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Eric Molinsky

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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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Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, January 24, 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 ...

Video: Hadfield sings “Space Oddity” on board the International Space Station

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You’re Living in a Science Fiction Story

Friday, January 24, 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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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 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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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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American Icons: The Wizard of Oz

Friday, November 29, 2013

It's been over seventy years since movie audiences first watched The Wizard of Oz. Meet the original man behind the curtain, L. Frank Baum, who had all the vision of Walt Disney, but none of the business sense. Discover how Oz captivated the imaginations of Russians living under Soviet rule ...

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Lucy Liu: On-Screen and On-Canvas

Friday, November 15, 2013

In the mid-1990s, a promising young artist started showing her paintings and photographs at galleries in New York. Over the years, Yu Ling built a respectable career with exhibits in Los Angeles, Miami, Munich, and London. Then a few years ago, the art world learned that Yu Ling is also Lucy Liu ...

Slideshow: Lucy Liu's paintings

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American Icons: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

Friday, October 04, 2013

How do you build a monument to a war that was more tragic than triumphant? Maya Lin was practically a kid when she got the commission to design the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall. Her minimalistic granite wall was derided by one vet as a “black gash of shame.” But inscribed with the name of every fallen soldier, it became a sacred place for veterans and their families, and it influenced later designs like the National September 11 Memorial. 

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen's full interview with Maya Lin

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In Wake of Government Shutdown, Only Some Web Sites Are Shuttered

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The federal government is currently shut down, and so are the websites for many agencies — but not all of them. 

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Glitches Plague Day Two of Healthcare Roll Out

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Americans shopping for health insurance on the newly opened exchanges are still encountering glitches along the way. 

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Drone Art

Friday, September 27, 2013

Movies and TV are absorbing drones (or unmanned aerial vehicles as they are properly called) as plot devices in The Bourne Legacy and Homeland, for example. But some fine artists are also trying to sway this national conversation. Adam Harvey designs burqas and hijabs that make the wearer invisible ...

Video: Dancing with Robots

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Making Friends with Drones

Friday, September 27, 2013

Missy Cummings saw the dawn of the age of drones — sorry, “unmanned aerial vehicles” — firsthand from the deck of an aircraft carrier. As one of the Navy's first female fighter pilots, flying an F-18, Cummings realized that improvements in GPS were going to obviate her job. So she switched gears ...

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Tech Firms Rush to Build Health Exchanges Before Deadline

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has been contentious, confusing and abstract, but that might change on October 1 when states are required to launch websites where people can chose among different health plans.

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