Spark from CBC Radio
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Spark on CBC Radio One Nora Young helps you navigate your digital life by connecting you to fresh ideas in surprising ways.
||276: William Gibson, banner ads as art, crowdsourcing better how-to videos and more||Sci-fi author William Gibson. An algorithm that knows you better than your friends. Social media without “followers” and “likes.” A museum that follows you around the web. And, a how-to lesson on how-to videos.||2/19/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||275: Smart beds, public light therapy, connected pets and more||A smart bed to help you sleep better, putting light therapy in public spaces, new ways to get rid of waste and raise crops in the city, connecting your pet to the internet, and designing technologies in co-operation with animals.||2/5/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||274: Twitter fiction, designing a grief app, the dangers of digital metaphor and more||Creative fiction in the digital space. An app that could help teens create a soundtrack for their grief. A reunion party for players of an online game that ended years ago. The dangers of digital metaphor. And, keeping a virtual watch on illegal fishing.||1/29/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||273: School bus wi-fi, Cuba's alternative internet, Capitalism 2.0 and more||Cuba's underground alternative to the internet. If the kids don't have wi-fi, the school bus will it bring it to them. An app that lets you lend your eyes to the blind. The hidden social reality behind social media. How your smartphone could help predict||1/22/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||272: Your home is always listening, criminal robots, the internet of emotional things and more||Can an A.I program be a criminal? Social media likes and kids' sense of self. Posting kids' photos without their permission. Gadgets in the home that are always listening. The internet of emotional things. Getting closer to a universal translator.||1/15/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||271: Life-changing passwords, hilarious bots, connected toothbrushes and more||How changing your password can change your life, why our brains respond to positive affirmations, posting photos of kids online, oddities from this year's Consumer Electronics Show, hilarious bots and how algorithms create a black box society.||1/8/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||270: 3D printing your memories, a call for less commenting and more reading, online ads and obfuscation, and more.||This time on Spark, the hidden assumptions and secret biases of the technologies we use every day. From the trouble with so much commenting and so little reading online, to when good algorithms go bad! And more.||12/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||269: Turning prisoners into programmers, fighting unfair parking tickets, chasing down your smartphone thief and more.||This time on Spark, the art of the workaround. We build systems and technologies for a reason. But sometimes they can get in the way. When is it time to use innovative thinking to work around the system?||12/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||268: Rewiring our senses||Imagine if you could see with your tongue. Or hear colours. Or smell what time it is. This week, exploring new ways of using technology to re-wire our senses and getting closer to understanding a sixth sense, and a seventh sense, and beyond!||12/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||267: Slow video games, retroactive advertising, gaming the classroom and more.||This time on Spark, new ways of educating, playing, and listening. School standbys get a digital update, Germany's audiobook craze, slowing video games down, and putting new products in old videos.||11/27/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||266: A bus that comes to you. Code and beauty. The many faces of Anonymous, and more.||Cracking the code of beauty and the beauty of code. Inside the many faces of online hacktivists Anonymous. A bus that comes to you. A tablet and pen that can sense what you want to use them for. And, balloon-based communication.||11/20/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||265: Hooked on social media. Hacking the mail. A CD that can't play. A brief history of time travel. Cyber attacks on human rig||Hooked on social media. Hacking the mail. A CD that can't play. A brief history of time travel. Cyber attacks on human rights groups.||11/6/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||264: Truth, rumours, fake news, and misattribution in a digital age.||A look at the push and pull of truth, rumour, misattribution, and the way news stories and art change and morph on the internet as they become viral.||10/30/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||263: Gambling and addiction by design. Manipulative software. The future of videoconferencing. Cyberslacking. DIY wearables.||The siren song of software design - is it luring us into being compulsive with our tech? Plus, a look at remote but collaborative work, and the case for do-it-yourself (rather than off-the-shelf) wearable tech.||10/23/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||262: Tracking and hacking online marketing. An online country club. Phone calls for the hard of hearing. Autism and text commun||From tablets for people with autism, to the invention of radio -- the surprising, serendipitous path of innovation. Plus, ever wonder who knows what about you when you go online? We'll look at tracking and hacking online marketing.||10/16/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||261: The human consequence of automation. Anatomy of a viral phenomenon. Remote repossession. Military kill switches.||A look at automation and human autonomy. Remote repossession if you make a late car payment. The case for kill switches for military weaponry. And, when social activism goes viral.||10/2/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||260: Cassette comeback. The future of music. Hacking maternal health. Knowledge bases. Sensing depression.||This time on Spark, find out why some people still love the cassette. What U2's deal with Apple says about the future of the music industry. Hacking maternal health. The coming revolution in search. And how your smartphone can tell if you're depressed.||9/25/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||259: Algorithm awareness. Mindful multitasking. Going on a data safari. A crowd-sourced hunt for marginalia.||This time on Spark, the pros and perils of life by the numbers. From the hunt for dusty tomes of faraway data...to what your social media feed is hiding from you...to how mindfulness can improve your focus and help manage our multi-tasking world.||9/18/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||258: Notification vacation. Procrastination and reminders. Digital sabbaticals. The End of Absence.||Take a notification vacation. Why digital reminders might lead to procrastination. Unplugging for a year. And contemplating technology's role in the end of absence.||9/11/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||257: The organized mind. Designing lunch. Unlimited vacation. Handwriting email. Teaching computers to see.||Spark Season 8 begins with a look at how we can be more effective. Redesigning the school cafeteria, thinking twice about dashing off so many emails and texts, having an unlimited vacation policy at work, and ways to build an organized mind.||9/4/2014||Free||View In iTunes|
||213: Longevity, Integration, Disposal||Cliff Hacking on e-waste disposal in Canada. David Fleming on real estate and virtual staging. Julia Pagel on the Integrative Thinking technique in schools. Phil Gyford, Jason Scott, and Meg Ambrose on data longevity and web ephemerality.||4/11/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Panel: e-books, public libraries, and artificial scarcity||Peter Rukavina, Jane Pyper, Carolyn Wood, and David O'Brien discuss e-book lending in public libraries.||4/2/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||212: Get it, Keep it, Fix it||Brian Lam on getting good gadgets. Gina Trapani and Anil Dash on keeping your tech gadgets. Ian Urbina on what happens to our unwanted gadgets. Kyle Wiens on learning to fix your tech.||3/27/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||211: Smart Elevators, Design Fiction, Internet Centrism||Riding in smart, responsive elevators. Getting skeptical about the internet as a single, abstract force. And designing technologies that don't even exist yet!||3/22/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||210: Surveillance, Sharing, Colour||David Murakami Wood on surveillance and tech. Roz Kavander on colour forecasting. Alice Marwick, Gary Flake, Stephanie Nolen, and Maciej Ceglowski on social sharing and the divide between public and private online.||3/14/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||Brian Lam on The Wirecutter||A feature interview with Brian Lam about his website The Wirecutter, why he left Gizmodo, and what's wrong with tech writing in 2013.||3/11/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||209: Distraction, Willpower, Creative Coding||Elah Feder on outsourcing willpower. Francesca Gino on decision making and getting sidetracked. Diana Kimball and Seb Lee-Delisle on creative coding. Jeff Atwood on creating civil discourse online.||3/7/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
||208: Collaboration, Crowdwork, Wearable Computing||Kate Hartman on wearable computing. JP Davidson on crowdworking. Rachel Botsman, Will Johnston, Lili Carvalho, and April Rinne on collaborative consumption.||2/28/2013||Free||View In iTunes|
One of my favorites
It's a very well paced fun show to listen to. This summer they are playing complete interviews from earlier news segments and those are just as interesting as the shows themselves. It sometimes seems like cotton candy because the shows are so fun to listen to, but beyond the surface every show has fascinating and valuable content.
I love the usage of CC licenced sounds and music.
THE technology/culture podcast i hear in the morning when i drive to work.
Nora is great.
This show is amazing
This is an amazing show and has quickly become my favorite podcast. Nora is wonderfully professional, relatable, and very easy on the ears. It is high quality with excellent interviews that make you think. I highly recommend it!