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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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WNYC

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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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WNYC Radio 160 Varick St. New York, NY 10013


Episodes

It’s Not Over Nyet

11/15/2017
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When governments start pulling the strings of power with algorithms and bots... we ALL become political puppets. Listeners, it’s time to consider how online interference moves into the physical world. President Trump recently met with Russian president Vladimir Putin who told him that his country definitely didn’t meddle in the U.S. election last year, online or off. Good thing that’s cleared up. But if for some reason you’re not inclined to take either (or both) of those two men at their...

Duration: 00:20:09


Spy Terms of the Internyet

11/8/2017
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Russian spy tactics have gotten an upgrade since the Cold War. This week how they work now: bad actors, active measures, advanced persistent threats. Cyberwar has its own vocabulary. So we got ourselves a tutor. Join Manoush and information warfare expert Molly McKew, who puts the fun in fundamental assault on democracy.

Duration: 00:15:00


Nyet Just a Conspiracy Theory?

11/1/2017
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During the presidential campaign, Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman opened up Twitter, saw all the vitriol and fake news and conspiracy theories, and thought 'Man, is this really my country?' Then Noah and his team started to investigate Russian interference in the election. Videos made in Russia, purporting to be from the American South. Activist groups invented in Russia, prompting Americans in Idaho to attend real-life protests. Is this his country? Yes. Also, maybe no. As...

Duration: 00:23:48


Where Do I Go Now?

10/25/2017
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Manoush is a nice human being. Polite, punctual, present. But man, is she a rude robot. Recently, Manoush attended a conference as a telepresence robot. (Imagine an iPad, on top of two brooms, with a Roomba as the base.) And she careened around interrupting conversations, sideswiping people and disrupting panels. Literally an out-of-body experience. We lose track of our bodies every day now. We spiral into some Instagram stalking mid-commute and bump into someone on the street. We...

Duration: 00:21:17


Play Video Games for Your Mental Health

10/18/2017
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If you’ve ever played video games, or swapped tiles around on Candy Crush, you know the feeling of winning. Like a light in your brain, a mental fist pump. But you probably also know that guilty feeling after realizing you've spent 30 minutes plugged in. That worry, when your kid spends hours on the console. Jane McGonigal, game researcher and futurist, is here to take away some of that guilt. She’s a champion of gaming as a form of self-help. Because, Jane says, that light you feel when...

Duration: 00:30:26


Talking to Myself

10/11/2017
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Eugenia Kuyda and her best friend Roman had a habit of texting back and forth all day. When he was killed in a car crash, the void was enormous. So she put her technical skills to use. She gathered all his texts, his emails, his entire digital footprint, loaded them into a system that finds patterns in data, and created a bot version of Roman. Then she started hearing from other people who had lost loved ones. They wanted to make a bot too. And Replika was born. Replika works mostly by...

Duration: 00:24:34


I Didn’t See Your Text

10/4/2017
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We used to RSVP to events. Now, invitations live in our Facebook notifications and group texts. And we just ignore them. It’s so easy to forget there’s a human on the other end. Asking you to show up. Renowned psychotherapist Esther Perel says we’re suffering of aloneness. Our phones create distance and intimacy at the same time. Esther has a way out of this strange paradox - some ideas for how we can treat each other better. We do, too. Well, Esther’s idea, our tool. Take five minutes...

Duration: 00:17:27


Ghosting, Simmering and Icing with Esther Perel

9/27/2017
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So you’ve finally matched with someone you like on Tinder. Your chats are funny, smooth, comfortable. When you meet in person, you sit at a bar for five hours without noticing the time. “That was so fun! Let’s do this again!” “Yeah, sure!” “How about next Tuesday?” Then… radio silence. Ghosted. Or maybe the fadeaway is more subtle. You try to make plans, and they’re into it, but they’re so busy. A project needs to be finished at work, then friends are in town. Yeah, you’re being...

Duration: 00:27:01


Forty Years of Coding In a Man's World

9/20/2017
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Silicon Valley has a gender issue. That's hardly breaking news. But things have escalated recently. Some examples from the last few weeks: The Ellen Pao saga. The James Damore memo at Google. The ouster of Uber’s CEO. The frat-house behavior at SoFi. The utter lack of consequences for VR startup Upload. Sometimes it's straight-up harassment. And sometimes problems stem from the bro bubble - nice guys, but they’re all the same guys. Everyone else “isn’t a good fit.” Ellen Ullman has seen...

Duration: 00:20:23


Eavesdropping On Epiphany

9/13/2017
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José Cruz is a college student, research scientist, and phone power-user. He spent 6 hours in one day on his screen. So he wanted to cut back, make more time for research, reading, and mental drift. We gave José a copy of Manoush's new book, Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self. The book has a week of challenges, and José did them all. He recorded the journey. It wasn't easy, but boy, was there a payoff. Plus, seventh grade...

Duration: 00:20:26


Attention Please

9/5/2017
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Today, the first book to be born out of a crowdsourced podcasting movement - our movement, dear listeners - is here. In 2015, tens of thousands of you joined me in an experiment. Could we separate from our devices just a bit, and turn them from taskmaster to tool? Could we make space for boredom, and let the brilliance in? Together, we found the answer. YES. Enter Bored and Brilliant: How Spacing Out Can Unlock Your Most Productive and Creative Self. Today, we connect with Liam and...

Duration: 00:20:34


Refresh Your Mind

9/4/2017
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This week, Manoush’s book - the book that started with you, listeners - hits the shelves. To encourage you to #GetBored and find brilliance, we made a weird earworm. It's an interview about the history of boredom... sound-designed to help you space out. With historian Peter Toohey, and some very soothing, meditative music. Our senior producer Kat kept saying she woke up from the episode, every time she listened. Take an audio nap with us. It'll make you happy, we promise.

Duration: 00:08:49


Save the Planet! Part 1: I'm Gonna Take My Clothes Off

8/2/2017
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This is part of our five-episode pack on how science and technology can fight climate change. With better air conditioning, more whale poop, souped-up plants, and a giant vacuum. If all else fails, planet B. With David Biello, science curator at TED, author of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age, and contributing editor at Scientific American. It’s August. It’s hot, and no, you’re not imagining things, it is getting hotter. But whatever New York...

Duration: 00:09:38


Save the Planet! Part 2: Whale Poop

8/2/2017
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This is part of our five-episode pack on how science and technology can fight climate change. With better air conditioning, more whale poop, souped-up plants, and a giant vacuum. If all else fails, planet B. With David Biello, science curator at TED, author of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age, and contributing editor at Scientific American. We love blue whales. They’re our ocean’s majestic, floating giants. They have hearts the size of cars. They...

Duration: 00:10:54


Save the Planet! Part 4: Suck It

8/2/2017
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This is part of our five-episode pack on how science and technology can fight climate change. With better air conditioning, more whale poop, souped-up plants, and a giant vacuum. If all else fails, planet B. With David Biello, science curator at TED, author of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age, and contributing editor at Scientific American. Humans produce a lot of CO2. When we burn coal, drive a car, take a plane. When we breathe, except we can't...

Duration: 00:08:14


Save the Planet! Part 5: Do Over?

8/2/2017
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This is part of our five-episode pack on how science and technology can fight climate change. With better air conditioning, more whale poop, souped-up plants, and a giant vacuum. If all else fails, planet B. With David Biello, science curator at TED, author of The Unnatural World: The Race to Remake Civilization in Earth's Newest Age, and contributing editor at Scientific American. Mars is the escape hatch, the backup plan. Planet B. Except for one thing. Mars is uniquely hostile to...

Duration: 00:10:06


Escape From Yahoo!

7/26/2017
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Manoush has a secret tech shame: a Yahoo email address. Even with the (three) hacks, the company's sale to Verizon, and its plummeting cool factor, she's stayed. Call it loyalty, inertia, or a bad case of privacy paradox. We heard from many of you, listeners, about your own digital traps. The services you just can't seem to log out of, even when you probably should. This week: the tech loyalties we keep past their expiration date. And how to extricate yourself - logistically and...

Duration: 00:18:19


Your Mailman is A Drug Dealer. He Just Doesn’t Know It.

7/19/2017
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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: 00:29:04


Should We Post Photos of Our Kids Online?

7/12/2017
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There’s David after the dentist. The BBC interview crashers. The Charlie bit my finger kid. That hero girl blanking Snow White. To say nothing of the baby pics in your Facebook feed, kid pics in your Instagram, and the teens in your Snapchat. Kids are all over the Internet. But… should they be? This week, we revisit a friendly debate about whether or not to post pics of children. With one of our favorite podcast hosts, Hillary Frank of the Longest Shortest Time. TELL US WHAT YOU...

Duration: 00:24:40


When Was the Last Time You Peed Without Your Phone?

7/5/2017
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Yeah, it’s been a while for us too. So after a long weekend of photo sharing, music streaming, and group texts, let’s reset. It’s the Bored and Brilliant bootcamp: three quick challenges to help you make space for brilliance in our accelerating world. Maybe you’ve heard this episode before, but even if you have, a boredom refresher can’t hurt. Take some time to daydream, and see what ideas bubble up as your mind wanders. Try the radio instead of Spotify. Chase down the ice cream truck...

Duration: 00:17:01

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