Here's how to keep that old cell phone you're about to toss from becoming toxic e-waste in a developing country
Friday, September 12, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Let's face it: as much as we all know and love about music, everyone has at least some blind spots. In this special edition of our new series, How To Be Smarter About…, Soundcheck helps WNYC morning host Brian Lehrer learn more about speakers and headphones.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Electronics giant LG plans to build its new US headquarters near the Palisades in New Jersey, which opponents say will destroy the beautiful view. Local officials are now calling for a compromise between LG and its environmental opponents. Ned Sullivan, President of Scenic Hudson and a member of the steering committee Protect the Palisades, a coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to preserving the Hudson River Palisades, discusses what this compromise might look like.
Monday, May 05, 2014
Cleaning expert Jolie Kerr tackles more of our musical spring cleaning questions, like how to launder our favorite old concert t-shirts and how to wipe down old CDs without scratching them. Plus, she shares some of her favorite music to clean to.
Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Got beer on your shoes after that last concert? Wondering if it's time to part ways with some of your CDs from high school -- or finally find some proper storage? Need to get grime off of your earbuds? Music fans, it's time to do some spring cleaning. We get help from cleaning expert (and realist) Jolie Kerr.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, which is Anna Rose Carter (piano) and Christopher Brett Bailey (treatments.) Carter provides soft peals of piano and Bailey weaves them together with dark washes of reverb, and other subtle electronic processing. There's also glitchy ambient music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto along with music from the Hilary Hahn & Hauschka release, "Silfra." And more.
Monday, August 26, 2013
Quin Etnyre wanted to make tech education more fun, so he became a teacher. He started his own company, called Qtechknow, which sells DIY electronic starter kits. But Etnyre is not an MIT professor or grad—he's a 12-year-old. He joins The Takeaway to discuss some of his inventions and the ways he is working to make technology more accessible.
Friday, July 06, 2012
For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, which is Anna Rose Carter (piano) and Christopher Brett Bailey (treatments.) Carter provides soft peals of piano and Bailey weaves them together with dark washes of reverb, and other subtle electronic processing. There's also glitchy ambient music from Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto along with music from the recent Hilary Hahn & Hauschka release, "Silfra." And more.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
For those who tinker like it's 1959, Leed's Radio is Candyland. This 2,500 square foot warehouse is literally jam packed with an inventory of just about anything requisite for a radio made before 1965.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
Today, we pay tribute to something that's in almost every piece of portable technology today: the humble battery. Henry Schlesinger is the author of a new book called "The Battery: How Portable Power Sparked a Technological Revolution." He explains how the battery went from animating a frog’s leg, back in the beginning, to powering your cell phone today.
Monday, December 07, 2009
We've talked a lot about research on the dangers of texting and even talking on the phone while driving. But a new report out by our partner The New York Times shows evidence of a cell phone industry that was aware of those risks decades before most people had ever seen seen the devices initially marketed as "car phones." It's part of the Times' Driven to Distraction series; we're joined by the series' editor, Adam Bryant, deputy business editor for The New York Times.
Friday, June 26, 2009
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
What really happens to the mountains of computers at recycling centers throughout the U.S.? In the upcoming documentary “Digital Dumping Ground,” Frontline World Producer Peter Klein and a team of graduate journalism students from the University of British Columbia follow the trail of “e-waste” that leads to Ghana, China and India. Among the locals who act as e-waste guides in these countries is Jim Puckett, an environmentalist who discovered a startling center of e-waste —Guiyu, China, where the residents suffer some of the highest dioxin and lead poisoning in the world. And in Ghana, much of the e-waste is actually used by scam artists who take personal banking and credit card information off of the hard drives. Peter Klein joins The Takeaway to talk about his documentary.
Tuesday, June 09, 2009
Watch an ad for the iPhone 3G S below.