Rediscovering Long-Lost Sounds with MacArthur Genius Carl Haber

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Berkeley physicist Carl Haber recently was named a MacArthur Fellow for his work finding long-lost sounds and digitally restoring them. He has brought the voices of Alexander Graham Bell and Jack London back to life with a special high definition camera that reads the patterns off broken discs and other recordings and turns them into sound. The newly minted MacArthur genius joins us in the studio.

Restored Sounds That We Played During the Show


Carl Haber, senior scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, who was recently named a MacArthur Fellow for 2013