An eXXpedition with A Self-Trained Expert

sail-boatAfter a journey across the cold waters of the Atlantic Ocean in a small sailboat, Jen Pate, director of eXXpedition: Seeing the Unseen, had a breezy time in the studio with hosts Harry Rice and Arman Golrokhian.  Jen was in Ann Arbor to show the documentary as part of the Earth Day Film Festival.  The film follows an all-woman team as they cross the Atlantic Ocean, assessing the load of plastics in the ocean and exploring the burden that toxic chemicals from these plastics place on our bodies.


For more on the science of ocean plastics, check out this conversation with Melissa Duhaime, Assistant Research Scientist at the University of Michigan Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology–produced by undergraduate students of the Program in the Environment:

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Undoing Dams?

Slack for iOS Upload (1)This week’s It’s Hot in Here segment delves  into the state of dams across our country’s river systems.  We are joined on this expedition by Dr. Paul Moore, who brought members of his research team  up from Bowling Green State University to shore up our knowledge before their teaching and fieldwork at the UM Biostation this summer.

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The Music of Spring

This week’s episode features three University of Michigan music students discussing their spring compositions and performances. Rachel Epperly, a composition undergraduate, begins the show with a piece of hers called “Time Arrives.” Donia Jarrar spoke to us about her recent composition work, Seamstress. And Taya König-Tarasevich, pictured, spoke about the three flutes she’ll play in her Masters Recital.

After the live broadcast, we were able to record Taya playing another piece from her repertoire. As a bonus, you can listen to that here:

A Musical Exploration with Taya Konig-Tarasevich

In this week’s segment of It’s Hot Out There, flautist Taya Konig-Tarasevich joins us in studio to teach our listeners about flutes and please them with her incredible music. She explains to us the differences in pitch, sound, and history between the classical, baroque, and modern flutes. Her visit comes just before she showcases her immense talent in her very own masters recital, In a Living Memory.

The video cannot do her immense talent justice, and this is a very small sampling of the work that will be used in her show. Not only will she be gracing the crowd with her music, Taya will also include spoken poetry, an orchestra, and many other instruments throughout the show. To hear these songs and many others, make sure to get to The First Congressional Church of Ann Arbor, located at608 E William St, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104, this Friday from 6:30-7:45. We hope to see you there, and be sure to keep it hot!

Marijuana Legalization: Economic, Agricultural and Social Implications

Our hosts managed to sneak past the wild animals to preview Ann Arbor’s infamous cannabis legalization rally / public party, Hash Bash.

Erin Dunne, from Students for Sensible Drug Policy, joined Andrew Bull and Alex Truelove for this conversation.