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What are you afraid of? Snakes? Spiders? Heights? This After Dark event investigated the psychology and biology of fear, and included Damian Cooksey confronting his fear by demonstrating the sport of highlining far above visitors’ heads. In this show, we explore the Outdoor Exploratorium project, a collection of exhibits that enhance a unique and iconic landscape on the edge of San Francisco Bay. We hear from Exploratorium exhibit developers Shawn Lani and Steve Gennrich, who reflect on the challenges and rewards of going outside the walls of the museum--and way outside of their familiar ways of working--to successfully bring exhibits into the open air. The Exploratorium celebrated its future home at Piers 15 and 17 in San Francisco with an official groundbreaking ceremony and festivities on October 19, 2010. Megan and Rick Prelinger opened their personal library in San Francisco in 2004, seeking to share their collection of books and resources with a larger community. In this show, Megan shares her story of making this "hopeful gesture" towards a world where knowledge is accessible to all. As she puts it, "in utopia, there are no closed stacks." This video includes interviews with Exploratorium Executive Director Dr. Dennis Bartels and Exploratorium Chairman of the Board George Cogan about Piers 15 and 17, as well as a fly-through animation of the future home of the Exploratorium. Join us for another podcast in our series, Speaking of Music Rewind. This program features Grammy and Pulitzer-winning composer Steve Reich, a pioneer of minimalist, jazz, and Western Classical music. Join us for another podcast in our series, Speaking of Music Rewind. This program features Grammy and Pulitzer-winning composer Steve Reich, a pioneer of minimalist, jazz, and Western Classical music. This After Dark event presented a collection of objects, organizations, and activities use various alternative energy sources, and also looked at sustainably raised food. Biologist Kristina Yu and exhibit developer Denise King share their love for the mighty (and mightily underappreciated) microorganism.
Senior Exploratorium scientist, Paul Doherty, unlocks the mystery behind the corrosive dust that coats the Black Rock Desert.