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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. 

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A Trilogy About the End of the World

Friday, November 14, 2014

Ben Winters considers the role of media before the arrival of an Earth-destroying asteroid in his trilogy, The Last Policeman. 

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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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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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Algorithms Understand

Friday, November 07, 2014

Can the algorithms built into social media really understand your emotional well-being? Munmun De Choudhury says yes, and explains how it works. 

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An App to Stop Suicide

Friday, November 07, 2014

An app that alerts you to potentially suicidal tweets from the people you follow on Twitter raises ethical and even legal questions. 

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The Other Ed Snowdens

Friday, October 31, 2014

Ed Snowden was not the only leaker to have defied the government’s secrecy programs. Ladar Levison and William Binney each paid the price for a moral stand against the U.S. government. 

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The Unseen World of Content Moderation

Friday, October 31, 2014

Brooke speaks with WIRED contributor Adrien Chen about the unsung workers who keep horrible images out of your feed.

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Porn Monopoly

Friday, October 31, 2014

Brooke speaks to Slate writer David Auerbach, who explains how one company created a pornography monopoly.

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Ask Leah

Friday, October 24, 2014

Leah Reich was a 24-year old writing for a video game website who accidentally became Advisor-in-Chief to thousands of lonely teenaged boys. Including reporter PJ Vogt. 

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Condemning #GamerGate

Friday, October 24, 2014

Christopher Grant, Editor in Chief of Polygon, explains #GamerGate and his approach to speaking out against the video game industry's latest misogyny problems. 

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Want to Make a Bot That'll Write a Novel? November is the Time to do it.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

November is National Novel Writing Month. This year, for the second time, it's also National Novel Generation Month
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McLuhanisms, 50 Years Later

Friday, October 17, 2014

Brooke speaks to Nicholas Carr about how Marshall McLuhan's theories have held up, 50 years later.

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TLDR #38 - Ask Leah

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Leah Reich was a 24-year old writing for a video game website who accidentally became Advisor-in-Chief to thousands of lonely teenaged boys. Including reporter PJ Vogt. 
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#38 - Ask Leah

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Leah Reich was a 24-year old writing for a video game website who accidentally became Advisor-in-Chief to thousands of lonely teenaged boys. Including reporter PJ Vogt. 
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A Pop Song Written Using iOS's Predictive Text Feature

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

YouTuber Jonathan Mann has written a pretty solid pop song using only the predictive text function on his iPhone. 
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The World's Greatest First Name is Back, as an App

Friday, October 10, 2014

Specifically, an app to allow you to talk to one guy named Ethan. 
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Californians Shame Their Neighbors With a New "Drought Shaming" App.

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

The data revolution is upon us, folks, and we are using it to shame our neighbors for wasting water during a drought. 
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Men Can Finally Pay Someone to Explain Feminism to Them

Monday, October 06, 2014

Artist Elizabeth Simins made something to draw attention to a particular and often ignored form of abuse. 
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Weev Is A White Nationalist. He Still Shouldn't Have Gone To Jail

Monday, October 06, 2014

A convicted hacker has gone public as a white supremacist. His views are terrible, but he still shouldn't have gone to jail.
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Facebook Announces Reforms To Its Research Policies

Friday, October 03, 2014

Yesterday, Facebook CTO Mike Schroepfer announced updates to the way that Facebook conducts research.
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