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All Things Considered

As Emoji Spread Beyond Texts, Many Remain [Confounded Face] [Interrobang]

Monday, May 04, 2015

There's a growing tendency to bring the tiny hieroglyphs off of phones, but not everyone is fluent. New takes on emoji integration suggest misunderstanding may be remedied with universal translation.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Complicated Lives, and Social Roles, of Elephants

Monday, April 06, 2015

For the last twenty-three years, Caitlin O’Connell has been a keen observer of the complicated friendships of an entourage of bull elephants in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

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Morning Edition

Is Cash-Free Really The Way To Be? Maybe Not For Millennials

Monday, April 06, 2015

Financial advisers advocate using cash whenever possible. But new technologies are making it easier to do just the opposite. Still, a recent study shows more millennials are turning away from plastic.

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All Things Considered

Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

Monday, March 30, 2015

About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.

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The Takeaway

Why Bad Habits Come Back to Bite Us

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A new study finds that giving up one bad habit often leads to picking up another. For example, people switching from plastic to reusable grocery bags will start buying more junk food.

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Facebook's Suicide Prevention Tools Connect Friends, Test Privacy

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

When online social networks open up spaces for suicide prevention with untrained peer support, they walk the fragile line between invasion of privacy and supporting those who need help.

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Morning Edition

Recruiting Better Talent With Brain Games And Big Data

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Some companies are using surveys or brain games to assess what kind of workers candidates are. Employers say the tests can help reduce turnover and surface talent recruiters might otherwise overlook.

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All Things Considered

Pick Up Your Smartphone Less Often. You Might Think Better.

Monday, February 09, 2015

Our friends at the WNYC podcast New Tech City recently challenged you to put down the smartphone to see what sort of brilliance beckoned. We check in on the results.

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Radiolab

Darwin's Stickers

Monday, February 09, 2015

How Charles Darwin's 150 year-old discoveries about human emotion are helping Facebook users better understand and empathize with each other.
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All Things Considered

Bored ... And Brilliant? A Challenge To Disconnect From Your Phone

Monday, January 12, 2015

Studies suggest we get our most original ideas when we stop the constant stimulation and let ourselves get bored. The podcast New Tech City is challenging you to disconnect — and see what happens.

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All Things Considered

Did You Hear? Going Viral No Longer Just For Videos, Memes

Monday, December 01, 2014

Sure, the Internet is littered with viral cat videos. But recently some bits of audio have drawn millions of listens. Yet it may be too soon to say we're entering a new age of viral audio.

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All Things Considered

Even Techies Limit Their Children's Screen Time

Monday, October 06, 2014

Steve Jobs was said to be a low-tech parent, and so are others in the tech industry. That means they're often putting strict limits on family use of the very gadgets and software they're developing.

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PRI's The World

You might want extra life insurance before trying some of the recipes in this cookbook

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Since 1991, the Ig Nobel prizes have been awarded, tongue firmly in cheek, to researchers whose work "first makes you laugh, then makes you think." The theme of this year's Ig Nobel ceremony? Food. And with that, we have this review of the Ig Nobel Cookbook, Volume I.

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Digital To-Do Lists Are Fine, But What Really Motivates Us?

Friday, August 15, 2014

There are many apps and services to encourage us to do all that we set out (and want) to do — walk the dog, call our mom, eat healthier. But is a reminder, or an alert, enough?

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All Things Considered

A Good IT Person Needs To Be Half Technologist, Half Psychologist

Monday, August 11, 2014

Your doctor and lawyer may know a lot about you. But in a time when we are using computers to socialize, keep track of finances, do work and store family photos, your IT person probably knows more.

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Surrounded By Digital Distractions, We Can't Even Stop To Think

Thursday, July 03, 2014

A study on the wandering mind had a simple request: Just think. But many participants couldn't sit still for very long, and they even were willing to shock themselves to avoid doing nothing.

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Fresh Air

Do Feelings Compute? If Not, The Turing Test Doesn't Mean Much

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

For the first time, a computer passed the test for machines engaging in intelligent thought. Linguist Geoff Nunberg says the real test is whether computers can behave the same way thinking people do.

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Redefining What It Means To Talk In The Age Of Smartphones

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Why talk when we can text? For many, our phones are a habit — a bad one — and only a small number of us realize it. Our voices are a way to express and define ourselves; a text message can't do that.

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On Being

Stuart Brown — Play, Spirit, and Character [remix]

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Stuart Brown with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 19, 2014

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