Tech Tuesday

Technology is defined as the application of scientific knowledge to the practical aims of human life. A broad definition, yes but one that underscores today's reality. No arena of life has escaped the impact of technology's revolution. Education. Health. Politics. Spirituality. Entertainment. Science. The list goes on. More...

Recent Shows

Hashtag Diplomacy

Tuesday, Jul 22, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

From Michelle Obama's "BringBackOurGirls" tweet to the Islamic State's gory and militant tweets, we explore how social media are changing international communications.

Predicting the Future with Phone Data and Tweets

Tuesday, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

What if data from your phone, email, GPS, tweets and even movie downloads could be used to predict your every move? We explore the predictive possibilities of big data.

Computer Guys and Gal

Tuesday, Jul 1, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Google plans to update its Android mobile operating system and push it out to new places: your wrist, car and TV. The Computer Guys and Gal explain your options.

Coding and the Computer Science Conundrum

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo explores local and national efforts to boost computer science competency, and learns how educators are revamping computational learning to give it relevance far beyond the classroom.

Computer Guys and Gal

Tuesday, Jun 10, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Apple unveils new operating systems, California okays tests of driverless cars and Facebook wants to listen in when you post a status update. The Computer Guys and Gal area here.

Health Datapalooza: Harnessing Data to Improve Health Care

Tuesday, Jun 3, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Kojo broadcasts live from the Health Data Consortium's Health Datapalooza, exploring how the release of Medicare and FDA data on hospitals, doctors and drugs could empower patients to make well-informed health care decisions.

Tech Gifts for Grads and Dads

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

With graduation and Father's Day on the way, we'll ask the experts about how to choose a new laptop, tablet, phone or fitness tracker, and explore other consumer gadgets that make great gifts.

Former U.S. Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The former chief of technology for the state of Virginia and then the the United States says technology and innovation can transform government.

Fighting Crime With Hashtags: Police And Social Media

Tuesday, May 13, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

Police departments around the country are now adding social media platforms to their array of crime fighting tools. Kojo looks at the evolution of police work in the online world.

Computer Guys and Gal

Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

From a White House report on online privacy to new rules on net neutrality, we explore policies and gadgets (like old Atari games buried for 30 years) in the world of technology.

The Battle Over Broadcast TV: Aereo at the Supreme Court

Tuesday, Apr 29, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A company that makes dime-sized antennas is challenging the business model for watching and streaming TV shows. Tech Tuesday looks at the Supreme Court case with implications for cloud storage and consumers' wallets.

Reading, Technology and...Still With Us? Attention Span

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 1:06 p.m.

As rapidly evolving technology changes how we read - taking us from page to screen and back again - our brains change and readers can sometimes find longer, denser texts more difficult to read over time. We consider how technology is changing our reading brains and how we might strike a balance between types of reading at different ages.

Seniors and Technology

Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

They may be late adopters, but a new report says six in 10 seniors now go online. Tech Tuesday looks at how iPads and the Internet are changing older people's lives.

Protecting Against A New Online Security Threat

Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

The newly-discovered but two-year-old Heartbleed software bug raises new concerns about collective security and personal passwords online.

Personal Banking Technology

Tuesday, Apr 8, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

A new report says half of all Americans haven't set foot inside a bank branch in the last month. Tech Tuesday considers the changing tools that allow customers to conduct their banking business on their own terms.

About

Too often, mainstream media accepts a new technology, touts its benefits and moves on. Every Tuesday, The Kojo Nnamdi Show reverses this trend -- putting technology in context and assessing its relevance in your life.

We understand that technological accomplishments don't occur in a vacuum. Technology shapes society, and all the while, society is shaping technology. A typical Tech Tuesday always includes the political or social implications of any new innovation, and explores the unexpected ways in which change creeps (or steam rolls) into our lives.

Anchoring Tech Tuesday, on the first Tuesday of every month, are The Computer Guys. A staple on WAMU since 1990, PC expert John Gilroy joins former Mac-Genius Bill Harlow and IT Professor Allison Druin for a thorough yet humorous romp through today's tech world, keeping listeners abreast of the latest developments, and providing solutions to computer problems we all face.

The Kojo Nnamdi Show is produced by member-supported WAMU 88.5 in Washington DC.