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The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

257: We're Family — But Why?, 11/16/2018

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

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small Ever sit down to Thanksgiving dinner, look around at the shining faces of your family, and think to yourself: “How the heck am I related to these people!?”? You’re not alone. Family can be a source of love and support, along with frustration and bafflement. So what keeps us tied to family — shared memories and family dinners? Or is it blood and genetics? The Pulse explores how we define family — and how family defines us.

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2018-11-18 Are Human Lives Improving?

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


Host: Greg Dalton

Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology, Harvard University; author, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress” (Penguin, 2018)

Paul R. Ehrlich, Bing Professor of Population Studies, Stanford University; co-author, “The Population Bomb” (Ballantine, 1968)

This program was recorded at The Commonwealth Club in San Francisco and at Stanford University.

In 1968, the best-seller “The Population Bomb,” written by Paul and Anne Ehrlich (but credited solely to Paul) warned of the perils of overpopulation: mass starvation, societal upheaval, environmental deterioration. The book was criticized at the time for being overly dark – how have the Ehrlich’s predictions held up?

“It’s much darker today,” says Paul Ehrlich. He’s speaking with Greg Dalton on the campus of Stanford University, where he is a Professor of Population Studies.

“After all, we were worried then about the problems of feeding human society when there was three and half billion people on the planet…now we've got way over 7 billion people.”

This and other dire predictions about humankind earned Ehrlich a reputation as a prophet of doom.  Half a century later, his view hasn’t altered much.  

“We have something on the order of 800 million -- that's more than double the population of United States -- hungry and starving,” Ehrlich continues.  “And another billion or two who are micronutrient malnourished.”

Unless we do more to alleviate the world’s problems, Ehrlich still sees little hope on the horizon.

“I'm very pessimistic about the future -- but very optimistic about what we could do,” Ehrlich says. “I have to say that I've become less optimistic about what we could do, for among other things, of course, because we’re not trying any of it!”

Harvard cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker, on the other hand, prefers to look on the bright side in his new book, “Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress.”

“When you measure dimensions of human well-being you find to the surprise of many newsreaders that they’re all improving,” notes Pinker in a separate interview.

“People are living longer,” he continues. “Global extreme poverty has been sinking, probably less than 10% of the world today lives in a state of extreme poverty… And then education, literacy…now 90% of the world population under the age of 25 can read and write.”

The problem isn’t that there’s not enough to go around, says Ehrlich – the problem is that it’s not going around equally.

 “Population and per capita consumption are what really important,” he tells Dalton.   “Many people like us consume too much. And then there is several billion who don't get to consume enough.  And that's one of the huge problems that’s not normally discussed in those terms.”

Pinker talks about the “optimism gap” – the tendency of people to see their own lives through rose-colored glasses, while viewing the rest of the world more darkly.

“When you switch the question from what is your life like to what is the country's life like -- then people turn from Pollyanna to Eeyore; they become pessimistic about the state of the country,” Pinker reports. “They think that the nation schools are failing but their own kid’s school, it’s all not bad.  They think that streets are, their city are too dangerous to walk on, what about your neighborhood? Oh, it’s pretty safe.”

Optimism vs. pessimism – what's your take? Is the glass half empty, or half full?


Related Links:

The Population Bomb

The Unrealized Horrors of Population Explosion (NY Times)

Current World Population

Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress
Is the World Getting Better or Worse? Steven Pinker – TED talk


A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Bottled Sunshine (#1512)

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

4177406061_3c8857eb10_m_small A teacher of English as a second language asks our Facebook group to name some unusual words for ordinary things. The group's suggestions include winklehawk, which means an L-shaped tear in cloth, and diastema, which means a gap between one's teeth.

In his 1926 book History in English Words, Owen Barfield offers this lyrical observation about etymology: Words may be made to disgorge the past that is bottled up inside them, as coal and wine, when we kindle or drink them, yield up their bottled sunshine.

Gila in Woodridge, Connecticut, wonders if there's a connection between the adjective patient, meaning able to withstand delay, pain, or problems, and the noun patient, meaning a person who is sick. Both derive from Latin adjective patientem, describing someone who suffers or tolerates. These words are related to the term passion meaning suffering, as in the Passion of Christ, and passionflower, the name of that odd-looking blossom that is said to symbolize the whips, nails, and other instruments used to torture Jesus.

In English, fairy tales often begin with the phrase Once upon a time. In contrast, Korean folktales often begin with In the old days, when tigers used to smoke, or similar phrases, such as In the old, old days when tigers smoked tobacco pipes and In the old days, when tigers smoked long pipes.

Is the brand in brand-new connected to the kind of brand left by a hot iron?

Writer Anne Lamott memorably compared librarians to trail guides, leading people through the forest of shelves and aisles.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski's puzzle features intentionally misunderstandings of the names of familiar movies and TV shows. For example, if John refers to a creepy Netflix show set in the 1980s called More Unusual Objects, what's the program he really means?

The Latin comparative adjective excelsior means higher, and also happens to be the state motto for New York. But a member of our Facebook group notes that it's also a term for fine wood shavings used as stuffing or packing material.

Chris from Castro, New York, is curious about bum rush or bum's rush, which refers to forcibly removing someone from an establishment. In 1987, Public Enemy's debut album Yo! Bum Rush the Show popularized the use of bum rush to mean something entirely different -- not roughly escorting someone out, but rather a rowdy crowd pushing their way into an establishment. Rapper Chuck D has said that this term also alludes to Public Enemy's effort to push its way to the top of music business and into the national consciousness.

The English word oxter means armpit, and to oxtercog someone is to carry them by the armpits. The term derives from the image of each of two people locking one shoulder under an armpit of the person carried, like a cog fitting into a wheel.

Cora from Cleveland, Ohio, notes that cashiers in stores often say good-bye to her with the phrase Have a nice rest of your day. She's charmed by its use, and wonders if the phrase is on the rise and whether it's confined to a particular geographic region.

Victoria from Tallahassee, Florida, weighs in on our discussion about terms for an extremely quick bath. When Victoria was young, her great-great grandmother from Poland  if Victoria had indeed washed up, she'd ask Did you spit in the air and jump through it?

Mary says her Illinois-born husband and father-in-law refer to a measuring tape as a billy. The word billy is used in a slangy sense to refer long lengths of metal, such a billy knife, and a Billy Box is a kind of toolbox, but the use of billy to mean a measuring tape is extremely rare.

A minuend is a quantity from which something is to be subtracted. The amount subtracted is called the subtrahend.

What's your relationship with the books in your personal library? Some people feel inspired by the books still have left to read, while others feel guilty seeing them staring down from the shelves. Writer Kevin Mims finds value in yet another category: books you've read only partially and may revisit.

David from Trophy Club, Texas, wonders about the phrase I wouldn't kick her out of bed for eating crackers. This jocular expression has been around since the early 1940s, and indicates that someone is so lovable they could do something incredibly annoying and still be adored. In the early 20th century, Hall of Fame pitcher Rube Waddell of the Philadelphia Athletics was notorious for eating animal crackers in bed, and his roommate on tour, Osse Schreck, hilariously insisted to his bosses that Waddell should refrain from doing so.

In our Facebook discussion about unusual English words for ordinary things, a listener points out the term wharfinger, which means someone who manages a wharf.

Lawrence from San Antonio, Texas, wonders if spelling is a factor in the different meanings of awful, which describes something negative, and awesome, which describes something positive. Spelling doesn't come into play here; in fact, for years the word awful was actually spelled with an e after the w. The difference in these words is the result of what linguists call semantic drift. Something similar happened with the words terror, terrific, and terrible.

Lisa from Chesapeake, Virginia, says her father used to say Good Googly Moogly! to express surprise, delight, or emphasis. There are several versions of this exclamation, which derives from a phrase well known to fans of 1950s R&B, Good Googa Mooga.

This episode is hosted by Grant Barrett and Martha Barnette.

Music 101 (Series)

Produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

Most recent piece in this series:

Mx101 Ep35: Crime Jazz, 11/15/2018

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 56:59

Music_101_recent_small Jazz was introduced to movie and TV soundtracks via film noir. This episode explores the soundtrack to noir and its importance to film and TV.

Ozark Highlands Radio (Series)

Produced by Ozark Highlands Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

OHR094: OHR Presents: The Purple Hulls, 11/26/2018

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

Purple_hulls_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, talented twin Texan bluegrass and gospel duo The Purple Hulls recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park.  Also, interviews with these identical virtuosos.  Mark Jones offers an archival recording of Ozark original Donnie Dutton performing the traditional tune “Wildwood Flower.”  Writer, professor, and historian Dr. Brooks Blevins recounts the American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist Henry Schoolcraft’s experience in the early Ozark region.

You could easily say these two musicians were born to make music together. Identical twins Katy Lou and Penny Lea Clark of The Purple Hulls were raised on a working family farm in the deep piney woods of East Texas, but that didn’t stop the Texans from finding their way to the hills of Tennessee, specifically Music City, where they began touring with various country artists and writing songs for Nashville’s largest publishing company, Sony Tree.  The Purple Hulls are no stranger to road life and are now blazing the trail as a dynamic sister duo, showcasing their unique sibling harmonies while ripping the strings off any instrument they can get their hands on. If you’re looking for authentic acoustic driven music delivered at its best, your search is over.

In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator, and country music legacy Mark Jones offers an archival recording of Ozark original Dave Leatherman performing the traditional tune “Shoutin’ On the Hills,” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

From his series entitled “Back in the Hills,” writer, professor, and historian Dr. Brooks Blevins recounts the American geographer, geologist, and ethnologist Henry Schoolcraft’s harrowing experiences in the early Ozark regions of Arkansas & Missouri.

Earth Eats (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

EE 18-47: Calculating Diets--Why Does The USDA Want To Keep Its Numbers Under Wraps?, 11/23/2018

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats series | 29:01



This week we have Angela Babb back on our show.

This time she has a new and gripping story to tell about what the government might not want you to know about how food stamp allotments are calculated.

Angela Babb is a food researcher and a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ostrom Workshop at Indiana University. Her research into the USDA's Thrifty Food Plan took her down some unexpected roads and lead to her filing a Freedom of Information Act request when government officials denied her the data she needed. Associate Producer Alex Chambers brings us her story.

Harvest Public Media shares the second installment in their farmland transfer series
And Chef D warms us up with some sage advice.

Folk Alley Weekly (Series)

Produced by WKSU

Most recent piece in this series:

Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio (Series)

Produced by Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

234: Binging with Babish: Andrew Rea Cooks Game of Thrones. Dothraki Blood Pie, Anyone?, 11/15/2018

From Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio | Part of the Christopher Kimball's Milk Street Radio series | 53:57

Msl_radio_logo_cobrand_prx__1__small Meet the YouTube star who recreates recipes from classic movies and TV shows. Also on this week's show: the amazing food of the Islamic world; J. Kenji Lopéz-Alt talks turkey skin; Indian-spiced butternut squash soup; and make-ahead blanched greens.

Reveal Weekly (Series)

Produced by Reveal

Most recent piece in this series:

447: Trial and terror, 11/24/2018

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:

Brand Survival in the Trump Era (half)

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

2556016395_17a0a42629_b_small With the country deeply divided, brands whose livelihoods depend on appealing to the entire population companies can't afford to take sides and more businesses suffer. Branding expert Kelly OKeefe shares the advice he's giving to leaders and boards of large corporations. Also: Self expression through purchasing power has changed dramatically for African Americans since the years following segregation. Melvin Stith discusses status symbols then and now. And: Jane Machin wanted to buy her young godson a gift that celebrated his dyslexia. When she couldn't find a game that fit the bill, she set her students to creating something they are now marketing to a wider audience.

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:

Moon Mission 3D from Queen Guitarist Brian May and David Eicher

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

Moon_mission-3d_cover_small_small You haven’t seen the best pictures from the Apollo era and other great space achievements till you’ve seen them in 3D.  Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May is also mad about stereoscopic imagery.  He worked with this week’s guest, Astronomy Magazine Editor-in-Chief David Eicher, to create this beautiful new book that contains 150 startling 3D images, along with clear 3D glasses. A copy of Moon Mission 3D will go to the winner of the new What’s Up space trivia contest.  Also, Planetary Society Digital Editor Jason Davis introduces SpaceIL’s lunar lander, heading for the moon in 2019. Learn more at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2018/1114-2018-eicher-moon-mission-3d.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 11/16/2018

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 29:59

Lp2_small This week on the show: From a small amphibian with miraculous regeneration properties, to wild animals wandering the streets of Nairobi — and even the healing powers of our forests. We take a closer look at the weird and wonderful life which calls our planet home, and ask the hard questions about the future of the planet's biodiversity.

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 181129 11PM: ClassicalWorks (Episode 210), 11/29/2018 11:00 PM

From WFIU | Part of the ClassicalWorks series | 58:56

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Jazz with David Basse (Series)

Produced by Jazz with David Basse LLC

Most recent piece in this series:

1595.1: Jazz with David Basse 1595.1, 11/12/2018 12:00 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:

Seeing America with Frederick Wiseman

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


We’re way back home in Monrovia, Indiana, in Frederick Wiseman’s deep cinematic dive into Red State America. This is corn-and-hog, silo-and-barn country, big-time basketball and Bible country. The lady in the tattoo parlor inscribing a big guy’s arm is drawing on Psalm 23: “Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil.” The direct-cinema legend Frederick Wiseman, in his 44tfeature film, doesn’t beat you over the head with corn-fed details, the tractor auction, the weight-watchers’ workout class. He just invites your eye and your heart into an old American place–friendly enough, though farm soil and town life feel depleted, by-passed, a tad funereal.

Monrovia, Indiana is the spot where the great filmmaker of American places, Frederick Wiseman, took his blood sample of heartland Trump country. Monrovia speaks for the corn-farming, flat-land that American dreamers used to flock out of, after high school, to basketball stadiums and boomtowns East and West. Monrovia today is the old hometown we don’t much ‘get’ anymore—Mike Pence country that went 3 to 1 for the Trump ticket in 2016; an aging, shrinking piece of the mental map, having a turn at speaking for the country, to the world. Enter the film-maker Frederick Wiseman, unmatched as a watcher of American places over fifty years now.

Blue Dimensions (Series)

Produced by Bluesnet Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Blue Dimensions G46: Cyrus Chestnut's Kaleidoscope, and the story of "See Line Woman"

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

Chestnut_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, pianist Cyrus Chestnut plays music from Mozart, Debussy, and Deep Purple, among others, on his new album of diverse music called "Kaleidoscope." We'll take the musical journey with him. Also - - the mysterious song "See Line Woman"  — or is it "Sea Lion Woman?" We'll won't solve all of its mysteries, but we'll hear the song from the singer who made it famous, Nina Simone, as well as the original 1939 Library of Congress field recording of the song by two young sisters, Katherine and Christine Shipp, in Mississippi, and a new version from Vivian Sessoms from her album "Life." The song is in the public domain, but many singers have put their stamp on it over the years, notably Nina Simone. Some members of the Shipp family say that the mother of Katherine and Christine, Mary Shipp, wrote it. Plus, when is a traditional song not traditional? Perhaps when the band writes it, but issues it as "traditional." Bobby Broom and his band play one such song on their new album, and it should be noted that the original issue of the song by Steely Dan, listed as "traditional," sent the host and producer of this show in his younger days on a wild goose chase looking for where and when it was supposedly collected! We also have a couple of songs from Christian McBride's New Jawn, the latest thing, or "jawn," as it's sometimes said in McBride's native Philadelphia, from the great bassist - - a new band bursting with talent and musical ideas.

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Folk Alley #181018

From WKSU | Part of the Folk Alley series | 01:57:58

Folk Alley host Elena See presents an exciting, eclectic and intelligent mix of the best traditional folk, Americana, contemporary singer/songwriters, and roots music, from the latest releases, classics, and exclusive in-studio Folk Alley Sessions and live concert recordings. Two discreet hours each week. Available as a one- or two-hour program.

Folk Alley #181018

Folk_alley_logo_-_tan_matte_240_medium_small This week on Folk Alley, in hour one, some spooky tunes to kick off the Halloween season with music by The Dave Rawlings Machine, Asylum Street Spankers, and Langhorne Slim; new music from Gregory Alan Isakov, Lucy Kaplansky, and Willie Nelson; a 2'fer from Missy Raines' new work, 'Royal Traveller'; and powerful and poignant song addressing gun violence written by Mark Erelli featuring Rosanne Cash, Lori McKenna, Anais Mitchell, etc. All this, plus favorites from Case/lang/Veirs, Martin Sexton, Mavis Staples, and more. 

In hour two, new music from J.P. Harris, Courtney Hartman & Taylor Ashton, Childsplay, Kathy Mattea, and Amy Ray's 'Holler'; also a set from some brothers featuring the Barr, the Avett, and the Brother Brothers; all this plus favorites from Della Mae, Solas, John Hartford, Jeffrey Foucault, and more. 

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.

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