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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. 

Strengthening the Grid, Ten Years Later

Friday, August 16, 2013

Ten years ago this week, a massive electrical blackout struck the northeastern US and parts of Canada, affecting some 55 million people. IEEE Spectrum journalist Bill Sweet describes the causes of the outage and how the electrical grid has changed since the 2003 failure.

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Could Prison Spell The End Of The Jackson Dynasty?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Former congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. was sentenced to prison for illegal use of campaign funds. Is this the end of the Jackson legacy or could he make a comeback? The Barbershop guys weigh in.

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Features

Herzog Plumbs Guilt And Loss Wrought By Texting And Driving

Friday, August 16, 2013

Werner Herzog's latest project is a slight departure for the acclaimed filmmaker: a 35-minute public service announcement on the dangers of texting and driving. Yes, it's long, he says, but the "inner landscape" of great suffering such accidents can cause "can only be shown if you have more time."

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Tornado Tech: How Drones Can Help With Twister Science

Friday, August 16, 2013

To understand how and why tornadoes form, some researchers are taking to the skies with small unmanned aircraft. The drones, outfitted with an array of sensors, can provide valuable data about the storms, and don't require people to be in harm's way. The goal is to increase the warning time before storms become deadly.

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Money Talking

Shareholder Activism Run Amok

Friday, August 16, 2013

It's been a week of ups and downs for shareholder activists — powerful investors who buy up stock in companies to shake them up and get the stock price moving. 

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The Takeaway

Can There Be a Peaceful Path Forward for Egypt? | Report Shows Mass NSA Spying Dates Back to 2008 | What Will Eric Holder's Legacy Be?

Friday, August 16, 2013

Dissecting The Egyptian Division in Cairo & the United States | Drug Crimes and Mandatory Minimums: A Judge's Take | What Will Eric Holder's Legacy Be? | New Movie Releases: The Butler, Paranoia, Jobs, Kickass 2 | Report Shows Mass NSA Spying Dates Back to 2008 | Can There Be a Peaceful ...

How Drones Fundamentally Alter The Nature Of Conflict

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The use of drones in the war on terror has been getting a lot of attention. Morning Edition's Renee Montagne talks to author Mark Bowden about his article on the U.S. government's use of drones in this week's The Atlantic magazine. Bowden is the author of Black Hawk Down.

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Features

Teens Use Twitter To Thumb Rides

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Need a ride to the party or the concert? Instead of making endless phone calls, these days teens turn to social media to arrange transportation. It's called ridesharing, a form of cyber-hitchhiking used by a generation that isn't rushing to get a driver's license or dream car.

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Drone Manufacturers Confident Domestic Industry Will Grow

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Gathering in Washington, D.C., drone manufacturers say they are optimistic about their business, despite a downturn in defense spending. The unmanned vehicle industry is hopeful the domestic market will open up. But they first must address privacy concerns exacerbated by the NSA spying scandal.

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The Next Disaster Scenario Power Companies Are Preparing For

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ten years after a cascading power outage across a broad section of the U.S. and Canada, utility operators and regulators are concerned about another blackout scenario: a massive cyberattack that could threaten the U.S. electric grid.

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The Takeaway

A Look At Next Steps for Egypt, U.S.-Mideast Relations | Congress Investigates The Digital Currency Bitcoin | Coping with Schizophrenia By Listening

Thursday, August 15, 2013

As Deaths Rise to More Than 500, A Look At Next Steps for Egypt, U.S.-Mideast Relations | Congress Investigates The Digital Currency Bitcoin | New Black Hole Theory Could Overthrow Einstein's Theory of Relativity | Coping with Schizophrenia By Listening | Who Will Decide Egypt's Future? 

Gmail Users Shouldn't Expect Privacy, Google Says In Filing

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

People who use Gmail and other free email systems have no reasonable expectation of privacy, according to court papers filed by lawyers for Google. The filing was made in June, when Google moved to dismiss a case accusing it of breaking laws by scanning users' emails to target them with ads.

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'The New York Times' Site, Apps Return After Two-Hour Outage

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The New York Times' website and app went down just after 11 a.m. ET and began returning just after 1 p.m. E.T. The news organization says it's an internal technical problem.

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The Takeaway

Taxi-Hailing Apps Thrive Across the U.S. & Meet Unique Need in NYC

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Most city dwellers are familiar with the vain attempts to flag down a cab when it’s raining or freezing or both. But new taxi-hailing smartphone apps are revolutionizing the relevancy of the outstretched arm and whistle. The apps are serving an alternate, and perhaps more important purpose in New York however. They are bringing cabs to underserved areas and underserved people. New Yorker Stacy-Marie Ishmael explains.

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The Takeaway

The Story Behind Snowden's Leaks

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras, along with columnist Glenn Greenwald, helped Edward Snowden expose the NSA. Peter Maass, an investigative reporter, recently conducted an interview with Snowden, who is an international fugitive, that will be published in the latest issue of The New York Times Magazine. Here Maass tells the story behind Snowden's leaks.

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Transportation Nation

Why It's So Complicated to Put Credit Card Readers in D.C. Taxis

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

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By Thursday, Washington, D.C. taxi drivers are supposed to show they have scheduled the installation of a credit card payment machine in their vehicles. Many won't.

The paying public is asking why this is so complicated? The reason, in part, is a mismatched market. 

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New Tech City

Social Bicycles Brings 'Smart' Bike Share to Hoboken

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

As New Yorkers get used to blue Citibikes and their docks and kiosks on streets in parts of Manhattan and Brooklyn, Hoboken residents across the Hudson are experimenting with a wildly different model for how to share bikes.

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Man Learns How Not To Launch A Site For Women

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The launch of a venture-backed new women's site was complicated by its founder's claims that it was "different" and that as CEO, "knowing the difference between mascara, concealer, and eye-liner is not my job."

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This Little Thing May Help You Find Your Keys

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

In this edition of Weekly Innovation, we check out Tile, a stamp-size device that can be attached to any valuable item: a wallet, keys, laptop, even a dog collar. Using Bluetooth 4.0 with an iPhone app, users can find a lost or misplaced item that Tile is attached to.

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AOL CEO Apologizes For Public Firing

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CEO Tim Armstrong axed one of his employees during a conference call heard by more than 1,000 other staffers. "I acted too quickly," the AOL boss now says.

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