June 24, 2004 NPR's Mike Pesca profiles the efforts of Bruce Springsteen fan and political activist Andrew Rasiej to get "The Boss" on the Kerry bandwagon. Rasiej has reserved Giants Stadium on September 1 in an effort to goad Springsteen into headlining a concert there to protest the Republican National Convention, which will nominate President Bush for another four years in office on the same day, just across the river.
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June 24, 2004 NPR's Tavis Smiley checks in with tech guru Omar Wasow of Blackplanet.com about cool tech toys for the summer. Among the new items: waterproof digital cameras for the beach and soaker-style water toys for the kids, including a water-powered rocket.
June 24, 2004 Web auctioneer eBay is buying Baazee.com, the largest online marketplace in India, for $50 million. Currently, about 17 million people in India use the Internet. That number is expected to grow to more than 30 million by 2006. Hear NPR's Renee Montagne.
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June 20, 2004 NPR's Andrea Seabrook talks to Dr. Steve Mann, a computer science engineer in Toronto, Canada, who may be the world's first "cyborg" -- part man, part machine. Mann has boosted his sensory abilities with special glasses and implanted sensors that enhance his perception of reality and give him constant biofeedback. He's the author of Cyborg: Digital Destiny and Human Possibility in the Age of the Wearable Computer and a pioneer in the field of cybernetics.
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June 20, 2004 Since the sale of the first television set, the viewer has long been a captive audience for advertisers. But since the VCR and now TiVo, TV watchers can record their favorite shows and zoom past all the commercials. That's disturbing for advertisers, who pay for the programming on television -- and they are trying to come up with innovative ads to get the audience to want to watch their commercials. NPR's Karen Michel reports.
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June 12, 2004 NPR's Scott Simon speaks with New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell about two new compilations that have just been released on DVD: the TV series In Living Color and the comedy sketch series SCTV.
June 12, 2004 NPR's Neda Ulaby reports on the makers of one of the finest DVD collections in the country. Criterion has a reputation for elaborate appreciations of exemplary films.
May 29, 2004 The parade of big-budget summer movies is under way with The Day After Tomorrow, and true to form, special effects play a big role. NPR's Scott Simon talks with Allan Magled, visual effects supervisor for Soho VFX, about the history and magic of his craft.
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May 25, 2004 Day to Day technology expert Xeni Jardin reports about the impact that digital camera technology has had on the war in Iraq.
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February 26, 2004 A profile of Tony Schwartz, an innovative and inspired sound gatherer, recording the sounds of America since 1945. A man who will venture no further than his postal zone, Mr. Schwartz has made more than 30,000 home recordings in the streets, delis, cabs, playgrounds and stoops of his New York neighborhood.
January 2, 2000 Weekend Edition's Alfred Lubrano writes a letter to future generations: "We, your ancestors, lead complex, messy lives. We can't program our VCRs. We keep just half our marriages intact. You should see what we've done with the water."
June 25, 1999 In another installment of our year-long series, "Lost and Found Sound," Quest for Sound Curator Jay Allison takes us behind the scenes, to hear old recordings sent to us by listeners. We learn of the difficulties of finding equipment to play some rare audio formats, and how an expert, Steve Smolian, takes a defective item and tries to extract sounds from it. We hear some home recordings by relatives of listeners who have since passed away. Smolian warns laypeople against trying to listen to old formatted items themselves, for fear the original will be destroyed.
May 21, 1999 The Vincent Voice Library at Michigan State University houses recorded speeches, performances, lectures, interviews, and broadcasts by over 50,000 persons over the last 100 years. NPR's Don Gonyea took a tour of the library and talked to its collector. Maurice Crane presides over a vast repository of the recorded voice. We learn that among the mass of recordings, there are treasures and trash.
March 26, 1999 We experience the sounds of the Aurora Borealis through the ears of sound recorder Steve McGreevy. Very low radio frequencies accompany the Northern Lights and at the equinoxes, when the signals are strongest, McGreevy heads north to listen. He hears the chirps, pops and choruses that play out when the Earth's Magnetic Field interacts with the Sun.
February 26, 1999 As part of the year-long collaboration between independent producers Jay Allison, The Kitchen Sisters (Davia Nelson and Nikki Silva) and NPR, we present this Friday's installment of the series about recorded sound this century.
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