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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. 

Science Friday

Why Do Some Songs Stick in Our Heads?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

“Earworms” are song fragments that get stuck in our mind.

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Science Friday

What’s ‘I,’ and Why?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

In Me, Myself, and Why, science writer Jennifer Ouellette probes the science of self.

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The Takeaway

Glenn Greenwald on Snowden's Latest Revelations

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The journalist who helped Edward Snowden reveal the NSA's secrets says Snowden sleeps fine at night. And he says John Kerry is sounding like Dick Cheney these days.

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On The Media

We're So Excited To Announce A Link To A Blog About Businesses Being Excited About Being Acquired

Thursday, May 29, 2014

We're so excited to announce a link to a blog about businesses being excited about being acquired.

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The Future Of Online Ed Isn't Heading Where You Expect

Thursday, May 29, 2014

A workforce-based initiative on a twin island nation shows the true potential of free online education.

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Google's White Male-Heavy Staff Underlines Tech's Diversity Problem

Thursday, May 29, 2014

After years of stalling, Google released a demographic breakdown of its staff that shows the company as 70 percent male and 61 percent white.

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The Takeaway

How Farmers Skirt Water Laws in CA

Thursday, May 29, 2014

New revelations uncovered by the Center for Investigative Reporting show that farmers who take most of the precious water in California do not want the government looking over their shoulders.

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On The Media

The Mysterious Death of One of the Internet's Most Popular Encryption Tools

Thursday, May 29, 2014

TrueCrypt was abruptly, mysteriously killed yesterday by its developers. Now everyone’s freaking out.

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Morning Edition

For $3 Billion, Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The deal brings hip-hop producers Dr. Dre and Jimmy lovine into the Apple fold. And it also marks a strategic shift for the company, which has always eschewed splashy acquisitions.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Greenwald Reacts to Snowden, The West Point Goat, and an Inside Look at the Curse of Busyness

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Glenn Greenwald on Snowden's Latest Revelations | How Farmers Skirt Water Laws in CA | VA Investigation Reveals Delayed Care Is Rampant | The Curious Tradition of the West Point Goat | The Key to Better Sleep: A Digital Detox | The Unrealized Dream of the 3-Hour Work Day

Freakonomics Radio

The Upside of Quitting (Rebroadcast)

Thursday, May 29, 2014

You know the saying: a winner never quits and a quitter never wins. To which Freakonomics Radio says ... Are you sure?

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Apple Buys Dr. Dre's Beats Electronics For $3 Billion

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Apple's acquisition of the audio equipment and subscription streaming music service co-founded by Dre and record-producer Jimmy Iovine is the computer-maker's largest-ever such purchase.

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All Things Considered

Google's Attempt To Make A Self-Driving Car: Big Idea Or Bad Idea?

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Google is getting into the automobile business. Since the industry is littered with failed upstarts and revolutionary ideas, NPR's Sonari Glinton asks: Why would anyone want to do that?

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All Things Considered

The Anatomy Of A Corporate Tweet: 140 Characters In 45 Days

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Business Insider reporter Aaron Taube recently took a look at the world of corporate social media, where writing a 140-character tweet can take up to 45 days. He explains the long and careful process.

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SnapChat CEO's Emails Didn't Disappear, Come Back To Shame Him

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The CEO of the self-destructing messaging platform Snapchat says he's "mortified" his misogynistic fraternity emails were made public.

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The Takeaway

Exploring D-Day’s Underwater Secrets 70 Years On

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

D-Day was the largest military operation of its kind. As the 70th anniversary of this epic battle approaches, The Takeaway considers the extraordinary technology and engineering that contributed to the ultimate success of the invasion.

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Check Out This Underwear With Pockets So You Can Stash Stuff

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

It's called Speakeasy Briefs and it's kind of practical if you need to sneak something into a music festival ... or if you get mugged.

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On The Media

Beware SHRTURL, A Tool Which Makes It Very, Very, Easy to Create Hoax Versions of Real Websites

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Shrturl.co is a site that lets you 'edit' any existing website and create a fake version of it with your own text. 

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The Takeaway

Alan Alda and Brian Greene on Science as Storytelling

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The actor and the physicist weigh in on ways to humanize scientific insights and groundbreaking discoveries, as they participate in the 2014 World Science Festival in New York.

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On The Media

Amazon Says It is Delaying Your Book Orders To Better Serve You

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Of all the ways to defend its tactics in its battle with the publisher Hachette, framing them as customer service feels like the least convincing one.

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