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Re:sound - The Hearing Show

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Tune in this Saturday at 3 and Sunday at 6 for Re:sound - The Hearing Show. In this special documentary from PRX we listen in on hearing — a complex system of circuitry that is vulnerable to all sorts of interruptions, misfires and breakdowns.  Highlights include:

The Rest Is Silence - by Brian Calvert
Amanda McDonough has had hearing problems all her life. She wore hearing aids and hid the fact from everyone she knew. Mostly she got by, until she made a decision that changed everything.

Signal To Noise - by Paolo Pietropaolo
What happens when you work with sound everyday — listening to it, recording it, manipulating it — and then one day, one of those sounds sticks around for good? Radio producer Paolo Pietropaolo decided to listen carefully to his tinnitus — a chronic ringing in his ears — in hopes of decoding its mysterious message.

5-7-5 - by Flo Neve
After Leslie lost his ability to enjoy music, he was able to find joy in peaceful places and haikus — short poems of 17 syllables — that he considers his 'zone of tranquility'. 

Michelle Keenan is the Associate Director of Development at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She began volunteering for the station in 1996 and has been a full-time staff member since 1998.