Feb 16, 2014 | 14:00Spark Networked teens Audio
Spark Networked teens Feb 16, 2014 | 14:00Wondering what the kids are up to these days on social media? In her book, It's Complicated, danah boyd argues things aren't quite what they seem when it comes to networked teens.
Mar 2, 2014 | 10:14Spark Social physics Audio
Spark Social physics Mar 2, 2014 | 10:14In his new book, Social Physics: How Good Ideas Spread, Alex Pentland takes a mathematical approach to human behavior to better understand where good ideas come from, and how they spread.
Feb 23, 2014 | 9:06Spark Sciencescape Audio
Spark Sciencescape Feb 23, 2014 | 9:06Now that most scientific journals are digital, it's become difficult to keep track of new research. In an attempt to solve this problem, Sam Molyneux created Sciencescape, which he describes as a kind of "Twitter for research papers."
Feb 23, 2014 | 0:18Spark Speech Donor (Sample) Audio
Spark Speech Donor (Sample) Feb 23, 2014 | 0:18Rupal Patel is using speech donors to create individualized voices for those with speech disorders. Here is an example of the "old" voice a young girl uses now, followed by her speech donor, and then her new voice.
Jan 30, 2011 | 9:33Spark Designing for Solitude with Ben Fullerton Audio
Spark Designing for Solitude with Ben Fullerton Jan 30, 2011 | 9:33On Spark, we've talked a lot about the importance of solitude in the midst of a connected world. You know, the idea of putting our devices away for a bit to "get away from it all". But what if you did the opposite? What if there were tech tools that actually helped us achieve solitude? Nora speaks with Ben Fullerton, a director of user experience at Method Design in San Francisco, where they are thinking about these very questions from a design point of view.
May 10, 2013 | 7:17Spark Living in Two Worlds (May 2013 Encore) Audio
Spark Living in Two Worlds (May 2013 Encore) May 10, 2013 | 7:17Communication tech is such a huge part of life that sometimes it can begin to affect your physical reality. Caro Rolando found herself spending more time online with her family and friends in Venezuela than getting to know people in her new home Toronto.
Feb 9, 2014 | 7:22Spark Techno-incompatibility Audio
Spark Techno-incompatibility Feb 9, 2014 | 7:22Does your partner get angry when you text during dinner? Jesse Fox on the problems that arise when couples have different ideas about appropriate tech use within a relationship.
Feb 16, 2014 | 8:06Spark RoboCop and us Audio
Spark RoboCop and us Feb 16, 2014 | 8:06Writer Matt Novak argues that today's drones and automated military technology is the end point of a long history of fascination with -and anxiety about- cyborgs, in society and pop culture.