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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. 

Getting Back In The Game: Finding The Right Game To Play

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Like movies, books and music, there are countless video games to suit all interests and tastes. If you're a would-be gamer, here's a guide to help you sort through the different worlds.

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Printing Wikipedia Would Take 1 Million Pages, But That's Sort Of The Point

Sunday, March 30, 2014

A German-based group called PediaPress estimates that a print version of the ever-evolving, online encyclopedia would fill more than 1,000 1,200-page volumes. Now they just need $50,000 to do it.

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Wikipedia Holds An Edit-A-Thon To Draw Women Editors

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A Wikipedia edit-a-thon is designed to encourage women to contribute to the online encyclopedia. Sara Snyder of the Smithsonian American Art Museum tells NPR's Scott Simon why.

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Tech Week: Smartphones And You, Virtual Reality, NPR Plays

Saturday, March 29, 2014

The fairy tale of virtual reality company Oculus VR, your stories of smartphone distraction and the possible end to the NSA's bulk phone record collection led this week's tech conversations.

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All Things Considered

Monsignor Brings Pope's Tweets To The World, In Latin

Friday, March 28, 2014

Vatican Latinist Monsignor Daniel Gallagher has a unique job: He translates Pope Francis's tweets into Latin. And with 231,000 followers, the @Pontifex_ln Twitter handle is a hit.

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Why Playing Minecraft Might Be More Healthful For Kids Than TV

Friday, March 28, 2014

Children playing on phones or using computers eat less junk food than those watching TV, a study finds. Maybe it's the commercials. Or maybe it's just hard to pick up a chip while tapping away.

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On The Media

A Six (and a Half) Year Old Explains New Yorker Cartoons

Friday, March 28, 2014

New Yorker cartoons are weird. Sometimes they're funny in the traditional sense. Sometimes they're incomprehensible. Sometimes they're adjacent to funny - gestures towards this thing that is like humor but isn't quite humor. 

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: New Tech City Talks Parenting in the Digital Age

Friday, March 28, 2014

Between tablets, cell phones, video games and computers, the minutes of daily screen time the average child logs in can quickly add up to hours. 

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On The Media

Why a Large Part of the Internet Is Mad at Stephen Colbert

Friday, March 28, 2014

Can a joke about racism be racist? Explaining #CancelColbert.

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Morning Edition

Tijuana's New Breed Of Entrepreneurs Create Technical Businesses

Friday, March 28, 2014

In the Mexican border city of Tijuana, entrepreneurs are going after a share of the Internet economy that usually goes to Asia. At a business incubator, they want to work with U.S. tech companies.

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On The Media

How Much Oil Really Spilled?

Friday, March 28, 2014

On the 25th anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Southwest Alaska, the media reported, as they have since the disaster happened, that the amount of oil spilled was 11 million gallons. In 2010, Brooke spoke with Riki Ott - a marine toxicologist and author - who explained that the 11 million number is in fact a disputed figure the media have incorrectly adopted.

 

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On The Media

The World According to Google Maps

Friday, March 28, 2014

On Google Maps, Crimea is still a part of Ukraine, though Vladimir Putin is urging the mapping behemoth to redraw Russia's borders to include the Black Sea peninsula. Whatever Google decides, it’s sure to be politically and culturally fraught.

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On The Media

A Crisis of Cartographic Proportions

Friday, March 28, 2014

While Russia annexed Crimea with scarcely a shot fired, the crisis has grown heated between cartographers. An editing war broke out on Wikipedia's map of Russia, and National Geographic sparked outrage by suggesting it would map Crimea as Russian territory once the Kremlin made it official. Bob talks with Michael Blanding, author of the forthcoming book The Map Thief, about how map-making by nature is a risky geopolitical game.

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All Things Considered

Why Don't Planes Stream Their Flight Data In Real Time?

Thursday, March 27, 2014

As search teams hunt for Flight 370's flight recorders, one might ask: Why is data stored only using onboard recorders? Real-time transmission of flight data is possible, but there are roadblocks.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Dwarf Planet Found at the Edge of the Solar System

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Dwarf planet 2012 VP-113 takes approximately 4,000 years to orbit the sun once.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Movie Night for Scientists

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Movie theaters and scientists pair up to present a National Evening of Science on Screen.

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Science Friday

SciFri: The Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains—of Iowa

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Texas and California dominate the U.S. in wind power generation—but Iowa isn't far behind.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Robot Builders with Bugs for Brains

Thursday, March 27, 2014

The bugs meet the bots in the world of swarm robotics.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Engineering Life Through Synthetic Biology

Thursday, March 27, 2014

From designer yeast genomes to batteries made from bacteria, an update on synthetic biology.

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