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Road Trip with WNYC

In Austin, the Future is Now

Monday, July 06, 2015

Note to Self visits an eco-paradise where the refrigerators tell stories. The roofs are paved in solar panels. The streets hum with electric cars. And it might drive you nuts.

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PRI's The World

Will Solar Impulse 2 inspire a whole fleet of solar-powered planes?

Friday, July 03, 2015

A plane powered only by 17,000 solar panels completed a five-day flight from Japan to Hawaii early this morning. Will it inspire a fleet of solar-powered planes? Not right away, but one airline is moving into biofuels.

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Pilot In Solar-Powered Plane Sets Aviation Record

Friday, July 03, 2015

André Borschberg, flying Solar Impulse 2, set a new record of 120 hours in the cockpit on a journey from Japan to Hawaii.

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Parts Of Social-Sharing Site Reddit Go Dark In Apparent User Revolt

Friday, July 03, 2015

After the firing of a key figure at the website, moderators of many of Reddit's most popular sections have gone private in apparent protest.

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Morning Edition

How Personal Should A Personal Assistant Get? Google And Apple Disagree

Friday, July 03, 2015

When you're buying a smartphone, chances are you don't dig too deeply into the personal assistant. Google aims to change that — and in the process, it's testing our appetite for privacy in a big way.

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Morning Edition

Ever Dream You Could Fly? 'Jetman' Has. Let Him Tell You About It

Friday, July 03, 2015

Yves Rossy flies like Superman. But instead of a cape, he uses 7-foot-long wings and four engines. "You are like in a parallel world that normally doesn't exist," he says. "It's beautiful."

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On The Media

Robot Humor

Friday, July 03, 2015

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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On The Media

Joking With Robots

Friday, July 03, 2015

Comedian Myq Kaplan faces off against a robot in a duel for comedic superiority.

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White House: We Have A Beef With GMO Regulations

Thursday, July 02, 2015

The White House has ordered a review of the government's system for regulating products of biotechnology, including genetically modified crops. That system has been controversial from the start.

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How Salt + Car Battery = Clean Water

Thursday, July 02, 2015

A clever device uses technology developed by the military to make chlorine quickly and cheaply. The goal is to give schools and hospitals around the world an easy way to purify water.

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Innovation Hub

The Pharaohs and Princes of Silicon Valley

Thursday, July 02, 2015

If you’re over 30 and you haven’t sold a tech company worth $10 billion… what are you doing with your life? Randall Lane, editor of Forbes and author of “You Only Have to Be Right Once,” takes a peek behind the hoodie to examine the customs and morays of our new tech royalty.

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Innovation Hub

The Changing Tide of the Fishing Industry

Thursday, July 02, 2015

That shrimp you serve at your cocktail party? It might have traveled 9,000 miles to end up on your plate. “Four Fish” author Paul Greenberg talks about the revolution in modern fishing.

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Innovation Hub

7.04.15 Coping With Excess

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Shrimp, billionaires, and the invention of modern glamour. On Innovation Hub, we'll explore excess of all kinds, and tell you how to cope with it.

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Somebody Is Cutting Internet Cables In California

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

There have been at least 11 attacks in the San Francisco Bay Area in the past year, according to the FBI. The most recent occurred Tuesday and disrupted service as far north as Seattle.

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The Takeaway

Many Faiths, One Planet: How Jews Are Responding to the Pope’s Encyclical

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

The Takeaway speaks with two rabbis who are encouraging the Jewish community to do more to confront climate change.

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Morning Edition

USA's 'Mr. Robot,' HBO's 'Ballers' Among Picks For Best Summer TV Series

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

A flood of some 120 series, both new and returning, are coming to TV sets this summer. So, how to choose which ones to binge-watch by the pool? Our TV critic picks his four favorite new shows.

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Innovation Hub

A Dip Into History: Come Fly With Us

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Before it was embraced by Frank Sinatra and Jay-Z, a serial inventor’s pet project kept exploding.

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Note to Self

I'm Introverted. How Do I Find Quiet Space in the Digital Age?

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Author and introvert advocate extraordinaire Susan Cain answers a listener's question about finding quiet places in a buzzing world.

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All Things Considered

Flood Maps Can Get Much Sharper With A Little Supercomputing Oomph

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Entrepreneurs are turning to Oak Ridge National Lab's supercomputer to make all sorts of things, including maps that are much more accurate in predicting how a neighborhood will fare in a flood.

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Asked To Divide Zero By Zero, Siri Waxes Philosophical (And Personal)

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Siri's elaborate reply easily surpasses the simple "Does not compute" with which robots in old sci-fi movies used to announce a bout of cognitive dissonance.

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