Touching the Sound

January 11, 2009
(was 03.02.2008)

Standing on 8 feet of ice in Antarctica you can actually feel the call of the Weddell seal below through your boots. The Carthusian monks say you can feel the vow of silence in your soul. In this hour of To the Best Of Our Knowledge, touching the sound of a monk's silence and a seal's call. And, an exploration of sound with famed percussionist Evelyn Glennie, who happens to be deaf.

  1. Evelyn Glennie on Touching Sound

    Dame Evelyn Glennie is an award winning solo percussionist and composer who performs with the great orchestras and popular artists. She's also deaf. She talks with Steve Paulson about touching sound.

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  2. Richard Rath on "How Early America Sounded"

    In 1776 there were no radios or telephones or honking cars, but there were other sounds. The church bell, the town crier, and women beating their laundry all had distinct sounds.

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  3. Philip Groning on "The Great Silence"

    Filmmaker Philip Groning talks with Anne Strainchamps about the six months of silence he filmed with the Carthusian monks of the Grand Chartreuse in the French Alps.

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  4. Doug Quin on His Round-the-World Listening Expedition

    Doug Quin is trying to help us tune certain sounds in, sounds we don't consider worth hearing -- from the sound of a spider sucking blood from an insect to the sound of a tree falling in a forest.

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