June 05, 2015

1. It's Einstein's fault that you need your phone to know where the heck you are. At least, indirectly — GPS would never have been invented without the theory of relativity, explains Hiawatha Bray of the Boston Globe.  

2. The quintessential genius of the 20th century had trouble getting a job teaching high school. Before he reached fame and success, Albert Einstein faced a whole lot of failure, according to biographer Walter Isaacson. 

3. IQ tests have been used to support the case for eugenics, and to justify thousands of sterilizations. Clinical psychologist Elaine Castles tells the history of how we measure intelligence — and why it's not all it's cracked up to be.

And the show's music:

Desolation Row - Bob Dylan

The Theory of Relativity - Stars

Einstein's Day - Mission of Burma

String Quintet No.3 in G minor - Mozart

Theme from Star Wars - John Williams

Sigmund Freud's Impersonation Of Albert Einstein In America - Randy Newman

Einstein, Amanda Gefter, IQ, Hiawatha Bray, GPS, Walter Isaacson, Kara Miller

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