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The Ceiling Above the Couch

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Sigmund Freud saw most of his patients -- famous case studies like "the Wolf Man" and Anna O -- in the study of his Vienna home. Spencer Finch, a painter, was so inspired by Freud that he spent a day in the Freud House depicting the view from ...

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Freud

Saturday, February 04, 2006

Kurt Andersen and Jonathan Lear look at how Sigmund Freud and his theories still pervade our culture.

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Airwave Imposters

Saturday, January 28, 2006

We tend to trust people's voices, but sound recordings and radio are easy to fabricate. We asked WNYC archivist Andy Lanset to burrow into the early days of radio and unearth the fakers.

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Recipe for Paper

Thursday, January 19, 2006

We consume paper by the ton, but most of us never think about where it really comes from. Just how do trees turn into paper towels and junk mail? We sent WBUR's Sean Cole on a messy mission.

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The Future of Paper is Now

Thursday, January 19, 2006

In Cambridge, Massachusetts a company called E-ink is close to perfecting a great dream of the computer world -- electronic ink. The firm has developed an incredibly thin portable digital display that really looks like ink on paper. The letters on E-ink's displays change as easily as those ...

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The Canon

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Trent Wolbe talks with contemporary composer Steve Reich about the various symmetrical techniques that animate the music that inspires him as well as his own works. Produced by Trent Wolbe.

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M.C. Escher

Thursday, January 12, 2006

The works of the late graphic artist M.C. Escher have been admired for decades by students and scholars alike. But Escher claimed to have failed his own high school exams. He considered becoming an architect before traveling to Spain, where he hit upon a better way to express himself. Produced ...

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Symmetry & Sex Appeal

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Are supermodels more symmetrical? Beauty expert Kelley Quan joins Kurt and Mario Livio to talk about how symmetry affects human attraction. Quan is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online fashion magazine ZooZOOM.com, and she explains how symmetry -- or the lack of it ...

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Number 1 For 37 Minutes

Saturday, November 12, 2005

Luke DuBois is a musician and computer programmer who has spent the last couple of years developing a technique he calls time-lapse phonography. Much like the way financial analysts sample the stock market to determine prices, time-lapse phonography samples sound to create averages. DuBois used the technique to ...

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Special Guest: Richard Rhodes

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Kurt talks with author Richard Rhodes about the atomic bomb.

Rhodes won the Pulitzer Prize in 1988 for his definitive history: The Making of the Atomic Bomb. His other books include Dark Sun, about the making of the hydrogen bomb, and Masters of Death, about a Nazi task force that ...

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American Prometheus

Saturday, October 08, 2005

Physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer led a team of thousands to create the first nuclear weapon. He was immediately hailed as an American hero, but after speaking out against the use of the bomb he was condemned as a traitor and maligned as a Communist spy. WNYC’s Sara Fishko examines how ...

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Design for the Real World: Superball

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Curator Paola Antonelli remembers how the tiny, energetic Superball made havoc in classrooms and workplaces.

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Embroidered Implants

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Embroidery's not just for pillowcases any more. Design curator Matilda McQuaid tells us about an intricate little piece of polyester that only the surgeons ever get to see.

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Psychonauts

Saturday, July 02, 2005

In a new videogame, the player ventures through the minds of dangerously insane patients at an asylum. The goal of Psychonauts is to resolve their conflicts and save the little kids whom they are threatening. Tim Schafer, the game’s creator, got his ideas from a college ...

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Action Figure

Saturday, June 25, 2005

A lot of us grew up with GI Joe and Princess Leia action figures. But today's selection of tiny plastic dolls isn’t limited to movie and comic book characters. Super heroes worked hard to make our democracy safe. So it naturally follows that we can now customize our ...

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Commentary: The Metaphor Zone

Saturday, June 11, 2005

When a recent study came out that connected the dots between neuroscience and creativity, Kurt Andersen wanted to know more.

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Tractors

Saturday, April 30, 2005

A beautifully designed tractor is the kind of farm equipment that’s guaranteed to induce childlike awe in even the slickest city dweller. Lu Olkowski visited a few farmers in upstate New York and asked them why these machines inspire so much devotion. 

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Powers of Ten

Saturday, March 26, 2005

A 1977 short film called Powers of Ten by the great designers Charles and Ray Eames uniquely demonstrates the properties of scale. The Eames are best known for a famous mid-century modern chair, and had a rule to always look at something from the next biggest ...

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Musical Injuries

Saturday, March 05, 2005

We’ve all heard stories about sports and dance injuries that abruptly end careers, but musicians actually face as many physical risks as professional athletes. When trumpeter Matthew Steinfeld injured his mouth and couldn’t make his horn create a decent sound, he felt helpless. Hillary Frank has the story.

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How Art Works: The Tat

Saturday, March 05, 2005

One of the best known personality tests is the Thematic Apperception Test, which asks patients to imagine a story based on a picture of an ambiguous scene. The "TAT" is undergoing its biggest overhaul since its creation 70 years ago, which means psychologists are having to think deeply about ...

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