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8:52 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Steven Strogatz: The Joy Of 'X'

"I started making up questions for myself that I didn't know the answer to, just for the fun of getting back into that euphoric feeling of being puzzled and wanting to solve it." β€” Steven Strogatz, on how his habits changed after solving a challenging word problem in grade school
Greg Kessler World Science Festival

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Hollywood Formulas

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

If there's actually a secret Hollywood movie formula, we want to see the proof. In a game that will take you right back to your beloved high school algebra and geometry classes, host Ophira Eisenberg asks contestants to combine the titles of well-known movies with mathematical terms. For example, "Rectangled" combines the polygon "rectangle" with the title of the film Tangled.

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Real Housewives Of Greek Mythology

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

What's your favorite franchise of Bravo's Real Housewives, Atlanta or New Jersey? How about The Acropolis? In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg stirs up the celestial domestic drama by performing imagined on-camera quotes from female Greek mythological figures. Can you guess the goddess?

Plus, Jonathan Coulton pays homage to another powerful lady with a cover of Bananarama's "Venus."

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Algebraic Music

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

Don't freak out, but this game combines one part name-that-tune, one part doing-math-in-your-head, and a dash of The Proclaimers. It'll be fun, we promise. House musician Jonathan Coulton performs songs that feature a number in their titles, but the numbers have been replaced by algebraic expressions. Contestants must solve for 'x' to make the mathematical expressions in the songs correct.

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Generically Speaking

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

When you hear the phrase, "I need a Band-Aid immediately!" is your instinct to reply, "Actually, it's called an 'adhesive bandage,' Band-Aid is a brand"? Don't be that person--unless you're playing along with this game. Host Ophira Eisenberg offers the generic name and description of a particular product, and you must name the specific trademarked name that commonly describes it.

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8:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Breaking It Down

Originally published on Wed November 27, 2013 4:06 pm

To mark the final season of the TV show Breaking Bad, we've based this game on its opening credits, in which elemental symbols for Bromine (Br) and Barium (Ba) help spell the show's title. House musician Jonathan Coulton asks contestants to spell words using more symbols from the Periodic Table.

Plus, Coulton competes this round with a cover of "Particle Man" by They Might Be Giants.

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Deceptive Cadence
8:50 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Heifetz Up With Piatigorsky On Third

Pablo Helguera for NPR

Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 10:59 am

Got an idea for a classical cartoon or a reaction to this one? Leave your thoughts in the comments section.

Pablo Helguera is a New York-based artist working with sculpture, drawing, photography and performance. His new book is Helguera's Artunes. You can see more of his work at Artworld Salon and on his own site.

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The Protojournalist
8:50 am
Thu August 8, 2013

A 6-Pack Of Beer Summits

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Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 10:13 am

Attempting to put the kibosh on their kerfuffle, Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky made a peace offering this week to New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The two Republicans have been fussing and fuming over governmental spying and spending.

"Anytime he would like to come down and sit at a pub right around the corner from the Senate β€” we'll have a beer," Paul told Neal Cavuto of Fox News.

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Monkey See
8:50 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Rushing The Revolution: Television Is Disrupted! (Sort Of)

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Originally published on Fri August 2, 2013 9:58 am

Television is in the middle of a cataclysmic upheaval, in which there's no more season or midseason, no more requirement that a series run for 22 episodes at a time, no more stigma surrounding film actors going to television, no more assumption that television is watched on a television, no more assumption that people watch things when they're on, an explosive presence for social media that unites fans, and a growing sense on the part of a lot of people that television is pulling just as much of the cultural storytelling weight as film.

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Krulwich Wonders...
8:49 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Why Dentists Should Fear Snails

Robert Krulwich NPR

Originally published on Mon August 5, 2013 3:30 pm

She was 34, on a trip to Europe, got sick from a flu or maybe it was a virus, had to lie down and stay in bed β€” for months and months. A friend brought her a snail. You might enjoy its company, she was told.

"Why, I wondered, would I enjoy a snail?," Elisabeth Tova Bailey asks in her book The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating. "What on earth would I do with it?"

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