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The Great Brain Mapping Debate

Monday, April 02, 2012

Robert and Carl Zimmer teamed up tonight to moderate a brain mapping brouhaha live at Columbia University. The subject: does the brain's wiring make us who we are? The event has ended, but thanks to everyone who tuned in for the live webcast (and the lively web chat archived below).

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Alexis Cuadrado, 'La Aurora,' Live on Soundcheck

Monday, April 02, 2012

Watch this video to see Alexis Cuadrado and his band perform "La Aurora" from the jazz song cycle, A Lorca Soundscape, live on Soundcheck.

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First Aid Kit, 'The Lion's Roar,' Live on Soundcheck

Friday, March 30, 2012

The sisters who make up the Swedish band First Aid Kit have been singing together all their lives. Watch a video of the group performing the title track off the album The Lion's Roar, live on Soundcheck.

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Bluegrass Legend and Banjo Player Earl Scruggs, 88, Dies

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Earl Scruggs is a huge figure in the American music pantheon. That he helped create modern country music, that he influenced generations of musicians with his three-finger pick and roll style of playing the banjo, that he brought the songs of Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn into the country-bluegrass fold is only part of what he was able to create. Watch videos of Scruggs performing here.

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A REAL Turing Machine

Friday, March 23, 2012

In our latest short, The Turing Problem, we described the importance of a wholly imaginary invention--Alan Turing's theoretical "universal machine." But thanks to a listener, we found out that someone actually figured out a way to build one! And there's video.

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Features

Contest Aims to Turn Junk Significant: Just Add A Backstory

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rob Walker, co-editor of the new book "Significant Objects," and Studio 360's Kurt Andersen visited Vintage Thrift in Manhattan to find three prime examples of junk. Watch a video to see what they found here.

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Krulwich Wonders: When James Cameron Hits Bottom, We Will Hear Him

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

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Robert considers the solitude of discovery, versus the grand public statements we tend to expect will spring from the big moment. And he recounts one famous instance--when humans first reached the deepest place on Earth--when no words came.

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WATCH | Obama Campaign Releases 'Road We've Traveled' Documentary

Thursday, March 15, 2012

The campaign released The Road We've Traveled on Thursday night. The 17-minute short looks at President Obama's achievements since he's been in office. Watch the film by Oscar-winning director Davis Guggenheim (An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for 'Superman') here.

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'Two Way Monologue,' Sondre Lerche, Live on Soundcheck

Monday, March 12, 2012

Even though singer-songwriter Sondre Lerche is from Norway, his most recent album, called Sondre Lerche, was written in New York. But the song he picked to play in WNYC's Soundcheck studios -- "Two Way Monologue" -- is from 2004. Watch a video of the performance here.

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WATCH | Music Videos for the 2012 Republican Presidential Candidates

Monday, March 12, 2012

A campaign season would not be complete without music. Watch official campaign and fan videos made in support of the 2012 GOP presidential candidates here.

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On the Brink | The New Face of Poverty: Meet Yolanda

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

In our new series On the Brink: The New Face of Poverty, meet Yolanda, an unemployed mother of three who is facing homelessness as she, like many Americans, grapples with supporting her family and tries to get back on her feet.

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Carolina Chocolate Drops, 'Boodle De Bum Bum,' Live on Soundcheck

Monday, March 05, 2012

When Carolina Chocolate Drops was formed, it was partially to keep alive the black string band tradition. Watch the group perform "Boodle De Bum Bum" in WNYC's Soundcheck studios.

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Seeing Double

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

After our deep dive into Symmetry for our episode on cosmic mirroring, now when we see things in pairs, we always look twice. This video for a sugar-sweet pop song reminds us of the eye-catching delights symmetry can create.

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Rise of the Video Star

Monday, February 20, 2012

The book called “I Want My MTV” chronicles the boom – and bust – of the one-time videocentric cable channel. The “father of MTV,” John Lack (who voiced the opening words of the channel on August 1, 1981: “Ladies and gentleman… rock and roll”), joins us along with co-author Rob Tannenbaum to discuss the channel’s formative days and heady times that led up to the end of MTV’s “Golden Era.”

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Live on Soundcheck: Nick Jonas

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Nick Jonas got his break singing in a hair salon in New Jersey, waiting for his mom while she got her hair done.  Now the 19-year-old is playing the lead in "How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying" on Broadway. Watch this video of Jonas singing "I Believe In You."

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On The Media

Tweeting Graphic Videos From Syria

Friday, February 10, 2012

The situation in Syria is worsening, with estimates of over 5000 dead and the regime of President Bashar Al Assad showing no signs of backing down. With a virtual media blackout in the country, videos posted to YouTube and Facebook are providing some of the only glimpses into the atrocities taking place on the ground.  Bob speaks to NPR senior strategist Andy Carvin and Sky News digital news editor Neal Mann about walking the line between conveying the immensity of the brutality without traumatizing audiences.

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The Takeaway

A Lesson on Making Better Home Movies

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

With an increasingly sophisticated crop of small, inexpensive digital cameras — in addition to those built into the tops of computer monitors and cell phones — more people are making movies than ever before. Equally significant, these little vignettes are reaching a greater audience than ever before. But not everyone's filmmaking skills have caught up.

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Keep your eyes peeled for Radiolab in Miami...

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

We've got eyes on the street in Miami...dancing eyes that are ready to blow some minds live at the Fillmore Miami Beach on Wednesday night! Join Jad & Robert, comedian Demetri Martin, and the amazing Thao Nguyen for In the Dark on 2/01. Grab tickets here.

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Live on Soundcheck: Danielle de Niese

Monday, January 30, 2012

Danielle de Niese made her debut at the Met when she was 19-years-old. She is still in her 20s and her voice may not be considered fully mature until she is in her late 30s. Watch her sing John Dowland's "What If I Never Speed."

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Jad & Robert are so ready for Miami

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Just a few more days before our live show at the Fillmore Miami Beach! Grab tickets for the 2/01 show here.

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