Better Than Monkeys What (if anything) makes us, Homo sapiens, superior to (or at least distinct from) our close cousins, those happenin' haplorrhine primates? WQLN's premier podcast Better than Monkeys posits that it's our forays into the arts and sciences that make us, well . . . human. BTM takes a monthly deep-dive behind the scenes of the arts and sciences, alongside local luminaries working in both disciplines, in order to answer that unwieldy question: What makes us human? Listen below, and dig in to your humanity with a new episode every month!
Better Than Monkeys

Better Than Monkeys

From WQLN Radio 91.3 FM

What (if anything) makes us, Homo sapiens, superior to (or at least distinct from) our close cousins, those happenin' haplorrhine primates? WQLN's premier podcast Better than Monkeys posits that it's our forays into the arts and sciences that make us, well . . . human. BTM takes a monthly deep-dive behind the scenes of the arts and sciences, alongside local luminaries working in both disciplines, in order to answer that unwieldy question: What makes us human? Listen below, and dig in to your humanity with a new episode every month!

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Ep 13 - Chita Rivera - Star of Stage and Screen

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Ep 12 - UFO Researcher Stan Gordon

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Ep 10 - Music Therapy with Brittany Barko, M.M., MT-BC, NMT

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Ep 9 - Master Magician Bobby Borgia, Part 2/2

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Ep 8 - Master Magician Bobby Borgia, Part 1/2

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Ep 7 - Grammy Winning Bass-Baritone Mark S. Doss

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Ep 6 - Poet Anna Rose Welch, Part 2/2

Back for part 2, award winning poet Anna Rose Welch, Erieite and author of the new collection "We, the Almighty Fires", gives a mini-reading from the sexy reliquary that will whisper in your ear for the rest of the day. She talks with host Brian Hannah about finding her voice, juggling her day job with her creative pursuits, and her best advice for aspiring writers (Hint: The infinite monkey theorem won't hack it.). This episode was produced in support of PBS's The Great American Read.

Ep 5 - Poet Anna Rose Welch, Part 1/2

A poet to make you swoon, make you dream, and make you reconsider the benefit of imposing creative limitations – it's Erie's own Anna Rose Welch, Alice James Award winning poet, sharing the magic behind her new collection "We, the Almighty Fires". Anna Rose discusses the symbiosis of wordplay and our humanity including. DISCLAIMER!!! – some saucy language that may not be appropriate for young'uns. (It's near the end of this episode – between the 28 and 29 minute mark.)

Ep 4 - Bradley Thachuk, Globetrotting Conductor

Our slightly loosey-goosey math tells us that only one out of every 600,000 Americans is an orchestra conductor! As a wee one, Bradley Thachuk dreamed of growing into this rare art profession, and the dream realized took him around the globe. Could a monkey have done it? No, OBV. In this episode, hear Thachuk's reflections on this dream-come-true.

Ep 3 - Rock Star Walt Slivinski

We humans are rock stars among our mammalian class-mates. But what's it like to be a REAL rock star? From gigs with Sinatra to rubbing elbow with The Beatles, local music legend, composer . . . and ROCK STAR Walt Slivinski has covered it all in his quest for more meaningful humanity.

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