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

The Computer Guys & Gal

Tuesday, Oct 4, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

It's the first Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means...

Congress Online: More Information, Better-informed Citizens?

Tuesday, Sep 13, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Think you get a lot of email? Communication to your average Congress members' office has grown as much as 600 percent in the last ten years. We talk about the challenges and opportunities technology creates for communication between the American people and their government.

Tech Tuesday: Where the Jobs Are

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

It's one of the fastest-growing areas of IT: Mobile Application Development. How you can get in on it, even if you're not a techie...

Mobile Apps Go Hyper-Local

Tuesday, Aug 9, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter have changed the way people make friends and network online. Now, a new wave of mobile apps is taking those changes into the "real world." Apps like FourSquare and Google+ allow you to...

A Turning Point for Online Music?

Tuesday, Jul 26, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

After seven years of declining sales and expensive antipiracy battles, the music industry finally has something to cheer about. It's rallying around Spotify, a popular European music-streaming service that crossed the pond this month...

Energy Vampires: Electronics that Drain Power 24/7

Tuesday, Jul 19, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Slaying the energy vampires. What to do about computers, cable boxes, DVRs and other electronic gadgets that drain power and cost you money, even in 'standby' mode.

The Computer Guys & Gal

Tuesday, Jul 5, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

It's the first Tech Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means . . .

Understanding Your Neighborhood Through Twitter...

Tech Tuesday explores local political culture through social media, and gets a primer on Twitter jargon and hashtags.

The Online Coupon Craze

Tuesday, Jun 21, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Everyone loves a deal and a new generation of online companies is playing matchmaker between small businesses seeking customers and individuals looking for bargains. Tech Tuesday probes the consumer psychology and location-based technology...

A Shift in Cloud Computing

Tuesday, Jun 14, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Apple's iCloud service has given a jolt to the relatively old idea of "cloud computing." In the cloud, users store their documents, photos, apps and other content online, rather than on their PCs. Apple's service promises to "synch" users'...

The Computer Guys & Gal

Tuesday, Jun 7, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

It's the first Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means...

Social Networking Grows Up

Tuesday, May 24, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

Once a relatively simple tool for sharing pictures and casual chatter, social networking sites like Facebook and LinkedIn may be moving into a new phase. We explore their evolution.

Ensuring Trust in Cyberspace

Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

How the Obama Administration is working with private sector and privacy advocates to authenticate identities on the web

The Afterlife of Your Electronics

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

We explore the surprising places our electronics end up after we throw them away--and what happens to the toxic components inside.

Computer Guys & Gal

Tuesday, Apr 5, 2011 at 12:06 p.m.

It's the first Tuesday of the month, and you know what that means...


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.