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The World's Most Seductive Instrument

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Cool Science Radio welcomes guest David Schiller, who has written Guitar: The World’s Most Seductive Instrument. Beginning in a guitar store on Bleecker Street in New York City, Schiller, accompanied by a photo researcher, traveled far and wide to study and photograph hundreds of guitars, visiting shops, collectors’ offices, museums, festivals, factories, and artisan workshops around the country and all over the world. From pursuing great photo collections to tracking rare images in far-flung museums, Schiller captured the personalities, individual styles, and voices of his favorite instrument.

Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.
John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.