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Library Of Congress, How Could You Forget Run-D.M.C?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The Library of Congress recently added 25 new recordings to its National Recording Registry, but none of them were hip-hop or rap songs. Did it miss a beat?

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Security Threats Hit Deeper Than Heartbleed Bug

Monday, April 21, 2014

The recent Heartbleed bug may have prompted many people to change their passwords, but as the Huffington Post's Gerry Smith explains, hackers have been taking sensitive information hostage for years.

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On The Media

The CAPTCHA is Dead! (Eventually, maybe, sort of.)

Monday, April 21, 2014

No one particularly loves CAPTCHA's, those tiny boxes that make you type in hard to read pieces of text to prove that you're a human being. 

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The Takeaway

SCOTUS Weighs In on the Future of Cable

Monday, April 21, 2014

Today the Supreme Court hears ABC, Inc. v. Aereo, a case about copyright law, digital technology and the definition of free access. It pits the biggest moguls in television against each other in court.

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Morning Edition

Who Should Pay To Keep The Internet's Locks Secure?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Fortune 1000 companies rely on the open source software OpenSSL for their core business. Two-thirds of websites use it. But no one pays for it, and it's never had a complete security audit.

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Morning Edition

For The Children's Sake, Put Down That Smartphone

Monday, April 21, 2014

When adults are absorbed in their mobile devices, the consequences for children are not good. Research shows kids act out more if they are competing with a mobile device for their parent's attention.

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Morning Edition

Scribes Are Back, Helping Doctors Tackle Electronic Medical Records

Monday, April 21, 2014

In ancient times scribes were used to record everything from prayers to legal transactions. Now they're making a comeback in the doctor's office, easing the transition to electronic medical records.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Can 23andMe "Solve Health"?

Monday, April 21, 2014

The company 23andMe has attracted the ire of the FDA for offering at home-genetic testing for dozens of complex diseases. The company has already extracted and analyzed the DNA of 650,000 people, making it one of the biggest genetic banks in the world. New York magazine contributing editor Lisa Miller talks about speaking with the company’s founder, Anne Wojcicki, about her quest to “solve health” through big data analysis of her customers genetic information.

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The Takeaway

Aereo and the Future of Cable | Everest Avalanche Calls Attention to the Lives of Sherpas | Science and God: Can They Co-Exist?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tensions Remain High in Ukraine Despite Geneva Agreement | Grim Details About South Korean Ferry Emerge | Aereo and the Future of Cable: The Supreme Court Weighs In | Everest Avalanche Calls Attention to the Lives of Sherpas | Seeking Consciousness, Doctors Turn To Brain Scans | Science and God: Can ...

On The Media

TLDR #22 - What Happens When You Tell The Whole Internet Your Password

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Earlier this week, a commenter named Y. Woodman Brown posted his online passwords in the Washington Post comments section to show just how little his online security mattered to him. It was quickly picked up by the press as an example of online security hubris. Naturally, we had to find him. Alex talks to Y. Woodman Brown and the person who hijacked his Twitter account after the passwords were posted.

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Watch For The Blind Lets You Feel Time Passing

Saturday, April 19, 2014

A new watch allows the blind to feel time on their wrists. Designer Hyungsoo Kim tells NPR's Wade Goodwyn his watch allows users to tell time accurately without revealing their disabilities.

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Tech Week: Earnings, A Heartbleed Arrest And Digital Distraction

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Fears of a bubble continue as tech titans reported their quarterly earnings; the culture of digital distraction finds more critics; and fallout from the Heartbleed bug raises questions for government.

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The Takeaway

Can New Web Reality Experience Promote Empathy for the Homeless?

Friday, April 18, 2014

Want to see what it’s like to walk in the shoes of the homeless? One entrepreneur in California is giving portable, wearable cameras to homeless people to record what life is really like when you live on the streets.

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On The Media

#22 - What Happens When You Tell The Whole Internet Your Password

Friday, April 18, 2014

Not really.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pre-K Apps: Your Questions Answered

Friday, April 18, 2014

The deadline for pre-kindergarten applications is Wednesday, April 23.

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Should College Dropouts Be Honored By Their Alma Maters?

Friday, April 18, 2014

From a Top Gun sequel starring drones to Howard University's pick of Puff Daddy as its commencement speaker, the Barbershop guys weigh in on the week's news.

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On The Media

A Study Suggests Online Activism Doesn’t Work, But The Truth is Probably More Complicated

Friday, April 18, 2014

A recent study seems to confirm what most of us already suspect - that Facebook activism isn’t likely, on its own, to lead to real world consequences. Researchers looked at the “Save Darfur” Facebook group and found that despite having 1.2 million members, the group only raised $100,000. That works out to a donation rate of 0.24 percent.

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On The Media

TLDR Update - Peeking Into The Brain of The Army's Recruitment Robot

Friday, April 18, 2014

In March, I did a story for TLDR about Sgt. Star, the Army website's virtual recruiter that answers questions from potential future soldiers. You can hear that story below.

In that story, we spoke to Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation who had sent a FOIA request to the Army for more information on Sgt Star, but had not received any response. But now he has, and he wrote an impressive update on the EFF blog. Among other things, the EFF received every single answer that Sgt Star can give. I spoke to Maass about the things he learned about Sgt Star, like how he was born, his relationship to the CIA and the FBI, and even his astrological sign. Listen to the update below.

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On The Media

Our Universal Robots

Friday, April 18, 2014

The word 'robot' first appeared in 1920 in Karel Čapek's play, Rossum's Universal Robots. Since then, intelligent machines have starred countless times in novels and films. Brooke talks with professor Jay P. Telotte about the ways our fears and fascinations with robots are reflected in culture. 

Music: Calexico - Attack El Robot! Attack! Special thanks to @bartona104 (Julia Barton) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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