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Meredith Monk has been on the vanguard of interdisciplinary performance for 45 years. In this conversation from 1984, she discusses her works of that era, reflects on her process and aspirations for her work, takes questions, and performs excerpts from Education of the Girlchild.

00:53:35
Meredith Monk has been on the vanguard of interdisciplinary performance for 45 years. In this conversation from 1984, she discusses her works of that era, reflects on her process and aspirations for her work, takes questions, and performs excerpts from Education of the Girlchild.

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Chef Mourad Lahlou of Aziza restaurant is known for elegance and sophistication in his modern Moroccan dishes but often finds inspiration in simple things and unlikely places. In this journey behind the kitchen door, we shadow his entire process as he follows his heart from farm to table. The process is a solid team effort, from Lahlou's special relationships with the people who grow the food to the collaborative kitchen environment that he cultivates. We witness Chef Lahlou blend art and science, and precision and innovation, in his quest to create a plate that is elegant, surprising, and true to its ingredients.

00:04:40
Astronomer Dr. Isabel Hawkins's journey to the stars began with two chance moments of enchantment with celestial bodies in her native Argentina. Inspired by the mystery of the sky, she went on to study physics and astronomy in California and then to work for 20 years as a research astronomer at UC Berkeley. Now retired from research and devoted to inciting a love of the stars and sky in young people, Dr. Hawkins reflects on her own initial moments of inspiration, on sharing her love of stars with others, and on how astronomy can, and should, remind us of our connection to one another, under a canopy of mystery.

00:05:08

The Wave Organ is a wave-activated sound sculpture located at the end of a jetty in the San Francisco Bay. It was created by artist Peter Richards and master stonemason George Gonzalez in 1986.

The installation is an unlikely sight: a collection of curbstones and cemetery stones that appear in the Bay like an ancient ruin or a strange dream. In this unusual place of discovery and contemplation, the musical phenomenon is only part of the point.

In this audio slideshow, Peter Richards, now a senior artist at the Exploratorium, shares his inspiration for creating this piece and explores its function as a theater in which many different kinds of human experiences unfold.


00:02:20
NOAA Chief Scientist Steve Hammond and Okeanos Commander Joe Pica introduce us to the capabilities of the new NOAA research vessel, the Okeanos Explorer, as it sets out on its maiden voyage to Indonesia. ROV footage and maps courtesy of NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.

00:05:08
Annette Young Smith, along with her neighbors, transformed a littered patch of grass and weeds on a median strip in San Francisco's Bayview District into a lush neighborhood garden full of decorative and edible plants.

00:06:18
Whether it's giant pumpkins or gorgeous orchids, people lavish attention upon these botanical marvels in the hopes of creating award-winning specimens. Orchid enthusiasts Trudy Hadler and Ray Vickers-Traft divulge why they devote themselves to cultivating for competition.

00:06:43
Students really struggle with the metric system. TI staff educator Lori Lambertson tells us how she helps students get a handle on what the units really mean.

01:28:01
John Cage was one of the most influential composers in modern American music. He raised fundamental questions about the nature of music, and invigorated, provoked, and perplexed audiences throughout his long career. In this lecture from 1987, excerpts of his work are played and discussed. Afterwards, Cage takes questions and shares his thoughts on subjects ranging from the origins of his impulse to make music-"Many composers hear music before they write it, but I write music in order to hear it"-to using chance to create without ego or intention. He asks why we should listen to music instead of just listening to the sounds around us, and answers: "There's no reason."