Todd Morgan & The Emblems and music appreciation

It would be easy for Todd Morgan & The Emblems to follow the often tread cover band path, but it has raised the bar with songwriting influenced by rockabilly, jazz, Big Band, and rock. Todd Morgan discusses his influences, and the band’s third recently released CD, “Sweet Pretender.”

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Cigar box guitars and ukeleles

Cigar box guitars are a blast to build and play, from actual cigar boxes to jello molds to auto parts. Will King of  Cigar Box Nation talks a little cigar box guitar building 101.

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INDIEBlush and artists

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A great talk with Christina Marie, the creative force behind INDIEBlush magazine – Burning Man, body issues, digital media, creating and investing in indie collectives.

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Handwriting and creativity

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The debate continues as to when and if handwriting should be taught in schools. Communication specialist Phwanda Moore explains that handwriting is more than a form of communication; it also taps into the creative aspects of the human psyche, and, therefore, should definitely be taught to children.

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Photography and blindness

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“I am only a tourist in the sighted world.” – Pete Eckert   Did you see the NCIS episode about the blind photographer? It was based on Mr. Eckert, whom I interviewed in this week’s show.

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Wild and Scenic

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A day or two spent with mountains, canyons, or rivers, equals a year of therapy. Under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act (10/2/68), selected rivers of the United States “… with their immediate environments, possess outstandingly remarkable scenic, recreational, geologic, fish and wildlife, historic, cultural or other similar values, shall be preserved in free-flowing condition … shall be protected …”

Nevada County, California recently hosted the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, showcasing over 120 environmental and adventure films. A few people interviewed with regional and national concerns, and solutions: The Woolman Semester School (alternative school), San Juan Ridge Taypayers Association (gold miners v. clean drinking water), Sierra Club (overpopulation), Citizens Climate Lobby, Alaskans First Campaign (save the Chuitna River), American Rivers, Friends of the River, Sierra Nevada Geoengineering Awareness, and United for the Yuba. Western India farmers and lions are discussed regarding the award-winning film, “Pride.”

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Burning Man and homesteaders

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Answering your burning questions about Burning Man with a round table discussion of five Burning Man devotees.

Also, we visit the Homestead National Monument of America in Beatrice, Nebraska.

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