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Joshua Wolf Shenk

Joshua Wolf Shenk appears in the following:

Powers Of Two: John, Paul, and Other Creative Partnerships

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

As a culture, we're obsessed with the idea of creative genius. From a huddled Beethoven scribbling by candlelight to Einstein and his apple, we label individuals as "geniuses" with a sort of romantic fascination. However, as Joshua Wolf Shenk explores in his new book, Powers Of Two, some of the most influential creators have come in pairs.

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How To Be Smarter About... Tour Riders; The Creative Power Of Musical Duos; The Rosebuds Play Live

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

In this episode: We’ve all heard the story about Van Halen’s famous anti-brown M&M tour rider. But, what is a tour rider, anyway? Why do bands have them? And what happens if their demands aren’t met? As part of Soundcheck's How To Be Smarter About... series, Jack “Skippy” McFadden, talent buyer for Austin City Limits Live, fills us in about what he does to keep artists happy backstage.

Then: The idea of the “genius” has existed for centuries – singlular people who stand out for their brilliance or ingenuity in a particular field. But a new book aims to broaden that scope, and take a look at not the lone genius, but at creative pairs. Author Joshua Wolf Shenk talks about his book, Powers of Two, and about history-altering musical duos.

And: The Rosebuds got its start a little over ten years ago, and along the way, the duo -- Ivan Howard and Kelly Crisp -- got married. Their 2011 album, Loud Planes Fly Low, chronicled the end of that marriage -- a breakup which, surprisingly, didn't break up the band. Since then, The Rosebuds has continued making music and just released its latest album. Hear the band perform songs from Sand + Silence in the Soundcheck studio.

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Just The Two Of Us: The Creative Power of Pairing Up

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Famous creative duos—like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Marie and Pierre Curie, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak—usually have a special chemistry. Joshua Wolf Shenk looks at how creative intimacy unfolds, and examines new scientific research into the foundations of creativity. In his book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, he reveals how pairs begin to talk, think, and even look like each other; how the most successful creative partners thrive on conflict; and why some duos flame out while others endure.

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Behold, the Creative Power of Pairs

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Abbott and Costello, John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler: Twosomes that make history test the myth of the lone genius and the creative power of pairs.

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What Makes Us Happy

Thursday, May 28, 2009

For 72 years, researchers at Harvard have been following 268 men who started college in the late 1930s through war, marriage, fatherhood, their careers, divorces, sickness, health, and old age. Joshua Wolf Shenk has examined the records and archives of this study, one of the most comprehensive longitudinal studies in ...

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