The Sound Of Your City

We've been asking the NPR audience to send photos and sound from the heart of their cities. All Things Considered hosts Robert Siegel and Melissa Block hear from around the country what some of our listeners sent in.

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

We've been asking what you already love. What is the heart of your city? You've been sending pictures, and some of you have sent us sound.

BILL DEPUTY: This is Bill Deputy(ph). New Orleans, Louisiana, has many signature sounds. Music spills out of the clubs; the clang of the streetcars. But what defines the soundscape of this city, is the sound of the steam calliope on the Riverboat Natchez.

(SOUNDBITE OF STEAM CALLIOPE)

MARCUS BURNS: I'm Marcus Burns(ph) from Fort Hood, Texas. And the sound of my city every morning, Monday through Friday at 6:30, is the sound of soldiers training.

(SOUNDBITE OF SOLDIERS CHANTING)

KIM ELSHAM: This is Kim Elsham. The sound of Chicago is roller derby at the Windy City Rollers.

UNIDENTIFIED ANNOUNCER: ...on the track and (unintelligible) for the Double Crossers.

(SOUNDBITE OF ROLLER DERBY RACE)

MARTRICE WHITE: My name is Martrice White(ph). The sound of Portland, Oregon, is migrating songbirds on Mount Tabor at daybreak.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONGBIRDS)

WILL COLEY: My name is Will Coley(ph). The sound of Santa Monica is the rhythm of rush hour at the gym.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)

COLEY: Sixty-eight people focused on their aerobic exercise machines.

(SOUNDBITE OF MACHINERY)

UNIDENTIFIED RESTAURANT WORKER #1: (unintelligible) Ms. Williams to the front, please.

RANDY SKACK: My name is Randy Skack(ph), and this is the sound of Kansas City, Missouri - the dinnertime line at Gates Barbecue.

UNIDENTIFIED RESTAURANT WORKER #2: Hi. May I help you? (unintelligible) on bone. Put it on a bun, please. Hi. May I help you?

SKACK: I'll have a turkey on bun with beans, to stay.

UNIDENTIFIED RESTAURANT WORKER #1: Turkey on bun, please. BB, please.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Keep telling us about the heart of your city. Send us sound; and send us pictures, too. Find out how at NPR.org/nprcities. Follow the Cities Project on Twitter, at nprcities. And join us for another story in the Cities Project tomorrow.

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