WAMU 88.5 : The Kojo Nnamdi Show

Teaching Computers to Understand Sarcasm

Can you teach a computer to understand a sarcastic Tweet? Marketers, diplomats, the FBI, and others hope so. The explosion of social media has jump started a field known as sentiment analysis. The goal? To sift through the avalanche of Facebook posts, blogs and Tweets to glean how we feel about a new product, anticipate an uprising, or catch a criminal. And while humans have been trying to teach computers to understand language for decades, social media's penchant for slang, acronyms and a casual disregard for grammar are especially difficult. We explore the challenge of mining ones and zeros for feelings.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, Aug. 4, 2015

You can see two exhibits and rub elbows with the artists behind the work.
WAMU 88.5

The Surprising Roots of Barbecue

We speak with culinary historian Michael Twitty about the roots of familiar southern dishes in African and Native American food traditions.

WAMU 88.5

President Obama's Iran Speech

Veteran journalist Marvin Kalb joins us to discuss the parallels between JFK's nuclear disarmament speech fifty years ago and President Obama's speech on the nuclear deal with Iran.

NPR

Sexist Reactions To An Ad Spark #ILookLikeAnEngineer Campaign

After being surprised by online responses to her appearance in a recruiting ad, engineer Isis Wenger wanted to see if anyone else felt like they didn't fit a "cookie-cutter mold."

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