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4:36 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Victim Compensation From Mayflower Oil Spill Not Taxed Under Senate Plan

An image from the oil spill in Mayflower.
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Legislation introduced in the U.S. Senate Wednesday is expected to ensure Mayflower oil spill victims get tax relief. 

Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansans says The Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Act of 2013 aims to protect affected residents by making sure compensation from ExxonMobil is not taxed by the federal government. 

In a conference call with reporters, Pryor said the legislation has specific goals.

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Notes on Music
4:20 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Sex And The Symphony

Alison Balsom and Nicola Benedetti
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Effective marketing in classical music cannot be discounted, especially for the female musician.

The idea that “sex sells” is ever present, as in popular music, with violinist Nicola Benedetti and trumpeter Alison Balsom being two of those marketed in a way which accents their feminism.

Indeed, Balsom has been referred to as the “trumpet strumpet’, but both women are laughing all the way to the bank.

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Notes on Music
4:02 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Ira Glass's Musical Cousin

Phillip Glass, composer and cousin to Ira Glass.
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This American Life is a production of Public Radio International, featuring Ira Glass as host.

Glass premiered the show in 1995, wherein events of general interest are featured, and now reaches an estimated 1.7 million listeners each week.

What is of interest, musically, is that Ira is the cousin of composer Philip Glass, especially noted for his opera, Einstein on the Beach.

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Notes on Music
3:55 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Music In Medicine

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New York Presbyterian Hospital, among others nationwide, is using music in their neo-natal wards to increase the health of the babies.

They have found that singing lullabies makes the baby’s heart rate go down and oxygen in the blood go up.

The babies sleep better and gain weight faster, and are able to leave the hospital sooner. I guess it’s true that music does indeed “sooth the savage breast.”

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Notes on Music
3:50 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Frets: Not Just For Musical Instruments

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Some stringed instruments, such as guitars, mandolins, and banjos, have frets along the fingerboard, raised metal bars that help to ensure the correct pitch.

Ornamental design in wood, typically latticework of interlacing parts, is called fretwork, with the three-dimensional shape referred to as a fret.

The similarity with instruments is that the frets on each are raised above the surface.

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Notes on Music
3:42 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

The Fourth Of July's Russian Soundtrack

Fourth of July celebreation in Havre, Montana.
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Tchaikowsky’s 1812 Overture, with cannon and fireworks booming away at its end, is featured in Fourth of July concerts across the nation.

How did this music, a celebration of Russia’s rout of Napoleon’s army, become music for our American celebration?

In 1974 the Boston Pop’s conductor, Arthur Fiedler, was looking for something to add some “zip” to his outdoor July 4th concerts. And so an exciting tradition was born.

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Notes on Music
3:22 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Hold The Meat! I'm Composing

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In addition to vegetarians Confucious, Mohandas Gandhi, and George Bernard Shaw, many musicians have opted for the “no meat” cuisine.

These include composers such as Philip Glass, Percy Grainger, Alexander Scriabin, and Gustav Mahler; it seems Richard Wagner was “on again - off again.”

Personally, I greatly prefer a juicy, medium-cooked filet mignon. How about you?

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Notes on Music
3:00 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

'Most Prolific' Composer: It's Not Bach

Georg Philipp Tenemann is most prolific among composers.
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While many would say that J.S. Bach is the greatest prolific composer, Bach’s contemporary, Georg Philipp Telemann, is credited by the Guiness Book of World Records as the most prolific, having written over 3,000 compositions, including 1,000 church cantatas, as well as numerous other instrumental works.

However, Bach still has him bested in one prolific area: he had 22 children!

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Local & Regional News
2:52 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

AG McDaniel Addresses Lawmakers On Executions

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel speaks to the joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.
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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is meeting with state legislators to discuss what he says is a broken death penalty system.

McDaniel appeared before a joint meeting of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees on Wednesday.

Arkansas hasn't executed a death row inmate since 2005, and McDaniel said earlier this month that he doesn't expect that to change anytime soon. The state doesn't have any pending executions.

Gov. Mike Beebe said Wednesday he doubts an execution will take place while he's still governor.

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Notes on Music
2:10 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Karajan And Interwar German Politics

Herbert von Karajan
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Herbert von Karajan, one of the greatest conductors of all time, led the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra for thirty-five years, and was a dominant figure in European classical music until his death in 1989.

Not many know, however, that in 1935 he became a member of the Nazi Party. However, he did not collect his card, sign it, or pay his dues.

Still, it gives one pause to think.

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