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

Unplugged: Overcoming Our Digital Obsession

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Tech writer Paul Miller went offline for a year to see if it would make him a better person. We hear what it was like, and how you can take meaningful but less drastic steps to unplug.

Computer Guys & Gal

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Your Facebook friends may be bots and your Twitter followers could be fake. The Computer Guys and Gal are here to help you figure out what's real and what's not in the world of technology.

Competition For Athletic Fields And Facilities

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 at 1:06 p.m.

With growing numbers of children and adults joining sports leagues, the competition for a place to play is fierce. Kojo explores local efforts to share limited field space among leagues, schools and the public.

Digital Public Library Of America Launches

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

How the newly-launched online library builds off the work of public libraries, museums and archives and creates exciting new possibilities for researchers, programmers and curious minds.

Electronic And Biometric ID

Tuesday, Apr 23, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

The new immigration reform bill raises questions about personal identification. Tech Tuesday looks at how other countries are using smart chips and fingerprint scans for ID and how they might work here.

'Fiber Cities' And Broadband Communities

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013 at 12:25 p.m.

Kojo looks at the landscape of community broadband and the implications of high-profile projects like Google Fiber.

Personal Cybersecurity

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Are your passwords hack-proof? Is your computer free of malware? Tech Tuesday explores personal cybersecurity and the dangers that lurk online.

Technology In The Car

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Tech Tuesday examines how technology in cars is changing the way we drive.

From :) To GIFs: Expressing Ourselves With Images Online

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Tech Tuesday explores the history, function and future of GIFs and emoticons as a means of communication and their place in the tech lexicon.

Computer Guys & Gal

Tuesday, Mar 12, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Sending encrypted data from your cell phone or tablet, buying a car through Google and earning a merit badge for game design. The Computer Guys and Gal are in studio.

Tech Tuesday: The Debate Over Telework

Tuesday, Mar 5, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sparked an uproar when she said employees can no longer work at home. Tech Tuesday examines the hardware and software tools -- and the pros and cons -- of telework.

Tracking Chinese Hackers

Tuesday, Feb 26, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

New reports of Chinese hackers attacking U.S. computers prompt questions about how we know who's after our data and what we can do about it.

Digital Humanities

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

We’ll discover what digital humanities scholars are uncovering about the past and learn how some are thinking far in the future to preserve the culture of today.

Dot Com v. MD: Health Advice & Resources Online

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

We look at how Americans are using online health resources and how they're changing the doctor-patient relationship.

The Computer Guys And Gal

Tuesday, Feb 5, 2013 at 12:06 p.m.

Chinese hackers attack three major American newspapers, BlackBerry unveils two new phones and the FCC wants to build free nationwide Wi-Fi networks. The Computer Guys and Gal join us for a tech conversation.

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.