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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 Takeaway

The True Story Behind the Mars Rover

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A former NASA chief engineer and co-author of "Mars Rover Curiosity: An Inside Account from Curiosity's Chief Engineer" details the saga leading up to Curiosity's launch.

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The Takeaway

A Real-Life Spy Thriller: New Doc Reveals The Story Behind Snowden

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More than a year after NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the government's surveillance programs, a new documentary chronicles Snowden's story.

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The Takeaway

How Nigeria Became 'Ebola Free'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The World Health Organization said on Monday that Nigeria is now "Ebola free" after 42 days with no new cases. Excellent detective work helped Nigeria fight the disease.

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When Women Stopped Coding

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

For decades, the share of women majoring in computer science was rising. Then, in the 1980s, something changed.

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Apps Make Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ride-sharing apps like Uber and Lyft have put a serious dent in the traditional taxi market and are pitching themselves as alternatives to traditional taxis that often pass by passengers of color.

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All Things Considered

Tunisia's Emerging Tech Sector Hampered By Old Policies

Monday, October 20, 2014

When Tunisia's young people protested in 2011, they had one key demand: jobs. Now, despite new political leadership, that demand remains unmet — even in tech, the sector that offers the most promise.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Facebook's Not What it Used to Be

Monday, October 20, 2014

When Facebook started in 2004, Mark Zuckerberg described it as a site for sharing college majors and phone numbers. In 2012, he said it's about making the world more open. What changed? 

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Morning Edition

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Monday, October 20, 2014

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

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WNYC News

Death By Trendy: Greenpoint's MTZ Electronics

Monday, October 20, 2014

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A repair shop operating for more than two decades is closing. The high price of real estate and New Yorkers' insatiable lust for the newest gadget has squeezed out MTZ Electronics.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

25 Years in 25 Days (2004): Iraq; Social Media; Corruption in NJ; and Foodies

Monday, October 20, 2014

Shake Shack owner Danny Meyer and Blue Hill chef Dan Barber talk foodie-ism. Plus: the RNC in NYC; Facebook debuts and a particularly corrupt year for New Jersey politics.

Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don't sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination.

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Chinese Find Number URLs Easier Than Letters

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Chinese characters don't readily work with the English-centric internet. The New Republic's Chris Beam tells NPR's Scott Simon that the Chinese use numbers that when pronounced, sound like words.

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Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Debates about the role of women in the technology workforce and in gaming are swirling over two notable stories this week.

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WNYC News

VIDEO: Making a Change Today Can Help Tomorrow's Climate

Saturday, October 18, 2014

We explore what innovators are doing — and what the average citizen can do — to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

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Take Your Medicine, Tap Your Phone And Collect A Prize

Friday, October 17, 2014

Apps offer games and rewards to keep you taking your prescription medicine. While rewards may not be for everyone, they could give some people a helpful motivational boost.

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The Takeaway

FBI Director Worries New Smartphones Too Smart

Friday, October 17, 2014

FBI Director James Comey fears that technology will soon become so sophisticated that authorities will not be able to gain access.

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Morning Edition

Privacy Advocates Don't Buy FBI's Warning About Encryption Practices

Friday, October 17, 2014

FBI Director James Comey used his first major policy address to warn that new encryption techniques could lock out law enforcement trying to solve crimes. He wants a back door into smartphones.

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Morning Edition

Silicon Valley Companies Add New Benefit For Women: Egg-Freezing

Friday, October 17, 2014

The addition of the benefit by Facebook and Apple comes as tech companies face mounting pressure to hire more women, but some warn it may increase pressure those employees feel to put off having kids.

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WNYC News

VIDEO: Emergency Weather Information Gathering

Friday, October 17, 2014

Processing climate data tells an important story, allowing forecasters to issue weather warnings sooner — when minutes matter most.

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On The Media

McLuhanisms, 50 Years Later

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brooke speaks to Nicholas Carr about how Marshall McLuhan's theories have held up, 50 years later.

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