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Eric Molinsky

Eric Molinsky is a reporter for Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. He co-produced several hours of the American Icons series, including The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Buffalo Bill's Wild West, The Lincoln Memorial, and The Wizard of Oz. His work has also appeared on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, 99% Invisible, Tablet Magazine and KCRW’s un-Fictional.

Eric Molinsky appears in the following:

The Power of Positive Sci-Fi

Friday, July 18, 2014

Has our fiction grown too fond of dystopia? Sci-fi great Neal Stephenson thinks so. He’s building a community of writers who are willing to start from a truly far-fetched premise: what if humans actually have a chance?

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The SimCity of Tomorrow

Friday, July 18, 2014

One of the longest-running and most successful video game franchises, SimCity, draws on current trends to imagine life in a simulated future. In its latest iteration, gamers have a choice between building rich but polluting industry and investing in green technology. You might be surprised which one is more popular.

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Hacking the Climate

Friday, July 18, 2014

Geoengineering — tampering with the Earth’s climate — is a sci-fi idea that could very well become a reality. But it’s controversial, because it’s impossible to know the long-term effects of tampering with such a complex system.

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Will Your Next Car Fly?

Friday, July 04, 2014

Along with robots and ray guns, the 21st century was definitely supposed to include flying cars. What happened?

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Annalee Newitz: The Future Is Coming to Get You

Friday, July 04, 2014

Scientists and science writers can rattle off all the sci-fi that inspired them to build great things. But Annalee Newitz, editor of io9, thinks that dystopian science fiction is less inspirational, but more influential. Dystopian sci-fi cautions against our hubris. For example, when Google bought ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen’s extended conversation with Annalee Newitz

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Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, July 04, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

 

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You’re Living in a Science Fiction Story

Friday, July 04, 2014

It’s easy to look back at old science fiction and see it as silly. But there are important ideas embedded in those stories that influenced scientists and the way technology developed. Take the first science fiction film, Le Voyage dans La Lune or A Trip to the Moon, based on a story by Jules Verne ...

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Will Computers Take Over the World?

Friday, July 04, 2014

It’s been a trope in science fiction for years: someday the computers will become self-aware and take over. But in 1993, the computer scientist and science fiction author Vernor Vinge wrote a serious academic paper in which he predicted that we were only a few decades away from that ...

 

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Gertie, the Dinosaur Who Gave Birth to a Mouse

Friday, June 27, 2014

Years before Mickey Mouse, Gertie the dinosaur amazed audiences who had never seen a drawing that moved. Her creator, Winsor McCay, thought cartoons would become a great art form — and was disappointed when they went commercial.

Video: "Gertie the Dinosaur" 

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S.O.S From the Future: We're Not OK

Monday, June 16, 2014

One climate scientist's game sends players on a scavenger hunt to find messages from the future about how global warming is ruining the world.

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American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cole Porter was out of the musical theater game during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of bad behavior.

Bonus Track: an updated version of "Anything Goes"

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Olivier Had it Wrong: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Friday, April 11, 2014

David and Ben Crystal, a father and son team, have recreated what they say is the original pronunciation — OP, they call it: how Shakespeare’s plays would have been sounded around 1600. How did they achieve this Jurassic Park-like resurrection of a long-dead accent? David, the elder Crystal, is a linguistic scholar ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with David and Ben Crystal

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Forget the Bat Signal: This Is a Protest

Monday, March 24, 2014

Meet The Illuminator, the activist group that's using the city skyline as a canvas to project political messages.

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Robert Rodriguez Takes Over Your TV

Friday, March 21, 2014

Robert Rodriguez burst on to the scene in 1992 with the very, very low-budget action film El Mariachi. He made hits like Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the Spy Kids series, but his latest project feels like a big departure: Rodriguez is overseeing a new cable TV network, broadcasting ...

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Miyazaki’s Uneasy Love Letter to a War Machine

Friday, March 14, 2014

The 73-year-old director just released what he says is his final film, The Wind Rises, and it has caused some consternation both in this country and in Japan.

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Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Final Performance Will Be Digitally Created

Friday, March 07, 2014

When Hoffman died last month, he was still in the process of filming the final The Hunger Games movie. The film’s producers are attempting a 21st century solution: creating new footage of Hoffman using computer animation.

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For a TV Spy Show, the CIA Approves the Scripts

Friday, February 28, 2014

On the FX show The Americans, Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys play Philip and Elizabeth Jennings, a typical suburban family in the 1980s. Two kids, nice house, they run a travel agency together. They’re also spies for the Soviet Union, moles sent to live among us.

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Will Computers Take Over the World?

Friday, January 24, 2014

It’s been a trope in science fiction for years: someday the computers will become self-aware and take over. But in 1993, the computer scientist and science fiction author Vernor Vinge wrote a serious academic paper in which he predicted that we were only a few decades away from that ...

Video: Ray Kurzweil’s lecture at Singularity University

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Annalee Newitz: The Future Is Coming to Get You

Friday, January 24, 2014

Scientists and science writers can rattle off all the sci-fi that inspired them to build great things. But Annalee Newitz, editor of io9, thinks that dystopian science fiction is less inspirational, but more influential. Dystopian sci-fi cautions against our hubris. For example, when Google bought ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen’s extended conversation with Annalee Newitz

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Will Your Next Car Fly?

Friday, January 24, 2014

Along with robots and ray guns, the 21st century was definitely supposed to include flying cars. We have pretty decent robots, and all kinds of lasers. As for the flying cars, there is a very small, well-funded race among a few entrepreneurs to make this sci-fi trope a reality. In Davis, California ...

Slideshow: Moller International’s Skycar

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