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Studio 360

Brainwave Chick

Saturday, March 29, 2003

Artist and multi-media professor Paras Kaul is less interested in how our brain experiences art, and more concerned about harnessing the mysteries of what's inside the brain. She uses mental electricity itself as the raw material for her work. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Commentary: Google Me This

Saturday, February 08, 2003

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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Robot Hut

Saturday, January 18, 2003

The toy collector John Rigg began wiring circuits in kindergarten. He was still little when he gave his mom a cardboard robot he built with motors, electric lights, and a little candy-filled drawer. Today, John Rigg displays thousands of “metal men” in a big barn ...

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The Fembot Factor

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Most of the robots you know from the movies are male. There’s Robbie the Robot, C-3PO, Data the sensitive android on Star Trek, and the violent cyborgs of Terminator and Robocop. But what about the female robots? Writer Susie Bright has some thoughts on the ways they’ve been ...

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Voyager

Saturday, January 18, 2003

The Voyager computer program is a powerful robot. It composes music — improvised, unpredictable music — using a virtual 64-piece orchestra. The Voyager’s inventor, George Lewis, improvises with his robotic partner, and creates music that we’d like to think only humans could make. Produced by Ted Panken.

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Special Guest: Rodney Brooks

Saturday, January 18, 2003

Kurt Andersen and Rodney Brooks the world's preeminent creator of robotic creatures talk about the culture of robots.

Rodney Brooks is a scientist, professor, and director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. He is the inventor of many robots, including the Roomba, the intelligent vacuum cleaner. His latest book, Flesh ...

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Design for the Real World: Rubik's Cube

Saturday, December 28, 2002

Architect William Katavolos remembers the inventor of the most popular puzzle of the 1980s: the Rubik's Cube.

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Decasia: The Aesthetics of Decay

Saturday, December 07, 2002

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 decay.

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Ninjas Are Awesome

Saturday, November 30, 2002

The Official Ninja web page realultimatepower.net is part spectacle, part performance, and, in large part — adolescent. Every visitor to the site asks the same question — could this possibly be for real?

(Originally aired: May 2, 2002)

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Neuroradiologist Aryeh Lev Stollman on Creativity and the Brain

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Kurt Andersen and Aryeh Lev Stollman discuss the biological foundations of creativity.

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, and his book of short stories, The Dialogues of Time ...

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The Brainwave Chick

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Artist and multi-media professor Paras Kaul is less interested in how our brain experiences art, and more concerned about harnessing the mysteries of what's inside the brain. She uses mental electricity itself as the raw material for her work.

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Vijay Iyer Experiments with Jazz

Saturday, November 23, 2002

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.

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Storyteller

Saturday, November 23, 2002

Jonathan Mitchell is an author with autism: he chronicles his condition through fiction, and his first novel is a satire of the world of special education.

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Physicist Alan Lightman on Time

Saturday, October 12, 2002

Kurt Andersen and novelist and Alan Lightman talk about how art plays with time. Lightman is a novelist and physicist. He is an adjunct Professor of Humanities at MIT and the author of several books including Einstein's Dreams and, most recently, The Diagnosis.

(Originally aired: May 16, 2002)

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10,000-Year Clock

Saturday, October 12, 2002

The Long Now Foundation is designing a clock to tell time over 10,000 years. It will tick once every minute, chime once a year, and play music once a millennium.

(Originally aired: May 16, 2002)

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Commentary: Intergalactic Pop Culture

Saturday, October 05, 2002

Kurt Andersen sees the stirrings of a reunion between culture and science, and thinks they are about to get really interesting. 

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Self Portrait Map

Saturday, September 28, 2002

Artists Bill Outcault and Lilla LoCurto digitally scanned their entire bodies and then found a way to write software which would project the coordinates of their human forms into the restrictive space of a map.

(Originally aired: December 1, 2001)

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Repetition, Art, and the Brain

Saturday, August 24, 2002

What exactly is going on in our brains when we feed it the same thing over and over?

(Originally aired: February 14, 2002)

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Joe Davis's Universe

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Lu Olkowski looks at an artist and amateur scientist who believes we're sending the wrong messages to extraterrestrials.

(Originally aired: January 10, 2002)

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Ann Druyan on Art and Outer Space

Saturday, June 29, 2002

Kurt Andersen talks with science philosopher Ann Druyan about art and outer space. Druyan has written and produced TV programs about space, and conceived the film Contact in collaboration with her husband, the late astronomer Carl Sagan. She is a former philosopher and former secretary of the Federation of American Scientists, and she ...

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