16 03, 2020

The World Shuts Down, But “Art Doesn’t Stop” (Cool Weird Awesome 259)

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Staff at a museum in Turin, Italy called Castello di Rivoli have been working marathon days to digitize their entire collection so that art lovers who can't see the pieces in person can still enjoy them online. Plus: a volunteers at a thrift shop in North Carolina spots something unusual in a stack of paintings - a work by none other than Salvador Dali!

5 03, 2020

The Life And Flights Of Jerrie Cobb (Cool Weird Awesome 252)

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Today is the birthday of Jerrie Cobb, who could have been the first woman in space but ended up flying to great heights nonetheless. Plus: it was on this day in 2011 that a museum in the Netherlands first put on exhibit a work called “Peanut Butter Floor," which was exactly what it sounds like.

13 01, 2020

When Ford Introduced The Soybean Car (Cool Weird Awesome 214)

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On this day in 1942, the patent was issued for a car that was to be (at least partly) made from soybeans. And it was the idea of none other than Henry Ford. Plus: Steven Paul Judd is an Oklahoma-based artist of Kiowa/Choctaw descent, and last month he made a portrait of Sitting Bull using just over 20,000 black and white dice.

22 10, 2019

The North Carolina Bridge That Decapitates Cars Is Finally Being Raised (Cool Weird Awesome 154)

By |2019-10-22T06:50:00-04:00October 22nd, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |

It’s the end of an era in Durham, North Carolina. The 11 Foot 8 Bridge, known as the Can Opener or the Gregson Street Guillotine for its propensity for shearing the tops off rental trucks and other large vehicles, is at last being raised. Probably good for safety, but fans of fail videos are bummed. Plus: artist Reuben Wu uses drones to create light paintings in the sky he calls “aeroglyphs."

17 10, 2019

When Performance Art Meets Brain Scans (Cool Weird Awesome 151)

By |2019-10-17T06:09:12-04:00October 17th, 2019|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Indonesian performance artist Melati Suryodarmo has created a new work called “If We Were XYZ,” and it’s based on her dreams, which she documented with the help of an electroencephalogram machine. Plus: The World Food Championships are now underway in Dallas, with some 1,500 award-winning chefs and cooks putting it all on the line and/or plates.