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As Writers' Wages Wane In Digital Chapter, Authors Pen Demands

NPR | Jan. 11, 2016 11:15 a.m.

Numbers show more authors are finding it hard to make a living income. Fresh off of fighting the Google Books case, the Authors Guild is now taking on author contracts in an open letter to publishers.

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New York Public Library Makes 180,000 High-Res Images Available Online

NPR | Jan. 6, 2016 10:37 a.m.

Maps, posters, manuscripts, sheet music, drawings, photographs, letters, ancient texts: Thousands of items in the public domain are now offered as high-resolution downloads. No library card necessary.

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Customization Is Key: 'Star Wars: Battlefront' Makes Space For Gamers Of All Stripes

NPR | Nov. 30, 2015 9:58 a.m.

In the video game Star Wars: Battlefront, players can customize characters according to gender, race and age. Producer Sigurlina Ingvarsdottir says inclusivity was a priority "from the get-go."

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Rapid Learners: How Pixar Animators Created A Very Scary River

NPR | Nov. 25, 2015 12:40 p.m.

What would a small dinosaur look like in Class V rapids? That's the question Pixar filmmakers had to answer for their film The Good Dinosaur. So they piled into a raft to figure it out for themselves.

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Robot Birds Teach Kids To Program In 'Secret Coders'

NPR | Oct. 7, 2015 12:26 p.m.

The first installment in Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes' new graphic novel series uses goofy art — and four-eyed robotic birds — to get kids excited about learning to code.

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Television 2015: With 25 Ways To Watch TV, Does The House Always Win?

NPR | Aug. 18, 2015 10:45 a.m.

There are so many ways to watch TV now that people often feel liberated from old models. But even under some of the new systems for television, as at your better casinos, the house always wins.

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The Human Drama Of Hacking Fuels TV Thriller 'Mr. Robot'

NPR | June 22, 2015 7:13 a.m.

The new show, which focuses on a vigilante programmer, has gotten some rave reviews from real-life hackers. But the show's creator, Sam Esmail, says he wasn't inspired by any individuals in the news.

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How 'Silicon Valley' Tells Broad Truths From An Insular World

NPR | June 12, 2015 1:12 p.m.

HBO's sophomore (and occasionally sophomoric) comedy ends on a strong note Sunday night — with plenty of suspense.

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Looking For A Connection In An Infinite Jukebox

NPR | June 5, 2015 12:48 p.m.

With millions of songs at our fingertips, is the idea of owning music becoming a thing of the past?

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How Streaming Is Changing Music

NPR | June 5, 2015 12:47 p.m.

Over the next week, we'll look at how streaming is reshaping how we find, hear and experience music.