Jonathan Mitchell

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Jonathan Mitchell appears in the following:

Aha Moment: Paper Airplanes

Friday, November 06, 2009

When Klara Hobza came upon a 40-year-old book of construction designs for paper airplanes, she had an epiphany, and the New Millennium Paper Airplane Contest was born. Now Hobza has her own paper airplane book. Jonathan Mitchell discovers how her designs took ...

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Zombies

Friday, October 30, 2009

To make a convincing zombie, it's all in the pacing. George Romero invented the modern zombie with his 1968 film "Night of the Living Dead," and he still likes them old-fashioned -- slow-moving but hard to stop. "I don't know if you're aware of the rift in the ...

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Reinventing the Critic

Friday, May 15, 2009

In today's scary media landscape -- full of layoffs and closing papers -- arts coverage is especially vulnerable. Arts critics must invent new ways to do what they do. Film critic Mike D'Angelo and visual art critic Lori Waxman are two journalists blazing that trail. Produced ...

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The Art of Aging

Friday, March 13, 2009

Betty Woodman reveals how she keeps coming up with new ideas after 50 years. And Taylor Mead, our candidate for oldest living beatnik, tells of his life as an "extremely semi-famous" artist. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Unsilent Night

Friday, December 19, 2008

It's become a holiday tradition: every year, hundreds of people gather with boomboxes to perform Phil Kline's ambient, techno Christmas carol called "Unsilent Night." Jonathan Mitchell went along for the ride.

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Vietnam on Screen

Friday, February 29, 2008

What do we know about a particular war after we've seen it reenacted dozens of times in dozens of different films? The U.S. pulled out of Vietnam in 1975, and we've been watching movies about it ever since. Film historians Larry Suid and

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Your Brain on Videogames

Friday, October 12, 2007

American kids spend an average of seven hours a week gaming. But what about the grown-ups inside the industry, who play eight to ten hours -– and then leave the office and go home to play some more? Jonathan Mitchell asked game producer Marc ...

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Sandcastles

Friday, July 27, 2007

Sand sculptor Kirk Rademaker makes architecture out of sand -- fantastical structures as high as ten feet, with arches and balconies, and sloping curves that stretch all over the beach. He showed off his skills at Ocean Beach in San Francisco. Produced by Jonathan ...

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Michel Gondry

Friday, March 02, 2007

It’s crazy the things we will do for love. Movie director Michel Gondry, for instance, claims his drive to create such achievements as The Science of Sleep and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is fueled by his trouble finding a date. Produced by

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Meet Cute

Friday, February 09, 2007

There’s something of a formula to Hollywood’s most successful romantic comedies – it includes a scene screenwriters call the “meet cute.” That’s when “boy meets girl,” often in a surprising, memorable way that could only lead to true love. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Unsilent Night

Friday, December 22, 2006

It's become a new holiday tradition: every year in New York (and a growing number of cities around the globe), crowds gather and hold boomboxes all cued up to the same song. That song is an ambient techno Christmas piece called "Unsilent Night," by the composer Phil ...

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John Corigliano on Aaron Copland

Friday, November 17, 2006

The composer John Corigliano has collected an impressive stack of awards for his music. He won an Academy Award for his score to the movie The Red Violin, and a Pulitzer Prize for his Second Symphony. Jonathan Mitchell asked Corigliano about the music that ...

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Death in Venice

Friday, October 13, 2006

Smells can be hard to describe, but a good writer can transport readers by pulling them in by the nose. Adam Haslett, author of the short story collection You Are Not a Stranger Here admires Thomas Mann's Death in Venice for its stench. Everything in the story, ...

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You Must Be This Tall

Friday, July 28, 2006

Summertime presents a lot of choices, like picking the least disappointing blockbuster movies, finding the secret vacation spots, and making the most of a day at the amusement park. We asked Eddie Sotto, a former ride designer for Disney, what makes a well-designed theme park ride. Produced ...

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I Am Caveh Zahedi

Friday, April 28, 2006

Caveh Zahedi's films are auto-biographical, to say the least. His new film I Am a Sex Addict follows his previous indie films I Was Possessed by God and I Don't Hate Las Vegas Anymore. Producer Jonathan Mitchell thinks we can learn something from watching ...

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Bass is Beautiful

Thursday, February 16, 2006

It used to be in popular music that you'd feel the bass line more than hear it. Today's bass players have to balance their crucial supporting role with increasing duties as a soloist. Bill Leigh of Bass Player magazine and Victor Wooten, a virtuoso ...

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Psychonauts

Saturday, February 04, 2006

In a video game, the player ventures into the minds of dangerously insane patients at an asylum. The goal of Psychonauts is to resolve their conflicts and save the little kids whom they are threatening. Tim Schafer, the game's creator, told producer Jonathan Mitchell that ...

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Unsilent Night

Saturday, December 24, 2005

It's become a holiday tradition: every year, hundreds of people gather with boomboxes to perform Phil Kline's ambient, techno Christmas carol called "Unsilent Night." Jonathan Mitchell went along for the ride.

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Lego Bible

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Meet "Reverend" Brendan Powell Smith. He's not an ordained minister, but he's applied all his creative energies and a vast collection of Legos to telling one story — one that features rape, incest, stoning, forbidden fruit, and rains of fire and brimstone. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Salman Rushdie's Haroun and the Sea of Stories

Saturday, December 03, 2005

In 1989, the Ayatollah Khomeini — like an evil sorcerer in a fairy tale — condemned Salman Rushdie for heresy, essentially marking the writer for death wherever he was. Rushdie left his family and went into hiding, and reached out to his young son through a new book, Haroun and ...

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