September 2, 2014
A recent poll found that despite all the uncensored comments on the internet, people are less comfortable having controversial conversations on social media than in person. We’ll learn more about the “spiral of silence” this hour. We’ll also discuss Todd Park’s plans now that he’s stepping down as Chief Tech Officer, and get the latest in gadgets.
August 26, 2014
The Internet is almost everywhere, but there are still a few places that are truly Web-free: National parks, for example. But soon you may be able to check Facebook in the Tetons. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also find out why cell phone companies are selling our data to foreign governments, and get the best back-to-school apps for kids.
August 12, 2014
On average, kids are spending more than 7 hours a day on electronic devices. This means more access to social media, and knowledge, but one author says good parenting starts without technology. We’ll discuss how to build relationships in the digital age this hour. We’ll also hear about the new web celebrities on Vine, and get latest in gadgetry.
August 5, 2014
Politics might make strange bedfellows, but the NAACP has sided with Verizon over the issue of net neutrality. The group feels minorities could benefit from the oversight of the tech giants. We’ll learn more this hour, along with some news on Facebook’s new targeted advertising initiative, and the latest on a text-proof cell phone for the car.
July 29, 2014
Summer vacation is a glorious time for kids…until they have to spend 8 hours in the backseat of a minivan. This hour we’ll learn about the latest kids’ apps that will keep them entertained on road trips. We’ll also discuss the epic battle of online music streaming, and we’ll get a wrap-up of Comic-Con as well as the latest in gadgetry.
July 22, 2014
A dull news article may feel like it’s been written by robots, and thanks to new technology, it’s a real possibility. This hour we’ll talk about where robot journalism is popping up. We’ll also learn about some gadgets essential to having a fun and expeditious summer, and what’s new in the world of home help robots, gaming, and clothes drying.
July 15, 2014
For those who want to be really close to technology, Google recently introduced Android Wear, a line of wearable software, including a smartwatch that brings a ton of apps from your phone to your wrist. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about crypto-anarchists creating ungovernable weapons, and get the latest in gadgetry.
July 8, 2014
It might be logical to think that playing violent video games could anesthetize a person’s conscience, but a new study finds that gamers who shoot and steal on screen may feel heightened moral sensitivities. We’ll learn more this hour. We’ll also talk about the dangers of an increased trust of the internet, and get the latest in gadgetry.
July 1, 2014
We all may have been subjects in a big Facebook experiment. Results of a mood manipulation study by Facebook were recently published, but some are questioning the ethics of the company’s methods. We’ll get the details this hour. We’ll also learn about Android and Apple’s race to get into the driver’s seat, and the latest gadget news.
June 24, 2014
How do you come across online? Spunky? Narcissistic? This hour we’ll talk about a new app designed to tell you what your personality is based on everything you’ve posted on Facebook. We’ll also talk about how computer coding and computational thinking aren’t just for tech nerds, and we’ll get the latest on Amazon’s new Fire phone.