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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.

Global Road Deaths at All-Time Low, but U.S. Still Ranks Poorly on Safety — Safety is improving on roads around the world -- but mostly for drivers and passengers in wealthier countries. A study from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development's transportation arm finds that although 2012 was a record low year for traffic fatalities, safety for pedestrians isn't increasing as fast as it is car occupants.

There is Actually One Thing You Can Do to Fight the Surveillance Machine — Reading this right now? Congratulations. You're winning. Yes, all of the usual corporate and government entities know you're here. Google remembers everything you've ever searched, BuzzFeed knows how you've scored on all their quizzes, and your cell phone provider knows who you talk to and who you sleep with.

Bored and Brilliant: The Personal Stories — Last week, we gave you some numbers. But numbers don't tell the whole story - or, in fact, any of your 19,100 stories. By asking you to put some thought into the ways you use your phones, we stumbled upon a fact that is, perhaps, obvious: No two phones (or phone users) are alike.

Bored and Brilliant Challenge 3: Delete That App — Hello! Welcome to day two of our Bored and Brilliant challenge! If you're here for the first time, you'll want to catch up on The Case for Boredom and then challenge number one: Keep your phone in your pocket. Flurry Analytics defines a " mobile addict " as someone who launches apps more than 60 times a day.

Bored and Brilliant Challenge 2: Photo Free Day — Hello! Welcome to day two of our Bored and Brilliant challenge! If you're here for the first time, you'll want to catch up on challenge number one: Keep your phone in your pocket. Your instructions: See the world through your eyes, not your screen. Take absolutely no pictures today.

Bored, Brilliant and... Counterintuitively Interesting: A Reading List — One of the most exciting developments in our Bored and Brilliant project so far has been the influx of thoughtful suggested reads from listeners. We figured we'd share the wealth. We're fine-tuning how to do this (and if you have ideas, please let us know).

Bored and Brilliant

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.
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Jul 02, 2015

@AGoldmund @benhigh @abexlumberg meanwhile I "openly" impersonated him w/X-rated rants to anyone careless enough to email me by mistake.

Jul 01, 2015

Huffington Post's new pivot to "What's Working" sounds a lot like @GOOD 5 years ago.

Jul 01, 2015

Argh. More and more municipalities are suing citizens for requesting public records. Yeah, you read that right.

Jul 01, 2015

I defy you to find more evocative descriptive prose written today than in the @theMemoryPalace podcast

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