Thousand Mile Song: An Interview with David Rothenberg

Source: Thousand Mile Song website

First, animal rights campaigner Paula Stibbe provides an update about the ten imprisoned Austrian animal activists who were arrested on May 21st. We learn of their recently-extended remand, and the condition of the advocates, including Dr. Martin Balluch who was on a hunger strike. Stibbe also describes the many successes of the animal rights movement in Austria, and what she believes are the political motivations behind the arrests.

To offer your support, please visit the VGT (Verein Gegen Tierfabriken / Association Against Animal Factories) website.

Then we reconnect with clarinetist, composer, and philosopher, David Rothenberg, author of such books as Always the Mountains, Why Birds Sing: A Journey into the Mystery of Bird Song and the recently-published Thousand Mile Song: Whale Music in a Sea of Sound. With his characteristic exuberance and thoughtfulness, Rothenberg introduces us to the musical world of whales. Throughout, he urges his readers to revisit whale-song anew, with both an appreciation of current ethological research and a willingness to admit how little we really know.

Tune in to hear about the sublime lives of whales, anecdotes from Rothenberg’s adventures, and his own attempts to blur the watery boundary between our species and theirs.

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or download an mp3 of the interview.

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