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Human creativity is profoundly influenced by those around us. But how does this influence happen? Lehrer will explore a few of the more surprising social effects, such as why the most innovative entrepreneurs have the oddest friends, why brainstorming doesn't work (but brutal honesty does) and why some cities produce so many patents per capita than others. (Hint: It's all about the walking speed of pedestrians.)[ ]
Jonah Lehrer is a contributing editor at Wired and the author of “How We Decide and Proust Was a Neuroscientist.” He graduated from Columbia University and studied at Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. Lehrer has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times Magazine, Nature, and Outside, and writes a column about the brain in The Wall Street Journal. He is also a contributing editor at WNYC's Radio Lab. (http://www.jonahlehrer.com/home)
Cut Chemist has been recording and performing for over twenty years. He started dj’ing in 1984, at age 11 years old. In 1987 aged 14 Cut started recording with his friends including Chali 2na (Jurassic 5). Cut first became known as a founding member of both the rap group Jurassic 5 and the Grammy award winning Latin funk outfit, Ozomatli. Keeping his involvement with both groups in tandem with one another, Cut has developed a taste for music and rhythms from around the world while keeping his ethic for the hip hop tradition. His mix-tapes and remixes became critically acclaimed. His ‘Chemist’ moniker was fully realized with his instrumental, Lesson 6: The Lecture. A musical journey that challenged hip hop production with music theory ideals. Cut also found time to collaborate with DJ Shadow on what would be one of the worlds most sought after mix cd’s, Brainfreeze, soon to be followed by its sequel, Product Placement.
Superhumanoids make dreamy pop that shouts summery ‘60s harmonies, garage rock’s raw tonality, slick new-wave electronics, and the adventurous dissonance of ‘90s indie rock. Originally the solo bedroom project of Cameron Parkins, the LA band quickly evolved into a multifaceted quintet featuring Sarah Chernoff (vocals and keys), Max St. John (bass, vocals, and programming) and Evan Weinerman (percussion).
KCRW DJs Anthony Valadez joins us in the lounge where you can get your groove on and enjoy the dioramas of the African Mammal Hall.
Anthony Valadez is a Los Angeles based DJ/Producer and visual artist with residencies at Little Temple, Zanzibar and Federal Bar. His latest musical projects include remixes for David Bowie and Ozomatli. He has released two full length albums on indie label Recordbreakin. He is a resident DJ at Dublab.com and has a regular program on 89.9 FM KCRW and KCRW.com where he mixes future beats, soulful keys, and tomorrow's samples and sounds. (www.anthonyvaladez.com)
LA native Garth Trinidad (www.garthtrinidad.biz) has had a huge influence on modern music through his work in radio, event production, music supervision, and as a voting member of The Recording Academy. As a DJ at KCRW (89FM and KCRW.com), he is known for finessing the airwaves to expose new and progressive international music while paying homage to the classic and his support has bolstered the careers of everyone from MIA and Gnarls Barkley to Janelle Monae and Little Dragon.