Your Brain on Technology; Latest Budget Standoff; A Turkish Perspective on Syria

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Monday, September 16, 2013

Students at one of the city's academies for software engineering (Yasmeen Khan/WNYC)

Clive Thompson discusses his new book, in which he explains how our interactions with technology make us smarter. Plus: A Turkish perspective on the debate over intervention in Syria; Elizabeth Williamson of The Wall Street Journal provides context for the next budget showdown in Congress; and an update on the mayoral race. 

New York City's Messy Elections (v.2013)

Bill Thompson has scheduled an 11am press conference today, at which he is expected to withdraw from the mayoral raceBrigid Bergin, WNYC politics reporter, discusses the breaking news. And Dick Dadey, Executive Director of Citizens Union, discuss why the vote count has been so problematic, why turnout is so low, and what to do about it.

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The View from Turkey

As the Syrian civil war grinds on, a steady stream of refugees have left the country seeking shelter in neighboring Turkey. Turkish journalist and Al Arabiya columnist, Ceylan Ozbudak, calls in to talk about how the debate over Syrian intervention has played out in the Turkish media.

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Obama's Rocky Economic Road: Summers Withdraws, Budget Showdown Looms

This week, President Obama is facing economic challenges from both sides of the aisle. Republicans are threatening a government shutdown over the 2014 budget and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. And pressure from liberal Senators led to Lawrence Summer withdrawing his name from consideration for Fed Chairman over the weekend. Wall Street Journal reporter Elizabeth Williamson discusses the latest from both stories.

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Neil deGrasse Tyson on Why Voyager 1 Matters

Ann Druyan, creative director of the NASA Voyager Interstellar Record Project, Carl Sagan's widow, and now executive producer of "Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey", talks about the golden records on board Voyager 1 and reflects on the news that it is now in interstellar space. The record project was intended to demonstrate the diversity of life and culture on Earth for future humans or any intelligent extraterrestrial life it may come into contact with. Plus, Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist with the American Museum of Natural History and author of the book The Pluto Files: The Rise and Fall of America's Favorite Planet, joins the conversation to talk about the scientific development that Voyager represents. He's the host of the new "Cosmos" series.

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Better Living Through Technology

Clive Thompson, author of the new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better tells us why he thinks technology isn't making us dumber -- it's actually improving our  memory, cognition, and more.

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Help Soundcheck Remix the Mayor

The latest project from Soundcheck wants you to dive into the WNYC archives and remix audio of New York City mayors, from La Guardia to Bloomberg. John Schaefer discusses the project, how you can participate, and why Hizzoners deserve the remix treatment.

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