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Reel Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Reel Discovery: Sand Castle

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Reel Discovery series | 03:00

Sandcastle_small Each week on Reel Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kramer takes a quick look at the latest in movies -- from the hottest new blockbusters to little-known indies and even Blu-ray releases. Whether you prefer explosive action movies or quiet dramas, you're sure to discover something worth watching. On the latest show, Kristin ventures into the desert with the Netflix original Iraq War drama Sand Castle.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com .

Groks Science Radio Show (Series)

Produced by Charles Lee

Most recent piece in this series:

The Cell -- Groks Science Show 2017-03-29

From Charles Lee | Part of the Groks Science Radio Show series | 23:10

Grokscience_small Cells are the fundamental building blocks of organisms, but what actually is a cell?  On this episode, Josh Rappoport discussed the biology of the cell.

Travelers In The Night (Series)

Produced by Al Grauer

Most recent piece in this series:

350-Asteroid Defense

From Al Grauer | Part of the Travelers In The Night series | 02:00

Logoasteroid-2012-da14_small Please see the transcript.

Celtic Connections (Series)

Produced by WSIU

Most recent piece in this series:

Celtic Connections #1717

From WSIU | Part of the Celtic Connections series | 58:30


Celtic Connections offers radio listeners a wide variety of traditional and contemporary music associated with the western European lands occupied at one time or another by people of the Celtic tribes and their descendants, including Ireland, Scotland, the Isle of Man, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany, and Galicia, as well as Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and other parts of North America where the Celtic influence has been felt.


The program's host, Bryan Kelso Crow , also brings you great music from England and from Scandinavia and other European regions, all of which have connections with a Celtic past.


Each week on Celtic Connections , you can count on hearing the finest selections from new releases as well as from Celtic classics. We also offer occasional concert performances, recorded exclusively for Celtic Connections , along with original interviews with some of the top names in the Celtic music world.

Celtic Connections is syndicated to stations across the U.S. If it is not available on your local public radio station, contact them about your interest in the program, with the reminder that it is available absolutely FREE!

Blank on Blank (Series)

Produced by Blank on Blank

Most recent piece in this series:

Alvin Toffler and Margaret Mead: Future Shock, Innocence and Innovation

From Blank on Blank | Part of the Blank on Blank series | 16:07

Theexperimenterslogo_social_chalkboardgreen_small Alvin Toffler and Margaret Mead: an author and an anthropologist who endeavored to understand the impact of scientific invention. In this episode of our series, The Experimenters, we hear from two visionaries who believed that while we’ve started a technological revolution, we don’t quite know where it’s going to take us. But maybe most interesting of all – we get to hearing these archival interviews from the very future these thinkers were trying to imagine. Mead and Toffler guide us into a view of what the present might have been — or perhaps in some ways actually came to pass.

Science Update (Series)

Produced by Science Update

Most recent piece in this series:

Star-Nosed Moles

From Science Update | Part of the Science Update series | :59

Sciupdate_sm2_small What star-nosed moles reveal about the specialized mammalian brain.

Xpressions (Series)

Produced by Don Hill

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From Don Hill | Part of the Xpressions series | 01:44

Don Hill

Prx_photo_xpressions_update_small XPRESSIONS is a cheap & cheerful 'drop in' interstitial. Makes a great daily or weekend feature! Pieces are added weekly. And if you'd like the whole series --all 318 items -- just ping me!  

Authentic South (Series)

Produced by Tanner Latham

Most recent piece in this series:

Resurrecting Slave Cabins at Montpelier (7:00 version)

From Tanner Latham | Part of the Authentic South series | 07:12


This episode of Authentic South begins over 200 years ago. In the late 1700s, there was a famous French general named La Fayette. (Lafee-ette) He was a champion of the American cause during our Revolution, and he actually fought under George Washington. He became a national hero here. And after the war, he traveled around our country and was showered with praise.


Streets were named in his honor. Monuments that still stand in town squares were erected to him. Cities were named after him, including, interestingly, Fayetteville, North Carolina.


This guy was a big deal.  


And during one of his trips in 1825, La Fayette visited James and Dolley Madison at their home Montpelier in Virginia. And the French general wrote that one of the most interesting sights he witnessed in America was the log cabin there of a woman named Granny Millie. She was a slave who was 104 years old at the time, and she lived with her daughter and granddaughter. We know that when La Fayette met her, she showed him her only treasure, an old worn copy of the ancient book Telemachus.


For years, at historic plantation sites across the South, the focus was on the big house and not on the slave cabins such as Granny Millie’s. But as contributor Kelley Libby tells us, cabins like that are being resurrected on the grounds of Montpelier.


Kelley Libby is an associate producer for a program called With Good Reason, produced by the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities. That’s where this story first aired. For more information on the Slave Dwelling Project, visit slavedwellingproject.org.


As always, the Authentic South theme is by Chris Hoke and Brett Estep.


And to see pictures of the cabins and to hear other episodes of the show, click on over to AuthenticSouth.com. You can also find us on iTunes and Stitcher Radio and SoundCloud. We are part of the Public Radio Exchange (prx.org) and we’ve got our own page at WFAE.org.


Until we go South again, thanks for listening.  

CurrentCast (Series)

Produced by ChavoBart Digital Media

Most recent piece in this series:

CurrentCast programming for May 1, 2017 - May 26, 2017

From ChavoBart Digital Media | Part of the CurrentCast series | 20:00

Cc_square_logo_240_small CurrentCast is a daily, 60-second radio feature that educates the public about water issues, promotes an appreciation for aquatic environments, and encourages an educated discussion about this critical resource. This 4-week round includes the following pieces:

Air Date-Title

Mon., May 1 - Caring for the Roads Less Travelled: Over time, dirt roads can get pounded down and worn away, turning into gutters when it rains.

Tue., May 2 - Less Lawn, More Native Landscaping: Lake-front landscaping is key to water quality.

Wed., May 3 - The Ins and Outs of a Septic System: Proper care and maintenance is key for maintaining private septic systems.

Thu., May 4 - A Pennsylvania River Reveals its True Colors: Efforts by public and private groups have treated mine drainage and cleared up the water of the Kiski-Conemaugh rivers.

Fri., May 5 - Another Clean-Up for Mother Nature: Governments might be phasing out the use of microbeads, but nothing but time will remove the problem from the environment.

Mon., May 8 - A Salamander Hell-bent on Clean Water: Hellbender salamander populations are declining because of poor water quality. 

Tue., May 9 - Hard to Tell the Good Guys from the Bad: There are thousands of different types of blue green algae, and only a few produce harmful toxins.

Wed., May 10 - Less is More…When it Comes to Runoff: Cities are using green infrastructure to meet EPA clean water standards.

Thu., May 11 - When Teachers Get Hooked on Science: One 7th-grade science teacher is telling his students about the exhilarating week he spent on a research vessel.  

Fri., May 12 - The Tale of the Lackawanna River: A community’s perception of their river had to be changed before they believed it was worth the effort to clean it up.

Mon., May 15 - An Iconic Waterway: The Erie Canal introduced a new path to the west by connecting Albany to Buffalo.

Tue., May 16 - Protecting a Stream’s Comfort Zone: Using a three-zone buffer system around a stream can dramatically improve water quality.

Wed., May 17 - Too Much and Not Enough Water: Climate change is expected to deal multiple blows to water resources in New York.  

Thu., May 18 - A Super Highway for Aquatic Invaders: The system of locks and canals that allowed ships to bypass Niagara Falls suddenly created a path for invasive species.

Fri., May 19 - Stream Salinity and Road Salt: Salt added to roads to keep us safe during the winter has long-lasting impacts on the environment.

Mon., May 22 - Golf Course Turtles: Golf course designs can help make turtles feel at home.

Tue., May 23 - Trees for Tribs: This program provides trees to be planted along riverbanks in New York.

Wed., May 24 - Arsenic: This naturally occurring chemical can leach into ground and surface water.

Thu., May 25 - Mapping Endangered Fish in Illinois: Counting endangered fish is the first step towards protecting and improving their habitats.

Fri., May 26 - Environmental Impact of Old Dams: The deteriorating infrastructure of thousands of dams in the U.S. is a “dam” shame. 



American Routes (Series)

Produced by American Routes

Most recent piece in this series:

17-17: Cosmic Saxophones, 4/26/2017

From American Routes | Part of the American Routes series | 01:58:59

Charlesneville2_web_small This week on American Routes, we give voice to the saxophone—an instrument revered by everyone from free jazzmen like Charles Lloyd to soul rocker Charles Neville, of the Neville Brothers. New Orleanian Charles Neville tells us how music carried him through his family, his neighborhood and a segregated South. Charles Lloyd, a real California dreamer, traces the roots of his modern, free style and musical collaborations back to the blues of Memphis. From the archives we hear words and music of saxophone honker Sam Butera (Louis Prima), bebopper Sonny Rollins and modernist Yusef Lateef; plus recordings from Sidney Bechet, Lester Young, Louis JordanJohn Coltrane and King Curtis

Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical (Series)

Produced by Footlight Parade

Most recent piece in this series:

Footlight Parade: Happy Birthday, John Kander (Pt. 3) (FP17:17)

From Footlight Parade | Part of the Footlight Parade: Sounds of the American Musical series | 57:42

Fp1717_small The composer of "Cabaret," "Chicago," "Kiss of the Spider Woman" and many other musicals recently turned 90 -- so this four-part mini-series is one big birthday party, featuring excerpts from Bill Rudman's interview last fall.


Produced by Halli Casser-Jayne

Most recent piece in this series:


From Halli Casser-Jayne | Part of the BITS: THE ART OF COMMUNICATION series | :55


What is BITS? We start with the varied definitions of bit. A bit can be a small portion, degree, or amount such as a bit of lint; a bit of luck. On the other hand a bit can be a brief amount of time, a moment as in Wait a bit. Or how about a short scene or episode in a theatrical performance? Or a bit part? Keeping with our theatrical theme, a bit can be an entertainment routine given regularly by a performer; an act. Let’s take our definition of bit further. A bit can be the sharp part of a tool, such as the cutting edge of a knife or ax or a particular kind of action, situation, or behavior as in I got tired of the macho bit. How about a matter being considered as in What's this bit about inflation? The Brits consider a bit a small coin: a three penny bit. BITS for our purposes are an amalgamation of all and is about our bit to contribute and share by bringing you a bit of knowledge as information and entertainment, and as a matter to be considered. So have a listen to our brief, daily dose of BITS where a little knowledge goes a long way brought to you by the artist of communication Halli Casser-Jayne, host of The Halli Casser-Jayne Show, Talk Radio for Fine Minds. For more information visit bit.ly/YEswYS.

The Audubon Moment (Series)

Produced by John Nelson

Most recent piece in this series:

The Crested Caracara

From John Nelson | Part of the The Audubon Moment series | 01:00


The Audubon Moment is a series dedicated to helping listeners in your radio market identify the birds that can be found in their own back yard or local environment. Over 100 segments have been produced for this series with is funded through a grant from Toyota Together Green by Audubon.

With over 47 million American's identifying themselves as birders, this series could be a valuable tool in bringing in new members to your public radio listening audience.

Vinyl Cafe (Series)

Produced by Vinyl Cafe

Most recent piece in this series:

The Vinyl Cafe February 14th, 2016, "Break Up Songs"

From Vinyl Cafe | Part of the Vinyl Cafe series | 54:01

Stuart-smiling_small It’s break-up music on the show today.

Gems of Bluegrass (Series)

Produced by Philip Nusbaum

Most recent piece in this series:

Gems of Bluegrass #1719. Update on the Bluegrass-Blues Connection

From Philip Nusbaum | Part of the Gems of Bluegrass series | 05:12


Gems of Bluegrass are 5 - 8 minutes drop-in modules that look at bluegrass / old time history, aesthetics and culture, conceived broadly. Each Gem consists of multiple song clips with commentary over music beds. For an insightful weekly 1-hour bluegrass show that includes Gems of Bluegrass, see the Bluegrass Review, available from PRX. 

PRX Remix Select (Series)

Produced by PRX Remix

Most recent piece in this series:

Remix Select: Episode 28

From PRX Remix | Part of the PRX Remix Select series | 59:02


  • Mark Lanegan - Blues Funeral
    Sound Opinions
  • Vanessa
    Charles Spearin
  • Fortune favors bold radio
    Jay Allison and Roman Mars
  • The Potato Ball Caper
    Long Haul Productions
    Sound Opinions
  • Float into Public Radio Remix
    Roman Mars
  • 99 Percent Forgotten
    99 Percent Invisible
  • Sausage Cut #1
    WFMU Beware of the Blog
  • My Life as a Cup
    Sean Hurley
  • Hubbard Public Radio Remix
    Roman Mars
  • Guest DJ Project: Zach Galifianakis
  • Public Radio Remix Too Many Rappers
    Roman Mars
  • The Free Monks
    Homelands Productions
  • Public Radio Remix 2005
    Roman Mars

Says You! Full Hour Show (Series)

Produced by Says You!

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Shelf Discovery (Series)

Produced by Kristin Dreyer Kramer

Most recent piece in this series:

Shelf Discovery: Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig

From Kristin Dreyer Kramer | Part of the Shelf Discovery series | 03:00

Brewordie_small Each week on Shelf Discovery, host Kristin Dreyer Kamer offers listeners a brief look inside the pages of a new book. From mysteries to memoirs, classics to chick lit, busy readers are sure to find plenty of picks to add to their shelves. On this week's show, Kristin takes her coffee to go with another Java Jive mystery, Brew or Die by Caroline Fardig.

To read the full review, visit NightsAndWeekends.com .

Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow (Series)

Produced by Phil Mariage

Most recent piece in this series:

Regionalization in America

From Phil Mariage | Part of the Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow series | 51:26

Ytt-300x300_small A special in terview with Author Collin Woodard discussing his book, American Nations: A History of the 11 Regional Rival Cultures. In this hour long discussion author Collin Woodard gives us the answer to that question that we all ask about the differences in cultures within our own nation. Why is the North so different from the South? (Not just in weather!) Why is the political tendency so predictable when comparing the various regions of our country. This is a spellbinding discussion that will enlighten all listeners.

Fugitive Waves (Series)

Produced by The Kitchen Sisters

Most recent piece in this series:

Kimchi Diplomacy

From The Kitchen Sisters | Part of the Fugitive Waves series | 21:18


Kimchi in space. The Kimchi Bus. Government-sponsored chefs and restaurants spreading the word of Kimchi around the globe. South Korea is one of the nations most involved in branding itself through its food, using food as a part of it’s “soft power.” It's called "Gastrodiplomacy” — the use of food as a diplomatic tool to help resolve conflicts and foster connections between nations.

“Kimchi is like air in Korea,” says Hyunjoo Albrecht, a San Francisco-based chef and owner of Sinto Gourmet who grew up near the DMZ border between South and North Korea. 1.5 million tons of kimchi are eaten each year in Korea and there are hundreds of different varieties. “The government gave financial support to some of the Korean restaurants in US,” says Hyunjoo. “They want more people outside Korea to eat more Korean food.”

Si-Hyeon Ryu is a chef and writer from South Korea who, with support from the government, has traveled in The Kimchi Bus to more than 34 countries cooking traditional Korean food and spreading his love of kimchi. “People on the street they know just about North and South Korea,” he says, but not much about Korean cuisine. “If I explain about kimchi they will understand about Korea.”

Astronaut Soyeon Yi, Korea's first astronaut, describes the Korean government's efforts to invent kimchi for space travel — not an easy task. Soyeon Yi prepared a special Korean meal for her Russian comrades in space. “Having kimchi in space, you are far from your home planet,” she says. “When you eat your own traditional food it makes you feel emotionally supported. I can feel my home."

99% Invisible (Standard Length) (Series)

Produced by Roman Mars

Most recent piece in this series:

99% Invisible #170- Children of the Magenta (Standard 4:30 version)

From Roman Mars | Part of the 99% Invisible (Standard Length) series | 04:30


On the evening of May 31, 2009, 216 passengers, three pilots, and nine flight attendants boarded an Airbus 330 in Rio de Janeiro. This flight, Air France 447, was headed across the Atlantic to Paris. The take-off was unremarkable. The plane reached a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet. The passengers read and watched movies and slept. Everything proceeded normally for several hours. Then, with no communication to the ground or air traffic control, flight 447 suddenly disappeared.


Days later, several bodies and some pieces of the plane were found floating in the Atlantic Ocean. But it would be two more years before most of the wreckage was recovered from the ocean’s depths. All 228 people on board had died. The cockpit voice recorder and the flight data recorders, however, were intact, and these recordings told a story about how Flight 447 ended up in the bottom of the Atlantic.

The story they told was was about what happened when the automated system flying the plane suddenly shut off, and the pilots were left surprised, confused, and ultimately unable to fly their own plane.

earlyautopilot2[Early Autopilot. Credit: Eric Long, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution]

The first so called “auto-pilot” was invented by the Sperry Corporation in 1912. It allowed the plane to fly straight and level without the pilot’s intervention. In the 1950s the autopilots improved, and could be programed to follow a route.

By the 1970s, even complex electrical systems and hydraulic systems were automated, and studies were showing that most accidents were caused not by mechanical error, but by human error. These findings prompted the French company Airbus to develop safer planes that used even more advanced automation.

Airbus set out to design what they hoped would be the safest plane yet—a plane that even the worst pilots could fly with ease. Bernard Ziegler, senior vice president for engineering at Airbus, famously said that he was building an airplane that even his concierge would be able to fly.

Airbus_A300_B2_Zero-G[One of the first Airbus planes for commercial use. Credit: Stahlkocher.]

Not only did Ziegler’s plane have auto-pilot, it also had what’s called a “fly-by-wire” system. Whereas autopilot just does what a pilot tells it to do, fly-by-wire is a computer-based control system that can interpret what the pilot wants to do, and then execute the command smoothly and safely. For example, if the pilot pulls back on his or her control stick, the fly-by-wire system will understand that the pilot wants to pitch the plane up, and then will do it at the just the right angle and rate.

Importantly, the fly-by-wire system will also protect the plane from getting into an “aerodynamic stall.” In a plane, stalling can happen when the nose of the plane is pitched up at too steep an angle. This can cause the plane to lose “lift” and start to descend.

stall[From top: a plane in normal flight; a plane in a stall. Credit: Wikipedia Commons.]

Stalling in a plane can be dangerous, but fly-by-wire automation makes it impossible to do. As long as it’s on.

Unlike autopilot, the “fly-by-wire” system cannot be turned on and off by the pilot. However, it can turn itself off. And that’s exactly what it did on May 31, 2009, as Air France Flight 447 made its transatlantic flight.

planned route[The dotted line begins where Flight 447’s last contact with the control tower was made. Credit: Mysid]

When a pressure probe on the outside of the plane iced over, the automation could no longer tell how fast the plane was going, and the autopilot disengaged. The “fly-by-wire” system also switched into a mode in which it was no longer offering protections against aerodynamic stall. When the autopilot disengaged, the co-pilot in the right seat put his hand on the control stick—a little joy stick like thing to his right—and pulled it back, pitching the nose of the plane up.

This action caused the plane to go into a stall, and yet, even as the stall warning sounded, none of the pilots could figure out what was happening to them. If they’d realized they were in a stall, the fix would have been clear. “The recovery would have required them to put the nose down, get it below the horizon, regain a flying speed and then pull out of the ensuing dive,” says William Langewiesche, a journalist and former pilot who wrote about the crash of Flight 447 for Vanity Fair. 

The pilots, however, never tried to recover, because they never seemed to realize they were in a stall.  Four minutes and twenty seconds after the incident began, the plane pancaked into the Atlantic, instantly killing all 228 people on board.


There are various factors that contributed to the crash of flight 447. Some people point to the fact that the airbus control sticks do not move in unison, so the pilot in the left seat would not have felt the pilot in the right seat pull back on his stick, the maneuver that ultimately pitched the plane into a dangerous angle. But even if you concede this potential design flaw, it still begs the question, how could the pilots have a computer yelling ‘stall’ at them, and not realize they were in a stall?

It’s clear that automation played a role in this accident, though there is some disagreement about what kind of role it played. Maybe it was a badly designed system that confused the pilots, or maybe years of depending on automation had left the pilots unprepared to take over the controls.

“For however much automation has helped the airline passenger by increasing safety it has had some negative consequences,” says Langewiesche. “In this case it’s quite clear that these pilots had had experience stripped away from them for years.” The Captain of the Air France flight had logged 346 hours of flying over the past six months. But within those six months, there were only about four hours in which he was actually in control of an airplane—just the take-offs and landings. The rest of the time, auto-pilot was flying the plane. Langewiesche believes this lack experience left the pilots unprepared to do their jobs.

Voo_Air_France_447-2006-06-14[Pieces of the wreckage of Flight 447. Credit: Roberto Maltchik]

Complex and confusing automated systems may also have contributed to the crash. When one of the co-pilots hauled back on his stick, he pitched the plane into an angle that eventually caused the stall. But it’s possible that he didn’t understand that he was now flying in a different mode, one which would not regulate and smooth out his movements. This confusion about what how the fly-by-wire system responds in different modes is referred to, aptly, as “mode confusion,”  and it has come up in other accidents.

“A lot of what’s happening is hidden from view from the pilots,” says Langewiesche. “It’s buried. When the airplane starts doing something that is unexpected and the pilot says ‘hey, what’s it doing now?’ — that’s a very very standard comment in cockpits today.'”

Langewiesche isn’t the only person to point out that ‘What’s it doing now?’ is a commonly heard question in the cockpit.

In 1997,  American Airlines captain Warren Van Der Burgh said that the industry has turned pilots into “Children of the Magenta” who are too dependent on the guiding magenta-colored lines on their screens.

William Langewiesche agrees:

“We appear to be locked into a cycle in which automation begets the erosion of skills or the lack of skills in the first place and this then begets more automation.”

However potentially dangerous it may be to rely too heavily on automation, no one is advocating getting rid of it entirely. It’s agreed upon across the board that automation has made airline travel safer. The accident rate for air travel is very low: about 2.8 accidents for every one million departures. (Airbus planes, by the way, are no more or less safe than their main rival, Boeing.)

Langewiesche thinks that we are ultimately heading toward pilotless planes. And by the time that happens, the automation will be so good and so reliable that humans, with all of their fallibility, will really just be in the way.

Screen Shot 2015-06-22 at 11.54.13 AM[The magenta guiding lines of automation, from a 1997 presentation by pilot Warren Van Der Burgh.]

Producer Katie Mingle spoke with William Langewiesche, a former pilot who wrote an article in Vanity Fair about this flight, as well as Nadine Sarter, a systems engineer at the University of Michigan. This episode also features the voice of Captain Warren Van Der Burgh.

FAT Music Show (Series)

Produced by Felton Pruitt

Most recent piece in this series:

Show # 777 with Chewin' the FAT Guest: Tommy Emmanuel

From Felton Pruitt | Part of the FAT Music Show series | 50:26

Default-piece-image-2 This week Felton Pruitt interviews Australian guitarist Tommy Emmanuel on Chewin' the FAT. Tommy sits down with Felton before a live broadcast on FAT Music Radio for an in depth interview about Tommy's entire career including his musical relationship with Chet Atkins. The segment features Tommy performing live hours after the interview was recorded. This week's Featured FAT Inch is the latest CD from John Hiatt called "Terms of My Surrender".

World Footprints Travel Report - Daily (Series)

Produced by World Footprints Media

Most recent piece in this series:

World Footprints Travel Report - December 18, 2014

From World Footprints Media | Part of the World Footprints Travel Report - Daily series | 03:00


Cubans are celebrating the announcement of the restoration of diplomatic ties with the United States.  A Chinese traveler trying disembarking from a taxiing plane through the emergency exit.  The statute of Pharaoh Amenhoptep III unveiled in Luxor, Egypt. Greenpeace activists under fire for defacing the Nazca Lines UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Today is Bake Cookies Day--Chocolate Chips are the favorite.

Visit WorldFootprints.com for more news and information every day.

Paul Messing's Audio Producer's Grab Bag (Series)

Produced by Paul Messing

Most recent piece in this series:

Orchestral Fanfare :30

From Paul Messing | Part of the Paul Messing's Audio Producer's Grab Bag series | :32

Orchestra_prx_240_small A classic fanfare, orchestral in nature. Thirty seconds, and a great interstitial element between spoken word pieces.

10 Min Sound Byte (Series)

Produced by Shawn McCullough

Most recent piece in this series:

Space, Stars and Satellites (Version One)

From Shawn McCullough | Part of the 10 Min Sound Byte series | 10:00

10minsoundbyte_space_small Songs /Artists heard in this Episode

Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001) - Eumir Deodato http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eumir_Deodato  
Space Station #5 - Montrose http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Montrose_%28band%29
I Need a Star - Clintongore http://clintongore.bandcamp.com/
Telstar - The Tornados http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telstar_%28song%29
A Place Called Space - The Juan MacLean http://www.thejuanmaclean.com/
Host: Carl Kingston http://www.carlkingston.com/
Script/Music Research: Wendy Redden
Asst. Producer: Alina Rodarte
Producer: Shawn McCullough http://www.ElectricDisk.com

BirdNote (Daily) (Series)

Produced by BirdNote

Most recent piece in this series:

The Rooster

From BirdNote | Part of the BirdNote (Daily) series | 01:45

The Rooster

Rooster-james-orr-285_small Written by Chris Peterson

This is BirdNote!

[Crowing of an Araucana/Rhode Island Red rooster]

Maybe you’re thinking, “Now there’s a bird I know!” But did you know that the chicken is perhaps the most widespread avian species in the world? And that the exotic Red Jungle Fowl [Call of the Red Jungle Fowl] is the ancestor of this hybrid Araucana (pronounced ah-ruh-CAH-nuh) Rhode Island Red rooster?

[Crowing of rooster]

Using information from DNA, scientists postulate that chickens were first domesticated from jungle fowl in India, some 5,000 years ago. Traders and travelers then carried them far and wide, to Asia Minor, Africa, and Europe. Julius Caesar is said to have noted that the Britons “kept them for pleasure, but not for the table.” The farming of chickens for their meat and eggs would develop later.

[Crowing of rooster]

Why is the crowing of a rooster so regular, so persistent? Well, within the world of chickens, the established pecking order has the rooster at the top. And apparently, each new day is an opportunity to remind all others of his dominance. In return, the rooster protects his flock from intruders. But from the alarm calls emanating from this chicken coop, [Alarm calls] it sounds as if this rooster is asleep on the job.

[Alarm calls of the chickens in the coop, louder]

You won’t find a rooster on the Birds of BirdNote calendar, but it offers a year’s worth of other birds. Find it on our website, birdnote.org. I’m Mary McCann.


Calls of the rooster and alarm calls of the hens recorded by C. Peterson.
Ambient chicken sounds provided by Kessler Productions
Producer: John Kessler
Executive Producer: Chris Peterson
© 2010 Tune In to Nature.org         December 2010  Narrator: Mary McCann

ID#120505chickenKPLU               chicken-01b-2009-12-18-MM

Connor Reviews The Cure (Series)

Produced by Youth Spin - KOOP 91.7 FM

Most recent piece in this series:

Join the Dots: B-Sides and Rarities Review

From Youth Spin - KOOP 91.7 FM | Part of the Connor Reviews The Cure series | 03:42

Thecurejointhedots_1__small In the thirteenth installment of Connor's series reviewing The Cure's discography, he discusses 2004's Join the Dots: B-Sides and Rarities.

The Sundilla Radio Hour (Series)

Produced by Sundilla

Most recent piece in this series:

The Sundilla Radio Hour #211

From Sundilla | Part of the The Sundilla Radio Hour series | 59:00

Dsc_0704-150x150_small The Sundilla Radio Hour for the week of 04/17/2017 featuring new music from Zoe & Cloyd, Merlin Snider, Taarka, Lydia Sylvia Martin, and Joe Newberry & April Verch.

Rockin' in the Days of Confusion (Series)

Produced by Stephen R Webb

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From Stephen R Webb | Part of the Rockin' in the Days of Confusion series | 59:00

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Stephen R Webb

Bloodrock_2_album_cover_small This week's show sure does take some odd turns. It starts off on a kind of folky-country path, but soons turns dark and moody, eventually ending on a somewhat desperate note. See playlist below for details.