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Lois Lowry Confirms Jeff Bridges to Film The Giver

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Lois Lowry's incredibly popular series for young adults hits the big screen, starring Jeff Bridges, Katie Holmes, and Meryl Streep. Watch the trailer.

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Gary Marcus: Enhancing Creativity

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kurt Andersen asks about the role of disinhibition — the brain loosening control of its output — as a component of creativity, noting alcohol and drug use among artists of all kinds. Marcus adds LSD to the list, for a brief but innovative era. But he describes current research ...

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Jaron Lanier: You Are Not a Network

Friday, November 23, 2012

Jaron Lanier is a pioneering computer scientist, a creator of virtual reality, a musician, and the author of You Are Not a Gadget, which takes a skeptical view of the role we have given technology in our lives. Lanier worries that it discourages originality and uniqueness in the generation ...

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Gary Marcus: Defining Creativity

Friday, November 23, 2012

Kurt Andersen talks with Gary Marcus about what science knows, and doesn’t know, about creativity. Marcus is the director of New York University’s Center for Language and Music, and the author of Guitar Zero, a book about how the brain learns. Marcus is skeptical of tests that measure ...

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Faking It: Photoshop Dissolves Reality

Friday, November 16, 2012

Professional photographers have always tweaked their images. But the ubiquity of image manipulation tools like Photoshop has brought us to a new place: for the first time, we no longer assume that a photograph documents real life. Maneesh Agrawala, a MacArthur “genius” ...

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American Icons: I Love Lucy

Friday, November 09, 2012

It set the model for the hit family sitcom. Lucy's weekly antics and humiliation entered the DNA of TV comedy: from Desperate Housewives to 30 Rock – writers can’t live without Lucy.

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Sympathy for the Loser: A Greeting Card Emergency

Friday, November 02, 2012

For the candidate who loses a presidential election, it’s got to be humbling. What would you say to a friend who’s America's #1 loser? “The last thing you want is something snarky,” says David Ellis Dickerson, a former Hallmark writer (true!) who takes special requests for unusual circumstances ...

Video: Greeting Card Emergency - for The Election Loser

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Jack Black, A Cappella

Friday, October 12, 2012

From a wannabe rock star in School of Rock, to a Mexican wrestler in Nacho Libre, Jack Black is probably the closest thing in Hollywood to a superstar clown. He’s been described as “big, obnoxious, and funny in a slightly terrifying way.” So his role as the title character in Bernie ...

Video: Jack Black’s one-man version of The Who’s “Tommy”

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Wish You Were Here: David Byrne and St. Vincent

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

St. Vincent and David Byrne didn’t immediately seem like the most natural pairing. On stage in New York, though, the two activated wonder-twin powers to put on one of the best shows in recent memory. This is a pair that knows a thing or two about theatricality. The horn section didn’t just ...

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American Icons: Warhol's Soup Cans

Friday, September 21, 2012

Around 1961, Andy Warhol started painting cans of Campbell's soup, in all 32 varieties. He liked to tell people that his mother made him Campbell's soup and that's why he painted it. The soup cans are probably the most recognizable images in American art, and Warhol intended ...

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Hilary Hahn and Hauschka Go Improv

Friday, July 27, 2012

Hilary Hahn is a heavy hitter in classical music, a violinist who debuted at 12 and recorded the Bach partitas at 18. In her ripe old 20s, she began stretching beyond classical music, playing alongside singer-songwriters. Her new project goes even further outside the box ...

Bonus Track: “Stillness,” live in Studio 360

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The Computer as Artist

Friday, July 06, 2012

Computers have taken over an astonishing array of tasks humans used to do. They fly our planes, give us directions, recommend books, set us up on dates.  But can they tell us a good story? Meet Brutus, a computer programmed to write fiction.  Through a series of mathematical equations, its ...

Bonus Track: “Self-Betrayal,” written by Brutus

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Eve Sussman's Algorithmic Noir

Friday, July 06, 2012

A new film premiered last year that is truly one of a kind. whiteonwhite:algorithmicnoir was made by Eve Sussman and her collaborators, known as the Rufus Corporation. They shot most of the footage in Kazakhstan, improvising the script and taking advantage of the Soviet Union’s ...

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The Truth: Redefining Radio Drama

Monday, June 25, 2012

A couple of years ago, Kurt wrote a short story for a collection edited by Neil Gaiman — his first work of science fiction. "Human Intelligence" is featured this week on The Truth, a fiction podcast that uses improvisation, recording on location, and top-notch sound design to redefine ...

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Glen Duncan: Talulla Rising

Friday, June 22, 2012

Glen Duncan got strong reviews for his novels, but that didn’t sell his books. Then one New Year’s Eve, he made a drunken resolution to write a book about werewolves. He pulled it off, and last year Knopf published The Last Werewolf. The sequel, Talulla Rising is just out ...

Bonus Track: Glen Duncan reads from Talulla Rising

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Jesmyn Ward: Waiting for Katrina

Friday, June 15, 2012

Jesmyn Ward was at the tail end of summer break when Hurricane Katrina struck her hometown of Delisle, Mississippi, on the Gulf Coast. That harrowing experience inspired Ward’s novel, Salvage the Bones. It won the 2011 National Book Award for fiction. It’s a rare depiction of ...

Bonus Track: Jesmyn Ward reads from Salvage the Bones

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Novelist Chris Adrian

Friday, May 18, 2012

Chris Adrian's novels tell dark, fantastical stories that draw on his experience working as a pediatric oncologist. Adrian tells Kurt how writing helps him deal with the emotional burden of the medicine he practices. Anne Marie Nest reads selections from Adrian's forthcoming novel ...

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Winner: Ode to Justin Timberlake

Friday, May 11, 2012

Inspired by Tracy K. Smith's Pulitzer Prize-winning tribute to David Bowie, we asked for your poem about the rock star or other teen idol who captured your imagination — as a teenager or now.  Smith is back into the studio to pick a winner.

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Can Obama's Turnaround Arts Initiative Save Schools?

Friday, May 04, 2012

Last week, the Obama administration announced a new initiative to improve a handful of the nation’s worst performing schools through arts education. The Turnaround Arts Initiative has chosen eight schools to receive $14.7 million over three years to integrate art, music, dance, and ...

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Elaine Pagels' Revelations

Friday, May 04, 2012

From angels battling demons in heaven to the Beast with the number 666, the Book of Revelation — the apocalyptic conclusion to the New Testament — has been a narrative staple in our popular culture. Elaine Pagels' new book  considers this vivid and controversial text. A religion professor ...

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