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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. 

Morning Edition

It's Been 25 Years Since World Wide Web Debuted

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Since then it's transformed daily life. To look back at how far the web has evolved and where it may be headed in the next 25 years, Renee Montagne talks to Kevin Kelly, a founder of Wired magazine.

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Foul Weather Begets Foul Moods Online

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Bad moods — and good ones — can infect social networks at the speed of a keyboard click, according to researchers who gauged the effect of a rainy day on the emotional spin of Facebook posts.

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All Things Considered

A Very Special Proposal Anniversary For The World Wide Web

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Wednesday marks the 25th anniversary of a big tech moment: A physics researcher first proposed the idea of the World Wide Web. Aarti Shahani of KQED speaks with Tim Berners-Lee about his big idea.

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The Takeaway

Living to 100: Science Takes on Life Expectancy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Would you want to live to be 100-years-old, or even older? And if everyone could, what excites or worries you about what the future has in store? S. Jay Olshansky, a professor in the school of public health the University of Illinois at Chicago, knows a lot about human aging through the centuries and what society stands to gain—or lose—from having a much larger, older human population. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the history of life expectancy.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Also on Today's Show: Each year, Americans generate more than 10 million tons of electronic waste and three quarters of these discarded gadgets go straight to the trash...Last week, eight Democrats joined a large group of Republicans in voting against confirmation for Debo Adegbile, a former NAACP lawyer who was being tapped to head up the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit...Manoush Zomorodi, host of WNYC's New Tech City, decodes the latest, most ridiculous lingo being tossed around at the SXSW interactive conference this week.

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All Things Considered

SXSW: Tech Industry Inspires New Shows From HBO, AMC

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The moneyed world of tech startups is getting a sendup from Mike Judge and a dramatic treatment from AMC. Both programs explore the people who, for better or worse, are changing the way we live.

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The Takeaway

The 1,179 Mile Journey of the Keystone XL Pipeline

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

For the last five years, environmentalists and energy companies have lobbied, protested and fought over the Keystone XL Pipeline. Whether or not the Alberta-to-Nebraska leg of the pipeline is approved, the Canadian oil sands are already up and pumping. Journalist Tony Horwitz traveled the length of the proposed pipeline, and he says that North America could become the Saudi Arabia of the Western Hemisphere.

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Radiolab

Who Needs Clicks? Blogger Vi Hart Goes Wildly, Dramatically Dull

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Vi of my heart, Vi who teaches, Vi who doodles, Vi who blogs, Vi with her magic markers, sugar dots, piano keys, balloons, toothpaste, Vi who has more followers than anybody (OK, not as many as Justin Bieber, but Vi's a math blogger, so come on ...), Vi who is ...

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Morning Edition

Kickstarter Campaign Begins For Neil Young's Music Player

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Young announced his long-planned, high-fidelity audio player, Pono, on Tuesday at SXSW. But at a time when music streaming is overtaking downloads, will anybody want it?

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New Tech City

The Hottest Thing From Google Is Over Before It Began

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Google Glass has not been officially released yet, but it's already facing a backlash from the tech-forward crowd expected to be its most ardent fans. Here's why. 

 

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The Takeaway

Is Bossy the New "B" Word? Should it be Banned? | Traveling the 1,179 Mile Journey of the Keystone XL Pipeline | Living to 100: Science Takes on Life Expectancy

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Keystone XL: The 1,179 Mile Journey from Alberta to Nebraska | Rethinking E-Waste Recycling | Is Bossy the New "B" Word? Should it be Banned? | The Dangers of the Debo Adegbile Vote | For the First Time Ever, Snowboarding Hits the Slopes at the Paralympics | Decoding the Tech Jargon at SXSW | Living Longer: Life Expectancy and the Future of Health Policy 

People Overload Website, Hoping To Help Search For Missing Jet

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

A satellite company's call for crowdsourcing to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines jet brought a strong response on the Internet, placing an "unprecedented load" on the company's servers.

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Is There A Better Way To Track Aircraft During Flight?

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Much of the technology we use to track a plane – like radar – is old. New technology is already out there, but their limited use and the cost of adoption are deterrents.

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The Takeaway

Living Well to the Age of 150 and Beyond

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Would you want to live to 150? What would be the impacts if everyone could? Genomic and synthetic life scientist J. Craig Venter says aging is a phenomenon we can control and arrest.

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All Things Considered

Evolved Science: Crowds Can Catalog Bugs Faster

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Thousands of non-scientists sitting at their home computers may now be as useful as a single Einstein — thanks to online crowdsourcing. What once took years, now takes days.

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Bitcoin Exchange Mt. Gox Files For Bankruptcy In U.S.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mt. Gox had been the most active bitcoin exchange before it announced the loss of hundreds of millions of dollars' worth of the cryptocurrency last month.

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All Things Considered

Norway Takes The Lead In Electric Cars (With Generous Subsidies)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Next month Norway is expected to become the first country where 1 percent of the cars are electric. Most Norwegians are supportive, but it's taken large financial incentives to reach this level.

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Investing In Women Entrepreneurs

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Tell Me More looks at how to connect investors to women-owned businesses. Indiegogo co-founder Danae Ringelmann and Pipeline Fellowship's Natalia Oberti Noguera share their ideas.

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On The Media

Jimmy Kimmel Will Keep Hoaxing, The Media Will Continue To Fall For It

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

On our podcast a couple weeks ago, I posited that the reason we haven't seen a massive viral hoax so far this year is because people are becoming smarter about it. In an article I wrote last week, I actually included a paragraph about my suspicions that an app that was getting reported as legit was, in fact a hoax (and I was correct). The king of meaningless pranks, Jimmy Kimmel disagrees.

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On The Media

In the Battle Over Aereo, CBS Explores the Nuclear Option

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

CBS Chief Executive Les Moonves has reportedly suggested the network would stop broadcasting if the streaming service Aereo wins a forthcoming Supreme Court case.

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