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Speaking of Music Rewind:  John Cage (Podcast)
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01:28:01
John Cage was one of the most influential composers in modern American music. He raised fundamental questions about the nature of music, and invigorated, provoked, and perplexed audiences throughout his long career. In this lecture from 1987, excerpts of his work are played and discussed. Afterwards, Cage takes questions and shares his thoughts on subjects ranging from the origins of his impulse to make music-"Many composers hear music before they write it, but I write music in order to hear it"-to using chance to create without ego or intention. He asks why we should listen to music instead of just listening to the sounds around us, and answers: "There's no reason."

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Date: May 20, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: john cage, music, speaking of music,


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Science Teaching Tips:  Let's Find Out! (Podcast)
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00:04:43
Teaching isn't just work, it's a lot of fun. Staff physicist Thomas Humphrey quickly figured out that he didn't have the answer to every question in the classroom-and that's the fun of it.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: May 19, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: classroom, teaching, answer, question


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Science Teaching Tips:  That's a Good Question (Podcast)
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00:07:04
TI staff biologist Karen Kalumuck describes how she tries not to answer every question that's asked during a class. Instead, she guides her students to discover ideas for themselves.

Project: Teacher Institute Science Teaching Tips | Browse All

Date: May 12, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: teaching, class, question, ask, answer

Links: Karen Kalumuck's Web site

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Science Teaching Tips:  Teaching Abroad (Podcast)
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00:05:11
A veteran teacher describes her first year of teaching-in Guatamala. She faced many, many challenges, but she stuck it out and has been teaching for 20 years.

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Date: May 5, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: teaching, guatamala, challenges


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Science Teaching Tips:  Revising the Rainbow (Podcast)
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00:07:04
What is indigo anyway? Staff physicist Paul Doherty tells the story behind ROYGBIV, and how he'd like to change that standard palette.

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Date: April 28, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: rainbow, color, roygbiv, indigo

Links: Paul Doherty's Web site

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Science Teaching Tips:  When the Moon Hits Your Eye (Podcast)
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00:07:27
What coin would just barely cover the full moon? You may be surprised. TI director (and recovering astrophysicist) Linda Shore explains how our brains distort the actual size of the moon.

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Date: April 21, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: moon, coin, size, astrophysics, brain


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Speaking of Music Rewind:  Pauline Oliveros (Podcast)
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01:34:04
Composer and performer Pauline Oliveros has been a pioneering figure in American music for over four decades. In this intimate talk recorded at the Exploratorium on February 21, 1985, Oliveros discusses her decision to quit teaching and flee to Italy with her accordion, her appreciation of the Grateful Dead's concert sound system, and the perils of the squeezebox. She also takes audience questions and performs "Rattlesnake Mountain" live.

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Date: April 16, 2010
Format: Lecture
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art

Keywords: speaking of music, pauline oliveros, accordian


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Science Teaching Tips:  Find That Sound (Podcast)
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00:05:51
Take a little sound quiz with our host, Stephanie Chasteen, and learn something about how our brains locate sounds.

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Date: April 14, 2010
Format: Demonstration / Activity
Category: Everyday Science
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Keywords: sounds, brains

Links: Stephanie Chasteen’s Web site
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Science Teaching Tips:  Follow the Bouncing Ball (Podcast)
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00:09:29
Have you ever really listened to a ball bounce? Exploratorium staff physicist Thomas Humphrey describes the elegant mathematics of a bouncing ball.

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Date: April 7, 2010
Format: Interview
Category: Everyday Science
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: mathematics, bouncing, ball, physics


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Geometry Playground:  Exhibition Preview (Clip)
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00:01:22
In June, 2010, the Exploratorium will launch it's newest exhibition, Geometry Playground. Check out this teaser clip and come back for more on June 25th, 2010.

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Date: April 7, 2010
Format: Exhibit
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Physics

Keywords: geometry playground, math, science, light traces


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