Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 3rd, 2007
I am updating this item.
Wisconsin Public Radio, who produced this program, nationally broadcast their “The Bestiary” program over the September 2nd weekend, and now have a very attractive webpage about it here.
Public Radio International (PRI) broadcast the interviews they conducted earlier this summer with various people interested in fantastic beasts and cryptozoology in the program entitled “The Bestiary.” It is a creative, entertaining production done in the PRI tradition of mixing sounds, music, voices, and other audio treats to keep the listener interested as they explore the subject. I especially liked the choice of the bumper music:
“Abominable Snowman in the Market,” by Jonathan Richman. On “23 Great Recordings by Jonathan Richman.” (Castle Communications)
“The Unicorn,” by the Irish Rovers, on “A Child’s Celebration of the World.” (Music for Little People)
“The Veldt” by Combustible Edison, on “I, Swinger.” (SubPop)
“The Whale (Mopy Dick),” by Flanders and Swann, on “The Bestiary of Flanders and Swan.” (EMI)
“Breakfast at Denny’s” by Combustible Edison, on “I, Swinger.”
Several tracks from Robert Rich’s CD, “Bestiary.” (see link)
“Beezus, Beeten, Breep,” by David Rothenberg on “Why Birds Sing.” (Terra Nova)
You can download the entire “ear trek” by clicking here and clicking at the “Listen” logo on the page there.
The (understated) description of the hour-long radio program follows:
Laurel Kendall is one of the curators of “Mythic Creatures,” a blockbuster exhibition at the American Natural History Museum. She walks through the exhibition with Anne Strainchamps and we hear visitor reaction to the dragons and their ilk. Loren Coleman considers himself a conservative cryptozoologist. He tells Jim Fleming what that means, and why he’s still looking for the next Lake Monster or Bigfoot or Thunderbird.
The exhibition, “Mythic Creatures” opened at The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York City on Saturday, May 26, 2007.
I will be delivering a presentation, “Introduction to Cryptozoology,” in conjuntion with this exhibition, on December 1, 2007, at the AMNH.