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Ask Me Another
11:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

B.J. Novak: Life After 'The Office'

B.J. Novak joined Ask Me Another at Central Park's SummerStage.
Steve McFarland NPR

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 8:48 am

Fresh off the ninth and final season of NBC's The Office, B.J. Novak is keeping busy. He is known both for his portrayal of the bratty temp Ryan Howard, as well as writing some of the show's most beloved episodes, such as "Diversity Day" and "The Fire." In his post-Office life, however, he's working on a book of "Woody Allen-esque" short stories and will appear in Saving Mr. Banks, the forthcoming Walt Disney biopic about the making of the film Mary Poppins.

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Ask Me Another
11:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

David Wain: Notes On Camp

David Wain joined Ask Me Another at Central Park's SummerStage.
Steve McFarland NPR

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 8:48 am

David Wain is part of the comedy troupes The State and Stella, and directed the films Wanderlust, Role Models and the forthcoming They Came Together. But he is perhaps best known for creating one of the quintessential summer movies, Wet Hot American Summer, an absurdist chronicle of last-day shenanigans at a Jewish camp in the 1980s.

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Ask Me Another
11:02 am
Fri July 12, 2013

LIVE From Central Park, It's Ask Me Another

SummerStage at Central Park, on a lovely summer evening, with the scent of trivia and puzzles in the air.
Steve McFarland NPR

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:14 pm

This summer spectacular, recorded outdoors in New York City's Central Park, is a jam-packed show. The Office's B.J. Novak hits the puzzle hotseat for a Shakespearean pop quiz, Wet Hot American Summer filmmaker David Wain flaunts his movie trivia prowess, and Kurt Andersen, host of PRI's Studio 360, stakes his claim as a literary romantic. Plus, a ukulele-strumming Nellie McKay joins Jonathan Coulton to sing the catchiest songs of summers past, and NPR Puzzlemaster Will Shortz tries to stump contestants with a doozy of a final anagram showdown.

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TED Radio Hour
11:01 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Why Does Wikipedia Work?

Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, speaking at TED.
Robert Leslie TED

Originally published on Fri May 16, 2014 8:47 am

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Collaborate.

About Jimmy Wales' TEDTalk

Founder of Wikipedia Jimmy Wales recalls how he assembled "a ragtag band of volunteers," gave them tools for collaborating to create a self-organizing, self-correcting, never-finished online encyclopedia.

About Jimmy Wales

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TED Radio Hour
11:01 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Is Too Much Collaboration a Bad Thing?

Work doesn't happen at the office, says Jason Fried.
TED

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 9:04 am

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Collaborate.

About Jason Fried's TEDTalk

Software entrepreneur Jason Fried has a radical theory of working: that the office isn't a good place to do it. In his talk, he lays out the main problems and offers suggestions to make work work.

About Jason Fried

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TED Radio Hour
11:01 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Can You Crowdsource Without Even Knowing It?

Luis von Ahn speaking at TEDxCMU
Tom Strong TED

Originally published on Tue December 17, 2013 8:59 am

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode Why We Collaborate.

About Luis Von Ahn's TEDTalk

Computer programmer Luis von Ahn wondered how else to use small contributions done by millions on the Internet for greater good. He put CAPTCHAs, those online puzzles to verify you're not a robot, to work by digitizing books and teaching foreign languages.

About Luis Von Ahn

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Deceptive Cadence
11:00 am
Fri July 12, 2013

In Rehearsal: Slo-Mo Ma And Emanuel Accelerated

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:56 am

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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All Tech Considered
10:57 am
Fri July 12, 2013

A Quick History Of Accidental Online Purchases By Kids

In little hands, a tech gadget can quickly turn from a toy to a cash register.
iStockphoto.com

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 7:59 am

EBay's app is so easy to use, a toddler can do it — and her parents would argue about whether that's a good thing.

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From Scratch
10:52 am
Fri July 12, 2013

Leah Busque, Founder of TaskRabbit

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:36 am

One day Leah Busque had to buy some dog food, but she didn't have time to run out and get it herself. That's when she came up with the idea behind TaskRabbit, an online and mobile marketplace that aims to connect busy people who need a little extra time with entrepreneurial people who need a little extra money.

Since TaskRabbit started in 2008, the company has expanded to 60 employees, raised nearly $40 million in venture funding, and been named "The Next Big Thing in Tech" by the New York Times.

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The Protojournalist
10:52 am
Fri July 12, 2013

The Last Telegram? STOP The Presses

Originally published on Fri July 12, 2013 10:19 am

(STOP) NO REALLY (STOP) WHAT YOU ARE DOING (STOP) AND READ A NEWS STORY THAT SAYS ON JULY 14 THE STATE-RUN TELECOM FIRM BSNL IN INDIA WILL (STOP) SENDING TELEGRAMS, THEREBY HERALDING A (STOP) OF ALL TELEGRAMS ON EARTH.

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