10.22.14: The Power Of Pairs & Good Gig

Oct 22, 2014

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Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs, Marie and Pierre Curie, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. On today’s show, the myth of the lone genius gets knocked down by an exploration of creative duos. We’ll find out why artistic and scientific breakthroughs often come from dynamic collaborations.

Plus, we continue our series “Good Gig” with the executive director of the Pantone Color Institute, to find out what goes into determining color trends for a living.

Listen to the full show and click Read more for individual segments.

The Power of Two

AIs Are Re-writing History

What Makes a Color, a Color?

  • A single question can be a powerful force. It can open up an entire field of study. It can take people over, shaping who they become. And it can jump inside other people, infusing them with a burning curiosity. Reporter Ari Daniel has the story of just such a question: What makes a color, a color?
  • You can listen to this story at prx.org.

Good Gig: Color Expert

Colors: The Word Jazz of Ken Nordine

  • In the mid-1960s, Ken Nordine was commissioned to write commercials for a paint company about colors and became a cult classic. The job inspired an entire word jazz album with individual colors serving as his muse.
  • We've made a Spotify playlist of some of the best of Ken Nordine's 'Word Jazz'.