Saturday, October 24, 2009

Amelia Earhart: Aviation Icon

Federal officials are puzzled... Investigating whether two pilots on Northwest Airlines flight 188 to Minneapolis on Wednesday night dozed off, or were very distracted, when they didn’t respond to controllers' radio communications for more than 80 minutes and overshot their destination of Minneapolis by 150 miles.

Another famous flier, who lost radio contact and ulimately her life -- Amelia Earhart, vanished more than 70 years ago; but she never really disappeared from culture or consciousness. Historian Susan Ware says that’s because our image of her remains frozen in time as a brave, intelligent pioneering woman.

As the new biopic “Amelia” hit theaters, the author of “Still Missing: Amelia Earhart And The Search For Modern Feminism" discusses Earhart’s enduring appeal.

Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now. Host: Robin Young.

Fighting Back: Faux News

Or Fox Noise Channel... Terms used frequently and interchageably on MSNBC prime time to characterize their cable rival. And now that the White House has also publicly described Fox talkers as the media propaganda division of their paranoid nay-saying Republican political opposition, Fox and friends respond to life under fire.

Easy Come, Easy Come Again

Overcoming P.G.A.D is a challenge.

Improvisation on Film Noir

At the New England Conservatory, now celebrating 40 years of its jazz studies program, pianist Ran Blake teaches a class on film noir. (Photo: Jonah Kraut)When Ran Blake closes his eyes to interpret a soundtrack, it's as if the classic film The Spiral Staircase plays against his eyelids.

Blake's unusual approach to piano playing combines modern and classical harmonies, folk and church music and jazz.

On his 36th album, Driftwoods, Blake interprets his favorite vocalists.

Audio: NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, . Host: Scott Simon.
Reporter: Andrea Shea - WBUR, Boston

Kiss My Pumpkin

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As seen on Flickr.

Free Form 023

A few more on the pile...
Bohemian Rhapsody
A Night At The Opera (1975)

Meat Loaf
I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)
Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell (1993)

The Tubes
Don't Touch Me There
Young and Rich (1976)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Angry Airwaves 3

Drunkest Guy Ever

Two words, dude... Buzz Maintenance!

Music: "Lux Aeterna" by Clint Mansell from "Requiem for a Dream".

Sounding Black

Nigerian musician Fela KutiBlack is not just a skin color; it's also a quality of voice and speech.

Sarah Jones, a Tony Award-winning performer, talks with linguist John McWhorter about what it means to sound black.

They discuss how Barack Obama used his "blaccent" to connect with minority audiences during the 2008 campaign.

Produced by Studio 360's Derek John.(Originally aired: October 24, 2008)

Mike Tyson on Oprah

Pumpkin Invasion Force

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Spotted on Flickr

Free Form 022

More Mono music in stereo...
Dean Seltzer
Lady Luck
Lady Luck (2009)

Van Halen
Dancing In The Street
Diver Down (1982)

Rolling Stones
Can't You Hear Me Knocking
Sticky Fingers (1971)

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Angry Airwaves 2

Slow Hand

Reacting to the overcaffeinated high-speed culture of Wall Street, reformed former venture capitalist Woody Tasch calls for a new way of investing – one that’s a lot less volatile and tied to local communities, not distant conglomerates or indecipherable derivatives.

Tasch founded a group called Slow Money, where investors can watch their money grow at a slower pace in small, local companies, particularly those tied into the "Slow Food" movement. In effect you put your money where your mouth is, growing your portfolio by investing in growing things, and as if food, farms and fertility really matter.

Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, October 21. Host: Robin Young.

What Is Sexy?

Reprinted from The Erin O'Brien Owner's Manual for Human Beings.

What is sexy?

One of the things that surfaced during my research for the Real Doll story was the topic of real women.

Many of the doll owners complained that "RealGirls" just want good-looking young men or wealthy and powerful men. One even referenced Hugh Hefner and his little darlings and I laughed out loud at my computer screen.

Maybe that's fine for the trophy wives and their respective hunters, but babies, if you want to know sexy, Erin know sexy.I'm not going to give you that tired old list of looking-into-my-eyes, rubbing-my-feet, champagne and strawberries stuff. I am 44 years old for chrissake. I can do a little better than that. Here goes:
  • Overtipping the overworked lunch waitress is sexy (and I mean just slipping a few extra bills under the sugar bowl without making a big showy deal of it).

  • I do not miss smoking, but I do miss men lighting my cigarette.

  • Whispering something sophisticated and funny in my ear at a dinner party is sexy.-Work Chinos are sexy. So are the men in them. I don't care about that beer belly, darlin'.

  • Desire is sexy. I'm not talking about simply being horny, I'm talking about profound desire, the sort that says I want you. I want to be as close as two people can be, to draw you into me and put my mouth on your mouth and have you so completely that the edges between us blur.

  • Taking both my hands in either of your hands and pulling them up above my head and holding them there with our fingers interlaced while we kiss in bed is sexy.

  • The concept of coupling is sexy.

  • I've watched many people climax. Almost all of them get a smoky satisfied look in the moment between the apex and the denouement--arguably the very essence of sexy.
The sexiest thing a man can do is love women for who they are, for their crow's feet and bad coffee and tears.

Writer Erin O'Brien comments on all things human.

One Last Pitch from Billy Mays

Pumpkin Death Star

via Inner Geek blog

As seen on the Inner Geek blog.

Free Form 021

Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear, when the idea of a DJ who plays what he wants to play was really pretty radical, but at least still possible...
We're Ready
Third Stage (1986)

The Byrds
Dolphin's Smile
The Notorious Byrd Brothers (1968)

The Strawbs
Round And Round
Hero And Heroine (1974)

Steve Miller Band
Space Cowboy
Brave New World (1969)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Angry Airwaves 1

The Pageant Called

They Want Your Fake Boobs Back!

Not you, just the boobs. Or at least paid for... By you, Carrie.

If Carrie Prejean thought she could just take the boobs and run, she was sorely mistaken.

K2 Productions, which directs the Miss California USA pageant, has countersued the litigious former beauty queen, requesting that she return the $5,200 it gave her for breast-augmentation surgery.

Prejean previously had sued K2 and various pageant officials for slander, libel, religious discrimination, public disclosure of private facts and infliction of emotional distress for supposedly using her as a scapegoat for any negative attention they may have received over the antigay marriage position she took before she was named runner-up at this year's Miss USA pageant.

Too Big To Fail

Q&A with author & NY Times financial reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin.

Andrew Ross Sorkin's Wikipedia Bio, NY Times Article Index and personal Website.

Looking Underneath The T.A.R.P.

So how are we taxpayers doing so far?

Steve Geimann, Washington Editor for Bloomberg News, says the $700 billion dollar bailout program has damaged the government’s credibility, has done little to change risky behavior on Wall Street, and taxpayers won’t get all their money back… but the Treasury Department’s Special Inspector General also reports that the TARP program did bring the financial system back from the brink.

Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, October 21. Host: Robin Young.

More Than Just Hot

Freaked out by faces erupting from a pepperoni pizza?

In Belgium, Tabasco is known to produce a different reaction.

At Tabasco's website they're offering downloadable Pepperoni-barbershop versions of holiday classics.

Via AdWeek

Burger Pumpkin

Photo from Extreme Pumpkins (2005) Contest Winners


Photo via the Capital Markets Research Center - McDonough School of Business at Georgetown UniversityScientists confirm it's true:

It's who you know...

And they know...

And they know.

Harvard researchers found real life social networks (not Twitter or Facebook) exert a major regulating influence on many aspects of human behavior.

Audio: CBC Radio's Quirks & Quarks. Host: Bob McDonald.

Related Links: The Connected web site --
Dr. Christakis' web page -- Dr. Fowler's web page

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Welcome Anglicans!

Photo: Getty ImagesWhile St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Ephesians: 'There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism," there are many separate denominations.

When asked to explain his church, one ordained Episcopal deacon I knew said "Catholic Lite." Similar, but not the same... No match. The board goes back.

Named from the Greek word for bishops, The Episcopal Church has worship very similar to post-Vatican II Roman Catholicism, but an entirely different approach to centralized hierarchical authority. And in recent years, in attempting to become more welcoming, participatory and inclusive, it has become "too liberal" (particularly regarding its stance on women and gays) for some adherents, and more conservative national factions within the worldwide offspring of the Church of England known as the Anglican Communion... Especially in Africa.

Now the Vatican has formally put out the welcome mat for groups of Anglicans who are dissatisfied with their faith, including bishops and married priests, to retain some of their Anglican traditions while rejoining the Catholic Church some 450 years after King Henry VIII broke from Rome.

The Christian Science Monitor calls it "the boldest move since the Reformation."
Google News Search -- Wall St Journal -- The Huffington Post called it A Tough Call for Conservative Anglicans: Openly Gay Clergy, or Closeted Pedophiles?

Burning City Firescreens

Apparently it has been long enough since the cities of London and Rome last burned, in 1666 and 64 AD respectively, that the makers of cool firescreens based on the tragic incidents feel okay about making it appear as though either of those great cities is burning in your fireplace. It's your option... Burn down St. Peter's or St. Paul's.

Via Core77 design blog

The Rock Obama

Health care gridlock makes him angry...

Popular Enough To Pass

Real Men of Radio: Mr Sales Guy

Mel Karmazin, former head of CBS Radio, once said "There's nothing wrong with radio that more salesmen can't fix."

I respectfully disagree. But I'm not at all surprised he'd believe it.

Successful sales people, driven by individual greed, are rewarded by promotion to executive positions that require collective wisdom... It's the "Peter Principle" in action; being promoted to their level of incompetence. And although CBS did become the most profitable radio chain during his tenure, it was because they already owned, or bought out, high-powered stations with a strong presence in major cities... Not by having more sellers on the street, which counter-intuitively has the effect of suppressing revenue per commercial sold.

A Bud Light "Real Men of Genius" commercial parody... At the time, in 2006, the people who produced this worked for the largest radio group, Clear Channel Communications. Odds are they don't anymore.

Funny Business

Sometimes you break news. Sometimes you fake news...

“Fake news executives are nicer than real news executives, though real news executives are funnier than fake news executives... They don’t know they’re being funny.” -- Stephen Colbert

Read more about "The Yes Men" on Wikipedia, or visit their web site.

Who is the U.S. Chamber of Commerce?

The nation’s largest business trade group... Now under fire from within its own membership for refusing to back climate change legislation. Some major companies are quitting over the issue, which also led to the discovery the organization had inflated its membership figures by a factor of ten.

The Chamber is also being criticized by the White House, where Michael Shear reports for the Washington Post.

Audio: BBC, PRI & WBUR's Here & Now, October 20. Host: Robin Young.

Monday, October 19, 2009

Real, Unreal

Brady's 6 TD Passes Help Patriots Pound Titans 59-0

The October snow at Gillette Stadium wasn't a problem for the Patriots on Sunday, though the same couldn't be said for the Titans. On a day when the Patriots wore their early '60s AFL throwback jerseys, Brady brought back memories of the 2007 season.

Colorado officials are seeking criminal charges in the runaway balloon case, accusing the parents of putting on a "very good show". As Hattie Kauffman reports, officials plan to charge the parents.

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On The Numbers

There were some meaningful numbers in the news last week beyond the Dow's 10,000 mark.

After Friday's stock market close, Kai Ryssdal looked into Wall Street profits and losses with Felix Salmon from Reuters and business writer Heidi Moore.
Audio: APM's Marketplace

Learning The Cost Of Living

Photo via hubpages.comA Catholic high school serving an impoverished student body in Birmingham AL spends a lot of time teaching sophomores how much they can earn in various careers, how to budget for basic living costs and how their choices about money will affect their lives.

Audio: APM's American Radio Works, Host: Stephen Smith.

The Cost Of Lost

If you get lost in the mountains of Spain’s northeast region of Catalonia the government will rescue you...

But at a price as steep as the terrain.

Catalonia says it spends about 3-million dollars a year rescuing ill-prepared hikers from the region’s mountains.

And now it’s billing reckless hikers for their rescues.

Audio: The World, Host: Katy Clark. Reporter: Gerry Hadden

Take Me To The Pilot

Captain Chesley B. Sullenberger, American hero.

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Chesley Sullenberger - 10/13/09
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorRon Paul Interview

Too Fat For Fashion?

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Good As Goldman

Also see Big Bucks, Bailouts & Bubbles, from July 16, 2009.

30 VERY Long Years

The Sugar Hill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" hit the disco and pop charts 30 years ago, transforming hip-hop from live street perfomance to a mainstream moneymaker.

The Takeaway looked at the impact of 30 years of "Rapper's Delight" on music and culture with Mark Anthony Neal, professor of black pop culture at Duke University, Paul Miller (better known as DJ Spooky) and Keith Shocklee of The Bomb Squad, a producer for Public Enemy.
Audio: PRI & WNYC's program The Takeaway October 14, Host: Celeste Headlee.

Flustered Starts With Flu

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Doubt Break '09 - 10/15/09
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political HumorRon Paul Interview

No Schnitzel, Sherlock

Better late than never! The real thing ends the 1st Sunday in October.

In München (Munich), Bavaria's largest city and biggest celebration of Oktoberfest, 2009's festivities were held September 19 - October 4.

Lessons From Louisville

Tourism as a turn-on, Kentucky Fried style...