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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. 

All Things Considered

Even Turkey's President Evades Its New Twitter Ban

Friday, March 21, 2014

A Turkish court is trying to ban Twitter, setting off condemnation of the government's increasingly heavy hand and prompting Turks to find a workaround for the social media site.

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All Things Considered

The All But Impossible Task Of Finding Debris In An Ocean

Friday, March 21, 2014

David Gallo, the special projects director of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, explains how to find debris in a large body of water — a topic now defining the search for the missing jet.

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So You Want To Evade Your Country's Twitter Ban? A Workaround

Friday, March 21, 2014

Governments can block sites that they deem dangerous, and for Turkey, that now includes Twitter. How does it work? And how are Turkish residents using it anyway?

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The Takeaway

Turkish Prime Minister Looks to 'Eradicate Twitter'

Friday, March 21, 2014

Today it's the social sphere that's boiling over after the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan got a court order to have Twitter taken down.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

danah boyd: The Networked World of Teens

Friday, March 21, 2014

danah boyd, principal researcher at Microsoft Research and author of It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens (Yale), talks about what you should worry about when worrying about teens online (and whether you should worry at all).

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Morning Edition

Twitter Tool Lets Users Revist First Tweets

Friday, March 21, 2014

To celebrate its eighth birthday, Twitter has put out a tool that lets you see any user's very first tweet. Some were naturals. Others might cringe at their first contribution.

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Morning Edition

When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Pentagon's Defense Department Research Agency — DARPA — is pushing to build a semi-autonomous search and rescue robot. But scientists see obvious dual uses, for war.

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On The Media

Not-So-Private Metadata

Friday, March 21, 2014

The NSA has defended its controversial surveillance program by arguing that it just collects metadata, and therefore doesn't violate the privacy of individual Americans. But computer scientists at Stanford Security Lab have conducted their own simulation of the NSA's program, and found the metadata to be inherently revealing. Bob speaks with Jonathan Mayer, one of the researchers on the project, about how much can be learned just from the numbers.

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On The Media

Holding Algorithms Accountable

Friday, March 21, 2014

When an earthquake sent tremors through Los Angeles this week, an algorithm called Quakebot allowed the LA Times to release the news faster than any other media outlet. Bob talks with Nick Diakopoulos, a Tow Fellow at Columbia Journalism School, about what reporters should keep in mind as algorithms increasingly play a role in newsrooms.

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On The Media

The Shifting State of Internet Governance

Friday, March 21, 2014

The seemingly arcane business of running the web recently made headlines when the United States government agreed to cede control of the Internet's global address book, also known as the Domain Name System (DNS). Bob talks with Bloomberg Businessweek's Brendan Greeley about the move and the future of internet governance.

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On The Media

So Many Keys

Friday, March 21, 2014

Four times a year, members of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICAAN, take part in an elaborate ceremony (iris scanners!) designed to assure the world that the organization is doing its best to keep the web connected and safe. Brooke explains the meeting of the keyholders, with insight from Guardian reporter James Ball, who attended one of the ceremonies last month.

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On The Media

Cold War 2.0, The Guardians of the Internet, and More

Friday, March 21, 2014

Russia's new propaganda war, not-so-private metadata, and the people with the keys to the internet.

Morning Edition

Sony Steps Into Virtual Reality With 'Project Morpheus'

Thursday, March 20, 2014

At the annual Game Developers Conference this week in San Francisco, Sony announced a project that will aim to add virtual reality to its PlayStation 4 console.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Food Failures: Knead-to-Know Science Behind Bread

Thursday, March 20, 2014

America's Test Kitchen editorial director Jack Bishop talks about the science behind a perfect loaf.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Digital Gets Physical

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Sculpting Science

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Paleo-artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts discuss the intersection between art and science.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Scientists Test What the Nose Knows

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A new study claims the human nose can distinguish one trillion unique smells.

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Science Friday

SciFri: A Bird-Like ‘Chicken From Hell’ Dino Discovery

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Anzu wyliei was a toothless, bird-like dinosaur that weighed 500 pounds.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Detecting the ‘Bang’ from the Big Bang

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Researchers detected waves coming just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.

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Gender Disparities In Tech Flare Up Again: A Reading Guide

Thursday, March 20, 2014

A female developer at GitHub resigns, saying the company has a clubby, intimidating culture, and debate brews over whether geeks can lead unwelcoming environments. Get caught up with these reads.

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