NPR Topics: Technology Podcast
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||NPR: 03-05-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Post A Survey On Mechanical Turk And Watch The Results Roll In 2) A Smartphone That Tries To Slip You Off The Grid 3) Telework: Not Just For Moms And Millennials 4) 'Mad Black Men': Yes, There Were Black People In '60s Advertising 5) Oscar Glow, Today's Tech Help Short Films Find Their Fandom 6) Venezuela Protests Proof President Maduro Lacks Chavez Charisma||3/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 02-26-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) FCC To Propose New Rules On Internet Neutrality 2) Facebook To Buy WhatsApp Message Service 3) What's Up With Facebook's Big Acquisition? 4) Deep Learning: Teaching Computers To Tell Things Apart 5) Video Streaming Is Straining, But Who Will Ease The Tension? 6) Risk Is Low And Business Is Booming In The Malware Market||2/26/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 02-19-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) DIY Houses In The Internet Age: Some Assembly Required 2) With An Air Bag, Help During An Avalanche Is A Cord-Yank Away 3) Robot Construction Workers Take Their Cues From Termites 4) Are Tech Execs Uncomfortable Around Young Black Men? 5) Tech Innovator And Master Of Maps Dies At 80 6) Mobile Match Apps Are 'Dating On Steroids'||2/19/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 02-12-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Hackathon Organizers Ask, Could A Smart Phone App Have Saved Trayvon? 2) AeroCop: Police Put An Eye In The Sky 3) Russia Hopes Sochi Ceremonies Stop 'Toilet Tweeting' 4) Technology Tracks Crews Through The Fog Of Wildfire 5) 4 Million Forgotten Songs Might Finally Find Ears 6) Found: The First Porsche — And It Was Electric!||2/12/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 02-05-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) New York Looks To Bring Bitcoin Out Of The Shadows 2) Small Cinemas Struggle As Film Fades Out Of The Picture 3) Indian Country Sets Priorities With State Of Nations Address 4) Wheels On The Bike Go Round And Round (To Make Music) 5) Beirut Bombing Spawns An App To Tell Loved Ones 'I Am Alive' 6) How A Halftime Show Wardrobe Malfunction Changed The Internet||2/5/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 01-29-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Target Hack A Tipping Point In Moving Away From Magnetic Stripes 2) People Assumed I Was A Tech Whiz Because I'm Asian 3) Are E-Books Killing Reading For Fun? 4) China Sends 500 Million Users On An Internet Detour 5) Retailers Can Wait To Tell You Your Card Data Have Been Compromised 6) At 30, The Original Mac Is Still An Archetype Of Innovation||1/29/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 01-22-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Teju Cole Writes A Story A Tweet At A Time 2) Brain Games: Move Objects With Your Mind To Find Inner Calm? 3) By Tracking Sugar In Tears, Contact Lens Offers Hope For Diabetics 4) Hackers? Techies? What To Call San Francisco's Newcomers 5) Obama Expected To Say NSA Should Not Hold 'Metadata' 6) Is The Obamacare Website Not Spanish Friendly?||1/22/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 01-15-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Manufacturers At CES Offer More In Home Automation 2) Many Younger Facebook Users 'Unfriend' The Network 3) Startups Often Focus On Data Security Too Late, If At All 4) Wearable Sensor Turns Color-Blind Man Into 'Cyborg' 5) A First Look At New Tech Products To Hit The Market 6) Internet In America: An On Again, Off Again Relationship||1/15/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 01-08-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) In Fast-Changing China, Reality Can Overtake Fiction 2) Netflix Built Its Microgenres By Staring Into The American Soul 3) 'Playboy' Gets Pranked: Group Flips The Script On Sex 4) Saving Babies' Lives Starts With Aquarium Pumps And Ingenuity 5) The NSA's Quantum Code-Breaking Research Is No Secret 6) For The Blind, Connected Devices Create A Novel Way To Read||1/8/14||Free||View In iTunes|
||NPR: 01-01-2014 Technology||Stories: 1) Banks Try To Save Big With 'ATMs Of The Future' 2) Nothing Focuses The Mind Like The Ultimate Deadline: Death 3) Supercamera: More Pixels Than You Know What To Do With 4) West Coast's Early Warning System For Quakes Still Spotty 5) Hot On YouTube: Videos About Video Games, And Science, Too 6) To Make Intersections Smarter, We Need Cars To Be Smarter, Too||1/1/14||Free||View In iTunes|
Weekly tech highlights with a human-interest twist.
If you missed NPR on your morning or evening commute, then this is a great way to catch up. While they do not discuss every tech story that emerges during the week (get a news reader for that), they usually cover the big ones, and present a few human-interest, NPR-style stories that deal with technology. A good listen for those who are not tech-saavy, but want to stay up to date on the technology news makers.
Inconsistent to poor investigative reporting
I love listening to NPR. But when it comes to technology, an area I have deep knowledge, I've found NPR's reporting to often be surprisingly inaccurate and lazy. Too often they quote "analysts" who don't know squat, consultants who are biased by who pays them and even product vendors without much question. Too often they let these quotes stand without a counterpoint from experts without conflicts of interest. And finally too often I hear NPR just plain mistate *facts* about high tech. This lazy, shody reporting unfortunately has me wondering how accurate the non-tech reporting is on NPR.
Wonderful for a quick geek fix
Being an ex-engineer, I'm a bit of a science and technology nut, but job and family can crimp my other passions somewhat. Being able to snatch snippets of different topics when I have 5 or 6 minutes free is just fantastic. Not to mention being able to enjoy the typically outstanding production values of an NPR broadcast. Keep 'em coming!