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Program Information
 New World Notes 
 Second of 2 parts
 Weekly Program
 Kenneth Dowst  
 For non-profit use only.
 Attribution Non-commercial Share Alike (by-nc-sa) 
 No Advisories - program content screened and verified.
A fine audio collage--the latest released (March 2018) by Virtual Renderings. Not previously broadcast on New World Notes. Condensed a bit by KD.

It's an intriguing mix of parts of lectures and interviews, music, dramatic readings, and whatnot on this theme: With much of Western Civilization and corporatocracy proving unsustainable and inhumane, we need to re-develop our understanding and appreciation of natural ecology, particularly the plant world.

(Continued under "Credits")
The heart of Part 2 is a somewhat comic story, told by a young witch (Kirsten Hal), of her only partially successful attempts to communicate with a rosemary plant. In counterpoint to this are words by herbalists, social critics, and others on the complexity of the plant world, the inability of logic alone to explain the world and our experience, the wisdom of indigenous people, and related themes. Plus some highly relevant music.

And, by way of introduction, a short poem by William Wordsworth (of all people)--who makes many of the same points as the others.

New World Notes is produced under the auspices (Latin for "suspicious gaze") of WWUH-FM, a community service of that beacon of light in darkest Connecticut, the University of Hartford.

The uncut version of the collage--and 113 other works by Virtual Renderings--are available on Here is a listing:
Suitable for airplay: naughty words have been beeped out.

You can download this installment of New World Notes--in MP3 and other formats--also from The Internet Archive ( The page with the download links is here:

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