Eric Molinsky

Eric Molinsky is a reporter for Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen. He co-produced several hours of the American Icons series, including The Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Buffalo Bill's Wild West, The Lincoln Memorial, and The Wizard of Oz. His work has also appeared on All Things Considered, Morning Edition, Marketplace, 99% Invisible, Tablet Magazine and KCRW’s un-Fictional.

Eric Molinsky appears in the following:

Rooftop Giants: New York Water Towers

Monday, October 20, 2014

Photographer Ronnie Farley says every New York water tower has a personality: "Some have faces, some are clustered together like families."
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Have We Finally Conquered the Uncanny Valley?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Animating a realistic human being has been the holy grail of CGI. Australian animator Chris Jones may have cracked the code with "Ed."
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The Real Have-Beens of Hollywood

Friday, October 03, 2014

Half a dozen of this fall’s most promising films star actors playing washed-up versions of themselves. Why? 

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NanoArt: Teeny Tiny Landscapes

Monday, September 29, 2014

With the help of an electron microscope, some scientists have gone past observing the atomic landscape to shaping it, creating tiny sculptures and other works known as NanoArt.
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Why You Should Be Watching "The Knick"

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Steven Soderbergh's The Knick is a delightfully bloody show about turn-of-the-century medicine. His New York is punctuated by bright whites, making 1900 feel futuristic.
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Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe, and Marlon Brando Get Inked

Monday, September 08, 2014

Covered in tattoos, these Hollywood royals look more like friends you might grab a drink with at your local pub.
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Aha Moment: Ditching Punk for Opera

Friday, August 22, 2014

A punk rocker teen thought 18th century costumes had major Goth appeal. When she saw them on stage in an opera, she fell in love with a new (old) style of music.

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User-Unfriendly Objects

Monday, August 18, 2014

Katerina Kamprani’s work has been described as vindictive, sadistic, frustrating, and twisted. You might use those words, too, if you tried on her rain boots (with an open toe), sat in her chair (with a slanted seat), or tried to eat your lunch with one of her forks (which collapses like nunchucks).

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The SimCity of Tomorrow

Friday, July 18, 2014

One of the longest-running and most successful video game franchises, SimCity, draws on current trends to imagine life in a simulated future. In its latest iteration, gamers have a choice between building rich but polluting industry and investing in green technology. You might be surprised which one is more popular.

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Hacking the Climate

Friday, July 18, 2014

Geoengineering — tampering with the Earth’s climate — is a sci-fi idea that could very well become a reality. But it’s controversial, because it’s impossible to know the long-term effects of tampering with such a complex system.

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The Power of Positive Sci-Fi

Friday, July 18, 2014

Has our fiction grown too fond of dystopia? Sci-fi great Neal Stephenson thinks so. He’s building a community of writers who are willing to start from a truly far-fetched premise: what if humans actually have a chance?

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You’re Living in a Science Fiction Story

Friday, July 04, 2014

It’s easy to look back at old science fiction and see it as silly. But there are important ideas embedded in those stories that influenced scientists and the way technology developed. Take the first science fiction film, Le Voyage dans La Lune or A Trip to the Moon, based on a story by Jules Verne ...

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Will Computers Take Over the World?

Friday, July 04, 2014

It’s been a trope in science fiction for years: someday the computers will become self-aware and take over. But in 1993, the computer scientist and science fiction author Vernor Vinge wrote a serious academic paper in which he predicted that we were only a few decades away from that ...

 

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Chris Hadfield: How to Brush Your Teeth in Space

Friday, July 04, 2014

Chris Hadfield’s recent cover of David Bowie’s classic song “Space Oddity” has more than 20 million views on YouTube. And not because of Hadfield’s voice (which isn’t bad, for an astronaut). Commander Hadfield was singing the song in space aboard the International Space Station ...

 

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Will Your Next Car Fly?

Friday, July 04, 2014

Along with robots and ray guns, the 21st century was definitely supposed to include flying cars. What happened?

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Annalee Newitz: The Future Is Coming to Get You

Friday, July 04, 2014

Scientists and science writers can rattle off all the sci-fi that inspired them to build great things. But Annalee Newitz, editor of io9, thinks that dystopian science fiction is less inspirational, but more influential. Dystopian sci-fi cautions against our hubris. For example, when Google bought ...

Bonus Track: Kurt Andersen’s extended conversation with Annalee Newitz

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Gertie, the Dinosaur Who Gave Birth to a Mouse

Friday, June 27, 2014

Years before Mickey Mouse, Gertie the dinosaur amazed audiences who had never seen a drawing that moved. Her creator, Winsor McCay, thought cartoons would become a great art form — and was disappointed when they went commercial.

Video: "Gertie the Dinosaur" 

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American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, May 16, 2014

Cole Porter was out of the musical theater game during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of bad behavior.

Bonus Track: an updated version of "Anything Goes"

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Olivier Had it Wrong: Shakespeare’s Original Pronunciation

Friday, April 11, 2014

David and Ben Crystal, a father and son team, have recreated what they say is the original pronunciation — OP, they call it: how Shakespeare’s plays would have been sounded around 1600. How did they achieve this Jurassic Park-like resurrection of a long-dead accent? David, the elder Crystal, is a linguistic scholar ...

Bonus Track: Kurt’s extended conversation with David and Ben Crystal

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Robert Rodriguez Takes Over Your TV

Friday, March 21, 2014

Robert Rodriguez burst on to the scene in 1992 with the very, very low-budget action film El Mariachi. He made hits like Once Upon a Time in Mexico and the Spy Kids series, but his latest project feels like a big departure: Rodriguez is overseeing a new cable TV network, broadcasting ...

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