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New Math Test Scores

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

New national math test scores come out today. Diane Ravitch, research professor of education at New York University and author of The Language Police: How Pressure Groups Restrict What Students Learn, talks about the 4th and 8th grade national scores, and state scores.

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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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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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Conflict Minerals and the Congo

Friday, December 04, 2009

The minerals in your cell phone have something to do with the violence in the Congo. David Sullivan, research associate with the Enough Project, explains the connection and how legislation moving through Congress aims to stop the trade in conflict minerals.

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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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A Less Open Internet?

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Two news stories today may mean that the internet is getting a little less open. Julia Angwinwrote in the Wall St. Journal today about how the number of volunteer editors on Wikipedia has dropped precipitously over the past year. Then, Jeff Jarvis of Buzzmachine.com discusses reports that ...

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Bridging the Digital Gap: Internet Freedom in China

Thursday, November 19, 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's topic: Censorship and blogging in China.

Homework for next week: Africa Knows

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Water On The Moon

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

NASA announced that there is definitely water on the moon. Denton Ebel, associate at the American Museum of Natural History and curator of their meteorite collection, explains NASA's findings and what it means about the origins of the solar system.

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The Road to Renewable Energy

Monday, October 12, 2009

Environmental journalist Amanda Little discusses her new book, Power Trip: From Oil Wells to Solar Cells--Our Ride to the Renewable Future

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Discussion, Q&A, and book signing: October 14th at the New York Public Library on Mulberry Street at 6:30PM.

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WNYC News

Thomas Edison's Workshop Re-Opens to Public

Thursday, October 08, 2009

EDISON ARCHIVAL RECORDING: By a reason of experiments with the telephone I knew the power of a diagraph could take up sound vibrations. And when experimenting with automatic celestry I felt sure I could record and reproduce the human voice.

HOST: And that's exactly what Thomas ...

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Energy-Efficient Lampposts Unveiled in Central Park

Thursday, September 17, 2009

New lampposts were unveiled today in Central Park, equipped with energy-efficient bulbs.

The 13 lights between East 67th and 72nd streets are the first installation in an initiative to test LED-bulb technology in real-world settings to see if the greenhouse-gas-reducing bulbs can provide enough light for ...

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Council Signs Bill to Reduce School Bus Emissions

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The New York City Council has passed a bill to reduce emissions from school buses. The legislation mandates that starting next school year, 600 older buses be retired and more than 6,000 be retro-fitted with pollution control equipment to reduce students' exposure to fumes. Isabel ...

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Cuomo Report Says State Police Tainted by Politics

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

This week, Attorney General Andrew Cuomo released a report that says as far back as the Pataki Administration, top officials at the state police have been tainted by politics. Governor Paterson requested the investigation after disclosures that during the Spitzer Administration the state police tracked ...

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NYC Sewage Operations Win $220 Million in Stimulus Funding

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

New York City's sewage operations will get freshening up, through $220 million in federal economic stimulus money. With the funds, which are coming to the city through Albany, the city will upgrade equipment at four wastewater treatment facilities, and replace sludge ships, which carry raw ...

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DOB Opens Independent Concrete Testing Lab

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Since two of the city's biggest testers of concrete are under indictment, the Department of Buildings has decided to open its own independent testing lab. WNYC's Bob Hennelly has more.

Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri says the new lab will be running by January of next year. ...

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Sierra Club Endorses Daggett in NJ Race

Monday, August 17, 2009

In a major rebuff of incumbent New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine, the state's Sierra Club is endorsing independent candidate Chris Daggett. It cited Daggett's integrity, and environmental record as former Department of Environmental Protection commissioner under Governor Kean. The Sierra Club was an early backer ...

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Nuclear Plant Clears One Hurdle, Groups Say Not Enough

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Indian Point nuclear plant has passed a major test. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission issued its final safety report today. It found owner Entergy can safely manage Indian Point 2 and 3 as they age over the 20-year period that new licenses would cover. But environmental ...

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Newark Mayor Cuts Ribbon on Revamped Open Space

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Newark Mayor Corey Booker cut the ribbon today on a new park. Nat Turner Park is located in the city's central ward. It was once a rough area notorious for dumping and criminal activity. Booker says the revamped open space is part Newark's renaissance.

BOOKER: As ...

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Jimmy Wales on Wiki Conference 2009

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, talks about the upcoming Wikipedia Conference, taking place in NYC this weekend.

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Lilly First Tenant in Science Center

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

A science complex under construction along the East River got its first official tenant yesterday. The research division of drug company Imclone Systems will take over four floors once the first tower is completed next summer. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.

REPORTER: Mayor Bloomberg has said ...

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