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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. 

The Takeaway

Is Facebook the Best Place to Archive our Memories?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Since Facebook celebrated its tenth anniversary earlier this week, hundreds of millions of users have created their own "look-back" movies, a one-minute-long reflection on a user's most-liked posts and pictures since the site began. Researcher Sherry Turkle, professor of Science Technology and Society at MIT, explores Facebook's affect on how we perceive identity and memory.

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Is George Zimmerman On A Road To Perdition?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Rapper DMX is talking about stepping into the boxing ring with George Zimmerman. But the Barbershop guys ask whether it would be better for both men to step out of the spotlight.

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Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting'

Friday, February 07, 2014

As the Winter Olympic Games get underway in Sochi, host Michel Martin speaks with Russian culture expert Jennifer Eremeeva about what the opening ceremonies can teach us about Russia and its people.

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The Takeaway

An App That Fights Cyberbullying

Friday, February 07, 2014

A New Jersey school district will be the first to roll out the STOPit app, which seeks to get adults to intervene in cyberbullying before it's too late. Dr. Scott Taylor, superintendent of the Kenilworth School District and Dr. Elizabeth Englander, director of the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center at Bridgewater State University discuss what this means for kids and the fight against bullying.

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Here's Why You Should Hashtag Your #Olympics2014 Tweets

Friday, February 07, 2014

Inviting people to ignore you is the best and most considerate way to make generous use of hashtags during major and heavily tweeted public events.

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The Takeaway

Beatlemania: From 1964 to 2014 | Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen and 'Minding Our Business' | Is Facebook the Best Place to Archive our Memories?

Friday, February 07, 2014

Dylan Farrow, Woody Allen and 'Minding Our Business' | An App Against Cyberbullying | Is Facebook the Best Place to Archive our Memories? | Beyond the Olympics: A Look at the Future of Russia | Beatlemania: From 1964 to 2014 | The Beatles Effect: Fifty Years Later

On The Media

A Rabble-Rouser On Jeopardy

Friday, February 07, 2014

The latest Jeopardy sensation has thus far amassed $102,800 dollars on a four-game winning streak -- but his playing style is making traditionalists shudder. Arthur Chu has rejected the unwritten rule that the guy (or gal) with the most facts wins, and replaced it with the idea that you can outwit your opponent with the wily application of game theory.

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Money Talking

Unpacking the CVS Cigarette Ban

Friday, February 07, 2014

CVS made big news this week when it announced it will stop selling tobacco products by October. The move comes as the drugstore chain has been transitioning away from retail and opening more in-store health clinics. This week on Money Talking examines how the decision could affect the company's bottom line, what it has to do with Obamacare and whether Walgreens is likely to follow suit. Plus, a look at Twitter's first earnings report since its IPO.

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On The Media

#14 - The Knowledge

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Every year, a small group of sports fans scattered across the US play a game called "Last Man." The goal is to be the last man in America to find out who won the Super Bowl. TLDR Sports reporter Lisa Pollak followed the game this year, and found out just how hard information was to avoid in the internet age.

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: New Tech City's Tech, Music & the Brain with Laurie Anderson and Guests

Thursday, February 06, 2014

It was an evening of music and mind during a live event in The Greene Space on Tuesday, February 4.

New Tech City’s Manoush Zomorodi and Q2 Music’s Helga Davis talked tech, music and the brain with iconic performance artist, composer and musician Laurie AndersonMary Farbood, Assistant Professor in the Music Technology program at New York University, and Mari Kimura, Director of the Future Music Lab at the Atlantic Music Festival and an instructor at Juilliard.

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Fresh Air

Author: When It Comes To High-Speed Internet, U.S. 'Falling Way Behind'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The U.S. needs to start treating the Internet like electricity or railroads, law professor and author Susan Crawford says. "We can't create a level playing field for all Americans or indeed compete on the world stage without having some form of government involvement," she says.

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The Takeaway

Tennessee: The Innovation State?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Could Tennessee be a model of future innovation and thinking? We explore how the state is revolutionizing both education and technology. From Chattanooga, Mayor Andy Berke, and Drew Belz, co-founder of Fancy Rhino, a creative agency, talk about the city's success in creating the fastest city wide internet in the country. And Dr. Janice Gilliam, president of Northeast State Community College, weighs in on the state's proposal to make community college and technical schools free for all Tennessee students.

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On The Media

PJ Is On Freakonomics This Week!

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Our intrepid host, PJ Vogt is on the Freakonomics Podcast this week, talking about - what else? - online dating. Listen to the episode below. PJ shows up around 10 minutes in, but it's best to start from the beginning.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Ice Science a Slippery Quandary for Physicists

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Friction researcher and avid curler Robert Carpick discusses the tricky physics of ice.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Greenland’s Fast-Moving Glacier Speeds Up

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The Jakobshavn glacier reached speeds of more than 150 feet per day during the summer of 2012.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Meet Vermeer, the Engineer

Thursday, February 06, 2014

A new documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, shows that the Dutch master painter was a tinkerer, too.

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Science Friday

SciFri: What Pulled the Plug on the Bioluminescent Bay?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

The glowing bioluminescent bay near Fajardo, Puerto Rico went dark for more than a week in November.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Can Gaming Make Us More Social?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

NYU's Katherine Isbister imagines a future where technology connects us to other people, not avatars.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Crafting the 'Fastest Ice on Earth'

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Marc Norman obsessively monitors the ice at the Utah Olympic Oval to create the perfect skating surface.

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Transportation Nation

Should D.C. Ridesharing Services Like Lyft And UberX Be Regulated?

Thursday, February 06, 2014

Concerns about passenger safety are prompting officials to take a long look at ride sharing apps.

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