Re:sound #87: The Magpie Show

This hour: redeeming the much-maligned bird.

2008 / TCF / WBEZ 91.5, USA

This hour: redeeming the much-maligned bird.

Magpie Diva
by Lea Redfern (Radio Eye, ABC, 2006)
In Chinese culture, the magpie is a symbol of happiness. In Korea, it's a symbol of good news. In other places, though, the poor magpie is everything from a bad omen to a symbol of death. Say what you will, no one seems to be neutral about the bird.

Mad About Magpies
by Guy Hand (Living on Earth, 2005)
Guy Hand says that we look to the natural world for clues to living a more harmonious life. For instance, we aspire to those traits in animals we value: the wisdom of the owl, the noble bearing of the bald eagle, the grace of the swan. But what's nature trying to teach us when it starts acting like some pushy, poorly socialized uncle -- you know, the one with the loud voice who moves in uninvited and threatens to eat everything in sight?

This episode of Re:sound was produced by Roman Mars.

produced by

Lea Redfern

Lea Redfern has been making radio since the early 1990s when she was seduced by the intimacy, independence, and creative possibilities allowed by the medium.

Guy Hand

Guy Hand is a independent radio producer whose work has appeared on NPR's Living On Earth, Radio High Country News, and others.

Roman Mars

Roman Mars (@romanmars) is the creator of 99% Invisible , a short radio show about design and architecture.

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