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U2 - Cedarwood Road

Monday, June 29, 2015

10 Cedarwood Road is the address of Bono’s childhood home in Dublin. For the U2 song "Cedarwood Road," Bono looked back to his life there as a teenager, when skinhead culture seeped into his neighborhood via the Seven Towers, housing projects that were built around that time. In this episode, Bono traces the arc from those memories to the lyrics of "Cedarwood Road," and The Edge breaks down the process of how the music was written, with the original demo and the isolated tracks from the final recording.

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The Takeaway

The Best Five Things Online This Week

Friday, June 26, 2015

Taylor Swift eats Apple for lunch, a high school dance-off saves America, and Pixar gives everyone (and everything) the feels.

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99% Invisible

170- Children of the Magenta (Automation Paradox, pt. 1)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers, three pilots, and nine flight attendants boarded an Airbus 330 in Rio de Janeiro. This flight, Air France 447, was headed across to Paris. Everything proceeded normally for several hours. Then, with no … Continue reading

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Song Exploder

Will Butler - Anna

Monday, June 22, 2015

Will Butler is a member of the band Arcade Fire, and he co-wrote the score for the film Her, which earned him an Oscar nomination. In March 2015, he put out his first solo album, Policy, and in this episode, he breaks down the song "Anna" from that record.

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99% Invisible

169- Freud’s Couch

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Sigmund Freud’s ground-breaking techniques and theories for therapy came to be called “psychoanalysis,” and it was embodied, in practice and popular culture, by a single piece of furniture: the couch. Producer Ann Hepperman explores the role of this canonical object in … Continue reading

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Song Exploder

Ramin Djawadi - Game of Thrones

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Game of Thrones premiered on HBO in April 2011 and became the most watched show in HBO's history. The main title theme was written by Emmy-nominated composer Ramin Djawadi. In this episode, he'll break down the different elements in the piece, and how themes within the show inspired his composition and choice of instruments.

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99% Invisible

168- All In Your Head

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

People who make horror movies know: if you want to scare someone, use scary music. Some of the most creative use of music and sound to evoke fear and anxiety is on the TV show Hannibal. Hrishikesh Hirway of Song … Continue reading

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Studio 360

Los Angeles Is Bursting with Crystals

Tuesday, June 09, 2015

Crystal formations have been popping out of the cracks and crevices in the Los Angeles streetscape. They're all the work of one mad paper-folding genius.
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Studio 360

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.

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99% Invisible

167- Voices in the Wire

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

This week on 99% Invisible, we have two stories about the early days of broadcasting and home sound recording, produced by Radio Diaries and the Kitchen Sisters. The sounds that came out Frank Conrad’s Garage in 1919 and 1920 are … Continue reading

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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

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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99% Invisible

166- Viva La Arquitectura!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

On January 3rd, 1961, Che Guevara suggested to Fidel Castro that they go play a round of golf. They drove out to what was then the ritziest, most elite country club in Havana. It was empty—almost all the members had … Continue reading

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The Takeaway

In Age of Digital Art, Pencils Still Have a Place

Thursday, May 21, 2015

A new photography exhibit in London shows how artists' pencils reflect their personalities. Photos of pencils from Stephen Fry, Dave Eggers and others are featured. 

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Studio 360

9,000 Takes on "Do Not Disturb"

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

A retired UN worker shares his vast collection of "Do Not Disturb" signs from hotels around the world.
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Studio 360

Composing Poetry with Predictive Text

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The iPhone's latest texting feature is inadvertently becoming an art form for the digital age. 
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99% Invisible

165- The Nutshell Studies

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Baltimore, Maryland is a busy place. Anyone who dies unexpectedly in the state of Maryland will end up there for an autopsy. On an average day, they might perform twelve autopsies; on … Continue reading

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Song Exploder

tUnE-yArDs - Water Fountain

Monday, May 18, 2015

In this episode, Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs breaks down "Water Fountain." It's a song that draws inspiration from the politics of drought and dancehall reggae, and you'll hear how (and why) she tried to make this song less catchy. Despite that effort, in 2014 the tUnE-yArDs album Nikki Nack climbed the Billboard Charts and got widespread critical praise.

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99% Invisible

164- The Post-Billiards Age

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

We live in a post-billiards age. There was an age of billiards, and it has been over for so long, most of us have no idea how huge billiards once was. For many decades, starting in the mid-19th Century, billiards … Continue reading

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99% Invisible

163- The Gruen Effect

Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Retail spaces are designed for impulse shopping. When you go to a store looking for socks and come out with a new shirt, it’s only partly your fault.  Shops are trying to look so beautiful, so welcoming, the items so enticingly displayed and … Continue reading

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