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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. 

A DIY Dream: What If Apple Had Made A Watch In 1985?

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Apple II watch, designed by 24-year-old DJ Harrigan, is meant to parody the new Apple Watch and show what wearables might have looked like in the 1980s. But he says he probably wouldn't wear one.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Are Social Causes Easy To Launch But Hard To Win?

Friday, April 24, 2015

These days, all it takes to start a protest is a cell phone, says professor Zeynep Tufekci. But does the ease of social media impede social movements from making big gains?

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Morning Edition

Will Apple's Newest Gadget Ignite A Smart Watch Movement?

Friday, April 24, 2015

As Apple's smart watch goes on sale, there are some big questions about the whole idea of the wrist watch as a computer, including whether consumers come to see them as a luxury or a necessity.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Smugglers at Sea, Questions of Consent, and Immigrants in a New World

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Takeaway looks at the migrant crisis in Mediterranean through a new lens, we discuss a sexual consent case involving a woman with Alzheimer's, and we remember the Armenian genocide.

All Things Considered

Biometrics May Ditch The Password, But Not The Hackers

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Fingerprints, facial and voice recognition — companies are investing in more secure methods to verify people. But even biometrics can be defeated, and they raise privacy concerns.

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Tribeca Film Festival Live

The Stars of SnapChat, Vine and YouTube

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Gregory Brothers and Alphacat, both of whom make incredibly funny videos about President Obama, join the "Godfather of SnapChat" Casey Neistat to discuss new ways of storytelling.

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All Things Considered

Couples Counseling Catches On With Tech Co-Founders

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Friction between close business partners is the reason many startups fail. But increasingly in Silicon Valley, co-founders of companies are turning to therapists before things go south.

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Science Friday

Hr1: ISS Science, Solar Sails, Smarter Every Day

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A look inside what may be the most unusual lab available to science, dreaming up the future of space travel, and a conversation with YouTube science star Destin Sandlin.

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Science Friday

Hr2: News Roundup, Lovelace and Babbage, NASA Administrator Bolden, Teaching Evolution

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A look at the week in science, a graphic novel featuring pioneers of computing, a conversation with NASA administrator Charles Bolden, and a video about teaching evolution in the classroom.

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Google Announces Foray Into The Wireless Business

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The service will only work on Google Nexus phones, but it could potentially disrupt the wireless industry with its pay-only-for-what-you-use data plans.

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Morning Edition

Why Do Courts Still Deliver Many Legal Documents By Hand?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A judge in New York recently allow one woman to serve her husband divorce papers through Facebook. The case made national news because this almost never happens.

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New Tech City

Apple Knows You're Sick of Your Phone

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

As the Apple Watch begins to ship, we stop to ask the question: Can more tech decrease our addiction to tech? Hear a conversation with tech writer Farhad Manjoo of the New York Times.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Too Rich But Too Poor, Life in Iran, and Africa's New Fight

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Takeaway explores the healthcare gap, we take a visit to Tehran, and we hear a harrowing tale of survival. 

Google's New Search Algorithm Stokes Fears Of 'Mobilegeddon'

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This week, Google started prioritizing mobile-friendly websites in Google searches made on a smartphone. The change could hurt businesses whose sites don't pass Google's mobile-ready test.

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All Things Considered

Should The Government Get Out Of The Air Traffic Control Business?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Efforts to replace air traffic control's aging radar-based system have been stuck in the Federal Aviation Administration's bureaucracy and lacked funding from Congress.

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What Can #NOLASCHOOLS Teach Us?

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Michel Martin is hosting a conversation about education in New Orleans, 10 years after Hurricane Katrina sparked a transformation of public schools there. Add your voice at #NOLASCHOOLS.

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Morning Edition

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.

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Norway Becoming First Country To Eliminate FM Radio

Monday, April 20, 2015

The switch from analog to digital radio offers more channels at a fraction of the cost, the government says.

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All Things Considered

At 50 Years Old, The Challenge To Keep Up With Moore's Law

Monday, April 20, 2015

Gordon Moore's observation on the exponential improvement in hardware has pushed computers to be faster, smaller and cheaper. But there may be a point where tech advancements outpace the theory.

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Twitter Now Allows Users To Receive Direct Messages From Any User

Monday, April 20, 2015

Before today, a Twitter user could send direct messages only if the recipient was one of the user's followers. Now there's an option that would allow users to message anyone on Twitter.

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