Sometimes a story is bigger than a conversation, and sound design can take us there. Sonic Sidebars are short, richly-textured audio essays from big names and deep thinkers.
Cities are full of music — but can cities also BE music? David Rothenberg gives us a tiny history of how composers have used cities to make music, beginning with Pierre Schaeffer’s “Musique concrète.”
A poem by Naomi Shihab Nye, read by Peter Sobol.
A poem by Emily Dickinson, read by Anne Strainchamps.
A poem by Karina Borowicz, read by Stephanie Elkins.
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.
A simulated eight-hour bus drive earns you one point. Why would anyone want to play a game like that?
Celebrated curator Hans Ulrich Obrist has a vision: get art out of galleries and into the real world.
Our digital producer, Mark Riechers, tells us why he got married in a movie theater.
A listener reminds us that it wasn't just teenage boys listening to Pink Floyd in 1973.
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.