Eric Molinsky

Eric Molinsky appears in the following:

American Icons: Anything Goes

Friday, September 13, 2013

Cole Porter lived in Europe during the 1920s, and returned to American to write a sharp satire of this freewheeling era that has outlived the people and events it referred to. Music historian Will Friedwald explains how Frank Sinatra saved the song, and we hear a new version written by Joe Keenan.

Exclusive Bonus Track: An updated version of "Anything Goes"

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Neil Harbisson, Cyborg

Friday, August 31, 2012

Neil Harbisson is a painter, a musician, and a cyborg. Born with a rare form of colorblindness, Harbisson can only see the world in grays. In 2004, he collaborated with a scientist to create a device called the Eyeborg, which he wears everywhere — even in his passport picture ...

Video: Neil Harbisson's Sonochromatic Portrait #1

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The Posthuman Future

Friday, August 31, 2012

Everything we’re able to do today to enhance humans — from genetic engineering to artificial limbs — simply improves on the base model we were born with. But for some, that doesn’t go far enough. They think we shouldn’t be stuck with the factory-installed settings in our DNA ...

Slideshow: Transhumanist Art

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Object Breast Cancer

Friday, August 03, 2012

The pink ribbon has been an incredibly successful piece of marketing for breast cancer research. For cancer survivor Leonor Caraballo, though, it's supremely annoying. Caraballo is a sculptor who collaborates with her husband, Abou Farman. The couple came up with a new ...

Slideshow: Tumor as Sculpture

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A Golden Age for Women in Hollywood?

Friday, July 13, 2012

A couple years ago, Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win an Oscar for directing The Hurt Locker. It wasn’t quite the tipping point for women many in the industry had hoped for: of the 250 major movies that came out last year in the US, women directed only 5% of them ...

Video: Take This Waltz (clip)

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Finding the Next Fifty Shades of Grey

Friday, June 08, 2012

Sellers and publishers of books from all over the world convened in New York this week for their annual convention, Book Expo America. Conference discussions focused on e-books, social media, and self-publishing, but the real buzz was about a book: a dirty book. E.L. James ...

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Videogames Go Indie

Friday, June 01, 2012

Just like with movies, videogames come in different sizes: the blockbusters with massive marketing campaigns, and the quirkier small releases that get known by word of mouth. "A lot of independence has to do with making something that doesn’t have a place yet," explains Ian Bogost. ...

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Playing Doctor

Friday, May 18, 2012

Television drama has created the impression of an ideal world where decisions in hospitals are made quickly and cost is never an issue. It directly affects our expectations for treatment, according to Billy Goldberg, an emergency-room physician, and Joseph Turow ...

Video: A scene from the Scrubs episode "My Musical"

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Snapped: A Soldier's Story

Friday, March 23, 2012

A murderous rampage in Afghanistan earlier this month left 16 civilians, nine of them children, dead. The stereotype of the combat veteran who snaps in an act of crazed violence has been familiar since the Vietnam War in movies and fiction. The novelist and essayist George Saunders ...

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Voting With Your Remote Control

Friday, March 09, 2012

We’ve always heard the television brought Americans together. Now a lot of what’s on just makes us mad at each other. Sociologist Max Kilger says you can tell a person’s politics by the television they watch. Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky decided to do his own experiment. He submitted ...

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Aha Moment: Gravity's Rainbow

Friday, February 24, 2012

Gerald Joyce is a professor of biochemistry at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California. In the 1970s, he was studying biochemistry at The University of Chicago, when he discovered Gravity's Rainbow, the sprawling World War II novel by Thomas Pynchon ...

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Ghostwriters

Friday, January 13, 2012

The best-seller list is dominated by memoirs and self-help books written by celebrities and politicians. Or “written” by celebrities and politicians. “On the non-fiction best-seller list, 12 out of the 15 books listed probably have been ghostwritten,” reveals literary agent Madeleine Morel. ...

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Neil Harbisson, Cyborg

Friday, November 04, 2011

Neil Harbisson is a painter, a musician, and a cyborg. Born with a rare form of colorblindness, Harbisson can only see the world in grays. In 2004, he collaborated with a scientist to create a device called the Eyeborg, which he wears everywhere — even in his passport picture ...

Video: Neil Harbisson's Sonochromatic Portrait #1

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The Posthuman Future

Friday, November 04, 2011

Everything we’re able to do today to enhance humans — from genetic engineering to artificial limbs — simply improves on the base model we were born with. But for some people, that doesn’t go far enough. They think we shouldn’t be stuck with the factory-installed settings in our DNA. And they're not satisfied with a lifespan ...

Slideshow: Transhumanist Art

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True Vampires of New Haven

Friday, October 28, 2011

It’s great to be a vampire, right? Shows like True Blood and Vampire Diaries make them so glamorous. And consider the buzz around the last Twilight movie, which comes out next month. But Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky has learned that being a vampire isn’t as easy or attractive as pop culture would have us believe ...

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Steve Jobs, Forever Young

Friday, October 28, 2011

Every time a new Apple product is rumored, a fraction of the country goes into a frenzy. Every bit of new information is pored over by millions of Apple cultists. A new release is earning that kind of excitement right now, but it’s an old-fashioned book — a handsome, hardcover biography of Steve Jobs ...

Bonus Track: Kurt's extended conversation with Walter Isaacson

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Amazon Moves Into Publishing

Friday, October 21, 2011

Last week Amazon had its second Campfire conference, bringing a group of writers together for an under-the-radar gathering in Santa Fe, NM. Kurt Andersen attended last year, and he felt the company was trying to soften up the literary establishment as it moves toward publishing. In recent months ...

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Novelist Téa Obreht

Friday, October 21, 2011

Téa Obreht is 26-years old, and she’s already received wide acclaim for her first novel, The Tiger’s Wife. Last summer, she won the Orange Prize awarded to the best English-language book written by a woman. Now The Tiger's Wife is one of five works nominated for this year's National Book Award in fiction ...

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Abstract Expressions of Willem de Kooning

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

If you live in New York or can make it there by January, the season's must-see painting exhibition is the new Willem de Kooning retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, which spans the artist’s long and productive career. We see his early days ...

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I Spy

Friday, October 07, 2011

There are so many surveillance cameras installed in public spaces (malls, gas stations, ATMs) that you can be photographed hundreds of times in a day. The top–selling iPhone app iSpy lets the user watch thousands of live–streaming closed–circuit television cameras around the world ...

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