Friday, May 16, 2014

Listen And Learn

Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, hosts of Radiolab
In the past I've mentioned that I listen to podcasts when I drive.  Lots of them.  But lately, I'm totally hooked on Radiolab.

Founded by Jad Abumrad (whose father is a surgeon at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in my beloved Nashville!) and hosted by him and Robert Krulwich, it's an interesting, fun, educational way to spend my time on the road.  I can't wait to drive just so I can catch up on the shows I haven't heard yet.

These are ten of my recent favorites:

1.  Have you ever wondered where your poop goes after it makes its way through the sewage plant?  I never wondered, but now I know.  Find out where all the poop from New York City has gone over the years.

2.  We've all heard of the Heimlich Maneuver, but do you really know anything about it?  Find out what you don't know here.

3.  Speaking of life-saving techniques, find out which ones doctors wouldn't want done on them if given the choice.  Dr. Abumrad even weighs in on this one.  It's very eye-opening.

4.  Charles Bliss (born Karl K. Blitz) created a system of symbols called Blissymbols.  Find out how he envisioned the world communicating through stick figures and other symbology.

5.  Raising Whooping Cranes in a costume and then taking them by ultralight aircraft to teach them their fall migration.  I've never heard anything like this.  

6.  We all know the voice of Mel Blanc.  I grew up with him.  I remember his voice more clearly than my own grandfather's.  He eventually fully recovered, but after a car crash in 1961, he did many of his famous voices lying flat on his back while in a body cast.  That's not all, folks. 

7.  An interesting link between two artists - a painter and a composer.  Listen to Unraveling Bolero.

8.  Death masks and the CPR Practice Dummy.  What do they have in common?  You'd never guess.

9.  "Lincoln Beachey thought it was a dream to go up to heaven in a flying machine.  The machine broke down and down he fell.  Instead of going to heaven he went to...  Lincoln Beachey thought it was a dream to go up to heaven in a flying machine.  The machine broke down and down he fell.  Instead of going to heaven he went to..."  Who is the man in this repeating jump rope rhyme?  I found out in this podcast.

10.  And last but not least, a story about a chimp named Lucy.  It's amazing and heartbreaking.  And the last story, about Kanzi, I have a very loose connection with.  A very good friend of mine's sister has worked at The Great Ape Trust in Des Moines, Iowa, and I just had lunch with her last week and listened to her tell us about her experience with the bonobos there.  It was super impressive.

You can listen to these while driving, doing housework, working out, waiting in line at the grocery store, anywhere.  Start and stop when you like.  If you haven't listened to a podcast yet, you should think about trying.

And since summer's almost here, you should know they're perfect for a long road trip!

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2013:  Escape From Texas
2012: Like Cattle In A Penn
2011: Another Day In The Trucking Life
2010: Ed Prepares For The Italy Trip
2009: Strolling Along The Atlantic
2008: Eddie Chatting It Up Friday
2007: The ABC’s Of Me
2006: After The Storm
2005: The Essence Of Me

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