Researchers are enlisting seals, sea lions, tunas, and sharks to serve as ocean sensors, outfitting these top predators with electronic tags that gather detailed reports on oceanographic conditions and, in many cases, transmit the data via satellite. The data are proving useful to both biologists and oceanographers, yielding new information about the migrations and behavior of the animals and about the environments in which they live.
To be honest, this kind of reminds me of the time I convinced a Santa Cruz local browsing in the "Cars" section of Borders that the Pope was doing dolphin language research in order to convince dolphins to convert to Catholicism. He (the guy) agreed that a war between dolphins and whales might be imminent. Download the interview to find out if he felt nukes were approrpiate.
Knock on wood, but it looks like KWCW in Walla Walla, Washington will be adding The Sound of Young America in the coming weeks. They've carried some of our special programming through PRX, and I'm really excited to get on board. They're part of Whitman College, and they like our show, so there you have it.
If you'd like your local public, community, or even pirate radio station to carry The Sound, just email or call them and ask for it. It's free to them, so no excuses.
This goes double if you live in Kalamazoo, Michigan, or Osh-Kosh, Wisconsin.
The Jacksons - Can You Feel It
Official Music Video of The New Sincerity
In this video, the Jacksons use magic to create THE ENTIRE WORLD. Then they go around spreading joy (in the form of joy dust) to children and adults of every race color and creed. They also fly through space on wings of song, traverse great Tron-like grids of nothingness, and do cool dance moves. When you think that this video was made in the very first days of music video... stunning.
Every year, 826 Valencia, the literacy arm of McSweeney's puts on a benefit comedy show. Every year, it is a great comedy show. I'm only about 75-80% behind 826 Valencia, but I'm 100% behind this show if you live within two hours of San Francisco. I mean, even a psuedo-vanity charity is dramatically better than the people who own a local comedy club. Sorry to see no local comics in the lineup (well, Al is a SF native, but he lives in LA), but still, kind of a murderer's row nonetheless. All but Kimmel have been on TSOYA.
This week, Louis CK will be doing two surprise shows at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco. That's right. Wednesday night and Thursday night, Louie will be sharing his unique standup voice with all of us non-geniuses.
For those of you unfamiliar with his work, he's written for Conan O'Brien, the Chris Rock Show, TV Funhouse, The Dana Carvey Show, and more, in addition to his upcoming HBO sitcom "Lucky Louie."
How can you win tickets to Wednesday night's show, courtesy of Louie, me, and the good folks at Cobb's? Add a comment to this post with your real email address and your real name. I'll pick a winner randomly Monday at midnight. That winner and a guest get free tickets to see Louie!
(If you hate the idea of putting your name and email out there, you can email that info to me with Louis CK in the subject; make sure you still add a comment below with some distinguishing characteristic referenced in the email. I need the name and email to get you your tickets.)
I wrote a press release to congratulate myself on a full year of podcasting...
A year ago, The Sound of Young America became the first public radio show west of the Mississippi to podcast. Since then, it has counted over a quarter million program downloads, expanding its reach from three small radio stations (in Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Hattiesburg, Mississippi) to a broad crossection of the world. Now, the show and its producer/host, Jesse Thorn, are considering how to transform a credit-card financed non-commercial venture into a long-term sustainable media enterprise.
Pitchfork reports that after an extensive Euro tour, the Go! Team are coming to the US of A in March. Take a listen to them on the July 16th edition of the show, if you haven't already.
03-15 Austin, TX - Exodus (SXSW)
03-19 Washington, DC - Black Cat
03-20 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
03-21 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03-22 Brooklyn, NY - North Six
03-23 Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church $
04-27 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall #
04-28 Las Vegas, NV - The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel %
04-30 Indio, CA - Empire Polo Field (Coachella)