Musician Kilo Kish Learns A New Trick

We might think that an old dog can’t learn new tricks. According to neuroscience and neuroplasticity though, that’s not true at all.

a black woman wearing a sparkly silver dress holding an ice cream cone sticking her tongue out at the camera
Rapper Kilo Kish. Credit: Matthew Cowan

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Today, we’re featuring an episode from the podcast Sing For Science, a show where musicians talk to scientists about science as it connects to their most famous songs. In this episode, recorded live at the 2022 On Air Fest in Brooklyn, NY, rapper Kilo Kish and NYU neuroscientist Dr. Wendy Suzuki talk about Kish’s song “NEW TRICKS: ART, AESTHETICS, AND MONEY” and how it overlaps with brain plasticity, memory formation, and brain anatomy.

Universe of Art is hosted and produced by D. Peterschmidt, who also wrote the music. Our show art was illustrated by Abelle Hayford. Support for Science Friday’s science and arts coverage comes from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. 

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About D. Peterschmidt

D. Peterschmidt is a producer, host of the podcast Universe of Art, and composes music for Science Friday’s podcasts. Their D&D character is a clumsy bard named Chip Chap Chopman.

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