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some podcasts I recently enjoyed [Aug. 24th, 2010|09:06 pm]
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Heard a great interview on BBC Radio 4's Front Row of the conductor John Wilson, who reconstructed the theatrical scores of various Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals and will perform (has performed?) them at the BBC Proms. One tidbit I particularly liked: apparently the orchestras used for these scores were filled with classically trained refugees from Europe in the string section and people who'd been in the various big bands in the brass and woodwind sections. The interview is available here for a limited time.

Another great interview, this time on the Scientific American podcast, of author Mary Roach on her new book Packing For Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void. Listen to Part 1 and Part 2. Lots and lots of random trivia, told very engagingly.