Podcasts are on the rise these days, but as with everything on the internet, garbagecasts proliferate just as quickly as sweet audio excellence. Doesn’t in make sense to let the radio mavens at NPR curate the goods for you?
Aside from Justin Bieber videos, YouTube’s greatest contribution to the internet has been in the ‘humans being dumb’ genre — everyone loves watching, say, people failing to pour ice water on their heads. But viral videos don’t just go viral on their own; in many cases, there’s a viral puppetmaster pulling the strings.
We're all used to hearing about women, or rather, the lack of, in the technology industry. But as NPR's Planet Money, points out, things weren't always that way: back at the dawn of the IT age, women were a major player in the computer science field. The question is: what happened in 1984?
There's something wonderful about listening to radio soaked in that soothing NPR gravy. The public radio powerhouse's new NPR One app keeps a personalized stream of lovely stories pumping into your ears at all times.
Exactly 20 years ago, NPR staffer Dennis Fuze circulated a memorandum to his colleagues announcing that the venerable public broadcasting powerhouse would be getting something called "internet." In 2014, the memo seems adorably naive—which just shows you how much technology has evolved since 1994.
A beautiful look at the U.S.-Mexico border, how American cities are turning into "play deserts," and where you'll find the real roots of the tech industry. Plus a pizza-funded religious community in Florida, a farm on Staten Island, and where rich dogs poop, all in this week's Urban Reads.
Apple is adding NPR to iTunes radio, making it the first news station on the streaming service. (Read in your best public radio voice). [Re/code]
In an age that encourages everything organic, fairly traded, and USA-made, it's easy to overlook the less-celebrated (and often significantly more common) goods we use on a daily basis. Take the shirt on your back, for example—because NPR certainly did.
No one can say that the snapshot is dead. If judged by sheer quantity, our culture is no doubt taking more photographs than ever before. Robert Jackson collects vintage snapshots, and points out that even though the practice is alive and well, it is not what it once was.
The next time you visit your local health food store, you may be confronted with some lovely looking organic bottled water. Take my advice, save your money and grab some water from the tap. You're better off.
If you're a fan of the public radio storytelling show This American Life and own an iPad, I'm sure you'll be thrilled the show now has an app of its own. You can stream the ENTIRE archive of shows (which goes back to 1995), listen to new episodes live, and cache three at a time for offline listening. You can also…
As a kid at my local county fair, I used to ride a roller coaster that rumbled around a circular track as songs like Foreigner's Urgent blasted through a set of giant speakers.
It's been a big year for the space sciences. The first privately-held spacecraft orbited our world, the blackest material in history was created, researchers expanded the list of possible sources of life threefold; and that was just in December.
Oprah is a big iPad fangirl. Such a fangirl, in fact, that she bought one iPad for each of her magazine's staffers. She's also a big iPad applications buyer. These are her favorite iPad apps:
All Things Considered, auto-tuned! Tote bags, unboxed! When NPR does an internet parody, folks, they do it right. Including—of course—a special Chatroulette surprise.
As BP continues to come up with schemes to slow the Gulf oil spill, new research by NPR suggests that the leak could be far worse than previously thought. Applying particle image velocimetry—basically a computer program that measures the oil geyser particle by particle—to videos of the underwater leak, researchers…