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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. 

All Things Considered

Moving Beyond The Turing Test To Judge Artificial Intelligence

Saturday, June 14, 2014

A computer program known as "Eugene Goostman" passed the Turing Test by convincing a group of people, via chat, that it was actually a 13-year-old boy. Cognitive scientist Gary Marcus argues that the Turing Test needs an update for the 21st Century.

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All Things Considered

In Silicon Valley, Some Entrepreneurs Seek Social Change

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Carlos Watson, co-founder of Ozy.com, talks with Arun Rath about the intersection of capitalism and conscience in Silicon Valley.

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Tech Week: Snooping On Steve, Uber Battles, 3-D Nutella Printing

Saturday, June 14, 2014

In this week's roundup, a federal court says warrantless cellphone tracking is unconstitutional and we look back on a weeklong series exploring just how much of our digital data is exposed.

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On The Media

A Website That Allows You To Make Homer Simpson Disappear Into Any Picture You Wish

Friday, June 13, 2014

Have you ever had a family photo that you thought could use some sprucing up? Maybe you would like Homer Simpson to slowly back into it and disappear as though the picture were a hedge? Sure, we all would. Well, thanks to modern technology, what was once a dream is now a reality!

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The World's Watching Soccer, But Basketball Is On The Barbershop's Brain

Friday, June 13, 2014

The most popular global sporting event, the World Cup, kicked off this week in Brazil. But the Barbershop guys are fired up about games closer to home: the NBA finals.

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On The Media

Lawsuit Against Peoria's Mayor, Who Raided a House Over a Parody Twitter Account

Friday, June 13, 2014

Last year, 29-year-old Jon Daniel created @peoriamayor, a twitter account that parodied Mayor Jim Ardis as a foul-mouthed, booze swilling, drug taking buffoon with a predilection for prostitutes. It was a sloppily written, immature joke, featuring tweets like "...Who stole my crackpipe?" and "If you don't like Peoria and u wanna sit here and bitch about den leave." Daniel says it was meant as a joke for his friends.

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Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters

Friday, June 13, 2014

Women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, but they were hardly represented on stage and in games previewed at a big game industry trade event in Los Angeles.

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iPads In Special Ed: What Does The Research Say?

Friday, June 13, 2014

There are 8 million iPads in the classroom, but only a few thousand studies of their effectiveness.

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Morning Edition

At E3, Critics Renew Calls For More Diverse Video Game Characters

Friday, June 13, 2014

Even though women make up a significant proportion of dedicated gamers, there are few female protagonists in big-selling video games. The same goes for ethnic and racial minorities.

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Morning Edition

Here's One Big Way Your Mobile Phone Could Be Open To Hackers

Friday, June 13, 2014

Unsecure Wi-Fi networks have been a well-known vulnerability in the tech industry for years. They can let even an unsophisticated hacker capture your traffic and possibly steal your identity.

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On The Media

The Bergdahl Controversy, The Slenderman Panic, and a Cantor Narrative

Friday, June 13, 2014

This week On the Media analyzes the Bowe Bergdahl controversy - the story of a prisoner exchange that has quickly become a partisan issue. Plus, a conversation with the creator of Slender Man - the online horror meme at the center of at least two deadly assaults. 

Money Talking

Can the Economy Get Out of Its Perpetual Rut?

Friday, June 13, 2014

The stock market keeps hitting record highs, but the economy is sputtering along. What will it take to get it growing again. Plus, how the electronic currency Bitcoin is doing after a bad winter. The stock market keeps hitting record highs, but the economy is stuck in a rut. Tomorrow, WNYC’s Money Talking looks at what it will take to get the economy growing again. Plus, how the electronic currency bitcoin is doing after a winter of ups and downs. Tune in to Money Talking and all the latest news tomorrow on Morning Edition on

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Q&A: Nintendo President Says Don't Count Out Mario

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The once-powerful name in gaming has been relegated to third-place status in recent years. Nintendo of America chief Reggie Fils-Aime says Mario and other franchises are key to the company's future.

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Starbucks Makes Itself More Addictive With Wireless Phone Charging

Thursday, June 12, 2014

If you have a capable device, no more cords or outlets required to charge your smartphone — not at Starbucks locations, anyway.

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All Things Considered

Facebook Plans To Include More Of Users' Data To Target Ads

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Facebook will use members' Web browsing habits to help advertisers target their ads more effectively. Facebook also announced a feature that allows users to see why targeted ads are coming their way.

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Science Friday

Is NASA Ready to Make the Leap to a Manned Mission to Mars?

Thursday, June 12, 2014

What technologies, budget, and partners would NASA needed for a successful manned mission to Mars?

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Science Friday

The Science of the ‘Brazuca’

Thursday, June 12, 2014

How will the “Brazuca” fly? Scientists put the World Cup soccer ball through its paces.

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Science Friday

Your Summer Science Book List

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lee Billings and Maria Popova compile your perfect summer science book list.

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Science Friday

‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Explores Dad's Influence

Thursday, June 12, 2014

In his new book, Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children.

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Science Friday

Rep. Rush Holt: Science and Congress

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Representative Rush Holt talks about how “thinking like a scientist” can help the political process.

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