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Seriously: Listen to Your Voicemail01/07/15
Find a 20-something, a 30-something and a 40-something. If you’re feeling especially experimental, add in a 70-something and a teenager. Say the word: “voicemail.” Watch what happens. Voice messages —and the etiquette around them —are...
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...
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...
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...
Bored and Brilliant, The Beginning
We'rekicking offNew Tech City's biggest project yet. It'scalledBored Brilliant: The Lost Art of Spacing Out.Our goal is to get you rethinking our relationship with technology.
Look how cute this military cyber warfare training ground is
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....
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...
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...
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...
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...
Three Award-Winning Stories
Three award-winning stories packed into one episode. This week New Tech City is bringing you updates on three shortshowswe did in the past year that won NY Press Club awards. Story 1: Know Thy @Neighbor It’s not always so easy to make friends with...
Mindy Kaling, Girly Girls, and the Future of Tech
The 'get girls interested in coding' pushis growingfrom techie pet project to mainstream movement. Now it has a celebrity spokesperson. A very girly spokeswoman to be precise. "For someone like me who does identify as traditionally girly, it’s a good...
Bored and Brilliant, Early Findings
Prepare for ourweek ofBored and Brilliantchallenges with a peek atthedata we're gathering on how much you use your phones andthe science behind why it matters for your brain.
Tales of Real Life Tech Addiction
This week, an encore of one of our favorite New Tech City episodes ever: The tale of David Joerg, self-professed tech addict. David spent years living the life many kids can only dream of: video games at 3 a.m., Nutella from the jar, unlimited hours...
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...
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...
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...
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...
The Way Colleges Teach Computer Science Hurts Women
Only 12 percent of computer science majors are women. That's appalling. It's a shame, a waste and many other nasty words. But it is not hopeless. Harvey Mudd College turned around its computer science gender problem with a concerted effort to quash...
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