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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

The Rise of Media in Democratic Afghanistan

Friday, April 25, 2014

Afghani media mogul Saad Mohseni discusses the recent elections, the evolution of  media over the past decade, and the risks of being associated with pro-Western development in a country that is fighting for its future.

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Cliven Bundy, #myNYPD: Public Relations Fails?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Both rancher Cliven Bundy and the New York Police Department had a rough week in the spotlight. The Barbershop guys weigh in on the risks of talking or tweeting too much.

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On The Media

Turning Fruit Into Musical Instruments

Friday, April 25, 2014

There is a strong tradition in contemporary composition of making music from non-musical objects. Musique Concrète, playing the jug, Eugene Chadbourne playing an electric rake. But for some reason, there is a critical mass of "making music by playing weird shit" Kickstarters at the moment. Some much cooler than others.

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TED Radio Hour

Can You Use Algorithms To Find Love?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Amy Webb was having no luck with online dating, so she started treating the world of online dating as data — effectively hacking her way to finding a spouse.

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Morning Edition

Tech Giants Settle Class-Action Lawsuit

Friday, April 25, 2014

Apple, Google, Intel and Adobe Systems have settled a lawsuit rather than go to trial on allegations they conspired to stop high-tech workers from leaving one company for another to get a better job.

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On The Media

The Death of Net Neutrality?

Friday, April 25, 2014

This week the FCC announced that it would consider a new draft of the Open Internet rules which, if passed, would all but kill net neutrality, the principle that all content should be treated equally. Manoush talks with Siva Vaidhyanathan about how this development might radically affect online innovation as we've known it.

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On The Media

CNN's Malaysia Air Obsession, Bad Political Memoirs, and More

Friday, April 25, 2014

CNN's never-ending coverage of the lost Malaysian Airlines plane, an FCC blow to net neutrality, and why there are so many terrible political memoirs.

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The Customer Isn't Always Right

Friday, April 25, 2014

Users of the app-based car service Uber probably already know that passengers get to rate their drivers after a trip. But they might be surprised to discover that the drivers are rating passengers too. Manoush speaks with Uber driver Ganu Salami about the passenger rating system, and with University of Denver law professor Nancy Leong about its potential to be discriminatory.

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The Takeaway

Big Data & TV by the Numbers | Should Animals Have the Same Rights as People? | 'X-Men' Accusations & Out-of-Control Hollywood Culture

Friday, April 25, 2014

Big Data TV: David Simon & Beau Willimon on Entertainment by The Numbers | The Rise of Media in Democratic Afghanistan | New Movie Reviews of The Week | 'X-Men' Director's Rape Allegations Raise Questions of Out-of-Control Culture | The Movie Date Reviews This Weekend's Big Releases | Should Animals Have ...

All Things Considered

Life Outside The Fast Lane: Startups Wary Of Web Traffic Plan

Thursday, April 24, 2014

The Federal Communications Commission's proposal would let Web companies pay for faster access. But entrepreneurs, like Reddit's co-founder, are wondering how they would have fared with such rules.

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All Things Considered

Rural Hospitals Weigh Independence Against Need For Computer Help

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Hospitals in out-of-the-way places are making trade-offs as they adopt electronic medical records. Some are joining larger health systems, while others are searching for ways to go it alone.

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All Things Considered

Tech Giants Pony Up Cash To Help Prevent Another Heartbleed

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Google, Intel and others say they will now financially support the open-source software that encrypts much of the traffic on the Internet. The effort follows the discovery of a key security flaw.

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All Things Considered

What Do Net Neutrality Rules Mean For Web Users?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Tim Wu, a law professor at Columbia University, coined the phrase "net neutrality." He discusses how the Federal Communications Commission's proposed changes could affect the average consumer.

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On The Media

#23 - A Bitcoin Story for People Who Don't Care About Bitcoin

Thursday, April 24, 2014

When Wired reporter Andy Greenberg read Newsweek's cover story claiming to have found mysterious Bitcoin creator Satoshi Nakamoto, he was disappointed. Not so much that the mystery had been solved, but that the answer to the search was not all that interesting. But then, as the Newsweek started getting picked apart, he got a tip about another possible Bitcoin creator: a very ill, very brilliant cryptographer named Hal Finney. 

Andy Greenberg is the author of This Machine Kills Secrets: How WikiLeakers, Cypherpunks, and Hacktivists Aim to Free the World's Information.

Donate to Hal Finney's care here

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Using Technology To Fix The Texting-While-Driving Problem

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Parents, cities and software companies have advocated or developed apps that block texts and calls when you're driving. But an Apple patent for locking phone functions could make a big impact.

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The Takeaway

Should a Video Game Determine Hiring and Firing?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Some companies are using video games as a way to evaluate potential employees. It allows them to monitor the "micro-behaviors" of candidates during game play.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Recording the Global Soundscape

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Ecologist Bryan Pijanowski hopes to create a soundscape of every ecosystem on the planet.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Is Aereo the Latest TV Technology Disruptor?

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Is Aereo a high-tech TV game changer or a clever way to get around broadcast copyright law?

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Science Friday

SciFri: Thoreau, Climate Scientist

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Scientists use Henry David Thoreau’s notes to study climate change at Walden Pond.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Serving Up the Origins of the Chicken and Chili Pepper

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Scientists are combining genetics and linguistics to trace the origins of these staples of the modern-day menu.

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