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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

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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.

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.

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.
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Oct 29, 2014

Fact: sushi is more delicious when it arrives at your table on a conveyor belt.

Oct 29, 2014

"We have to recognize that the language of art, all art, is not our mother-tongue." via @brainpicker

Oct 29, 2014

@conor64 so many good podcasts to binge to? Love those three. But next time, I'll help you discover a few others. Hit me up.

Oct 29, 2014

That ISS supply rocket that exploded was the first failure of a commercial space mission. Just sayin.

Oct 29, 2014

Naturally the comments on the Hollaback catcall You Tube video are a cesspool.

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