Hearing Voices from NPR®
066 Desert Air: Audio from the Arid Regions
Host: Ben Adair of American Public Media
Airs week of: 2011-09-28 (Originally: 2009-08-05)
“Desert Air” (52:00 mp3):
Hot & dry stories and soundscapes (see Dave’s Deserts for photos from the American West):
Coyotes, owls, frogs and songbirds are part of Desert Solitudes, recorded by Bernie Krause and Ruth Happel in the Sonoran and Chihuauan deserts, part of New Mexico’s panhandle.
Host Ben Adair heads down to the ghost towns, Opera Houses, century-old abandoned mines, and billion-year old boulders along Death Valley’s “Mojave Road.”
Kraut-rockers Faust dial in “Long Distance Calls in the Desert,” from their album Rien.
The Quiet American (Aaron Ximm) sound-captures the forbidding warning signs rattling in a harsh wind and “Desert Sun” outside the nuclear Nevada Test Site north of Las Vegas.
Back in the early 1990s, SLC producer Scott Carrier found the Basin & Range, near Nevada”s “Battle Mountain,” beautiful, lonely, dreary, and full of sagebrush, solace and stories. And more Desert Solitudes.
Photos by David Matherly’s of deserts in the American West:
Photos © David Matherly
Sand Dunes in Death Valley, California (© Dave Matherly)
Death Valley sand dunes in California (© Dave Matherly)
Arches in the Utah Desert (© Dave Matherly)
Century plant, Mojave Desert in California (© Dave Matherly)
Fly Geyser, Black Rock Desert in Nevada (© Dave Matherly)
The Joshua tree, a conspicuous inhabitant of the Mojave Desert
Joshua tree, Mojave Desert in Nevada (© Dave Matherly)
Native California Fan Palm oasis, native to California found in Borrego Palm Canyon in Anza Borrego State Park
Mojave Desert in Nevada (© Dave Matherly)
Ocotillo in bloom, Sonoran Desert in Arizona (© Dave Matherly)
Prickly Pear cactus, Great Basin Desert in Nevada (© Dave Matherly)
Indian Paintbrush in sage (Great Basin Desert, Nevada), one of the first desert wildflowers to bloom (© Dave Matherly)
Teddy Bear Cholla cactus, Sonoran Desert in Nevada (© Dave Matherly)
Yuccas just west of Las Vegas, Mt. Charleston (11,918 feet), the highest in the Spring Mountains (© Dave Matherly)
Great Basin Desert in Nevada (© Dave Matherly)