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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. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Parks & Recap: Super Rad Algorithm

Thursday, January 29, 2015

This week, Parks & Rec tackled the world of data mining in 2017. We talk about the satirical treatment of Gryzzl, an Amazon-Google-Facebook behemoth that's spying on Pawnee residents.

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Freakonomics Radio

How Safe Is Your Job?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Economists preach the gospel of "creative destruction," whereby new industries -- and jobs -- replace the old ones. But has creative destruction become too destructive?

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All Things Considered

Charles Townes, Laser Inventor, Black Hole Discoverer, Dies At 99

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Physicist Charles Townes died Tuesday. He was a key inventor of the laser and won the Nobel Prize for his discovery in 1964. But his career didn't end there.

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All Things Considered

'Maker Space' Allows Kids To Innovate, Learn In The Hospital

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

At a children's hospital in Nashville, Tenn., a mobile maker space allows patients to share materials and tools to build new things, while also teaching them about math and science.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

What Happens When You Google Sex

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

According to an article in the New York Times, men and women both search for answers about the male sex organ, but the questions asked reflect nearly opposite concerns. 

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The Takeaway

Obama Proposes Drilling Along Atlantic Coast

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The decision comes just days after the White House recommended imposing tougher restrictions on drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

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Morning Edition

Yahoo Plans To Spin Off Remaining Stake In Alibaba

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yahoo has announced it will spin off its 15 percent stake in the Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba. Shareholders had been waiting for that decision.

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Apple Sold 30,000 iPhones An Hour Last Quarter, Scored Record Profits

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The tech giant sold 74 million phones in three months.

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New Tech City

What 95 Minutes of Phone Time a Day Does to Us

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Prepare for our week of Bored and Brilliant challenges with a peek at the data we're gathering on how much you use your phones and the science behind why it matters for your brain.

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The Takeaway

The Dark Side of America's Brightest Inventor

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A new documentary considers the reasons for Thomas Edison's enduring fame, and the darker side of the great inventor's fiercely competitive nature.

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: At 17, Humza Deas Puts Shame in Your Instagram Game

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Humza Deas is 17, he's been on Instagram for two years, and he has over 100,000 followers. Here's how he did it.
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Facebook Suffers Self-Inflicted Outage

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

A Facebook statement said the disruption was caused by a technical change it made to the site and wasn't a cyberattack. The outage lasted an hour.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Police Brutality, Russian Spies, and The Silence of Snow

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the state of law enforcement in America, a Russian spy ring in New York City, and we explain why it gets so quiet when it snows.

Intended For Millennials, Dish's Sling TV Is A Cord Cutter's Dream

Monday, January 26, 2015

Dish Network soon debuts its Sling TV streaming service, with a small group of cable channels for $20 a month. NPR TV Critic Eric Deggans tried it and says Sling TV is a welcome challenge to cable.

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On The Media

User Experience: A Call for Users

Monday, January 26, 2015

Tell us about your weird Google Alerts.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

It's Facebook, Not Fakebook

Monday, January 26, 2015

Facebook has a new feature to allow users to flag news stories they believe to be untrue. Why does the social networking site care whether users share rumors? 

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Morning Edition

Sling TV Could Be Cable-Cutter's Dream

Monday, January 26, 2015

Sling TV launches in a few weeks. That's the new streaming service from Dish that allows viewers to stream content previously only available through cable.

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3 Voices, 1 Threat: Personal Stories Of Cyberhacking

Sunday, January 25, 2015

In President Obama's State of the Union address, he gave fresh emphasis to a problem that has been in the headlines: cybersecurity. Here are three people who have experienced security breaches.

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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

Sunday, January 25, 2015

A corner of the video game industry is covering the news through immersive experiences. One game transports players into the middle of the Syrian civil war.

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Facebook Aims To Weed Fakes From Your News Feed

Saturday, January 24, 2015

No, Macauley Culkin didn't die — that was a fake news story you saw on Facebook. This week, Facebook added a feature for reporting hoaxes. NPR's Laura Sydell explains the details to Scott Simon.

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