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Season 6 | Episode 10

Toxic, Risk, Danger

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Can you imagine a job where the materials you work with daily could actually kill you? Kurt Andersen and the choreographer Elizabeth Streb explore why creative people sometimes put themselves at risk. We’ll hear why Streb asks her dancers to dive through glass, and a sculptor describes how he constructed a tornado of fire. And an injured trumpeter tries to get back his chops.

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Elizabeth Streb

Special Guest: Elizabeth Streb

Kurt Andersen and the choreographer Elizabeth Streb explore the dangerous sides of creating dance, music, and sculpture. 

Elizabeth Streb is a choreographer with few boundaries. She combines elements of dance, athletics, extreme-sports, circus arts, and action-movie stunt work into a new kind of movement, where she and her dancers dive ...

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Fire Vortex

Ned Kahn is a sculptor with dangerous dreams. When a museum in Switzerland asked him what he’d always wanted to make but couldn’t quite pull off, he answered: A tornado made of fire. Produced by Jonathan Mitchell.

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Toxic Materials

The life of the average artist is not known for a sense of security. Most will gain little money, status, or recognition. They may dream of these things, but what many artists should be yearning for more than anything is … health insurance. Sarah Lilley explains why.

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Musical Injuries

We’ve all heard stories about sports and dance injuries that abruptly end careers, but musicians actually face as many physical risks as professional athletes. When trumpeter Matthew Steinfeld injured his mouth and couldn’t make his horn create a decent sound, he felt helpless. Hillary Frank has the story.

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How Art Works: The Tat

One of the best known personality tests is the Thematic Apperception Test, which asks patients to imagine a story based on a picture of an ambiguous scene. The "TAT" is undergoing its biggest overhaul since its creation 70 years ago, which means psychologists are having to think deeply about ...

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Monkey See...

When a recent scientific study proved that celebrity worship comes naturally to rhesus monkeys as well as humans, Studio 360’s Kurt Andersen wondered which primate has more discerning taste.

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