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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

SciFri: The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Discovering Your Inner Fish

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin takes us through the evolutionary story of how the human body evolved from our fish and reptilian ancestors.

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On The Media

Field Recordings From a Virtual World

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Triple A video game titles (meaning the ones that cost hundreds of millions of dollars and have huge launches) are always trying to push for greater and greater verisimilitude. This is one of the reasons that there is a new round of consoles every 7 years or so, and why sound design in games is ever evolving to better evoke a sense of place. These audio environments are now interesting enough that at least one person has decided to record these habitats for posterity.

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Why Did Vanity Fair Give 'Belfies' A Stamp Of Approval?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

"Selfie" may have been the 2013 word of the year. But "belfies," or "butt selfies" are now in the spotlight. We learn more about why they earned a fitness model a spread in Vanity Fair magazine.

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Ohio's Law Against Political Lying Heads To Supreme Court

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Can a state law prevent political campaigns from doling out misinformation? Guest host Celeste Headlee learns more from The Plain Dealer's Sabrina Eaton.

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Do America's Deportation Policies Work?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Guest Host Celeste Headlee learns more about the United States' deportation policies from Muzaffar Chishti of the Migration Policy Institute.

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Police In Canada Make Arrest Related To 'Heartbleed' Bug

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A 19-year-old computer science student was taken into custody for allegedly exploiting the bug to steal sensitive information from government servers.

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Book News: Did Amazon Unintentionally Create A Drug Dealer Starter Kit?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Also: Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez's health is said to be stable but "very fragile"; Dave Eggers' new book is called Your Fathers, Where Are They? And the Prophets, Do They Live Forever?

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Startup Standouts from Columbia Startup Lab

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Columbia University has chosen 31 startups founded by recent alumni to take part in its new startup lab. Head of Columbia Entrepreneurship Richard Witten discusses Columbia Startup Lab's vision for the budding companies. Plus Bob Coyne, co-founder of one of the selected companies, talks about his startup called WordsEye.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Getting Over It

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Political activist and author Ralph Nader talks about how the left and right can get over their differences and work together. Plus: what’s a “Beige Book” and what does it tell us about the economic recovery; the latest from the Columbia startup lab; screens, parents, and babies; and how to manage feral cat colonies.

Manoush Zomorodi is in for Brian today. Manoush is host and managing editor of WNYC's New Tech City

Freakonomics Radio

What’s More Dangerous: Marijuana or Alcohol?

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Imagine that both substances were undiscovered until today. How would we think about their relative risks?

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Episode 532: The Wild West Of The Internet

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Most websites end in .com, .gov or .edu. But a bunch of new domains have just been added. Now there's .ninja, .bike, .plumbing and .cool. In all, over 1,000 new top-level domains will be added.

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All Things Considered

Israel's Ultra-Orthodox Put Faith In Unorthodox Dating Service

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Young ultra-Orthodox Jews are increasingly pursuing college degrees or joining the workforce. That's challenged matchmaking customs and led to a new service that connects like-minded men and women.

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WNYC News

Watch Winning Six-Second Vine Films

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Tribeca Film Festival chooses a local filmmaker who makes a monster out of a molehill.

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All Things Considered

When Parents Are The Ones Too Distracted By Devices

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Parents often complain that smartphones keep their kids distracted from conversation. What happens when it's the other way around, when kids can't get their smartphone-glued parents' attention?

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All Things Considered

Man Reaches For The Sun For A Solution To Pakistan's Gas Crisis

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A plan to replace imported oil with domestic natural gas has led to fuel shortages and long lines in Pakistan. A businessman has spent $500,000 of his own money to develop an affordable solar car.

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On The Media

A Google For The Dark Net

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

The near-anonymous Tor browser is pretty convenient for buying illegal things online. Except there's no search function. Until now.

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Weekly Innovation: Better Luggage Checking ... And Tracking

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Air France and KLM have developed two gadgets — the eTrack and the eTag — that let you drop off your bag without checking it with an agent and track it during your trip.

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New Tech City

Inside the Mysterious Google X

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

We're talking about hoverboards, a space elevator and floating Wi-Fi hot spots for the developing world. This could be a new golden age of innovation. 

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The Takeaway

Ukraine Uses Force to Push Back Separatists | Saturn Just Birthed a Baby Moon | A Bombing, a Neighborhood and a Community Forever Changed

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Ukraine Uses Force to Push Back Separatists | Ford Celebrates Mustang Anniversary Amid Changing Industry | Saturn Just Birthed a Baby Moon. How Does that Happen? | Boko Haram Continues Reign of Terror With Abductions, Explosions | This Is Where: 'All Arms Are Open' | A Bombing, a Neighborhood and ...