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Jill Sobule Plays Live; The Science And Sound Of Language

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Monday, June 02, 2014

Jill Sobule's new album, 'Dottie's Charms,' features lyrics by writers Jonathan Lethem, David Hadju, and more. Jill Sobule's new album, 'Dottie's Charms,' features lyrics by writers Jonathan Lethem, David Hadju, and more. (Courtesy of the artist)

Singer-songwriter Jill Sobule enlisted famous authors to write lyrics about a second-hand charm bracelet she received as a gift. Jonathan Lethem, Sam Lipsyte, James Marcus, David Hajdu, Mary Jo Salter, and others obliged. Sobule plays a few of the songs live, and Marcus and Hajdu join in for a conversation about the project.

When Lydia Denworth discovered that her two-year-old son had already experienced extreme hearing loss, she began to wonder how sound shapes our earliest perceptions of the world. She talks about her search for answers, and her book I Can Hear You Whisper: An Intimate Journey through the Science of Sound and Language.

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