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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. 

The Brian Lehrer Show

Your Brain on Technology; Latest Budget Standoff; A Turkish Perspective on Syria

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clive Thompson discusses his new book, in which he explains how our interactions with technology make us smarter. Plus: A Turkish perspective on the debate over intervention in Syria; Elizabeth Williamson of The Wall Street Journal provides context for the next budget showdown in Congress; and an update on the mayoral race.

The Takeaway

Justice Ginsburg on Women in Law, Intervention in Syria

Monday, September 16, 2013

In a candid and wide-ranging interview, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg describes her revolutionary work on women and the law, the President and Congress' role in war, and privacy versus technology. Justice Ginsburg talks at length about her career, her position as the second female justice on the nation's highest court and her start as a litigator and a strategic champion of women's rights.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Better Living Through Technology

Monday, September 16, 2013

Clive Thompson, author of the new book Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better tells us why he thinks technology isn't making us dumber -- it's actually improving our  memory, cognition, and more.

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The Takeaway

Justice Ginsburg Speaks | U.S. & Russia Strike Deal to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons | Colorado Floods Continue to Ravage the State

Monday, September 16, 2013

Justice Ginsburg Speaks: Women, Congress, Syria, The President & More | U.S. & Russia Strike Deal to Destroy Syria's Chemical Weapons | In Boston, Signs of the Homeless Get Colorful Makeovers | Colorado Floods Continue to Ravage the State

New Tech City

Verizon to Install Cables to Improve Spotty Fire Island Phone Service

Friday, September 13, 2013

Verizon has announced it will install fiber-optic cables on Western Fire Island to replace the copper wires washed away during Sandy rather than rely on a wireless voice-only phone service called Voice Link that it installed after the storm. 

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The Takeaway

NASA's Voyager Now First Human-Made Object to Leave the Solar System

Friday, September 13, 2013

NASA's Voyager 1 spacecraft has become the first human-made object to reach interstellar space. Voyager 1 is not only doing this with technology that is decades old, but a computing system that is slower and less complex than whatever you're using to read this page. Joining The Takeaway to explore the journey of Voyager 1 since it left Earth almost four decades ago is Kelly Beatty, senior contributing editor of Sky and Telescope Magazine.

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The Takeaway

Twitter Files for #SecretIPO

Friday, September 13, 2013

On Thursday, Twitter announced that it has filed paperwork for an initial public offering. The tweet surprised investors and employees alike. David Gelles, reporter for Takeaway partner The New York Times, discusses Twitter's path forward.

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The Takeaway

The Pentagon Weighs In on Syria | Twitter Files for Secret IPO | A Government Shutdown is Looming Again

Friday, September 13, 2013

The Pentagon Weighs In on Syria | A Government Shutdown is Looming—Again | Twitter Files for #SecretIPO | New Movie Releases: "Hank: Five Years Later" and "Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve" | Death by Hanging for Men Convicted in Indian Gang Rape-Murder | NASA's Voyager Now First Human-Made ...

On The Media

Warrantless Device Searches at US Borders

Friday, September 13, 2013

There has long been a quiet exception to the constitutional protection against warrantless search and seizure. It happens routinely at every US border, where federal agents are free to confiscate--and copy--contents of hard drives, cell phones, and other electronic data. Bob talks to New York Times contributor Susan Stellin, who broke a story this week with new insights into how the US government exploits the loophole to target journalists, activists and who knows who else.

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Twitter Says It Intends To Go Public

Thursday, September 12, 2013

In a tweet, the 200-million-user microblogging service said it had confidentially submitted the paperwork for a planned IPO.

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Radiolab

Voyager OUT

Thursday, September 12, 2013

NASA is reporting that Voyager 1 has finally left the heliosphere and is now cruising through interstellar space!

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: What News Did We Miss?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Over the last week, we’ve done lots of coverage of the mayoral election and the Syria conflict. But we know that while the news cycle churned, the world still turned – and we didn’t get to discuss a lot of important and interesting stories. So what did we miss. Stories from your industry, important stories that haven't gotten enough attention, overseas developments that Americans need to know about, weird news... Call 212-433-9692 or post here to tell us and your fellow listeners what interesting news we missed.

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The $7 Billion Tech Acquisition You Haven't Heard Of

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The billionaire Koch brothers paid a premium for Molex, a little-known company that makes products that may be in your pocket.

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New Tech City

Lower Manhattan Vies for More Tech Companies

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Lower Manhattan is hoping to draw more tech companies and connect the more than 600 existing ones with the creation of a new tech industry hub, known as LaunchLM

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Schoolbook

Will the Common Core Widen the Digital Divide?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

A teacher who trains other teachers on using new media in the classroom says he's concerned the confluence of the Common Core learning standards and a new system for evaluating teachers will widen the digital divide, in effect guaranteeing rudimentary use of new media to drill students on upcoming tests.

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Long Before Most, Intel Chased The Smart Watch

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Long before smart watches became the latest pursuit for tech companies, Gordon Moore of Intel was experimenting with wristwatch computers. Intel's co-founder and his colleagues built a line of chip-powered watches in the late '70s. The concept was visionary, but the business was a failure. Moore now keeps a memento that he calls his "$15 million watch."

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Radiolab

Blame

Thursday, September 12, 2013

We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But why do we need blame and how is new technology complicating accountability? 

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Radiolab

Forget about Blame?

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Nita Farahany, who's been following the growing field of Neurolaw for years now, helps uncover what seems to be a growing trend -- defendants using brain science to argue that they aren't entirely at fault. Neuroscientist David Eagleman thinks this is completely wrongheaded, and argues for ...

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Sexism In The Tech Industry Takes Center Stage

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Over the weekend, a pair of sexually explicit presentations at a major tech conference laid bare a long-standing gender disparity problem in tech.

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Army Looks To Schools To Find The Next Cyberwarriors

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Security experts say the U.S. has a dearth of professionals qualified to take on cyberthreats like attacks on power grids or defense systems. A school district in Alabama and the U.S. Army Cyber Command have teamed up to help prepare a new generation for cyberwarfare careers.

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