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Nov. 19, 2010

How Music Works

From pitch to frequency and harmony to rhythm, how do sounds become music?

music, art, physics

Feb. 10, 2012

Why Vinyl Sounds Better Than CD, Or Not

Two experts explain the audio science behind the music.

music, sound, audio, engineering, data, compression, vinyl

Sep. 11, 2009

Primate Music

There's research on whales singing and birds dancing, but what about monkeys and apes? In this segment, we'll look at the musical abilities of our fellow primates.

music, art, monkeys, apes

Dec. 16, 2011

Treating Stress, Speech Disorders With Music

Neurologists and therapists discuss how music therapy works, and the state of the science behind it.

music, brain, medicine, psychology, neurology, sacks

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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