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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. 

Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

Friday, March 27, 2015

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

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New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

Friday, March 27, 2015

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

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Morning Edition

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Friday, March 27, 2015

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

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Science Friday

Hr1: Chemistry of Early Life, Climate Dance, Split Brains, Left to Right

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A look at conditions on the early Earth, how a choreographer and biologist are tackling the climate conversation, studying the left and right sides of the brain, and our preferences for pictures of moving objects.

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Science Friday

Hr2: Liquid 3D Printer, The Dark Side of Physics, Malaria Tricks

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A speedy 3D printing technique, a roundup of physics research, and how the malaria parasite attracts mosquitoes.

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Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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All Things Considered

App Helps Syrian Refugees Adapt To Life Away From Home

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Syrian refugee has developed a phone app and website to help refugees get information on services and seek other help in their long journeys in limbo.

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PRI's The World

A crash in Europe lays bare some of aviation's myths

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Don't blame the autopilot for the latest aviation disaster, one pilot says: Humans still have more to do with flying high-tech jets than you think. That and other myths explain a lot about how ordinary people view the airline industry and the accidents it suffers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The MTA's New Magic Button

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MetroCards prices are going up, but the MTA has added a new button to give you exactly 11 rides with no leftover change. 

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How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where To Go In Liberia? Crowdsourcing!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kpetermeni Siakor was 900 miles from home when Ebola struck. But with special software, he helped direct volunteers and supplies to the right spots.

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The Takeaway

Future of Coal Industry Before Supreme Court

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The EPA says power plants that run on coal and oil emit too many harmful chemicals like mercury and arsenic. But industry backers say reducing emissions is too expensive. 

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Radiolab

Poop Train

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Ever wonder what happens to all of New York City's poop? So did we.

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Superslick Coatings Conquer Ketchup, But What About Ebola?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A new coating makes ketchup slide out of the bottle and toothpaste slip out of a tube, right down to the last drop. So why not put the slick surface on an Ebola suit so the virus doesn't stick?

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New Tech City

Is Braille Obsolete?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Touchscreen phones work so well for blind people that Braille may become obsolete. But advocates worry this could render the next generation "functionally illiterate."

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A 'Post Modern Skateboard' That Ditches The Board

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

It has been a while since we've seen an upgrade to either roller skates or the skateboard. But which one is it? These wheels give skating in the 21st century an effortless new look.

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The Takeaway

New Tech Maps Mass Transit & More for The Blind

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Navigating mass transit is hard enough for those who see. It poses even more challenges for those who are blind. But new technologies are changing that. 

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What If Web Search Results Were Based On Accuracy?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Google has been researching the possibility of ranking search results based on established facts. Were this to become the norm, it would have huge implications for future discourse, says Adam Frank.

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Morning Edition

Koreans Have An Insatiable Appetite For Watching Strangers Binge Eat

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

What's behind the curious food fad of mukbang, or live-streamed broadcasts of people eating endless amounts of food? The genre is so popular in South Korea that its stars pull in $10,000 a month.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Challenging The Security State, Planting Seeds of Change, and a Literary Artifact

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Takeaway examines the NSA's secret court, how defectors are using Western media to change to North Korea, and we have the details on a lost Tennessee Williams story.