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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

FBI, DEA Now Required to Videotape Interrogations

Friday, May 23, 2014

Starting on July 11, 2014, agents from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Marshals Service will be required to videotape their interrogations, with a few exceptions.  

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Morning Edition

What Those Baby Photos On Social Media Can Teach Us About Moms

Friday, May 23, 2014

Today's babies are part of the first generation with their entire lives documented on social media. Researchers are finding lessons in the streams of their photos.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Electric Chairs, Marijuana, and 'War and Peace'

Friday, May 23, 2014

FBI, DEA Now Required to Videotape Interrogations | Rolling Back The Clock on Capital Punishment | Why Native American Reservations Could be Next to Legalize Marijuana | In Colorado, High Art Gets a Little Higher | New Movie Releases of the Week | Don Johnson: From 'Miami Vice' to the Silver ...

All Things Considered

Can Cop-Worn Cameras Restore Faith In New Orleans Police?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Officers are wearing video cameras to record interactions with the public. The city's troubled police department is trying to prove a commitment to transparency, as it tries to end federal monitoring.

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Science Friday

Are Microbes Winning the Antibiotic Arms Race?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

We're running out of antibiotics, and drug companies have little incentive to develop new ones. Can we save the ones we already have?

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Science Friday

Is It Possible to Make Matter From Light?

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Scientists mapped out the plan for a potential “photon-photon collider” that could convert light into matter.

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Science Friday

Customizing Your Cryptocurrency With Altcoins

Thursday, May 22, 2014

ZeroCash, Litecoin, and SolarCoin are digital currency alternatives to Bitcoin.

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Science Friday

New Meteor Shower May Offer Skygazers a Treat...Or Not

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Late Friday night, Earth will sail through debris left by the comet 209P/LINEAR. Scientists are calling the shower the Camelopardalids.

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Science Friday

The Debate Over Net Neutrality

Thursday, May 22, 2014

What does the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality plan mean for consumers?

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Science Friday

Why Science and the Humanities Are Better Together

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Biographer Walter Isaacson explains why the future belongs to those who can merge the arts and the sciences.

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On The Media

Do Not Track Declared DOA

Thursday, May 22, 2014

A few years ago, there was a strong initiative to create a "Do Not Track" option on the internet, which would keep advertisers from following you from website to website, watching your every browsing and spending move. The hope was that with a single browser option, consumers could block advertisers from following them around the web. On the Media even did a relatively lengthy look at the initiative as proposed by the FTC in 2010.

three and a half years later, the Do Not Track initiative looks like an ambitious, but spectacular failure.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Battle of the Zzzzs: The Home Stretch

Thursday, May 22, 2014

As part of WNYC's Clock Your Sleep project, WNYC hosts have been leading teams competing to get more sleep by trying different strategies. Hear how it's going and who's winning in the last days of the competition.

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Morning Edition

On The Internet, A Penny Is Nothing To Sneeze At

Thursday, May 22, 2014

It's hard to find anything in a store that costs 1 penny. There is one place where people still dream of 1 cent sales: the Internet. NPR's planet money team reports on the value of the virtual penny.

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All Things Considered

For Automakers, Internet-Connected Cars Are A Balancing Act

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

General Motors is putting 4G capabilities directly into its vehicles. But analysts say connecting your car to the Internet poses a challenge to automakers: how to balance safety with convenience.

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All Things Considered

Storm Shelter App Helps Pinpoint People Amid Tornado's Rubble

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

After a tornado hits, emergency crews looking for survivors in storm shelters face a problem: Streets and landmarks are suddenly unrecognizable. One Moore, Okla., firefighter developed an app to help.

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A Camera Designed To Take And Send GIFs (Bring Your Own Cat)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

With this retro-style camera, users will be able to take and send their own GIFs by simply cranking a knob. Our Weekly Innovation pick does not settle the debate over how to pronounce GIFs.

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The Takeaway

High Tech, Low Cost Artificial Limbs Could Be on the Way

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The high cost of prosthetics is prohibitive for many people who need them. But a team of graduate students found a way to build them on the cheap. 

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Saying It Was Hacked, EBay Urges Users To Change Passwords

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

EBay says that it hasn't seen any sign of fraudulent activity since the breach was detected "about two weeks ago." It says it stores financial data and customer records in different places.

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On The Media

Airbnb is Handing Over User Data To the New York Attorney General.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

If you have been renting your apartment with impunity on Airbnb and you live in New York, it may be time to reconsider. Airbnb has been engaged for months in a legal and PR war against New York's Attorney General Eric Schneiderman over turning over user data, and it appears that today that fight has ended with Airbnb agreeing to give the Attorney General anonymized user data.

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When Doctors Play This Game, You Get Better Medical Care

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Who doesn't like a contest, especially if it lets you prove that you're smarter than your peers? When doctors played a game that tests their knowledge, patients' blood pressure control improved.

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