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Friday, July 22, 2011

On today’s show: We’ll find out how scientists are making robots more human than ever and how these sophisticated machines could one day do our cooking and watch our kids! Then, two of the stars of “Measure for Measure” talk about this year’s Shakespeare in the Park productions. Also, Cory Arcangel discusses his new exhibition at the Whitney Museum. Plus, this week’s Please Explain is all about those pesky weeds—and why they keep cropping up in your garden.

Making Robots Human

Photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg and Siddhartha Srinivasa, Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, talk about the future of robots and how robots are becoming more human. Max Aguilera-Hellweg took the photographs for the article “Making Robots Human,” in the August issue of National Geographic magazine, and Siddhartha Srinivasa is featured in the story. With advances in technology that allow robots to speak, blink, smile and perform such tasks as folding clothes and cooking, questions are being raised as to how human is too human. They explore how much everyday human function we want to outsource to machines, how the robot revolution will change the way we relate to each other, and if we’re ready for robots.

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Measure for Measure

Danai Gurira, who plays Isabella, and Reg Rogers, who plays Lucio in “Measure for Measure” (and Parolles in “All’s Well That Ends Well”) discuss the production of “Measure for Measure,” part of this summer’s Shakespeare in the Park. “Measure for Measure” in repertory with “All’s Well That Ends Well” at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park through July 30.

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Cory Arcangel: Protools

Artist Cory Arcangel, best known for his Internet interventions and modified video games, discusses the exhibition “Cory Arcangel: Protools,” at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The exhibition revolves around the concept of “product demonstrations.” Works featured—ranging from video games, single channel video, kinetic sculpture, prints, and pen plotter drawings—have been created with technological tools, often mixing and matching professional and amateur technologies.

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Please Explain: Weeds

Weeds pop up in lawns and gardens and even in cracks in sidewalks. Lars Anderson,  plant physiologist with the USDA-Agricultural Research Service on the campus of UC Davis; and Kristin Schleiter, Curator of Outdoor Gardens and Herbaceous Collections at the New York Botanical Garden, look at the wide variety of weeds, why they seem to thrive everywhere, and ways to eliminate—or accept—them. 

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Guest Picks: Cory Arcangel

Cory Arcangel shares what he has been reading and listening to after a recent appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


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