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Senior Producer, New Tech City and Transportation Nation — WNYC
As seen in:  WNYC, Fast Company, GOOD, WNYC
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.

Space Dreams: Finding Meaning on Earth While Floating Above It — 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.

The Unexpected Father-Daughter Team Making Condoms People Will Love Having Inside Them — Lede image via Mohammadali F. Every time I see someone pick up food off a kitchen counter and eat it I think, 'Stop! Poison!' Then I think of Jeff Hollender.

How the Techies Raise Their Kids — (Manoush Zomorodi) New Tech City podcast episodes come out every Wednesday. On this week's show: how techie parents raise their kids differently than the rest of us civilians. To hear this episode check back Wednesday or subscribe and the audio will show up on your computer or phone for your listening pleasure.

Killer Robots + Ancient Rules of War = Trouble — Can replacing human soldiers with robot warriors save lives and make war more humane? We try to find out in this episode. But as we learn, the laws of war are not written in computer code. Modern warfare is not ready for killer robots that "decide" without human input.

Backing Tracks: Why Live Music Won't Be Live For Long — (Alex Goldmark/WNYC) Is your favorite band really playing live when you go see them? Not so much. This isn't about Milli Vanilli. It's about something artists love called backing tracks. From Jay-Z to Justin Timberlake to the indie band at the local bar, performers are playing along to pre-recorded music to make themselves sound bigger, badder, fuller.

The 'Bi-literate' Brain: The Key to Reading in a Sea of Screens — (Manoush Zomorodi/WNYC) Paper or screen? There's a battle in your brain. The more you read on screens, the more your brain adapts to the "non-linear" kind of reading we do on computers and phones. Your eyes dart around, you stop half way through a paragraph to check a link or a read a text message.

The View from Inside the Glass Cube — Intimate, exhausting, stressful, and satisfying... working in the Apple Store is far from an ordinary retail job. Especially this week. With Apple-mania sweeping the tech world following the announcement of the new iPhone 6 and a slick new Apple Watch, New Tech City is looking past the hot gadgets and straight at the people sweating away in the glass cube: Apple Store employees.

China's One App to Rule them All — Forget Facebook or Twitter. With the inadvertent help of Chinese government censorship, an app called WeChat has taken over the lives of Chinese-Americans. It's part family lifeline, part public square, part dating site and it could be a model for the evolution of social networks.

Learning To Code and Losing My Mind (Reprise) — Coding is not for everybody. We admit it. But we should all take at least a peek under the hood of the computers and devices that power our lives. It's empowering. Starting at a screen full of cryptic code is daunting, confusing, and might just well up some latent math anxiety.
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Oct 24, 2014

Whoa. Brave New World. SwiftKey predicts which emoji I'm about to type.

Oct 24, 2014

Antidepressants downside: they are a vaccine for romantic love. Interesting theory from @DrHelenFisher #poptech

Oct 24, 2014

Low orbit ion cannon. You can apparently launch your own DDOS attacks with a few clicks. @joshuaklein #poptech #Tools

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