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Overhaul Outdated NY Telecom Rules, Groups Demand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.


The Truth

Sweets for the Cheat

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Two shock jocks make a big morning mess. Performed by Jon Bander, Alessandro King, Bianca Casusol, Brian Frange, and Elana Fishbein. Written by Ira Gamerman. Produced & directed by Jonathan Mitchell.


The Takeaway

Experiments With a Tech-Free Summer Camp

Monday, August 19, 2013

Technology isn't stopping one Pennsylvania summer camp from trying to get kids to connect more deeply with nature and one another. The camp decided to conduct an experiment by letting its campers use gadgets as much as they wanted after the devices were away from the campers a period of time. Manoush Zomorodi, of WNYC's New Tech City, has followed the progress of this camp from initial withdrawal to the lessons learned after.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Phone Phreaks Exploding the Phone

Monday, March 04, 2013

Phil Lapsley describes the clandestine underground of “phone phreaks,” a misfit group of technophiles, blind teenagers, hippies, and outlaws figured out how to hack the world’s largest machine: the telephone system. In Exploding the Phone, he show how they turned the network into their electronic playground and gives an account of the explosion of telephone hacking in the counterculture, and the war between the phreaks, the phone company, and the FBI.

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Listen to Lucy

End of the line for the landline

Monday, February 11, 2013

End of the line for the landline


On The Media

The Future of the Phone

Friday, May 18, 2012

The text message turns two decades old this year, and numerous studies have shown a sharp decline in actual phone use in favor of texting and email. Brooke talks to writer Tom Vanderbilt, who says the phone call’s day may be passing.


JD Samson and MEN - Life's Half Price

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The Takeaway

Smartphones Are Bringing Us Together and Tearing Us Apart

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Chances are you use email. If you’re like 88 percent of Americans, you also own a cell phone. And if you’re among the well-connected 46 percent, you check your email ON your cell phone. All of this can make us feel more connected. But it can also make us less connected to those who are sitting right next to us. And it can be addictive. What to do?

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The Takeaway

AT&T and T-Mobile Merger and You

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

The weekend's news of AT&T's potential purchase of T-Mobile for $39 billion turned many heads, and had many consumers wondering what a merger would mean for prices, service, and coverage. To help us shed some light on this potential merger, we're joined by Carl Howe, director of research at the Yankee Group, an independent technology research and consulting firm.


Slate Culture Gabfest

Slate: The Culture Gabfest, The Mooney Clooney Edition

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

In this week's Culture Gabfest, our critics Stephen Metcalf, Dana Stevens and Julia Turner discuss George Clooney's latest flick The American, income inequality with Slate's own Timothy Noah and the phone hacking scandal in the Murdoch media empire.