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Celebrating Listening: An Evening of Sounds and Stories with Pulse of the Planet's Jim Metzner '75

Jim Metzner Recording 1 

Thursday, March 7, 2019

4-6 p.m., W. E. B. Du Bois Library, Room 2601

Space is limited; please R.S.V.P. or call 413-545-3974 by February 28.

Join us for this special event with Jim Metzner as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of Pulse of the Planet. Enjoy an evening rich in sounds and stories about the world in which we live.

Jim began his radio career in 1977 with the ground-breaking short format series You're Hearing Boston, produced for CBS station WEEI-FM.  Metzner's other award-winning series include You're Hearing San FranciscoYou're Hearing AmericaThe Sounds of ScienceVoices of Innovation, and Pulse of the Planet, which has been on the air since 1988.  Pulse of the Planet broadcasts over 250 stations in the US and is now widely heard as a podcast.  He has recorded all over the world and produced features for public radio's MarketplaceAll Things Considered, and Morning Edition as well as for National Geographic OnlineDiscovery, the American Museum of Natural History, the American Association of Engineering Societies, and NASA.

Jim has received major grants from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Grammy Foundation. He was a Media Fellow at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole.  In 2017, he travelled to Germany, Austria and Switzerland as a Fulbright Specialist.

Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture, and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.