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'Mike's Place' is the gripping new novel of love, blues and terror in Tel Aviv

Friday, May 29, 2015

A new graphic novel tells the story of a blues bar in Israel, and the suicide bomber who blew it up.

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Song Exploder

Brian Tyler - Avengers: Age of Ultron

Friday, May 29, 2015

The title card for Avengers: Age of Ultron comes up twelve minutes into the movie. Against a black background, the Avengers logo takes up almost the entire screen. You might expect a triumphant, heroic piece of music, but the film called for something more complicated. Coming up, you'll hear why, and how composer Brian Tyler tackled that piece of score, in his third feature for Marvel Studios. It was recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Philharmonic, with Brian himself conducting.

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Studio 360

Bio Art

Thursday, May 28, 2015

From "Pig Wings" to "Semi-Living Worry Dolls," artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr are using high tech tools to challenge our conception of what life is –– and could be.

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Studio 360

“Blood Music”

Thursday, May 28, 2015

In Greg Bear's novel “Blood Music,” a scientist infected with a synthetic virus realizes that the organisms in his body have become self-aware — and they're talking in his head.

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Studio 360

A Crash Course in Designing Life

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Bio-hacking has become so easy, artists and hobbyists can take classes at Genspace in Brooklyn. So reporter Julia Wetherell took a crash course.

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PRI's The World

Sex, religion and politics collide in 'Dirty Paki Lingerie'

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pakistani-American Aizzah Fatima has brought her one-woman play to all sorts of venues in recent years. Even the play's title offends some. It's called: Dirty Paki Lingerie.

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Studio 360

The Ethics of Synthetic Biology

Thursday, May 28, 2015

When artists use synthetic biology, are they playing God, or just playing with cool new toys? Scientists Drew Endy and Christina Agapakis weigh in on the ethics.  

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Studio 360

Synthetic Biology in Pop Culture

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Synthetic biology is a great plot device for science fiction, but screenwriters tend to rely on clichés more than the much weirder world of actual science. 

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PRI's The World

Iran hosts an anti-ISIS cartoon contest. What could go wrong?

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Iran holds an anti-ISIS cartoon contest and invites satirists around the globe to participate. Sounds worthy, except it's state-sponsored and this is the same country that held a Holocaust cartoon contest just a month ago.

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PRI's The World

The amazing rise and immortal life of Sherlock Holmes

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

It's hard to think of a more perfect Sherlock Holmes than the one Benedict Cumberbatch portrays in "Sherlock." And that's in part because the detective is immortal. A new book looks at the rise of Sherlock Holmes before Cumberbatch and shows how there will be perfect detectives in the future.

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The New Yorker: Out Loud

The New Late Night

Monday, May 25, 2015

New Yorker writers and editors discuss late night television after David Letterman.

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Love + Radio

Paremoremo

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Paul Wood was sentenced to life in prison for murder at age 18, and began his adult life negotiating the social dynamics of some of New Zealand's toughest prisons, including the maximum security wing of Paremoremo Prison (now Auckland Prison).

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Studio 360

Five Things You Had to See Online This Week

Friday, May 22, 2015

After losing the internet for years, Letterman finally triumphed in his final week. Nintendo, the MTA, and "Do Not Disturb" signs did well, too. 
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Studio 360

Andrew Bird: "Greenland on My Mind"

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Sometimes you just need to get away from it all. Andrew Bird and the Hands of Glory perform “Dear Old Greenland,” a song about escaping to the remotest location imaginable.

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PRI's The World

Self-published photo books go from last resorts to museum treasures

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Self-published is usually seen as a last resort for the rejected author, but don't tell that to photographers. Self-publishing has become a huge hit for photographers looking to get their work out, and the limited editions are valuable commodities for collectors and even museums.

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Studio 360

Kurt Andersen Faces His Fears

Thursday, May 21, 2015

What do the nagging voices in Kurt Andersen’s head say when he’s onstage in front of an audience of 1,000? Turns out they’re mostly concerned with pronunciation and the fit of his pants.

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Studio 360

Hari Kondabolu: Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Demographics

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Comedian Hari Kondabolu thinks the coming of a majority minority America is a good thing. With fewer than 50% of the population “white,” will pot roast become an ethnic food?

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Studio 360

The Double Life of Jennifer Egan

Thursday, May 21, 2015

In a recent story, Jennifer Egan imagined a rookie spy — a woman dropped into a compromising situation with recording devices embedded in her body, but no idea what was going on.

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Studio 360

Bonus Track: Death, Be Not Now

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Andrew Bird, Tift Merritt, Hari Kondabolu, and Jennifer Egan join Kurt Andersen in this radio play about confronting the fear of death — and getting on with the business of living.

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PRI's The World

Lalo Alcaraz warns the sensitive to avoid his new show, 'Bordertown'

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Renowned Latino cartoonist Lalo Alcaraz is hitting the screen as a writer for a new Seth MacFarlane show set in a town on the US-Mexico border. And while issues of immigration and identity are old stuff for him, he's happy they're getting an airing — especially a sharp-edged one — on TV.

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