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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

An Inside Look at the 1986 Challenger Disaster

Monday, June 02, 2014

This week, the Retro Report documentary team takes us back to Cape Canaveral, and the decisions that led to the Challenger disaster, the details of which emerged in a famous investigation that showed huge design and engineering flaws in the NASA Shuttle program.

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The Takeaway

New Carbon Regulations May Provoke Political Fight

Monday, June 02, 2014

Today President Obama announces new rules on carbon emissions for existing, coal-fired power plants. The EPA’s proposals would cut carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30 percent, but not without a few lawsuits and political battles in the process.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Taliban, A $15 Minimum Wage, and Celebrations of Grammatical Sins

Monday, June 02, 2014

1. Is the U.S. Policy Toward The Taliban Changing? | 2. New Carbon Regulations May Provoke Political Fight | 3. FIFA Faces Accusations of Bribery | 4. Donald Sterling & A History of Forced Sales | 5. An Inside Look at the 1986 Challenger Disaster | 6. A $15 Minimum ...

A Sisyphean Task Begins As 'Forget' Requests Roll Into Google

Sunday, June 01, 2014

Following a European court ruling, the search engine is taking requests to delete personal information. At one point on Friday, Google was getting more than 20 requests a minute.

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All Things Considered

Is There A Driverless Car In Your Future?

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Earlier this week, Google debuted a fully functional driverless car — one built without a steering wheel or brake pedals. NPR's Arun Rath talks with Brad Templeton, who's advised Google on its car program, about what a future without drivers might look like.

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All Things Considered

Searching For Something New And Different? Here Are Products To Watch

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Quixey, a search engine for apps, hopes to challenge Google's place as King of the Internet Search. Ozy.com's Carlos Watson discusses that service and why you should keep an eye on Black & Sexy TV.

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With Beats, Apple Buys A Quick Start On Smart Headphones

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Apple purchased Beats By Dre this week, suggesting the company is looking at smart headphone technology — headphones that can sense what the body is doing.

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Tech Week: C-E-Bros, Diversity Numbers And The Beats Deal

Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Snapchat CEO's fraternity-day emails surfaced, Apple made its biggest acquisition and Google disclosed the uneven gender breakdown of its staff. Take a look at the week's top headlines in tech.

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Techies, White House Take Part In National Day Of Civic Hacking

Friday, May 30, 2014

Techies and activists worldwide are gathering to create apps that work for the common good, from fixing potholes to stocking food banks.

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On The Media

Now You Can Check Your Email From the Moon

Friday, May 30, 2014

Scientists bring wifi to the moon, and the speeds aren't that bad.

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The Takeaway

Inside The Frat Past of Snapchat's CEO

Friday, May 30, 2014

Leaked emails from Evan Spiegel's undergraduate days show a culture of drinking, sex, and drugs. His comments about female co-eds are unflattering at best, misogynistic at worst. Is Silicon Valley sexism — "brogrammer culture"—all too prevalent?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Right to be Forgotten

Friday, May 30, 2014

Danny Hakim, European economic correspondent for The New York Times, discusses his reporting on a European court ruling that said large Internet companies must consider individuals' requests to remove unflattering or private digital trails of them from the web.

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Morning Edition

Drone Wars: Who Owns The Air?

Friday, May 30, 2014

There are lots of entrepreneurs who would love to build drone-based businesses. But right now, there's a battle over whether it's legal for drones to take to the sky.

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On The Media

Amazon vs. Hachette

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amazon, the largest bookseller in the world, is locked in a struggle with Hachette, one of the biggest publishers. Amazon has prolonged shipping time, taken away the option to “pre-order” new releases, and eliminated the one-click option for purchasing Hachette books. And the feud has no end in sight. Bob talks to Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon, about what it all means.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: The Misogyny and Sexism of Nerd Culture and Silicon Valley

Friday, May 30, 2014

The Misogyny & Entitlement of Nerd Culture | Inside The Frat Past of Snapchat's CEO | The New Movie Releases of The Week | Jesse Eisenberg's New Role: An Angry Environmental Terrorist | An Uncertain Future For Al Jazeera Journalists | Global Community Anxiously Awaits Obama's Climate Address

On The Media

#YesAllWomen

Friday, May 30, 2014

Amid revelations of Elliot Rodger's deep-seated anger and resentment toward women, Internet activists crafted a counter-narrative with the hashtag #YesAllWomen. It has created a catalog of stories about what not all men do, but what most women fear: male violence. Brooke talks with Deanna Zandt, co-creator of the Tumblr "When Women Refuse", about the potency of the hashtag to shed light on everyday misogyny. 

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All Things Considered

Think Internet Data Mining Goes Too Far? Then You Won't Like This

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Devices that scan your brain and read your emotions are no longer sci-fi. Researchers say the technology could threaten privacy by revealing things like your sexual orientation or political leanings.

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The Takeaway

The Key to Better Sleep: A Digital Detox

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New Tech City Host Manoush Zomorodi and Takeaway Host John Hockenberry compare notes on what they learned and accomplished—or failed to accomplish—while tracking and trying to improve their sleep patterns for WNYC’s Clock Your Sleep Project.

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