Annals of Ideas

1 season, 17 episodes

Things to think about.

Annals of Ideas

Science & Tech

Manu Prakash, a biophysicist at Stanford and the creator of the Foldscope, muses on the beauty of the microscopic world.

Science & Tech

Nick Bostrom asks, Will we engineer our own extinction?

Science & Tech

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

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

Alec Wilkinson explains a mathematical breakthrough.

Science & Tech

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

“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

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

The iconic alternative radio station WBAI is still on the air, but recent layoffs have badly shaken the community that supports it.

Culture

Gary Shteyngart visits his favorite bar and his psychoanalyst’s office, and walks his dog, Felix, all while wearing Google Glass.

Business

Apollo Robbins demonstrates some of the tricks and techniques of a theatrical pickpocket.

Culture

Breaking down the arc of the TED performance.

Culture

Taryn Simon on her project, "A Living Man Declared Dead," and Australia's problem with rabbit overpopulation.

Culture

Susan Morrison and Tom Bachtell discuss the illustrations in The Talk of the Town.

Culture

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 artist Ai Weiwei documents his struggles with police in Chengdu.

Culture

David de Rothschild talks about the building of the Plastiki, a boat made entirely of recyclable plastics, which he plans to sail across the Pacific Ocean.