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The Science of Fitness w/ Science in the Triangle guest Laura Z. Powell, American Council on Exercise

There is much, and some say way too much, talk about Healthcare.  I sometimes feel that we're scaring people into an unhealthy state of mind.  And the discussions about Healthcare's needed reforms nearly exclusively address cost and fees and funding related programs.  I never hear much wisdom about serious, large scale programs centered on prevention or an approach to inspire healthy living amongst our citizens.  We have a sort of, 'hey, we need more money to help or we're going broke helping unhealthy people.'  I'd prefer some attention to us not becoming unhealthy as 60% of the nation's medical bills stem from some form of self-inflicted harm, usually food, drug or alcohol abuse. 

This lengthy preamble introduces Sunday's guest who makes a career of personal fitness: physical, spiritual and emotional.  Laura was a successful Duke tennis player; lived for 5 years in the PE epicenter of America, namely the environs of Denver, Colorado (you could look it up); and has tales of the therapeutic value of fitness programs for females in Afghanistan to help to offset the burdens and inconveniences they suffer just by being women, i.e. jumping-jacks in a burka have a high degree of difficulty.

At any rate, the glorious summer of North Carolina is upon us and there is more to our scientific community in the RTP than can be measured with a microscope; sometimes you may need an old-fashioned scale.

Interview will be repeated on iTunes, natch.  If you want to contact Laura Powell = laurazpowell@gmail.com.

 

Pink Flag on 6/12

 On I Liked You Better... on Sunday 6/12, the lovely gals of Pink Flag will be stopping by to promote their new EP, "King of Scene" - their first CD since 2008 (good grief)! The upcoming release will be 6/18 at the Motorco Music Hall here in Durham.  Finally.

 

Action Packed Sunday



Sunday 6/12 is packed with local music, including Last Year's Men playing live on-air at 4pm, followed by Pink Flag talking to Savannah about their brand-new King of Scene EP at 6pm. Don't miss 'em!

 

Time To Fall Back In Love with The Talking Heads (Sunday 7:30pm-9:00pm)

Tonight we will explore the music from the Talking Heads and do our best to convince you that college rock still NEEDS and SHOULD LOVE the Talking Heads.

 
 

Tales from the Twilight World: Power Metal! Saturday, June 4th from 6-8pm

This week's episode of Beyond Good and Evil will feature the epic sounds of power metal, which combined the guitar attack of classic British heavy metal with prog-rock grandeur. Power metal bands have drawn lyrical inspiration from Tolkien, Norse mythology, and the drummer's weekly Dungeons and Dragons game (probably). Tune it to hear Blind Guardian, Rhapsody, Iced Earth, and others.

 

Did I Dream You Dreamed About Me? Sunday 7:30pm-9:00pm

 


Tonight's Mystery Show will feature music from This Mortal Coil.

 
 

Scrap Exchange Interview 5/29

 Ann Woodward, director of the Scrap Exchange, will be on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out this Sunday 5/29.  ILYB not only has in bands and musicians, but what we like to call "community enablers", and this organization is no exception.  After the roof collapsed on Liberty Warehouse, the Scrap Exchange is going to have to move - and there will be a series of benefits around Durham, starting with one at the Casbah 6/4.  We'll be playing a mess of the bands that will be contributing!

 

Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out, 5/22

Tune in on Sunday 5/22 from 6-7 pm to catch Shannon Morrow, founder of the Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra, along with Christopher Thurston and Bendte Fagge, to promote their upcoming show at Motorco Music Hall this Wednesday, 5/25.  TSO was founded as a "real time" composing ensemble, and they'll be playing alongside ZAHA, a soundpainting group from New York as well.  There will be some live tracks from shows heard as well.  There will be a workshop for composing at 6 pm before the performance at Motorco as well! We'll be discussing it all on I Liked You Better...  

 

HOG on I Liked You Better Before You Sold Out Sun. May 5/15

 Hey all! The great and mighty HOG will be joining with Savannah this Sunday from 6-7 pm! Their new EP, Archetypes, is coming out now as well as a few shows coming up.  They'll also be the first metal band on I Liked You Better..., so it'll be interesting.  Right? 

 

Program for "Out There a Minute" Jazz Show on Sunday 5/8 (10 a.m. - noon) is "Be-Bop Spoken Here"

The playlist for the “Out There a Minute” jazz program on Sunday 5/8, 10 a.m. until noon, will explore the conjunction of jazz and poetry, a concept that goes back to the mid-1950s.  According to Leonard Feather’s liner notes for the album, Weary Blues with Langston Hughes, Charles Mingus and Leonard Feather (Verve, 1990), “Possibly there were earlier examples, but it was not until then that pure jazz, belatedly accepted by the intelligentsia as a legitimate art form, was recognized in turn by the poets.”The program is entitled “Be-Bop Spoken Here” because much of the jazz background or accompaniment happened to be “be-bop” jazz, and because much of the spoken word and lingo of the times also consciously tried to reflect the “language” of jazz.