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The Science of the Lunar Eclipse and Poetry from Judith Roche

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
08/27/2007

This weekend's lunar eclipse is a rare event. Today, we learn how it will connect Pacific Northwest skywatchers back to the voyages of Columbus and the pioneers of moon exploration. Also, Judith Roche reads poems celebrating that most Pacific Northwest icon: the salmon.



At 2:07 p.m. – Judith Roche
Judith Roche reads poems celebrating that most Pacific Northwest icon: the salmon.

Judith Roche's third and most recent collection is The Wisdom of the Body (Black Heron Press, 2007). She is also a co–editor of First Fish, First People: Salmon Tales of the North Pacific Rim, which received an American Book Award.

Judith Roche is the Literary Arts director emerita for One Reel/Bumbershoot, and is 2007 distinguished Northwest writer in residence at Seattle University. Her reading was recorded at Elliott Bay Books on April 4th, 2007 by Jason Pagano.



Related Links:
  • Salmon Suite
  • Black Heron Press


  • At 2:20 p.m. – Lunar Eclipse
    The moon has a powerful hold on human imagination. This weekend's lunar eclipse is a rare event that will connect Pacific Northwest skywatchers back to the voyages of Columbus and bring to mind the work of the American lunar explorers of the late 1960's and early 70's. Dr. Woody Sullivan is an astronomy professor and astronomical historian at the University of Washington. He's with us now with the science and stories behind this week's lunar eclipse.


    At 2:30 p.m. – Arlene Blum (Archive from March 14th, 2007)
    Arlene Blum has played a groundbreaking role in women's mountaineering. Best known for leading the first American–and all–women's–ascent of Annapurna I, considered one of the world's most dangerous and difficult mountains, Blum also led the first women's team up Mt. McKinley; was the first American woman to attempt Mt. Everest; and has played a leading role in more than 20 mountain expeditions worldwide. She made the first traverse of the Great Himalaya Range of Bhutan, Nepal and India and hiked the length of the European Alps with her baby daughter on her back. In this archive conversation from March 14th, 2007, Dave Beck speaks with Arlene Blum.

    Related Links:
  • Arlene Blum


  • At 2:45 p.m. – Nancy Pearl Book Reviews
    Music and literature are both vehicles for telling stories. Book Crush and Book Lust author Nancy Pearl's read two books recently where music plays a part. One book is about an influential musician. And the other is by an author who has another life as a singer and songwriter.

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  • Nancy Pearl's Web Site
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