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A podcast about finding balance in the digital age, with compelling stories about how technology is changing our lives for better and for worse. Host Manoush Zomorodi asks the questions we’re scared to ask, and finds her way — with the help of listeners — through an often overwhelming landscape of invisible robots and gadgets that may or may not be your friend. We talk about hearts and minds, not bits and bytes.This is the tech show about human stories. It's a little wacky and a lot of fun. Follow the show @newtechcity. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC

A podcast about finding balance in the digital age, with compelling stories about how technology is changing our lives for better and for worse. Host Manoush Zomorodi asks the questions we’re scared to ask, and finds her way — with the help of listeners — through an often overwhelming landscape of invisible robots and gadgets that may or may not be your friend. We talk about hearts and minds, not bits and bytes.This is the tech show about human stories. It's a little wacky and a lot of fun. Follow the show @newtechcity. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC
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New York, NY

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A podcast about finding balance in the digital age, with compelling stories about how technology is changing our lives for better and for worse. Host Manoush Zomorodi asks the questions we’re scared to ask, and finds her way — with the help of listeners — through an often overwhelming landscape of invisible robots and gadgets that may or may not be your friend. We talk about hearts and minds, not bits and bytes.This is the tech show about human stories. It's a little wacky and a lot of fun. Follow the show @newtechcity. WNYC Studios is the producer of other leading podcasts including Radiolab, Death, Sex & Money, Freakonomics Radio and many others. Find these and more great shows at wnyc.org © WNYC

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English

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Episodes

Dear (Data) Diary

6/25/2018
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Long-distance friends Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec spent a year tracking the little things in life. Thanks yous, coffees, complaints, street sounds. And each week, they turned their small-scale data collections into whimsical hand-drawn postcards. On a minute level, they may not say much. But look at them together and they tell an intimate story. This week, Giorgia and Stefanie talk us through three weeks of data, and all the big lessons in our most mundane moments. Look at more...

Duration:00:28:48

A Different Kind of Streaking

6/20/2018
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With former Google designer Tristan Harris, who explains how far Silicon Valley will go to capture and control your eyeballs. And Snapchat artist CyreneQ, who makes her living drawing on her phone all day. For real.

Duration:00:20:25

Your Metadata is Showing

6/7/2018
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We asked you guys to send us photos. Then we gave them to Andreas Weigend, veteran of Xerox Parc, former chief scientist at Amazon, to see what he could deduce. A lot, it turns out. A little Google image search, a little metadata, and we can find where you are. Maybe who you are. What color phone you’re using to take the shot, and how many SIM cards you have. Reading photos is more than a digital parlor trick. It’s the future of commerce, marketing, policing, lending, and basically...

Duration:00:23:18

Whose Bot Army Is Following Manoush?

5/16/2018
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Bot armies are taking over Twitter. But they’re not necessarily trying to advance a point of view, according to Phil Howard, a bot researcher. They’re aiming to sow chaos and make dialogue impossible. At the extreme, the goal is to destabilize our very sense of reality. “Their strategy is to plant multiple conflicting stories that just confuse everybody," Howard says. "If they can successfully get out four different explanations for some trend, then they've confused everybody, and they're...

Duration:00:22:08

The Fourth Amendment Needs Your Attention

5/2/2018
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This week, Note to Self gets in our time machine, back to the Supreme Court cases that defined privacy for the digital age. Stories of bookies on the Sunset Strip, microphones taped to phone booths, and a 1975 Monte Carlo. And where the Fourth Amendment needs to go, now that we’re living in the future. The amendment doesn’t mention privacy once. But those 54 little words, written more than 200 years ago, are a crucial battleground in today’s fight over our digital rights. That one...

Duration:00:24:19

Is the Opioid Epidemic a Tech Problem?

4/18/2018
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The Dark Web conjures images of gothic fonts and black backgrounds, like a metal fan’s MySpace page circa 2001. But this section of the internet looks surprisingly normal. Accessible only through the TOR browser, there are Google-style search engines and Amazon-style marketplaces. Except what they’re selling are mostly illegal things—stolen passports, hacked account numbers, and drugs. A lot of drugs. This week, we stress out WNYC’S IT department and venture onto the Dark Web. Where you...

Duration:00:29:24

How To Have No Filter

4/4/2018
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Today, listener stories and tips: we wrap up our No Filter series of conversations about how women live online. From YouTube megastar Lele Pons to iconic artist Barbara Kruger, we heard a joyous mix of vulnerable confessions, utter defiance, and (for once) a mostly positive vision of what being a woman on the web can look like. To wrap it up, stories from you. About how you’re reconciling the IRL you with the online you. Plus, The Cut’s editor-in-chief Stella Bugbee is back with her...

Duration:00:22:30

No Filter: Jasmyn Lawson

4/3/2018
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We couldn’t close out No Filter, our series on women owning it online, without profiling Jasmyn Lawson, former culture editor at Giphy. That's the search engine that houses all those looped videos we use to express emotion - and ourselves - online. But when Jasmyn started working there, she couldn’t find many gifs that looked like her. "Just having Beyonce and Rihanna and Nicki Minaj is not enough to say you're representing black women." So she made her own. Jasmyn Lawson (Ryan...

Duration:00:22:07

No Filter: Barbara Kruger

3/30/2018
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The iconic artist talks to Manoush about our curated selfies, owning a font, and why we all need likes. Plus, The Cut’s editor in chief Stella Bugbee. If you missed the other episodes of No Filter earlier this week, go back! Instagram megastar Lele Pons, Transparent actor Trace Lysette, painter Amy Sherald, who made Michelle Obama’s official portrait, and anchor Christiane Amanpour.

Duration:00:31:10

No Filter: Christiane Amanpour

3/29/2018
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The CNN anchor talks to Manoush about sex, wearing a “uniform,” and staying profesh on air and online. Plus, Call Your Girlfriend co-host and Cut contributor Ann Friedman, who almost fell out of her ergonomic chair when she found out she’d be in the same episode as Christiane. Christiane’s new show is Sex & Love Around the World. And Ann’s podcast is, of course, Call Your Girlfriend, with Aminatou Sow. Christiane Amanpour, on No Filter: Women Owning It Online. (Brigitte...

Duration:00:29:59

No Filter: Amy Sherald

3/28/2018
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Her portrait of Michelle Obama went viral. Painter Amy Sherald dismisses the haters. “Some people want their poetry to rhyme.” Plus, Allison P. Davis, Senior Culture Writer at The Cut, on how picking Amy was like Michelle Obama choosing her own Instagram filter. Painter Amy Sherald, our guest for day three of No Filter: Women Owning It Online. (Susana Raab ) This is day three of our weeklong series, No Filter: Women Owning It Online, with New York Magazine’s The Cut. Five...

Duration:00:30:23

No Filter: Trace Lysette

3/27/2018
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Every day this week, a new episode of our series, No Filter: Women Owning It Online, with New York Magazine’s The Cut. Five conversations with badass women. Some old, some young. ALL have bent the internet to their will. And trust us, you don’t have to be a woman for this series to be a must-listen. Transparent star Trace Lysette talks to Manoush about the political nude selfie, her #metoo moment, and constructing her self online and IRL. Plus, how her life as a young trans woman prepared...

Duration:00:25:48

No Filter: Lele Pons

3/26/2018
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Every day this week, a new episode of our series, No Filter: Women Owning It Online, with New York Magazine’s The Cut. Five conversations with badass women. Some old, some young. ALL have bent the internet to their will. And trust us, you don’t have to be a woman for this series to be a must-listen. Today, Lele Pons. And if you’re thinking “Lele who?”, you’re not a teen girl. The Instagram megastar talks to Manoush about crafting her image, controlling her edits, and why she gives her...

Duration:00:24:29

Why We Need No Filter

3/21/2018
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It’s here! The first episode in our new series, No Filter: Women Owning It Online, with New York Magazine’s The Cut. Today, our launch episode. Every day next week, a new conversation with a badass woman about the highs and lows of living online. And how they've bent the internet to their will. Trust us, you don’t have to be a woman for this series to be a must-listen. Erica Joy Baker, senior engineering manager. (Amy Harrity ) Since #metoo, we’re rethinking what it means to be a...

Duration:00:27:19

My Digital Revolution

3/20/2018
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Stories of life online, told live. We teamed up with Generation Women, a monthly event where women from their 20s to their 80s share stories on a theme. For this episode, the theme is My Digital Revolution. Tales from the wellness editor at Teen Vogue, Kathy Tu from the Nancy podcast, Chirlane McCray, the first lady of New York. And Carol Prisant, the most baller septuagenarian you’ve ever heard. For real. Plus, Generation Women founder Georgia Clark. Our new series No Filter: Women Owning...

Duration:00:47:57

Am I Normal?

3/14/2018
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Everyone wants to know if we’re normal. Is my body normal, is my brain normal, are my feelings normal? Data artist Mona Chalabi will tell you. And she’ll explain why normal is BS. In the right hands, data is more than statistics. It can expand our understanding of ourselves, and this strange planet that we call home. Mona is the data editor at The Guardian, and host of the new podcast Strange Bird. She makes hand-drawn illustrations of data, from when people eat pizza to how many women...

Duration:00:27:07

What to Think About Before Posting Family Photos

2/28/2018
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A little while back, we asked you some questions about posting photos. Do you post pictures of your kids? Do your parents post photos of you? Why, why not? We thought maybe a couple hundred people would answer. But we struck a nerve. We got more than twelve hundred responses, with more than six hundred long-form answers (highlights here). You have strong feelings on this one. Feelings full of nuance and complexity, no surprise. This week, psychologist and author Guy Winch helps untangle...

Duration:00:28:33

Have Dating Apps Killed Romance?

2/14/2018
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Here’s a real message from OKCupid: “Hi, good evening, nice photos. You are not fat.” And that’s one of the few messages polite enough to share. It’s rough on dating apps. But so many of us are using them. How can romance survive? Well, maybe it can’t. This week, sociologist Eric Klinenberg joins Manoush to make the case that dating apps have killed romance. And Eric co-wrote a book on modern love with Aziz Ansari, so he should know. Eric and Manoush feel so strongly, in fact, that they’re...

Duration:00:26:59

Help Us Collect Political Ads on Facebook

2/7/2018
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ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin is collecting political ads on Facebook, all across the country. Just in case someone needs to check on them later. Like if the Russians bought thousands of ads to sway an election. And she needs your help. She and her team built a browser plugin that collects ads from Facebook, and asks users like you to decide if the ads are political or not. Ads marked as political are gathered into a giant database - the only repository of these ads available to the...

Duration:00:12:54

Meet an Online Emotional Escort

2/6/2018
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When we get big news these days, we reach for our phones. We text our loved ones. Husband, wife, mom, best friend. Or, in some cases, our Invisible Girlfriend. We all need someone to tell (or text) our stories to. Even if they’re paid to text back. This week, we revisit a story from 2015 about a service called Invisible Girlfriend/Boyfriend, and how it’s helping lonely adults use their phones to feel understood. Even to feel loved. Quentin, a man in his 30s with cerebral palsy, wonders if...

Duration:00:26:45