Tucson Troubadour Howe Gelb & Giant Giant Sand set their sights on the Shortwave studios. Howe describes how the band formed by the wrath of coincidence, performing 3 hour long improvisational sets, and the story behind Erosion Rock. Howe also talks about the inspiration behind “Tucson: A Country Rock Opera,” thinking about winding down on recording, and how the recent events in Arizona have affected him as a local. Plus, we’re treated to some live songs from their latest album “Tucson: A Country Rock Opera.”
Less than a year before NASA’s Voyager 1 and 2 spacecraft were scheduled for takeoff, astronomer Carl Sagan and SETI researcher Frank Drake received an intriguing proposal from the space agency: Would they be interested in crafting a message to alien civilizations to accompany Voyager on its interstellar journey? Over the next nine months, Sagan, Drake, and a small team of scientists and artists scrambled to compile a unique document—part time capsule, part interstellar greeting—to send to the stars. The Golden Record was born.
Over the next three weeks, Science Friday is celebrating the legacy of the Golden Record, in anticipation of Voyager’s 40th anniversary next year. And we’re asking you: What would you include on a Golden Record?
This week, we explore the Golden Record’s history with two of its creators. Ann Druyan was the creative director for the record project (she would go on to co-write COSMOS: A Personal Voyage with her husband Carl Sagan). And Drake, author of the Drake equation, helmed the record’s picture sequence. Together, they join Ira to remember those frenzied months when they compiled the Golden Record—a “best of” collection of science, art, and ingenuity.
A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived | Jesse Mulligan, 1–4pm, 3:08 pm on 20 September 2016 | Radio New Zealand
Each of us carries an epic poem in our cells. DNA tells the story of our murky origins, shaped by evolution, to our current obsession with tracing our ancestry.
That nucleic acid has the genetic information needed to make all living things. But it’s not the whole story, not even close according to former geneticist, now host of the BBC’s Inside Science.
Adam Rutherford says the human genome should not be read as instruction manuals, but as epic poems.
His new book A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived separates the myths about what DNA can and can’t tell us about ourselves, where we came from and where the human race is going.
He uses a metaphor to help people get their head around what DNA is – that of sheet music and an orchestra.
“More often than not people have referred to DNA as a blueprint or an instruction manual.
“Sometimes that can be quite misleading because if something’s a blueprint it implies that all the plans are laid out and it has this association with biological determinism – what your genes are is what you will be.”
And he says we now know that’s not true.
“The sheet music for a piece of music is the same whether you buy it in 1906 or 2006 but the interpretation of that is down to the conductor and the orchestra and all of the annotations, the layering and the performance.
“This feels like a better way of describing nature and nurture which results in the symphony which is us.”
As to forking out hard earned money to find out your ancestry, through DNA profiling don’t bother, he says.
“We now know about ancestry that we’re all incredibly inbred, the last common ancestor of all Europeans was only about four or five hundred years ago.
"If you pay them to tell you your ancestors were vikings, it’s true, but only because everyone is. The truth is all of us have ancestors who were vikings and Jews and Indians."
Non Breaking Space Show #94: Q&A Panel from the World Movie Premiere of “What Comes Next is the Future” - Goodstuff FM
For this episode, we have the Q&A panel after the world premiere of Matt Griffin’s documentary, "What Comes Next is the Future."
The premiere took place at Code & Supply’s Abstraction conference in Pittsburgh, PA on August 18th.
Large portions of San Francisco, New York City, Boston, Seattle, Hong Kong and Marseilles were built on top of human made land. What is now Mumbai, India, was transformed by the British from a seven-island archipelago to one contiguous strip of land. The most extraordinary example of land reclamation and manufacture may be the Netherlands. As early as the 9th century A.D., the Dutch began building dykes and pumping systems to create new land in places that were actually below sea level. But the historic scale of land manufacture is minuscule compared to the rate at which it is taking place today.
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A look back at the origins of Spacewar!, the first original video game and one of the most influential pieces of software ever written. With special guests Stewart Brand and Spacewar! creator Steve Russell.
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/wonderland-podcast/32-dots-per-spaceship-or-the-videogame-that-changed-tech-history
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For years we’ve been told that the websites we make shouldn’t make people think and that we should put user needs first. But what if none of that were true? In this talk, art director and designer Andy Clarke explores how art direction and creative expression make designs that are distinctive, individual and full of personality. Slides: speakerdeck.com/malarkey/art-directing-web-design
Adam talks to author, actor and Python, Michael Palin about travel writing, Monty Python films and erm, death. Thanks to Seamus Murphy-Mitchell for production support.
For links and pictures related to this episode visit adam-buxton.co.uk
Original video: https://soundcloud.com/adam-buxton/ep-28-michael-palin
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Cultural critic Virginia Heffernan joins the show to talk about her new book, Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art (Simon & Schuster)! We talk about what’s behind the screen, why the internet is bigger than the Industrial Revolution, her first experience online in 1979, what it’s like to be in a piece of performance art with half the world’s population, her crushing defeat at meeting Joan Didion, why she’s nostalgic for landline phones, the motive motive of Pokemon Go, asking The New York Times to host a shred-guitar competition, and why there’s value in Reading The Comments!
Great music from Stockton’s Wing - Paul Roche, Kieran Hanrahan, Maurice Lennon, Tony Callanan & Tommy Hayes. Songs from Curly Sullivan & Jack O’Carroll. Music also with Raymond Rolland, Kit O’Connor, John Joe Doyle, Paddy & Kevin Taylor, Benny O’Connor, Brendan McGlinchey, Rodger Sherlock, Liam Farrell, P.J. Hynes, Brian Green, MacDara Ó Raghallaigh, David Power, Willie Kelly, Mick & Kathleen Conneely, Johnny McDonagh, Michelle O’Sullivan, Deirdre McSherry & more!
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