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First Aired - 09/29/2010 07:00PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Burning Down the House Curtis discusses a topic dear to the heart of New Yorkers yet usually not taught much in architecture school: acoustics. Curtis discusses which frequencies carry and which don't, plus what you can do in your apartment to dull the throbbing bass or dragging feet of your upstairs or downstairs neighbor. Nat the Engineer also stops by with some helpful hints about soundwaves, frequencies, and the bassiest song he knows. This episode was sponsored by Hearst Ranch: purveyors of fine grass-fed beef from the California coast.

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Curtis B. Wayne, Heritage Radio Network, Hearst Ranch, incredible rib eye, Roberta's restaurant, voix populaire, Eliza Pierson, East Williamsburg Industrial Park, parenthood, what we do and don't learn in architecture school, how to build, The Architect's Newspaper, Julie Iovine, A Letter To The Editor, archpaper.com, License To Learn, architectural degrees, it now takes 12-15 years to complete the ARE, a failure of the system or a symptom of apathy, lost the art of passing down knowledge, the science and engineering of acoustics, Dan Breindel, a disgusting acoustical experience, the era of fern bars, Curtis goes to Graduate School, Wallace Clement Sabine, the Heritage Radio DIY Spirit, sound can be very disturbing, New York is a noisy place, only the Super Rich are afforded quiet, Connecticut under attack, the nature of sound is that it involves energy moving through air, soundproofing your house, in space there is no sound, the speed of sound, warmer air conducts noise faster, can wind carry sound?, fuzzy things diminish sound, an open window is 100% absorptive, sound diffusion, flanking noise, shameless wave pressure, if you have a noisy neighbor, anechoic chamber, 3 to 6 feet of sound absorbing foam, someone putting on a latex suit in an anechoic chamber, the human ear is sensitive across a wide spectrum of sound, Hertz, the younger you are the better your high frequency hearing, around 1000 Hz, masking noise, therapist office sound machines, white noise, pink noise, brown noise, Nat makes noise, Curtis makes noise, a cow exhaling, confusing our brains, all frequencies at once, voices carrying,
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Hearst Ranch, more acreage than all of New York City, Brian Kenny, serenaded by a cowboy on the studio guitar, wonderful tribal collective, Voices Carry, an illustration of air flanking noise, close your window, turn on the AC, your brain will focus on the constant pressure of the masking noise, noise that is structure borne, lower frequencies will travel right through a wall or floor, chairs scraping on the floor, managing your environment against structure borne sounds, foot draggers, installing a second ceiling, bouncy clips, metallic resilient, almost all of New York City requires that you cover some of your floor with rugs, giving your landlord your first born child, neighborly negotiation, adding a second layer of wall, air gaps in a demising partition is a sound leak, speaking tubes, smooshing like a slinky, air is porous, sheets of lead to damper vibration, converting air motion into heat energy, very evocative visually, interstices,
Stereo Wars (10:00)
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Mississippi Queen, dorm stereo wars, designed to be played very very loud, blast through the walls and conquer, frequencies all in the middle, it's the low frequencies that are difficult to defeat, a better quality stereo system has a sub woofer, turning your floor into a vibrating surface, transducers, the electrical activating portion of a loud speaker, turning your coffee table into a loud speaker, the baseline of Voodoo Child is ideal for stereo wars, crank it up to 11, very thick absorptive materials, fuzzy materials, fiberglass, wool batting, human language frequency in the middle of the acoustic spectrum, one of the problems of modern electronic reproductive equipment, sound pollution of yesteryear, The Age of Hip Hop, Hip Hop relishes the very lowest frequencies of hearing, engineer Nat Weiner explains why Youtube is like a picture of Niagra Falls, feel the bass, souped up car stereos, being self-aware of your sonic effects, impact isolation systems, IIC ratings, floating floors, a cushy isolating layer, once sounds are in the structure they will radiate throughout the entire integrity, the human ear is more sensitive to the lower frequencies than the higher, sound absorbing materials for the middle of the sound spectrum, porous fuzzy things, causing fibers to rub together and diffuse the sound, resilient bouncing mounts for lower frequency sound, get used to it or move, muffling woofers, urban acoustics, Next Week: Designing Consumer Objects On The Cheap,

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First Aired - 09/01/2009 06:30PM Download MP3 (Full Episode)
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This week on Why We Cook: Erica talks slimy, oily fish, trying to cast a brighter light on anchovies, sardines, and mackerel with some brainy histories and quick prep tips.
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mackerel, consumed extensively in Asia and Mediterranean, braised with fish sauce and caramelized sugar, Americans afraid of mackerel, Americans like dull fish, mackerel often associated with poverty and hard times, poor man's fish, Atlantic not Spanish or King mackarel, Spanish and King high in mercury, only get Atlantic mackerel, oily fish spoil quickly, fish ready for cooking should smell like high tide not low tide, mid-water fish caught in more sustainable and safe way, mackarel is a mid-water fish, you want cured not raw mackerel, mackerel contain anisakis, anisakis is a parasite that burroughs in the stomach lining, salting and vinegaring oily fish makes them taste better, creates umami, umami: the fifth taste, mackerel responds well to fast intense heating, fish skin is like fish bacon,

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