Our Continuous Quest for Silence

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All week on Soundcheck we've been talking about noise -- and we've been asking you how you block it out of your life. On Tuesday, we spoke with Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex in England about his recent 30-part BBC 4 radio series called "Noise: A Human History." It examined 100,000 years of human noise and how it’s shaped civilization.

We’ve gotten permission from the BBC and Rockethouse Productions to bring you a shortened excerpt of the final episode of that series. Our excerpt starts off with David Hendy speaking from the New York Life Insurance building right here in our hometown of New York City.

Take a listen -- and if you like what you hear, all 30 episodes of "Noise: A Human History" will be available on Audiogo.com beginning on Monday, May 6.