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The World Gets Quieter in the Snow. It's Science.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Yes, there are fewer cars on the roads. More people are holed up indoors. But if you put the human factors aside, there are actually scientific reasons why the outside gets less noisy.

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On Being

Gordon Hempton — The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything [remix]

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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On Being

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton with Krista Tippett

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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Car Talk

#1420: Eggs Prestone

Saturday, May 17, 2014

This week on Car Talk, Sasha learned a new recipe for dealing with a radiator leak--add black pepper and eggs. Did this combo save his engine, or at least provide brunch while he waited for a tow truck? Elsewhere, does Chip need to resort to "tailpipe diplomacy," in the form of a cherry bomb, to get his neighbors to stop warming up their cars for 20 minutes every morning? Also, Bill and his wife are looking for a $700 car that makes them look eccentric rather than cheap; Jennifer's good deal on a used Volvo may not have been so good; and can Tom in California adjust to his new life as a car salesman without succumbing to the white belt and shoes? All this, plus one tourist's eye-opening visit to Car Talk Plaza, and lots more.

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Car Talk

#1414: Ode to the Dart

Saturday, April 05, 2014

This week on Car Talk, one listener's tribute to Tommy's dearly departed Dodge Dart will have William Wordsworth rolling over in his grave. "For in the spot where Dart once sat, there's now but oil stains." Later, Tom and Ray try to rescue a spoon trapped in one car's vents, and a 20-dollar bill trapped in a driver's door; and, on a slighlty more urgent note, they try to keep Eric's engine from disintegrating. Elsewhere, Doug might become the Chuck Yeager of CV joints if he doesn't mind the risk of getting stuck on a railroad track; and can Environmental Studies major Carl do anything to ease his guilt over driving two ginormous gas guzzlers? All this and more, this week on Car Talk.


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The Brian Lehrer Show

Exploring New York's Past Through Sound

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Emily Thompson, historian at Princeton University and the author of Soundscape of Modernity: Architectural Acoustics and the Culture of Listening in America, 1900-1933, talks about her study of sound and her website featuring sounds of New York City in the 1920's.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Noises in Your Life

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

From a social history, to coping with it in the city to the pleasures of bustle, we're talking noise. Here are the stories that capture your relationship with noise, the good and the bad.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Noise and Creativity Throughout History

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

David Hendy, media historian at the University of Sussex, host of the thirty-part BBC Radio series, Noise: A Human History, and the author of Noise: A Human History of Sound and Listening, talks about the social history of noise and kicks off the call-in on the question of sound and creativity.  What sounds sparks your creativity or do you need absolute quiet?

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Hearing Loss

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Eric Smouha, associate professor of otolaryngology and director of otology and neurology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital, answers questions about the inevitable effect of noise over time -- hearing loss.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Coping with NYC's Noise

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Arline Bronzaft, environmental psychologist on the board of GrowNYC, talks about the effects of noise and offers practical advice for dealing with it. Alan Fierstein, an acoustic consultant and the owner and founder of Acoustilog, joins her to share tales of noise mitigation from the 5,000+ jobs he's handled.

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WQXR Blog

Spain Court Acquits Pianist of 'Noise Pollution'

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In a widely watched case, a Spanish court has acquitted a 28-year-old concert pianist on charges of causing noise pollution and psychological damage to a neighbor.

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Radiolab

What Is 10 Trillion Times More Powerful Than A Heartbeat?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

How loud is the loudest sound we can produce? Kiss fans got a taste at an Ottawa concert, but Chris Butler got closer in his sealed, reinforced, amped-up car. Bombs aside, (we'd rather not, thank you ) can we go louder? How much louder

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On Being

Gordon Hempton — The Last Quiet Places: Silence and the Presence of Everything [remix]

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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On Being

[Unedited] Gordon Hempton and Krista Tippett

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Gordon Hempton says that silence is an endangered species. He defines real quiet as presence — not an absence of sound, but an absence of noise. The Earth, as he knows it, is a "solar-powered jukebox" and quiet is a "think tank of the soul."

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Soundcheck

Our Continuous Quest for Silence

Friday, May 03, 2013

We bring you an excerpt from the recent BBC 4 radio series "Noise: A Human History" hosted by Professor David Hendy

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Soundcheck

Brooklyn Rider; Pulitzer Prize Winner Caroline Shaw; The Quest For Silence In A Noisy World

Friday, May 03, 2013

In this episode: The string quartet Brooklyn Rider performs selections from their new album, A Walking Fire, in our studio.

Plus: We hear from a few more listeners about how they deal with noise in their day-to-day lives -- and, we bring you an excerpt from a recent BBC 4 radio series called "Noise: A Human History." In the final episode of the series, "The Search for Silence," Professor David Hendy of the University of Sussex explores how humans have attempted to manage and escape noise throughout the ages. 

Also: Two weeks ago, the New York violinist, vocalist and composer Caroline Shaw became the youngest person to win the Pulitzer Prize for music. She talks about her award-winning composition.

And: more from our occasional series That Was A Hit?!?

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Exploring 100,000 Years Of Human Noise

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

This week on Soundcheckwe want to know how you block out noise in your day to day life. A recent BBC 4 radio series, Noise: A Human History, examined how noise has shaped civilization for the past 100,000 years. Professor David Hendy, the host and writer of that series calls in from BBC studios in Oxford, England to explain his method of telling the story of noise.

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Soundcheck

Iggy And The Stooges In Concert; Iron And Wine In The Studio; Punk On Display; A History of Human Noise

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In this episode: Singer-songwriter Sam Beam, who performs as Iron and Wine, talks about a new direction on the album, Ghost on Ghost. He plays stripped down versions of three songs in our studio.

Plus: New York Magazine writer, Nitsuh Abebe, discusses his recent piece on the exhibition, Punk: Chaos to Couture, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

And: Soundcheck and NPR Music presented Iggy and the Stooges at Le Poisson Rouge on Sunday. Hear the full live set.

Also: A recent BBC 4 radio series, Noise: A Human History, has been examining how noise has shaped civilization for the past 100,000 years. Professor David Hendy, the host and writer of that series, talks to us from BBC studios in Oxford, England.

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      Tell Us: How Do You Block Out Noise?

      Monday, April 29, 2013

      Joyce Cohen recently wrote on BuzzFeed about living with hyperacusis, a condition which makes soft sounds unbearably loud and painful. After Cohen joined us last week to talk about it, we received some great emails and voicemails from you, with a wide range of feedback. The segment got us talking here in the Soundcheck office, too.

      Here's why: Joyce described how she blocks out noise while living amid the sonic chaos of New York.

      In my situation, because I know I'm going to be subjected to a lot of loud noise, I always protect my ears. I have industrial-strength earmuffs, so I look like the baggage handler [at an airport].

      Even if you don’t have hyperacusis like Cohen, even if you don’t live in New York, you might still take measures --- some of them extreme -- to find peace and quiet.

      All this week on the show, we're asking our listeners and in-studio guests: How do you block out noise? Where do you find quiet?

      Sam Beam, the singer-songwriter who records as the indie-folk act Iron & Wine, told John Schaefer that he finds peace and quiet while driving, despite the hum of the car interior and the tires on the road.

      I've had to make a habit of not turning music on in the car. It used to be where I listened to music, because it was really the only place I had where you were stuck. I feel like it's also a matter of perspective, because I have a bunch of kids. What some people think is quiet is probably different than my idea of quiet. I definitely learned to block a lot of noise out through sheer force of will. So the car feels really quiet to me.

      Unlike Beam, the saxophonist Colin Stetson lives in a major city, Montreal. A solo artist who also tours with Bon Iver and Arcade Fire, Stetson finds quiet while running, but what he hears depends on the terrain.

      I won't put earbuds in if I'm running in the woods -- trailrunning out in Vermont [...] But when I'm running in the city, I tend to drown out the noise with something that's more aggressive and more powerful than the city's noise, so I listen to a lot of metal. 

      What about you? How do you block out noise? How do you create a quiet space? Leave a message for us at 866-939-1612. Or, post your story in the comment section below.

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      Tony Visconti on Bowie; Blocking Out Noise; Talib Kweli Live

      Monday, April 29, 2013

      In this episode: Veteran producer Tony Visconti recently teamed up with David Bowie to ambush the pop world with the from-out-of-nowhere album “The Next Day.” Visconti talks about the secrecy that surrounded the album. Plus, we get a peek at some of his upcoming projects.

      Plus, we bring you highlights from Brooklyn rapper Talib Kweli’s performance in The Greene Space – including brand new songs from his upcoming record, Prisoner of Conscious.

      And, Sam Beam of Iron and Wine answers our question of the week -- how do you block out noise in your daily life? You can answer it too, by leaving us a voicemail at 866 939 1612 or commenting here