Michael May

Michael May appears in the following:

Bringing Female Heroes to the LEGO Universe

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.


How Pop Music Helped Save the Whales

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.

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How Devo Became Devo

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. 

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Viruses at the Movies

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.

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Aha Moment: Matisyahu

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...


Your Brain on Drugs: Creative?

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...

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Seeing Sound: Synesthetic Art

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...


Viruses At The Movies

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...

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Aha Moment: Dave Alvin & Curtis Mayfield

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’...

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Israeli Pulp

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, March 19, 2010

Indie band Shearwater plays the South by Southwest festival this week. Lead singer Jonathan Meiburg - an ornithologist by training – explains how his passion for birds and islands shaped the band's new record: The Golden Archipelago. Produced by

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Dallas Art Scores a Touchdown

Friday, January 15, 2010

Last fall, Dallas unveiled a world-class performing arts campus to rival New York's Lincoln Center. At the same time, a new Dallas Cowboys stadium opened up that that showcases giant sculptures by some of the world's greatest artists. We sent Michael May to check ...

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Magic on the Brain

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.


How Devo Became Devo

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 ...

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Aha Moment: Matisyahu

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 ...

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Aha Moment: Alejandro Escovedo

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. ...

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Synesthesia for the Rest of Us

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 ...

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Willie Nelson

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.


Aha Moment: Eraserhead

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


Aha Moment: Alejandro Escovedo

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.