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Wipe the sweat off your forehead and go online, because the geniuses at WNYC's data-news team just developed New York City's very own "Ice Cream Radar," which is exactly what it sounds like.  Plus, it just so happens to be the easiest thing in the world to use. Just type in your address and voilá: You'll find the streets of this town are full of ice cream. From WNYC: With a click of that button, we'll detect your location, scan...
A new "Subway Agony Index" hosted by WNYC is using emojis to convey whether New Yorkers' commutes will mildly suck or really suck. Designed by the Data News Team at New York's public radio station, the interactive index uses the MTA's Real-Time Data Feeds to gauge how well subway lines are running, then visualizes each line's service with a smiley face (normal), meh face (meh), or frowny face (delays/not running). Emojis represent the status of the lines in their entirety, as...
The generations before us relied on advice columns and the Ann Landers of the world to share in the questions, hopes, dreams and fears of the human experience. This generation Y of Brooklynites relies on podcasts. Bring in the smooth-talking journalist-turned-podcast producer Anna Sale to talk about "Death, Sex, & Money"--the title of her WNYC-produced podcast--and you've got honest conversations about deep, personal issues on the airwaves. The fact that Sale has a "public...
Who doesn't love radio? While other media have struggled to keep up with (and remain profitable amidst) seismic technological changes, radio (in the form of podcasts) has actually gotten better. The media theorist Marshall McLuhan said that the content of any new media is always the format of the medium that came before it—early films looked like theatre, early television took after film. The "golden age of television" is happening, in large part, because television creators...