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 Aug 2, 2018

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The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.

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#47 | Loop Groups
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Invisible actors create worlds of sound in everything you watch - from Jaws to The Wire. With special guests, <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0331956/">Carl Gottlieb</a>, screenwriter and author of "The Jaws Log"; <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0277794/">Dann Fink</a>, loop group director and co-owner of <a href="http://www.loopersunlimited.com/">Loopers Unlimited</a>; <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0822603/">Stuart Stanley</a>, Sound Supervisor; loop group members Eboni Booth, Dennis Carnegie, Axel Avin, Jr., Shannon Burkett, Daphne Gaines, and Rashad Edwards; and <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004221/">Will Ralston</a>, supervising sound editor for The Wire, The Deuce, and Treme.<br><br>This episode was a feature of the incredible podcast Every Little Thing. <a href="https://www.gimletmedia.com/every-little-thing">Go subscribe</a>! <br><br>To find out how WeTransfer is proud of their privacy policy, <a href="http://we.tl/notcreepy">click here</a>.<br><br>Go to <a href="http://forhims.com/20k">forhims.com/20k</a> for your $5 trial month.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/loopgroups">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Aug 06, 2018
#46 | Slot Machines
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What do you hear when you walk into a Casino? It can feel like chaos, but each sound is carefully curated to draw you in and make you stay. One collection of sounds are scientifically and artistically designed to keep the gambler, gambling. Slot machines. This episode features interviews with Willie Wilcox, Chief Sound Designer at <a href="https://www.scientificgames.com/">Scientific Games</a> in Las Vegas, <a href="https://www.soundbylaura.com/">Laura Taylor</a>, composer and sound designer for a number of slot machines across the US, and <a href="https://uwaterloo.ca/english/people-profiles/karen-collins">Karen Collins</a>, who has led extensive research into the sound and music behind these games. Is it addiction or entertainment? Maybe it's both. Pull the lever and listen for yourself.<br><strong><br></strong>Check out <a href="https://wetransfer.com/">wetransfer.com</a> for all of your file sending needs!<br><br>Try ZipRecruiter for free at <a href="http://ziprecruiter.com/20k">ziprecruiter.com/20k</a>.<br><strong><br></strong><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/slotmachines">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jul 23, 2018
#45 | Misophonia
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The way our brains process sound affects the way we respond to sound. This episode is about why that happens in those who suffer from misophonia, the hatred of certain sounds. Featuring researcher <a href="https://www.cell.com/current-biology/abstract/S0960-98221631530-5">Dr. Phillip Gander</a>, psychologist <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/thepsychshowdotcom/">Dr. Ali Mattu</a>, and misophonics Meredith Rosol and <a href="https://twitter.com/joshfurnas">Josh Furnas</a>. <br><br>Check out <a href="https://wetransfer.com/">wetransfer.com</a> for all of your file sending needs!<br><br>Go to <a href="http://forhims.com/20k">forhims.com/20k</a> for your $5 trial month.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/misophonia">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jul 09, 2018
#44 | THX Deep Note, Part 2
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Whether you're 6 years old, or 96 years old, one of the most memorable parts of going to the movies for the last three decades has been the THX "Deep Note" trailer. Unfortunately, they lost the original sound file. What happened? Also, what do sound designers &amp; musicians think about it? Featuring Andy Moorer, creator of “The Deep Note” and global director of marketing for <a href="http://THX.com">THX</a>, Rob Cowles. The episode also features Musician, Producer and Professor <a href="http://peabody.jhu.edu/academics/instruments-areas-of-study/music-for-new-media/">Thomas Dolby</a>, and Scott&nbsp; Simonelli, the founder of <a href="http://veritonic.com">Veritonic</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.ziprecruiter.com/20k">Try ZipRecruiter for free at ziprecruiter.com/20k.</a><br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/thxdeepnote2">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jun 25, 2018
#43 | THX Deep Note, Part 1
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Since 1983 one of the most memorable parts of going to the movies has been the THX certification played during the previews. The accompanying sound logo called “The Deep Note” has fascinated, terrified, and mystified audiences for over three decades. What is THX really?&nbsp; How was “The Deep Note” created?&nbsp; And why does it elicit such a reaction from those who hear it?&nbsp; Featuring Andy Moorer, creator of “The Deep Note” and global director of marketing for <a href="http://THX.com">THX</a>, Rob Cowles. <br><br>Check out <a href="https://wetransfer.com/">wetransfer.com</a> for all of your file sending needs!<br><br>Go to <a href="http://forhims.com/20k">forhims.com/20k</a> for your $5 trial month.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/thxdeepnote">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jun 11, 2018
#42 | Amen Break
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There’s a sample of music that’s been heard in over 2,000 songs. Odds are you’ve heard it many times and didn’t even realize you were listening to the same breakbeat. The amen break might be the most sampled piece of music in history. Where did it come from? This episode features interviews with artist <a href="http://nkhstudio.com/">Nate Harrison</a> and Grammy-winner <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/amenbrother2">Richard Louis Spencer</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/amenbreak">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a><br><br>Check out <a href="https://wetransfer.com/">wetransfer.com</a> for all of your file sending needs!<br><br>Visit <a href="https://www.gofundme.com/amenbrother2">amen.20k.org</a> to donate to Richard Louis Spencer.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
May 29, 2018
#41 | Ultrasonic Tracking
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Did you know your phone is a really good listener? Apps on your phone might be sending and receiving data over ultrasound. Ultrasonic communication is used for everything from tracking your daily habits to enabling light shows at music festivals. We hear from <a href="http://privacylab.yale.edu">Yale Privacy Lab's</a> Sean O’Brien and Michael Kwet<strong>,</strong> and privacy and technology counsel <a href="https://consumersunion.org/experts/katie-mcinnis/">Katie McInnis</a>. We also discuss the more positive uses of data over sound with <a href="http://LISNR.com">LISNR</a> CEO and co-founder Rodney Williams.​​​​​​​<br>​​​​<br>Go to <a href="#">forhims.com/20k</a> for your $5 trial month.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/ultrasonictracking">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
May 14, 2018
#40 | ASMR
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Do certain sounds give you the head tingles? If yes, this episode is full of ear candy for you! In this episode, we learn all about the phenomenon called autonomous sensory meridian response—or ASMR for short. This soothing episode features researchers Giulia Poerio (University of Sheffield), Craig Richard (<a href="http://asmruniversity.com/">ASMRuniversity.com</a>), and ASMR artists <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/GentleWhispering/featured">Gentle Whispering</a>, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/JellybeanGreenASMR">Jellybean Green</a>, and <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/somniasmr">Somni Rosae</a> - as well as the team at <a href="http://defactosound.com">Defacto Sound</a>!<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/asmr">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Apr 30, 2018
#39 | Live Theater
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Amazing concerts, Broadway musicals, Cirque du Soliel performances, and other live shows live and die on their sound design. This is the story of how sound design for live performances went from zero to speakers in the seats and where the industry might go next. This episode features interviews with sound design legends Abe Jacob and Jonathan Deans.<br><br>Get a 4 week trial plus a digital scale at <a href="http://stamps.com/">Stamps.com</a>. Type in "20K". <br><br>Get a 1 month trial for $5 at <a href="https://www.forhims.com/20k">forhims.com/20k</a>.<br><br>Check out Business Wars <a href="http://wondery.fm/20k">here</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/livetheater">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Apr 16, 2018
#38 | The Music in Speech
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The way you speak has rhythm, timbre, and pitch. It’s more like music than you might think. We chat with <a href="https://www.theallusionist.org/">The Allusionist</a> host Helen Zaltzman, Martin Zaltz Austwick from <a href="http://www.songbysongpodcast.com/">Song by Song</a>, Music Psychologist Dr. Ani Patel of <a href="https://ase.tufts.edu/psychology/people/patel/">Tufts University</a>, and Drum Composer <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/daviddockery20">David Dockery</a> on how musical our speech really is.<br><br>Get $50 off select Casper mattresses at <a href="https://casper.com/?coupon_code=20k&amp;coupon_code_amount=50&amp;cvo_placement=landingpage&amp;cvosrc=podcast.podcast.20k&amp;partner_hero_name=Twenty+Thousand+Hertz&amp;partner_hero_type=listener&amp;promo_code=20k&amp;promo_type=standard&amp;utm_campaign=20k&amp;utm_medium=podcast&amp;utm_source=podcast">casper.com/20k</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/themusicinspeech">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Apr 02, 2018
#37 | Seizure Sonification
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Brant Guichard has heard "The Music" for as long as he can remember. Brant has a particular type of epilepsy where he hears what are called "musical auras" whenever he has a seizure. Brian Foo, aka the Data Driven DJ, introduces a different musical element to Brant's experience of seizure.<br><br>Get a 4 week trial plus a digital scale at <a href="http://stamps.com/">Stamps.com</a>. Just click on the Radio Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in "20K". <br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/seizuresonification">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Mar 19, 2018
#36 | Hamilton
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Broadway’s award-winning, record-breaking, smash hit, Hamilton, is a musical unlike any other. Get the story from people in the room where it happens of how sound helps tell the musical’s story eight times a week. We talk to Nevin Steinberg, Hamilton’s Tony-nominated sound designer, Benny Reiner, Grammy-winning Hamilton percussionist, Anna-Lee Craig, Hamilton on Broadway A2, and Broadway sound design legend Abe Jacob.<br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/hamilton"><br>Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Mar 05, 2018
#35 | Emergency Alert System
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When people in Hawaii were falsely alerted of a Ballistic Missile threat, the first thing they heard was the sound of an emergency alert. For decades, this tone has alerted us to local weather emergencies and other important events, but it has never been used for its original purpose. In this episode, we explore the history of the Emergency Alert System and its predecessors. Featuring Kelly Williams, from the<a href="https://www.nab.org/"> National Association of Broadcasters</a>, Frank Lucia former EAS advisor for the<a href="https://www.fcc.gov/"> FCC</a>, and Wade Witmer from<a href="https://www.fema.gov/"> FEMA</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/emergencyalert">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a><br><br>Get a free 4 week trial plus a digital scale at <a href="http://stamps.com/">Stamps.com</a>. Just click on the Radio Microphone at the top of the homepage and type in "20K".&nbsp;
Feb 19, 2018
#34 | Muzak
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“Elevator music” was once the sound of restaurants, offices, and elevators in mid-20th century America. But ironically these bland, string-driven instrumental tracks are never heard in elevators anymore. In this episode, we speak with Joseph Lanza, the author of “Elevator Music,” and Julian Treasure, chairman of <a href="https://www.thesoundagency.com/">The Sound Agency</a>, about the sound of Muzak -- the company that changed the way we think public spaces should sound. <br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/muzak">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Feb 05, 2018
#33 | Six O'Clock Soundtrack
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Ever wonder how the music on your favorite news stations is created? Dive in with news music appreciator + journalist <a href="http://www.networknewsmusic.com/wp">Victor Vlam</a>; Composer <a href="http://www.kajcienski.com/">Matthew Kajcienski</a>, Composer <a href="http://www.iradeshel.com/">Irad Eshel</a>, Composer <a href="http://www.soundcloud.com/adarsht">Adarsh Thottetodi</a>, Composer <a href="http://www.davidlowe.co.uk/">David Lowe</a>, Musicologist <a href="https://carleton.ca/music/people/deaville-james/">James Deaville</a>, Film and TV studies Professor <a href="http://www.bu.edu/com/profile/deborah-l-jaramillo/">Deborah Jaramillo</a> to find out.<br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/sixoclocksoundtrack"><br>Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Jan 22, 2018
#32 | 3149146093
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A mysterious Tweet from one of the most famous people on Earth: A single phone number, zero context. What does it mean? Why was it posted? Would you call it to find out? For commercial director Duncan Wolfe, this hypothetical became a very real social experiment when his cell phone number was accidentally posted on a very public Twitter account—Former First Lady Michelle Obama!<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/3149146093">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jan 08, 2018
#31 | The Gift
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The science behind sound reproduction has been studied for centuries. But what will research uncover in the centuries to come? One man made it his life’s mission to find out, and a gift he made to the world will continue that mission for the foreseeable future. Explore the extraordinary life of Dr. Amar Bose in this special holiday episode of Twenty Thousand Hertz. Featuring Ken Jacob from Bose.<br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/thegift"><br>Episode transcript, music, and credits can found here</a>.
Dec 25, 2017
#30 | User Interfaces
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There are sounds we interact with every single day and never give a second thought. Our phones, computers, cars, and other devices are constantly communicating with us through user interface sounds and it’s their job to be heard, but not distracting. In this episode, we speak with Will Littlejohn, Facebook’s Director of Sound Design, and Conor O’Sullivan, Sound Design Lead at Google, about the sounds they create that help connect families, friends, and communities.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/the-bleeps-the-sweeps-and-the-creeps">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Dec 11, 2017
#29 | Let It Beep
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For over two decades, every time you turned on a Mac, you were greeted by a familiar sound. It’s appeared as a punchline in The Simpsons, and in movies like WALL•E. It’s a sound some of us tried to hide from our parents as we turned on the computer in the middle of the night. It’s a sound that’s transcended technology; the sound that makes a Mac feel like a Mac. But no longer; the iconic Mac startup chime is going away.<br><br>But, while we all recognize the sound, we rarely think of who made it. On the eve of the boot beep's retirement, Mark Bramhill, from the podcast <a href="http://macintosh.fm">Welcome to Macintosh</a> talks with creator Jim Reekes about the most fun and iconic sounds he designed during his time at Apple.<br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/letitbeep"><br>Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Nov 27, 2017
#28 | Disney Parks
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Theme parks have a way of transporting us to magical places, and sound is crucial in maintaining the illusion. From the most action-packed attractions to the background music playing between park areas, theme park sound designers have thought of it all. In this episode, we speak to Joe Herrington and Mike Fracassi, two Disney Imagineers who work to maintain the magic for guests of Disney Parks.<br>&nbsp;<br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/disneyparks">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Nov 13, 2017
#27 | Spooky Sounds
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We uncover how scary sound effects are created in horror films as well as dissect how sound triggers the fear mechanisms in humans. Featuring <a href="http://formosagroup.com/">Formosa Group</a> Senior Sound Editor/Sound Designer <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3311045/?ref_=nv_sr_1">Trevor Gates</a> and <a href="https://blumsteinlab.eeb.ucla.edu/">Dan Blumstein</a>, professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at <a href="http://www.ucla.edu/">UCLA</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/spookysounds">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
Oct 30, 2017
#26 | Acoustical Umbilical Cord
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Many animals, humans included, are natural-born criers. It’s the most basic form of communication from right when we come into the world. But us humans are unique: we keep on crying until the day we die. What was born as a survival mechanism, develops a deeper fundamental need as we grow older. In this episode, we discover the hard-wiring in our brains that reach across species, and how our tears into adulthood make us distinctively human. Featuring Dr. Susan Lingle, Behavioral Ecologist at the University of Winnipeg, and Dr. Ad Vingerhoets, Research Psychologist at the University of Tilburg.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/acoustical-umbilical-cord">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Oct 17, 2017
#25 | Level Up
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Video games are a growing industry and every play-controlled experience is defined by its harmony of music, sound effects, and voice acting. In this episode, we reveal how these elements of a video game's soundscape are crafted and come together to tell an interactive story. The most sophisticated sound design in video games allows those without the ability to see a chance to engage with some of our greatest modern entertainment. Featuring Microsoft Sound Designer, Zachary Quarles, and ArenaNet Technical Sound Designer, Damian Kastbauer.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/levelup">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Oct 03, 2017
#24 | Watergate
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Watergate might be the most widely-referenced scandal in our nation’s history. The actual word itself has been appropriated in order to name many later scandals. But for a new generation of Americans, the word Watergate might not mean much. What was it? Who was involved and why was it important? Featuring Luke Nichter, author of <em>The Nixon Tapes</em>, and founder of <a href="http://nixontapes.org/">NixonTapes.org</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/watergate">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Sep 19, 2017
#23 | Sonic Seasoning
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Taste is one of our most subjective of the five senses. A flavor that elicits delight in one individual may evoke strong disgust in another. And while we all have a basic understanding of flavor, we rarely think about the other sonic factors that may be affecting how we interpret different tastes. In this episode, we consider the relationship between sound and taste, and the power certain sounds can have over our taste buds. Featuring Charles Spence, head of the Crossmodal Research Laboratory at Oxford University.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/sonicseasoning">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Sep 05, 2017
#22 | Fight or Flight
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Are you afraid to fly? Does even the thought of boarding an airplane make you anxious? You’re not alone. Millions of Americans suffer from clinical aviophobia. While some manage to distract themselves long enough to endure a flight, countless others avoid flying altogether. What are those mysterious sounds that trigger our fears on airplanes? And how do we keep our anxieties from interfering with our lives? Featuring <a href="http://tysonspsychology.com/">Dr. Devika Fiorillo</a>, Ph.D., a clinical psychologist who specializes in anxiety disorders, and Tom Finnegan, a commercial airline pilot with more than 20 years in the air.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/flight">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Aug 22, 2017
#21 | Sound Firsts
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What is the oldest recorded sound in history? For over 100 years researchers thought they knew until a mind-blowing discovery by historians found something new - and technological advances allowed it to be played back for the first time in history. What is the oldest recording of a musical performance, president, battlefield, television broadcast, cell phone call, and more? Featuring Patrick Feaster, co-founder of <a href="https://www.firstsounds.org/">FirstSounds.org</a>, three-time Grammy nominee, and Ph.D. in Musicology as well as Lynn Novick, award-winning filmmaker, and co-directing partner of Ken Burns.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/soundfirsts">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Aug 08, 2017
#20 | Noise Pollution
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Noise pollution is something we’ve all experienced. Road construction, motorcycles, passing aircraft - the list goes on and on. Other than being just plain annoying, what effect does noise pollution have on our lives? In this episode, we take a look at the physical and psychological effects of noise pollution on humans, as well as the wider and equally devastating environmental repercussions. Featuring Les Blomberg, executive director of the <a href="http://nonoise.org/">Noise Pollution Clearinghouse</a>, and <a href="https://rachelbuxton.wordpress.com/">Rachel Buxton</a>, acoustic ecologist, conservation biologist, and postdoctoral researcher at Colorado State University.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/noisepollution">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jul 25, 2017
#19 | 20,000 dBs Under the Sea
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71% of the Earth is covered by water. And most of us imagine it to be a serene, almost silent world. But why should we have all the fun up here? Discover what sound is like just below the surface and all the way down to the ocean's depths. And see how mankind might be making it unpleasant for everyone and everything that calls the oceans home.Featuring underwater acoustician <a href="http://www.laminalaudio.com/">Al Jones</a>, Professor <a href="http://www.cetus.ucsd.edu/">John Hildebrand</a> from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and Christophe Haubursin from <a href="http://vox.com/">Vox.com</a> on special assignment.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/underthesea">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jul 11, 2017
#18 | Evolution of Accents
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When you describe yourself to others you might mention your height, hairstyle, or maybe your build. But one of the most telling things about you is something you can’t even see, yet it defines you more than you realize. Your accent tells others where you’re from, who you identify with, and maybe even where you’re going. How did accents evolve and why are American accents so different from British accents? Featuring Hollywood Dialect Coach <a href="http://ErikSinger.com">Erik Singer</a> and Linguistics Professor <a href="https://languageandlife.org/">Dr. Walt Wolfram</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/accents">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jun 27, 2017
#17 | Forensic Audio
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You might not realize it, but audio can be just as crucial to solving a case than video or eyewitness testimony. But understanding how to interpret audio evidence, or having the ability to enhance it to a point of intelligibility, requires highly-specialized training and expensive software. Meet <a href="http://www.forensicaudio.org/">Kent Gibson</a>, one of the country's leading forensic audio experts, who's done audio analysis for the FBI, the Secret Service, and the Department of Homeland Security, among many others, and get his take on audio evidence from the missing Malaysian Airlines flight, the Trayvon Martin case, and Mel Gibson's infamous domestic dispute.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/forensicaudio">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jun 13, 2017
#16 | The Wilhelm Scream
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When it comes to movie screams, what’s the first one you think of? Is it a scream that evokes a sense of fear, pain, or maybe even… humor? Perhaps you immediately think about a famous “Scream Queen” or a specific scene from a movie. But you may not realize that the most famous scream in Hollywood has a name—and it’s been used over and over and over in countless films, television shows, and commercials. What makes it so good? And how did it become a filmmaker favorite? Featuring Steve Lee, sound designer, film historian, and creator of the <a href="http://hollywoodsoundmuseum.org">Hollywood Sound Museum</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/wilhelmscream">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
May 30, 2017
#15 | Voice Acting
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We hear disembodied voices all the time, in everything from cartoons and anime to commercials and trailers. It seems easy, but it's actually an intricate craft involving a great amount of training. What does it take to create multiple, unique personalities using only a voice? Featuring voice actors Christopher Sabat (Dragonball Z, One Piece) and Cissy Jones (Firewatch, The Walking Dead).<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/voiceacting">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
May 16, 2017
#14 | Hearing Loss
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Our ears are sensitive, but we often don’t treat them that way. We are born with the ability to hear up to 20,000 Hz. As we age, our hearing range diminishes. On top of that, the more exposure we have to loud sounds, the greater the impact it has on our ability to hear. Find out what happens once we start to lose our hearing. Featuring <a href="http://lindsayprusick.com/">Lindsay Prusick</a> and <a href="http://www.youtube.com/user/citieshp415">Shaheem Sanchez</a> (<a href="https://www.instagram.com/shaaheem">Instagram</a>).<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/hearingloss">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
May 02, 2017
#13 | The Good, the Bad & the Irritating
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Some sounds are like rug burn for your ears, while others are pleasant and soothing. We explore these sounds and get to the bottom of why we might interpret them as “good” or “bad”. Featuring <a href="http://blindfilmcritic.com/">Tommy Edison</a> and <a href="http://psych.nyu.edu/clash/poeppellab/">David Poeppel</a>. <br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/good-bad-and-irritating">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Apr 18, 2017
#12 | Foley
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When you listen to a movie, everything the actor touches sounds crisp and clean. However, none of it was recorded on the movie set. Go behind the scenes with some of the unsung heroes of our movie experience. Featuring Fred Newman and Skywalker Sound’s Foley Team, John Roesch, Shelley Roden, and Scott Curtis.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/foley">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Apr 04, 2017
#11 | Space
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When we think about sound, our only reference is what it’s like here on Earth. What happens when we leave this thin blanket of atmosphere, and what do other planets sound like? Featuring Dr. Lori Glaze, Dr. Keith Noll, Dr. Scott Guzewich from <a href="http://www.nasa.gov/goddard">NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/space">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Mar 21, 2017
#10 | Dolls That Talk... And Some That Listen
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Talking dolls have been around for over a century, but the fascination with making inanimate objects seem human reaches back into our early history. What is it about creating a companion that can interact with us, especially for a child, that fascinates us so? And what will that look like as our technology continues to advance? Featuring Carlene Stephens, Curator for the <a href="http://americanhistory.si.edu/">Smithsonian National Museum of American History</a> and Claire Gartland of the <a href="https://epic.org/">Electronic Privacy Information Center</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/dolls">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Mar 07, 2017
#9 | Cars
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Some car sounds are more obvious like the horn or engine... but what about the not-obvious-until-you-point-them-out sounds like the hollow thud of a trunk or the click of a latch? The sounds a car makes are so closely associated with quality, so how, exactly, do car makers handle this aspect of the driving experience? Featuring Car Enthusiast &amp; Sound Mixer <a href="http://www.briangarfield.com/Brian_Garfield_Sound_Mixer/Sound_Mixer.html">Brian Garfield</a>, David Zenlea from <a href="http://www.roadandtrack.com/">Road &amp; Track</a>, and Tom Teknos from <a href="http://performance.ford.com/home.html">Ford</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/cars">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Feb 21, 2017
#8 | Audio Descriptions
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Did you know there might be a track of audio on your favorite movies and television shows that describe all of the actions on screen? This technology was designed for the visually impaired, but it could be used for the masses. It’s still not as widely provided as some would hope. Meet the consumers and activists fighting for a better-described tomorrow. Featuring <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/TommyEdisonXP">Tommy Edison</a>, <a href="https://blindjournalist.wordpress.com/">Robert Kingett</a>, and <a href="http://www.blindinspirationcast.com/">Colleen Connor</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/audio">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Feb 07, 2017
#7 | Movie Soundtrack
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When you think of a movie soundtrack, you probably think music. And sure, that’s one of the many, many things going on there. What else goes into making a scene sound “natural”? It isn’t what you’d think. Meet a major motion picture sound designer who unpacks all the layers of sound that go into your favorite movies and a woman who gets tigers to sing... on tape. Featuring Sound Designers, <a href="http://www.wbsound.com/portfolio/chris-aud/">Chris Aud</a> and <a href="http://soundmountain.com/">Ann Kroeber</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/movie">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jan 24, 2017
#6 | From Analog to Digital
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Did we lose anything when we transitioned from analog to digital? Learn about the Jedi skills old radio DJs had to have to spin vinyl on the radio, and meet a man who’s found himself trapped in a digital world and learn what he does to escape. Featuring Rick Adams and Craig Crane.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/analog">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Jan 10, 2017
#5 | Sound of Extinction
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When was the last time you heard a dial-up modem? A dot matrix printer? A CD dropping into its plastic tray? Did you know it would be the last time? We talk to Rick Adams, a British reporter, about the impact of Big Ben being silenced for repairs next year and Madeline Ashby, a futurist, who has some pretty wild ideas of what sounds we’re about to lose... and have already lost but haven’t realized it yet. <br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/extinction">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Dec 27, 2016
#4 | Mystery Hum
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There's this place right at the border between Detroit, MI, and Windsor, ON where there's this hum… It rattles dishes, makes people sick, it's even making people move away. And the government does not want you to know what's making it. Explore the mystery of the Windsor Hum with the man who is working to get to the bottom of this strange government secret. Featuring documentarian <a href="http://www.adammakarenko.com/">Adam Makarenko</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/mystery">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Dec 13, 2016
#3 | 8-bit
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Primitive, yet iconic, 8-bit audio defined a generation through video game sounds and music. Discover the history and innovation behind those audio marvels that still fascinate today. Featuring Microsoft Sound Designer, <a href="http://zacharyquarles.com/">Zachary Quarles</a>, and David Murray, <a href="https://www.youtube.com/user/adric22">The 8-Bit Guy</a>.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/8-bit">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Nov 29, 2016
#2 | NBC Chimes
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NBC’s three little chimes didn’t just define a television network, they defined a generation. Where did they come from and what is the surprising impact they have had on current and future media? Featuring the last person to play the NBC chimes on the NBC radio network, broadcaster Rick Greenhut, and radio historian, John Schneider.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/nbc">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Nov 15, 2016
#1 | Siri
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When Siri launched in 2011, she permanently changed the way people interacted with their technology. What was it like to be the voice behind that voice? And how did they make that voice come to life? Featuring the original voice of Siri, voice actor <a href="http://susancbennett.com/">Susan Bennett</a>, and Director of Speech to Text Technology for <a href="https://www.nuance.com/">Nuance</a>, Dr. Andrew Breen.<br><br><a href="https://www.20k.org/episodes/siri">Episode transcript, music, and credits can be found here.</a>
Nov 01, 2016
#0 | Trailer
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The stories behind the world's most recognizable and interesting sounds.
Oct 31, 2016