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The Legacy of Carl Sagan, Movie Reviews, and the Shackled Hammering Man

Megan Sukys/Dave Beck
09/19/2008

Astronomer Carl Sagan inspired millions of Americans to gaze up in fascination at the night sky. Today, atmospheric scientist Cliff Mass pays tribute to Sagan's lasting influence. We also remember an artist who once tied a ball and chain to Seattle's iconic Hammering Man.

At 2:05 p.m. – Waking up to the Birds of Sequim

The forests of the Olympic peninsula are so dense that the air is still. Sounds are deadened. So, the birds of that area have developed high pitched songs that can pierce the silence. For Bob Boekelheide, those songs are as much as a part of the landscape as the trees. Bob is the director of the Dungeness River Audubon Center. He is so familiar with bird songs, he can see birds just by hearing them.

At 2:20 p.m. – Cliff Mass on the Carl Sagan Legacy

Decked out in his signature turtleneck and sportcoat, the late Astronomer Carl Sagan helped millions and millions of Americans develop a fascination for billions and billions of galaxies. Few scientists have had as high a profile as Sagan. He was a frequent guest on TV talk shows, the author of dozens of books and host of the series "Cosmos" on PBS. Carl Sagan taught the importance and impact of bringing science to the masses to Cliff Mass. Cliff is an atmospheric sciences professor at the University of Washington. His weekly weather forecasts are heard on KUOW. Cliff first met Carl Sagan in a college classroom.

At 2:40 p.m. – Robert Horton Movie Reviews

Robert Horton reviews Hollywood Blockbusters and art house rarities every Friday on Sound Focus. He joins us with a look at films screening in our region this weekend.

At 2:50 p.m. – What Happened to Hammering Man's Ball and Chain

Hammering Man is the 48 foot tall moving sculpture in front of the Seattle Art Museum downtown. For a brief time back in 1993, he was fastened to a ball and chain. Eric Scigliano is a Seattle writer and editor. He wrote about the tragic life of the guerrilla artist who fastened that ball and chain.

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