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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. 

On The Media

TLDR #30 - The Russian Troll Army

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Last month, documents surfaced that showed a company called the Internet Research Agency was paying people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day. Alex talks to Buzzfeed's Max Seddon about why they do it, and how successful they actually are at swaying public opinion.

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All Things Considered

Modern Video Games Go Beyond 'Jumping On Blocks'

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The creative director for BioShock Infinite, one of 2013's biggest video games, says as technology improves, so does the ability for games to tell complex stories with rich narrative structures.

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All Things Considered

Harley Hopes An Electric Hog Will Appeal To Young, Urban Riders

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Harley-Davidson has rolled out a prototype of its first battery-powered motorcycle. It's sporty and speedy, but quieter than your average Harley — and you'll need to charge it about every 50 miles.

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Facebook Scientists Alter News Feeds, Find Emotions Are Affected By It

Saturday, June 28, 2014

A News Feed filled with negative comments led to users expressing more negativity. The opposite was also true, proving "emotional contagion" can happen even online.

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Following High Court Decision, Aereo Suspends Operations

Saturday, June 28, 2014

The Supreme Court ruled that the company, which allows users to watch local TV stations from anywhere through the Internet, was publicly performing the work of TV networks.

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Tech Week: Google's Plans, Aereo's Loss And Occupied Stalls

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Google rolled out a slew of new products and ideas at its annual developers conference, the Supreme Court dealt a blow to a TV startup, plus more headlines in this week's tech news roundup.

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All Things Considered

SCOTUS On Cellphones And The Privacy Of Poetry

Friday, June 27, 2014

To put a literary spin on the Supreme Court's recent decision to limit warrantless cellphone searches, author Craig Morgan Teicher turns to A.R. Ammons' book of poetry, Tape for the Turn of the Year.

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Norway Does A Ctrl+Alt+Delete On E-Voting Experiment

Friday, June 27, 2014

After trying out online balloting in elections in 2011 and 2013, Oslo has concluded that it didn't improve turnout and might undermine the democratic process.

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All Things Considered

Got Leftovers To Share? In Germany, There's A Website For That

Friday, June 27, 2014

Europeans throw away about 90 million tons of food each year. A new German website aims to ratchet that number down a bit by connecting people with leftovers to spare with people who could use them.

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On The Media

Online Gamers Arrested In Japan For Cheating

Friday, June 27, 2014

Playing video games online, you're likely to run into cheaters. Aimbot, wallhacks, NoClip, they can render a server unplayable. However, they're little more than a pain in the ass, and penalties for getting caught can be pretty severe, including having accounts that cost a lot of money banned from using certain games. In Japan, they'll just arrest you.

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France Outlaws Free Shipping On Books Bought Online

Friday, June 27, 2014

France's parliament passed a law this week that's been nicknamed "The Anti-Amazon Law." 

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TED Radio Hour

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Friday, June 27, 2014

People often credit their ideas to individual "Eureka!" moments. But writer Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story.

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TED Radio Hour

Is Everything A Remix?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Filmmaker Kirby Ferguson says nothing is original and that our most celebrated creators steal ideas — and transform them into something new.

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TED Radio Hour

Why Would More Than 500 Artists Sample The Same Song?

Friday, June 27, 2014

Sampling music isn't about "hijacking nostalgia wholesale," says DJ Mark Ronson. It's about inserting yourself into the narrative of a song while pushing that story forward.

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On The Media

Cellphone Searching, Tiny Antennas, and the High Court

Friday, June 27, 2014

This week, the Supreme Court ruled on two media technology cases, one that may save the bacon of Big Broadcast and Cable, and another that privacy advocates are heralding as a win. Bob talks with Slate's Dahlia Lithwick about the impact of these decisions.

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Between Two Poles

Friday, June 27, 2014

The Pew Research Center recently published a study titled “Political Polarization in the American Public,” which prompted a wave of alarmist reporting about how Americans are more ideologically divided than ever before. But, as Stanford political scientist Morris Fiorina explains, that's not what Pew's data actually shows.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Searching for Answers

Friday, June 27, 2014

New York Times health reporter Pam Belluck talks about her two-part series that looks at why postpartum depression may be more common —and varied—than previously thought. Then, the director of a new documentary about Aaron Swartz, the Internet prodigy and activist who took his own life at the age of 26. Richie Mehta discusses his film “Siddarth,” which was inspired by a real-life encounter he had with a man he met on the streets of India, with one of the the film’s stars, Tannishtha Chatterjee. And this week’s Please Explain is all about how to learn a foreign language as an adult—and why it gets more difficult the older you get.

The Leonard Lopate Show

The Internet’s Own Boy: The Story of Aaron Swartz

Friday, June 27, 2014

A documentary looks at the life and accomplishments of the Internet prodigy and activist for free access to digital information who committed suicide at 26, after a two year fight with the Federal government, which arrested him for hacking.

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All Things Considered

The Binge-Watch Before The Purge, Now That Aereo Is Likely Done

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Supreme Court gave big broadcasters a win in their battle against the streaming TV service Aereo. For the service's subscribers in 13 cities, now what?

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On The Media

#30 - The Russian Troll Army

Thursday, June 26, 2014

To help sway public opinion, a company called the Internet Research Agency pays people in Russia to go to an office and post pro-Kremlin comments all day.

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