wildly curious
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations

Creativity: Powers of Two

9-23-14.jpg

 

Forget what you think you know about creativity being the domain of the solitary genius. The writer Joshua Wolf Shenk says it's a myth that's outlived its usefulness. In his book Powers of Two, Shenk looks at hundreds of creative duos -- like John Lennon and Paul McCartney or Marie and Pierre Curie -- to understand what he calls the "electrified space" of their partnership. Friday, Shenk joins us to explain how these creative connections work, and why two heads really are better than one.

Joshua Wolf Shenk is the author of Lincoln's Melancholy [Indiebound|Amazon] and his new book Powers of Two: Finding the Essence of Innovation in Creative Pairs  [Indiebound|Amazon]. He's also curator of the Arts in Mind series on art and mental health, and a member of The Moth's General Council.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.