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Motor Learning

We improve our movements. This is called motor learning and it is a very subconscious activity. Hear about the subconscious subverting the conscious mind when it comes to movement, stroke patients getting major benefits from a treadmill, and how punishment is a spice used in violin training.

Prof. Alaa Ahmed – Univ. Colorado Boulder
Yinfeng Keynes Chen – Flatiron Strings Academy

Engineering Gotham From Below

The New York Subway is an incredibly complex system that keeps New York running. Since it was such an enormous initial undertaking, why was it first constructed? What techniques were used to make it? How is it being built now along the new Second Avenue Line. Hear answers to these questions from engineers, historians, and Sandhogs.

This program is part of the STEM Story Project — distributed by PRX and made possible with funds from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. It is a small departure from our current series on sound. Contributors to this piece can be found here.

For more on the Sandhogs, see this documentary (it really gets to the heart of who these guys are):

Here are some videos I shot during my tour of the 2nd Ave subway construction (the guy leading the tour was Michael Horodniceanu):