The Takeaway

Bored & Brilliant Challenge: Put Away Your Phone!

Monday, February 02, 2015

WNYC's New Tech City is challenging listeners to put away their phones in their new "Bored and Brilliant" project.

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Overhaul Outdated NY Telecom Rules, Groups Demand

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Advocates and elected officials say Albany can improve New Yorkers' phone and internet service.


NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Man Who Fought For and Founded WNYC

Thursday, May 29, 2014

WNYC's founding: A story from the dawn of the Radio Age.
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Hanging Up on Payphones

Thursday, May 01, 2014

New York City issues a Request for Proposals to replace more than 7,000 public payphones.

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New Tech City

China's One App to Rule them All

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

One vexed husband tries to understand WeChat, an addictive app that pervades Chinese-American circles. 


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So Verizon Won the Internet Wars—Now What?

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Verizon wants the internet to be more orderly - and more profitable. This week's major court decision against “net neutrality” is a big win for the company.

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New Tech City

Bye Bye, Cable Guy. Hello, Microwave Broadband.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Two brothers had an idea: How about starting a broadband service provider in New York City?

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Cell Phone Makers Meet with New York AG

Thursday, June 13, 2013

On Thursday, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman met with representatives of Apple, Samsung, Google and Microsoft to discuss the rise in thefts of smartphones.


The Leonard Lopate Show

Jill Lepore on "The Lie Factory"

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore discusses her latest article, “The Lie Factory,” about how politics became a business. Lepore is also the author of the new book The Story of America: Essays on Origins.

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When Disaster is About to Strike, NYC Says It Can Get the Message Out

Sunday, September 16, 2012


Experts say getting real time information to city residents during an emergency is critical to helping them make the right choices so they can survive a natural or man made disaster that can crop up with little warning.

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It's A Free Country ®

Explaining The Compromise On Net Neutrality

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I was in the FCC and I said why don't we extend this to wireless and they said that's great, but AT&T would never agree to it. And I said, 'well, AT&T doesn't have a vote on this commission! And they said, 'yeah, but they have 60 Congressmen, and they can make your life miserable.'

- Tim Wua policy advocate and professor at Columbia Law School, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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Paper Power: Why Campaign Mailers Still Thrive in the Digital Age

Thursday, October 28, 2010

No other medium has the power to put a candidate’s image and message into voters’ hands like a campaign mailer, even if the voter walks the flyer straight to the recycle bin. And mail is especially useful in New York City, where a 30-second TV ad can cost millions to produce and air.


The Leonard Lopate Show

William Powers on the Digital Age

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

William Powers, former staff writer for The Washington Post, presents a new approach to the digital age by drawing on some of history's most brilliant thinkers, from Plato to Shakespeare to Thoreau, showing that digital connectedness is best balanced disconnectedness. Hamlet’s Blackberry: A Practical Philosophy for Building a Good Life in the Digital Age is part intellectual journey and part memoir, and it sets out to solve the conundrum of connectedness.

How do you deal with constant connectedness and information overload? Let us know by leaving a comment!

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Court Ruling Changes FCC Internet Controls

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The court ruled the FCC had less power over Broadband providers like Comcast than it thought.


The Takeaway

The Taliban's Web Presence

Monday, August 10, 2009

Maybe the best place to see how the Taliban are responding to the reported death of their leader in Pakistan, and the August 20 elections in Afghanistan is the Internet. Joining The Takeaway for a close reading of the Taliban's website is Shir Aqa Karimi, senior reporter for the BBC Pashtu Service.


The Takeaway

A Talk with GM's Bob Lutz: New Cars, New Goals

Monday, July 13, 2009

On Friday General Motors emerged from bankruptcy after only forty days in Chapter 11. Now they’re trying to project the image of the “new” GM. What new cars will they roll out—and what are the company's chances of actually making a profit? Joining The Takeaway from Detroit is Bob Lutz, GM’s Vice Chairman. Lutz began his career in the auto industry in 1963 and he’s in charge of brands, marketing, advertising and communications for GM.

"Our goal is to get back to being a wholly-privately-owned company in two or three years — at the latest four years. And that's the government's goal too."
—GM vice-chairman Bob Lutz on the state of the company

Click through for a transcript of our discussion with Bob Lutz.

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The Takeaway

Get Smart! The Next Generation of Smartphones Is Here

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

The iPhone is getting cheaper. Yesterday Apple announced it was slashing the price of the current iPhone in half just as it launches a new version, which is the third new model since 2007. This comes days after Palm launches it's so-called "iPhone killer," the Palm Pre. New York Times personal technology editor Sam Grobart helps us navigate the buying frenzy.

Watch an ad for the iPhone 3G S below.

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