Dec 1, 2013 | 8:55Spark Dramatizing the Internet Audio
Spark Dramatizing the Internet Dec 1, 2013 | 8:55From an outside perspective, the things we do with our computers just don’t look very exciting. Quinn Norton on the limits of dramatizing the internet when everything,from writing a love note to filling out tax forms, just looks like typing.
Dec 1, 2013 | 8:29Spark Photo Organization Audio
Spark Photo Organization Dec 1, 2013 | 8:29Digital photography has left us with a deluge of photos we can't possibly organize in a meaningful way. Molly Bullard is a full-time photo organizer in Seattle who helps people tame their photo collections.
Dec 8, 2013 | 8:54Spark Retail vs. Online Shopping Audio
Spark Retail vs. Online Shopping Dec 8, 2013 | 8:54Find yourself rushing around doing lots of holiday shopping these days? Wait a sec. Wasn't the internet supposed to change all that? Although almost any purchase is just a click away, Avi Goldfarb tells us why location still matters.
Dec 1, 2013 | 7:51Spark Because Internet Audio
Spark Because Internet Dec 1, 2013 | 7:51Gretchen McCulloch is a linguist who has thought a lot about the evolution of internet-y language. She tells us about the origins of internet-speak, and how linguists determine the boundaries and rules of this emerging language.
Nov 22, 2013 | 8:37Spark Hardwiring Happiness Audio
Spark Hardwiring Happiness Nov 22, 2013 | 8:37Our brains are wired to remember negative experiences more than positive ones, but neuropsychologist Rick Hanson argues that by focusing on the positive experiences we have, we can 'rewire' our brains for happiness.
Jun 21, 2013 | 10:06Spark Work-life Balance Audio
Spark Work-life Balance Jun 21, 2013 | 10:06Linda Duxbury has been studying work-life balance in Canada for decades. We talk about how that balance has been significantly altered now that we live in a corporate and social culture of being 'always on'.
Dec 8, 2013 | 11:01Spark Immigrating for Funding Audio
Spark Immigrating for Funding Dec 8, 2013 | 11:01Canada's new Start-up Visa Program is designed to attract entrepreneurs by offering immigration alongside funding for business ideas. We speak with 3 tech entrepreneurs that want permanent resident status in Canada, and have applied to the new program.
Dec 1, 2013 | 9:37Spark Beautiful Sound Audio
Spark Beautiful Sound Dec 1, 2013 | 9:37Spark's favourite sound expert Julian Treasure is one of the judges for the Most Beautiful Sound in the World competition. The author of Sound Business tells us what makes a sound beautiful.
Dec 1, 2013 | 8:23Spark Beauty and Brains Audio
Spark Beauty and Brains Dec 1, 2013 | 8:23A little zap to the brain may improve the way you feel aesthetically about a picture. Zaira Cattaneo on enhancing the experience of beauty through brain stimulation.
May 2, 2011 | 34:34Spark "The Googlization of Everything" with author Siva Vaidhyanathan (Full interview) Audio
Spark "The Googlization of Everything" with author Siva Vaidhyanathan (Full interview) May 2, 2011 | 34:34Recently, Nora interviewed Siva Vaidhyanathan. Siva is a professor of Media Studies and Law at the University of Virginia, and he's the author of "The Googlization of Everything: (And Why We Should Worry)." In it, Siva explores how so much of the world has embraced Google over the past decade, and he argues that we need to look critically at that embrace.
Dec 8, 2013 | 13:39Spark Digital Market Manipulation Audio
Spark Digital Market Manipulation Dec 8, 2013 | 13:39Shopping online this holiday season? Ryan Calo on a future of 'digital market manipulation', where emerging technologies may make it possible to market based the vulnerabilities of consumers.