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The Leonard Lopate Show

The 1910 Fire That Burned Through Nearly 3 Million Acres in 36 Hours

Monday, February 02, 2015

 “The Big Burn” is the story of the massive wildfire that swept across the Northern Rockies in the summer of 1910. The fire devoured more than three million acres in 36 hours. 

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New Sounds

Mountain Music

Monday, January 27, 2014

Spend some time in the mountains on this New Sounds, with the Chinese group Shanren, from Yunnan.  Their name translates as “Mountain Men” and inspired the theme of the show.  Also, listen to music from the Swiss Alps, represented by the Albins Alpin Quintett, whose record is inspired by the Pilatus-massif in central Switzerland; the tunes are named after various places on the mountain.  Then, hear the Chinese pipa player Wu Man blending the sounds of the Appalachian musicians and making it work on tunes like “Old Joe Clark,” or "I’m Going Back To North Carolina," featuring banjo player Lee Knight. Plus, music from the Himalayans, the Sierra Mountains, and the Andes. 

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New Sounds

New Releases, January 2013

Thursday, January 31, 2013

It's the most wonderful tiiiiiime of the month: New Releases.  Experience the pick of the piles, and the very best in digital promos on this New Sounds program.  There's new music from finger-style guitarist William Tyler, from his latest record, "Impossible Truth," along with acoustic folk and "systems music" from the English quartet, Spiro.  Also, listen to something from pianist Matthew Shipp, and a dance score from the composer/saxophone player Ken Field.  Plus, new music from Alexander Berne and the Abandoned Orchestra.  And more. 

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Dark Ambient Electronica

Sunday, February 05, 2012

For this New Sounds, we'll listen to some electronic music from Iceland by the Australian-born composer Ben Frost.  Dark acoustically generated guitar and piano textures are expertly combined with electronically processed stabs and eruptions on Frost's record "By the Throat."  Plus, there's ambient post-rock music from Mountains, and some of Wendy Carlos' "Sonic Seasonings" from the early 70s, featuring the found sounds of wolves.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Into the Silence: Exploring Mount Everest

Monday, October 24, 2011

Wade Davis gives an account of the generation of adventurers, soldiers, and mountaineers who attempted to tackle Mount Everest in the 1920s. In Into the Silence, he looks at how World War I affected these climbers and recounts the efforts of George Mallory and his fellow climbers to conquer the mountain in the face of treacherous terrain and weather.

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New Sounds

New Choral Works

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Hear the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, conducted by Kent Tritle, performing "On Photography" by English composer Gavin Bryars for this New Sounds.  The performance was recorded live at St. Ignatius Loyola Church in February 2008 as part of the Sacred Music in a Sacred Space concert series.  There's also "Gauze Vespers" by gifted American composer Oscar Bettison.  And much more.

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Ambient Soundscapes

Saturday, January 29, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll hear some ambient soundscapes for acoustic and electronic instruments including Icelandic composer Johan Johannsson's latest, "Fordlandia."  Also, listen to the new Jim Hall & Bill Frisell, a work called "Migrations" and the post-rock epic guitar droning on Mountains, from their release "Choral."  Plus, music by Bruce Gremo and more.

New Sounds

Dark Ambient Electronica

Friday, January 21, 2011

For this New Sounds, we'll listen to some electronic music from Iceland by the Australian-born composer Ben Frost.  Dark acoustically generated guitar and piano textures are expertly combined with electronically processed stabs and eruptions on Frost's record "By the Throat."  Plus, there's ambient post-rock music from Mountains, and some of Wendy Carlos' "Sonic Seasonings" from the early 70s, featuring the found sounds of wolves.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Life and Death on K2

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Journalist Graham Bowley gives an account of one of the most dramatic tales of death and survival in mountaineering history—the tragic 2008 K2 ascent that claimed the lives of eleven climbers, severely injured two others, and made headlines around the world. His book No Way Down: Life and Death on K2 is based on in-depth interviews with surviving climbers and many Sherpas, porters, and family and friends of the deceased.

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New Sounds

New Choral Works

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hear the Choir of St. Ignatius Loyola, conducted by Kent Tritle, performing "On Photography" by English composer Gavin Bryars for this New Sounds. 

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Soundcheck

Gig Alerts: Mountains

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Download the title track from this ambient duo's latest album. Mountains performs at Le Poisson Rouge on Wednesday night as part of the Unsound Festival.

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