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play music from the band Death Cab for Cutie ...
a question about American astronaut Neil Armstrong …
report on an interesting satellite radio program.
listeners in the United States often say that local stations broadcast too many
advertisements. So, many people are
willing to pay money to listen to satellite radio. The two competing satellite
radio companies in the United States, XM and Sirius, joined together in July.
Barbara Klein tells us what satellite radio listeners are paying to hear.
Yorke writes for the industry Web site, radioandrecords.com. He says that ten years ago industry leaders
questioned whether satellite radio would succeed. Who would want to pay to hear the radio, they thought?
more than eighteen million people in the United States pay about thirteen
dollars a month for the service. Part
of the reason for this growth, says Mister Yorke, is the huge choice in
programming. The new Sirius XM Radio
company will offer listeners several hundred channels to choose from. Most of
them are free of advertisements. These
channels present news, sports, humor, traffic and weather, political shows,
talk shows, cooking shows and every kind of music.
musician Bob Dylan, for example, presents a program every week called "Theme
Time Radio Hour." The two-hour show is
repeated several times a week. On each
show, Dylan plays music based on an idea or subject, like trains, summer, New
York City or coffee. Between songs, the
rock star talks about the music, the singers, his opinions and anything else.
expert Martha Stewart and comedian Jamie Foxx also present shows on satellite
radio. So do Howard Stern and Bob
Edwards, who used to have popular shows on other radio stations. Mister Yorke says satellite radio could
become even more popular in the future if new and different personalities are
invited to create programs.
question this week comes from Indonesia. Mohammed Sholeh asks about American
astronaut Neil Armstrong and what he is doing now.
NEIL ARMSTRONG: "That's one
small step for man, one giant leap for mankind."
Neil Armstrong speaking on July twentieth, nineteen sixty-nine as he became the
first person to set foot on the moon.
Hundreds of millions of people around the world watched or listened to
the moon landing.
The United States Space Agency's Apollo Eleven
mission was an extraordinary scientific, engineering and public relations
success. And the astronaut quickly
became an American hero.
Neil Armstrong was surely born for the space
adventure. But he was never quite at
ease with the fame that followed.
Neil Alden Armstrong was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, in nineteen thirty. When he was sixteen, he learned to
fly a plane and got his pilot's license. After high school, Neil joined the
Navy and was accepted in a special program that paid for his college education.
He went to Purdue University in Indiana. It had a strong flight engineering
program. But the start of the Korean War delayed his studies. He was a pilot
and carried out seventy-eight air operations. He returned to complete his
studies at Purdue after the war ended in nineteen fifty-two.
Armstrong was working as a test pilot when NASA chose him to become an
astronaut. His first trip to space was
with the Gemini program in nineteen sixty-six.
Three years later he was named commander of the Apollo Eleven
the trip to the moon, he resigned from the astronaut program and from NASA in
nineteen seventy-one. He went back to
Ohio and taught aerospace engineering at the University of Cincinnati. Armstrong helped lead the government's
investigation of the deadly explosion of the space shuttle Challenger in
nineteen eighty-six. He has served on
the boards of directors of many corporations. Over the years, both major American
political parties asked Mister Armstrong if he was interested in seeking public
office. But he always said no.
years ago, the private man became a little more public. He worked with writer James Hansen on a book
about his life. "First Man: The Life of
Neil A. Armstrong" was published in two thousand five. Reporters asked him if he would be
interested in going back into space.
Armstrong laughed and said he did not think he would get the chance but
that he was available.
Cab For Cutie
Cab for Cutie has been making music for ten years. The popular rock group
recently released its sixth full-length album, "Narrow Stairs." The group's
guitar player, Chris Walla, describes the album as "having teeth." The serious songs on the album show that
Death Cab for Cutie continues to develop its sound in new and interesting ways.
Faith Lapidus tells us more.
the song "Grapevine Fires." Ben Gibbard sings about how watching a spreading
fire becomes a lesson about the impermanence of life.
Death Cab for Cutie comes from a song written by a British band from the
Cab for Cutie recorded most of "Narrow Stairs" in the studio of the band's
drummer, Jason McGerr. McGerr built the
professional studio in Seattle, Washington so the band could have a pleasant
place in which to spend several weeks recording together.
album was recorded with the band facing each other as they played their music.
This calm environment helps give the songs a natural sound, as though they were
part of a live performance.
the song "I Will Possess Your Heart." This eight-and-a-half-minute song starts
with a long musical introduction.
Cab For Cutie has been performing music around the United States, Canada and
Europe this summer. Here they play
"Pity and Fear." This song skillfully expresses one person's thoughts on
feeling sad and alone.
Johnson. I hope you enjoyed our program
written by Dana Demange, Jill Moss and Caty Weaver, who was also the
producer. To read the text of this
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