Take That, Mr. Ed

Duncan Strauss, host of NPR's Talking Animals, visits with Dr. Edie Dopking, founder of Quantum Leap Farm, a non-profit operation with a special emphasis on providing horse therapy for veterans, military members and their famil...
 

Fifty Shades Stokes Interest in Early Music–But for How Long?

In we attempt to answer the penetrating question: Will the current revival of interest in early music via Fifty Shades of Grey: The Classical Album retain its tumescence even after the trilogy’s commercial fortunes have gone ...

 

Oldest Recorded Supernova: Last Remnants of Chinese ‘Guest Star’ of 185 A.D.

A truly cool image, combined from data from four different space telescopes, shows all that remains of the oldest documented example of supernova RCW 86, which the Chinese documented in 185 A.D. as a mysterious "guest star" in ...
 

‘Everything is Worth Writing About’: John McCutcheon Honors Woody Guthrie

It’s only fitting that a folk veteran of John McCutcheon’s stature should honor Woody Guthrie’s 100th birthday with a new album of Woody songs, This Land: Woody Guthrie’s America. McCutcheon, whose first...

 

When Orcas Go Postal: The Gravest Show On Earth

Duncan Strauss talks with author DAVID KIRBY about Death At SeaWorld: Shamu and the Dark Side of Killer Whales in Captivity, his riveting exposé of SeaWorld’s disturbing treatment of killer whales, one of which killed its tr...
 

SUNRISE – 1927

DEEP ROOTS THEATER: Now Playing--'Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans,' F.W. Murnau's silent classic from 1927, with extra added attraction 'Sinkin' n the Bathtub,' the first Looney Tunes cartoon, starring Bosko and Honey (1930).

 

The Passionate Style

By Claudio Monteverdi Italian composer, gambist, and singer Claudio Giovanni Monteverdi is often regarded as revolutionary in that his work marked the transition from the Renaissance style of music to that of the Baroque period...
 

Doubtful Lake

NATURES TEMPLE: One of the great women of 20th Century American letters chronicles her extraordinary hike in 1918 from Doubtful Lake to the Cascade Mountains. From her book Tenting To-Night.

 

Charles Dickens & Music

The latest installment of James T. Lightwood’s 1912 study, Charles Dickens And Music with Chapter VI: Songs and Some Singers. Continuing our year-long bicentennial salute to the great author.
 

Of Lute Duets and East Meets West, From Elizabethan England to Modern Japan

Two Lutes by Ronn McFarlance & William Simms, Magic Mirror by Marty Regan ‘…an air of warmth and accessibility…’ Casual pronouncements are made every so often that the lute songs of Elizabethan England were the ...

 

The Brass Heard ’round the World

Serbia’s Boban i Marko Markovic Orkestar Brings Its Dancefloor-Packing Best on Golden Horns Boban Markovic and his son, prized protégé Marko, have managed the nigh-impossible: Leaping from a deeply rooted Roma (Gypsy) s...
 

Los Grobo — A Farming Model of the Future?

The second largest grain producer in Latin America generates revenue of about $550 million USD per year, produces or handles more than 2.6 million tons of grain per year, farms more than 617,000 acres every year, employs 900 st...