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Web Extra: Tesla in New York

Friday, January 25, 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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Mr. Spock and Dr. Strangelove

Friday, January 25, 2008

Samantha Hunt describes the turning point in Tesla’s life when he began acting like a mad scientist, almost taking a page from the movies. And biologist Vincent Pieribone thinks that Hollywood’s most dangerous fantasy about “mad scientists” is that scientists have any power at ...

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Tesla and Twain

Friday, January 25, 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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Transmit This

Friday, January 25, 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, January 25, 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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Introducing Nikola Tesla

Friday, January 25, 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 new novel The Invention of Everything Else. Tesla is the protagonist, and despite the outlandish biographical details ...

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The Death Ray

Friday, January 25, 2008

Mike Daisey completes his life story of Tesla with this tale about the scientist’s real Dr. Strangelove moment: inventing the ultimate superweapon. But did it work? The government thought it might, and the Cold War got hotter.

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Wanted: Bold Thinkers

Friday, January 25, 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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Blue Morph

Friday, December 07, 2007

James Gimzewski thinks really small. The thickness of a hair, 60 or 90 millionths of a meter, is enormous in his world. Gimzewski is a UCLA nanoscientist who spent years taking pictures of atoms. He teamed up with media artist Victoria Vesna to explore ...

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Airwave Imposters

Friday, November 30, 2007

Would you ever trust a photograph to tell you whether a work of art is real? Well, the same kind of trickery can happen (and might be even easier to pull off) with sound recordings. We asked WNYC archivist Andy Lanset to burrow into the early days ...

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Proust was a Neuroscientist

Friday, November 23, 2007

Science writer Jonah Lehrer is just 26, but he’s already worked as a line cook at Le Cirque and in the lab of a Nobel Prize-winning scientist. In Proust Was a Neuroscientist, Lehrer looks at the surprising ways artists like Paul Cezanne and Walt Whitman ...

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Music in Space

Friday, October 26, 2007

When NASA launches the space shuttle, mission control wakes up the astronauts every morning with a song. But that’s not the only music heard in outer space. The astronauts often bring instruments with them to play. We asked Richard Paul to find out what it’s like to ...

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Aha Moment: Quest of the Snow Leopard

Friday, October 26, 2007

When Studio 360 listener John Simmons was a kid, he loved insects and reptiles and even turned his parents’ basement into a natural science museum. He recently retired as a museum collections manager in Lawrence, Kansas, and he says his life-long passion for science and exploration all ...

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Tendues and Torque

Friday, October 19, 2007

Ken Laws was in his early 40s when he decided he wanted to study ballet. Laws taught college physics, and when he had to shift his center of gravity to perform a simple pose at the barre, he immediately connected the dots between physical principles and

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Iraq and the XBOX

Friday, October 12, 2007

In the mid-90s, the U.S. military discovered that Marines were customizing the videogame Doom to practice warfare, which prompted the Marine Corps to develop its own version of the game as an actual training tool. Now they've added another level of realism for a videogame that helps soldiers ...

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Videogames 101

Friday, October 12, 2007

If you haven’t played a video game since Ms. Pac-Man, you probably have some catching up to do. Kurt has this quick guided tour of the state of the art. Produced by Curtis Fox.

Special Guest: Clive Thompson
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Your Brain on Videogames

Friday, October 12, 2007

American kids spend an average of seven hours a week gaming. But what about the grown-ups inside the industry, who play eight to ten hours -– and then leave the office and go home to play some more? Jonathan Mitchell asked game producer Marc ...

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Super Mario Clouds

Friday, October 12, 2007

Imagine walking through an art gallery and finding a single wall of digital clouds lifted from the classic 80s Nintendo game Super Mario Brothers. The artist Cory Arcangel tells Rebecca Cascade why reprogramming video game software comes as naturally to him as wielding a ...

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In Orbit Over Levittown

Friday, October 05, 2007

On the evening of October 4th 1957, when David Hoffman was 13 years old, his family and all their neighbors walked outside to peer up at the night sky. Now a filmmaker, he has made a documentary called Sputnik Mania that reflects on his passion for space. ...

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