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The Pulse (Series)

Produced by WHYY

Most recent piece in this series:

274: Between Life and Death, 3/15/2019

From WHYY | Part of the The Pulse series | 58:59

3000x3000_itunes_thepulse_1_small Often we think of life and death as opposite sides of a coin — categories as final as they are discrete. But in an age when machines can keep hearts pumping and lungs breathing, the line between life and death can sometimes start to blur. Modern medicine pushes us to think differently, ask if perhaps life and death are instead two points on a spectrum of existence. In this episode, The Pulse explores the space between those points. How do we define life and death — medically and culturally? We hear about a court case challenging the legal definition of death; the evolving debate over end-of-life care; and what scientists are saying about near-death experiences.

Climate One (Series)

Produced by Climate One

Most recent piece in this series:

2019-03-15 EPA Chief Andrew Wheeler on Cars, Coal, and Climate

From Climate One | Part of the Climate One series | 58:59


Host: Greg Dalton

Guests (in order of appearance):
Andrew Wheeler, Administrator, U.S. EPA
Albert Cheung, Head of Global Analysis, Bloomberg New Energy Finance
Mary Nichols, Chair, California Air Resources Board
Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group

Portions of this program were recorded at the Bloomberg New Energy Finance Summit in San Francisco n February 4, 2019.

The U.S. Senate recently confirmed Andrew Wheeler as Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Greg Dalton sat down for a rare interview with the new EPA chief at a recent conference on the future of personal mobility to talk about cars, coal, and climate.  

“It's not the job of the EPA, the authority of the EPA to pick winners and losers between the different fuel sources,” says Wheeler about the current administration’s easing of regulations on the coal industry. “I think it's important to make sure that we have a balance of fuel sources in order to make sure that we have electric power for everyone across the country.”

Wheeler also spoke about the negotiations between the federal government and a group of states led by California over the administration’s revised auto emissions standards.

“California's only looking at it as one policy issue and that is energy efficiency,” he says. “What we're trying to do with our Cafe proposal is bring down the cost of a new car, which would bring us down around $2,300 per car on average [which] will incentivize more people to buy newer, safer, more energy efficient cars.”

That claim is challenged by Mary Nichols, California’s top air regulator. Greg also spoke with her at the Bloomberg conference, where she held a private meeting with Andrew Wheeler.

“The administration tried to use the safety argument as an excuse for why they had to roll back on emissions and fuel economy,” says Nichols “and since fuel economy improvements pretty obviously benefit consumers they had to try to pin it on the initial cost of the vehicles. Unfortunately, there just isn't any support for this argument, and in fact, it seems that the opposite is true.”

Albert Cheung, Head of Global Analysis at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, also challenges some of Andrew Wheeler’s claims about cars and coal.

“I think the current administration are telling a narrative about environmental regulations and the idea that it’s regulations is killing the coal industry,” he says. “I think what's really happening is the technology is changing but regulations is creating the environment where companies can invest for the long time to develop that technology and drive change in the markets.”

Similar thoughts are expressed by Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group, which works to accelerate climate action by bringing together networks of businesses and governments that shift global markets and policies.

“This is about an aggregated demand signal,” she emphasizes, “And if you add the energy demand to all the companies in RE100together you get demand the size of a country 23rd biggest country. So that starts to be a really important demand signal to the markets.”

A Way with Words (Series)

Produced by A Way with Words

Most recent piece in this series:

Knuckle Down (#1465)

From A Way with Words | Part of the A Way with Words series | 54:00

Marbles_small Did you hear about the explosion in the French cheese factory? (If you don't like puns, brace yourself.)

Which is it: rabble rouser or rebel rouser? It's rabble rouser, rabble meaning "a confused collection of things" or "a motley crowd." Rubble rouser is another variant listed in The Eggcorn Database.

A listener in Carmel, New York, remembers his father's phrase knuckle down screw boney tight, a challenge called out to someone particularly adept at playing marbles. The game of marbles, once wildly popular in the United States, is a rich source of slang, including the phrase playing for keeps.

An Omaha, Nebraska man wonders about starting a sentence with the word anymore, meaning "nowadays." Linguists refer to this usage as positive anymore, which is common in much of the Midwest, and stems from Scots-Irish syntax.

BOLO is an acronym for Be On the Lookout. An all-points bulletin may also be described as simply a BOL.

Quiz Guy John Chaneski has a quiz inspired by March Madness, taking us through the year with the name of a month followed by an adjective with the suffix -ness attached to form an alliterative noun phrase. For example, what do you call a festival in which everyone wears a hat a rakish angle, and the attendees decide which is the most lively and cheerful?

A listener in Council Bluffs, Iowa, says his grandmother, born in 1899, used to say I'm feeling punk, meaning "I'm feeling ill." The term derives from an older sense of punk meaning "rotted wood."

Linguistic freezes, also known as binomials or irreversible pairs, are words that tend to appear in a certain order, such as now and then, black and white, or spaghetti and meatballs.

To give free rein, meaning "to allow more leeway," derives from the idea of loosening one's grip on the reins of a horse. Some people mistakenly understand the term as free reign.

The Mighty is a website with resources for those facing disability, disease, and mental illness. In an essay there, Kyle Freeman, who lost her brother to suicide, argues that the term commit suicide is a source of unnecessary pain and stigma for the survivors. The term commit, she says, is a relic of the days when suicide was legally regarded as a criminal act, rather than a last resort amid terrible pain. She prefers the term dying by suicide. Cultural historian Jennifer Michael Hecht, author of Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies Against It, has written that the phrase dying by suicide is preferable, but for a different reason: it's more blunt, and "doesn't let death hide behind other words."

A woman in Hudson, New York, says her boyfriend, who grew up on Long Island, uses the expression call out sick, meaning "to phone an employer to say you're not coming to work because you're ill." But she uses the phrase call in sick to mean the very same thing. To call out sick is much more common in the New York City area than other parts of the United States.

A wingnut is a handy, stabilizing piece of hardware. So how did it come to be a pejorative term for those of a particular political persuasion?

In English, we sometimes liken feeling "out of place" to being a fish out of water. The corresponding phrase in Spanish is to say you feel como un pulpo en el garaje, or like an octopus in a garage.

A man in Red Lodge, Montana, says he and his wife sometimes accuse each other of being a sneaky pete. It's an affectionate expression they use if, say, one of them played a practical joke on the other. The origin of this term uncertain, although it may have to do with the fact that in the 1940's sneaky pete was a term for cheap, rotgut alcohol that one hides from the authorities.

Music 101 (Series)

Produced by KUNC & The Colorado Sound

Most recent piece in this series:

Mx101 Ep49: Produced By Elvis Costello, 3/14/2019

From KUNC & The Colorado Sound | Part of the Music 101 series | 56:59

Music_101_recent_small As Elvis Costello started releasing his own songs on Stiff Records, he also started producing albums. Albums from The Specials, Squeeze and many more bands through the '80s. This week on Music 101, we'll highlight some of the albums produced by Elvis Costello.

Ozark Highlands Radio (Series)

Produced by Ozark Highlands Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

OHR117: OHR Presents: Taj Mahal, 3/18/2019

From Ozark Highlands Radio | Part of the Ozark Highlands Radio series | 58:59

Taj_mahal_prx_small Ozark Highlands Radio is a weekly radio program that features live music and interviews recorded at Ozark Folk Center State Park’s beautiful 1,000-seat auditorium in Mountain View, Arkansas.  In addition to the music, our “Feature Host” segments take listeners through the Ozark hills with historians, authors, and personalities who explore the people, stories, and history of the Ozark region.

This week, world renowned three-time Grammy winning singer, songwriter, film composer, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, founding member of the band “Rising Sons,” and Blues legend Taj Mahal recorded live at the Ozark Folk Center State Park in Mountain View, Arkansas.

Henry St. Claire Fredericks Jr, better known as “Taj Mahal,” is an American blues musician, a singer-songwriter and film composer who plays the guitar, piano, banjo, harmonica, and many other instruments.  Taj incorporates elements of world music into his works and has done much to reshape the definition and scope of blues music by fusing it with nontraditional forms including sounds from the Caribbean, Africa, and the South Pacific.

Accompanied here by bassist Bill Rich and drummer Kester Smith, Taj Mahal takes us on a musical journey like no other.  Raised between two very different musical traditions, the American gospel of his mother and the Caribbean jazz influences of his father, Taj takes his music into unique and interesting territory.  This journey has taken him around the world with a career spanning over five decades.  In addition to being one of America’s greatest cultural treasures, Taj Mahal has garnered three Grammy Awards, a Blues Music Award, an honorary doctorate, and the Americana Music Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

“What inspires me most about my career is that I’ve been able to make a living playing the music that I always loved and wanted to play since the early 50s,” Mahal says. “And the fact that I still am involved in enjoying an exciting career at this point in time is truly priceless. I’m doing this the old fashioned way and it ain’t easy. I work it and I earn it.  My relationship with my audience has been fun, with great respect going both ways! I am extremely lucky to have fans who have listened to the music I choose to play and have stayed with me for 50 years. These fans have also introduced their children, grandchildren and in some cases great-grand children to this fabulous treasure of music that I am privileged to represent. It’s very exciting, to say the least.

“Like ancient culture,” he adds, “the people are as much a part of the performance as the music. Live communication through music, oh yeah, it’s right up there with oxygen!” - http://www.tajblues.com

In this week’s “From the Vault” segment, musician, educator and country music legacy Mark Jones offers a 1976 archival recording of another three time Grammy winner and Americana Music Association Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, country folk icon John Prine performing his classic song “Paradise” from the Ozark Folk Center State Park archives.

Earth Eats (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

EE 19-11: Getting Creative With Food Assistance, 3/15/2019

From WFIU | Part of the Earth Eats series | 29:00


On today's show, we look back to a couple of stories on creative strategies for providing food assistance.

We follow Farm to Family Fund volunteers as they gather up fresh, local, produce from a winter farmers’ market, and deliver the goods to organizations providing food assistance.

And we visit a food pantry on a day when venison's available at the meat counter.

Harvest Public Media has a story about trade tariffs and farming, and Jackie Bea Howard shares a recipe featuring winter squash and Brussels sprouts.

Folk Alley Weekly (Series)

Produced by WKSU

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Reveal Weekly (Series)

Produced by Reveal

Most recent piece in this series:

511: Pizzagate: A Slice of Fake News, 3/16/2019

From Reveal | Part of the Reveal Weekly series | 59:00

Revealprx_small As the investigation into foreign influence in the 2016 election heats up, we bring you a story of how fake news starts, snowballs and sometimes erupts into gunfire. This story takes us into the world of right-wing Twitter trolls, pro-Trump political operatives and fake-news profiteers from St. Louis to Macedonia. This collaboration with Rolling Stone and Type Investigations was originally broadcast Nov. 18, 2017.

With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes (Series)

Produced by With Good Reason

Most recent piece in this series:

Poetry That Heals (half)

From With Good Reason | Part of the With Good Reason: Weekly Half Hour Long Episodes series | 29:00

Anatomy-poster-1004x618_small Poetry and medicine are seemingly different occupations. But pediatrician and poet Irène Mathieu says both science and poetry use language to understand deeper truths about the human condition. Mathieu’s latest collection, "Grande Marronage", examines the lives of Creole women of color in New Orleans. Plus: In college, Lauren Bylenok was fascinated with genetic engineering. Now, she manipulates language, not DNA. Her recent book turns familiar forms into poetic laboratory experiments.

Are We Alone?

From Philosophy Talk | Part of the Philosophy Talk series | 53:59

If there is intelligent life beyond Earth, how would that change life ON Earth?


News that life might exist or have existed on Mars or somewhere else in our universe excites many. But should we really be happy to hear that news? What are the philosophical implications of the possibility of extraterrestrial life? If life can blossom in our own cosmic backyard, then that means that the universe is most likely saturated with life forms. And if that’s the case, why haven’t we found any evidence of other civilizations? Is it because all civilizations are prone to suicidal destruction at a certain point in their development? If so, how might we avoid this fate? The Philosophers search for life with Paul Davies from Arizona State University, author of The Eerie Silence: Renewing Our Search for Alien Intelligence.

Planetary Radio (Series)

Produced by Mat Kaplan

Most recent piece in this series:

Boosters, Breakthroughs and Budgets: Canada and the US Look Toward Space

From Mat Kaplan | Part of the Planetary Radio series | 28:50


The last few days have seen developments that will shape the space exploration plans of Canada and the USA. The Planetary Society’s Kate Howells is a member of Canada’s Space Advisory Board. She reviews the nation’s new space policy. Planetary Society Chief Advocate Casey Dreier takes us through highlights of the just-released NASA budget proposal from the White House. He also looks back at the Day of Action that brought citizen space advocates to Capitol Hill. Bruce Betts smells the coffee on the International Space Station in What’s Up. Learn more about this week’s guests and topics at:  http://www.planetary.org/multimedia/planetary-radio/show/2019/03013-2019-howells-dreier-bridenstine.html

Living Planet 05/04/2018

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 30:00

LLiving Planet: Walk the Walk -

On the show this week: Climate protection is on the agenda at talks in Bonn. But back home, who's really taking action? We visit a budding environmental movement in Poland's coal heartland and find out how an oil pipeline has pitched environmentalists against the Canadian president. Plus, solar power in Kenya and a cool solution to LA's urban heat problem.


Living Planet: Walk the Walk


Climate protection is on the agenda at talks in Bonn. But back home, who's really taking action? We visit a budding environmental movement in Poland's coal heartland and find out how an oil pipeline has pitched environmentalists against the Canadian president. Plus, solar power in Kenya and a cool solution to LA's urban heat problem.



Katowice: A coal town that wants to go green


The upcoming COP24 climate summit will be held in Katowice, deep in Poland's industrial and coal mining heartland. Its air quality is among the worst in Europe. But the town is trying to clean up its act. And if Katowice can go green, perhaps anywhere can.


Canada's First Nations vs. tar sands pipeline


Canadian President Justin Trudeau has been vocal about his commitment to climate protection. But now, he's coming to blows with environmentalists and the provincial government of British Columbia over a massive oil pipeline

Can reflective roads help LA keep its cool?

Los Angeles has the greatest density of cars in the US — and a massive network of roads. In summer the asphalt absorbs sunlight and heats up, warming the air above it, an effect that will be exacerbated by climate change. But cool paving could change all that.



Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

Living Planet 03/15/2019

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Living Planet: Environment Matters ~ from DW series | 30:00

Lp1_small This week on the show: School's out... for the climate - Student strikes demanding climate action are gaining momentum around the world, fossil fuel industry workers are protesting restrictions on oil and gas development in Canada, and young activists in the US are talking about the Green New Deal and how to best tackle climate change through policy. Are young people the answer to climate change?

Tara Austin

From KUMD | Part of the Radio Gallery series | 04:40

This week painter Tara Austin opens her new body of work "Boreal Ornament" in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. Along with Jonathan Herrera, Austin welcomes the public the opening on Thursday, May 10, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 - 9pm.

An MFA graduate from UW Madison, Minnesota native Austin brings the northland and Nordic traditions of rosemåling into her vibrant flora, patterned paintings. Listen for more about her process and inspirations and check her work on display at The Duluth Art Institute May 10-July 1.

Tara Austin

Tara_austin_5_small This week painter Tara Austin opens her new body of work "Boreal Ornament" in the George Morrison Gallery at the Duluth Art Institute. Along with Jonathan Herrera, Austin welcomes the public the opening on Thursday, May 10, with a reception and gallery talk from 6 - 9pm. An MFA graduate from UW Madison, Minnesota native Austin brings the northland and Nordic traditions of rosemåling into her vibrant flora, patterned paintings. Listen for more about her process and inspirations and check her work on display at The Duluth Art Institute May 10-July 1.

ClassicalWorks (Series)

Produced by WFIU

Most recent piece in this series:

CLW 190320 11PM: ClassicalWorks (Episode 446), 3/20/2019 11:00 PM

From WFIU | Part of the ClassicalWorks series | 58:57

Classicalworks_logo_-_luann_johnson_small ClassicalWorks (Episode 446)

Jazz with David Basse (Series)

Produced by Jazz with David Basse LLC

Most recent piece in this series:

1469.3: Jazz with David Basse 1469.3, 3/22/2019 2:00 AM

From Jazz with David Basse LLC | Part of the Jazz with David Basse series | 59:53

Jwdb_small Jazz with David Basse

Open Source with Christopher Lydon (Series)

Produced by Open Source

Most recent piece in this series:

Real Education About Artificial Intelligence

From Open Source | Part of the Open Source with Christopher Lydon series | 59:00


Siri: what is ‘artificial intelligence’? In computer science, she says, AI can refer to any device that senses its environment and responds to reach a goal. A simple translation of A. I. as, say, ‘robotic thinking’ might have sounded hostile. But then, if she’s said: A.I. stands for the galloping advance in computing capacity beyond human sense and sensitivity, we’d have said: Siri, you’re boasting again. So what is it, really? Who’s pushing it? And why? They used to say A.I. would write music like Mozart’s, which it hasn’t. But could it do your job? Faster, better and cheaper than you do it? And is that why big science and big money seem to love A.I.? But what about those scientists who see an apocalypse in it, humanity’s last stand? Native intelligence takes on the artificial kind.

Behind what amounts to an informal news blackout, MIT is in a moral dither over AI – artificial intelligence, a giant hot potato in higher education. So we peek this hour into MIT science, philosophy, governance. Ironies abound: MIT is famous as a real-brain bee-hive in a high-IQ zip code next to Harvard, but it’s in a swivet about advanced computing that can whip human thinking in test after test. To sense the power stakes and the moral questions: all you had to see really was the parade of dubious characters in and around the dedication last week of a new billion-dollar MIT College of Computing: Henry Kissinger, the 93-year-old Vietnam warlord on stage with Tom Friedman, the New York Times salesman for the Iraq War; the finance mogul Stephen Schwartzman who’ll endow the new school and put his name on it; and lurking at MIT in the recent past, Saudi Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, a Schwartzman business partner, and by now the notorious MbS for the gruesome murder of the writer Jamal Khasshogi, a thorn in the Saudis’ side. Suddenly students are getting an introduction to politics, and the Institute is putting a shiny face on its version of things…

Blue Dimensions (Series)

Produced by Bluesnet Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

Blue Dimensions H11: Allison Miller drumming up two new albums

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Lioness_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we'll hear a lot from a great drummer, Allison Miller. We'll check out her latest album from her sextet, Allison Miller's Boom Tic Boom, an album called "Glitter Wolf," that is at once both tightly conceived and a bit chaotic and almost off the rails. Plus, we'll hear music from an even newer Allison Miller project, an all-female band called Lioness with an album called "Pride & Joy." We also have a couple of blues tracks on the Hammond B3 organ from one of the world's best players of that instrument, Barbara Dennerlein, from a new compilation of her best blues recordings over the many years of her fruitful career.

promo included: promo-H11

Blue Dimensions G43: A Trinity Of "Presence"

From Bluesnet Radio | Part of the Blue Dimensions series | 59:00

Three recent albums all entitled "Presence," from Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, John Petrucelli, and Brad Whitely.

Evans_small In this hour of Blue Dimensions, we are surprised to note that three jazz albums entitled "Presence" have come out in 2018, and we've decided to draw music from all three of them - - one from pianist Orrin Evans & The Captain Black Big Band, some high-energy stuff recorded in concert at two jazz clubs in Philadelphia, one from pianist Brad Whitely, a strong studio recording, and another live one, a double album from saxophonist and composer John Petrucelli with lots of strings and a scallop shell used as an instrument as well. Three engaging and very different albums, all called "Presence," coming up in this hour of Blue Dimensions.

promo included: promo-G43

Feminine Fusion (Series)

Produced by WCNY

Most recent piece in this series:

S03 Ep30: That's Funny!, 3/23/2019

From WCNY | Part of the Feminine Fusion series | :00

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Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts (Series)

Produced by DW - Deutsche Welle

Most recent piece in this series:

DWF 18-25: Haydn Festival, 3/18/2019

From DW - Deutsche Welle | Part of the Deutsche Welle Festival Concerts series | 01:57:57

Torge-anna_2-2017-07-19__dex8436_print_small A ten-day fest dedicated to Papa Haydn with the splendid Concerto Köln as orchestra-in-residence: this one has three Haydn symphonies and an opera overture – and two works for the mandolin.

High Country Celtic Radio (Series)

Produced by High Country Celtic Radio

Most recent piece in this series:

High Country Celtic Radio 055 - International Women's Day-Celtic Style

From High Country Celtic Radio | Part of the High Country Celtic Radio series | 59:00

High-country-celtic-240x240_small It's International Women's Day, and Katie has brought in a bunch of great tracks from Celtic artists who happen to be women. From brilliant composers to adept masters of their chosen instruments, the performers Katie has chosen may be familiar to you, but we're hoping that most are new to your ears. After this show, we hope these mighty women even pop up first off your tongue when talking about your favorite trad Celtic musicians!

This week's lineup of extraordinary women is: Cherish The Ladies, Dolores Keane, Harem Scarem, Liz Carroll, Louise Mulcahy, Zoë Conway, Sileas, Na Mooneys, Screaming Orphans, Becky Tracy, The Poozies, Angelina Carberry, Cara Dillon, Mari Black, and Emer Mayock.

406: Celebrating the Birthday of Bucky Pizzarelli, 1/1/2019

From KCUR | Part of the 12th Street Jump Weekly series | 59:00

(Air Dates: December 31 - January 8) On this week's archive episode of 12th Street Jump, we celebrate the music of Bucky Pizzarelli with Bucky himself and his long time music partner Ed Laub. We'll play a game of "So, What's Your Question" with Ed and talk to Bucky about what gives him the blues.


Public Radio's weekly jazz, blues and comedy jam, 12th STREET JUMP celebrates America's original art form, live from one of its birthplaces, 12th Street in Kansas City. That is where Basie tickled and ivories and Big Joe Turner shouted the blues. Each week, host Ebony Fondren offers up a lively hour of topical sketch comedy and some great live jazz and blues from the 12th STREET JUMP band (musical director Joe Cartright, along with Tyrone Clark on bass and Arnold Young on drums) and vocalist David Basse. Special guests join the fun every week down at the 12th Street Jump.