Michael May appears in the following:
Thursday, June 04, 2015
LEGO is stuck in the past with its lack of professional female characters. Maia Weinstock is trying to change that with sets of Supreme Court justices and scientists.
Thursday, December 11, 2014
The scientist who discovered whale song knew it was something special. When he won over singer-songwriter Judy Collins, the result jump-started an environmentalist movement.
Friday, October 24, 2014
Devo’s Mark Mothersbaugh and Jerry Casale were students at Kent State in 1970, when the shootings led them to reject the counterculture they had been part of.
Friday, September 12, 2014
Radiation used to be Hollywood’s go-to plot device. Now, viruses explain everything from vampires to the zombie apocalypse — but that’s not what really scares public health experts.
Friday, April 25, 2014
In the mid-2000s, Matisyahu perfected a chart-topping blend of reggae and Hasidic Judaism. His shows were packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked hippies. Matisyahu, f...
Friday, April 18, 2014
The association of art with altered states of consciousness goes back a long way. Archeological evidence of fermented beverages and some of the oldest musical instruments were found...
Friday, February 28, 2014
Pharrell, Kanye West, and Billy Joel have it. Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige say they do too. In recent years synesthesia — a condition that causes the senses to blend together — has bec...
Friday, March 08, 2013
What radiation was to the 1950s — a real but poorly understood menace that served as an all-purpose plot device — viruses have become for our era. Viruses explain vampires in Blade, a...
Friday, May 25, 2012
A generation ago, the singer-songwriter Dave Alvin founded the rootsy-rock band The Blasters with his brother Phil in Los Angeles — and they made an indelible mark on the early 1980’...
Friday, November 12, 2010
The Israeli writer Gadi Taub is doing his best to bring the spirit of James Ellroy to the Middle East. Taub's edgy crime novel, Allenby Street, is set in a seedy Tel Aviv nightclub, and it shocked and disturbed Israeli readers when it came out last year. Produced ...
Friday, April 17, 2009
Magicians wow us on stage with sleight of hand and misdirection. But it turns out there's also a lot magic can tell us about how our brains work. Produced by Michael May.
Friday, April 03, 2009
You know them for their catchy futuristic-disco song "Whip It" and their iconic flowerpot-like head gear, but Devo has surprisingly serious origins. After witnessing the killings at Kent State, the band came together to address the heavy issues of the day in their music when no other bands ...
Friday, October 17, 2008
Reggae music often draws on Old Testament mythology about the exodus and the promised land, but in America its fans are usually pretty secular. A singer named Matisyahu is changing that. He's a Hasidic Jew, and his shows are packed with young Orthodox men as well as dreadlocked ...
Friday, July 04, 2008
In 2005, the rock songwriter collapsed after a show and nearly died from complications of Hepatitis C. Ill and depressed, Alejandro Escovedo put rock and roll behind him. He told us about the gift that got him singing again. His new album is Real Animal. ...
Friday, February 01, 2008
Synesthesia causes people to hear music -– or see letters or numbers -– in color. Neuroscience is beginning to unravel what’s going on in the brains of people with this cerebral phenomenon, but hasn’t yet explained why the genetic mutation exists. V.S. Ramachandran, Director of the Center ...
Friday, December 28, 2007
Country music legend Willie Nelson says that when he was a child, he heard a heavenly tune that's been under his skin ever since. Produced by Michael May.
Friday, August 17, 2007
You might know the band Wall of Voodoo from their oddball hit music video "Mexican Radio." The group's lead singer, Stan Ridgway, says that silly bit of 80s pop was inspired by Eraserhead, David Lynch’s totally creepy experimental movie. Produced by
Friday, September 29, 2006
In 2003, Singer-songwriter Alejandro Escovedo collapsed after a show in Arizona. He was rushed to the hospital, where he nearly died from complications of Hepatitis C. Escovedo told producer Michael May about the gift that got him singing again.