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New York, NY

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WNYC

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Is your phone watching you? Can wexting make you smarter? Are your kids real? These and other essential quandaries for anyone trying to preserve their humanity in the digital age. Join host Manoush Zomorodi for your weekly reminder to question everything. From WNYC Studios.

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Bonus: Behind the Scenes at TED

8/15/2017
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TED! TED!! TED!!! A few months ago, Manoush traveled to Vancouver to tell the story of Bored and Brilliant on the TED main stage. And yes, it was big, and nerve-wracking, and totally exhilarating. Listen for her behind-the-scenes memories, and then watch the talk here. Oh, and pre-order the Bored and Brilliant book if you haven't already. Because full transparency: algorithms love pre-orders, and more means the book might make it to Amazon's homepage. Which means more wacko experiments for...

Duration: 00:07:59


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: 00:11:10


Save the Planet! Part 3: Super Powered Sweet Corn

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. Do you want a blue tomato? Because we can make one, thanks to the magic of gene editing. The question, of...

Duration: 00:09:03


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: 00:09:35


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: 00:28:56


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: 00:24:38


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: 00:18:12


We’ve Gained So Much With the iPhone. What Have We Lost?

6/28/2017
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Think back to June 2007. Taylor Swift had released her first single, Barack Obama was running a long-shot campaign for the presidency, and the iPhone was about to change everything. That first iPhone had no GPS, no video, no app store. No Candy Crush, no Instagram, not even Google. So how did it take over our brains and the world? In the past decade, smartphones have displaced most of the things in our pockets. Calendars, datebooks, the Walkman. Watches, address books, business cards....

Duration: 00:25:33


We See Ourselves in Black Mirror

6/21/2017
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Charlie Brooker and Annabel Jones are the surprisingly funny minds behind Black Mirror, the binge-watch of choice for dystopian techies. (Besides CSPAN.) These days, their show veers very close to reality. They’ve done episodes on the performative stress of social media, on the lethal consequences of cyber-bullying, and a show from 2013 on a cartoon character running for prime minister. They seem to have an eerily accurate pulse on our imminent tech future. Brooker and Jones came to the...

Duration: 00:36:51


Father's Day Bonus: Dad As the Lead Parent

6/18/2017
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This Father's Day, a surprise. You may remember our award winning series Taking the Lead, which we dropped into your feeds last month in celebration of Mother's Day. It follows the story of two Brooklyn women, Rachael Ellison and Leslie Ali Walker, who have a tech idea to help harried working mothers rise up in their professional ranks. If you haven't heard the first few episodes, they're right here: Episode 1: The Paint PointEpisode 2: The ParadoxEpisode 3: The PressureEpisode 4: The...

Duration: 00:35:32


What Sen. Wyden Does When He’s Not Questioning Comey or Sessions

6/14/2017
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When Ron Wyden got to Congress, Oregon was known for its wood products and the Internet was a series of tubes. Now, things are a little more complicated. Government hacking. Feds reading Americans’ emails. Border agents demanding your passwords. Corporations selling off your browsing habits. And our old friend, net neutrality. Sen. Wyden can get down into the weeds with the best of them. This week, he geeks out with Manoush about Rule 41, Section 702, and all the other acronyms and...

Duration: 00:19:24


Preview: Sen. Ron Wyden of the Senate Intelligence Committee

6/8/2017
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Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which today is hearing testimony from former FBI Director James Comey. And just a guess, but chances are issues of hacking, data integrity, and digital meddling might come up. But Sen. Wyden didn’t just start thinking about these issues during the 2016 campaign. He’s long been a champion of your rights in the digital realm. He sat down with Manoush earlier this week to talk about where that fight goes next. Here’s a sneak...

Duration: 00:02:50


Meet the Humans Who Protect Your Eyes

6/7/2017
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Rochelle LaPlante works on contract as a content moderator. She’s seen basically every kind of image you can imagine. All the boring, normal stuff - cat videos, vacation snapshots, headshots for dating sites. Weird stuff, like hundreds and hundreds of feet. And the occasional nightmare-inducing photo of horrific violence, child abuse, graphic porn. It takes a toll. Some things, you can’t unsee. Sometimes Rochelle knows who she’s working for, often not. For about four cents a click, she...

Duration: 00:24:35


What We Learned from Grandpa’s FBI File

5/31/2017
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Daniel Aaron was the grandfather of our senior producer, Kat Aaron. He was a historian, a writer… and apparently a suspected communist. At least according to the FBI file uncovered by FOIA the Dead, which uses the Freedom of Information Act to request the files of everyone in the New York Times obituary page. So far, that includes anti-nuke leaders, fair-housing activists, journalists, and a flying nun. But what you see when you look back through FBI files of yesteryear is that...

Duration: 00:21:33


Ed Snowden Says A “Very Very Dark Future” Is Not Inevitable

5/17/2017
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With all the news of leaks, national security, and hacking destabilizing the world, who better to talk to than Ed Snowden? Manoush sat down with him—via video chat —on stage in D.C. at the K(NO)W Identity conference this week. And they talked about all the obvious things: the NSA, the Microsoft ransomware, and privacy. But they also got really Note-to-Selfy. Manoush and Ed talked about identity, and the self, and the “quantified spiderweb of all our worst decisions” that follows us...

Duration: 00:26:35


Wait, What IS Reality? We Investigate.

5/16/2017
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You know that feeling, maybe in college - you’re suuuper chilled out, maybe chemically-assisted, and you’re like, how do we know we’re even in the same reality, man? That’s what the world has been feeling like, except, not so chill. Were reports that the President leaked classified intelligence fake news? Or was it real, but totally NBD? Was Comey pressured to drop the investigation into Flynn, or not? Was Spicer in the bushes, or among them? Is everything terrible and going to hell, or...

Duration: 00:21:41


Taking the Lead Episode 1: The Pain Point

5/14/2017
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This Mother's Day, a surprise. For all you working mothers balancing deadlines and diapers, ambition and your (lovely) children, we're re-releasing all four episodes of our award-winning series Taking the Lead. This is the story of two Brooklyn women, Rachael Ellison and Leslie Ali Walker, who have a tech idea to help harried working mothers rise up in their professional ranks. Why? Because of numbers like these: 4.6 percent companies have female CEOs 43 percenttheonlydeveloping...

Duration: 00:30:39

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