124 Walk in the Park: National Parks, Neighborhood Parks
Host: Barrett Golding of Hearing Voices
Airs week of: 2011-10-19
“Walk in the Park” (52:00 mp3):
Yellowstone, Zion, the Everglades, and William Pierce Park in DC:
From the series Neighborhood Stories– Park Life, profiling the daily life of a community’s urban oasis: “Country Bobby” Lowry is the guardian of Walter Pierce Community Park in Washington, D.C. He’s been keeping an eye on the park for almost three decades, and knows more about how it than any city official — he knows the trees, the plants and the kids. In the first of four stories about the park, we meet this transplanted farm boy who never takes shortcuts in his work. See NPR’s has great photo gallery.
Utah’s Zion National Park draws 2.7 million visitors a year, and a major attraction for hearty hikers is a trek along the Grotto trailhead to Angel’s Landing. From the banks of the Virgin River, the yellow-and-red sandstone sides of Zion Canyon rise 2,000 feet. It feels like being inside a huge body. The canyon walls are the rib cage spread open and Angel’s Landing is like the heart.
From Neighborhood Stories– Park Life: An ode to Leah at Walter Pierce Community Park, who braids hair by the basketball court while the guys play 5 on 5.
Music from Who Is Jill Scott? Words and Sounds, Vol. 1
Yo, I got yer friggin’ social network right here:
Image not stolen, it fell off a truck labeled Headline Shirts.
“This is the web right now” —The Oatmeal. From Feeding Humans to Facebook to HTML5 Cheetah Balls, a series of cartoons on The State of the Web, including:
Public radio’s annual April 1 attempts at humor are often as funny as a Farm Report. But there were a couple exceptions in this year’s crop.
Here & Now nailed me, and their host, in “Social Media Experiment: Twitter Takes Over Radio Airwaves” (5:24 mp3):
“Most of the midday NPR programming is geared towards people in their sixties and seventies,” said Smith. “We want to expand our audience to a younger demographic.”
Mr. ANDERSON SMITH (YHR Analysts): Well, I think it’s pretty well established that 3D is the future.
SANDS-WINDSOR: That’s Anderson Smith, entertainment expert with YHR Analysts.
Mr. SMITH: There are going to be 3D televisions, 3D billboards, 3D computers. The only thing standing in the way now is those ridiculous glasses.
SANDS-WINDSOR: San Diego ophthalmologist Dr. Sebastian Marsh says he has a solution.
Dr. SEBASTIAN MARSH (Ophthalmologist): We’ve developed the first surgical procedure that lets people’s eyes act like 3D glasses.
SANDS-WINDSOR: The operation is still considered experimental. One of the first patients, Rebecca Stern, says she’s happy with the results so far.
Ms. REBECCA STERN: Seeing “Gnomeo & Juliet” without those horrible glasses was life changing. There are no words to describe it.
SANDS-WINDSOR: There are still some kinks to work out.
Dr. MARSH: Some patients have complained of blurred vision when they are not looking at 3D screens. So we’re actually working now on some special corrective lenses that will allow our patients to see real life normally.
From Funny or Die, “Sarah Palin Media Addict”(starring Gina Gershon):
More FOD Gina Does Sarah:
Gina Gershon Strips Down Sarah Palin
Democracy is the peaceful passing of power, as exemplified by this Jimmy Kimmel clip:
And what’s with Boehner’s Big Gavel?
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107 Strange Days: Paul Bowles, Coyle & Sharp, Ayahuasca
Host: Larry Massett of Hearing Voices
Airs week of: 2010-12-29
“Strange Days” (52:00 mp3):
Way beyond the norm:
Host Larry Massett has an audio essay on the life and literature of Paul Bowles (December 30, 1910 – November 18, 1999) on his 100th birthday.
Includes the ZBS 1967 conversation “A Time in Tangier,” readings of The Sheltering Sky by Paul Kiernan (IMDb | “A Slight Discomfort” for stage & HV radio), “The Hyena” (Collected Stories) by Erica Heilman (VT Folklife Ctr | HV), and PB himself from his 1992 album Black Star at the Point of Darkness.
We are know the feeling, what music’ll do to ya…
“Uomo d’acqua dolce:”
My Italian friend, DJ Lara Vaienti, sent me the vid, and this story summary:
[Sez Lara: GOSH I LOVE that guy — you can’t even imagine how much I laugh out loud–every time.]
So he [comedian Antonio Albanese] goes in (awesome way to enter) and he says “Excuse meeee” Hey DISC JOKEY!!, MR DISC JOKEY–excusee meee!!–”
Then he starts uttering those sounds… finally he gets the attention and speaks in… English: “I’m a countryman.”
He says he’s looking for something very underground, he wants something very, very underground. Then he gets suggestions, and he’s like “no, no — NO. I mean, I mean, very very underground.”
And then he makes up some American, something like “watcha get down, hey get down,” etc..
So again suggestions — “Ben Harper!”
“CHIIIIIIIII????” [means “who???”]
“no, NO –NO!”
“Fine Young Cannibals!”
So then the owner is sweating over thism, and the “countryman” is trying to comfort him. He calls him “MASSIMINO” [“little Max”], it’s ok, it’s ok, you did your best…” etc.
[Lara: The part where he is dancing makes me cry. Italians—]
Funny ’cause it’s too true, the latest xkcd, “Tech Support:”
Wondering about “Shibboleet”? So was I. The answer comes from the CSMonitor.com, “Shibboleet: XKCD’s clever code word explained:”
“Leet” (more often “1337”) is half-joking hacker code for elite, or skilled. A leet programmer or gamer is at the top of her game.
“Shibboleth” comes from the Bible. It’s the Hebrew word for an ear of corn, but requires a true native accent to pronounce properly. Because the word was so difficult for foreigners to say, shibboleth became a code word for early Israelites, a dead giveaway that someone was an interloper. Now, shibboleth is a catchall term for any custom or belief that sets one group of people apart from another.
A MS Pubcasting exec explained why they pulled TerryG off their air: “Too often Fresh Air’s interviews include gratuitous discussions on issues of an explicit sexual nature.” Damn, I’m gonna have to start listening more often.
Louis C.K.: site | tube | “Louie” FX TV series | Time Q&A
What the Cuss? From Modern Toss comes the Periodic Table Of Swearing:
Finally a reason for twitter to exist…
“Breaking News: Some Bullshit Happening Somewhere”
via Gravity Medium.
Want to be a bona fide journalist? Forget J-school, forget internships, all you need to know is:
via Robert Patterson.
The revus are in…
“Hitler responds to the iPad”
I thot f’sure Obama was gonna tell us last night that “Everyone gets and iPad.” A jobs and edu stimulus all in one.
A clip from maybe the world’s first “jihadist comedy” film:
HV did a radio intervu with the Gregory Bros on their Auto-Tuned News.
And here’s a playlist with most of the movies mentioned in above Auto-Tune explainer:
via Alix Blair.