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Somewhere hidden in the sleepy suburbs ofNew Jersey, there is a very small town. This all-American villageboasts good public transit, its own reservoir, a coffee shop, a church, a bank... you name it. Their internationalairport rarely has delays....
Your Facebook Friend Said Something Racist. Now What?
In thisweek's show, we offer a humble helping hand through a messy digital dilemma. Your Facebook feed has becomethe new town square. The new water cooler. The new [insert your analogy of choice]. Sometimes yourfar off "friends" and relatives share...
The Robots Are Here For Your Job, But You Have a Choice
What are you willing to automate in your life? How much robot will you accept? This week, Manoush goes on a journey to find out what she's willing to automate in her life, what the right ratio of robot to human is. This, it turns out, is a personal...
Type "Hello" To Amy, Your Plucky Digital Personal Assistant
Imagine a world where everyone could have a personal assistant to schedule meetings for them. Checking inwith your team? Ask for it by next Friday and it shows up on your calendar a few minutes later. Drinks with friends? Handled. This is no longer...
Varsity Video Gamers
Yes, you can get a college scholarship for playing video games. So what's it like? E-athletes practice five hours a day in a specially outfitted room plush with sponsored gear called the arena. The football team is a little jealous.(This is part 2 of...
Video Games Meet Middle Age Emotions
The first crop of video gamers are facing middle age with no plans to put down the controller. So the gameshave to grow up too.Expect less blood splatter, more reflection. Enter the Elder Gamers At 61 years old, DenaWatson-Lamprey is a fierce Street...
Pajama Volunteers: The Digital Front of Disaster Response
Cries for help are hidden by the chatterof chaos. Vital updates arelost in the noise. In the crucial days after a natural disaster, information is not organized. But if it were, lives would be saved. Springing to the cause is a new cadre of volunteers...
The Other Ed Snowdens: Inside the Mind of Two Privacy Whistleblowers
Ed Snowden is not alone. And we're not talking about how his girlfriend has moved in with himin Russia. There have been a handful of other technologists who've taken a boldstand and faced off with the U.S. government to protect your privacy from mass...
Containing Ebola Like They Did in This Video Game
Public health officials need to be able to predict how outbreaks like Ebola spread and grow. But that's not so easy. Mainly because it requires knowing how real people will react. Human behavior ain't so easy to plug into a computer model. But, then...
Space Dreams: Finding Meaning on Earth While Floating Above It
One woman mortgaged her home to buy a ticket to space. Another decided never to have children so she could accept an opportunity for space travel at a moment's notice, even a one way ticket.These two stories collide in this week's episode about women...
BONUS TRACK: How Twitter Has Changed Nonfiction
Fluffly and indulgent as they might be the tiny dispatches and status updates of social media are a narrative gold mine for writers. Nonfiction writing will never be the same again. This came up, oddly enough, when we had Nick Bilton of the New York...
Screens and Kids: Do Techies Have Different Rules than the Rest of Us?
In a world of screens, parents face some tough questions: To limit or not to limit? By how much and when? How different is Candy Crush from Codeacademy? And what is all the new tech doing to our children? In this episode, we dive into the conundrum...
Killer Robots + Ancient Rules of War = Trouble
Can replacing human soldiers with robot warriors save lives and make war more humane? We try to find out in this episode. But as we learn, the laws of war are not written in computer code. Modern warfare is not ready for killer robots that "decide"...
Backing Tracks: Why Live Music Won't Be Live For Long
Is your favorite band really playing live when you go see them?Not so much.This isn't about Milli Vanilli. It's about something artists love called backing tracks. From Jay-Z to Justin Timberlake to the indie band at the local bar, performers are...
The 'Bi-literate' Brain: The Key to Reading in a Sea of Screens
Paper or screen? There's a battle in your brain. The more you read on screens, the more your brain adapts to the "non-linear" kind of reading we do on computers and phones. Your eyes dart around, you stop half way through a paragraph to check a link...
The View from Inside the Glass Cube
Intimate, exhausting, stressful, and satisfying... working in the Apple Store is far from an ordinary retail job.Especially this week. WithApple-mania sweeping the tech world following the announcement of the new iPhone 6 and a slick new AppleWatch,...
Ana and Mia: How Eating Disorders Evolved Online
Pro Ana. My friend Mia. Thinspiration. If you know these terms, you are familiar with one of the dark corners of the internet where vulnerable people go to find support in making bad lifedecisions. These are pro-eating disorder communities that teach...
How to Be Smarter than Facebook
Habits are powerful. Tech companies know that. It's no accident wereach for ourphones150 times a dayand spend more timescrolling through Facebook than caring for our pets. "Our brain loves to latch on to rewards that arrive quickly and Facebook has...
Learning To Code and Losing My Mind (Reprise)
Coding is not for everybody. We admit it. But we should all take at least a peek under the hood of the computers and devices that power our lives. It's empowering. Starting at a screen full of cryptic code is daunting, confusing, and might just well...
What Emoji Did to One Couple's Healthy Relationship
Face it, Emoji is here to stay. Texting is visual, and images can enhance how we talk.But, will it also change the content of what we sayto each other? In this intimate episode, one couple banishes all written words from text messages for a month to...
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