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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The High Line in Lower Manhattan. (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

On today’s show, Don Campbell tells us how we can use music to become more relaxed, productive and even healthier. Cartoonist and graphic novelists Daniel Clowes and Seth discuss their work and latest cartoons. Plus, the two creators of the popular High Line Park describe transforming an old industrial rail line into a park filled with plants and panoramic views of the Hudson River.  

Healing at the Speed of Sound

Don Campbell explains how we can use music-and silence-to become more efficient, productive, relaxed, and healthy. Each chapter of Healing at the Speed of Sound: How What We Hear Transforms Our Brains and Our Lives focuses on a single aspect of everyday life, providing advice, exercises, playlists. The book also shares stories of how real people use the power of sound to improve their lives.

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Daniel Clowes and Seth on Cartooning

Daniel Clowes and Seth talk about their work as cartoonists and illustrators. Clowes created the iconic comic book series Eightball and of the graphic novels Wilson, Ghost World, David Boring, and Ice Haven; and his latest book is The Death-Ray. Seth is the cartoonist of is the cartoonist of Clyde Fans; Wimbledon Green; George Sprott; and Vernacular Drawings; among others, and his latest is The Great Northern Brotherhood of Canadian Cartoonists, the companion to Wimbledon Green.

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High Line Park

Joshua David and Robert Hammond talk about how they collaborated with their neighbors, elected officials, artists, local business owners, and leaders of burgeoning movements in horticulture and landscape architecture to create the High Line. The park is now celebrated worldwide as a model for creatively designed, socially vibrant, ecologically sound public space, and they tell the story of it’s creation in High Line: The Inside Story of New York City’s Park in the Sky.

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High Line Creators Excited by Tappan Zee Idea

High Line creators Joshua David and Robert Hammond said they were enthusiastic about a long-shot proposal to turn the Tappan Zee Bridge into an over-water park on today's Leonard Lopate Show. Asked about Greenburgh town supervisor Paul Feiner's suggestion to convert the cantilevered bridge into a pedestrian walkway, both David and Hammond said they found the idea "exciting" and that they'd "love to take a walk on it." The bridge is currently slated for demolition and details about Feiner's idea to re-purpose the link between Rockland and Westchester counties are few, but according to yesterday's New York Times it draws a fair amount of inspiration from the equally popular High Line park in Manhattan and the Walkway Over the Hudson, further upstream. Construction of a new Tappan Zee Bridge has been fast tracked by the Obama Administration.



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