June 20, 2018

History on display: The Southwick Broadside

This Fourth of July, visitors to Washington University's Olin Library will have the chance to see a rare piece of history - an early copy of the Declaration of Independence known as the Southwick Broadside. Historian David Konig and curator Cassie Brand discuss the historical significance of the broadside, the process of conserving and displaying the document, and their hopes for the exhibition.

March 1, 2018

The Secret Lives of Plants

Elizabeth Haswell, associate professor of biology and host of The Taproot podcast, wants to change the way that people think about plants. What do scientists know about how plants sense their environment, and what remains a mystery? The answers may surprise you.


February 13, 2018

Frog Love and the Decoy Effect

Valentine's Day 2018

This Valentine's Day, we bring you a story of frog romance and economics — with a side of math and 1960s game shows. We all know people who make illogical decisions in the quest for love. As a 2015 paper in Science describes, it seems that even frogs can be irrational when choosing a mate. However, in his quest to develop a model for human economic behavior, Paulo Natenzon has found a way to restore rationality to the frogs.

October 26, 2017

How to Create a Musical Monster

Halloween 2017

It’s been 200 years since Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein, the classic tale of creation gone wrong. In honor of the novel’s anniversary – and just in time for Halloween – three undergraduates at Washington University in St. Louis were each invited to bring his own brainchild into being: a piece of music, inspired by Frankenstein, to be performed by WashU’s symphony orchestra. In this episode of Arts & Sciences' Hold That Thought podcast, Cole Reyes, Andrew Savino, and Ethan Evans talk about their music, the creative process, and Frankenstein. 

Symphony Orchestra: Frankenstein takes place at 7 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 29, at the 560 Music Center.