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Richly textured audio essays from big names and deep thinkers.

Screenshot from "Desert Bus" playthrough by Phrasz013.
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A simulated eight-hour bus drive earns you one point. Why would anyone want to play a game like that?More

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3:19
Man gets lost
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Rebecca Solnit prepares the smartphone era for a time when we no longer know how to not know where we are.More

Egg
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How does the world look to a scientist? We asked astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson….and he gave us some cooking tips.More

Length: 
3:21
random strands of light
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Choreographer Bill T. Jones says that while many of us are trying to put more skill into our lives, his mentor, the musician John Cage, spent his life trying to do just the opposite. Jones says Cage’s music was often based on randomness and chance.More

roller coaster
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Writer B.J. Novak imagines a roller coaster that's modelled after real life, and designed by the artist Christo.More

Length: 
3:49
Prince
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Chuck Klosterman thinks the Internet has ruined a lot of things, including death.More

ignored on the phone
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For three decades, MIT professor Sherry Turkle's been looking at the ways we interact with machines. She believes our digital devices are taking a toll on our personal relationships.More

basketball rivals
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During basketball camp in Fargo, North Dakota, cultural critic Chuck Klosterman made an enemy — for life. And maybe that was a bad idea.More

Length: 
3:37
At the rock show
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An abridged version of Terry Gross' interview with Kiss rocker Gene SImmons from a 2002 episode of "Fresh Air."More

Length: 
3:37
Jukebox hero
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In 1985, The New Yorker writer Susan Orlean started traveling around the country to find out how Americans spend their Saturday nights. One thing she discovered? How many Saturday night songs there are.
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