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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.
||243: Responsive art and architecture. Focus at will. Software carpentry. Physicists and computers. Social physics.||Dave Colangelo on art and responsive architecture. Rodolphe el-Khoury on responsive architecture. Will Henshall on Focus at will. Greg Wilson on software carpentry. Ben Davies on physicists and computers. Alex Pentland on social physics.||2/27/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||242: Speech donors. Faster, better science research. The quantified self. The essential self.||Rupal Patel on speech donors. Sam Molyneux on faster scientific research. Josh Sharp and Nicholas Felton on the quantified self. Linda Stone on the essential self.||2/20/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||241: Cyborgs in pop culture. Robotic exoskeletons. Computers on Law and Order. Networked teens.||Matt Novak on RoboCop, cyborgs and us. Russ Angold on robotic exoskeletons for rehabilitation. Jeffrey Thompson on computers on Law and Order. danah boyd on the social lives of networked teens.||2/13/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||240: Techno-incompatibility. Romantimatic. Dating by design. Forgiveness. Letting go on social media. The quantified breakup. T||Jesse Fox on techno-incompatibility. Greg Knauss on Romantimatic. Ayla Newhouse on dating by design. Tara Marshall on letting go. Charles Griswold on forgiveness. Lam Thuy Vo on the quantified breakup. Steve Whittaker on the technology for recovery.||2/6/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||239: The anti-robot. Couples and tech use. Conservation drones. Music, memory, sleep. Quilting with code. Cheap genome mapping.||Jonathan Tippett on the anti-robot. Michelle Parise on limiting tech use in your relationship. Elizabeth Elliot on coding and quilting. Dan Wetmore on music, memory and sleep. Lian Pin Koh on conservation drones. Peter Chow-White on cheap genomes.||1/23/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||238: Net Neutrality. The Internet of Insecure and Not-Quite-Connected Things. The Bookless Library. The Most Beautiful Sound.||Barbara van Schewick on net neutrality. Ashley Eklof on the bookless library. Peter Bright on the internet of insecure things. Dan Misener on the internet of not-quite-connected things. Julian Treasure on the Most Beautiful Sound champion.||1/16/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||237: Connected Cars. Smart Homes. Solving the Password Problem. Playable Cities. Indie Tech.||Pete Nowak on tech trends at CES. Matt Novak on retro CES. Bob Burrows on connected cars. Dan Misener and Anil Somayaji on solving the password problem. Clare Reddington on the playable city. Aral Balkan on indie tech.||1/9/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||236: Daily Rituals for Creativity. Make Your Life an Experiment. The Ancient History of Social Media.||Mason Currey on his book, Daily Rituals: How Artists Work. Uri Gneezy on his book, The Why Axis: Hidden Motives and the Undiscovered Economics of Everyday Life. Tom Standage on his book, Writing on the Wall: Social Media - The First 2,000 Years.||1/2/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||235: Digital Conversion at the Movies. Minecraft Education. Designing Physical Interfaces.||Jeff Knoll and Caetlin Benson-Allott on movie theatres and digital conversion. Julia Pagel and Cori Dussman on the appeal of Minecraft. Calvin Chu and Jared Spool on bringing physicality and tactility back to computer design.||12/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Minecraft for Parents||Lots of adults play Minecraft, but the virtual construction video game seems to hold a particular fascination for kids. Educator and author Cori Dusmann has tips on what adults need to know to get their kids started.||12/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||234: Online Shopping. Market Manipulation. Attracting Foreign Start-ups.||Ryan Calo on a future of digital market manipulation. Avi Goldfarb on why physical location still plays a major role in shopping. Boris Wertz on attract foreign entrepreneurs to Canada. Three hopeful applicants to the Canadian Start-up Visa Program.||12/5/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||233: Beauty and Brains. Beautiful Sound. Because Noun. 24-hour Music. Dramatizing the Internet. Photo Organization.||Gretchen McCulloch on internet speak. Jay Frank on music listening in a digital age. Molly Bullard on photo organizing. Zaira Cattaneo on beauty and brain stimulation. Julian Treasure on the most beautiful sound. Quinn Norton on dramatizing the internet.||11/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Startup Visa Panel||Three tech entrepreneurs want permanent resident status in Canada, and have applied to the brand new Start-Up Visa program.||11/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Startup Visa 101||Investor Boris Wertz explains the Canadian Start-Up Visa program, which is designed to attract foreign entrepreneurs to create Canadian businesses and jobs.||11/28/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||232: Training Your Brain for Happiness. Robot Torture. The pre-Digi Selfie. Privacy and the NSA. Status and Attention.||Aimee Morrison on the history of selfies. Alice Marwick on her book Status Update. Kate Darling on legally protecting robots from abuse. Rick Hanson on training your brain for happiness. Ron Deibert on privacy and the NSA.||11/21/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Status Update||In her new book, Status Update, Alice Marwick explains how the culture of Silicon Valley impacts the social media we use every day.||11/20/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Beauty and the Brain||A little zap to the brain may improve the way you feel aesthetically about a picture. Zaira Cattaneo on enhancing the experience of beauty through brain stimulation.||11/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Privacy, Security, and the NSA||It's been nearly 6 months since the first of Edward Snowden's leaks about surveillance by the NSA, with more to come on Canada's CSEC. We decided to check in again with Ron Deibert, author of Black Code, which has just come out in an expanded edition.||11/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||231: Dirty Web Secrets. The Politics of Memes. In Favour of Paper. No More Bosses. Looks Like Music.||Limor Shifman on the politics of memes. Yuri Suzuki on music, robots, and dyslexia. Bruce Mau Design in favour of paper. Ryan Carson on the no boss workplace. We Asked the Question: Boss/No Boss? Harry Brignull on the web's dirty secrets.||11/14/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dinosaur Torture: Robot Ethics with Kate Darling||Is it OK to torture a robot? To lock a Roomba in the closet all day? To kick a Furby or decapitate a Pleo? Researcher Kate Darling thinks we might consider legally protecting robots from abuse in the same way we protect animals.||11/13/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Dirty Little Secrets of Web Design||Harry Brignull decodes the tricks designers use to deceive web visitors.||11/7/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Memes in Digital Culture||Limor Shifman argues that internet memes are more than silly entertainment, they engage us politically. Here she explains the inner workings of the current crop of Rob Ford memes to host Nora Young.||11/6/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||230: Robot Gender Stereotypes. Facebook Relationship Analysis. Open Annotation. The History of Marginalia. How Noise Annoys.||Friedereke Eyssel and Soraya Chemaly on gender stereotypes and robots. Dan Misener on Facebook relationship analysis. Dan Whaley on open annotation. Heather Jackson on the history of marginalia. Emily Thompson on 1920s noise.||10/31/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||229: Link Rot. Image vs. Reality. Payphone Resurgence. Virtual Economies. God and Tech.||Kendra Albert on link rot.Jody Culham on image versus reality.Celine Legault, Caitlin Williams, Mark Thomas, and Peter Coombe on the resurgence of the payphone.Eyjo Gudmundsson on virtual economies.Jeremy Stolow on the ties between religion and tech.||10/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Recreating the Sounds of the Roaring Twenties||Nora Young talks to Emily Thompson, a history professor at Princeton University, about her project "The Roaring Twenties." It brings together archival newsreel footage from 1926-1930 and citizens' noise complaints.||10/24/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Religion, Spirituality, Magic... and Technology||Nora Young interviews Jeremy Stolow, media historian at Concordia University, and editor of the book, Deus In Machina: Religion, Technology, and the Things in Between.||10/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||228: The future of privacy. Surveillance society. Mobile security. Genome identification.||Elizabeth Denham on information rights. Fiaaz Walji on mobile security. Charmaine Borg on amending privacy law. Kevin Haggerty on surviving surveillance society. Peter Chow-White on genome identification. Ian Kerr on the future of privacy and consent.||10/17/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Link Rot at the U.S. Supreme Court||There's something rotten at the U.S. Supreme Court. Specifically, it's the hyperlinks. Nora Young interviews Kendra Alberta about her research into linkrot. They also discuss a possible solution: perma.cc||10/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||227: Tasting Data. Smart Cities. Craft and Design. Facts on Fax.||Adam Greenfield on smart cities. Alison Broverman on tasting data. Konrad Sauer on physical craft and digi design. Jonathan Coopersmith on fax machine security. Robert Burley on the post-photographic age.||10/3/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Against the Smart City||Nora Young interviews urbanist Adam Greenfield about his new pamphlet "Against the smart city." In it, Greenfield argues that there is a "deep conceptual problem with the smart city at virtually every level."||10/2/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||226: Falling in love with artificial intelligence. Context-aware computing and common ground. Soldiers and robots. The beauty o||Julie Carpernter on soldiers and their field robots. Phillip Stearns on glitch art. Brian Christian on falling in love with artificial intelligence. Hossein Rahnama and Saul Greenberg on context-aware computing and common ground.||9/26/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||225: Autonomous cars and the future of cities. Always-on video communication. Ambient sound in the workplace.||Danny Robinson and Saul Greenberg on always-on video systems in the workplace. Julian Treasure on ambient sound in the workplace. Ryan Chin and James Pisz on autonomous cars and the future of cities.||9/19/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Autonomous Cars and the Future of Cities||Ryan Chin, managing director of the City Science Initiative at the MIT Media Lab, on the potential benefits of autonomous cars and the impact they may have on urban centres.||9/15/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||224: Nourishing online community. Designing workplace culture. The NSA, surveillance, and you. Serendipity and global connectio||Wendy Powley and Caterina Fake on nourishing online community. Dan Misener on The NSA, surveillance and encryption. Teresa Brazen on designing workplace culture. Ethan Zuckerman on his book Rewire.||9/12/13||Free||View In iTunes|
||Always-on videoconferencing||Perch is a Vancouver-based company that recently released an iOS app for "always-on video communication." Nora Young interviewed CEO Danny Robinson about Perch, using Perch.||9/12/13||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.||4/11/13||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.||4/2/13||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.||3/27/13||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!||3/22/13||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.||3/14/13||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.||3/11/13||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.||3/7/13||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.||2/28/13||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!