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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: Olympians Look to Science for a Competitive Edge

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Physiologist and aerospace engineer Troy Flanagan shares the science behind Olympic training.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Can Technology Build a Better Athlete?

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Will the next big Olympics competition be a race for more technology?

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Why Facebook Thinks WhatsApp Is Worth $19 Billion

Thursday, February 20, 2014

To put things in perspective, the global messaging platform WhatsApp that Facebook picked up is worth more than Southwest Airlines. But is the price justified?

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Data Breach At University Of Maryland Exposes 309,000 Records

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The records from staff, faculty and students date back to 1998 and include social security numbers, names and dates of birth.

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Freakonomics Radio

Why Marry? (Part 2)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The consequences of our low marriage rate -- and if the old model is less attractive, how about a new one?

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Facebook Will Buy WhatsApp Message Service For $19 Billion

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

WhatsApp makes a text messaging app that works on all major smartphone operating systems. Founded in Silicon Valley less than five years ago, the company has 55 employees.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Amazon Transformation

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Amazon has transformed the publishing industry and is poised to transform Hollywood, too. The New Yorker's George Packer explains how.

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The Allure Of Anonymous Confessional Apps 'Secret' And 'Whisper'

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Apps like Secret and Whisper are designed to maximize sharing and minimize risk because the messages are anonymous. Could they end up helping whistle-blowers and shaking up the workplace?

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Computer Love: Beats Music Wants To Be Your Everything

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Ann Powers says that for the music lover searching for an immersive streaming service, newcomer Beats Music comes close to offering the complete package.

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The Takeaway

Why Your Late 30s Are the Best Time for Breakthroughs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Albert Einstein once said that "a person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so." Genius may have come early for Einstein, but according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, most scientists don't achieve their first big breakthrough until their late thirties. David Shenk, author of "The Genius in All of Us: New Insights Into Genetics, Talent, and IQ," discusses the study and its implications.

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On The Media

We Might Be Able To Predict the Future Using Social Media. But Should We?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A new study from MIT found a way to retroactively predict the 2013 coup in Egypt. Study author Nathan Kallus plugged in 300,000 web sources from before the coup, scanned them for keywords and sentiment analysis, and was able to graph a prediction for when the coup would happen.

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New Tech City

The Story Behind the Poster on Every Tech Startup's Wall

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

It's a commentary on the ethos behind innovation today, and it reveals just how much luck and self-love are embraced in the startup world. New Tech City explains the ubiquitous "Holstee Manifesto."

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Order Up! Food Businesses Find An Appetite For Bitcoin

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

From a Subway sandwich shop to a Peruvian chicken food truck, customers have a growing number of options for satisfying their hunger with bitcoins. For food vendors, accepting the virtual currency offers substantial financial benefits — and risks, too.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Facial Recognition Technology: What Is It Used For?

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

New York Times reporter Natasha Singer looks at facial recognition technology, and whether consumers should be able to decide who uses their biometric data. Her article “When No One Is Just a Face in the Crowd” appeared in the New York Times February 1.

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On The Media

The Creepy New App That Lets People Listen in On Your Conversations

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Why leave eavesdropping on phone calls to law enforcement? With the new app Crowdpilot, you can invite anyone to listen in.

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Jazzpunk: A Spy Game Full Of Jokes, Blokes And Cold War Tropes

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Jazzpunk is a quirky adventure comedy game chock full of charm, humor and more pop culture references than watching VH1. Nearly every object and character you encounter along the way is an opportunity to make you laugh. But you get to deliver the punch line.

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On The Media

The Internet Has Brought Thousands of People Together to Play Pokemon

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

In its purest and most noble form, the internet is an experiment in community building. It allows people who would have no reason to interact in the real world to come together to work toward, or in some cases against, a common goal. In the case of Twitch Plays Pokemon, it allows tens of thousands of people to get together to play a game of Pokemon Red for the old-school Nintendo Game Boy.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and You

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

David Carr, media columnist and culture reporter for the New York Times, discusses Comcast's acquisition of Time Warner Cable and what it means for regular t.v. watchers, for cord cutters, and for the industry.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fracking and Air Pollution; New Faces on Wall Street; World Science U

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Today's show is guest-hosted by WNYC's Anna Sale. Find out more about Anna here.

Inside Climate News is investigating the effect of fracking on air quality in some parts of Texas. Reporter Lisa Song details the pollution and health problems of residents in the area. Plus: Kevin Roose, New York Magazine columnist and author of “Young Money: Inside the Hidden World of Wall Street’s Post-Crash Recruits,” reports on the new faces of Wall Street, plus science education is coming to the masses via the Internet.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Andy Borowitz Fills In; a Closer Look at ADHD; Andy Statman Performs Live; Caregiving; Facial Recognition Technology

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate today. First, behavioral neurologist Dr. Richard Saul argues that there's more to ADHD than we know. Andy Statman performs live and talks about his latest album "Superstring Theory." We'll discuss the complex issues of caring for a sick or aging loved one. And Natasha Singer explains how facial recognition technology works and what it's used for.