Everything Sounds 43: The Legacy of Spence Broughton
When people pass on, their memories remain through the stories we tell. Over time, many of those stories can be forgotten or lost to time. However, sometimes those legacies can be revived. In this case, the legacy of Spence Broughton was revived many generations later through music and poetry. Simon Newton shares his family’s remembrance of a convicted criminal and the folklore created over the generations since his death.
Ok Dr. Phil’s wife, Robin, (yes groan, but listen up) has this new app out (iPhone and Android) that’s for people in abusive relationships. It’s called Aspire News and it’s disguised as a regular news app, but when you go to the “Help” section of the app, it…
In nearly every city and town, you can find street performers playing music as others go about their day. However, it’s not often that you see street performers playing full-sized upright pianos. Dotan Negrin took his desire for adventure and dissatisfaction with his acting pursuits and turned it into a nationwide street performance project called “Piano Across America.” Listen to learn more about Dotan’s struggles, successes, location selection process, and his traveling partner, Brando.
“Science is not a bunch of facts. Scientists are not people trying to be prescriptive or authoritative. Science is simply the word we use to describe a method of organising our curiosity. It’s easier, at a dinner party, to say ”science” than to say ”the incremental acquisition of understanding through observation, humbled by an acute awareness of our tendency towards bias”. Douglas Adams said: ”I’d take the awe of understanding over the awe of ignorance any day.”
Science is not the opposite of art, nor the opposite of spirituality - whatever that is - and you don’t have to deny scientific knowledge in order to make beautiful things.”—Tim Minchin’s foreword to The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 (via the SMH)
If you look at the world and say “Yes, there are enough homes for people, yes, there is enough food for people, but if we give it away for free they won’t have earned it and the economy will collapse.” Then you have chosen money (a constructed medium of exchange) over living beings who only want to continue living in peace and safety.
And I have no qualms telling you, that is the wrong choice, and you have been brainwashed by this destructive, exploitative system.
“We have a responsibility to set the tone for civil discourse. That doesn’t mean we set the rules, but it does mean we can lead by example.”—The San Francisco Chronicle’s classy announcement that they won’t be using “Redskins” anymore, as it violates their policy on using slurs. (via jessethorn)
The Memory Palace is produced by Nate DiMeo and features historical narratives that are touching, humorous, and intriguing. In this episode, we share some stories from The Memory Palace that focus on sound in some way. You can find the original pieces below:
“Not all toxic people are cruel and uncaring. Some of them love us dearly. Many of them have good intentions. Most are toxic to our being simply because their needs and way of existing in the world force us to compromise ourselves and our happiness. They aren’t inherently bad people, but they aren’t the right people for us. And as hard as it is, we have to let them go. Life is hard enough without being around people who bring you down, and as much as you care, you can’t destroy yourself for the sake of someone else. You have to make your wellbeing a priority. Whether that means breaking up with someone you care about, loving a family member from a distance, letting go of a friend, or removing yourself from a situation that feels painful — you have every right to leave and create a safer space for yourself.”—
“Yesterday afternoon, I listened and enjoyed most of your program. However, I guess I am from a different generation, in fact I know I am. I had never heard that song, couldn’t understand a single word that Michael Jackson sang, and it just sounded like a lot of noise. I can think of a lot of songs from my era that were a lot happier than that, many of them from Disney movies. Examples Mairsy Doats, Zipededoodah, among others. And in those I remember the words because you could understand them, enunciation was a big thing in my day, hearing the words, understanding the words, important to getting the point across.”—A real public radio listener. Referring to my piece about the Jackson 5’s I Want You Back, which was released in 1969, 44 years ago. (via jessethorn)
Daniel Goddemeyer and Chris Woebken attended the Royal College of Arts in London, but didn’t meet until they moved to New York City. After exchanging messages online, they discovered that they both shared an interest in technology and the way it shapes our world. New York City debuted its “Digital Roadmap" in 2012, which led Daniel and Chris to consider the implications of living in a hyper-connected city. They were inspired to form the Office for Hypothetical Futures as a way to explore ideas about technology in urban spaces. From there, NYC Foresightwas created to act as a fictional department of the city of New York that tries to address the issues that come about from technology, data collection, and digital noise. Find out more about NYC Foresight and the “Digital Serenity Initiative” in this week’s show.