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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. 

On The Media

A Novel About Working On My Novel

Monday, July 28, 2014

Cory Arcangel is an artist whose work often deals with the way we interact with technology. His latest project is a book comprised entirely of people tweeting about how they're working on their novels. You will be not at all surprised to learn that it is called Working On My Novel.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Here Comes The Boom

Monday, July 28, 2014

There's a new subprime boom, based on auto loans given to people with poor credit, by the millions. One of the authors of a New York Times report on this issue explains. Plus:  The latest on the Governor Cuomo and the Moreland Commission; and how New York City is integrating computer classes into public schools.

All Things Considered

What It's Like To Own Your Very Own Harrier Jump Jet

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Harrier Jump Jet is known for vertical take-offs and landings. It also has an accident-prone track record, but that didn't dissuade one pilot from buying his dream plane.

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At Some Venues, iPads Take The Place Of Opera Glasses

Sunday, July 27, 2014

An experiment at a new production of Carmen has many wondering how technology will affect operagoers' experience. NPR's Arun Rath talks to Kim Witman, director of the Wolf Trap Opera.

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For Rare Languages, Social Media Provide New Hope

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Linguists and native speakers around the world are turning to Facebook, Twitter and other sites to help pass indigenous, minority and endangered languages on to new generations.

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Tech Week: Industry Diversity, Digital Afterlives, Net Neutrality

Saturday, July 26, 2014

The roundup: Twitter released a scorecard showing that its workforce is largely male and white. And what happens to our digital stuff after we log off for the last time?

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Citizen Evidence Lab Separates Truth From Fiction In Viral Videos

Saturday, July 26, 2014

When a grainy video of human rights abuse goes viral, how do you know it's real? NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Christoph Koettl, of the Citizen Evidence Lab, which helps users verify videos and photos.

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WNYC News

A Music Booth in the Boogie Down Bronx

Saturday, July 26, 2014

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Residents of the Bronx can listen to some of their borough's most revered musicians as they wait for public transportation. 

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Bill Allowing Americans To Unlock Cellphones Passes House, Heads To Obama

Friday, July 25, 2014

The bill also directs the Librarian of Congress to review whether the exemption should also apply to tablets and other devices.

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Key Chain Blood-Alcohol Testing May Make Quantified Drinking Easy

Friday, July 25, 2014

Some of us now monitor our steps, sleep and calorie intake with wristbands and apps. So why not track blood-alcohol levels? We explore the next frontier in the self-measurement movement.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Brian Lehrer Weekend

Friday, July 25, 2014

Three of our favorite segments from the week, in case you missed them: Comcast and the Future of Internet for All, NYC's Immigration Commish, and Why the Modern Bathroom Stinks.

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The Takeaway

Is Morgan Freeman Lying To You About Your Brain?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The new movie “Lucy” is based on the oft-cited statistic that we only use 10 percent of our brains. But is 90 percent of your brain really just untapped potential?

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The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

Thursday, July 24, 2014

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

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All Things Considered

Meet The Guy Who's Putting Your Cat On The Map — To Prove A Point

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Owen Mundy, an assistant professor at Florida State University, tells Audie Cornish and Robert Siegel about a project called "I Know Where Your Cat Lives," which aims to create awareness about internet privacy.

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Science Friday

What’s the Real Cost of Your Steak?

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.

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Science Friday

The SciFri Book Club Introduces Dune

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.

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Science Friday

New Online Tracking Tool Evades Privacy Settings

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A new online tracker is snooping on visitors to over 5,600 popular sites—and it's nearly impossible to block.

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Science Friday

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Raise Public Health Concern

Thursday, July 24, 2014

This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.

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Science Friday

HIV/AIDS Update

Thursday, July 24, 2014

A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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Science Friday

‘Moth-ers’ Celebrate Less-Loved Lepidopterans

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Elena Tartaglia, a co-founder of National Moth Week, gives tips on spotting butterflies' neglected cousins.

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