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.
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The Power of Two
- In his new book, Powers of Two, Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs, Joshua Wolf Shenk uses the stories of some very famous pairs to explore what he calls the electrified space of creative partnerships, and the essential ingredients in creative pairings that have produced the most imaginative, world-changing ideas and works.
AIs Are Re-writing History
- Robert Elliott Smith is a teaching fellow at University College in London in the Department of Computer Science. He wrote an essay on his blog called, “It’s Official: AIs Are Now Rewriting 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
- Lee Eiseman is executive director of the Pantone Color Institute® and co-author, of Pantone on Fashion: A Century of Color in Design.
- We have more about Lee Eiseman at this link.
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'.