Thursday, July 28, 2011

Brain Food Dude #25

The 25th episode of our podcast is now available! Download here, or subscribe on itunes.

This episode includes the following Segments:

Fresh Air about art thievery.
Ted Talk about how you can do anything for 30 days.
New Yorker Out Loud about the Rwandan Cycling Team.
Fresh Air about pleasure and addiction.
How to do Everything about snipers.
Planet Money about how much it takes to create a hit song.

Rwanda's Cycling Team

Philip Gourivitch of The New Yorker did a great piece about the Rwandan Cycling Team.

Listen here, download on itunes, or read the full article.

Pleasure & addiction

Why do certain things feel so much better than others? Why are more people addicted to cigarettes than heroin? Check out this episode of Fresh Air with David Lyndon, the author of The compass of pleasure: how our brains make fatty foods, orgasm, exercise, marijuana, generosity, vodka, learning, and gambling, feel so good. Perhaps this will help me with my raging addiction to Blue Bell Ice Cream. Hopefully not.

This podcast is no longer available on itunes, but you can listen here.

Song of the summer

What does it take to produce a hit song? According to Planet Money, about one and a quarter million dollars. Forget that, I've got garageband, I'm going to be mixing mad beats all night!

This podcast is no longer available on itunes, but you can listen here.

You can do anything for 30 days

Want to break a bad habit? Or start a good one? Just try it for 30 days, and see what happens...that's what Matt Cutts says.

Art thievery and the FBI

Ever wonder how they track down stolen art? Find out on this episode of Fresh Air, interviewing former FBI agent Robert Wittmam.

This podcast is no longer available on itunes, but you can listen here.


Ever wonder what it would be like to be a sniper? Well now you can find out, for the good dudes at How to do Everything. Find their podcast here, on itunes.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brain Food Dude-The Music Episode

This week we've got a special edition of Brain Food Dude, an episode all about music. We wanted to keep it diverse, so no genre will be mentioned twice. The episode includes the following clips:

How Architecture helped music evolve, a TED Talk with David Byrne (lead singer of the Talking Heads)
NPR interview with reggae legend, Lee 'Scratch' Perry
Concerts a Emporter documentary with bluesman, Seasick Steve.
Fresh Air interview with Jay-Z.
New Yorker Out Loud discusses Los Tigres del Norte.
Fresh Air interview with country legend, Doc Watson.

Architecture influences music

How does architecture influence music? More than you think. Here's a great TED Talk by David Byrne, of the Talking Heads.

Doc Watson

Doc Watson may be blind, but man can he pick a guitar. Listen to this 1988 interview with Doc on Fresh Air.

Seasick Steve

La Concerts a Emporter (Take Away Shows) is a blog by French director, Vincent Moon. I've watch most of his videos, but my all time favorite is with Bluesman, Seasick Steve.

Seasick Steve - A Take Away Show - Part 1 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Seasick Steve - A Take Away Show - Part 2 from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.


Jay-Z on Fresh Air. Listen to the interview, or buy his book.

Los Tigres del Norte

Listen to the podcast, or read the article by Alec Wilkinson.

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

Lee 'Scratch' Perry is the genius behind countless reggae songs, and at the age of 75 he just came out with a new album. Listen to this great interview with Scratch on NPR.

Friday, July 1, 2011

4th of July Brain Food Dude

A new episode of the Brain Food Dude podcast is out now. The topic this week: the 4th of July.

Listen now, or subscribe to our podcast on itunes.

Myths Of Independence

I never realized how much myth surrounded the American celebration of the 4th of July. Learn more in this All Things Considered interview with Ray Raphael, author of Founding Myths: Stories That Hide Our Patriotic Past.

Backstory of July 4th

Here is the best of all the 4th of July podcasts, on Backstory. Learn about the Declaration of Independence, the history of fireworks on the 4th, and how alcohol consumption rates have changed over the years.

Thomas Jefferson and the 4th of July

What does president Thomas Jefferson have to say about the Independence Day? Find out on the Thomas Jefferson Hour.

Listen now, or download on itunes. The itunes release date was 7/4/10.

Uncle Sam

Where did all those Uncle Sam posters come from? Learn about that, and a lot of other 4th of July fun, on this episode of Studio 360.

The Declaration of Independence

This is either the most boring, or the most important thing I have ever posted...probably both. I present, the Declaration of Independence, read by NPR staff.