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  • Music in Space

    When NASA launches the space shuttle, mission control wakes up the astronauts every morning with a song. But that’s not the only music heard in ...

  • Theremin 101

    Remember the eerie flying saucer sound effect from old B-movies? It's produced by a theremin, the only instrument you play without touching. Kurt gets ...

  • Auto-Tune the News

    Take ordinary news footage and political commentary, send it through a software tool that makes you sound like a robot, and you have a viral ...

  • Blowin' in the Phone

    The blockbuster iPhone app called Ocarina lets you play music by blowing into the phone. Its inventor, Ge Wang, thinks that the more people playing ...

  • Queer TV

    It's been more than a decade since Ellen DeGeneres came out on her sitcom and "Will and Grace" premiered. So how is television doing ...

  • Afghan Star

    Afghanistan holds its second presidential elections in August, but an American-Idol-style TV show has already given the country a crash course in the electoral process ...

  • Bell Orchestre

    A couple of years ago, a group of Canadian indie-rockers (some play in Arcade Fire) decided to write and play their own chamber music. Their ...

  • Botswana's Big Break

    "The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency" finishes up its season on HBO this weekend. It's based on the mystery novel series by Alexander McCall ...

  • Toumani Diabate

    The kora is a 21 string instrument played all over West Africa. And Toumani Diabate is considered the greatest kora player in the world. He ...

  • The Soundtrack of Science

    Biology professor Hazel Sive teaches at MIT. She thinks science could benefit from showing a little more emotion, so she started scoring her classroom presentations ...