Brainy, whimsical Laura Veirs sings about meteors, birds and bugs, the occasional mermaid -- but also storms and natural destruction. Kurt talks with Veirs and she performs with her band, Saltbreakers, live in the studio.
At Tom Savini's Special Make-Up Effects School in Pennsylvania, students learn how to make the disgusting riveting. Matthew Cavnar finds out how the tradition of hand-made special effects is staying current in the digital era.
Howard Gardner, who developed the theory of multiple intelligences, joins Kurt and Sarah on stage for a session of free advice. He analyzes audience members' big life-changing moments, and gets Sarah to fess up about how her impersonation skills came in handy when playing hooky from high school.
Mouna Andraos is an artist and web designer who's always been fascinated by street vendors since her childhood in Lebanon. She created a working portable generator that uses a crank and a solar cell to charge cell phones and laptops, and even run small appliances. Ada Lee Halofsky hit the New York City streets with Andraos to see Power Cart in action. (Originally aired: April 18, 2008)
Kurt and Richard Price wander through the gritty-turned-hipster neighborhood at the center of Price's novel Lush Life. Cultures clash violently in the book -- they visit the scene of the crime.