Modern Genius

October 6, 2013

Would you recognize a genius if you met one?  We’ll introduce you to four geniuses – or at least four people who just landed MacArthur “genius" awards: classical pianist Jeremy Denk, jazz musician Vijay Iyer, fiction writer Karen Russell and astrophysicist Sara Seager.  Also, practical tips on how to cultivate your hidden talents.

  1. Karen Russell, MacArthur genius

    What's it like to win a MacArthur "genius" award?  Fiction writer Karen Rusell tells Anne Strainchamps about the day she heard the news, and talks about her special blend of fantasy and realism in her short stories.

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  2. What makes a genius?

    Are geniuses born - or do you have to learn how to be a genius?  And what about those 10,000 hours of practice?  Geoffrey Colvin and Carol Dweck give us the lowdown on genius.

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  3. Jeremy Denk - art of piano

    Jeremy Denk isn't only a gifted concert pianist; he also has a flair for writing about music.  He tells Steve Paulson about a lifetime of studying the art of piano.

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  4. "Steal Like an Artist" mashup

    What's the difference between a good artist and a great one?  Graphic artist Austin Kleon likes to quote TS Eliot: "Good artists copy; great artists steal."

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  5. Searching for E.T. - Sara Seager

    Astrobiologist Sara Seager, who just won a MacArthur "genius" award, says there's certainly life on other planets.  Seager describes her search for bio-signatures - evidence of life in other solar systems.

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  6. Vijay Iyer - MacArthur winner

    Jazz pianist and cognitive scientist Vijay Iyer just won a MacArthur "genius" award.  He's also landed a job at Harvard teaching music.  He tells Anne Strainchamps how he incorporates science into his music.

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