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Transmit This

Friday, November 28, 2008

A lot of us learned that Guglielmo Marconi invented radio, but Nikola Tesla transmitted electromagnetic waves before Marconi –- the Supreme Court decided the case in 1943. Jim Stagnitto, the Director of Engineering for WNYC, gives Kurt a tour at the top of the Empire ...

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Tesla vs. Edison

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tesla’s biggest innovation was introducing alternating current as the standard for modern electric power, breaking Thomas Edison’s monopoly on DC power. Mike Daisey is an author and monologuist who performs a one-man show about Tesla, and he tells us how AC/DC isn’t just a band.

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Tesla and Twain

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tesla was a flamboyant character who held salons where he played fast and loose with technology. Mike Daisey tells the story of Tesla, Mark Twain, and an X-ray gun.

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Introducing Nikola Tesla

Friday, November 28, 2008

Part visionary, part mad scientist, and absolute genius, Tesla should be as famous as Edison – but he’s been largely forgotten. Kurt talks with Samantha Hunt about her novel The Invention of Everything Else. Tesla is the protagonist, and despite the outlandish biographical details all ...

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Web Extra: Tesla in New York

Friday, November 28, 2008

Tesla arrived in New York City in 1884 with 4 cents in his pocket and dreams of becoming a great scientist and discoverer. Explore Tesla's life in the city through this interactive map, along with photos, video and audio.

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Web Extra: The Invention of Everything Else

Friday, November 28, 2008

Samantha Hunt reads from the end of her novel.

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Garage Inventors

Friday, November 28, 2008

All over the country, amazing science is happening without institutional or government funding. Matt Cavnar talked to inventors in garages, basements, a Quonset hut, even NASA’s Jet Propulsion Lab to see what home inventors are doing in the 21st century.

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Wanted: Bold Thinkers

Friday, November 28, 2008

Much of science today is grant-dependent and discourages dreamy, out-of-box thinking –- because who wants to fund mistakes? Samantha Hunt warns Kurt that Tesla’s visionary approach to science is all but extinct.

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Wylie Dufresne

Friday, November 21, 2008

The trendy New York restaurant wd-50 is a destination for foodies, thanks to chef Wylie Dufresne. Dufresne is a leader in the culinary movement called molecular gastronomy. Using surprising chemicals like liquid nitrogen, Dufresne invents dishes that both charm and confound. Kurt Andersen visits wd-50’s ...

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Eggs

Friday, November 21, 2008

Knoll Krest Farm, in New York’s Dutchess County, supplies organic cage-free eggs to wd-50 and many other fine restaurants. Kurt and agricultural scientist Cynthia Shelley pay a visit to the farm. Kurt learns that life isn’t so easy for chickens, especially when a fox gets in the ...

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John Coupland

Friday, November 21, 2008

Wylie Dufresne makes his unique Eggs Benedict, featuring a strange creation all his own: deep-fried hollandaise sauce. Food scientist John Coupland explains how the inventions of cutting-edge chefs sometimes find their way to the frozen food aisle of your supermarket.

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Taste Test

Friday, November 21, 2008

Kurt sits down for our meal du jour with two eating experts: biopsychologist Marcia Pelchat, of the Monell Chemical Senses Center, and John Willoughby, the Executive Editor of Gourmet Magazine. Dr. Pelchat identifies secret ingredients of Dufresne’s dishes: emotion, memory ...

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Warning Signs

Friday, November 21, 2008

The accumulation of radioactive waste at Nevada's Yucca Mountain storage site poses a challenge: how do you permanently label it? Engineers like Patrick Charton are trying to solve that problem. Produced by Sarah Lilley.

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Attack of the Giant Chihuahuas

Friday, November 21, 2008

Attack of the Giant Chihuahuas

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Cal-Earth

Friday, November 14, 2008

In Hesperia, California, architect Nader Khalili created a housing movement for the future. Khalili, who passed away in March, prototyped his dome-shaped adobes on a commission from NASA for a lunar colony. Then he realized that his “superadobes” could take root on Earth. Studio 360’s

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Bacteria Biofuel

Friday, November 14, 2008

Frances Arnold is a biochemical engineer at Cal Tech working on one part of the energy crisis. In a process called “directed evolution,” Arnold’s team is altering the genetic codes of bacteria to evolve a strain of organisms than can digest grass and excrete biofuel. 

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Eco Art

Friday, November 14, 2008

Photographer Brandon Ballengée hunts for frogs with extra legs and missing eyes. Andrea Polli translates hurricane data into soundscapes. By seeking out these (sometimes bizarre) ecological phenomena, they hope to bring environmentalism to new audiences. Produced by Studio 360’s Trey Kay

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Green Rockers

Friday, November 14, 2008

Corn-based shrink wrap on the CDs, biofuel buses, organic hair spray: this is the greening of rock n’ roll. Sarah Lemanczyk talked to the indie rock band Cloud Cult, which manages its carbon footprint and has fun at the same time.

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Power Cart

Friday, November 14, 2008

Mouna Andraos is an artist and web designer who’s always been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small appliances.

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Forgive Me Father

Friday, November 14, 2008

The Vatican recently called pollution of the environment a modern-day sin. Kurt calls Father Jim Martin, a Jesuit priest, to ask what kind of penance polluters are in for.

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