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Senior Producer, New Tech City and Transportation Nation — WNYC
As seen in:  WNYC, Fast Company, GOOD
Covers:  social enterprise, business, environment, transportation, tech, technology, impact investing
Doesn't Cover: health

Public radio #tech and #cities

Alex Goldmark's Biography

Public radio reporter at heart, I dabble in the digital now too. Senior Producer for WNYC's New Tech City, occasional transportation reporter. I also cover social enterprise for public radio programs, FastCoExist and other places. A bit more here or there, and teaching radio at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Former contributing editor for GOOD magazine.

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What was your first job as a journalist?

Freelancer for public radio.

Have you ever used a typewriter?


How is social media changing news?

I am filling out a form for a website I don't fully understand.

Seriously: Listen to Your Voicemail — Find a 20-something, a 30-something and a 40-something. If you're feeling especially experimental, add in a 70-something and a teenager. Say the word: "voicemail." Watch what happens. Voice messages - and the etiquette around them - are changing. Some people are rooting for voicemail to disappear completely from our communication repertoire.

Screens Really are a Nightmare for Sleep — (Ariana Tobin/New Tech City) May we suggest a holiday activity for the family? Sleep. Without screens. Get a lot of it. New research from the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences finds that that bluish-glow from computers, smart phones and tablets is, in fact, keeping us up at night, and the impacts are worse than scientists previously suspected.

The Robots Are Here For Your Job, But You Have a Choice — (Wikimedia Commons) What are you willing to automate in your life? How much robot will you accept? This week, Manoush goes on a journey to find out what she's willing to automate in her life, what the right ratio of robot to human is. This, it turns out, is a personal choice.

Type "Hello" To Amy, Your Plucky Digital Personal Assistant — (Illustration by Fiona Carswell) Imagine a world where everyone could have a personal assistant to schedule meetings for them. Checking in with your team? Ask for it by next Friday and it shows up on your calendar a few minutes later. Drinks with friends? Handled. This is no longer the luxury of executives.

Varsity Video Gamers — (Manoush Zomorodi) Yes, you can get a college scholarship for playing video games. So what's it like? E-athletes practice five hours a day in a specially outfitted room plush with sponsored gear called the arena. The football team is a little jealous.

Video Games Meet Middle Age Emotions — (Courtesty of Dena Watson-Lamprey) The first crop of video gamers are facing middle age with no plans to put down the controller. So the games have to grow up too. Expect less blood splatter, more reflection. At 61 years old, Dena Watson-Lamprey is a fierce Street Fighter competitor.

Pajama Volunteers: The Digital Front of Disaster Response — (Ashley Rutledge) Cries for help are hidden by the chatter of chaos. Vital updates are lost in the noise. In the crucial days after a natural disaster, information is not organized. But if it were, lives would be saved.

The Other Ed Snowdens: Inside the Mind of Two Privacy Whistleblowers — Ed Snowden is not alone. And we're not talking about how his girlfriend has moved in with him in Russia. There have been a handful of other technologists who've taken a harsh stand for their personal principles and faced off with the U.S. government as a result.

She'd Pay Anything to Go to Space — (Maxim Marmur/Getty) One woman mortgaged her home to buy a ticket to space. Another decided never to have children so she could accept an opportunity for space travel at a moment's notice, even a one way ticket. These two stories collide in this week's episode about women taking the giant leap of commercial space travel.

BONUS TRACK: How Twitter Has Changed Nonfiction — Fluffly and indulgent as they might be the tiny dispatches and status updates of social media are a narrative gold mine for writers. Nonfiction writing will never be the same again.
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Jan 25, 2015

#til 670 tuning forks, neatly arranged on a stand, are called a Tonometer. This one circa 1876

Jan 24, 2015

@attackerman @ImageComics Or an infinitely regenerating bucket of molten asphalt to hurl at open space and poor people

Jan 23, 2015

This is big. Pro Tools releases a free version. (to compete with all the new great free alternatives)

Jan 23, 2015

I'm gonna be live on @scifri in about an hour talking about our "Bored and Brilliant" project. Tune in.

Jan 23, 2015

Ugh. Make it stop! "Brooklyn Lyceum Arts Venue to Become Condos With 12-Story Rental Next Door" cc @Lindseymgreen

Jan 23, 2015

RT @brainpicker: How to make your own affordable touch-screen gloves – great tutorial by the brilliant and adorable @liza_stark

Jan 23, 2015

Fun fact*: when the tabbed browsing system was conceived, the original nickname was "the distraction test"

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