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Gnat illustration

Gnat Dance {format} {format} 2:29 Jeff Rice

Entomologist Ian Robertson makes male gnats "dance" by mimicking the mating sounds of female gnats. [transcript]

Broadcast: Sep 25 2003 on NPR Day to DaySeries: Western Soundscape Subjects: Science, Environment

Sun over desert

Heat {format} 59:00 Scott Carrier, Jeff Rice, John Rieger, Marjorie Van Halteren & [Hearing Voices]

Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer in this (((Hearing Voices))) special. Hosted by Scott Carrier, featuring: "Dead of Summer" by Marjorie van Halteren & Lou Giansante- A sound-poem of summer in the city and longing for "a ten-cent breeze." "Summer Notes" by Joe Frank- The perfection of family, a crippled man on a blind man's back, and a collective scream: "I'm not dead." "Heat" by Jeff Rice- Tuscon residents on desert heat, including author Charles Bowden, poet Ofelia Zepeda, and composer Steve Roach (who wrote the music). "The Little Heroes" by John Rieger- Covering piano-pulling cats in the summer sun -- the fate of the non-network newsman. "Highway 50" by Scott Carrier- A very hot and very long drive down a lonely stretch of pavement. More audio, info and links...

Broadcast: Jun 1 2003 on HV SpecialSeries: Hearing Voices- Specials Subjects: Specials, Travel, Comedy

Hawaiian musical group, Iosepa Troubadours, around 1910

Utah Luau {format} 5:39 Jeff Rice

Take the road toward the top secret army base. Go past Muskrat Spring until you get near Salt Mountain." A statue of a Hawaiian chief overlooks the Utah desert, with a plaque reading: "Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono. Ua mau ke ea o ka aina i ka pono," the motto of the kingdom of Hawaii: "The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness." A tale of two states, lost tribes and Polynesians in Skull Valley. (Photo: Utah State Historical Society.) [transcript]

Broadcast: Nov 1 2002 on PRI/MPR Savvy Traveler Subjects: Native, Historical, Environment

Golfball cross-section

Golfball Diver {format} 2:14 Jeff Rice

Paul Neibuhr is a professional golf ball diver. The retired school teacher dons a full wet suit and air tank, and gropes along the muddy bottoms of golf course water hazards, pulling up golf balls, golf clubs, even guns. (Music: "Plink, Plank, Plunk!" Leroy Anderson).

Broadcast: Mar 1 2002 on APM Marketplace Subjects: Sports, Business

Thunderbolt Mountain Lookout - Boise National Forest in Idaho

Fire Lookouts {format} 11:40 Jeff Rice

A few Forest Service employees still spend their days and nights on top of 8000-foot Rocky Mountain peaks, with a radio, binoculars, and wood stove, looking for lightning strikes and reporting fires. [transcript]

Broadcast: Oct 1 2001 on NPR Living on Earth Subjects: Environment

thermometer 115 degrees

Heat {format} 4:15 Jeff Rice

It is 120°. The birds and animals, and even insects hide. The story focuses on the words, thoughts and sounds of desert residents: writer Charles Bowden, the Tohono O’odham poet Ofelia Zepeda, and ambient composer Steve Roach, whose composition "Slow Heat" scores the piece. [transcript]

Broadcast: Aug 15 2001 on NPR All Things Considered Subjects: Environment

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