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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

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.

All Things Considered

Monica Lewinsky Redefines Her Story In Anti-Cyberbullying TED Talk

Monday, March 23, 2015

NPR's Audie Cornish speaks with Jessica Bennett, contributor to The New York Times, about Monica Lewinsky's efforts to rebrand herself as an anti-cyberbullying activist.

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All Things Considered

Robot Reporters: Software Turns Raw Data Into Sports, Financial Reports

Monday, March 23, 2015

White collar workers thought their jobs were safe, but nobody can escape the robots. A look at one of the more surprising human occupations to fall to the robot armies: sports and financial reporting.

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All Things Considered

Now Algorithms Are Deciding Whom To Hire, Based On Voice

Monday, March 23, 2015

If you're trying out for a job, the one judging you may not be a person — it could be a computer. Algorithms are evaluating human voices to determine which ones are engaging, calming and trustworthy.

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All Things Considered

An Object Of Desire: Hope And Yearning For The Internet In Cuba

Monday, March 23, 2015

Without a doubt, the Internet in Cuba is tough. The politics are thorny; getting it is difficult. But there are signs that change is on the horizon.

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A Side Of SpaceX You May Not Have Seen Before

Monday, March 23, 2015

CEO Elon Musk's decision to put photos in the public domain was spurred by a Twitter follower who asked: What is there to lose?

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Fundraising Site For Teachers Illuminates Classroom Disparities

Monday, March 23, 2015

Since DonorsChoose.org launched in 2000, teachers have been able to crowdfund rather than use their own money to pay for supplies. A broader look at the site's data shows who needs what.

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Morning Edition

Census Bureau Tests New Online Survey In Small Towns Ahead Of 2020

Monday, March 23, 2015

The year 2020 will be the first time the Census will be available online. But the Census Bureau must persuade hard-to-reach groups to take the survey. So they're doing a practice run in Savannah, Ga.

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A New 3-D Printing Method Is Rising Out Of The Ooze

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Remember how the T-1000 in Terminator 2 re-formed out of molten metal? The folks at Carbon3D figured out how to do that in real life, and what they created may be the next iteration of 3-D printing.

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The Takeaway

The Invention That Changed March Madness

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Welcome to The Takeaway Weekender Podcast!

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NYPR Archives & Preservation

The Ticker of Times Square

Friday, March 20, 2015

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"Times square would never be the same if anything happened to its one serious note in a sea of frivolity."
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#NPRreads: From Supreme Court Justice To The Notorious R.B.G.

Friday, March 20, 2015

For your weekend, here are four recommendations: How Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became an Internet meme, how The Great Wave went viral, a profile of Hugh Hewitt and why 4Chan's founder walked away.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Digital Discontent

Friday, March 20, 2015

Jacob Silverman, a journalist and the author of Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection, calls for consumers to take more control of their digital lives.

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On The Media

Confession and Suppression

Friday, March 20, 2015

OTM examines the line between making great documentary and heeding the law. Plus, Florida officials suppressing the term "climate change," and Wikipedia vs. NSA.

On The Media

Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales Vs. NSA

Friday, March 20, 2015

The Wikimedia Foundation is suing the NSA over its "upstream" spy program. Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales discusses the "chilling effect" he says surveillance has on its users. 

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All Things Considered

Apple Planning To Offer 'Skinny' TV Service, Reports Say

Thursday, March 19, 2015

NPR's Don Gonyea interviews Meg James, a corporate media reporter for the Los Angeles Times, about reports that say Apple plans to offer a "skinny" package of channels for cable cord cutters.

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Science Friday

Hr1: US CTO, Women In Science History, Caroline Herschel

Thursday, March 19, 2015

A talk with White House CTO Megan Smith, unsung heroines of science, and early astronomer Caroline Herschel.

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