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Google leaves China

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Associate professor of media studies and law at the University of Virginia, Siva Vaidhyanathan, talks about Google pulling out of China to detour around censorship restrictions.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Inspector Gadget: Is Microsoft Cool Again?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Peter Rojas, tech guru and founder of gdgt.com, Engadget, and Gizmodo, is in studio for the third installment of the month-long series on technology.

Today’s Topic: Is Microsoft getting cool again?

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Death and Life of American Journalism

Monday, March 01, 2010

With daily newspapers closing across America, Washington bureaus and international bureaus being shuttered, Robert W. McChesney and John Nichols investigate the crisis in news and talk about the future of journalism. In The Death and Life of American Journalism: The Media Revolution that Will Begin the World Again, they ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Pride

Friday, February 26, 2010

Today we speak with three British actors currently in “The Pride,” on stage in New York. And today’s edition of Please Explain is all about 3D technology.

Leonard Lopate has been with WNYC for 25 years! You’re invited to celebrate his anniversary at a star-studded roast on March ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fallows on Washington

Thursday, February 25, 2010

James Fallows, national correspondent for The Atlantic Monthly discusses the latest news out of Washington, including today's health care summit.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

This Book is Overdue!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Marilyn Johnson explains how librarians can help us manage the myriad sources of information available to us —from paper and discs, books, e-books, and thumb drives. Her book This Book is Overdue! How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All smashes the stereotypes of librarians and shows how they’re ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digging Beneath the Surface

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

We’ll talk to filmmaker Jon Alpert about “China’s Unnatural Disaster,” his Oscar-nominated documentary about the fallout from the 2008 earthquake in Sichuan. And we’ll look into how technology has changed the lives of most librarians, and why one author thinks they remain essential in our Google-Wikipedia world. Then, John Banville ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Help Wanted: The Advertising Industry

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

So many New Yorkers work in and around the advertising industry. Dow Jones reporter Ty McMahan takes a look at the state of Madison Avenue and how online advertising has changed the industry.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

After Photography

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Images from Haiti helped define the story of the earthquakes devastation, but what did they say about the state of photojournalism? Fred Ritchin, formerNew York Times Magazine photo editor; photography and imaging professor at NYU; director of PixelPress.org; and author of After Photography, discusses how affordable technology ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Digital Nation

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Within a single generation, digital media and the World Wide Web have transformed virtually every aspect of modern culture, from how we learn and work to how we communicate and even conduct war. Frontline correspondent Douglas Rushkoff and producer Rachel Dretzin discuss Frontline’s documentary "Digital Nation," which investigates ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Shuffling the Decks

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

On today’s show we’ll look at how the Iraq War contributed to the shift of global power away from American dominance. Then, 100 years ago Paris was largely underwater. Jeffrey Jackson tells us how Parisians came together to survive the great flood of 1910. Plus, we’ll celebrate the 40th anniversary ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Following Up: A Mistaken Quote; That New Device; and Multitasking

Friday, January 29, 2010

It's not just Friday, it's follow-up Friday. First, we correct a mis-attributed quote. Then, how people from around the country may pronounce the new Apple device. And, Winifred Gallagher, author of Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life, looks a little deeper into questions of multitasking and cognition. Is multitasking ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Fatal System Error

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Joseph Menn describes the underground world of computer hackers. In Fatal System Error, he describes the evolution of cybercrime from small-time thieving to sophisticated, organized gangs who steal financial data from consumers and defense secrets from governments.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Hidden Brain and Underground Crime

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in as guest host. Science writer Shankar Vedantam explains how our unconscious minds help us make all kinds of decisions. Then, we’ll trace the evolution of cybercrime and learn why it’s become so popular with Russian and American gangsters. And we’ll look back at ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Privacy on Facebook

Wednesday, January 06, 2010

Facebook recently changed the way users manage their privacy. Kevin Bankston, senior staff attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, discusses what's good, bad, and ugly about the privacy setting changes.

Have you been burned by the Facebook privacy settings? Did you find you were sharing more ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Protests in Iran

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Wall Street Journal deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and Africa Farnaz Fassihi talks about the protests in Iran. And, freelance journalist and blogger Cyrus Farivar, discusses the continued role of social media in those protests.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Uncommon Economic Follow-Up: Reconnections

Monday, December 07, 2009

Our series of follow-ups for the 1-year anniversary of the Your Uncommon Economic Indicators project continues. Gerry Segal, YUEI contributor who you may remember as the winner of the BLS satire slam, talks about how his exposure on The Brian Lehrer Show and social media has allowed ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Gaming the Decade

Friday, December 04, 2009

Our look back at the 2000s continues with a review of how video games exploded onto the marketplace, and how they reflect our collective interests, fears, and values. Mike Snidercovers gaming and technology and writes the Game Hunters blog for USA Today.

Nominate your biggest gaming ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bridging the Digital Gap

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Ethan Zuckerman, co-founder of Global Voices and research fellow at the Berkman Center, joins us weekly in November to talk about the global impact of social media. This week: a look at how Africa portrays itself on the website Africa Knows and the debate over foreign aid.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

iPhone vs. Droid

Monday, November 23, 2009

The Motorola Droid is the latest smartphone to hit the market. Is it an 'iPhone killer'? To settle the issue, two WNYC producers, On the Media's Mark Phillips, an Android enthusiast, and The Takeaway's Jim Colgan, an iPhone aficionado, bring their water-cooler debates on the air for a showdown.

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