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New Tech City

Putting heart and the human experience into tech coverage, WNYC's New Tech City with Manoush Zomorodi investigates what all the data, constant connectivity, and perpetual "upgrades" really mean for daily life. Follow @newtechcity and subscribe to the podcast for stories of discovery on how the digital age is altering our brains, relationships, and values. 

New Tech City

Can You Read My Mind Now?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

President Obama has allocated $100 million to map the human brain. As a leading center for neuroscience research, New York may be poised to benefit. But there’s a catch: until now the city hasn’t had much success at growing science-based businesses.

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New Tech City

Making it Easier for Start-ups To Raise Money

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Securities and Exchange Commission recently voted to make it easier for private companies, start-ups, hedge funds, just about any privately-held company looking to raise money to advertise to the public.

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New Tech City

Brain Drain: New York City Losing Out in Brain Biz

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

New York City is a leading center for neuroscience research, so you'd think it would stand to benefit from President Obama's new $100 million initiative to map the human brian.

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On The Media

The Tech Lobby Comes of Age

Friday, July 12, 2013

Last year the single largest corporate lobbyist was General Electric.  The second biggest? A new arrival, called...Google. Time Magazine White House correspondent Michael Scherer tells Brooke what took the tech industry so long to get lobbying and what they're doing to influence politics.   

Andrew Bird - Orpheo Looks Back

 

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New Tech City

Hackathons - Who Sponsors Them and Why?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

The explosion of civic-minded hackathons raises the question of what the organizations funding them are trying to accomplish. 

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New Tech City

Civic Hackers Take on the Problems of the Poor

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

People in the tech world have sometimes been accused of catering mainly to their own needs, with apps for hailing taxis and finding romantic partners. But there’s another movement afoot – so called “civic hacking," aimed at solving serious problems.

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New Tech City

Make a Face or Swallow a Pill - This is the Future of Passwords?

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

Chinese and Syrian hackers, internet trolls and hacking collectives like Anonymous tend to give hacking a bad name, but some people hack for good too. This week on New Tech City, meet the participants of a civic hackathon as they try to solve the problem of price gouging at bodegas in Newark. 

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Money Talking

Is Tech the Next Corporate Evildoer?

Friday, July 05, 2013

The odyssey of NSA leaker Edward Snowden has focused more on the where than the what in recent days, so it's easy to forget about what got him in hot water in the first place: Leaking the details of a secret government program that's tracking our digital info with the help of some of the biggest companies in tech.

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New Tech City

At Camp, Swimming, Sports and Smartphones

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

More reporting from Manoush Zomorodi and the New Tech City team about summer camp and smartphones.

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New Tech City

Most Summer Camps Still Forbid Electronic Devices

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

Peg Smith, CEO of the American Camp Association, sheds some light on when and where campers are allowed to use personal electronic devices.  

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New Tech City

New York City Gets .NYC Domain Name

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Web addresses ending in .nyc will be available for New Yorkers and New York-based businesses once the proposal is approved later this year, Mayor Bloomberg and City Council speaker Christine Quinn announced Tuesday.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Mindless Neuroscience

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

As it turns out, brain scans might not necessarily be the best way to understand psychology.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: At Camp, Swimming, Sports and Smartphones

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

One Pennsylvania summer camp is letting tween and teen campers use their smartphones, iPads and other tech gadgets all summer long.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Ryan Lizza on Pulling Together the Immigration Bill

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New Yorker staff writer Ryan Lizza gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to get the current immigration bill onto the Senate floor. In his article “Getting to Maybe,” in the June 24 issue of The New Yorker, he interviews members of the Gang of Eight, the bipartisan group of senators who crafted the bill and championed it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Power of the Internet

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This conversation first aired live on June 25, 2013. An edited version played as part of a best-of Brian Lehrer Show on November 29, 2013, on WNYC. 

Amir Ahmad Nasr, blogger and author of My Isl@m: How Fundamentalism Stole My Mind - and Doubt Freed My Soul (St. Martin's Press, 2013), explains how the wide world of the internet helped him see outside the religious fundamentalist bubble in which he was raised.

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New Tech City

New Tech City: Algorithmic Trading For the Masses

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Many Wall Street firms make thousands of trades a second from computer terminals, but the technology is so expensive that only the biggest firms can take advantage of it. This week on New Tech City, meet one local company that wants to give everyone a chance to trade fast — and maybe take back some power from the big boys on Wall Street.

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Transportation Nation

Gadgets Could Be Allowed on Planes Soon

Friday, June 21, 2013

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The Federal Aviation Administration issued rules on gadgets in flight when cellphones first became popular. There were fears they could interfere with planes’ navigational systems. So passengers are told to turn off their electronic devices at the beginning and end of a flight. But today’s gadgets have weaker signals. So, some experts say, interference should be less of a problem.

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New Tech City

MAP: 25 Solar-Powered Charging Stations for Mobile Devices Coming to NYC

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Twenty-five solar charging stations for mobile devices are coming to city parks, beaches, golf courses and other outdoor spaces this summer, courtesy of AT&T. 

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New Tech City

NSA Surveillance as a Teachable Moment?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

What can we learn from the NSA's surveillance program? A lot, according to Chris Lawrence, senior director of the Mozilla Mentor Community. He calls the scandal's aftermath "a teachable moment."

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The Leonard Lopate Show

James Bamford on General Alexander, Head of the NSA

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Wired magazine’s James Bamford talks about General Keith Alexander, a four-star Army general who’s the director of the National Security Agency, chief of the Central Security Service, and commander of the U.S. Cyber Command. Bamford looks at General Alexander’s power and the secret military he runs in his article “The Secret War,” in Wired magazine.

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