AirTalk for May 6, 2010

Stop that racket: why we hate- and love- noise

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In this photo illustration Suvi Kingsley, 31, displays a collapsible megaphone from the 1920's at the British Library on August 14, 2008 in London, England

Unlike music, speech and other frequencies we hear, noise is usually defined as “unwanted sound.” Garret Keizer examines why many of the things we most want—rapid travel, mobile communication devices and other signs of modernity—are so loud we can hardly hear ourselves think. From hip hop and metal to car alarms and helicopters, are these the noisiest of times? Or have we always longed for the (quiet) good old days? Keizer gives Larry a shout about his book, The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise.

Guest:


Garret Keizer, author of The Unwanted Sound of Everything We Want: A Book About Noise (Public Affairs)


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