Catapulting Pellets of Chance into your Stupid Head—Lulu Miller shares her lessons on crafting remarkable stories by accommodating chance in your creative process
About the speaker
Lulu Miller is an NPR Science Desk Reporter where she covers human (and occasionally insect) behavior. Miller covers stories that challenge our assumptions about how organisms work – from the story of a blind woman who can see the rain but not her daughter’s smile, to a virus that inspires crickets to have more sex. She was a producer of the public radio program Radiolab for five years and is always on the hunt for “stories in which Duct-Tape Solves the Ethereal Sadness,” as she puts it. To hear more about that, take a listen here.
In January 2015, Miller will join NPR Science Correspondent Alix Spiegel to co-host Invisibilia, a new series from NPR about the unseen forces that control human behavior – our ideas, beliefs, assumptions, and thoughts. Invisibilia interweaves personal stories and science in a way that, ultimately, makes you see your own life differently.
Favorite quotes from this talk See all
If eyes are the window to the soul, ears are the fucking DOOR. — Lulu Miller
Productivity equals a huge idea and not enough time to do it. — Lulu Miller
A hobby is a profoundly sacred thing. — Lulu Miller
The hunch is what gets you out the door, but the discovery is wilder than you could imagine. — Lulu Miller
There might be some goodness in the randomness and the chance, there might be sadness when it's unexpected or joy when it's unexpected or images (that's probably the best thing), just images that you could never dream up... — Lulu Miller