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Slate Culture Gabfest

'Tates and Sass Edition

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stephen Metcalf, Julia Turner, and Dana Stevens discuss Noah Baumbach's latest film "While We're Young," the annotation website Genius with Slate's Katy Waldman, and the post-Civil War paths of Grant and Lee with Slate's Jamelle Bouie.

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Studio 360

Why the Internet Loves Lyrics

Thursday, February 26, 2015

We don’t usually think of pop music lyrics as being very deep. But a huge number of internet searches are for lyrics. Why are they suddenly so important?

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Studio 360

Sideshow Podcast: Word Up: Why the Internet Loves Lyrics

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Two percent of all web searches are for lyrics, hence the terrible sites dedicated to cross-selling you bad music and ringtones. Genius' Sasha Frere-Jones explains what we're looking up.
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Features

What Listeners Loved This Week

Friday, October 24, 2014

WNYC
A lesbian cartoonist is a MacArthur Genius. Registered non-voters should really vote. Ira Glass & Co. might solve a murder mystery. Here's a playlist of the week's top stories.

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Operavore

Leonardo da Vinci's Unsung Forays into Music

Monday, June 30, 2014

Leonardo da Vinci had many musical interests, as a theorist and a designer of instruments, writes Fred Plotkin. The Renaissance man is now the subject of an exhibition at the Ambrosian Library in Milan.

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The Takeaway

Why Your Late 30s Are the Best Time for Breakthroughs

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Albert Einstein once said that "a person who has not made his great contribution to science before the age of 30 will never do so." Genius may have come early for Einstein, but according to a new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research, most scientists don't achieve their first big breakthrough until their late thirties. David Shenk, author of "The Genius in All of Us: New Insights Into Genetics, Talent, and IQ," discusses the study and its implications.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cooking with Aphrodisiacs; Third Reich Scientists; "Saint Joan"; Please Explain: Genius

Friday, February 14, 2014

On today’s Valentine’s Day show with New York Times Dining columnist Melissa Clark talking about aphrodisiacs like figs, oysters and artichokes, and what to cook for your special someone. We’ll look at the secret American program to bring the Third Reich’s scientists into the US after the end of World War II. Director Eric Tucker talks about an unusual production of George Bernard Shaw’s play Saint Joan, starring Andrus Nichols as Joan of Arc.And this week’s Please Explain is all about genius and the various ways we measure intelligence.

The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Genius

Friday, February 14, 2014

This week’s Please Explain is all about genius. Dean Keith Simonton, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, talks about what exceptional intelligence is and how it can influence creativity, leadership and achievement. And we’ll find out how genius and intelligence are measured.

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On Being

Rex Jung — Creativity and the Everyday Brain [remix]

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettle

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On Being

[Unedited] Rex Jung and Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 02, 2013

How do we prime our brains to take the meandering mental paths necessary for creativity? New techniques of brain imaging, Rex Jung says, are helping us gain a whole new view on the differences between intelligence, creativity, and personality. He unsettle

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Meet Your Mind

Meet Your Mind: Extraordinary Minds

Sunday, April 07, 2013

Broadcast Times: Sunday, 7am on AM 820 and 9pm on 93.9FM

Certain brain disorders can lead to remarkable insights....even genius. We'll peer into the world of autistic savants and dyslexics, and contemplate our cyborg future, when our brains merge with tiny, embedded computers. Also, one of the most fascinating investigations of consciousness: Stanislav Grof's pioneering study of LSD.

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Soundcheck

The Challenges And Joys Of Parenting Musical Prodigies

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

National Book Award-winning author Andrew Solomon joins to discuss his new book, Far From The Tree, and shares how the families of musical geniuses such as Joshua Bell and Lang Lang struggled to cope with their children's tremendous talents.

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Features

MacArthur Foundation Names 2010 Fellows

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nicknamed the "Genius Grant," the honor is a no-strings-attached gift of $500,000 distributed to individuals who exhibit creativity and originality in their fields. This year's bunch includes, among others, writers, scientists and a type designer.

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Advancing a new theory of genius

Friday, August 27, 2010

John Schaefer on Advanced Genius Theory, or AGT: WTF?

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The Advanced Genius Theory

Friday, August 27, 2010

Musicians like Bob Dylan, Lou Reed and Sting earned career-defining acclaim early on, but produced bewildering or disappointing work later. But maybe they didn't "lose it." Perhaps we're just not smart enough to understand their art. Today: the Advanced Genius Theory, a brilliant pop-culture philosophy -- or a crazy idea hatched at a Pizza Hut. (Or both.) Also: Cellist Joshua Roman made a splash at age 22 by winning principal cello in the Seattle Symphony. Now a solo artist, Roman stops by perform live in our studio.

Tell us: What do you think of The Advanced Genius Theory? Leave a comment.

 

The Takeaway

An Educator Applies the Lessons From "The Genius In All of Us"

Friday, March 12, 2010

Even though his book, “The Genius In All of Us”, has the word "genius" in the title, author David Shenk doesn’t think it's a particularly useful term.

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The Takeaway

On The Road to Genius, Can Failure Be Any Help?

Thursday, March 11, 2010

All week, The Takeaway has been discussing genius with David Shenk, author of a new book called "The Genius In All of Us." Today, the conversation takes a turn. Math educator, John Mighton, joins the program to answer this question: On the road to genius, can failure be any help? Even Einstein famously struggled in academics before becoming one of the world's most revered geniuses. 

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The Takeaway

What Does it Take to Be a Genius?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Practice, practice, practice. In this second installment of our weeklong series on genius, we talk to violinist Sarah Chang who was recognized as a child prodigy, recording her first album at age ten. Together with author David Shenk, the violinist shares some simple ingredients to astonishing success.

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The Takeaway

First Take: Turning towards Kandahar, Stimulus for Minority-Owned Businesses, Violin Genius

Monday, March 08, 2010

UPDATED 5:45 p.m.

Alex Goldmark here. 

We're monitoring the media blitz of Rep. Eric Massa tonight as he heads for the cable news channels to defend himself against ethics accusations. And also to throw a few more parting shots at President Obama's Chief of Staff, Rahm Emanuel. It's an inside story for Washington, but some valuable insights might come out on how work gets done in the Obama White House. Our partners at The New York Times are covering that here

Also, it is python hunting season in Florida. We'll bring you a sharp shooter. 

 

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The Takeaway

What Makes a Genius?

Monday, March 08, 2010

All this week we're talking about geniuses — people who've attained extraordinary success. But it's not just about the elites in society. David Shenk is the author of the reassuringly titled book "The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent and IQ is Wrong."  We're asking you, Who is the genius in your life and why?

David will also be taking your questions about genius all week. Add them to the comments section below.

Click here to read the first chapter of "The Genius in All of Us," and check out David Shenk's blog here.

In the meantime, here are some examples of what people consider genius throughout history:

 

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