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April 21, 2009

Science, Sex, and Sculptural Paper

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Isabella Rossalini as a Fly

What could be more fascinating than Isabella Rossellini working with paper costuming and sculptures to explain reproductive processes of sea creatures and insects? In her “Green Porno” series of short video productions, Rossellini acts and directs in these funny, informative, and beautifully produced little science segments. Season One covers the reproduction of flies, bees, spiders, fireflies and earthworms. Season Two expands to examine how sea creatures mate, featuring whales, limpets, and starfish, among others. Working with production designer Andy Byers and a team of theater pros, Rossellini has succeeded in making science education a lot more fun with these little video gems!

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November 30, 2007

Radio Lab: Radio at its Best

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Radio Lab

Here at Popular Kinetics, radio is our constant studio companion. One of our favorite shows is Radio Lab, produced by New York Public Radio station WNYC. With themes such as Sleep, Morality, and Time, each hour-long segment approaches its subject from a scientific, artistic, and philosophical viewpoint. The station only produces about five shows a year because they are so research- and labor-intensive. Each program is funny, insightful, and full of great storytelling.

Here’s a sample podcast. Sleep  Every creature does it – from giant hump back whales all the way down to fruit flies – and yet science still can’t answer the basic questions: Why do we sleep? What is it for? We’ll eavesdrop on the uneasy dreams of rats in search of answers. http://www.wnyc.org/shows/radiolab/episodes/2007/05/25

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