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Monday, March 02, 2015

Decades before the first shot was fired in the American revolution a band of runaway slaves known as the Maroons living in the mountains in Colonial Jamaica took on the British Empire and won.  I've long been obsessed with the Maroons and so last summe...

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When You’re Lonely, Life is Very Long (rebroadcast)

Monday, February 23, 2015

After moving to New York alone, writer Olivia Laing discovered the truth about loneliness. She says it is a gift.  Eric Klinenberg explains why more and more people are choosing to live alone and why cities like New York must invest in housing stock th...

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An Illumination

Monday, January 26, 2015

Cédric Villani won the prestigious Fields Medal for his work in 2010.  He wrote a book about his experience called Birth of a Theorem: A Mathematical Adventure. It is a book about where ideas come from. There is something spider like about Villani,

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Occupy Siberia (dislike club prequel)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Yours truly is recuperating from 2014 in France but wishing you a happy holiday. Hope you enjoyed the programming this year. The dislike club series pretty much contains everything I have ever wanted to say about social media.

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Logical Fantasies (the dislike club part V)

Monday, December 22, 2014

In the penultimate episode of our series, Kathy Sierra tells us how one tweak could fix everything and ToE's Chris tells us the secret origin of Facebook. PLUS #marksbros (as in Zuckerberg)  #marxhegel (as in Groucho) -

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Wishful Thinking (the dislike club part IV)

Monday, December 08, 2014

In 2007 writer, programmer, and horse trainer Kathy Sierra quit the internet because of misogynist hate trolling. She stayed off the social web for 7 years but last year she came back to see what Twitter was like.

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If you dislike like, then you will… (the dislike club part III)

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

This week Anthropologist Gabriella Coleman tells us about the internet's original Dislike Club, Anonymous.

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Paying For It (the dislike club part II)

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Our mini-series about the internet continues. This week we take a close look at the fundamental business model of the web - advertising. In 1993  your host was a founding member of an international monkey wrench gang that fought billboards in outer spa...

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Backspace to the Future (the dislike club part I)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Paul Ford is a technologist and a writer, sometimes these two things blur. For example, he’s currently working on a book about webpages, but he’s also building a content management system for webpages -  because you know it could help with the writing.

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Making it Happen

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

For this special installment of the Theory of Everything we explore Maker Culture. Makerbot co-founder Bre Pettis gives us a tour of his new venture: Bold Machines. Plus we go to China to learn what the next generation of Chinese makers have planned fo...

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Radiotopia LIVE (preview of the dislike.club)

Monday, October 27, 2014

The theory of everything is a founding member of Radiotopia, the world's best podcast network. And we are midway through our Kickstarter. We made our 250,000 goal in one week! But our work is not done. We want to change radio forever.

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Help Kickstart the future of Radiotopia (plus a visit from ToE’s Chris)

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ToE is a founding member of Radiotopia, the world's best podcast network, and we just launched our first Kickstarter campaign.

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Enchanting By Numbers

Monday, October 06, 2014

When I was in Beijing last summer I dropped by the Microsoft research campus to talk with  Dr. Yu Zheng. He studies the air pollution in his city, and the noise pollution in mine. Using algorithms he is able to predict what kinds of noises New Yorkers ...

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It will always be hard

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

When the photographer Garry Winogrand died in 1984 he left behind hundreds of thousands of unpublished negatives and undeveloped rolls of film and a few out of print books that are still treasured by connoisseurs and photo book collectors today.

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Man Without a Country (3 of 3)

Friday, August 08, 2014

What happens when you curse your own country? In this version of the classic Americana tale your host is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a hot air balloon.  Our story concludes(?) when your host attempts to turn bread into wine.

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Man Without a Country (2 of 3)

Friday, August 08, 2014

What happens when you curse your own country? In this version of the classic Americana tale your host is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a hot air balloon.  In part two of the story your host has his first human interaction in ten years.

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Man Without a Country (1 of 3)

Friday, August 08, 2014

What happens when you curse your own country? In this version of the classic Americana tale your host is sentenced to live out the rest of his days in a hot air balloon.  In part one we hear the story of what happened when he fought the "three strikes ...

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Recent, Relevant, Random

Friday, July 25, 2014

We don't have metrics to measure what happens when we read something that changes our life. So this episode is an attempt to deal with that.  We begin with writer Rob Walker who tells us about his "New Old Thing,

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Guided By Voices

Monday, June 30, 2014

Pythagoras, Kant and Kepler all tried to record the harmonies of the universe, your host goes for the voice in his head.

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Stages on Life’s Way

Friday, June 13, 2014

Your host visits Copenhagen for a Kierkegaard pilgramage, A photographer tells us about the modern Bachelorette party and a retired hospice nurse shares his thoughts about life’s final stage.

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