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Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

Monday, March 30, 2015

About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.

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The Takeaway

The Big Business of Buying Scientists

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

The new documentary, "Merchants of Doubt," looks at the so-called scientists working for big corporations to sway our opinions on their products and national policy. 

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After Months Of Debate, FCC Poised To Unveil Internet Rules

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

After months of debate, discussion and culling four million comments from the public on "net neutrality," the Federal Communications Commission is due to propose new Internet regulations this week.

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Morning Edition

Would FCC Plan Harm Telecom Investment? Even Industry Opinion Is Mixed

Tuesday, February 03, 2015

The Federal Communications Commission will decide this month whether the Internet should be regulated as a public utility. In speeches, CEOs alternately have predicted a chilling effect or no impact.

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All Things Considered

For Some Schools, Learning Doesn't Stop On Snow Days

Monday, February 02, 2015

Even when the weather turns nasty, students in Delphi, Ind., are expected to log on to their classes from home. The results have been mixed; participation rates seem to drop the longer school is out.

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Plight Of Baby Lab Monkeys Reaches Congress

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Experiments that separate newborn baby monkeys from their mothers came under scrutiny this week on Capitol Hill. Anthropologist Barbara J. King was among those who testified.

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All Things Considered

Police Departments Issuing Body Cameras Discover Drawbacks

Thursday, January 22, 2015

They are being hailed as a technological solution to bad police-community relationships, but research on the cameras' impact is thin, and some departments are dealing with unintended consequences.

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All Things Considered

The Battle Over Open-Internet Rules Shifts To Congress

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

President Obama is urging the Federal Communications Commission to protect the principle of net neutrality. But Republicans presented their own set of rules at a subcommittee hearing Wednesday.

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The Takeaway

The Takeaway Weekender: Inside the CIA Torture Report

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender! 

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In Transgender Teen's Fight, Echoes Of Others

Thursday, December 11, 2014

An explosive case in her own rural Virginia community leads anthropologist Barbara J. King to explore the role of local school boards in protecting — and promoting — transgender teens' rights.

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As Supreme Court Considers Online Threats, An Update On Justin Carter

Monday, December 01, 2014

Justin Carter is a Texas 19-year-old who was jailed for making a "terroristic threat" on Facebook. Despite many efforts to get his case dismissed, he's still awaiting trial.

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World Weekly with Gideon Rachman

US foreign policy after Chuck Hagel's resignation

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

US foreign policy after Chuck Hagel's resignation

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The Takeaway

FDA to Require New Calorie Count Rules

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The F.D.A. announced today that it will require chain restaurants, movie theaters to post calorie counts on all their food items - including alcoholic beverages.

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Tech Week That Was: Obama Rocks The Net Neutrality Debate

Saturday, November 15, 2014

The president took a stand on net neutrality this week, saying the idea that traffic is treated equally should be protected like a public utility. Critics called it "Obamacare for the Internet."

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All Things Considered

HealthCare.gov's Tech Improvements Mean You Can Now Window Shop

Monday, November 10, 2014

After a launch that failed last fall, the administration is hoping this year's open enrollment period goes more smoothly, by letting customers browse first.

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The White House Is Backing Strong Open Internet Rules

Monday, November 10, 2014

President Obama is calling on rule-makers to reclassify broadband as a public utility. It would give the FCC much broader authority to stop "fast lanes" and "slow lanes" to the Internet.

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Morning Edition

From Silicon Valley To White House, New U.S. Tech Chief Makes Change

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Former Google X executive Megan Smith started this month as the U.S. chief technology officer. She's only the third person to have the job.

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Morning Edition

EU's New Competition Chief Could Shake Up Google Antitrust Case

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Nearly 20 companies have filed antitrust complaints against Google in Europe since 2009. Under the new commissioner, the company could face more formal charges and billions of dollars in fines.

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All Things Considered

Calling 911 On Your Cell? It's Harder To Find You Than You Think

Thursday, October 23, 2014

If you call 911 from inside a tall building, emergency responders may have difficulty finding you. Cellphone GPS technology currently doesn't work well indoors — but the FCC hopes to change that.

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When Is It OK For Scientists To Become Political?

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The power of science and pervasiveness of technology puts scientists in a position of unique responsibility that can make political activism very slippery, says commentator Adam Frank.

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