Thursday, October 23, 2014
By Ethan Chiel
Tuesday, September 02, 2014
By Alex Goldman
Friday, July 18, 2014
The Sims is one of the most popular video games of all time. But the game came very close to never being released. Bob talks with journalist Simon Parkin about how an unplanned kiss between two Sims characters at a gamer conference created enough buzz to launch the game. Parkin wrote about the kiss on the New Yorker's Elements blog.
Friday, July 04, 2014
"Metastasis" is an almost scene-by-scene Spanish-language remake of the hit show "Breaking Bad," starring Colombian actor Diego Trujillo — who has also worked on remakes of "Desperate Housewives" and "Grey's Anatomy." Trujillo discusses remaking popular American shows in Spanish.
Monday, June 02, 2014
By Ethan Chiel
Over the past few months ICANN — The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers — has been rolling out the first of what might eventually be hundreds of new top level domain names. TLDs are the suffixes you type at the end of a web address: .com, .net, .org, and so on. For years there have been 22 generic TLDs, plus country codes, but now ICANN is planning on adding upwards of 1000 new options.
One of those options is .art, and the contention over who’s going to manage it is actually pretty interesting.
Friday, May 16, 2014
The notion of using broad laws to suppress the arts has a long and horrifying tradition in Russia. Bob talks with comedian Yakov Smirnoff about performing in the Soviet Union, where comics had to submit jokes to a Department of Humor for approval.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
By Alex Goldman
According to Wired, London's Saatchi gallery has created a gif competition that awards prizes in what it now calls "motion photography." Wired sees this as legitimizing gifs as an artform, but in the process of legitimizing, it completely misunderstands the point of gifs.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
By PJ Vogt
Internet TV criticism means that we scrutinize each episode more minutely than we ever have before. Here's how to know if we're right.
Friday, February 21, 2014
The Oscar-nominated documentary “The Square” turns a lens on the Egyptian revolution and its aftermath through the eyes of three very different men whose lives intersected in Tahrir Square in 2011. Brooke talks with director Jehane Noujaim and producer Karim Amer about capturing Egypt’s unfolding narrative on camera. Audio courtesy of the Paley Center for Media.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Fed up with his unsatisfying job at a call center, game designer David S. Gallant channeled his frustration into a video game called I Get This Call Every Day, a game where you play a guy working an unsatisfying job at a call center. Brooke talks to Gallant about what it's like to make a game that's not necessarily fun to play.
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