Technology

The New World of Massive Data Mining

The New World of Massive Data Mining

April 2, 2012

Private and government groups are finding new ways to mine massive troves of digital data. Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts look at the implications for national security, education, science, medicine, as well as privacy concerns.

Apple and Working Conditions in Overseas Factories

Apple and Working Conditions in Overseas Factories

April 2, 2012

Apple announced efforts to improve working conditions in their Chinese factories. Guest host Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts look at overseas employee rights and U.S. consumers.

Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

March 19, 2012

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

Efforts to Stop Iran from Developing a Nuclear Bomb

Efforts to Stop Iran from Developing a Nuclear Bomb

February 6, 2012

Israel issued a strong warning to Iran to halt its nuclear program. The likelihood of a military strike by Israel and implications for the U.S.

Doctor-Patient Communication in Today's Digital Age

Doctor-Patient Communication in Today's Digital Age

January 24, 2012

Many doctors are reluctant to use email beyond basic administrative tasks. For others it's become an essential tool. Diane and guests look at how some are reinventing doctor-patient communication in today's digital world.

"I Know Who You Are and I Saw What You Did: Social Networks and the Death of Privacy"

January 10, 2012

Social networks have empowered us and connected us to people around the world. In the last year, they have even been credited with fostering democracies. But they have also eroded our personal privacy and made us more vulnerable. Data...

Copyright Law in the Digital Age

January 5, 2012

Diane and her guests discuss the role of copyright laws, how long a copyright should last, and the challenges of protecting new creative works in the digital age.

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries"  (Rebroadcast)

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries" (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2011

Diane and her guest discuss the new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines--and how it will change our lives. Award-winning neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis' work with primates has uncovered a new and controversial method for capturing brain function. It is paving the way for a cure for Parkinson's disease, new ways of treating paralysis, and using brain waves to control everything from transportation to manufacturing.

Richard White: "Railroaded" (Rebroadcast)

Richard White: "Railroaded" (Rebroadcast)

December 28, 2011

An award-winning historian on the making of the transcontinental railroads in the 19th century:How they shaped modern America and why he thinks they laid the groundwork for today’s economic problems.

Richard Rhodes:  "Hedy's Folly:  The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr"

Richard Rhodes: "Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr"

December 20, 2011

A Pulitzer Prize-winning author describes how 1940s movie star Hedy Lamarr helped invent the technology that makes cell phones and GPS devices possible.

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