Conan O’Brien Plays Charlie Rose, Talks Presidential History with Edmund Morris

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“This is my dream job,” Conan O’Brien says while in conversation with presidential biographer Edmund Morris. He didn’t say it when he brought Morris onto Conan, his late-night talk show on TBS. He says it on Serious Jibber-Jabber, an altogether different operation.


Radiohead-Approved, Fan-Made Film of the Band at Roseland for 2011’s The King of Limbs Tour

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Having seen Radiohead a few times since their post-2000 Kid A transformation, I can tell you firsthand that while their last several records have trended toward bedroom rock, the live show is still a full-on experience. No twiddling behind laptops and drum machines.


Library of Congress Releases Audio Archive of Interviews with Rock ‘n’ Roll Icons

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Back in the mid-to-late 1980s, some of the figures we consider Rock and Roll icons were near or at the nadir of their popularity.


Ira Glass Makes Balloon Animals and Gives NSFW Advice to Teens — At the Same Time!!

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Prior to public radio superstardom, Ira Glass enjoyed modest success as an amateur teenage magician with a side in balloon animals. At the behest of Rookie, an online magazine by and for teen girls, Glass shared some trade secrets gleaned from the 1974 pamphlet, Roger’s Rubber Ark, Volume II.


Filming a Sprinting Cheetah at 1,200 Frames Per Second

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Cheetahs are the fastest land animals on Earth, able to reach speeds of up to 70 miles per hour.
Earlier this year, the team at National Geographic visited the Cincinnati Zoo and filmed cheetahs running at full sprint, as seen in the majestic video above.


15,000 Balloons Promote TEDxAmsterdam (Watch It Live on November 30)

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So what is human nature? Who are we, how do we think, feel and act? What are our limitations, and how can we overcome them? What do we share, how we are different, how we can be fooled and how lucky are we to be alive?
Those are the questions at the heart of the 2012 edition of TEDxAmsterdam, and you can watch it live online, in HD, star


Watch as Alberto Giacometti Paints and Pursues the Elusive “Apparition” (1965)

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The Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti is most often remembered for his famously thin, elongated sculptures of the human form. But Giacometti was a similarly brilliant and original draughtsman who maintained that drawing was the central skill of an artist. “One must stick exclusively to drawing,” he once said.


A Poignant, Elegant Tribute to the Mars Rover Curiosity

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The Curiosity mission on Mars will soon bring us some big news. We don’t know what it is. We just know, according to one NASA scientist, the discovery “is going to be one for the history books.


Arthur Conan Doyle Discusses Sherlock Holmes and Psychics in a Rare Filmed Interview (1927)

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While Scottish physician and author Arthur Conan Doyle died in 1930, he seems almost wholly of the nineteenth century: a trained scientist who fervently believed in “spiritualism” and fairies, and an accomplished and prolific writer whose most famous character—that most logical of detectives—had a cocaine addiction and more pers


Kurt Vonnegut’s Tips for Teaching at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop (1967)

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Few who dip into Kurt Vonnegut’s work come away without the influence of his voice. If we can judge by his letter to Richard Gehman (click here to read it in large format), this will go for his personal correspondence as much as it does for his fiction.


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