Thursday, November 16, 2006

More snacks for the ears

Time for another roundup of some of the best free downloads that I have been putting into my ears.

An Afternoon with Pete Seeger - (on Living on Earth) - A long interview with the legendary folk musician about music, protest, sailing, and his efforts to clean up the Hudson River in New York (the Clearwater). The interview ends with an extraordinary "riff" on optimism by Mr. Seeger (it starts at 26:35 if you want to jump right to it).

Tokyo Fish Market - another clip from Living on Earth, a visit to the Tsukiji fish market in Tokyo.

Agriculture in West Marin County - an overview of some of the challenges faced by food producers (another clip from Living on Earth) in environmentally sensitive areas.

And again, another Living on Earth piece: Popcorn Production Harms Workers. "The chemical diacetyl, used to make artificial butter flavoring, has been linked to a respiratory disease called 'popcorn lung' in hundreds of people. Labor unions and prominent occupational health scientists are calling on federal authorities to set an emergency standard for the chemical in the workplace." More coverage at firedoglake.

I might need to rename this post "The Living on Earth Roundup", because here is another Living on Earth link. Wondering how the November 7th election will affect environmental policy in the U.S. Congress? This show from L.o.E. talks to a few reporters and experts about how they foresee the 110th Congress to act on such issues as climate change and energy.

A 24-part series on The Folkways Collection, a American record company with astonishing breadth and historical importance. Artists who recorded with Folkways included Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Lead Belly, civil rights leaders and hundreds of unnamed musicians from around the world. My favorite programs so far are Blues, Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie, Music and the Winds of Change: The Civil Rights Movement and the Overture. The civil rights program is especially moving, as it consists of live recordings of music and speeches made during the height of the struggle for equal rights between 1954 and 1965. The Country and Bluegrass had some good moments too, but also some moments that made me want to smash my MP3 player (it's possible for voices to be a bit too rustic and rough hewn).

The great and never predictable This American Life is finally podcasting. The files are downloadable for just one week after broadcast, so be sure to update your podcasts regularly.

Finally, the ever-interesting weekly radio program Good Food from KCRW (Santa Monica, CA) has a new website that includes timing marks to accompany the content list for their recent programs. So if you want to skip to the interview with Roy Carver about growing real wasabi in Oregon, you'll know how many minutes to jump ahead.

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