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Philip Glass is an enduringly prolific composer, collaborator, intellectual, and inventor of a pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and sitarist Ranew kind of music now known as minimalism. In this extensive and candid interview from 1988, Glass discusses many things, including his involvement in world music, his innovative approach to rhythm, and his work with film and opera. He also talks about the people who have inspired him, including legendary vi Shankar, and the unique human narratives that he finds inspirational. The interview includes many samples of his musical work.

00:06:28
A stack of blocks seems to defy gravity in this activity by Exploratorium staff educator Don Rathjen.

00:04:38
A veteran teacher describes his first year of teaching, and the myriad things he adjusted to while he learned the profession he loves.

00:04:52
What do polarized sunglasses have to do with dog urine? Listen to this curious story from staff physicist Paul Doherty.

00:04:55
How do you give your students the words they need to understand an activity or a topic? TI Staff Educator Modesto Tamez explains his opinion that vocabulary is best given towards the end of a lesson, not at the beginning.

00:05:23
Our host, Stephanie Chasteen, shares some more fun facts and activities having to do with the science of sound.

00:06:45
Kids can be pretty skeptical, which can help them to learn more. Children’s book author David Schwartz shares some of the letters from classes who thought they should double-check the numbers in some of his books.

00:07:59
Staff educator Tory Brady tells you how to make a teaching box—a valuable tool for getting yourself organized to teach a great science unit.

00:05:10
TI teacher coach Jennifer Paillet explains how to fit in more labs, and get students thinking creatively by using take-home labs.

00:21:06
Dr. Laura Peticolas is a physicist at UC Berkeley's Space Physics Research group. She studies the Aurora to learn more about the Earth and the workings of our Solar System. She's currently working with NASA's Mars data to understand why the Martian aurora looks the way it does. In this podcast she discusses her research, her inspiration and how and why scientists sonify data.