You Do (Not) Have The Right To Remain Silent

What you should probably know about the Miranda Warning, the Fifth Amendment, and recent court decisions

No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation

As noted in this recent NPR segment, the fifth amendment has largely been taken out of context as a result of the Miranda WarningIt is entirely true you can remain silent in matters in which you are compelled to incriminate yourself, however, there is no constitutional protection for keeping your mouth shut.

Your silence can and will be used against you in a court of law.

Here is the case of Richard Tom, who’s silence following a deadly crash was entered as evidence of his guilt. I do not condone Tom’s actions of operating a motor-vehicle with a BAC in excess of 0.08 that led to the death of another person. That is reprehensible behavior easy to prove without having to rely on his demeanor while under police custody.

Nothing new to the paranoid and pedantic readers of this site I am sure, but the next time you deal with the cops don’t say you weren’t warned.

Breaking Bad Writers on NPR's Fresh Air

Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz discuss writing for Breaking Bad with NPR’s Terry Gross on this episode of Fresh Air (Listen / Read Transcripts)

Terry Gross speaks with Peter Gould and Thomas Schnauz, two writers from AMC’s Breaking Bad in a recent episode of Fresh Air.

Listen to the complete interview here, or read the transcript [via NPR]

PG: I think ultimately, we talked about the morality of the show a lot while we were working on it, and to me, the actions he has taken are beyond redemption, so there might be some enlightening or understanding that he has, but I would distinguish between self-understanding and any kind of redemption.

TS: The pizza on the roof was unforgivable

Mike Tyson Interviewed on NPR

Tyson is an individual who has experienced both extremes of the human emotional spectrum, and the way in which he speaks gives an air of humility and sincerity that is unmatched by many people who share about their successes.

This one is well worth your time, listen, enjoy, share.

“Shame is an awesome motivator.”

A truly interesting interview aired yesterday on KQED’s Forum broadcast, as they hosted legendary boxer Mike Tyson. Known not just for his boxing prowess, but also for numerous legal troubles, and as one of the English language’s most unique orators, this interview is nothing short of amazing.

Stream / Download Mike Tyson on KQED Forum, or sample some highlights from the segment below.

Tyson is an individual who has experienced both extremes of the human emotional spectrum, and the way in which he speaks gives an air of humility and sincerity that is unmatched by many people who share about their successes.

This one is well worth your time, listen, enjoy, share.

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Keeping America’s Audio Archives

An interesting piece recently on NPR’s All Things Considered on the importance and challenges of preserving historical audio recordings by examining the work of the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Plan

An interesting piece recently on NPR’s All Things Considered on the importance and challenges of preserving historical audio recordings by examining the work of the Library of Congress’ National Recording Preservation Plan

The piece, available as a written transcript or streaming audio, examines the challenges surrounding both historical recordings and newer technologies as well as the problems copyright law play into keeping the archives complete.

Click here to read / listen to Saving The Sounds of America from All Things Considered

“It’s important to think about the life cycle of the recording as it’s made and not just 80 years later when you open your closet and see these things and scratch your head,” Brylawski says. “Thinking about the life cycle of a born digital item as soon as it’s made — that would be the best way to think about [the question of], ‘How will this be preserved?’ “

Classical Music Unsafe For Driving

A scientific look at how type of music affect the increased danger it subjects to the driver. Classical Music the clear loser here!

via NPR’s Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

Researchers in London claim that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving — in fact, that it caused more erratic driving than hip-hop, heavy metal or not listening to music at all...

…also identified individual songs that were even worse for auto safety than classical music; the Black Eyed Peas‘ dancehall-flavored “Hey Mama,” for starters, was judged the single most dangerous song for driving

Thank You Scicnce

NPR Music's Top 100 for 2012

NPR Music lists it’s 100 favorite tracks from 2012 and provides a Spotify and Rdio station to allow streaming of their submissions

Our friends over at NPR Music have made their list of Top 100 Songs for 2012 available for browsing and streaming over on their website.

Featuring selections this year from a number of albums and artists covered here, including Spiritualized, Mala, and Wiley, it felt only right to share the link here.

 

NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 [article]
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Spotify
Stream NPR Music’s 100 Favorite Songs of 2012 on Rdio

Moogfest 2012 Recap

Moogfest 2012 recap featuring downloads performances by Andy Stott, Ana Sia, Richie Hawtin, Disclosure, and Morton Subotnick, photos, and editorial

Moog Music Inc. (Media Room)After having to miss last years Moogfest due to some logistical confusion, I was fortunate enough to be able to make the trip this year to catch Day 1 of the annual Asheville, NC music festival, as well as catching a glimpse of the Moog Music Inc. factory before heading back to Atlanta.

More info beneath the fold, also be sure to check out the Moogfest Photo Gallery

Update: NPR Music has made a number of performances from Moogfest 2012 available for download, be sure to check their recordings of Andy Stott, Ana Sia, Disclosure, Richie Hawtin, and Morton Subotnick

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The Science of Out of Body Experiences

Listen below to Dr. James Whinnery speaks about his research on the effects of g-forces on the brain’s spatial awareness and ability to position itself. Through inducing blackouts under high-g environments we get a glimpse into the biology of the brain, and an interesting inside to OBEs without the common new-age themes of metaphysics and spirituality.

centrifugeA scientific look at out-of-body experiences was presented on RadioLab many years ago and managed to stay out of my realm of knowledge until I heard it rebroadcast on NPR a few days ago.

Read the article on Radio Lab

Listen below to Dr. James Whinnery speaks about his research on the effects of g-forces on the brain’s spatial awareness and ability to position itself. Through inducing blackouts under high-g environments we get a glimpse into the biology of the brain, and an interesting inside to OBEs without the common new-age themes of metaphysics and spirituality.

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Ignorance: How It Drives

Answers have become so easy and so readily available that I think we now have too much emphasis on answers and not enough on questions

Continuing the theme diversifying content, we are sharing a link from NPR‘s Talk of the Nation. Recently, on Science Friday, Ira Flatow spoke with neuroscientist Stuart Firestein on the latter’s recent publication Ignorance: How It Drives Science Forward, outlining an important realization not unique to the scientific community.

“…answers have become so easy and so readily available that I think we now have too much emphasis on answers and not enough on questions” [*]

For more from icnt.mx, including the full interview with Firestein, continue beneath the fold.

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Spiritualized – Sweet Heart Sweet Light

Spiritualized’s “Sweet Heart Sweet Light” album due for release April 17, 2012 on Fat Possum. Stream the album and watch videos before it’s released

Coming ahead of their twice delayed full length release, Spiritualized recently performed ‘Little Girl as a part of the BBC6 Music 10th Birthday Event at Maida Vale.

The new album Sweet Heart Sweet Light is listed for release April 17, 2012 on the Oxford, MS based blues label Fat Possum.

Spiritualized will be tour the US and Europe in support of the album’s release and has released a  video for the single ‘Hey Jane (via Pitchfork)

The Man Who Fell To Earth: Hear Spiritualized front man Jason Pierce interviewed on NPR Morning Edition

Pre-order Sweet Heart Sweet Light on CD or vinyl or enter to win the album and free Spiritualized merchandise from the Fact Magazine contest

Stream the album and check the videos and view the complete tracklist beneath the fold:

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75 Years from Dub to Dubstep

Recently, NPR Music asked me to contribute a selection of songs outlining dub reggae, and specifically Lee “Scratch” Perry’s influence on modern dance music. Click on over to NPR to check out their article, with some information on the upcoming The Upsetter film, as well as the four tracks I selected.

Much thanks to the crew at NPR for reaching out to me and allowing me to contribute

Lee ‘Scratch’ Pretty : Over 75 Years, From Dub to Dubstep

NPR on Dubstep's 'Identity Crisis'

Suffice it to say, when I launched the Brostep Forum a little over a year ago I did not expect it to be popular, well-received, and especially didn’t expect it to reach ‘meme status.’ Regardless of that, I’m glad it did – and, honestly, I’m glad the name aggravates people; that was kind of the idea from the get go. Its a perfectly eponymous name for an overly self-referencing style of music.

Suffice it to say, when I launched the Brostep Forum a little over a year ago I did not expect it to be popular, well-received, and especially didn’t expect it to reach ‘meme status.’ Regardless, I’m glad it did – and, honestly, I’m glad the name aggravates people; that was kind of the idea from the get go. Its a perfectly eponymous name for an overly self-referencing style of music.

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Darkstar – North available for online streaming

Much attention has been given to the forthcoming full length release from British electronic music pioneers. Gaining attention from and establishing timeless releases for the unclassifiable and genre bending Hyperdub label only reinforces the notion that the only expectations you one should have approaching this release is none at all. The releases I have been fortunate enough to hear out in DJ sets are impressive however; as anybody I have encountered who has heard the full length has had nothing but utmost respect when describing it. NPR has begun making the album in it’s entirety available for streaming starting today, it will remain available until 18-Oct when the release will be available for purchase on the highly regarded Hyperdub label

Stream Darkstar – North at NPR

Watch the Video for Darkstar – Gold

The album that Darkstar have emerged with will surprise many. North is not a dubstep album, a “post-dubstep” album or an album that cares for the chronology of that music at all. The duo spent months soul-searching, engaging in obsessively close listening to any music they could get their hands on, and the result is a devastating kind of melancholy synth-pop, with 1980s keyboard wires frayed by 21st-century ennui, and 21st-century technology.