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Is This Whale Saying Thank You?

Monday, August 01, 2011

In our Animal Minds episode, we met a group of divers who rescued a humpback whale, then shared a really incredible moment...a moment in which the divers are convinced that the whale found a way to say thank you. We obviously can't know for sure, and that question--how well can we really know the minds of animals?--was at the heart of the show.

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I Want My MTV: Music Television Turns 30

Monday, August 01, 2011

MTV was born 30 years ago on August 1, 1981 as a scrappy underground music channel, kicking off the age of the music video with “Video Killed The Radio Star” by The Buggles. WNYC asked music, television, and pop-culture critics to weigh in on MTV and its role in shaping the American cultural landscape.

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Wild Beasts

Friday, July 15, 2011

The band Wild Beasts sings about sex. But how is that news? Tom Fleming says it is because the group is focusing on the loss and vulnerability of male sex. Watch a video of Wild Beasts playing "Loop The Loop" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Transportation Nation

Viral Video: Stuck in an Airport, Two Bored Car Photographers Make Mischief

Friday, June 17, 2011


Two car photographers somehow got stranded overnight at the Dallas Forth Worth airport. Security never came and got them, they say. So, the y took out their $30,000 worth of video equipment they were lugging back from a film shoot and made a movie about being stuck in an airport.

It showcases all kinds of advanced photography skills, juvenile behavior, and lots of places you never get to see in an Airport.

Jalopnik has the behind the scenes story which claims it's real and they really were stuck.

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Transportation Nation

Viral Video: Bike Boy's Triumphant Speech After Learning How to Ride

Saturday, June 04, 2011

(New York, Transportation Nation) "I feel happy with of myself," Bike Boy yells. And he should, because he just learned to ride a bike for the first time. Then, when his father (we assume it's his father anyway) asks if he has any advice for other little kids who are learning how to ride, Bike Boy launches into an awesome, heroic, and utterly charming motivational speech.

"Everybody, I know you can believe in yourself. If you believe in yourself you will know how to ride a bike, if you don't, you just keep practicing. You will get the hang of it, I know it," he declares. Watch the video for the rest of the speech and feel the glory of learning to ride a bike for the first time all over again.

Happy spring weekend!

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Radiolab

Krulwich Wonders: A Pendulum Dance

Thursday, May 19, 2011

The following post is from Robert's excellent blog Krulwich Wonders. You can read all the articles from Krulwich Wonders here.

Cinderella's Ball, This Time With Pendulums

What we have here is better, more cunning and a damn sight more beautiful than magic. It's a pendulum dance.

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Femi Kuti

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

The late Fela Kuti pioneered the music genre known as Afrobeat. His son, Femi Kuti, actually went back to the same studio in Lagos, Nigeria where his father made music and recorded his new album Africa For Africa entirely at the Afrodisia/Decca Studio. Check out the video below of Femi Kuti and his band performing the title track "Africa For Africa" from their new album in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Radiolab

Radiolab Video: Symmetry

Monday, April 18, 2011

Is the world full of deep symmetries and ordered pairs? Or do we live in a lopsided universe? This striking video by Everynone plays with our yearning for balance, and reveals how beautiful imperfect matches can be. The video was inspired by our episode Desperately Seeking Symmetry.

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Features

French Intellectual Thought, Meet American Intellectual Thought

Monday, April 11, 2011

Walls and Bridges kicks off on Monday. During the lecture series, prominent American photographers, writers and performers will talk about everything from clouds to life's turning points to the intersection of art and gender.

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Features

LCD Soundsystem Seeks Sky Fan Footage for Final Show

Thursday, March 31, 2011

“Footage is to be projected at the final LCD Soundsystem show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday April 2nd 2011 so we need to receive it Thursday and Friday to be able to prepare it,” wrote music video director Lance Bangs.

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The Takeaway

The Voice Behind a GPS System

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Today we spoke to author Jonathan Coe, whose new novel tells a story of a man who falls in love with his GPS device. We decided to add another voice to the conversation, that of Karen Jacobson, who provides the voice for a popular GPS setting, "Australian Kate."

We asked Karen about how she feels giving voice to a navigation voice. She offers some wisdom from one of her GPS commands.

Listen to the radio interview with Karen and Jonathan Coe.

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The art-rock band with an extra long name …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead recently visited WNYC's Soundcheck studios. The group performed music from its seventh album, Tao of the Dead, which includes illustrations by frontman Conrad Keely. Check out a video here.

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Todd Snider

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Todd Snider has been criss-crossing the country for over 15 years playing his talking blues-style, self-described hippy music to like-minded people. Says Snider: "It's an easy job, but someone's got to do it."

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Matt Bauder

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Saxophonist and composer Matt Bauder has been writing and performing jazz from Chicago to New York. Watch a video of Bauder performing live in the Soundcheck studio right here.

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Studio 360

B.D. Speaks!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Garry Trudeau – author of the landmark comic strip Doonesburystopped by the studio recently to talk with Kurt about 40 years of penning the ever-expanding Doonesbury universe.  It’s a challenge to cover comics (or really anything visual) on the radio, so Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky made dramatized versions of a few key strips.

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Radiolab

Goat on a Cow Dance!

Friday, January 07, 2011

This adaptation of our "Goat on a Cow" story is so beautiful it made Robert cry--he broke into tears at his desk, as he describes to the New York Times. The dance was directed and choreographed by Andrew Palermo, with additional choreography by Taye Diggs, as a ...

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Features

Live on Soundcheck: Depedro

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Spanish guitarist Jairo Zavala is best known in the U.S. as the touring guitarist for Calexico. But in his home country of Spain, Zavala is better know for his solo work where he goes by the name Depedro. Check out a video of his recent performance in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Transportation Nation

NYC Subway Video from 1949 -- Happy Holidays

Saturday, December 25, 2010

Here's a video from 1949 of the NYC subway. Enjoy the vintage ride.

Happy Holidays from the Transportation Nation crew.

Follow Transportation Nation on Twitter for more stories.

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Gallerina

New Museum Installs Controversial Wojnarowicz Video, Following Smithsonian Censorship

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

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Click here to get WNYC arts writer Carolina Miranda's take. Plus, let us know what you think of the video.

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Features

New Museum Installs Controversial David Wojnarowicz Video

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

The New Museum has installed "Fire In My Belly" in its lobby. The video, which is by the late New York artist David Wojnarowicz, was on view in the Smithsonian last week as part of a gay-themed exhibit. The Smithsonian took the video down on November 30, after the Catholic League called it an act of "hate speech" for several seconds of ants crawling on a crucifix during the film.

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