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TED Radio Hour
12:17 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Where Do Mental Illness And Creativity Meet?

"Everyone is just a little bit mad. How much depends on where you fall in the spectrum. How much depends on how lucky you are." β€” Joshua Walters
James Duncan Davidson/TED

Originally published on Fri July 19, 2013 8:34 am

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unquiet Mind.

About Joshua Walters' TED Talk

Comedian Joshua Walters, who's bipolar, walks the line between mental illness and mental "skillness." He asks: What's the right balance between medicating craziness away, and riding the manic edge of creativity and drive?

About Joshua Walters

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TED Radio Hour
12:17 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

What's It Like To Have A Psychotic Episode?

Elyn Saks, mental health law scholar, speaking at the TEDGlobal conference.
James Duncan Davidson James Duncan Davidson

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 1:26 pm

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode The Unquiet Mind.

About Elyn Saks' TED Talk

"Is it OK if I totally trash your office?" It's a question Elyn Saks once asked her doctor, and it wasn't a joke. A legal scholar, Saks came forward in 2007 with her own story of schizophrenia, controlled by drugs and therapy but ever-present. In this powerful talk, she asks us to see people with mental illness clearly, honestly and compassionately.

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Deceptive Cadence
12:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Critical Miss

Pablo Helguera

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:55 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 atArtworld Salon and on his own site.

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All Songs Considered
12:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Take A Kaleidoscopic Train Ride In Zs' New Video

Greg Fox

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 10:24 am

After 10 years of gleefully dismantling genres and challenging audiences to submit to its avant-prog-jazz-drone-noise-whatever hypnosis, the New York City band Zs promptly dismantled itself last summer. Only founding member and saxophonist Sam Hillmer remains, joined now by guitarist Patrick Higgins and drummer Greg Fox (Guardian Alien, ex-Liturgy). So it's only fitting that Grain, the first taste of new Zs material, features unreleased leftovers of previous line-ups completely dismantled.

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Monkey See
12:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Pop Culture Happy Hour: Jingle Madness And Oscar Gold

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Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 9:21 am

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If last week's Oscars-themed Pop Culture Happy Hour was unusually meaty and structured, this week's post-Oscars podcast is about as loose and goofy as we get, thanks to a lack of sleep, the awards season hangover, and the fact that panelist Stephen Thompson is elbow-deep (probably neck-deep by now) in preparations for the South By Southwest music festival.

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'It's All Politics': NPR's Weekly News Roundup
12:16 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

It's All Politics, Feb. 28, 2013

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Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 8:08 am

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The sequester is upon us, and NPR's Ken Rudin and Ron Elving try to explain how it all affects them. But it's a good week for Chuck Hagel, who finally gets the votes he needs to become Defense Secretary, and Robin Kelly, who wins the Democratic primary in Illinois' 2nd district and is likely to succeed Jesse Jackson Jr. in the House.

The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Top Stories: It's Sequester Day; Sinkhole Traps Florida Man

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 7:51 am

Happy first day of March - here are our top stories:

It's Deja Vu All Over Again As 'Sequester' Deadline Looms.

Sinkhole Swallows Sleeping Man In Florida.

And here are more early headlines:

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This Is NPR
12:15 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Mel Brooks Hearts NPR

Angie Hamilton-Lowe NPR

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 7:22 pm

Mel Brooks is showcasing his work in television, short films, music and beyond in a new multimedia box set called The Incredible Mel Brooks: An Irresistible Collection Of Unhinged Comedy.

The multi-talented entertainer spoke with NPR Host Renee Montagne on Morning Edition about the collection and his long career in comedy, which Brooks says replaced his dream of becoming a salesman. That aspiration lasted until his uncle, a New York cab driver, introduced Brooks to Broadway. After that, he knew he wanted to perform.

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Whoa! Stanford Student Solves Rubik's Cube While Juggling

A screen shot of Ravi Fernando juggling and solving a Rubik's Cube.
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Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:54 pm

We'll get back to the real news in a little bit, but first some amazing footage from Stanford University.

As the school tweeted, it shows mathematics undergrad Ravi Fernando "solving a Rubik's Cube while juggling." Here's the video β€” warning, there's a curse word:

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The Two-Way
12:15 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Obama Administration Asks High Court To End Gay Marriage Ban In Calif.

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 6:04 pm

Update at 6:44 p.m. ET. Limited Gay Marriage Right:

The Obama administration is asking the Supreme Court to end a ban on gay marriage in California.

But NPR's Nina Totenberg tells our Newscast unit that the government is arguing for limited gay marriage rights.

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