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9.25.16 The Elements

Nobel Prize-wining surgeon Joseph Murray said, “I still have a vivid memory of my excitement when I first saw a chart of the periodic table of elements. The order in the universe seemed miraculous.” Everything you’ll hear in this week’s…

9.18.16 Horses

According to Pam Brown, “A horse is the projection of peoples’ dreams about themselves–strong, powerful, beautiful–and it has the capability of giving us escape from our mundane existence.” Today, raising, racing, and showing horses are more often hobbies or specialty trades rather than a…

9.11.16 Sound Out

Douglas Adams said, “I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by.” Welcome to another edition of melodically challenged, where this week, our poets and musicians will consider “sound.”

9. 4.16 Grandparents

“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” This week’s show honors grandparents!

8.28.16 In Labor

“Death, taxes and childbirth! There’s never any convenient time for any of them,” Margaret Mitchell wrote in Gone With the Wind. That may be true, but right now is the perfect time for some childbirth poems! On today’s show, we’re In Labor, so…

5.15.16 - The Four Directions

Saint Augustine said, “Men go abroad to wonder at the heights of mountains, at the huge waves of the sea, at the long courses of the rivers, at the vast compass of the ocean, at the circular motions of the…

5.8.16 - Open Windows

Ella Wheeler Wilcox said, “Let there be many windows to your soul, that all the glory of the world may beautify it.” In this week’s edition of melodically challenged we listen to poems and music about windows.

5.1.16 - At the Movies

One of the best filmmakers of all time, Martin Scorsese, said, “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out,” and Jean-Luc Godard called it “the most beautiful fraud in the world.” Find a good seat, get your popcorn ready, and, please,…

4.24.16 - The Past

Guest Editor Julia Brock is a public historian at the University of West Georgia. She co-directs the Center for Public History there (https://centerforpublichistoryuwg.wordpress.com/) and teaches courses on southern history and in support of the public history program. She is co-editor (with Daniel Vivian)…

4.17.16 - Rebirth

“I was behind in school, there were papers to write and exams were coming up but still I was young; the grass was green and the air was heavy with the sound of bees and I had just come back from the brink…