April 15, 2014
Some think the Internet is a democratizer; private information, public forums, cat videos– it’s all at our fingertips. But this hour we’ll talk to an author who is worried that private companies and commercialization are replacing freedom and individuality. We’ll also hear about a troubling new study about video games and racial stereotypes.
April 8, 2014
Student scores in math and science have been falling in the US, and now rank behind Estonia and Hungary. But all is not lost. This hour tech expert David Pogue discusses how investment in STEM can boost America’s standings. We’ll also learn how serious gamers are embracing the DIY spirit, and we’ll see what’s new in Amazon’s gadget world.
April 1, 2014
Tech experts are saying that virtual reality is not a matter of “if,” but a matter of “when.” This hour we’ll talk about Facebook’s recent purchase of Oculus, a VR startup, and why consumers shouldn’t expect The Matrix just yet. We’ll also learn about online calculus for the masses, coming soon to OSU, and get the latest in the world of gadgets.
March 18, 2014
The internet just celebrated its 25th birthday; now that it’s recovered from all the parties, where is the web headed? We’ll look at predictions for the year 2025– some positive, some just plain scary. And as we enter March Madness, we’ll learn how to use math stats to increase your chances of winning the office pool. Plus, the latest in gadgetry.
March 11, 2014
Happy birthday, Web! This month marks the 25th anniversary of the day the worldwide web was born; do we even remember the world without it? This hour we’ll talk about the web’s improbable origins, how it’s different from the internet, and why it started with nuclear research. We’ll also hear about the best apps for kids, and the latest in gadgets.
March 4, 2014
Social media isn’t just about selfies or pet photos. Some people use it to successfully hunt for a job. This hour we’ll talk about how to create effective online profiles and maintaining a professional reputation. We’ll also find out why cell phone plans are so hard to follow, and how the US government may be to blame. Plus, the latest in gadgetry.
February 25, 2014
It’s a cop’s job to catch criminals, but what if they could stop potential criminals? It’s not just the stuff of comic books. The Chicago police department is piloting a program to tag likely criminals before they’ve committed any crimes. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about the latest in the tech business world, and get gadget news.
February 11, 2014
Google Fiber wants to bring low-cost, high-speed internet to certain cities around the US. But many local governments are racing to install fiber-optic networks themselves, ahead of the tech giant. We’ll get an update this hour. We’ll also discuss the rise of many crypto-currencies that are gaining legitimacy, and get the latest in gadgetry.
February 4, 2014
The recent movie “Her” depicts a relationship between a man and the friendly female voice of an operating system. This hour we’ll talk about a growing real-life trend of video game-generated girlfriends. We’ll also review the latest apps designed to boost productivity, and find out what’s new in the world of gadgets.
January 28, 2014
Just as the internet has presented new venues for harassment, it’s also enabling anti-bullying groups to locate the perpetrators. This hour we’ll talk about the online avengers who are leaving justice to their devices. We’ll also discuss the economic outlook, and how it interweaves with the golden age of technology. Plus, the latest gadget news.