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It's Getting Noisy Out There

12/30/11 12:00PM By Jane Lindholm

AP/Jessica Hill
A sports fan demonstrates the noisy vuvuzela, which has become popular at sporting events.
The world has gotten louder, and as Vermont author Garret Keizer discovered, noise says something about who we are.

In his book, The Unwanted Sound Of Everything We Want, Keizer examines the tension between our desire for peace and quiet and our love of technology. Keizer traveled the globe to see (and hear) places where noise is a social as well as an environmental issue. His conclusion: the most powerless in a culture are those who suffer most from noise. We talk with Keizer about the culture, economics and politics of noise.

 

Plus, Arlington band Burnham performs in VPR's Colchester Studio.

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