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  • Summary

  • The MacArthur Foundation awards the "Genius Grant" every year to the most compelling scientists, educators and artists in the country. But who are these "geniuses," really? Host Bob Garfield sits down with fellows, including writer and producer David Simon, radio producer Jad Abumrad, and inventor Amy Smith, to learn what events shaped their life, how they became leaders in their fields, and what they imagine our shared future looks like.

    When you add The Genius Dialogues to your library you will receive all 12 episodes, each with a runtime of approximately 35 minutes.

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Episodes
  • Ep. 12: David Simon, Creator of HBO's 'The Wire'

    Oct 24 2017
    A beat newspaper reporter at heart, Simon has managed to spin societal crises into critically revered TV series, time and time again.
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    38 mins
  • Ep. 11: Carl Haber: A Physicist Who Saved Music

    Oct 24 2017
    Carl Haber developed particle collider technology to uncover the origins of the universe, along the way figuring out how to revive decaying audio recordings.
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    37 mins
  • Ep. 10: Origami Microscope Creator, Manu Prakash

    Oct 24 2017
    Manu Prakash sees beauty and inspiration in a bug's eyes, a Boston T stop, and even a parasite lodged in his own foot. He's developing pencil-like microscopes to share that wonder with the world.
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    34 mins

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great interviews with interesting people.

very inspiring wisdom and observations from a wide spectrum of interesting guests in many professions

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Can’t listen to this around the kids because of the language

I can’t listen to this book around my kids because of the language. Every so often they drop the F word and for no real reason. Deleting. Sad because it is something I would have liked

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Great content

Enjoyed listening to this series very much. The Geniuses featured have interesting insights on the world and of course on problem solving. Found the quasi-Proust questionnaire particularly thought provoking. Wish there were more episodes!

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  • Erin M
  • 10-04-18

Great show

Great variety of guests make this a fab series to listen to. I didn't know anything about any of the guests so I loved it - every day is a school day ! The host is funny - he laughs with them, at them, calls them out, shows genuine emotions to their stories and generally gets a decent interview from them.

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  • Katherine
  • 12-06-19

A fascinating personality probe of change makers.

Loved the probing questions to find out what makes these people tick. The countdown quiz was really an interesting tool to see the person behind the success. So many lessons to learn about how to develop successful traits and I'm just in awe of the numerous problems these people have solved and the impact their lives have had on the world!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-21

Informative, Interesting, Ingenious

The genius dialogues give you a view of a variety of successful people from all walks of life with one thing in common.

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  • 02-25-21

Gud

Nice to here this title. Am so happy to listen when am free. Nice original title

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  • Eric D Warner
  • 06-18-20

A Good Listen

Interesting radio dialogues with diverse exceptional people and an unexceptional narrator. No real insight however into the McArthur prize & how it is processed or judged.

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  • Laila Cichos Lindsberg
  • 03-03-20

Makes you curious on the subjects

Host is Humorous and not afraid to ask critical questions. Dudn't know most of the subjects before but I sure wanted to know more about them After the episode