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It's Time To Get Bored — And Brilliant

Here at All Things Considered, we're challenging ourselves to get less absorbed in our smart phones. You too can join us, too.

Virtual Schools Bring Real Concerns About Quality

E-learning in K-12 is a growing trend, but many schools are underperformers. What's to be done?
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Fares Dropping Again For UberX, Putting Squeeze On D.C. Cabbies

The vehicle-for-hire market is getting even more cutthroat, as Uber is dropping rates for riders and promising subsidized earnings for drivers.

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Virginia Lawmakers Look To Rein In Warrantless Cell Phone Data Collection

The use of the Stingray — a high-tech device pioneered by the federal government that can collect data from cell phones — is the subject of bipartisan attention in Virginia.


Sweden's Social Experiment On Twitter Celebrates Third Anniversary

The group "Curators of Sweden" puts it this way: "Every week, someone in Sweden is @Sweden: sole ruler of the world's most democratic Twitter account."

Beloved Japanese Author Answers Questions At 'Mr. Murakami's Place'

Haruki Murakami is a best-selling author and perennial Nobel Prize contender, but rarely gives interviews. For a limited time, a website is giving fans a chance to engage with the reclusive writer.

In Sweden, Remote-Control Airport Is A Reality

Sweden is the first country in the world to use new technology to land passenger airplanes remotely. At an airport in a tiny town, flights are guided by operators sitting miles away.

The Infinite Whiteness Of Public Radio Voices

The hashtag #publicradiovoices, about the "whiteness" of public radio, trended on Twitter this week. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Gene Demby of NPR's Code Switch team about the conversation.

Media Outlets Partner With Snapchat To Appeal To Younger Users

As people disappear from the audiences of conventional news organizations, 11 media outlets have partnered with Snapchat in the U.S. to offer its younger users easily digested fare within the app.

With 'Discover' Feature, Snapchat Bucks Social Trend In News

Snapchat says social media likes and shares aren't what makes a story important. The ephemeral messaging app has rolled out Discover, featuring multimedia articles from major news brands.