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Bob Garfield Has Such a Genius Idea!

Bob Garfield has frank entertaining chats w/ MacArthur's 'Genius' Grant Recipients & we turn them into ebooks/podcasts/videos for you!

Bob Garfield Has Such a Genius Idea!

Bob Garfield has frank entertaining chats w/ MacArthur's 'Genius' Grant Recipients & we turn them into ebooks/podcasts/videos for you!

$12,617
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167
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, November 8 2014 5:13 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated November 28, 2016

About

In The Genius Dialogues, Bob Garfield boldly asks smart, stupid and vaguely rude questions of ingenious souls accomplishing remarkable things in wildly disparate fields -- from organic chemistry to choreography to neurophilosophy to online language instruction. Altogether, the answers are spellbinding -- and the basis of not just an interview series but a groundbreaking multimedia digital-publishing format.

Help us get it off the ground! Be part of the publishing revolution! Get more Bob Garfield! And free advance copies of the ebooks we'll produce based on the conversations!

"I've never seen anything like The Genius Dialogues. Ever. Bob Garfield explores the perfect combination of great minds and good works. It's inspiring, illuminating, entertaining...and quite ingenious in its own right."

--Morgan Spurlock, Film Director (Super Size Me, Freakonomics), Host & Producer (CNN's Inside Man)

"Bob Garfield is a reliably entertaining interviewer with really interesting judgment. He's gonna try to figure out what makes geniuses different from the rest of us?  I'm in! Where do I donate?"

--Ira Glass, Public Radio Host & Producer (This American Life)

"The first Genius Dialogue is with the man who invented Captcha, a technology I hate with every fiber of my being. I wanted to hate him, too. But it was riveting, and he charmed me. This project is going to roar."

--Gene Weingarten, Washington Post

Full Project Description: 

Each year, the MacArthur Foundation famously taps two dozen of the most compelling scientists, educators and artists in the world from out of the blue and awards them $625,000 fellowships, no strings attached. We know, because we read about them every fall: the so-called “Genius Grants." But who are these people? Can you name a single MacArthur Genius? Apart from the windfall, why should we care about them and their accomplishments?

Well, we should – because their work is remarkable and often surprising, and so are their personal stories. The Genius Dialogues are about illuminating innovation and innovators on the leading edge of science, art, education, and every other discipline that defines and expands our world. 

We've produced one episode to test the concept and so far so good. In tone, style, depth and narrative arc, if we say so ourselves, it sounds like no interview you’ve heard before. Because it isn’t an interview at all; it’s a conversation unburdened by the conventions of broadcast decorum – respectful, but unstilted, rigorous, but informal and very personable. As Bob says, "Think of Terry Gross. Now imagine if she was pathologically unfiltered…that's me."

We'll spend time talking with MacArthur Fellows in a wide variety of fields and produce for you a series of videos, audio recordings and ebooks that share their stories. On our website we'll blend text, audio, video, illustration and infographics into a seamless multimedia experience so you can deeply understand their work and their personal trajectory before and after being honored by the MacArthur Foundation. 

This is a passion project for us -- Bob Garfield, known best for his work as co-host of NPR's show ON THE MEDIA, and Molly Barton, former Global Digital Director of Penguin books, and now independent digital media producer and publisher.

Our first episode is with Luis von Ahn, the man who created Captcha, ReCaptcha (sold to Google), and now DuoLingo (a remarkable language learning app with the potential to revolutionize education worldwide). If you have a favorite MacArthur Fellow you think we should include in the series, let us know! We appreciate your ideas and your support.

The Genius Dialogues is produced entirely independent of the MacArthur Foundation, and receives no funding from it.

Risks and challenges

Our plan is to make The Genius Dialogues a self-sustaining project after getting a boost from Founding Sponsors here on Kickstarter. We'll do this by charging modest fees to download the multimedia ebooks we produce based on our in-depth, funny, and revealing conversations with Geniuses. The earnings from these sales will allow us to keep producing new episodes.

The big risk is that no one will find our website. So, we've thought long and hard about this. And we've lined up the marketing support of three well-known news websites who've agreed to run very short clips of The Genius Dialogues on their sites and in their podcasts with links back to our site.

Combined, we have 50 years of experience in publishing and producing multimedia content, so we feel confident that we can deliver a highly valuable and entertaining series of conversations with some of today's most important thinkers.

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    THANK YOU level. We appreciate your support and your love of genius!

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    THOUGHTFUL level:

    Your own copy of the inaugural Genius Dialogue multimedia eBook.

    Discover how Luis von Ahn--the inventor of Captcha, Re-Captcha and the language learning app DuoLingo--made millions while doing good in the world.

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    First three episodes of The Genius Dialogues multimedia eBooks delivered to you for free.

    Discover the personal backstory behind the award-winning work of innovators recognized as Geniuses by the MacArthur Foundation.

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    Become a Founding Sponsor of this important program. We'll heartily thank you on The Genius Dialogues website. We'll also deliver the first three episodes of The Genius Dialogues multimedia eBooks to you for free.

    Help us inspire the younger generations by bringing them the personal backstory behind innovators who are improving the world through their leading-edge work in a variety of fields.

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    SKYPE WITH BOB & MOLLY!

    We've got 50 years of media experience and we'd be happy to chat and give you feedback on any project you're working on.

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    LUNCH WITH A GENIUS!

    In thanks for your generous support to found this important program, we'll arrange for you to attend a luncheon in New York City with a MacArthur Fellow.

    (please note that we cannot cover travel to NYC for you)

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    CONTRIBUTING PRODUCER level:

    Join us for an on-set experience of producing one episode of The Genius Dialogues!

    We've got 50 years of media experience and we'd be happy to share our process with you.

    You'll meet the Genius who is our subject for the episode, and you can give us input on the questions we're going to ask on set.

    We'll thank you publicly on our website for being a Contributing Producer.

    Please note you'll be responsible for getting yourself to set -- we record in NYC, DC and a few other locations depending on where our subjects live and work.

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