Annals of Ideas1 season, 17 episodes
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Annals of Ideas
Science & Tech Microcosmos Manu Prakash, a biophysicist at Stanford and the creator of the Foldscope, muses on the beauty of the microscopic world.
Science & Tech The Doomsday Invention Nick Bostrom asks, Will we engineer our own extinction?
Science & Tech Turking for a Living Amazon’s Mechanical Turk is a crowdsourced marketplace that allows people (turkers) to complete small tasks that computers cannot. These turkers represent the Wild West of the crowdsourcing workforce.
Science & Tech The Voice Illusion Mel Slater and Domna Banakou, of the University of Barcelona, have shown that we can be tricked into believing that a virtual avatar’s voice is our own. But do its thoughts belong to us, too?
Science & Tech Yitang Zhang’s Discovery Alec Wilkinson explains a mathematical breakthrough.
Science & Tech Egg Freezing: A Hope, Not a Promise Oöcyte cryopreservation is available at clinics across the country for women who wish to delay having children. We spent time with an N.Y.U. fertility specialist to find out how the process works.
Culture Roger Angell’s Baseball Writing “I’d no idea in my life that I’d spend so much time writing about baseball,” muses an on-camera Roger Angell. To celebrate his induction into the Hall of Fame, Open Road Integrated Media produced this short video, the first in what will be a series of interviews with Angell.
Culture The “Truman Show” Delusion What if "The Truman Show" were your life? That's the delusion one psychiatrist observed in patients at Bellevue Hospital, in New York. As cameras and technology continue to encroach on us, will this disorder, and others like it, become more common?
Business A Weak Signal at WBAI The iconic alternative radio station WBAI is still on the air, but recent layoffs have badly shaken the community that supports it.
Culture O.K., Glass, Take a Video Gary Shteyngart visits his favorite bar and his psychoanalyst’s office, and walks his dog, Felix, all while wearing Google Glass.
Business The Tricks of a Master Pickpocket Apollo Robbins demonstrates some of the tricks and techniques of a theatrical pickpocket.
Culture The Arc of TED Breaking down the arc of the TED performance.
Culture Taryn Simon's Rabbits Taryn Simon on her project, "A Living Man Declared Dead," and Australia's problem with rabbit overpopulation.
Culture Illustrating The Talk of the Town Susan Morrison and Tom Bachtell discuss the illustrations in The Talk of the Town.
Culture The 9/11 Names Jake Barton, of the media-design firm Local Projects, and the data artist Jer Thorpe discuss the computer algorithm they designed to help arrange victims’ names on the National September 11 Memorial.
Culture The Art and Activism of Ai Weiwei The artist Ai Weiwei documents his struggles with police in Chengdu.