Introducing Nikola Tesla


Friday, January 27, 2012

Part visionary, part mad scientist, and absolute genius, Tesla should be as famous as Edison — but he’s been largely forgotten. Kurt talks with Samantha Hunt about her novel The Invention of Everything Else. Tesla is the protagonist, and despite the outlandish biographical details all through the book, there was very little she had to make up.

Hunt confesses it was the '90s hair metal band, Tesla, that first got her interested in the inventor. (They have a song called “Edison’s Medicine.”) When she started researching the details of the inventor’s life, Hunt was struck by the oddities. "He had wonderful plans to light the ocean, to build a ring around the center of the earth and use that for traveling around the world in a day," she says. He saw "machines swirling in his head," but most of them were never developed. "Part of what's so great about Tesla is rather than solving mysteries, he created more mysteries."

(Originally aired: January 25, 2008)



Bonus Track: Samantha Hunt reads from her novel

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Comments [9]

M1 from san francisco ca

an interesting note, not mentioned is the syndrome he had of sound triggering color sensation in his brain. apparantly a few people do have these neural wires crossed, or at least touching and he was one of them. He was also an odd bird as far as his personal life as well. his biographies are interesting reading.

Jul. 05 2013 01:56 AM
Vic from .

What does "Ph.D." stand for, anyway...?
In my book, "Piled higher & Deeper".

& Yes, it is very important not to let oneself get fooled by another's "credentials".
Both World Trade Center Towers collapsed to the ground in about 10 seconds ~
At near FREE FALL speed...__~>_~>__| |...

Given this empirical evidence, the 1 explanation that comes to mind is ~>
(Go figure...?)

& What of, "misdirection", & the mysterious collapse of BUILDING 7....
What important information was lost on that day ?
Who knows,
Who cares...
"What is on second,
& Tomorrow is pitching."
Oh, Boy, what a game !
& It's never over until it's over...

Feb. 05 2012 02:38 AM

Please don't let the presence of Ph.D after the name fool you into thinking they know anything. Don't forget that a team a Ph.D's came up with "Cold Fusion" because someone left a coffee mug too close to the experiment. These Ph.D's who should have known better proclaimed it as a major breakthrough.

History is filled with Ph.D's that were wrong and some were crackpots. Take this into account when reading anything.

Feb. 02 2012 09:35 AM
David from Brooklyn

Vic: Where did the towers go? They collapsed into a heap of rubble about ten stories high. It took a long time to clear it away. Why?

Jan. 31 2012 07:46 PM
oddjob1947 from Maynard

The entire world saw the planes hit the towers.

No one has seen Tesla or other beam weapons, save
recent laser efforts work.


Jan. 31 2012 06:47 AM
Vic from .

Again, Kurt ~
& my mental & typing mistake,
The book, WHERE DID THE TOWERS GO ? ~> Evidence of Directed Free-Energy Technology On 9/11 ~>
is by ~

As for another idea mentioned on the program, Nikola Tesla's futuristic vision of recording dreams, & the mental images of the mind's eye...reality.
Do you recall the 1991 film by Wim Wenders, (director's cut), UNTIL THE END OF THE WORLD... ( ? )
(great soundtrack)
Wenders focused, & took-off on this idea... ~> Out of love, bringing virtual sight to a mother's blindness ~ Being able to record the vivid world before our eyes, & then our curious & strange hidden dreams buried in darkness after thought in our sleep.
Awake now, Broken Ladder

Jan. 30 2012 12:57 AM
David Goldenberg

I happened to catch a few minutes of this broadcast and was utterly amazed to hear Samantha Hunt say that she had never heard anyone speak of "experimental scientists". What does she imagine that most scientists do if not experiments? Does she really not think that science is not a creative activity? I can only conclude that the public understanding of science (or at least this novelist's) is even more detached from science than I imagined.

Jan. 29 2012 02:59 PM
Vic from .

Dear Kurt,
This expose on Nikola Tesla, "Strange Genius", is one of my all time favorite shows from Studio 360.
This, too, is a timely, & significant re-broadcast.
The segment on Tesla's futuristic vision of a "Death Ray" is, I believe, no longer science fiction.
If only someone in the public media sphere would re- investigate the empirical evidence, & begin to connect the dots on what really happened to the World Trade Center Towers on 9/11... __~>~> | |...

WHERE DID THE TOWERS GO ? ~> Evidence Of Direct Free-Energy Technology On 9/11
by Judy Wood, Ph.D.

Interview Judy Woods.
It would be a fantastic adjunct to this story, & to the goals of, Occupy Wall Street.

Jan. 29 2012 01:04 PM
Leslie Brennan from Swarthmore PA

Dear Kurt--wonderful show about Nicola Tesla, as are so many of your broadcasts. However, please accept my "you've got to be kidding!" in response to your throwaway gee-whiz-who-knew comment about the fabulous Sons of the Pioneers singing Tumbling Tumbleweed, one of their classics. The were so good and such fun to listen to: we'd sit and try to reproduce those eerie notes and harmonies. In 1985, my beloved David and I considered including Cool Water in our wedding (we didn't, but definitely played and sang it at the reception following); I still have the LP. Thanks again for your show--my favorite is Moby Dick, although Tesla now takes its place high on the list. --Leslie Brennan

Jan. 28 2012 08:22 AM

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