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  1. What’s So Great About Mahler?

    Benjamin Zander is giving us the maestro’s tour around Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 9, an epic novel without words, the musical match of Tolstoy’s War and Peace, except that Mahler 9 is about Life and Death. It’s the only work of art you can think of in which the author and the audience have the experience of giving up the ghost, together. It stretches the sounds of silence, and every other form and mood – waltzes, marches, fanfares, folk tunes. It’s so full of ideas and one man’s emotions you can forget that he’s repeating himself over and over. It’s the last pinnacle of Vienna’s orchestral history, the first masterpiece of Hollywood music before there were movies. It lives on near the center of the concert repertoire as a heart-rending farewell to life and a foretaste of a century of breakdown and trouble ahead, starting with World War I. This is the symphony that opens with music that’s close to silence, and closes an hour and a half later with a more extended, almost endless hush of strings.

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  2. Episode 76: Merlin Mann | Circulating Ideas

    Steve chats with Merlin Mann about his history with libraries, the importance of the library as a community space, why libraries aren't dead, and checking in with the Library Elf. Merlin Mann is an independent writer, speaker, and broadcaster based in San Francisco. Merlin created 43 Folders, co-hosts Back to Work, Roderick on the Line, and Reconcilable Differences (and appears on…


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  3. TOPcast Show 32

    Wednesday night show 5/9/07. Special guest Steve Ritchie, pinball designer at Williams (1980s/1990s) and Stern (present). Steve is one of the premier pinball game designers of the solidstate pin era. He designed such great selling pinballs like Flash, Firepower, Black Knight, Hyperball, High Speed, F-14 Tomcat, Terminator2, the Getaway, Star Trek Next Gen, No Fear, T3, Elvis, and of course the new Stern Spiderman.

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  4. Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Bob Mould, Scharpling & Wurster)

    Jon Wurster first made his name as the drummer for Superchunk, and over the past twenty years, he's become of rock's most in-demand and versatile drummers. He's played with everyone from Bob Mould to Katy Perry, but his creative output isn't limited to music. Jon is one half of the acclaimed and bizarrely hilarious comedy duo Scharpling & Wurster. He talks to Joe about setting ambitious goals at a young age, the power of projecting your intentions into the universe, sobriety, and the relationship between comedy and music.


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  5. Why city flags may be the worst-designed thing you’ve never noticed

    Roman Mars is obsessed with flags — and after you watch this talk, you might be, too. These ubiquitous symbols of civic pride are often designed, well, pretty terribly. But they don't have to be. In this surprising and hilarious talk about vexillology — the study of flags — Mars reveals the five basic principles of flag design and shows why he believes they can be applied to just about anything.

    Original video: https://www.ted.com/talks/roman_mars_why_city_flags_may_be_the_worst_designed_thing_you_ve_never_noticed
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