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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. 

TED Radio Hour

Is Too Much Privacy Bad For Your Health?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Health IT expert John Wilbanks explores whether the desire to protect privacy is slowing research, and if opening up medical data could create a wave of health care innovation.

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TED Radio Hour

Can The Open-Data Revolution Change Our Democracies?

Friday, January 31, 2014

Former White House deputy CTO Beth Noveck shares her vision of practical openness: connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, and creating a truly participatory democracy.

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TED Radio Hour

What Would You Do If The Feds Were Watching You?

Friday, January 31, 2014

When Hasan Elahi's name was mistakenly added to the U.S. government's watch list, he fought the assault on his privacy by turning his life inside-out for the world to see.

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Indian Country Sets Priorities With State Of Nations Address

Friday, January 31, 2014

Just days after President Obama delivered his State of the Union, National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby gave the annual State of Indian Nations address. Host Michel Martin speaks to Cladoosby about the issues facing Indian country this year.

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WNYC News

PHOTOS: How to Spot a Fake Super Bowl Ticket

Friday, January 31, 2014

Thermochromic ink, embossing and holographs: the NFL is keeping its Super Bowl tickets real.

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Canada Used Airport Wi-Fi To Track Travelers, Snowden Leak Alleges

Friday, January 31, 2014

The latest secret revealed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden shows how Canada's spy agency experimented with using free Wi-Fi signals to follow travelers. Officials tell CBC News that they were only collecting "metadata" not the contents of communications.

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The Takeaway

Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb

Friday, January 31, 2014

After the Cold War, MIT Physicist Thomas Neff developed a program to allow Moscow to sell the uranium from its retired weapons and dilute it into fuel for electric utilities in the U.S. He explains the program today. New details about portable nuclear weapons designed by the U.S. military during the Cold War describe a weapon small enough to be strapped on a backpack, but still powerful enough to potentially cause devastating damage. Adam Rawnsley of Foreign Policy magazine has the details.

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Yahoo Says Email Accounts Were Hacked But Not How Many

Friday, January 31, 2014

The company, which provides the world's second-largest email service, says "the list of usernames and passwords that were used to execute the attack was likely collected from a third-party database compromise."

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Radio Rookies

Introducing the DIY Radio Rookies Toolkit and Comic Book!

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

If you ever wondered how Radio Rookies stories are produced or want to teach young people the art of audio production, check out our DIY Radio Rookies Toolkit. The materials are embedded within the comic book below, "The Making of a Radio Rookies Story", which follows the dramatic tale of Keith Harris from day one of workshop to the morning his story airs.  Click on the small icons throughout the comic for work sheets, tips, links, and animated shorts.  If you or students you work with use the toolkit to create your own stories, please share them with us at radiorookies@wnyc.org.  

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Reports: Insider Satya Nadella Likely To Be Microsoft's CEO

Friday, January 31, 2014

CEO Steve Ballmer announced last summer that he would be retiring. The search for a successor may be coming to an end. News outlets report that one of Microsoft's executive vice presidents is in line to take over. There's also word that co-founder Bill Gates may be replaced as chairman of the company's board.

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The Takeaway

Inside Death Penalty Decisions | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City

Friday, January 31, 2014

Inside Death Penalty Decisions: From Timothy McVeigh to Dzhokhar Tsarnaev | Russian Weapons Removal & The Cold War Backpack Bomb | East Rutherford Mayor: NFL is Ignoring My Super Bowl City | Uncovering The Mystery of Vermeer | The Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Winner

On The Media

The Media Crisis in Egypt, Instant Replay and More

Friday, January 31, 2014


On The Media

The Inventor of Instant Replay

Friday, January 31, 2014

This weekend’s superbowl comes just over 50 years after the Army-Navy football game of December 1963, when we saw the very first use of instant replay. As Anna Clark wrote in Pacific Standard, the television trick that transformed the way we watch and officiate sports is thanks to an intrepid producer named Tony Verna, who would go on to achieve acclaim overseeing myriad live TV events like the bi-continental charity concert “Live Aid” and specials with Pope John Paul II. Brooke talks with Tony Verna about why it was so hard to replay live television back then, and how he found a way to outsmart his equipment. 

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Beer Drone Can Buzz The Skies No More, FAA Says

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Lakemaid calls itself the fishermen's lager. It had been testing using drones to deliver beer to anglers in thousands of ice shacks, from the frozen northern lakes' combination bait and beer shops.

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On The Media

Deport Bieber Petition Bad For Bieber, Good for Democracy

Thursday, January 30, 2014

More than 100,000 people have signed an e-petition calling on the White House to deport Canadian teen sensation Justin Bieber from America. By the White House's own rules, the administration has to respond. This is great for America.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Alda's 'Flame Challenge' asks scientists to explain color—with children as the judges.

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Science Friday

SciFri: At Sundance, Scientists and Screenwriters Are Judges

Thursday, January 30, 2014

What makes science work on-screen? This year’s Sundance judges weigh in.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Could There Be a Crisis in Physics?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek and Brian Schmidt discuss current cosmic challenges.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Hotter Weather, Heavier Rains Threaten Penguins

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Move over polar bears—could penguins be the new poster children for climate change?

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The Takeaway

With New Leader, Will Change Come to the NSA?

Thursday, January 30, 2014

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander is preapring to step down in March, and according to reports, President Barack Obama is interviewing Alexander's potential successor himself. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Navy cryptologist and Vice Admiral Mike Rogers will take the helm of the NSA as the agency faces renewed public scrutiny. Rogers's former colleague John Nagl, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, counterinsurgency expert and headmaster of the Haverford School, discusses the Vice Admiral's resume and how he might change the NSA.

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