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Tribeca Film Festival Live

The Psychological Depth of Good Will Hunting

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hear director Gus Van Sant, actors Minnie Driver and Stellan Skarsgard, and leading minds in science and psychology discuss the Academy Award-winning film "Good Will Hunting."

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Cheryl's Birthday and the Logic of Logic Problems

Friday, April 17, 2015

Dr. Eugenia Cheng helps us find the answer to the math problem plaguing the internet: When is Cheryl's Birthday? Plus she breaks down the logic of logic puzzles. 

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Parched West and the Birth of a Theorem

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The great Pacific Coast drought. The life and work of Tennessee Williams. Ballet star David Hallberg. French mathematician Cédric Villani.  

The Leonard Lopate Show

Learning Algebra from Cartoons

Monday, January 19, 2015

The Cartoon Guide to Algebra is designed to help students understand and learn the core mathematical course taught in American schools, using engaging graphics and lively humor.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Can You Do Middle School Math?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Math homework has both children and parents frustrated as the common core brings about changes in math instruction. We take a look at some sample questions and see if we can solve them.

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The Takeaway

12/13/14: The Last Sequential Date of The Century

Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday is 12/13/14 is the last sequential date of the century, but there are other dates on the calendar with sequential meaning.

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The Takeaway

The Unusual Story of WWII Code-Breaker Alan Turing

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The film "The Imitation Game" opens this weekend and tells the story about the mathematician Alan Turing, who helped break Nazi coded messages but was punished for his homosexuality.  

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The Sporkful

Listen To Your Chocolate--It Can Tell You How Good It Is

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dan learns what listening to chocolate can tell you about it, how our brains play tricks on our tongues, and why charging more for wine can make it taste better. 

PRI's The World

An Iranian woman makes history in winning a math prize

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Maryam Mirzakhani is the first woman and the first Iranian to win the Fields Medal, math's most prestigious prize.

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Studio 360

Psychedelic Paper Art or High-Level Math?

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Jen Stark's lush paper landscapes seem both psychedelic and scientific. Using trippy shapes and colors, she draws you into a place of quiet mystery.

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WNYC News

Twins Turn Math into Colorful Art

Sunday, June 15, 2014

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Brothers Ryan and Trevor Oakes have made art inspired by visual perception and algorithms for 12 years.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Think Like a Mathematician and Avoid Being Wrong

Thursday, June 12, 2014

A mathematician on how math is part of our daily lives, is made up of words and not just numbers, and is as important as sex.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Coming Close: America in Afghanistan; Bill and Willie Geist on Father-Son Talks; Mathematical Thinking

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Anand Gopal explains how the US came close to victory in Afghanistan and what led to the resurgence of the Taliban. CBS "Sunday Morning" correspondent Bill Geist and his son Willie Geist, host of the "Today Show" and MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," share some of their father-son conversations over the years. Find out how math is a lot more than just addition, subtraction and long division...it’s also the science of not being wrong.

Schoolbook

Test Prep Questions Raise Concerns On Eve of Math Tests

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Comedian Louis C.K. vented on Twitter this week about the prep questions his kids had ahead of the state math tests. Other NYC parents said they're also confused by the new Common Core-aligned math tests third through eighth grade students are taking this week.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Onward and Upward: Supertall Skyscrapers, a Math Genius, New Internet Technologies

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Andy Borowitz fills in for Leonard Lopate. On today’s show: Vanity Fair contributing editor Paul Goldberger talks about the new very tall, very thin residential towers that are being built in Midtown Manhattan. Jason Padgett explains how he became a mathematical genius after he was hit over the head during a mugging. We’ll look at which children’s bedtime books you remember from your childhood and which ones you enjoy sharing with your own kids. We'll find out how Internet bots work and whether mushrooms can help with anxiety.

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How a Head Injury Created a Math Genius

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Jason Padgett had never made it past pre-algebra, but after being struck in the head during a mugging, his ability to understand math and physics increased markedly, and he developed the ability to draw complex shapes he saw everywhere in the world around him.

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On Being

Janna Levin — Mathematics, Purpose, and Truth [remix]

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Janna Levin with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 03, 2014

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The Brian Lehrer Show

For the Love of Pi

Friday, March 14, 2014

Time to celebrate Pi Day! March 14 = 3.14, get it? We've got a mathematician to explain why the irrational number that goes on and on and on... is both beautiful and elegant.

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Features

Pi In The City

Friday, March 14, 2014

Today is Pi Day, in that it’s March 14th, or 3.14. It’s the one day a year we pause to reflect on that beautiful symbol used to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter.

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