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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. 

If Drones Make You Nervous, Think Of Them As Flying Donkeys

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

In Africa, where there aren't always roads from Point A to Point B, drones could take critical medicines to remote spots. But the airborne vehicles make people uneasy for lots of reasons.

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The Takeaway

State Secrets Revealed? H Bomb Architect Moves Forward With Memoir

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Physicist Ken Ford witnessed the hydrogen bomb's creation, an event he tries to shed some light onto in his new memoir. But the U.S. government says his book contains state secrets.

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Morning Edition

After Snowden, The NSA Faces Recruitment Challenge

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

To keep its code-breaking prowess, the National Security Agency must recruit scores of the brightest students in math and computer science each year. The Snowden revelations are hurting those efforts.

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Morning Edition

With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Many Americans now have access to a commingled recycling system, which lets users mix plastic, glass, paper and metal together in one bin. It's much easier, but not nearly as efficient.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Amazon Drones, State Secrets, and Stolen Nazi Art

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The Takeaway explores a new delivery service being pushed by Amazon, a new memoir on the hydrogen bomb, and a film the chronicles the story of a stolen work of art.

All Things Considered

Bringing Internet To The Far Corners Of The Earth

Monday, March 30, 2015

About 5 billion people are mostly or entirely disconnected from the Internet. So to capitalize on this opportunity, Google and Facebook have begun high-profile campaigns to connect the unconnected.

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All Things Considered

Though Most Americans Are Wired, Seniors Lack Internet Access In U.S.

Monday, March 30, 2015

While the U.S. is pretty well connected, there are still 20 million people who aren't online. Lee Rainie of Pew Research describes who they are and why that matters.

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A Father-Daughter Team Remakes 'Jurassic Park' In Lego Form

Sunday, March 29, 2015

The dinosaurs are a lot smaller than the originals — and so is one of the filmmakers. Paul Hollingsworth and his 8-year-old daughter, Hailee, made a short parody of the science fiction classic.

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App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Friday, March 27, 2015

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

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Did That Restaurant Pass Its Health Inspection? Now Yelp Will Tell You

Friday, March 27, 2015

You might not see health inspection information until you're opening a restaurant's door. But if you're in San Francisco and some other cities, you'll see it when you check out an eatery's Yelp page.

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New York City To Teens: TXT ME With Mental Health Worries

Friday, March 27, 2015

In an effort to connect teenagers with mental health services, New York is testing counseling via text for high school students. They join a growing trend.

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TED Radio Hour

How Can Playing A Game Make You More Empathetic?

Friday, March 27, 2015

Why is it so hard to feel empathy for strangers? Because we're stressed by them, says neuroscientist Jeff Mogil. His research suggests one way to reduce that stress: play Rock Band together.

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Morning Edition

Police Departments Open Up 'Safe Lots' For Craigslist Transactions

Friday, March 27, 2015

Several crimes around the U.S. have been tied to the website's in-person transactions. So police departments are offering up their parking lots to provide a secure space for buying and selling stuff.

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Science Friday

Hr1: Chemistry of Early Life, Climate Dance, Split Brains, Left to Right

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A look at conditions on the early Earth, how a choreographer and biologist are tackling the climate conversation, studying the left and right sides of the brain, and our preferences for pictures of moving objects.

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Science Friday

Hr2: Liquid 3D Printer, The Dark Side of Physics, Malaria Tricks

Thursday, March 26, 2015

A speedy 3D printing technique, a roundup of physics research, and how the malaria parasite attracts mosquitoes.

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Can Republicans Get Ahead In The 2016 Digital Race?

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

When Sen. Ted Cruz threw his hat into the ring, it happened first on Twitter. Political news is breaking more and more on social media, and both sides face different challenges in reaching out.

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All Things Considered

App Helps Syrian Refugees Adapt To Life Away From Home

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

A Syrian refugee has developed a phone app and website to help refugees get information on services and seek other help in their long journeys in limbo.

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PRI's The World

A crash in Europe lays bare some of aviation's myths

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Don't blame the autopilot for the latest aviation disaster, one pilot says: Humans still have more to do with flying high-tech jets than you think. That and other myths explain a lot about how ordinary people view the airline industry and the accidents it suffers.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The MTA's New Magic Button

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MetroCards prices are going up, but the MTA has added a new button to give you exactly 11 rides with no leftover change. 

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How Did Ebola Volunteers Know Where To Go In Liberia? Crowdsourcing!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Kpetermeni Siakor was 900 miles from home when Ebola struck. But with special software, he helped direct volunteers and supplies to the right spots.

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