Spoken Essays

Physics

Photomultiplier array at LUX, South Dakota. Photo courtesy of Luxdarkmatter.org

In the dark

Will cosmologists ever illuminate us about dark matter? Alexander B Fry evaluates. Read by Sam Dresser

Alexander B Fry 23 April 2013
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Computing and Artificial Intelligence

Illustration by Martina Flor

There’s an app for that

The Quantified Self movement is a spirituality for out times. John-Paul Flintoff considers. Read by Sam Dresser

John-Paul Flintoff 17 April 2013
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Culture

Photo by Mary Kocol/Gallerystock

Stories in the night

Can’t sleep? Then let me tell you a story… Melanie McGrath on insomnia's gifts. Read by Sara Masters

Melanie McGrath 12 April 2013
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General Culture

Citizens of Leningrad dig for water from a broken main during the winter of 1942.  Photo by AP

This is humankind

How could a Russian Jew not hate the Germans? Polina Aronson reflects. Read by Sara Masters

Polina Aronson 04 April 2013
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Computing and Artificial Intelligence

For her, all seven deadly sins: Brigitte Helm as Maria in Fritz Lang's Metropolis, 1927.  Photo by UFA/Paramount

Love machines

The lure of A.I. is as much erotic as it is rational. George Zarkadakis on loving our creations. Read by Sam Dresser

George Zarkadakis 26 March 2013
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Culture

Ophelia by Odilon Redon c. 1900 - 1905. Collection of Dian Woodner, New York.  Photo from Wikimedia

A flowered planet

For all their symbolic force, plants are still a deep mystery to us. Olivia Laing on herbalism. Read by Sara Masters

Olivia Laing 19 March 2013
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Childhood and Adolescence

'She was inspired and angry, ambitious and terrified in turns'. Photo by Linda Raymond/Getty

The face she makes

What storms lie behind an adolescent’s cool front? Rachel Ida Buff reflects. Read by Sara Masters

Rachel Ida Buff 13 March 2013
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Education

Photo by Julian Baggini

Bibliocide

They were mouldy, unread and out of date. So why did I feel bad about burning my Britannicas? Read by Sam Dresser

Julian Baggini 06 March 2013
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Culture

Screen dreams: 'we cannot afford to believe in magic, or to overlook the effortful divide between us as we actually are and ‘us’ as we appear on screen.' Photo by Allen Donikowski/Flickr/Getty

Cyborg dreams

Are we slaves to the magic of technology? Tom Chatfield reflects on the relationship. Read by Sam Dresser

Tom Chatfield 27 February 2013
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