A big shout-out to the U.S. Internal Revenue Service for pushing Tax Day back to April 17th this year just so the I.W.H. could trot out its more-or-less annual salute to taxation in particular and money in general. Something to listen to in those final hours while you're being held upside down by your ankles and shaken.
Tuesday 4/17/12, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after Popular Demand.
One hundred years ago this week The Titanic sank so that James Cameron would have something to do later.
This week's Whizbang will open with some songs to float your boat.
Tuesday 4/10/12, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after Popular Demand.
Spring, blah blah blah, April, yada-yada: Flowers.
A bouquet of musical posies to open this week's Whizbang.
Tuesday 4/3/12, 8-10 PM.
Rebroadcast Friday midnight after Popular Demand.
Yes, it's International Brain Awareness Week and what do you think of that? More importantly, what are you going to do this week to show your brain that you care? At the very least you should allow it to be your constant companion; take it with you wherever you go, consult it often. Your brain will appreciate your thoughtfulness.
And what better show than The INTERCRANIAL Whizbang Hour to salute that extraordinary collection of cells and synapses which keeps your skull from resonating when you sneeze?
Tuesday 3/13/12, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after Popular Demand.
I have no idea why Sofia Kovalevskaya High School Mathematics Day is celebrated on March 6th, since she was born, and died, in January. Or, for that matter, why she is sometimes identified as Sonia.
Nevertheless she was the first major Russian female mathematician:
And since March is Women's History Month (and especially since the Republican Party and its cohorts - Thank you, Rush Limbaugh - are apparently doing everything in their power to disenfranchise and insult women) it behooves us to celebrate the life of Ms. Kovalevskaya.
First of all, does anyone know why it's called "Leap" Year? It would make sense if February were a day shorter every four years - then we'd be 'leaping' over the missing day - but we're adding a day, so where does the leaping come in?
Glad you asked: Apparently it had something to do with various religious festivals having to 'leap ahead' one day due to the calendar change in those years, courtesy of Julius Caesar back in 45 BC.
Still, it's a lot easier to say "Leap Year" than "Intercalary Year" (which sounds like some kind of diet plan) or "Bissextile Year" (which sounds like something Rick Santorum would certainly disapprove of).
At any rate, songs of leaping and jumping to open this week's Whizbang on the day before Leap Day.
Tuesday 2/28/12 8-10 PM.
Laissez les bon temps rouler!
Tuesday 2/21/12 8-10 PM.
Rebroadcast Friday midnight
after Bradford & Cairo's Popular Demand.
Oh, all right: Valentine's Day songs - Whizbang style, of course.
Tuesday 2/14/12, 8-10 PM.
Rebroadcast Friday midnight after Bradford & Cairo's Popular Demand.
It's February, it's Iowa - let's get the heck out of here.
There are at least a skidillion songs about cars, so it's not surprising that there are nearly as many songs about streets, roads, lanes, avenues, highways, byways, thruways and freeways.
So tune in and hit the road, Jack.
Tuesday 2/7/12, 8-10 PM. Rebroadcast Friday midnight after P5K.
American composer Philip Glass turns 75 on January 31st of this year.
While he is probably best known for his operatic works, such as Satyagraha and Einstein on the Beach, and his music for classic films such as Jean Cocteau's La Belle et La Bete and Tod Browning's Dracula and more contemporary films, including Koyaanisqatsi, Kundun, The Truman Show and The Illusionist, and his many other symphonic, orchestral and chamber works, he has often dipped a toe or sometimes an entire foot into the world of popular music. In fact, his Symphony No. 1: Low, and Symphony No. 4: Heroes, were based on the music from the two albums of the same names by David Bowie.