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Philip Glass is an enduringly prolific composer, collaborator, intellectual, and inventor of a pedagogue Nadia Boulanger and sitarist Ranew kind of music now known as minimalism. In this extensive and candid interview from 1988, Glass discusses many things, including his involvement in world music, his innovative approach to rhythm, and his work with film and opera. He also talks about the people who have inspired him, including legendary vi Shankar, and the unique human narratives that he finds inspirational. The interview includes many samples of his musical work. TI staff biologist Karen Kalumuck busts some of the myths about taste, and presents a few fun activities for the classroom.
In November 2009, Exploratorium After Dark welcomed particle physicist Dr. Austin Richards—aka Dr. MegaVolt. Under the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda, he jousted with a high-voltage Tesla coil, which generated 200,000 volts of electricity and shot 14-foot-long arcs of lightning through the air. A stack of blocks seems to defy gravity in this activity by Exploratorium staff educator Don Rathjen.
In recognition of the Exploratorium's 40th anniversary, join us for a special edition of our popular show, Iron Science Teacher. In this zany science cook-off, teachers compete before a live audience at the Exploratorium for the revered title, "Iron Science Teacher." The secret ingredient will be something closely related to our anniversary! A veteran teacher describes his first year of teaching, and the myriad things he adjusted to while he learned the profession he loves. What do polarized sunglasses have to do with dog urine? Listen to this curious story from staff physicist Paul Doherty.
TI program participant Mark Hespenheide presents an elegant illustration of free fall using string and paper clips. How do you give your students the words they need to understand an activity or a topic? TI Staff Educator Modesto Tamez explains his opinion that vocabulary is best given towards the end of a lesson, not at the beginning. This electrifying After Dark event featured Austin Richards, Ph.D.—aka, Dr. MegaVolt®—jousting with 14-foot electrical arcs from his high-voltage Tesla coil on the evening of Thursday, November 5, 2009. This wonderful performance contributed to the celebration of the Exploratorium’s 40th Anniversary.