York.

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Kingsbridge Armory Ice Complex Nears City Council Decision

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

The New York City Council holds a hearing on Thursday to review the construction of what could be the world's largest, indoor ice complex at the Kingsbridge Armory in the Bronx.


Getting Meta: We Recycle a Story on E-Recycling

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Each year, we create more than two million tons of e-waste, buy only some of it is recycled. This is the story of one computer's journey through the recycling process from the New School in Manhattan to an e-waste graveyard outside the city.


This Guy Brings Smartphones Back from the Dead

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Meet Justin Wetherill, CEO of the smartphone repair chain uBreakiFix. He knows how to repair the iPhone whose screen you stupidly shattered when you dropped it on the sidewalk last night. 


A Checkup on Obamacare

Friday, November 22, 2013

Healthcare.gov launched more than seven weeks ago and its diagnosis isn't looking good so far. 


WiFi on Wheels Rolls Into Public Housing

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

In areas of the city where New Yorkers don't have easy access to broadband, it can be difficult to find a job – or even a build a resume to get started. The New York City Housing Authority is trying to help some of its residents by rolling in WiFi on wheels.


1,021 Reasons Why This Family Built a Computer Just to Play Minecraft

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Minecraft is the mega-popular video game that is all about building. It's sort of like Legos for the digital set. John Keefe, head of WNYC's data news team, channeled his family's Minecraft mania into a creative building project for the real-world: He and his daughter put together a computer from scratch so they could have a machine dedicated to the game. 


A Sensor that Could Change the Way Kids Play Football

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

First there were pads and helmets. Now, there are blinking lights. The latest technology for protecting football players is a device called Checklight, which measures and displays the force of head impacts players experience when they make a tackle or take a hit.  


AMC Installs Recliners to Make Movies More Like Home

Sunday, November 10, 2013

AMC Theatres is trying to bring more customers to their locations with one thing that home living rooms have always had cornered: comfort.


MAP: The Coffee Fueling New York City's Tech Sector

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

It seems like every time we report on a tech company or coworking space in New York City, there's a great coffee shop around the corner. Check out our map to see where the hippest coffee joints in the city are in relation to tech hubs. 

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QUIZ: Nuclear War? Are These Real Terms of Service

Wednesday, October 09, 2013


Every time you sign up for a new online service, you face a choice:  do you click "accept" at the bottom of a long scroll of dense legalese that is the company's terms of service. We decided to whip out the old magnifying glass to get a better look at the fine print and bring you some of the more unexpected gems buried in real terms of service agreements. Can you guess which ones are real? 

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