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Electronic Sculptures Need the Human Touch

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nam Jun Paik pioneered new media art. But when the 1960s technology in his sculptures needs repairs, there’s only one man for the job.

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New Sounds

Piano Plus...

Sunday, November 16, 2014

For this New Sounds, hear music from the duo Moon Ate the Dark, along with other music for piano and electronics.

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PRI's The World

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

You've seen the new iPhone 6. You want one. You buy one. So what do you do with your old iPhone to make sure it doesn't end up in some e-waste toxic pile in West Africa? We've got a few recommendations from an e-waste expert.

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Soundcheck

How To Be Smarter About... Brian Lehrer's Home Audio

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. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Could LG and Its Opponents Compromise in the Palisades?

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.

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Soundcheck

How To Wash Your Ancient Concert T-Shirts, And Other Helpful Spring Cleaning Tips

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.

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Soundcheck

Beer On Your Shoes? Grime On Your Headphones? Get Your Music Cleaning Questions Answered

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. 

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New Sounds

Piano Plus...

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.

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The Takeaway

A 12-Year-Old Tech Prodigy's Mission

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.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Unwanted Electronic Gear Piles Up

Monday, March 25, 2013

Flat-screen technology has drastically lowered the demand for the recycled tube glass and creating stockpiles of useless materials across the country.

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New Sounds

Piano Plus...

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.

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WNYC News

Niche Market | Radio Electronics, Pre-1965

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.

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New Sounds

Voice As Instrument

Monday, June 14, 2010

Hear small ensembles that use the voice as an instrument (often an electronic one) on this New Sounds program. 

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The Takeaway

An Ode (or is it Anode?) to the Battery

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.

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The Takeaway

Dangers of 'Car Phones' Known Early

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.

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The Takeaway

Iran's Election Was Fair. So Says the Guardian Council.

Friday, June 26, 2009

It’s been another tumultuous week in Iran, following the disputed June 12 election. Today, the top political body in the country, the Guardian Council, says the election was the fairest ever held in the country. Sadeq Saba is the BBC's Iranian Affairs analyst. He joined The Takeaway earlier in the week and joins us again from London.

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The Takeaway

Following the Trail of E-Waste

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.

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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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