Radiolab

Jesse Visits Radiolab: Kristen Schaal is a Horse

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Speaking of my pals at Radiolab...

Jad and Robert asked if I could visit their show to talk about one of my favorite comedy sketches of all time, Kurt & Kristen's "Kristen Schaal is a Horse."

It's in the intro to their newest episode, "Loops." If you're one of the 5% of podcast listeners who isn't already subscribed to Radiolab, I've embedded it below. Above, by the way, is the original video I saw of the sketch.

(Kristen, by the way, is also a past Sound of Young America guest.

Jad Abumrad Awarded MacArthur "Genius" Fellowship

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Jad Abumrad at MaxFunCon from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Congratulations to Jad Abumrad!

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has awarded him one of its prestigious fellowships (sometimes referred to as "genius grants"). Jad is the co-host and producer of the public radio program Radiolab which uses audio in unique and creative ways to explore complex scientific and philosophical questions. To quote the foundation, Jad ". . . employs his background as a composer to orchestrate dialogue, music, and sound effects into compelling documentaries that draw listeners into investigations of otherwise intimidating topics, such as the nature of numbers, the evolution of altruism, or the science of emergent phenomena within ant colonies and other complex systems."

Jad was a keynote speaker at our second MaxFunCon in 2010. As you can see in this video, he provided the lucky attendees with fascinating insights into the making of Radiolab and the techniques he employs to make information sound like music.

True genius, indeed.

Blast Processing!

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A terrific interview with Scott Aukerman that addresses podcasting, writing, comedy groupies and the theme song for "MacGruber".

Aziz Ansari is making a series of "Watch The Throne" comics on his aptly-named Tumblr "Aziz Is Bored".

An aurally fascinating piece about Radiolab that demonstrates how the show explores complex topics through the attempted re-creation of unrecordable sounds. Includes links to their efforts to mimic a sleeping cat's brain, confused neurons and, of course, the Big Bang.

And finally,"Antique Trader" tells us how the intrepid Casino Chip & Gaming Token Collectors Club (the CC & GTCC for short) found thousands of vintage casino chips buried in a pile of sand behind a convenience store in Carson City.

MaxFunCon 2010 Podcast: Jad Abumrad

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The MaxFunCon Podcast returns triumphantly to bring you some of the fun from MaxFunCon 2010! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast via iTunes to get these exciting podcasts as they become available. And you can visit www.maxfuncon.com to find up-to-the-minute information about MaxFunCon 2011.

In this episode, Jad Abumrad gives the MaxFunCon audience some insight into the making of Radiolab. Jad explains some of the behind-the-scenes techniques used to make the information presented on his radio program sound like music.

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The Newshour on Radiolab

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One of our favorite public radio shows is RadioLab. The PBS Newshour profiled Jad and Robert, the show's hosts, in a lovely pieces built around one of their live shows. Of course, they were also guests on The Sound a couple of years ago.

Radiolab: Words

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What a lovely video the folks at Radiolab have made to accompany their latest episode, Words. Semiotics + science + film + Radiolab = A+

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