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The Science of Time Travel

Friday, January 01, 2010

David Goldberg teaches physics at Drexel University. In A User's Guide to the Universe, he explains how time travel might be possible. He tells Kurt why the skeptics are wrong: "It's certainly within the realm of what we know about how the universe works."  

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Connie Willis

Friday, January 01, 2010

The writer, a winner of multiple Hugo and Nebula awards, admits she was first drawn to time travel out of a desire to go back and fix her own mistakes. Now she loves using it to allow her characters to experience history. She reads from her upcoming novel, ...

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The Mechanics of Time Travel

Friday, January 01, 2010

Simon Wells (the great-grandson of H.G. Wells) directed the 2002 film adaptation of his ancestor’s classic novel, The Time Machine - he explains his design for the time machine. David Goldberg thinks it will actually look more like a spaceship; he and

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Visitor from the Future

Friday, January 01, 2010

Kurt's invitation to the people of the future to attend the show is answered by monologist Mike Daisey. He reports, time is a lot more fluid than we think - and the TV show "Lost" is even more complicated. 

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Janelle Monáe

Friday, January 01, 2010

This forward-thinking space funk singer performs "Sincerely, Jane" from her album Metropolis: The Chase Suite. She tells Kurt how she came to connect with her alter ego, Cindi Mayweather, an android from the 28th century.

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Bonus Track: James Cameron Uncut

Friday, December 18, 2009

Hear Kurt's full conversation with the director of "Avatar."

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I, Avatar

Friday, December 18, 2009

Is your Second Life slowly replacing your first life? Do you feel closer to video game characters than actual real humans? New media lets everyone construct virtual identities, but we shouldn't be too afraid of surrendering to technology. As Studio 360's Eric Molinsky discovers, our ...

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James Cameron

Friday, December 18, 2009

"I'm the king of the world!" James Cameron proclaimed upon accepting his best director Oscar for "Titanic." In 1997 it was the most technically ambitious (and lucrative) movie ever made. This week an even more titanic Cameron film is headed for theaters: "Avatar." ...

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The Art Instinct

Friday, November 20, 2009

Denis Dutton is a professor of the philosophy of art interested in evolutionary biology. In his controversial book The Art Instinct, he argues that certain tastes in art are genetic. Dutton believes that if we examine art from around the world, we can see the marks ...

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Alpha

Friday, November 20, 2009

Acclaimed novelist Lydia Millet imagines a future where a genetic engineering accident has wiped out much of the earth's plant life. When a few blades of grass appear on a remote island, a scientist goes to investigate. Martha Plimpton reads the story. With production ...

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Homo-Thespian

Friday, November 20, 2009

A new play, "Hominid," reenacts a violent incident that took place in a chimpanzee colony. Primate expert Frans de Waal and the play's actors describe what it took to stage a chimpanzee drama with a very human story. Produced by Philip Graitcer, with

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More From Denis Dutton

Friday, November 20, 2009

According to Dutton, Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring” shows how our art instinct is still evolving.

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Museum of God

Friday, November 20, 2009

Amateur paleontologist Jon Halsey isn't afraid to turn over a few rocks. By digging in areas near his home outside of Dallas, he's been able to amass an extensive collection of fossils which he stores in his garage. He calls the collection "The American Museum of God," revering the power ...

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Spencer Wells

Friday, November 20, 2009

Where did we come from? Evolutionary biologist Spencer Wells is pretty close to the answer. He's the National Geographic "Explorer-in-Residence" and heads an initiative called the Genographic Project. By collecting DNA samples from people around the world, he's tracing the paths of human migration, and he's ...

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Oh My God, Charlie Darwin

Friday, November 20, 2009

"Set the sails; I feel the winds a'stirring." So begins the song, "Charlie Darwin," by the rock band The Low Anthem. Frontman Ben Knox Miller describes how the band came up with the tune and its darker message, "Who could heed the words of Charlie Darwin? ...

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Ruth Padel: "Survival of the Fittest"

Friday, November 20, 2009

Padel reads from her poetry collection, Darwin: A Life In Poems.

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Darwin: A Life In Poems

Friday, November 20, 2009

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the publication of On The Origin of Species. Charles Darwin's great-great-granddaughter, Ruth Padel, tells her famous ancestor's life story all in verse. One poem describes Darwin's awe at the sealife that washed up on the deck of the ...

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Aha Moment: Optimus Prime

Friday, November 06, 2009

A child of the '80s, Scott Edward Nall never really grew out of "The Transformers" – the cartoon where robots changed into guns and planes. Transformers influenced Nall so much, that as a man, he decided to literally become one of his Transformer heroes and legally ...

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Zombies

Friday, October 30, 2009

To make a convincing zombie, it's all in the pacing. George Romero invented the modern zombie with his 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead," and he still likes them old-fashioned -- slow-moving but hard to stop. "I don't know if you're aware of the rift in the ...

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Del The Funky Homosapien

Friday, October 30, 2009

This West Coast hip-hopper hit stardom in 2001, but he wasn't born for the limelight. His reputation as hip-hop's oddball stems from his raps about science fiction, "Dungeons and Dragons," and public transit. Del explains to Kurt how his path diverged from that of his cousin, gangsta pioneer ...

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