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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. 

All Things Considered

In An Era Of Robots, Why Do Window Washers Still Climb Skyscrapers?

Friday, November 14, 2014

After two window washers had a harrowing experience at the new World Trade Center, Stephen Nessen, from member station WNYC, looks at why window washing is still almost always done by human hands.

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All Things Considered

Victims Of Online Threats Say Perpetrators Aren't Being Caught

Friday, November 14, 2014

Women who turn to law enforcement for help are often frustrated that authorities aren't doing enough. Police say tracing the culprits can be a complicated and time-consuming process.

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'Shirtstorm' Leads To Apology From European Space Scientist

Friday, November 14, 2014

As the Rosetta mission made history by putting a lander on a comet, one of its leading scientists drew wide criticism for wearing a shirt featuring lingerie-clad women.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Will The Internet Remain Accessible to All?

Friday, November 14, 2014

On this week's Please Explain, we explore the politics and policy behind Net Neutrality, and what it means for the future of the internet. 

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Money Talking

Obama and the Future of the Internet

Friday, November 14, 2014

The president is siding with Silicon Valley and angering cable operators with his plan for preventing preferential Internet pricing and eliminating fast and slow lanes online.

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On The Media

Listen To a Comet Sing

Friday, November 14, 2014

This week, the European Space Agency’s Philae space probe landed on comet 67P/Churyumov Gerasimenko.     

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On The Media

Resuscitating Net Neutrality

Friday, November 14, 2014

As Obama's first post-midterms policy proposal, net neutrality has once again been shocked with a defibrillator. Bob speaks with NYT reporter Edward Wyatt about the latest developments. 

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Facebook Rolls Out New, Simpler Privacy Policy

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The new privacy guidelines are one-third their previous length. But experts say it doesn't change how much data the company will continue to gather from users.

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Science Friday

‘New Environmentalism’ Moves Beyond Pollution and Climate Change

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.

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Science Friday

Mining Wikipedia Data to Track Disease

Thursday, November 13, 2014

By analyzing access to specific health-related pages on Wikipedia, researchers may be able to identify—or even forecast—potential disease outbreaks.

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Science Friday

The First Touchdown on a Comet

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander is the first probe to touch down on a comet.

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Science Friday

Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Scientists frustrated by a lack of research dollars are turning to crowdfunding.

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Science Friday

Here Kitty, Kitty: The Genetics of Tame Animals

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Researchers discuss the possible genetic underpinnings that make certain cats and rats tame.

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Science Friday

Horns, Claws, and Teeth: The Animal Weapons Arms Race

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Doug Emlen, author of “Animal Weapons,” unpacks the evolutionary arms race that pushes horns, claws, teeth and other animal defenses to the extreme.

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PRI's The World

Is the Internet equal around the world?

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The buzz words of the moment seem to "net neutrality." But what does this mean and is Internet speed and access truly equal around the world?

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Morning Edition

How Kodak's Shirley Cards Set Photography's Skin-Tone Standard

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Named for the original model — an employee of Kodak — the portraits were used by photo labs to calibrate printers. But until the 1970s, that model was always white.

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Money Talking

An Anthropologist Walks Into a Bar in Silicon Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Software engineers and venture capitalists aren't the only ones interested in technology. Turns out anthropologists are finding their way to Silicon Valley, too. 

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: A Desperate Russia, A Fight Over Tobacco, and The Next Frontier in Space

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Takeaway looks at Russia's actions in Ukraine and its new energy deals with Iran and China, a small town that may ban all tobacco sales, and the next frontier in space exploration.

Ebola In 3-D: A Video Game To Guide Health Care Workers Through A Ward

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Oh no, I touched my face! Uh-oh, I sat on a bed. A hackathon is developing a video game to train doctors and nurses volunteering for Ebola duty in West Africa.

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All Things Considered

After Ferguson, Police Body Cameras Catching On

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The Columbia, Mo., police department gave its officers body cameras in July, saying they could help exonerate officers from claims of abuse of force. After Ferguson, the demand for cameras surged.

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