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Monday, October 18, 2010

Steven Johnson helps us figure out what sparks the "flash of brilliance" that leads to groundbreaking innovation—like Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution and Google. Then, documentary filmmaker Sasha Waters Freyer, the writer Phillip Lopate, and Angus Johnston talk about the film “Chekhov for Children.” Two curators talk about women painters of the Hudson River School. Plus, Kevin Kelly, former executive editor of Wired magazine, discusses his brand-new view of technology and what it wants from us.

Where Good Ideas Come From

Steven Johnson looks into what sparks brilliant ideas and how innovation happens. In Where Good Ideas Come From, he tells the exciting and encouraging story of how we generate the ideas that push our careers, our lives, our society, and our culture forward.

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Chekhov for Children

Director Sasha Waters Freyer, writer Phillip Lopate, and Angus Johnston talk about “Chekhov for Children,” a documentary about the 1979 staging on Broadway of Chekhov’s play “Uncle Vanya” by New York City 5th and 6th graders, directed by Phillip Lopate and starring Angus Johnson. It explores the interplay between art and life for a dozen friends across 30 years. “Chekhov for Children” is screening at the Film Society of Lincoln Center on Thursday, October 21, at 6:30 pm.

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Women of the Hudson River School

Jennifer Krieger and Nancy Siegel, curators of the exhibition “Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School,” the first to focus solely on women artists associated with the 19th-century landscape painting movement. It features paintings, embroidered landscapes, photography and drawings by Julia Hart Beers, Susie Barstow, Sara Cole, Josephine Walters, among others. “Remember the Ladies: Women of the Hudson River School” is on view through October 31 at The Thomas Cole Historic Site, in Catskill, New York.

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What Technology Wants

Kevin Kelly, former executive editor of Wired magazine, discusses his brand-new view of technology, and explains how technology can give our lives greater meaning. In What Technology Wants he suggests that technology is a living, evolving organism that has its own unconscious needs and tendencies, and by aligning ourselves with the long-term imperatives of this near-living system, we can capture its full gifts.

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Guest Picks: Phillip Lopate

Phillip Lopate is a fan of Shakira. Find out some of his other favorite picks after his appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.

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