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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. 

Bitcoin Takes Stage In Texas Senate Campaign

Friday, January 10, 2014

A congressman vying for Sen. John Cornyn's seat announced that he'll accept campaign donations in bitcoin, raising questions about the value of the virtual currency in politics.

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On The Media

I Am A Real Person

Friday, January 10, 2014

When Time Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer got a call from a telemarketer named Samantha West, he knew the voice on the other end of the line wasn't quite right somehow. Yet Samantha West kept insisting she was, in fact, human. OTM producer Chris Neary finds out who, or what, Samantha West really is. 

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The Takeaway

Meeting the Standard: Tech & the Developing World

Friday, January 10, 2014

The challenges of helping large segments of the rural and undeveloped world are extremely complex. Joining The Takeaway in our fourth and final installment of our "Meeting the Standard" series are two women who know a thing a think or two about the conscience of engineering on a global scale. Heather Fleming is the CEO of Catapult Design, a product strategy firm designing tools for disadvantaged communities, and Noha El-Ghobashy is the Managing Director for Engineering Workforce & Global Development at ASME.

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The Takeaway

How Does Christie's Scandal Stack Up in NJ Politics? | Meeting the Standard: Tech & the Developing World | The Challenges of Depicting War on Film

Friday, January 10, 2014

How Does Christie's Scandal Stack Up in NJ Politics? | What to Expect from Janet Yellen | Who is to Blame for the Fall of Fallujah? | Amiri Baraka Dead at 79 | 2014's Epic Superhero Movies | The Challenges of Depicting War on Film | Meeting the Standard: Tech ...

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WNYC News

Indictment for Indian Diplomat Accused of Worker Exploitation

Thursday, January 09, 2014

WNYC

A federal grand jury has indicted an Indian diplomat charged with visa fraud and lying on an application about how much she paid a domestic worker. The case against 39-year-old Devyani Khobragade is focusing attention on the broader issue -- how foreign officials treat workers in their employ. The diplomat's arrest last month prompted outrage and fiery protests in India.

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On The Media

TLDR #10 - One Hundred Songs In a Day

Thursday, January 09, 2014

One way to make money making music online is the boring way. Write one song that does incredibly well and live off the royalties for the rest of your life.

Matt Farley is a musician who’s gone a different route. He's written over 14,000 songs and he makes a tiny bit of money each time someone plays one on Spotify or iTunes. PJ visited Matt at his home recording studio to see how it all works.

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Science Friday

SciFri: 2014 Consumer Electronics Show Round-Up

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Chris Ziegler of The Verge discusses technology trends from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Migraine Study Reveals the Power of Placebo

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Patients’ expectations can play a role in the effectiveness of medications and placebos.

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Science Friday

SciFri: An Antarctic Expedition, Frozen in Time

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Century-old Antarctic photos offer a peek into Shackleton’s ill-fated Ross Sea Party Expedition.

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Science Friday

SciFri: Cold Snap Knocks Out Some Invasive Insects

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer: Will they survive the colder weather?

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The Takeaway

Meeting the Standard: Securing Medical Devices

Thursday, January 09, 2014

eHealth has arrived and that means more gadgets, more devices, and more apps that can look inside our bodies and our lives. And if we want a shot at accuracy—or a chance of privacy—it's engineers that must implement the standards to keep medical devices safe and secure. In part three of our "Meeting the Standard" series, Alpesh Shah of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers discusses keeping pace with digitized healthcare.

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The Takeaway

The Surprising Sounds Detected by a Nuclear Monitoring Network

Thursday, January 09, 2014

The International Monitoring System is the world’s first planetary surveillance network. The system has picked up everything from the sounds of the 2011 Japanese earthquake and tsunami to the sounds of whales near the Juan Fernandez islands and much more. Randy Bell, Director of the International Data Centre Division of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), explains how the nuclear detection system has yielded unexpected scientific discoveries.

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New Jersey News

Pay-Per-Charge Mobile Phone Kiosks in Hoboken

Thursday, January 09, 2014

With so-called "Bridge-gate" dominating headlines in the state, it's hard to talk about anything else. But Mary Mann with New Jersey News Commons at Montclair State University gives it a try.

Pay-per-charge mobile phone charging stations coming to Hoboken? Mary tells New Jersey Public Radio's David Furst about the convenience - and the pitfalls - of the technology.

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The Case Against Clemency: Expert Says Snowden's Leaks Hurt Security

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Former NSA general counsel Stewart Baker tells Morning Edition that Edward Snowden "did the crime — he should do the time" for leaking classified material to the media.

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Freakonomics Radio

Are We Ready to Legalize Drugs? And Other FREAK-Quently Asked Questions

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Dubner and Levitt talk about fixing the post office, putting cameras in the classroom, and wearing hats.

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The Takeaway

A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan | Emails Connect Bridge Scandal to Christie Aide | Kristi Yamaguchi on the Music that Brings Home Gold Medals

Thursday, January 09, 2014

A Failure of Leadership in South Sudan | The Surprising Sounds Detected by a Nuclear Monitoring Network | Kristi Yamaguchi on the Music that Brings Home Gold Medals | Is NJ Bridge Scandal Business As Usual? | Meeting the Standard: Making Medical Devices Compatible and Secure

TV Makers Look To Pack More Pixels Into Your Home TV With 4K

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

TV makers, studios and streaming companies are all getting behind 4K TVs, which offer higher resolutions than even high-definition TVs. Some say it could worry Hollywood and lead to even less risk-taking in movies, but the technology still has significant hurdles to overcome.

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The Takeaway

Coding Literacy is The Way of the Future

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects jobs in computer programming will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020. Soon, we might all have to learn code—whether we want to or not. Manoush Zomorodi of WNYC's New Tech City explains why coding literacy is the way of the future. Ali Blackwell is one of the co-founder's of Decoded, which runs workshops to teach anyone to code. He discusses why coding is so important.

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The Takeaway

How to Prepare a Drone for Commercial Use

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

Big news for the world of drones came late last month when the FAA announced that it was authorizing sites in 10 states to carry out drone aircraft testing. One of the sites where testing will take place is Virginia Tech. Jon Greene is Interim Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership which is leading testing for Virginia Tech. He explains how his team is preparing drones for commercial use.

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The Takeaway

Meeting the Standard: Safety & Nuclear Power

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

As part of our second conversation in our "Meeting the Standard" series, The Takeaway sat down with Ken Balkey, consulting engineer at Westinghouse and senior vice president of ASME Standards, where his work focuses largely on standards for nuclear power. Ken is proof of the fact that every inch, valve and screw thread at a nuclear power plant is considered and constructed carefully, with your safety in mind.

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