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The Green Compass Season 2

August 2, 2010 – 3:40 pm | 3,047 views
2010 Green Compass Storybox Twenty students about to enter their first year of college created these nine radio documentaries as part of their position as Summer Interns at The Heinz Endowments.

Big Brother John Klinvex and Little Brother DJ

July 31, 2010 – 10:30 am | 2,141 views
2010-07-31-SaturdayShow 003 Meet a "big/little" pair matched by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh and learn how you can make a difference in a child's life. This week, we're joined by Big Brother John Klinvex and Little Brother DJ, along with BBBS Special Services Coordinator Cheryl Jones.

Claire & Elliot Pullen

July 31, 2010 – 10:26 am | 4,080 views
2010-07-31-SaturdayShow 002 This week we're joined by twelve year-old pianist Claire and her eight year-old brother, Elliot Pullen, on classical guitar

The Great Unknown Band

July 31, 2010 – 10:01 am | 2,549 views
2010-07-31-SaturdayShow 004 We're pleased to welcome back Philadelphia's The Great Unknown Band, whose soaring harmonies and acoustic arrangements are sure to please fans of Americana music.

Jamie Bell

July 24, 2010 – 4:48 pm | 2,004 views
2010-07-24-SAT-Show-pics-003 We're pleased to welcome guitarist Jamie Bell, along with clarinetist Rebecca DeStefano McNeil, as they perform their special mix of Brazilian Choro music, live in our studios.

Sophie Claypole

July 24, 2010 – 4:38 pm | 2,083 views
2010-07-24-SAT-Show-pics-002 Young writer and twelve year-old Quaker Valley Middle School student, Sophie Claypole, joins us to read excerpts from some her orignial story, The Problem with Wishes.


July 24, 2010 – 4:21 pm | 3,769 views
2010-07-24-SAT-Show-pics-001 NC State sophomore and Upper St. Clair High School grad Brian Gaudio, along with friends, join us to discuss their unique organization, Shoemanity, which aims to design sustainable solutions that improve quality of life in the rural Dominican Republic and Haiti, through the lens of cultural collaboration.

Sound Effects and Foley

July 20, 2010 – 4:01 pm | 422 views
SDA 012 Today, campers had to solve a sound effects puzzle: match the prop with the desired sound effect to discover crackling fire, horses galloping, and even a sword fight! Next we wrote small radio plays using the sound effects. The grand finale was a full blown presentation by Bricolage Theater's Tami Dixon, who brought in a ton of props and goodies, and had the whole class take part in a great train robbery!

Radio Plays and Sound Effects: Part 1

July 19, 2010 – 4:21 pm | 491 views
SDA 002 Today, campers were introduced to radio plays and how sound effects are used to enhance a story. We listened to Ray Bradbury's "Zero Hour", a sci-fi tale about an alien invasion. With the scripts present, we were able to see the instructions for sound effects while listening to the results in the audio. Tomorrow, we'll make our own sound effects and receive a demonstration from Bricolage Theater's Tami Dixon.

Justin Andrew Band

July 17, 2010 – 10:36 am | 2,551 views
2010-07-17-Sat Show pics 005 We're pleased to welcome the very talented Justin Andrew and his band, who create tasteful, folk-pop music. Mr. Andrew's thoughtful lyrics are delivered via beautiful melody lines, interwoven with pedal steel guitar, drums and bass.