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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. 

Freakonomics Radio

Why Marry? (Part 1)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The myths of modern marriage.

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Radiolab

Neither Confirm Nor Deny

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

How a sunken nuclear submarine, a crazy billionaire, and a mechanical claw gave birth to a phrase that has hounded journalists and lawyers for 40 years and embodies the tension between the public’s desire for transparency and the government’s need to keep secrets.  


 

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On The Media

Meet The Hummus, A Fake News Site for Muslim-Americans

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

What’s so funny about being Muslim in America?  Depending on who you ask, quite a bit.  Inspired by the scope of Al-Jazeera and the irreverence of The Onion, three young Muslim-American men have launched their own culturally flavored fake news publication:  The Hummus.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: Look at the Mind-Bending World of Codebreaking with The Takeaway's John Hockenberry

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WNYC Science Fair returned to The Greene Space for its second installment on Tuesday, February 11 with a look inside the mind-bending, down-the-rabbit hole world of codebreaking, hosted by The Takeaway's John Hockenberry.

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On The Media

What's Powering Facebook’s Reality Distortion Field?

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

There’s a culture of journalists who are Facebook truthers - they’ll believe anything about the company “as long as it’s totally outlandish.”

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Weekly Un-Innovation: There's Nothing To See Here

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Forget high-tech gadgets that are supposed to make your life easier. Today, we're writing about ... Nothing. Pim de Graaff, a copywriter from Amsterdam, creates handmade black wooden blocks called Nothing to remind you that you already have enough stuff.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Behind The Technology Driving The Economy

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Erik Brynjolfsson, director of the MIT Center for Digital Business and author of The Second Machine Age: Work, Progress, and Prosperity in a Time of Brilliant Technologies discusses the changes that emerging technologies will bring to America's economy in the future.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Speed Cameras Reducing Crashes: Study

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WAMU

D.C.'s speed cameras are successfully slowing down drivers and reducing crashes and related injuries, according to a study of 87 existing camera locations by the District Department of Transportation.

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New Tech City

4 Ways to Boost Your Online Dating Returns

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

With more than 10 percent of American adults dating online, researchers are devoting serious attention to how singles can get it right, including tapping focus groups. Here's what they said. 

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New Tech City

Machine Learning + Love

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

As the popularity of online dating sites rises, algorithms are playing a big role in finding Mr. or Mrs. Right. So what will it take to make the machine smarter at finding us love? 

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The Takeaway

An Evening with Codebreakers

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Join our host John Hockenberry in New York City for an evening of music, drinks and conversation with two of the brightest lights in the mind-bending, down-the-rabbit hole world of codebreaking. This is the second edition of the WNYC Science Fair, a new series in The Greene Space that mixes your favorite public radio personalities with popular science, special performances with a few drinks.

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On The Media

A Map Of New York's Lost Mittens

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

There should be a name for this category of website. A word to describe a site which presents itself as a utility, but is probably more of a whimsical proof-of-concept.

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Being An 'Octodad' Is A Hilarious Lesson In Controlled Chaos

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In the game Octodad: Dadliest Catch, you control an octopus posing as a husband and father who doesn't want the people in his life to realize he's a cephalopod. What could go wrong?

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How Not To Get Swept Off Your Feet By A Sweetheart Scam

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Some Americans are discovering the high cost of love. That's because some online flings are pumping them for money — sometimes tens of thousand of dollars. It's what experts call a "sweetheart scam." Host Michel Martin finds out more from consumer columnist Sheryl Harris.

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The Takeaway

U.S. Looks to Target American With Drone

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The U.S. government has identified an American citizen who is a member of al-Qaida and is actively planning attacks against Americans overseas. The administration is debating whether to kill him with a drone strike and how to do so legally. When, if ever, is it appropriate to use a drone strike to kill an American citizen abroad? Karen Greenberg, Director of the Center on National Security at Fordham Law School, examines this question and the future of the U.S. drone program.

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The Takeaway

Today's Highlights | February 11, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Also On Today's Show: The iconic depression-era child star Shirley Temple Black has passed away at the age of 85...The band “One Ring Zero” has released eight albums, including one where the lyrics were written by famous authors. Two band members discuss their innovative albums...Today The Takeaway gives you a look at the task of preserving the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt in a country plagued in recent years by unrest. 

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We Are Just Not Here Anymore

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In the midst of increased connectivity, are we becoming more disconnected from one another — and ourselves?

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On The Media

A Morbid Fight For @JamesDean

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Today in macabre Twitter handle fights - The Indianapolis Star has news about a feud between an anonymous fan and the actor's estate over who the @JamesDean Twitter handle should belong to.

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The Internet Flexes Political Muscle With Anti-NSA Protest

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It won't be as powerful as the strike against SOPA and PIPA in 2012, when Wikipedia blocked its site, Google blacked out its logo and millions of people joined in. But "The Day We Fight Back" on Tuesday is intended to show lawmakers that there's ongoing public pressure to reform mass surveillance laws.

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New Tech City

Drop the Smartphone and Love Me Already

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

A study released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center finds that a quarter of cell phone owners in serious relationships have felt that their partner was distracted by their device.

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