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Dr. Albert Glinsky Explains Leon Theremin's Espionage Devices on The Science Channel

Dr. Albert Glinsky

Leon Theremin, the story goes, built some pretty fascinating devices in addition to the instrument that bears his name.  You may recall "The Thing", a listening device hidden in a Great Seal of the United States that hung in the United States Embassy after being presented as a gift by Russian schoolchildren in 1946.  The device is known today as a precursor to RFID technology. 

So what else did Leon Theremin build after leaving the United States?  You can find out this Wednesday when Dr. Albert Glinsky appears on the series Dark Matters: Twisted But True in a segment entitled, "Theremin".  The episode will feature profiles of Prof. Leon Theremin's various espionage devices and projects.  Dr. Glinsky is the author of the amazing book "Theremin: Ether Music and Espionage ", which details Theremin's discovery and development of the instrument we all know and love as well as his return to the Soviet Union.

The show airs in the U.S. on Science, this Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at 9:30 PM ET and will be repeated at midnight (Dec. 20, 12 AM), and again on early Friday morning (Dec. 21 at 4 AM). It will also air internationally on the Discovery Science Channel in South East Asia, Europe, UK, India, Sweden, Canada, Latin America, and Australia.

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