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Month: November 2010

Distillations #108 – Essential Elements – Fire

Part three of our four-part series on the original four Greek elements: Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Segments include a review of the history of flame retardants and the legislation that has guided their use in the United States. Plus a heart-wrenching yet inspiring feature from indie producer Anna Boiko-Weyrauch. In this non-narrated piece, we learn about burn survivor Mike Mcaneny, who was admitted to Seattle’s Harborview Medical Center with severe burns over 65% of his body. He was treated with Integra, an artificial skin replacement.

Image of Mike Mcaneny’s hand and arm, healed with artificial skin. Photo by Anna Boiko-Weyrauch.

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Pulse of the Planet – Rattle Tyne

It’s kind of like a thumb piano, but it jingles and rattles in unexpected ways when you pluck it. It was created by Bart Hopkin, a Bay Area experimental musician and the subject of this series I produced for Jim Metzner’s Pulse of the Planet. In this segment, Hopkin talks about the freedom of creating music on an instrument that’s never been played before.

Sounds – Rattle Tyne: Creating new music on an instrument that’s never been heard before.

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