Radke In The Morning
7:52 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Feeling Blue? Play This Game With Socks The Fox

The fox is in ... and ready to hear your problems in this new therapeutic video game.
Credit Litesprite

If you’re feeling depressed or stressed out, and therapy seems overwhelming, consider spending time with a fox.

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Uber & Lyft
7:10 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Apps Make Googly Eyes At Riders Tired Of Being Snubbed By Cabbies

Cities like New York and Washington, D.C., have strict penalties for taxi drivers who don't pick up passengers based on their race or destination. But some investigations show that drivers routinely pass up black and brown customers.
Richard Drew AP

Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 9:50 am

One night last fall, I was walking through Chinatown in Washington, D.C., with my friend Terryn. We were not far from a dude who was in his mid-20s — slim, with neat, shoulder-length locks, skinny chinos, loafers and a leather briefcase slung across his torso — standing on the corner, his arm raised skyward. He was trying without luck to hail a cab.

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6:40 am
Tue October 21, 2014

When Women Stopped Coding

Quoctrung Bui

Originally published on Wed October 22, 2014 4:55 am

Modern computer science is dominated by men. But it hasn't always been this way.

A lot of computing pioneers — the people who programmed the first digital computers — were women. And for decades, the number of women studying computer science was growing faster than the number of men. But in 1984, something changed. The percentage of women in computer science flattened, and then plunged, even as the share of women in other technical and professional fields kept rising.

What happened?

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3:48 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Is A Dedicated Tablet Reader Passe?

Marcie Sillman talks with Geekwire co-founder Todd Bishop about the latest tech news, including tablets, smartwatches and a new app on the market for ordering coffee. 

All Tech Considered
9:17 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Innovation: A Mason Jar Radio With One Station Only

The Public Radio can be programmed to one station and one station only.
Courtesy of Zach Dunham

Originally published on Thu September 25, 2014 4:11 pm

Mason jars have been riding a huge wave of popularity thanks to hipsters who embrace them for pickling projects, cake containers and all sorts of craft creations. Now, two engineers from Brooklyn are turning Mason jars into simple sound machines, to play your favorite FM radio station.

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Gender & Tech
3:24 pm
Sat October 18, 2014

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

Feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian, seen here filming her Tropes vs. Women web series, recently canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received threats of a mass shooting at the event.
Jonathan McIntosh

Originally published on Mon October 20, 2014 5:41 am

For those who follow the video game industry and its community, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian is a familiar figure. Her video series "Tropes vs Women in Video Games" analyzes how women are represented in games past and present.

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All Tech Considered
3:28 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

When Disaster Strikes, Facebook Lets Friends Know You're OK


Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 5:12 pm

In the aftermath of disasters like earthquakes, fires and severe weather events, the rush to both alert and check on family and friends can crash telecommunications networks. During the freak 2011 Virginia earthquake, which rattled the nation's capital and damaged the Washington Monument, panicked phone calls quickly overloaded the phone network.

Facebook's newest tool, known as Safety Check, aims to allow people to quickly alert friends and family that they are safe after a natural disaster.

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Law Enforcement
2:46 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Pullman Police Adopts Body Cameras For All Officers

Marcie Sillman talks with Gary Jenkins, chief of police in Pullman, about why every police officer in the city has a body camera as documentation of what really happens when they interact with the public.

From Sinister To Normal
12:33 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

'Why Kids Sext' Describes Nude Photos As 'Social Currency' Among Teens

"The sexts are currency," explains Hanna Rosin. Teenage girls told Rosin boys collect the photos like "baseball cards or Pokemon cards."

Originally published on Wed October 15, 2014 3:55 pm

In April, residents of Louisa County, Va., were shocked to learn of a sexting "ring" among the town's teenagers. When Hanna Rosin asked teens from Louisa County High School how many people they knew who had sexted, a lot of them replied: "Everyone." But what was originally characterized in the media as an organized criminal affair was soon revealed to be widespread teen behavior.

"I think we as a culture don't know whether to be utterly alarmed by sexting, or think of it as a normal part of teenage sexual experimentation," Rosin tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross.

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Sewage Solutions
4:19 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Mercer Island Reminds Us Of The Miracle Of Clean Water

A kitty drinks clean water from the faucet.
Flickr Photo/Teresa Boardman (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Marcie Sillman talks with Steven Johnson, author of "How We Got to Now: Six Innovations That Made the Modern World," about the technological innovations that led to widespread clean water in America, despite the E. coli in Mercer Island's drinking water this month.

3:53 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

Ghost Guns: Homemade, Untraceable, And Perfectly Legal

Ross Reynolds talks with journalist Cyrus Farivar about untraceable, homemade guns. Farivar is senior business editor for the technology website Ars Technica.

Author Interview
3:06 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

How Much Is Too Much Automation?

Credit Nicholas Carr's book "The Glass Cage"

Ross Reynolds talks to author Nicholas Carr about his new book "The Glass Cage: Automation And Us."

Women In Business
3:24 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Forget Karma -- Use These Salary Negotiation Strategies Instead

Ross Reynolds speaks with Sara Laschever, co-author of  the book, "Women Don't Ask," about some strategies for women to become more comfortable in salary negotiations. 

At a conference on Thursday for women in tech, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella advised women who aren't comfortable asking for a raise to have "faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along. That's good karma. It will come back." Nadella has since apologized for his comments, and added that, upon reflection, he realized that the best advice is, "If you think you deserve a raise, you should just ask.

Week In Review
1:40 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Be Patient While We Review This Week's News (It's Good Karma)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella found himself on the receiving end of negative backlash due to his remarks on women asking for raises.
Flickr Photo/Heisenberg Media (CC BY-NC-ND)

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella said Thursday women are better off not asking for a raise because they’ll be rewarded in the long term. The U.S. Supreme Court considers when workers are on the clock. Plus, Amazon wants to test drones, a Seattle church protests pot next door and Bill Radke recalls the musical ride of Paul Revere with Knute Berger, Eli Sanders, Joni Balter and Luke Burbank.

3:36 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Microsoft Made Bank On Samsung, But Not By Selling Phones

Ross Reynolds talks with GeekWire co-founder and editor, Todd Bishop, about the latest in tech news.