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Guitar Special: Kalamazoo Gals, Richard Thompson Plays ‘Electric’

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Soundcheck is revisiting some of our favorite segments from the past year. Today, we're presenting a "Guitar Special," featuring a Rosie the Riveter guitar mystery and an iconic folk guitar master still going strong.

In this episode: John Thomas shares the story of unsung heroines, as detailed in his book, Kalamazoo Gals: A Story Of Extraordinary Women And Gibson’s ‘Banner’ Guitars of WWII.

Plus: Veteran English folk singer and guitarist Richard Thompson performs songs from his latest album, Electric, and reveals a passion for birding and NHL hockey.

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    Radiolab

    Where's My Dinner? It Was Here A Second Ago — The Sandpiper's Dilemma

    Monday, July 08, 2013

    At first, you couldn't ask for a better meal plan. The food is free, delivered straight to you. It lands, literally, right at your feet. All you have to do is bend over and eat. Except: the portions are very small and tend to slip away rather quickly. That's why sandpipers seem so frantic when you see them at the beach. Their food keeps disappearing.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    More on the NSA Leak; NJ Senate Race; Education Commissioner John King; Marc Maron

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    We'll continue to discuss the classified information that was leaked by a government contractor. Plus: the New Jersey senate race is now underway; New York State Education Commissioner and the President of the University of the State of New York John King talks about the new teacher evaluation system and the Ramapo school funding dispute; the tables are turned on comedian and podcaster Marc Maron as he is interviewed on his new book and TV show; and Jessica Pressler from New York Magazine breaks down a debate on cats vs. birds.   

    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Cats vs. Birds

    Tuesday, June 11, 2013

    New York Magazine contributing editor Jessica Pressler talks about her feature on the conflict over the number of birds killed by cats, and discusses possible solutions. 

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    Transportation Nation

    SLIDESHOW: Baby Falcons Nest High Above New York City

    Tuesday, June 04, 2013

    360-degree panoramic views, no board approval, occasional visits from the landlord: dozens of peregrine falcon chicks are living the high life in New York City.

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    Studio 360

    Remixing Spring

    Friday, April 05, 2013

    Several weeks ago we gave you a challenge: using a dozen bird songs recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, we asked you to create an original musical composition on the theme of Spring. We received more than 100 compositions, ranging from classical to electronica ...

    Listen to the winning remix

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    Studio 360

    Playlist: Remixing Spring

    Friday, March 22, 2013

    A couple weeks ago, we gave you a challenge: we posted a dozen bird songs recorded by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and asked you to use them to create an original musical composition on the theme of Spring. We received more than 100 compositions, ranging from classical to electronica ...

    Playlist: Listen to all the entries

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    WNYC News

    Birds, Music and the Brain

    Friday, February 22, 2013

    Next month, President Obama is expected to announce details about dedicating resources to a massive study of the brain. That’s music to the ears of neuroscientists at Columbia University, where some of the research will be centered.

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    Radiolab

    Raising Crane

    Monday, December 03, 2012

    In this short, costumed scientists create a carefully choreographed childhood for a flock of whooping cranes to save them from extinction. It's the ultimate feel-good story, but it also raises some troubling questions about what it takes to get a species back to being wild.

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    Listen to Lucy

    Time-wasting tips have wasted my time

    Sunday, November 04, 2012

    Time-wasting tips have wasted my time

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    Radiolab

    Murmuration

    Monday, September 17, 2012

    Inspired by our Emergence episode, Lulu Miller shares a poem and a video that capture that jolt of awe you feel when nature overwhelms you.

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    New Sounds

    For the Birds

    Monday, August 20, 2012

    For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to music inspired by birdsong, whether it’s by composers who are birders, or naturalists.  Some of these sounds are electronically processed, and some are recreated acoustically.  We’ll listen to Alaska-based John Luther Adams’ recording “Songbirdsongs,” where an ocarina imitates the birdsong, along with music from Tasmanian Ron Nagorcka played on digeridoo and with samples from the cockatiel family.   Plus music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music from Maria Schneider as well.

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    The Leonard Lopate Show

    Please Explain: Pigeons

    Friday, August 17, 2012

    Pigeons seem to be everywhere in New York City, and they fill city squares in London and Venice. We’ll take a look at why these birds thrive in urban areas around the word and how they’re able to find their way home from hundreds of miles away. Andrew Blechman, managing editor of Orion magazine and author of Pigeons: The Fascinating Saga of the World's Most Revered and Reviled Bird, and Courtney Humphries, author of Superdove: How the Pigeon Took Manhattan…and the World, join us.

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    Radiolab

    Krulwich Wonders: Showing Vultures A Little Love

    Tuesday, July 03, 2012

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    Robert praises the hardworking, often maligned, but utterly lovable vulture.

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    Features

    The Flight of Falconry

    Tuesday, May 08, 2012

    The image of a hood bird of prey, poised on the hand of its master or mistress, is often linked to the medieval age of chivalry. But in fact the sport of falconry is among the oldest forms of hunting practiced today. Learn more about the ancient flight of falconry and see photos of birds of prey here.

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    WNYC News

    Niche Market | Pigeons

    Wednesday, December 07, 2011

    New York is a city of specialists from foodies to academics, laborers to shopkeepers. Every Wednesday, Niche Market takes a peek inside a different specialty store and showcases the city's purists who have made an art out of selling one commodity.

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    The Brian Lehrer Show

    Following Up: Goodbye to Pip!

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011

    Pip is preparing to leave the nest, and the Hawk Cam, and start his life in the wilds of New York City. We get an update on the hawk family from Emily Rueb, senior producer on the Metro desk at the New York Times, and Tim Gallagher, editor of Living Bird magazine at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and author of Falcon Fever: A Falconer in the 21st Century.

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    New Sounds

    For the Birds

    Friday, May 13, 2011

    For this New Sounds program, we’ll listen to music inspired by birdsong, whether it’s by composers who are birders, or naturalists.  Some of these sounds are electronically processed, and some are recreated acoustically.  We’ll listen to Alaska-based John Luther Adams’ recording “Songbirdsongs,” where an ocarina imitates the birdsong, along with music from Tasmanian Ron Nagorcka played on digeridoo and with samples from the cockatiel family.   Plus music from producer Chris Hughes, his “Slow Motion Blackbird,” and music from Maria Schneider as well.

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    Features

    A Bird Expert on Your Sightings

    Sunday, May 08, 2011

    WNYC got hundreds of texts when we asked for your favorite bird-watching spots throughout the city. Bird expert Tom Stephensen weighs in here.

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    Features

    Your Favorite Bird-Watching Spots in NYC

    Thursday, May 05, 2011

    In collaboration with The New York Times, we've been asking you to send your favorite spots to watch birds throughout the city. We received hundreds of text messages and we've plotted the submissions on the map below. Click on the place-markers to get the info for each location, along with the bird mentioned. Many of you also left audio messages, which you can hear by clicking the link where available.

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