Out Of Their Minds from CBC Radio

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Out of their Minds is a weekly, half-hour program examining exciting ideas and inventions, and the heretical thinkers behind them. It will feature in-depth documentaries on inventors and innovators with novel approaches to seemingly intractable problems.

There's an old saying...even the mightiest oak starts out as a nut... And when it comes to revolutionary change and paradigm busting ideas and inventions, the people behind them start out as nuts. At least that's how they are perceived, fairly or unfairly. They are often ignored, ridiculed, and ostersized ...at least initially. Some of them, like the brilliant yet eccentric Nikola Tesla do rise above the naysayers to enjoy their moment in the sun. Are they tragic figures or heroes? Their methods may be suspect but do their ideas have merit? Are they out of their minds or merely ...

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Older Episodes

OOTM 9 - Steve Mann Aug. 22, 2011
What happens when you cross a human cyborg and a sea creature? Why Steve Mann of coarse. Join host Richard Syrett as we examine one of Canada's most prolific and unique inventors. We visit his lab, talk to his friends and hear some music that comes from a brand new ...
This program is an homage to people who noodle outside the crate, dive outside the pool, rush in, headlong through the out door. It's about really clever people who invent, create, conceive. Some are on the inside and wear proper lab coats, work at universities, deliver power point presentations, receive ...
In this episode host Richard Syrett goes completely batty with echo-locater Daniel Kish. Blind since the age of 13 months Daniel has taught himself and countless others how to "echo-locate" using flash sonar techniques similar to bats and dolphins. He is a champion of self-directed discovery for blind children and ...
In this episode we meet John Hutchison. He is the Canadian inventor who's best known for the inexplicable and extraordinary phenomenon associated with his inventions jointly known as "The Hutchinson Effect" levitation of heavy objects. fusion of dissimilar materials such as metal and wood, while lacking any displacement. the anomalous ...
Thane Heins, college dropout, former chef at the Canadian Museum of Civilization, basement tinkerer has invented what he describes as a new kind of generator. He's named it The Perepiteia which in Greek theatre means an action that has the opposite effect of what its doer intended. The generator appears ...
In this episode we meet UCLA professor Charles S. Grob who leads the pack in studying the benefits of using psychedelic drugs like magic mushrooms or MDMA to help terminally ill cancer patients who feel anxious about dying. He hopes to prove that getting high is a legitimate medical response. ...
The largest organ on the human body is the skin. And yet, for some reason, our sense of touch is often overlooked. In this episode we meet two forward-thinking inventors, who are working to make better use of the sensory receptors in our skin Katherine Kuchenbecker works in the emerging ...
OOTM 3 - Time Travel July 12, 2011
The idea of going back in time and rewriting history makes great fodder for comic books and movies. We've all seen Back to the Future and maybe we even tried to build a flux capacitor out of the old blender in our basement. But what if someone actually found a ...
What do LED lights, mice, GOD, firepaste, cancer, blast blankets and grizzly bears have in common? Absolutely nothing... Unless you're visiting Troy Hurtubise's laboratory. In this innagural episode of "Out of Their Minds," host and series creator Richard Syrett talks with Canadian inventor Troy Hurtubise, better known as "Grizzly Man." ...