NPR Tiny Desk Concert: Gregory Porter

“No Love Dying” by Gregory Porter is a song of compassion and hope, from his Grammy-winning 2013 album Liquid Spirit. I love NPR’s Tiny Desk concerts so much.

Soothing Spaceship Sound

Exploring the secrets of soothing spaceship sounds.

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This Song Reduces Anxiety by Up to 65 Percent

Given the upcoming US election here on Tuesday, I could most certainly use some stress reducing tunes. According to Dr. David Lewis-Hodgson of Mindlab International the above song produced a greater state of relaxation than any other music tested to date. In fact, listening to “Weightless” resulted in a striking 65 percent reduction in participants’ overall anxiety, and a 35 percent reduction in their usual physiological resting rates.

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Hear All of Mozart in a Free 127-Hour Playlist

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As someone who listens to Classical Music at work to help me focus, this free 127-hour Mozart playlist is a true gem. Thanks Open Culture.

Mortified

Mortified is an event series where adults share their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, poems, lyrics, plays, home movies, art) on stage. Hear grown men and women confront their past with tales of their first kiss, first puff, worst prom, fights with mom, life at bible camp, worst hand job, best mall job, and reasons they deserved to marry Jon Bon Jovi. So incredibly entertaining.

Definitely subscribing to their podcast.

Attack of the Pod(cast) People

As someone who loves podcasts and also runs one this made me laugh. (Wish though the left out the very end. Seems odd.)

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Where Is The Love?

Nearly 15 years after a post 9/11 landscape inspired them to write the original, the Black Eyed Peas have reimagined Where is the love at what feels another critical moment.

Michael Jackson’s Birthday

Today would be Michael Jackson’s 58th birthday, which reminded me of Man in The Mirror, one of my favorites, and a song more timely than ever.

The Great Animal Orchestra

The Great Animal Orchestra

The Great Animal Orchestra is inspired by the work of American musician and bioacoustician Bernie Krause. The exhibition, which brings together artists from all over the world, invites its audience to immerse themselves in an aesthetic meditation, both aural and visual, on an animal kingdom that is increasingly under threat. Put on headphones and dive in. Soothing!

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CreativeMornings Podcast/ David Kelley

“Creative people are being asked to work on really important problems, problems that matter in the world, and the good news is we’re coming up with new-to-the-world solutions, and so it’s a really good time to be a designer.”

Speaking on the global theme of Freedom, David Kelley took the stage at CreativeMornings/New York in May 2014 to speak on the design revolution. Designers now have the respect and freedom to make a difference. Championing for design to be more inclusive in its meaning, David looks to give everyone confidence in their ability to be creative. Now that everyone has the power of creativity, what will you do with it?

You can see all of the CreativeMornings Podcasts here. And you can see all talks from around the world on the topic of Freedom here.

Amy Vachal

The remarkable Amy Chaval performed at today’s CreativeMornings. What an incredible talent.

Elizabeth Gilbert | Choosing Curiosity Over Fear

Elizabeth Gilbert is the force behind my all-time favorite TED talk. I enjoyed hearing her in conversation with Krista Tippett.

Every top 5 song from 1958 – 2016

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Polygraph visually lists every top 5 song from 1958 – 2016. That was quite a trip down memory lane…

Bob Dylan at 20 on Freak Shows

Dylan was just 20 years old when he appeared on the Folksingers Choice radio program on WBAI FM in New York City. He’d arrived in Manhattan just a few years earlier and was playing in the coffee houses of Greenwich Village, at one in particular he was paid “a dollar plus a cheeseburger.”

During this hour-long interview with Cynthia Gooding, Dylan played some of his own songs (“The Death of Emmett Till”, “Standing on the Highway”) and covers of classics by Howlin’ Wolf, Hank Williams, and Woody Guthrie. We scored this Blank on Blank with Dylan tuning up his guitar and playing his harmonica.

It’s a wonderful snapshot in time, with a young Dylan before he was famous and before he even released his debut album. He’s nervous and funny. He’s just a guy with a guitar with a little mischief underneath.

Listen to the full interview and hear some rarely heard songs here.

Hat tip to the team of Blank on Blank for creating this beautiful video series.

Design Matters: Alain De Botton

“My view of human nature is that all of us are just holding it together in various ways — and that’s okay, and we just need to go easy with one another, knowing that we’re all these incredibly fragile beings.”
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From a Design Matters episode with Alain de Botton.


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Liz Danzico: Pros & cons of managing remotely

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Liz Danzico is Creative Director of NPR and manages the team almost fully remotely. In this recent episode of Hired Cameron Moll discusses the pros and cons of working and managing remotely, as well as her role as Chair of the MFA Interaction Design graduate program at SVA. Oh, and making fresh bread.

Broad Mic Podcast

The lovely Kelly Hoey interviewed me for Broad Mic a few weeks ago. The podcast just went live!

Note to self: Must talk slower!

The Son of a Terrorist

Thanks to the team of Virgin Unite, I had the pleasure to meet Zak Ebrahim last night. He is the son of a terrorist. And, he is a gentle, soft spoken beautiful soul. His story moved me and gives me so much hope for this world. Empathy can change the world! We need more of it!

KAYTRANADA Lite Spots

This KAYTRANADA music video made me smile. How can you resist a dancing robot?

Life While-You-Wait

Amanda Palmer reads Polish Nobel Laureate Wislawa Szymborska’s poem “Life While-You-Wait”.

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CreativeMornings Podcast / Season 2

CreativeMornings Podcast Season 2

Team CreativeMornings is giddy this morning: We just launched Season 2 of our CreativeMornings Podcast, starting out with a bang. Our first episode features Seth Godin’s talk on what we’re getting wrong at work — and how we can change it!

Download it over on iTunes, or listen to it on Soundcloud. And, if you’re not the podcast type and want to watch the talk, head over to our site and watch it online.

Really love podcasts? Check out the first Season of our CreativeMornings podcast. There are some real gems in there.

Design Matters with Amanda Palmer

“We think that we’re all very connected, we think that we’re all very communicative. But when you actually strip it down, there’s a lot wrong. And the proof is in the pudding — you have a whole society of people who are depressed and insecure and anxious and paranoid and worried … and, fundamentally, feeling very unseen… Maybe we’ve constructed culture in a way that people are not feeling recognized, loved, accepted, happy with their place in society… What have we done to create such unhappiness?”

Amanda Palmer on Art, Love, Loneliness, Motherhood, Vulnerability, Trust, and Our Lifelong Quest to Feel Real

Growing Up the Internet

From the On Being site on this episode: “When Tiffany Shlain thinks of her favorite quote from naturalist John Muir, she thinks of the internet: “When you tug at a single thing in the universe, you find it’s attached to everything else.” As a filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards — the “Oscars of the internet” — she is committed to reframing technology as an expression of the best of what humanity is capable, with all the complexity that entails. With her young family, she has helped popularize the practice of the “tech shabbat” — 24 unplugged hours each week. Her perspective on our technology-enhanced lives is ultimately a purposeful and enriching one: the internet is our global brain, towards which we can apply all the wisdom we are gaining about the brains in our heads and the character in our lives.”