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The Rarest Sound: Tracking Silence in the Hoh Rainforest

Sarah Waller
08/15/2009

One of the rarest things in the modern world is silence. Especially on radio. Silence makes some people nervous, but not Gordon Hempton. Gordon is an Emmy Award–winning sound recording artist who calls himself the Sound Tracker. He traveled to almost all 390 of America's national parks in search of the place with the least human noise and the most natural silence. Then, he found it in his own back yard in the Hoh Rainforest on the Olympic Peninsula. Gordon calls the spot One Square Inch of Silence, and he's fighting to preserve it. KUOW's Sarah Waller met with Gordon to bring us the rarest noise of all.

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