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A casual chat with ultra-inspirational artists and 'Future Farmers' Michael Swaine and Amy Franceschini.

A short visit with the inspiring Jane Wolff. She is an artist, landscape architect, educator, and author of 'Delta Primer: a field guide to the California Delta.'

Walter Kitundu, 2008 MacArthur Fellow and longtime Exploratorium friend, is an accomplished instrument builder, musician and artist. He is also a dedicated bird watcher and photographer. In this program we accompany Walter on a birdwalk, then have a chat about birds, art, and the perils and rewards of being an urban naturalist.

Dr. Christine Carter is a sociologist who studies the childhood roots of happiness. She is the executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the study of happiness, compassion, and altruism. In this program, Dr. Carter speaks about happiness, altruism, and the inspiring intersection of her personal and professional worlds.

An introduction to the bee hummer, a simple musical instrument that sounds like a swarm of buzzing bees when you spin it around.

A detailed demonstration of how to make the bee hummer, including a discussion of materials needed, troubleshooting tips if your hummer isn't humming well, and a demonstration of how the instrument should be played.

The science behind this simple musical instrument, including the concepts of sound, vibration, and amplification.

An introduction to the cuica (pronounced KWEE-kah), a small friction drum used in Brazil's Carnival parade.

A detailed demonstration of how to make this small friction drum, including a discussion of materials needed and how different kinds of materials make for cuicas that produce different sounds.

The science behind this musical instrument, including the concepts of sound, vibration, resonance, and amplification.