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Month: February 2013

WSP – Michael Lewis ’03

I interviewed Michael Lewis for the Wesleyan Storytelling Project over Homecoming Weekend 2012. Michael majored in CSS (hardcore!) and now does market research for Teach For America. Typical Wesleyan do-gooder. ūüėČ

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Distillations #167 – Cold War Chemistry

The latest episode Distillations is about how the Soviets and the US used science as a weapon during the Cold War. It was especially fun to have my friend and founding Executive Producer Audra Wolfe back in the studio. From the Distillations website:

For decades the United States and the Soviet Union were locked in battle; two superpowers with very different visions of how the world should work.¬†Though both sides possessed nuclear bombs, each had another vital weapon in their arsenals: SCIENCE. On today’s show CHF’s Haas Postdoctoral Fellow¬†Mat Savelli¬†sits down with¬†Distillations‘ founding executive producer¬†Audra Wolfe¬†to discuss how the science-tinged war for hearts and minds was waged. They also discuss her new book¬†Competing with the Soviets: Science, Technology, and the State in Cold War America. Then we dip into CHF’s¬†oral history archives¬†to learn how the life of Intel co-founder¬†Leslie Vadasz¬†was shaped by the Hungarian Revolution in 1956, when students launched a revolt against Soviet rule.


Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

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Distillations #166 – Alchemy After Dark

From the Distillations website:

Alchemists are known for equally dreamy and practical pursuits‚ÄĒtrying to turn base metals into gold and achieve immortality while also conducting the experiments that would lay the groundwork for modern chemistry. But it turns out the alchemists had another trick up their sleeves: speaking the language of love‚ÄĒand lust.¬†In this episode we sit down with historian¬†Joel Klein¬†to find out why so many alchemy texts are rife with blush-inducing romantic and sexual metaphors. Then CHF’s¬†James Voelkel¬†recites some of our favorite steamy passages.


Image from¬†Symbola Aureae Mensae, by Michael Maier, courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. Also available in CHF’s collections.¬†

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