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I Spy

Friday, December 17, 2010

The iPhone app iSpy lets users watch thousands of live-streaming security cameras around the world. It might sound creepy, but Studio 360’s Eric Molinsky finds this anonymous voyeurism comforting.

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Cookies

Friday, December 17, 2010

Big Brother is just a mouse click away. Our online activity is being tracked, recorded, and then sold to the highest bidder — all thanks to a little line of programming code called a "cookie." Its inventor, Lou Montulli, says that without cookies, the web would be even ...

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"Origin Lessons"

Friday, December 17, 2010

Studio 360 commissioned this short story from writer Aimee Bender. It has a modest subject: the Big Bang. To bone up on her science, Bender spoke with Nick Warner, a professor of Physics, Astronomy, and Mathematics at the University of Southern California. "Origin Lessons" is read ...

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Surveillance

Friday, December 17, 2010

We spy on the new culture of surveillance. Kurt Andersen talks to technologist and philosopher Jaron Lanier about why we have to watch the watchers. An artist meticulously tracks government spy satellites crossing the night sky. A computer scientist explains what goes into building a facial recognition system. And sitting ...

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Watching the Watchers

Friday, December 17, 2010

The Bay Area artist Trevor Paglen calls himself an experimental geographer. For one of his latest projects, Paglen's been tracking secret government spy satellites and taking photos of them. Reporter Lisa Katayama caught up with Paglen on the roof of his loft in West ...

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She Sees Your Every Move

Friday, December 17, 2010

Michele Iversen has been taking pictures of strangers for years. But she's not your average street photographer. At night she sits in her car and watches the warm glowing windows of strangers' homes, waiting for the perfect shot. Produced by Studio 360's Jonathan Mitchell.

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Jazzercise from the Jazz Age

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

While doing research for our art and medicine episode, we called our colleagues in the NYPR archives — a treasure trove of nearly a century of media made or collected at the station. And they found some pretty fantastic things in the stacks. 

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Live Webcast: Our Universe Goes to 11

Monday, December 13, 2010

Final preparations are underway for tonight’s live show in WNYC’s Greene Space: the science magician loads in his equipment in a couple hours, then Reggie Watts will soundcheck, and doors will open at 7pm.  And then… black holes will play drums!  We’ll bend space and time!  And we may just come up with the Theory of Everything. (At the very least, we'll come up with a Theory of A Lot of Things.)

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Narrative Medicine

Friday, December 10, 2010

Medical students spend hours studying information on charts and graphs, but when was the last time they studied the meaning behind a good story? We visited a group of OB/GYN residents taking a narrative medicine class to see how embracing fiction can improve patient care. Produced by

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More with Jill Sonke

Friday, December 10, 2010

Jill Sonke tells Kurt about the benefits and challenges that come with bringing art and artists into health care environments.

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Jill Sonke

Friday, December 10, 2010

Can the arts actually improve health care? Kurt gets some answers from Jill Sonke, director of the Center for the Arts in Healthcare at the University of Florida. She explains how the arts have been carving out a place in the healing process.

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Music Heals

Friday, December 10, 2010

After piano music helped him recover from brain surgery, Dr. Richard Fratianne became a true believer in music therapy. In the burn unit at the Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center, Fratianne is measuring patients’ stress hormones during procedures to try to prove that music therapy

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Art as Medicine

Friday, December 10, 2010

Art is changing medicine. Music helps patients recover in a burn unit, a children's cancer doctor turns to fiction writing, and medical students learn how honing their narrative skills will make them better doctors.

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Novelist Chris Adrian

Friday, December 10, 2010

Chris Adrian's novels tell dark, fantastical stories that draw on his experience working as a pediatric oncologist. Adrian tells Kurt how writing helps him deal with the emotional burden of the medicine he practices.

Anne Marie Nest reads selections from Adrian’s forthcoming novel, The ...

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Playing Doctor

Friday, December 10, 2010

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, the author of Playing ...

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Design for the Real World: Dialysis Machine

Friday, December 10, 2010

Before the invention of the dialysis machine, kidney failure was basically a death sentence. Registered nurse Janice Breen explains how the design of dialysis machines has evolved since she started working with them back in 1973. Produced by Gretta Cohn.

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Design for the Real World: Neon

Friday, December 03, 2010

Neon signage has been around for exactly a century, but today the glowing lights face competition from cheaper LED technology. Physics professor Eric Schiff and Jeff Friedman, of New York's Let There Be Neon studio, explain what's behind neon's everlasting glow. Produced by Jordan Sayle.

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DJ Scientific

Friday, November 19, 2010

Marc Branch works at NASA as an aerospace engineer testing instruments used on outer-space telescopes. When he's off the clock, Branch is one of the most sought after hip-hop DJs around the country. Leading a double life as "DJ Scientific" he hopes to attract young hip-hop ...

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The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics

Friday, October 15, 2010

When science fiction was just catching on in the early 20th century, writers looked to the field of quantum mechanics for ideas. They sensationalized scientific advancements and sparked public fear. Physics professor James Kakalios — author of The Amazing Story of Quantum Mechanics — tells Kurt ...

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Crochet, Geometry, and the Coral Reef

Friday, October 15, 2010

Until recently, mathematicians believed you couldn't represent hyperbolic geometry in real space, but a Latvian math professor discovered a way — using crochet. Some science educators realized those same hyperbolic shapes mimicked the forms in coral reefs. And now their Crochet Coral Reef Project has landed ...

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