Friday, April 29, 2011
Edgar Choueiri's digital audio filter can take almost any recording and turn it into 3D — stereo tracks take on new depth and sound amazingly realistic after a quick pass through his algorithm.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Edgar Chouieri is a longtime professor of applied physics and aerospace engineering — but since 2003 he has been moonlighting as an audio engineer, obsessed with 3D sound. And he's has figured out how to reproduce realistic 3D sound from just two speakers.
Monday, April 25, 2011
Recently, the singer-songwriter Antony Hegarty has been inspired by a peculiar out-of-body sensation. It's triggered by what he calls "swanlights ... the reflection of light on the surface of the water at night and the moment when a spirit jumps out of a body and turns into a ...
Monday, April 25, 2011
The Scottie dog has all the fun. Along with the battleship, the race car, and the top hat, it’s always part of the in-crowd of Monopoly game pieces. Consistently among the first to be selected, the Scottie dog confidently strolls down Boardwalk and turns heads as it passes Go in ...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Back in 2007, Kirsha Kaechele decided to take the New Orleans neighborhood St. Roch, with its decaying shotgun shacks, and renew it by building an arts community. But four years later, the area is once again in ruins leaving neighbors to ask: what went wrong?
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
In honor of Passover, it’s a good time revisit the 1998 animated film The Prince of Egypt. The story is familiar to everyone. Moses. Pharaoh. Parting of the Red Sea. But this version utilizes some of the best hand drawn animators, storyboard artists, and background designers of the time.
Monday, April 18, 2011
A recently discovered audio recording of a 1946 speech by then-General Dwight D. Eisenhower reminds us that "they who have dwelt with death will be among the most ardent worshipers of life and beauty and of the peace in which these can thrive."
Thursday, April 07, 2011
On this week's show marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War, historian Adam Goodheart talks to Kurt Andersen about his new book 1861, which reveals how technological changes like the telegraph helped fuel the conflict. But war wasn't the only thing that broke out between the North and South — so too did men's facial hair.
Monday, April 04, 2011
A highly anticipated biography of Malcolm X was published today, with new research that will likely challenge many of our existing notions about the still-controversial black leader. Sadly, the book’s author won’t be able to engage in the fresh debates it’s certain to generate. Columbia University historian and civil rights scholar Manning Marable died on Friday at the age of 60, after ten years of work on Malcolm X: A Life of Reinvention, and just three days before the book was published.
Bonus Track: One of the last recorded interviews with Manning Marable
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
It's the final days of an extraordinary exhibit at the Chicago Cultural Center: a photo show by an unknown genius who quietly toiled away at her talents, alone, for decades, but who was almost lost to time.
Friday, March 25, 2011
The science fiction show Fringe has just been renewed by Fox for a fourth season. Fans of Fringe, many of whom are TV critics or work in the entertainment industry, rejoiced. It’s not easy for sci-fi shows to keep their momentum. They’re expensive to make, and the fan base is passionate but limited. So why care about Fringe? At first, I didn’t.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Today the SXSW Music Festival kicks off in Austin, Texas. I’ll be heading out there tomorrow to check out 1/100th of the nearly 2000 bands that will be there: including blues guitarist Gary Clark Jr., BoB, Das Racist, and the gender-bending sissy bounce rappers Big Freedia and Katey Red.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
The indie rockers in No One Knows About Persian Cats (out on DVD today) dare to play the music they love, even though they know it will likely land them in jail. Stars (and real-life musicians) Negar Shaghaghi and Ashkan Koshanejad told Kurt Andersen about the risks they faced while filming on-location in Tehran.
Saturday, March 12, 2011
My last novel, Heyday, opens in 1848. When I wrote the book, I was struck by the resonance between the 1840s and the 2000s in America — the go-go economy, all the new technological marvels, the birth of marketing and youth culture... But these last two months, as the democratic protests and rebellions broke out and spread across North Africa and Egypt, I found myself once again gobsmacked by the historical parallels: the 2011 revolutions bear a lot of uncanny resemblances to the 1848 revolutions.