Arts

10:18am

Fri April 19, 2013
Ask Me Another

Six Degrees of Francis Bacon

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:11 am

Was Francis Bacon a 16th-century pioneer of the scientific method, or a 20th-century painter known for his raw graphic imagery? The answer is: both! In this game, Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants about famous people who share the same first and last name. Extra credit if you can link the two celebrities in six degrees or less. After the game, hear house musician Jonathan Coulton get sassy with a cover of the Destiny's Child hit "Bills Bills Bills."

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10:18am

Fri April 19, 2013
Ask Me Another

Bust A Cap

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

While Michael stews backstage, let's get back to the gaming action. I see our next two contestants, Darla Gutierrez and George Choundas settling in behind their puzzle podiums. Welcome.

(APPLAUSE)

GEORGE CHOUNDAS: Thank you.

EISENBERG: Darla, you're a children's librarian. What is one of your favorite children's books?

DARLA GUTIERREZ: "Alice in Wonderland."

EISENBERG: "Alice in Wonderland," the one that's kind of about drugs.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's a good one.

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10:18am

Fri April 19, 2013
Ask Me Another

Fruit Salad

Originally published on Fri July 26, 2013 10:11 am

Transcript

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

On our stage right now, we have Lauren Weisskirk and Stefan Salva Cruz ready for our next game.

(APPLAUSE)

STEFAN SALVA CRUZ: Hello, Ophira.

EISENBERG: Hello, Stefan. Hello, Lauren. Stefan, do you have a favorite fruit?

CRUZ: Fruit?

EISENBERG: Fruit, yeah.

CRUZ: Orange.

EISENBERG: It's an odd question, right?

CRUZ: Oh, absolutely.

EISENBERG: Orange.

CRUZ: Yeah.

EISENBERG: I like orange too. That's a good one. Lauren, favorite fruit?

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10:00am

Fri April 19, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Are We Hard-Wired For Beauty?

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:55 am

"Beauty draws us in...It takes us outside ourselves and it motivates us. It's essential to life and to happiness."
Asa Mathat TED

Part 2 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

Psychologist Nancy Etcoff joins philosopher Denis Dutton to explain why beauty inspires and motivates us. Etcoff says our response to beauty is visceral, and we use strong words — like "bombshell" — when we talk about it.

About Nancy Etcoff

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10:00am

Fri April 19, 2013
TED Radio Hour

How Does Beauty Feel?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 3:34 pm

Designer Richard Seymour at TED Salon.
TED

Part 5 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Richard Seymour's TEDTalk

A story, a work of art, a face, a designed object — how do we tell that something is beautiful? And why does it matter so much to us? Designer Richard Seymour explores our response to beauty and the surprising power of objects that exhibit it.

About Richard Seymour

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10:00am

Fri April 19, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Does Being Beautiful Make You Happy?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 3:32 pm

Cameron Russell at TEDxMidAtlantic
David Quinalty TED

Part 3 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Cameron Russell's TED Talk

Cameron Russell admits she won "a genetic lottery": She's tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don't judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a wry look at the industry that had her looking highly seductive at barely 16 years old.

About Cameron Russell

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10:00am

Fri April 19, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Are Some Things Universally Beautiful?

Originally published on Fri June 27, 2014 1:23 pm

Philosopher Denis Dutton suggests that humans are hard-wired to seek beauty.
James Duncan Davidson TED

Part 1 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Denis Dutton's TEDTalk

Denis Dutton has a provocative theory on beauty — that art, music and other beautiful things, far from being simply "in the eye of the beholder," are a core part of human nature with deep evolutionary origins.

About Denis Dutton

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9:59am

Fri April 19, 2013
NPR Story

What Is Beauty?

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 3:14 pm

Do we need beauty to enjoy ourselves, or do we need it to survive?
TED

Beauty surrounds us, draws us in, gives joy and creates conflict. In this hour, TED speakers conjure up beauty both ancient and modern, and suggest reasons why humans are hardwired to crave and respond to beauty.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

9:59am

Fri April 19, 2013
TED Radio Hour

Can Beauty Change A Life?

Originally published on Fri June 14, 2013 8:55 am

"Beauty is not just for the imagination. It's actually a way of altering human behavior for the better." — Bill Strickland
TED

Part 4 of the TED Radio Hour episode What Is Beauty?

About Bill Strickland's TEDTalk

Bill Strickland tells a quiet and astonishing tale of redemption through arts, music and unlikely partnerships.

About Bill Strickland

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7:13am

Fri April 19, 2013
The Two-Way

Book News: Two Authors Make 'Time' List Of '100 Most Influential People'

Hilary Mantel attends the Costa Book of the Year awards in London, England.
Stuart Wilson Getty Images

The daily lowdown on books, publishing, and the occasional author behaving badly.

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