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  1. Planet Money: Episode 653: The Anti-Store

    It used to be that if you ran a store, you wanted to make it easy for your customers. But Price Club and Costco went in the opposite direction: They made shopping harder. And people loved it.

    Today on the show: How Price Club and its imitators changed the way we shop. And how a new company is taking what Price Club started to new extremes.

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  2. Jaron Lanier on the Future of the Internet - The New Yorker Radio Hour - WNYC

    The Internet was built by idealists who believed that greater access to information would inevitably lead to better outcomes for humanity. Jaron Lanier was one of those utopians, a pioneering inventor of virtual reality. But Lanier calls the Web as it has evolved a “giant manipulation service,” and he fears that virtual reality, the next frontier of tech innovation, could absorb the misogyny of gamer culture. Nicholas Thompson, the editor of newyorker.com, asks Lanier if there’s a way to do things better.  

    https://www.wnyc.org/story/jaron-lanier-on-the-internet/

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  3. Inside The Global Seed Vault, Where The History And Future Of Agriculture Is Stored : NPR

    Seeds on Ice author Cary Fowler describes the underground tunnel near the North Pole, which stores and protects a collection of 933,000 samples of different, unique crop varieties.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/07/24/539005688/inside-the-global-seed-vault-where-the-history-and-future-of-agriculture-is-stor

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  4. The Ceremony - Radiolab

    Last November, journalist Morgen Peck showed up at her friend Molly Webster’s apartment in Brooklyn, told her to take her battery out of her phone, and began to tell her about The Ceremony, a moment last fall when a group of, well, let’s just call them wizards, came together in an undisclosed location to launch a new currency. It’s an undertaking that involves some of the most elaborate security and cryptography ever done (so we’ve been told). And math. Lots of math. It was all going great until, in the middle of it, something started to behave a little…strangely.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/ceremony/

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  5. To The Best Of Our Knowledge: Time Travel

    Time plays such a big part in our lives, it’s no wonder we’re fascinated by the idea of escaping it. And what better way to escape it that to travel back into the past or forward into the future? This hour, we explore our obsession with time travel. Why is such a recurring them in movies and TV shows? And what can time travel teach us about ourselves?

    http://www.ttbook.org/book/time-travel

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  6. We See Ourselves in Black Mirror - Note to Self - WNYC

    Black Mirror is a tweaked reflection of technology’s worst consequences - a “sarcastic version of the present.’ So of course …

    http://www.wnyc.org/story/black-mirror-surveillance-privacy/

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  7. Why Remix ‘Sgt. Pepper’s’? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains : All Songs Considered : NPR

    Why would anyone remix one of the most important and influential albums of all time? Giles Martin explains how and why he did it for Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

    http://www.npr.org/sections/allsongs/2017/05/23/528678711/why-remix-sgt-peppers-giles-martin-the-man-behind-the-project-explains

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  8. Power Rangers: Haim Saban

    As a refugee growing up in Tel Aviv, Haim Saban remembers not having enough money to eat. As an adult, he hustled his way into the entertainment business, writing theme songs for classic cartoons like Inspector Gadget and Heathcliff. But producing the mega-hit Mighty Morphin Power Rangers put him on track to becoming a billionaire media titan.

    —Huffduffed by briansuda

  9. Nukes - Radiolab

    President Richard Nixon once boasted that at any moment he could pick up a telephone and - in 20 minutes - kill 60 million people. Such is the power of the US President over the nation’s nuclear arsenal. But what if you were the military officer on the receiving end of that phone call? Could you refuse the order?

    This episode, we profile one Air Force Major who asked that question back in the 1970s and learn how the very act of asking it was so dangerous it derailed his career. We also pick up the question ourselves and pose it to veterans both high and low on the nuclear chain of command. Their responses reveal once and for all whether there are any legal checks and balances between us and a phone call for Armageddon.

    http://www.radiolab.org/story/nukes/

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  10. Lonely Hearts : NPR

    When the perfect woman started writing Jesse letters, it seemed too good to be true. Because it was. This week, a story about a con, and why sometimes we prefer a lie to the truth.

    http://www.npr.org/2015/11/03/453960606/lonely-hearts

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