Michael May

Michael May appears in the following:

How Pop Music Helped Save the Whales

Thursday, March 10, 2016

The scientist who discovered whale song knew it was something special. When he won over singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the result jump-started an environmentalist movement.

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Feminist LEGOs

Thursday, June 04, 2015



Bringing Female Heroes to the LEGO Universe

Thursday, June 04, 2015

LEGO is stuck in the past with its lack of professional female characters. Maia Weinstock is trying to change that with sets of Supreme Court justices and scientists.


Recordings That Made Waves: The Songs That Saved The Whales

Friday, December 26, 2014

In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.


How Pop Music Helped Save the Whales

Thursday, December 11, 2014

The scientist who discovered whale song knew it was something special. When he won over singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the result jump-started an environmentalist movement.

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How Devo Became Devo

Friday, October 24, 2014

Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale were students at Kent State in 1970, when the shootings led them to reject the counterculture they had been part of. 

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A New Understanding Of Arson Spurs A Retrial In A Fatal Texas Fire

Monday, October 06, 2014

Much of the evidence used against Ed Graf, in prison since 1986 for setting a fire that killed his stepsons, is now considered junk science. His is one of many old arson cases Texas is re-examining.


Viruses at the Movies

Friday, September 12, 2014

Radiation used to be Hollywood’s go-to plot device. Now, viruses explain everything from vampires to the zombie apocalypse — but that’s not what really scares public health experts.

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Aha Moment: Matisyahu

Friday, April 25, 2014

In the mid-2000s, Matisyahu perfected a chart-topping blend of reggae and Hasidic Judaism. His shows were packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked hippies. Matisyahu, f...


Your Brain on Drugs: Creative?

Friday, April 18, 2014

The association of art with altered states of consciousness goes back a long way. Archeological evidence of fermented beverages and some of the oldest musical instruments were found...

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Seeing Sound: Synesthetic Art

Friday, February 28, 2014

Pharrell, Kanye West, and Billy Joel have it. Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige say they do too. In recent years synesthesia — a condition that causes the senses to blend together — has bec...


Exoneree Detectives Fight For Those Still Behind Bars

Monday, April 15, 2013

Christopher Scott, Johnnie Lindsey and Billy Smith drive down a desolate highway toward a prison in East Texas. They've all been there before, serving hard time — 63 years among the three of them.

But this time it's different. They're driving a Hummer. They're dressed to the nines. And they're ...


Viruses At The Movies

Friday, March 08, 2013

What radiation was to the 1950s — a real but poorly understood menace that served as an all-purpose plot device — viruses have become for our era. Viruses explain vampires in Blade, a...

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Aha Moment: Dave Alvin & Curtis Mayfield

Friday, May 25, 2012

A generation ago, the singer-songwriter Dave Alvin founded the rootsy-rock band The Blasters with his brother Phil in Los Angeles — and they made an indelible mark on the early 1980’...

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Aha Moment: Dave Alvin

Thursday, May 10, 2012


Israeli Pulp

Friday, November 12, 2010

The Israeli writer Gadi Taub is doing his best to bring the spirit of James Ellroy to the Middle East. Taub's edgy crime novel, Allenby Street, is set in a seedy Tel Aviv nightclub, and it shocked and disturbed Israeli readers when it came out last year. Produced ...



Friday, March 19, 2010

Indie band Shearwater plays the South by Southwest festival this week. Lead singer Jonathan Meiburg - an ornithologist by training – explains how his passion for birds and islands shaped the band's new record: The Golden Archipelago. Produced by

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Dallas Art Scores a Touchdown

Friday, January 15, 2010

Last fall, Dallas unveiled a world-class performing arts campus to rival New York's Lincoln Center. At the same time, a new Dallas Cowboys stadium opened up that that showcases giant sculptures by some of the world's greatest artists. We sent Michael May to check ...

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Magic on the Brain

Friday, April 17, 2009

Magicians wow us on stage with sleight of hand and misdirection. But it turns out there's also a lot magic can tell us about how our brains work. Produced by Michael May.