This Device Turns Your House Into A Mini Recycling Center (Cool Weird Awesome 483)

Lasso is a prototype for an in-home recycling system. Instead of dropping your recyclables on the curb, you'd put them in the machine, to be scanned, cleaned and broken down into the raw materials that companies buy to make new cans and bottles. Plus: meet AI Art House, a site selling wall art designed by software trying to emulate some of the all time great (human) painters.

2021-02-24T09:00:21-05:00February 24th, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

Mount Everest May Soon Be Getting Cleaner, And More Arty (Cool Weird Awesome 472)

Sagarmatha, aka Mount Everest, is the world's highest mountain, and the site of a growing environmental problem. A new initiative wants to remove trash and recyclables from the peak and turn some of them into art. Plus: a year after its founding, the Black Art Library is bringing new attention to great Black visual artists and is itself an exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.

2021-02-02T08:29:14-05:00February 2nd, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

When Czechoslovakia Split, The Two New Countries Also Split The National Anthem (Cool Weird Awesome 449)

On this day in 1993, two new countries were born out of the dissolution of Czechoslovakia. The Czech Republic and Slovakia spent months negotiating all of the old country's assets, even which side got which verses of the national anthem. Plus: many of us have tried to learn new skills during our extra time at home. Anna Chojnicka was one of them, and the skill she chose was to make art out of bananas.

2021-01-01T09:33:13-05:00January 1st, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , , |

A Strike (Or A “Sensitivity Session”) Aboard A Space Station (Cool Weird Awesome 445)

On this day in 1973, something happened aboard the Skylab space station. Depending on who you talk to, it was somewhere between a "sensitivity session" between astronauts and ground crew, and a full-on space mutiny. Plus: Japanese Lego artist Jumpei Mitsui just created an all-brick version of Hokusai's famous print "The Great Wave off Kanagawa."

2020-12-28T08:12:33-05:00December 28th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Let’s Say Something About The Museum Of Nothing (Cool Weird Awesome 433)

Some galleries showcase works of art; others show you what it's like when there's nothing on the canvas. Today we pay a virtual visit to a museum where all the works explore the concept of nothingness. Plus: the Chic!ken photo project aims to show that chickens can be the subjects of fine art. 

2020-12-03T07:35:28-05:00December 3rd, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There Used To Be A World Record For Auto Sales (Cool Weird Awesome 427)

This week marks two years since the end of a lawsuit over who had the world record in car sales! Not that we're short on stories these days about people disputing numbers. Plus: if you want a calmer story, how about this one about an artist who makes ornate sculptures from apples?

2021-02-16T10:18:34-05:00November 25th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

There’s A Little Art Museum On The Moon (Cool Weird Awesome 426)

Today in 1969 Apollo 12 returned to earth after visiting the moon, and if the stories are true, it brought with it a tiny tile containing line drawings by six Earth artists. Plus: since most of us aren't likely to visit the art installation on the lunar surface, maybe we can visit this museum in the Florida Keys that goes below the surface of the water.

2020-11-24T09:45:37-05:00November 24th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The Robot That Can Help People Put In Their Contact Lenses (Cool Weird Awesome 416)

An inventor in Florida has invented a robot that can put contact lenses in human eyes safety and effectively. This could be a big help to people with neurological disorders or tremors who might not otherwise be able to put those lenses in themselves. Plus: meet an online fluid simulator that's like watching really trippy ripples in a groovy pond.

2020-11-10T08:36:24-05:00November 10th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

The U.S. Senate Has A Candy Desk (Cool Weird Awesome 412)

It's National Candy Day, and the day after Election Day, so let's visit the back row of the U.S. Senate chamber, where, for over half a century, senators have kept a desk drawer filled with candy to share with colleagues. Plus: in Japan, candy is also fine art, thanks to the practice of amezaiku, or sculpting molten sugar syrup.

2021-02-19T09:49:39-05:00November 4th, 2020|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , |
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