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Beyond a Song (Series)

Produced by ISOAS Media

Most recent piece in this series:

Beyond a Song: Stephen Belans (part 1)

From ISOAS Media | Part of the Beyond a Song series | 01:00:00

Prx_belans_240x240_small STEPHEN BELANS (PART 1) : PUBLISHED ON PRX  2 /17 / 2017

Host Jason Wilber talks with drummer, percussionist, and producer extraordinairé Stephen Belans. Originally from Pittsubrg, Pennsylvania, Stephen Belans grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where he met drummer Kenny Aronoff and began taking drum lessons. Kenny encouraged Stephen to apply to enter the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music as a percussion major, as he had. Stephen was accepted by I.U. and he moved to Bloomington, Indiana at the school of music, also hoping to continue his studies with Kenny Aronoff. However, with the release of John Mellencamps 'Scarecrow', Kenny went off on tour for 2 years. Stephen continued with his studies at I.U., and became friends with Jason Wilber, playing in various bands during college. After graduating, Stephen moved to Austin, Texas where he played with artists such as Alejandro Escovedo, James McMurtry, and many others. He also works as a studio musician/drummer, and has produced many albums for artists such as Tony Scalzo, Mike Rosenthal, Texas Renegade, and many more.

Musical selections include: What Should I Do, Angel of the Moonlight, Bad Man, Everything, Day After Heartbreak, Good At Goodbye.

This program is "Evergreen" and not necessarily date specific.

For more information, visit BEYOND  A SONG.COM

The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel (Series)

Produced by Chuck Wolfe

Most recent piece in this series:

Why Sports Matter: New England Patriots Culture of Excellence Leads to Super Bowl Victory #5

From Chuck Wolfe | Part of the The Emotion Roadmap: Take the Wheel & Control How You Feel series | 54:31

New_england_celebrates_2017_patriots_small 111 million people saw perhaps the best come from behind, clutch performance ever by a sports team. We discuss why this team’s ability to work together is a model for our country. We answer the question: "Why sports matter?" We discuss how this team’s ability to work together is a model for other organizations and for our country. When everyone understands "do your job" and "be unselfish" you have the foundation for a culture of excellence.

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Charismatic Megafauna (#1466)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00

5223274938_2117eecaac_m_small Following our discussion about how to handle repeated excuses from a perpetually late co-worker, a listener sends a snarky solution from a stylist in her hair salon.

The multipurpose phrase Bless your heart is heard often in the Southern United States. Although it sounds polite and solicitous, it often has a cutting edge to it.

The phrase loose lips sink ships is a warning to be careful about what you say publicly. It stems from propaganda posters from World War II that proclaimed Loose Lips Sink Might Sink Ships, meaning that anything you say could be overheard by an enemy, with literally catastrophic results.

An ex-Marine reports that his commanding officer used to castigate his men for any stray threads hanging from their uniforms, calling those loose threads Irish pennants. That term is an ethnophaulism, or ethnic slur. Other examples of ethnopaulisms include Irish screwdriver for "hammer" and Irish funnies for "obituaries."

In the 17th century, the verb to bate and the likely related verb, to bat, were used in falconry to mean "to flap wildly."  By the 19th century, to bat was also part of the phrase to bat one's eyelashes.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski's puzzle is inspired by the periodic table, and involves adding the chemical symbol for an element to one word in order to form an entirely new word. For example, if you take the hat from a baseball fan and add helium to it, it becomes very inexpensive. What's the new word?

In comic strips, a bright idea is symbolized by a light bulb over a character's head. This association between an incandescent bulb and inspiration was popularized in the early 20th century by the cartoon character Felix the Cat, but the notion of an idea being bright goes back as least as far as the writing of Jonathan Swift.

Listeners weigh in on a call about what language to use with a co-worker who continually apologizes for being late, but doesn't change their behavior.

To be in like Flynn means to be "quickly and easily successful." The phrase has long been associated with hard-living heartthrob Errol Flynn, but was around before he became famous. Some people use the phrase in like Flint to mean the same thing, a phrase probably inspired by the 1967 movie In like Flint.  

If two people are like five minutes of eleven, they're close friends. The phrase reflects the idea of the position of a clock's hands at that time.

Why is the first episode of a television series often called a pilot?

As the 19th-century British jurist Charles Darling observed: "A timid question will always receive a confident answer."

After researchers from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego discovered a seahorse-like creature called the Ruby Sea Dragon, they described this brilliant red fish as a charismatic species. Many scientists use the word charismatic to characterize animals that humans may find particularly appealing, which makes such animals useful for raising public awareness of biological diversity and environmental concerns. Such fauna--or in the case of pandas and elephants, megafauna--are sometimes called glamour animals or hero species. A hero shot in advertising, by the way, is a photo of a product or service that sums up its appeal to potential customers.

A psychotherapist in Burlington, Vermont, observes that couples in counseling together ask each other questions that are actually veiled criticisms. Such indirect communication was the topic of a spirited conversation on Metafilter.  Much has been written about direct vs. indirect communication styles, or as it's sometimes called, "ask culture" vs. "guess culture."

A Palm Springs, California, listener was taught that when the word the is followed by a vowel, it should be pronounced with a short e, and otherwise with a schwa sound. However, there's no basis for such a rule.

The Churches Conservation Trust helps maintain and repurpose more than 300 churches in Britain that are no longer used for worship. To raise money for the buildings' upkeep, the trust now offers visitors the chance to have a sleepover in the sanctuary, which they've dubbed champing, a portmanteau that combines the words church and camping. Their promotional materials also offer a slap-up breakfast, slap-up being a Britishism that means "first-rate."

A Dallas, Texas, listener wonders if his family made up the term gradoo, meaning "grime" or "schmutz." It's definitely more widespread than that, and may derive from a French term.

The noun bangs, meaning "hair cut straight across the forehead," may derive from the idea of the word bang meaning "abruptly," as in a bangtail horse whose tail is trimmed straight across. The verb curtail, meaning to "cut off," was first used to mean "dock a horse's tail," and then later applied more generally to mean "shorten" or "diminish."