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The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

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266: The Inner Workings of Hospitals, 1/18/2019

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse series | 58:59

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small Hospitals can be a bewildering place. They operate according to their own special logic, which can make them feel a bit like a well-oiled machine — a bit like organized chaos. As patients, we’re dropped in and pushed through a maze of activity, mostly clueless about the hidden gears that keep this life-saving machinery chugging along. On this episode of The Pulse, we step through the “staff only” doors to get a better sense of the inner workings of hospitals.

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2019-01-20 We're Doomed – Now What?

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:58


Host: Greg Dalton

Roy Scranton, Author, We're Doomed. Now What? (Soho Press, 2018)
Matthew Fox, Co-Author, Order of the Sacred Earth (with Skylar Wilson, Monkfish, 2018)

This program was recorded live at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on July 10, 2018.

Can changing our consciousness hold off the climate apocalypse?

When we think about the enormity of climate change and what it’s doing to our planet, it’s easy to get overwhelmed, even shut down, by despair. But maybe that’s not such a bad place to be, argues author Roy Cranston.

“I think going into the hard dark difficult thing, and staying there, is the only way that we’re gonna come up with some new way, some better way to deal with the realities of the situation,” says Cranston. “So I'm all for despair.”

Cranston understands those dark places. As a soldier in Iraq, he taught himself to meditate as a way of dealing with the daily horror of war.

“I started imagining my own death…not just imagining it, but accepting it as true,” he recalls. “That I was gonna go out that day and I was gonna get blown up or I was gonna get shot…And then I would tell myself okay that's done, now what?  Now what do I do?”

‘What do I do?’ is the key question when it comes to confronting the climate challenge. Matthew Fox agrees, arguing that despair is “a luxury we can’t afford today.”

Rather than letting our fears overwhelm us, Fox urges us to use them in action.  The theologian, priest and author sees a silver lining in the apocalyptic darkness.

“The word apocalypse also means revelation,” Fox reminds us.  “So we’re in an apocalyptic time.  But we’ve also got to realize the breakthrough is there too.”

Fox concurs with Cranston on the power of meditation, and challenges us to view even the darkest moments as lessons that can lead us to a deeper place.

“Is this a terrible place to be, or is it a really an interesting place to be?” he asks. “What an honor it is -- to be alive at this moment in history, with this opportunity to shake our species up and to save the planet insofar as it’s possible!”

Related Links:

We’re Doomed. Now What? Essays on War and Climate Change

Order of the Sacred Earth: An Intergenerational Vision of Love and Action

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Pig Latin (#1463)

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

Babyshower_small In a futile situation, English speakers might say that we're spinning our wheels. The French have a phrase for the same situation that translates as to pedal in sauerkraut. The Illustrated Book of Sayings collects similarly colorful idioms in other languages. There's a Turkish expression that literally translates as Grapes darken by looking at each other, and means that we're influenced by the company we keep. In Latvian, there's an expression that means  "to prevariate," but literally it translates as "to blow little ducks."

An Austin, Texas, listener says he and his buddies are throwing a baby shower for a dad-to-be, but they're wondering what to call a baby shower thrown for the father. A man shower? A dadchelor party?

We go back like carseats is a slang expression that means "We've been friends for a long time."

The political terms liberal and libertarian may look similar, but they have very different meanings. Both stem from Latin liber, "free," but the word liberal entered English hundreds of years before libertarian.

Half-filled pots splash more is the literal translation a Hindi expression suggesting that those who bluster the most, least deserve to. Another Hindi idiom translates literally as Who saw a peacock dance in the woods? In other words, even something worthy requires publicity if it's going to be acknowledged.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a puzzle of Container Clues, in which one word is inserted whole into another to create a new word. For example, if the definition is "kind of potatoes," and the clue is "She is in mad," what kind of potatoes are we talking about?

A Carmel, Indiana, teacher is puzzled to hear younger colleagues pronounce the words kitten and mitten as KIT-un and MIT-un, with a noticeable break between the syllables. Linguist David Eddington of Brigham Young University reports that this phenomenon, called glottalization, is a growing feature of American dialect, mainly among young women in their 20's and 30's, particularly in the western United States.  

A New York City caller wonders why we refer to clothing as duds. The term dates back to the 1300's, when the word dudde referred to a cloak or mantle of coarse cloth. Over time, it came to refer to shabby clothing, and eventually acquired a more neutral meaning of simply "clothes." The earlier sense of "ragged" or "inferior" may also be reflected in the term dud, denoting something that fails to function.

For English speakers of a certain age, Film at 11 is a slang phrase means "You'll hear the details later." It's a reference to the days before 24-hour cable news, when newscasters would read headlines during the day promoting the 11 p.m. broadcast, when viewers would get the whole story, including video.

The exhortation Grab a root and growl is a way of telling someone to buck up and do what must be done. The sense of grabbing and growling here suggests the kind of tenacity you might see in a terrier sinking his teeth into something and refusing to let go. This phrase is at least 100 years old. A much more rare variation is grab, root, and growl. Both expressions are reminiscent of a similar exhortation, root, hog, or die.

Is the term expat racist? Journalist Laura Secorun argues that the word expat implies a value judgment, suggesting that Westerners who move to another country are adventurous, while the term immigrant suggests someone who likely moved out of necessity or may be a burden to society in their adopted country.

In much of the United States, the phrase I'll be there directly means "I'm on my way right now." But particularly in parts of the South, I'll be there directly simply means "I'll be there after a while." As a Marquette, Michigan, listener points out, this discrepancy can cause lots of confusion!

Why do so many people begin their sentences with the word So? In linguistics, this is called sentence-initial so. The word So at the start a sentence can serve a variety of functions.

Ix-nay on the ocolate-chay in the upboard-cay is how you'd say Nix on the chocolate in the cupboard in Pig Latin. English speakers have a long history of inserting syllables or rearranging syllables in a word to keep outsiders from understanding. The pig in Pig Latin may just refer to the idea of pig as an inferior, unclean animal.

This episode was hosted by Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett and produced by Stefanie Levine.

Music 101 (Series)

Produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

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Ozark Highlands Radio (Series)

Produced by Ozark Highlands Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

OHR109: OHR Presents: Bonnie Montgomery, 1/21/2019

From Ozark Highlands Radio | Part of the Ozark Highlands Radio series | 58:59

Bonnie_montgomery_prx_small Ozark Highlands Radio is a weekly radio program that features live music and interviews recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park’s beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas.  In addition to the music, our “Feature Host” segments take listeners through the Ozark hills with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

This week, 2018 ACMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Ameripolitan Outlaw Female of the Year, songwriter and up and coming Outlaw Country star, Arkansas’ own Bonnie Montgomery recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.  Also, interviews with this uniquely talented Arkansas singer-songwriter.

“Upon first listening to Bonnie Montgomery, it’s easy to mistakenly assume that you’ve stumbled upon a long-buried track by a legend from the golden era of country/western music.  Such is the artistry of this Arkansas native and silver-voiced songstress.  Her story is of her journey but she presents it through a folk/bluegrass/country perspective that’s traditional and timeless.

Montgomery’s stunning vocal chops and ability to draw listeners in with her natural songwriting talent should come as no surprise.  Her musical roots run deep.  Brought up among the never-ending sound of music that flowed through her family’s Arkansas music store, her childhood was heavily steeped in Ozark bluegrass, Texas swing, Delta blues, as well as gospel and rock and roll. Surrounded by talented musicians that ran the gamut from performers on the original Sun Records to bluegrass greats and opera singers, Montgomery expanded her musical horizons and began performing.”
- https://www.bonniemontgomerymusic.com/about 

In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1983 archival recording of legendary fiddler Billy Matthews performing the traditional tune “Arkansas Traveller.” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

Author, folklorist and songwriter Charley Sandage presents an historical portrait of the people, events and indomitable spirit of Ozark culture that resulted in the creation of the Ozark Folk Center State Park and its enduring legacy of music and craft.  In this episode, Charley discusses with Jeanette Larson, Craft Director at the Ozark Folk Center State Park the question “What’s Worth Keeping” from our past in the rapidly evolving culture of our present.

Earth Eats (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

EE 19-06: Confounds Are Life-An Anthropologist Takes a Closer Look At The Microbiome, 1/18/2019

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats series | 29:00


On this week’s show--Fermentation.

“The microbiome is this complicated assemblage of bacteria and viruses and fungi and microscopic, multicellular creatures that exists within all of us. And these trillions of little beings help us to do everything in our daily lives.”

Anthropologist Andrew Flachs approaches the microbiome from more than one perspective, Barbara Lehr explains Kombucha, and Sandor Katz gives us the basics on making sauerkraut at home. It’s easy. And delicious. Really. Like nothing you’ll find in a store.

Folk Alley Weekly (Series)

Produced by WKSU

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Reveal Weekly (Series)

Produced by Reveal

Most recent piece in this series:

504: The Mystery of Mountain Jane Doe, 1/26/2019

From Reveal | Part of the Reveal Weekly series | :00

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With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes (Series)

Produced by With Good Reason

Most recent piece in this series:

Heroes of American Dissent (half)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 28:59



In part three of our series American Dissent, With Good Reason Associate Producer Kelley Libby talks with Dr. Michael Higginbotham about a list of people—some well known, some not—whom he credits with seeing America for what it could be and then working toward making it so. Dr. Higginbotham is the author of Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism In Post-Racial America. Also: How do you make positive change in the world? Terry Beitzel is the Director of the Mahatma Gandhi Center at James Madison University, where he helps his students better understand political protest as a form of citizen engagement. 

American Dissent is a production of James Madison’s Montpelier and With Good Reason at Virginia Humanities.

Are We Alone?

From Philosophy Talk | 53:59

If there is intelligent life beyond Earth, how would that change life ON Earth?


News that life might exist or have existed on Mars or somewhere else in our universe excites many. But should we really be happy to hear that news? What are the philosophical implications of the possibility of extraterrestrial life? If life can blossom in our own cosmic backyard, then that means that the universe is most likely saturated with life forms. And if that’s the case, why haven’t we found any evidence of other civilizations? Is it because all civilizations are prone to suicidal destruction at a certain point in their development? If so, how might we avoid this fate? The Philosophers search for life with Paul Davies from Arizona State University, author of The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence.

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Flying the Skies of Saturn’s Moon Titan

From Mat Kaplan | Part of the Planetary Radio series | 28:50


Imagine soaring over what may be the solar system’s most Earth-like world, if you ignore the chill. If funded, the nuclear electric-powered Dragonfly will do exactly this. Principal Investigator Elizabeth “Zibi” Turtle shares her enthusiasm. Emily Lakdawalla reports on Chang’e 4, China’s pioneering lander and rover on the far side of the Moon.  Bruce and Mat answer a question that had no answer till New Horizons flew by Ultima Thule days ago. That’s part of this week’s What’s Up. Learn more at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/0116-2019-elizabeth-turtle-dragonfly-clipper.html

Living Planet 05/04/2018

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 30:00

LLiving Planet: Walk the Walk -

On the show this week: Climate protection is on the agenda at talks in Bonn. But back home, who's really taking action? We visit a budding environmental movement in Poland's coal heartland and find out how an oil pipeline has pitched environmentalists against the Canadian president. Plus, solar power in Kenya and a cool solution to LA's urban heat problem.


Living Planet: Walk the Walk


Climate protection is on the agenda at talks in Bonn. But back home, who's really taking action? We visit a budding environmental movement in Poland's coal heartland and find out how an oil pipeline has pitched environmentalists against the Canadian president. Plus, solar power in Kenya and a cool solution to LA's urban heat problem.



Katowice: A coal town that wants to go green


The upcoming COP24 climate summit will be held in Katowice, deep in Poland's industrial and coal mining heartland. Its air quality is among the worst in Europe. But the town is trying to clean up its act. And if Katowice can go green, perhaps anywhere can.


Canada's First Nations vs. tar sands pipeline


Canadian President Justin Trudeau has been vocal about his commitment to climate protection. But now, he's coming to blows with environmentalists and the provincial government of British Columbia over a massive oil pipeline

Can reflective roads help LA keep its cool?

Los Angeles has the greatest density of cars in the US — and a massive network of roads. In summer the asphalt absorbs sunlight and heats up, warming the air above it, an effect that will be exacerbated by climate change. But cool paving could change all that.



Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 01/18/2019

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 30:00

Lp1_small This week on the show: From fossil fuels to water usage, our consumption has causes hidden environmental damage further along the supply chain. In this episode of Living Planet, we assess how Argentina is performing against its climate goals, whether Germany can phase out coal whilst protecting workers, where we get our drinking water from and how overuse of water is causing Indonesia’s capital to sink into the sea.

Tara Austin

From KUMD | Part of the Radio Gallery series | 04:40

This week painter Tara Austin opens her new body of work "Boreal Ornament" in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. Along with Jonathan Herrera, Austin welcomes the public the opening on Thursday, May 10, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 - 9pm.

An MFA graduate from UW Madison, Minnesota native Austin brings the northland and Nordic traditions of rosemåling into her vibrant flora, patterned paintings. Listen for more about her process and inspirations and check her work on display at The Duluth Art Institute May 10-July 1.

Tara Austin

Tara_austin_5_small This week painter Tara Austin opens her new body of work "Boreal Ornament" in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. Along with Jonathan Herrera, Austin welcomes the public the opening on Thursday, May 10, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 - 9pm. An MFA graduate from UW Madison, Minnesota native Austin brings the northland and Nordic traditions of rosemåling into her vibrant flora, patterned paintings. Listen for more about her process and inspirations and check her work on display at The Duluth Art Institute May 10-July 1.

ClassicalWorks (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

CLW 190129 11PM: ClassicalWorks (Episode 103), 1/29/2019 11:00 PM

From WFIU | Part of the ClassicalWorks series | 58:58

Classicalworks_logo_-_luann_johnson_small ClassicalWorks (Episode 103)

Jazz with David Basse (Series)

Produced by Jazz with David Basse LLC

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1609.3: Jazz with David Basse 1609.3, 1/18/2019 2:00 AM

From Jazz with David Basse LLC | Part of the Jazz with David Basse series | 59:53

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Open Source with Christopher Lydon (Series)

Produced by Open Source

Most recent piece in this series:

Bullsh*t Jobs in Boomtime America

From Open Source | Part of the Open Source with Christopher Lydon series | 59:00


The jobs are back.  It’s the work that feels fishy: so much of it paid but pointless; safe and even secure, but often un-satisfying if you were looking for hands-on and heart-felt work that could leave a mark on the world or your soul. Credit where it’s due for job growth. The lowest unemployment rate since the dot.com boom 20 years ago has to say something for the man who wanted to be the greatest jobs president of all time. But listen long term to workers, not the numbers-crunchers.  What workers want to tell you is they have BS jobs: they don’t live to work, or work just to live, exactly. Lots of us work so as to keep consuming, and we feel pretty miserable for missing what work used to give us; a work product, some demonstration of skill, a bit of respect for doing stuff.

Summer of 2018 is boom time in America, but of course it’s a different America.  The robots are here. One in 12 American workers is in manufacturing, making stuff, compared to one in 3 in the 1950s.  One in 50 of us works in agriculture. The miracle, the mystery really, is that more of us than ever are still on a job, working harder than ever.  The question, buried in the numbers, is how we’re feeling about the new work, and what it’s doing to us.  David Graeber has the argument that we’re putting to our own street-corner test this hour.  He is the rogue anthropologist (meaning people-watcher with a Ph. D), the exiled American at the London School of Economics.   His funny and disquieting new book is titled Bullshit Jobs. He has titles and categories for them: like Flunkies, Box Tickers, and Taskmasters over work that won’t be done but needs to be supervised. His argument is roughly that the boom in BS jobs – creativity coordinators, corporate lawyers, telemarketers, assistants to people who don’t need assistants, the lubrication of late capitalism – is driving us crazy.

Blue Dimensions (Series)

Produced by Bluesnet Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Blue Dimensions H03: Song Like A Roar - Linda Waterfall 1949-2019

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Lwmarys_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, music from Linda Waterfall, a uniquely gifted singer and songwriter, who died on January 8th. We'll hear songs from her 1977 debut album on the Windham Hill label, her 2015 exhortation to musicians, and songs from the decades in between, that reflect her transcendent spirit, set aloft in song. We also have new music from drummer Jack Mouse and his group, along with some wordplay in the song titles on the album "Intimate Adversary," and from bassist Iris Ornig on her album "Storyteller" - - plus a newly available recording of saxophonist Frank Morgan and pianist George Cables, from the 1989 Montreal Jazz Festival, all in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

promo included: promo-H03

Blue Dimensions G43: A Trinity Of "Presence"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Three recent albums all entitled "Presence," from Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, John Petrucelli, and Brad Whitely.

Evans_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we are surprised to note that three jazz albums entitled "Presence" have come out in 2018, and we've decided to draw music from all three of them - - one from pianist Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, some high-energy stuff recorded in concert at two jazz clubs in Philadelphia, one from pianist Brad Whitely, a strong studio recording, and another live one, a double album from saxophonist and composer John Petrucelli with lots of strings and a scallop shell used as an instrument as well. Three engaging and very different albums, all called "Presence," coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

promo included: promo-G43

Feminine Fusion (Series)

Produced by WCNY

Most recent piece in this series:

S03 Ep22: Low Strung, Part 2, 1/26/2019

From WCNY | Part of the Feminine Fusion series | :00

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High Country Celtic Radio (Series)

Produced by High Country Celtic Radio

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High Country Celtic Radio 048 - Free For All

From High Country Celtic Radio | Part of the High Country Celtic Radio series | 58:41


Katie and Joe spin up some songs and tunes to help warm us up on a night when the howling wind is pelting snow against the windows.  There's no theme, just great music.

This time around we feature: Zoë Conway, Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer, The Black Family, Liz & Yvonne Kane, Droichead, Athena Tergis, Caitlin Nic Gabhann, Kathryn Tickell, Karen Matheson, Niamh Dunne, Grainne Kelly And Ciaran Marsden, and Kieran Hanrahan.

406: Celebrating the Birthday of Bucky Pizzarelli, 1/1/2019

From KCUR | Part of the 12th Street Jump Weekly series | 59:00

(Air Dates: December 31 - January 8) On this week's archive episode of 12th Street Jump, we celebrate the music of Bucky Pizzarelli with Bucky himself and his long time music partner Ed Laub. We'll play a game of "So, What's Your Question" with Ed and talk to Bucky about what gives him the blues.


Public Radio's weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam, 12th STREET JUMP celebrates America's original art form, live from one of its birthplaces, 12th Street in Kansas City. That is where Basie tickled and ivories and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. Each week, host Ebony Fondren offers up a lively hour of topical sketch comedy and some great live jazz and blues from the 12th STREET JUMP band (musical director Joe Cartright, along with Tyrone Clark on bass and Arnold Young on drums) and vocalist David Basse. Special guests join the fun every week down at the 12th Street Jump.