RadioLab (not to be confused with Radiohead) is an NPR program to which my wife likes to listen. She’s introduced me to a few episodes since, as a person who does a lot of writing, I don’t normally gravitate toward programs with a lot of talk. It’s part of the writer’s curse. In any case, she recently played a segment on acoustic warfare. I’ve known for some time that acoustic warfare is a thing, and that militaries use sound to disrupt enemies’ machinery and human operators. I didn’t really know how it worked. The interesting thing about this RadioLab spot was that they took the story of the walls of Jericho as a starting-off point. Also of interest is that one of the hosts had never heard the story—something that would have been somewhat impossible for many growing up in my generation.
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