Episode #927

Stop-Loss, Bell Labs, Burke

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Friday, July 04, 2008

Studio 360 Episode 927, Stop-Loss, Bell Labs, Burke Bell Labs (© Lucent Technologies)

Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce talks about taking inspiration from soldiers’ videos, shot in Iraq and posted to YouTube. Her movie “Stop-Loss” is just out on DVD. We’ll also hear about the legendary scientific lab in New Jersey that invented nearly everything. Plus, soul singer Solomon Burke masters country music.

Kimberly Peirce

Filmmaker Kimberly Peirce's Iraq war movie "Stop Loss" is out on DVD this month. She sees a connection between it and her first feature, "Boys Don’t Cry," about a transgendered person. Peirce told Kurt, "I think it was interesting seeing how a woman ...

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Alexis Rockman

Alexis Rockman wants his paintings to help people visualize big scientific phenomena like genetic engineering and global warming. But Rockman, who has an exhibition at The Rose Art Museum through July 27th, sticks to real science when it comes to freaking his viewers out. Produced by


Bell Labs

In the second half of the 20th century, it was a hotbed of unfettered creativity, churning out inventions, patents, and Nobel Prizes. From the TV to the fax machine, to the telephone itself -- if Bell Labs didn't invent it, they probably perfected it. Michelle ...

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Aha Moment: Alejandro Escovedo

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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Design for the Real World: Government Model .45

Firearms expert Gary James explains why a pistol made a century ago is still being used by American forces and law enforcement. Produced by
Dennis Nishi.

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Solomon Burke

Like his contemporaries Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, Solomon Burke is a soul music pioneer. Kurt spoke with him in 2006, after he released Nashville, an album that had him duetting with Dolly Parton, Gillian Welch, and other country stars. His new album is


Listener Challenge:
Name That Sound

We reveal Ben Burtt's mystery movie sound effect -- and how he made it. Kudos to listeners John Damer, Half Moon Bay, CA and Lyssa Miller, Louisville, KY.


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