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Fancy Diving

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Diving has always been a sport of aesthetics: it's not how fast you hit the water, it's how good you look going down. But the sport is changing. The focus is moving away from precision and grace, and towards complex acrobatic moves. Dave Johns tells us why the classic jackknife ...

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Olympic Architecture

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Pierre de Coubertin, the father of the modern Olympics, realized architecture could affect the success of the games. He challenged architects to create a sacred space for sport. Matt Holzman of KCRW in Santa Monica has the story of how architecture for the Olympics has become a sport of its ...

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More Than Midi

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Video games have surpassed Hollywood movies as a money making industry. And while video game music of yesterday consisted of simple blips and beeps, today game scores are being composed for full orchestras. Allison Lirish Dean explains how video game music has gone from midi to Mozart.

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Design for the Real World: Vespa

Saturday, July 17, 2004

It zips around and comes in irresistible candy colors. The icon of mid-century transportation chic has recently returned to the States with plenty of buzz. And Paola Antonelli, design curator at the Museum of Modern Art, has her own soft spot for the Vespa Motor Scooter. Produced by Angela Frucci. ...

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Toxic Materials

Saturday, July 17, 2004

The life of the average artist is not known for its sense of security. Most will experience little money, or fame, or recognition. They may dream of these things, but what many artists should be yearning for more than anything is… health insurance. Sarah Lilley explains why.

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Musical Injuries

Saturday, July 17, 2004

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

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Makin' Copies

Saturday, July 10, 2004

The word “forgery” conjures up a shadowy network of cynical brilliant craftsmen and dealers conning naïve clients with perfectly faked Old Masters. Eric Doeringer is the rare contemporary art forger who wants full credit for his copying. Matthew Schuerman stumbled across Doeringer hawking his forged art work on ...

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Powers of Ten

Saturday, June 26, 2004

A 1977 short film called Powers of Ten by the great designers Charles and Ray Eames is a unique demonstration of that principle of scale. The Eames are best known for a famous mid-century modern chair, and had a rule to always look at something from ...

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John Astin on Poe

Saturday, June 19, 2004

John Astin on Poe

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Commentary: Ring My Cell

Saturday, May 22, 2004

No doubt you were as amused or annoyed as everybody else when cell phones began playing little tunes for rings. And now that cell phones are polyphonic, they are beginning to sound like actual music. So does it make sense that a band has now released an entire album exclusively ...

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Sonic Smells

Saturday, April 10, 2004

We hear how smell and sound go together. Jamie O'Shea is an artist and inventor of the olfactograph, a mechanism designed to capture and record scents, like that of a campfire or an indoor pool. In O'Shea's installations, he often pairs the olfactograph with audio recordings of the places they ...

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Above Minnesota

Saturday, February 07, 2004

The sound artist Janek Schaefer got a commission to make something "about Minnesota". As a Brit, he had to ask friends what defined Minnesota for Minnesotans. They gave him one word: weather. So, during a storm, Schaefer sent a cell phone up into the stratosphere in a weather ...

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Commentary: Google-Powered Greatness

Saturday, February 07, 2004

The Internet’s been around for a decade, but we're still falling in love with its search engines. Lately, Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen has been marveling at the sheer bounty he gleans from Google.

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Design for the Real World: Curta Calculator

Saturday, October 18, 2003

The Curta Calculator is an object that has been made totally obsolete by modern electronics. Designer Chris Spurgeon talks about the beauty of this powerful and sleek device.

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Decasia

Saturday, August 02, 2003

Technology continues to develop sophisticated recording equipment that allows us to capture and save pictures and sound, perhaps to immortalize them. That sense of immortality is betrayed in a new multimedia performance called Decasia. Its creators use de-tuned instruments and deteriorating celluloid to orchestrate the aesthetics of ...

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ArtBots

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Can a hunk of metal and plastic learn to make art? The Robot Talent Show that took place in New York City two weekends ago featured several robots whose builders claim they actually...create. Produced by Trent Wolbe.

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Voice Over

Saturday, July 12, 2003

The power of the voice can be used to create phenomenal works of art, and it can be used to sell us stuff. The people in this story have coaxed you to buy toothpaste, to join a gym or to trust the news you watch. What are they thinking about ...

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Design for the Real World: Miele Vacuum Cleaner

Saturday, June 28, 2003

Design Critic Philip Nobel confesses a peculiar passion for a household appliance—The Miele vacuum cleaner.

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Special Guest: Aryeh Lev Stollman

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Kurt Andersen and novelist and neuroradiologist Aryeh Lev Stollman talk about art and the brain.

Aryeh Lev Stollman is a neuroradiologist at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. He's the author of the novels The Far Euphrates and The Illuminated Soul. Stollman's new book of short stories ...

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Vijay Iyer

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Vijay Iyer is a jazz pianist and composer as well as an accomplished cognitive scientist. His studies of the brain and the body actively shape how he perceives and makes music. Produced by Simon Rentner.

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