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Buchla

5/17/2019
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In 1963, a man named Don Buchla made history. Under commission by a pair of avant-garde composers, Buchla designed one of the world’s first modular synthesizers, helping to change the course of pop music. Today Buchla’s earliest creations are prized commodities—the Library of Congress currently owns one, and the Smithsonian reportedly tried to acquire the one belonging to Mills College. Columbia’s Computer Music Center is home to not one but three of his seminal instruments, much of which...

Duration:00:09:59

Posing Modernity

1/3/2019
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The Low Down's Acacia O'Connor '18JRN brings you the story of Denise Murrell '04, '10, '14GSAS, curator of the groundbreaking "Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today," at the Wallach Art Gallery on Columbia's new Manhattanville campus, who discusses the story behind the hugely popular exhibit.

Duration:00:13:05

The Low Down Goes to the Opera

10/20/2018
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The Cagliari Opera House, one of Italy’s most renowned opera companies, presented the first modern rendering of the opera in the Rotunda of Columbia's Low Library. In this episode of The Low Down, we take you on a trip to the opera with the works of Lorenzo Da Ponte, the author of Mozart’s most important opera librettos, and the first Professor of Italian at Columbia.

Duration:00:23:58

The Doctor's Office

4/11/2018
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Nuclear war. Jimmy Kimmel. Lionel Richie. What do these things have in common? Dr. Irwin Redlener. We take you inside the doctor's office on this episode of The Low Down.

Duration:00:15:33

Chef Mike

3/27/2018
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On the latest edition of The Low Down podcast, Columbia University's Acacia O'Connor spoke with everyone's favorite chef, Michael DeMartino of Columbia Dining, about his cooking beginnings, what he loves about his job, what his last meal would be, and the special thing he does for students during his impressive commute.

Duration:00:15:50

Society of Women Engineers: The Future of Science

10/14/2017
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Society of Women Engineers: The Future of Science by Columbia Alumni Association

Duration:00:19:59

Julia Bacha ‘03GS: Behind the Scenes of Non-violent Resistance

10/1/2017
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Julia Bacha ‘03GS: Behind the Scenes of Non-violent Resistance by Columbia Alumni Association

Duration:00:46:31

Ayushi Roy ‘14CC: We Need Human Rights at Home in the U.S.

9/15/2017
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Ayushi Roy ‘14CC: We Need Human Rights at Home in the U.S. by Columbia Alumni Association

Duration:00:27:37

Nicole Crescimanno ‘11GSAS: The Art of Climate Activism

9/3/2017
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Nicole Crescimanno ‘11GSAS: The Art of Climate Activism by Columbia Alumni Association

Duration:00:19:38

A’Lelia Bundles ‘76JRN: Writing History Herself

8/20/2017
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A’Lelia Bundles ‘76JRN: Writing History Herself by Columbia Alumni Association

Duration:00:22:10

Coming Soon: "The Future Is..."

7/31/2017
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The Low Down is launching a special mini-series this summer.

Duration:00:01:01

Talking Science with Brian Greene

7/19/2017
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You may have noticed that we’ve been digging into our archives a lot. To be fair, there’s a lot of interesting stuff going on at Columbia and we want to revisit some talks that haven’t gotten a lot of attention lately. One of those talks was with Columbia physicist Brian Greene. In 2014 he sat down with the writer, and award-winning TV correspondent, Gideon Yago '00CC to talk about World Science U, Columbia's Science Initiative, and some of his out-of-this-world ideas. This episode includes...

Duration:00:24:40

Jack Dorsey's Tools for Entrepreneurs

7/6/2017
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Odds are good you’ve heard of Jack Dorsey. He’s the co-founder of Twitter and the co-founder of the mobile payment company, Square. In 2013, Dorsey gave a talk at Columbia and, at the time, it was the largest entrepreneurship event in Columbia history, attracting over 1,000 Columbia students, alumni, and friends. Since we’ve been digging into the archives lately, we thought we’d play you some highlights from that keynote address where he talks about how he turned his obsession with urban...

Duration:00:24:30

Can Engineers Help Deliver Babies?

6/25/2017
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Last year, Kristin Myers gave a lecture to Columbia alumni returning to campus for reunion. Myers is an associate professor of mechanical engineering at the Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, and her talk offered an engineering perspective on why women give birth preterm. Specifically, she explored the biomechanics of pregnancy and how engineers work with clinicians to try to understand why some women give birth before term and how we can stop it. You’re about to hear some...

Duration:00:21:39

Jazz, Mind, Brain

6/6/2017
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If you haven’t heard of the Columbia Center for Jazz Studies, that’s a shame, but we can’t be too disappointed in you. After all, the center is still relatively new. It was founded in 1999 and, since then, it has been integrated into the Core Curriculum at Columbia College. That means a lot of College students are getting exposed to music that isn’t exactly topping the charts nowadays. But the Center for Jazz Studies takes a more broad view of the genre than one might initially think....

Duration:00:25:22

Pomp & Circumstance (Rebroadcast)

5/16/2017
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THIS IS A REBROADCAST OF AN EPISODE ABOUT THE 2016 COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY. Columbia's Commencement week ended two weeks ago. New graduates moved out of University housing to start their lives off-campus and the streets of Morningside Heights have emptied out for the summer. In September, new and returning students will move in and the streets will vibrate with excitement and energy again. But, in this episode, we're not going to look ahead. Instead, we're going to look back at the height of...

Duration:00:12:51

Our Brains, Ourselves

5/8/2017
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For this episode, we’re diving into the archives to play you excerpts from a discussion that took place in 2012. The discussion was called “Understanding Our Brains, Understanding Ourselves” and it brought together an expert panel of Columbia alumni and professors to talk about the brain. So, if you’ve ever wondered what smell New Yorkers like the most and what smell they hate, that is an odd thing to wonder but you’ve definitely come to the right place. --- To watch the full talk, check out...

Duration:00:26:15

An Essential Friendship: Buffett and Gates

4/20/2017
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Earlier this year, Columbia hosted a conversation between two iconic public figures — billionaire investor Warren Buffett '51BUS and Microsoft founder Bill Gates. For that conversation, Buffet and Gates sat down with PBS and Bloomberg TV host Charlie Rose to discuss their friendship, philanthropy, and business, innovation, and leadership. In this episode, you will hear some highlights from that talk. If you’re interested in hearing the entire conversation, you can find the full recording...

Duration:00:26:36

BONUS: Looking for Thinkspiration

3/28/2017
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We enjoyed talking to the Design Studio so much last week that we wanted to share more of the candid conversations we had about Design Thinking (and much more). We wanted to get a better idea of who Adam and Alice are, not just as Design Studio representatives, but as design thinkers in general. What we got was a look into how they look at the world around them and what they see in the future of design thinking. Spoiler alert: there’s a blooper reel at the end!

Duration:00:08:51

Think Human

3/9/2017
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For this episode, we visited one of the forward-thinking initiatives taking place at Columbia. Tucked away on a side street near the Morningside campus, we found a place where thinkers, doers and general challengers of the status quo come together to design a better future. It’s called the Columbia Entrepreneurship Design Studio and it’s a project that developed through the Columbia Entrepreneurship program. The Studio brings innovators and entrepreneurs from across campus to pitch...

Duration:00:25:04