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golden record

The Golden Record consists of 115 analog-encoded photographs, greetings in 55 languages, a 12-minute montage of sounds on Earth and 90 minutes of music.

What would you put on a Golden Record?

40 years ago in 1977, CKMS radio and the Voyager spacecrafts were launched. in a few years, the spacecrafts will power down, as their nuclear power source dwindles. We trust CKMS will be broadcasting for many more years than that.

The Voyager Golden Records are phonograph records that were included aboard both Voyager spacecraft. The records are thought to be able to remain intact for a billion years.
The records contain sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth, and are intended for any intelligent extraterrestrial life form, or for future humans, who may find them. Those records are considered as a sort of, time capsule.

Carl Sagan noted that “The spacecraft will be encountered and the record played only if there are advanced space-faring civilizations in interstellar space. The launching of this ‘bottle’ into the cosmic ‘ocean’ says something very hopeful about life on this planet.

Sagan and his associates assembled 115 images and a variety of natural sounds, such as those made by surf, wind, thunder and animals (including the songs of birds and whales). To this they added 30 musical selections from different cultures and eras, spoken greetings in 55 ancient and modern languages, and other human sounds, like footsteps and laughter.

Here is an excerpt of President Carter’s official statement placed on the Voyager spacecraft for its trip outside the Solar System, June 16, 1977:

We cast this message into the cosmos … Of the 200 billion stars in the Milky Way galaxy, some – perhaps many – may have inhabited planets and space faring civilizations. If one such civilization intercepts Voyager and can understand these recorded contents, here is our message: This is a present from a small distant world, a token of our sounds, our science, our images, our music, our thoughts, and our feelings. We are attempting to survive our time so we may live into yours. We hope some day, having solved the problems we face, to join a community of galactic civilizations. This record represents our hope and our determination and our goodwill in a vast and awesome universe.

What would you put on a Golden Record?

episode 203 agriculture show oct 10 2017

Rick Dunnett  is the guest today of The Agriculture Show. Rick is very involved with plowing matches locally and provincially.  www.plowingmatch.org    Our playlist:

  • Talladega by Eric Church
  • Night Moves by Bob Seeger
  • Hotel California by The Eagles
  • No Sugar Tonight by The Guess Who
  • The Weight by The Band

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episode 202 agriculture show sept 12 2017

The Agriculture Show is live at www.outdoorfarmshow.com in Woodstock. Two of our four guests are in this picture, Marvin Talsma and Jenna MacDougall. The other guests are Dan Wright and Mark Kerry.  Here are some other great links.  www.climatefieldview.ca  www.cdnseed.org www.dekalb.ca  www.agscape.ca  Our Playlist:

  • Wheat Kings by The Tragically Hip
  • YYZ by Rush
  • The Journey by Paul Brandt
  • Bad by U2

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episode 201 agriculture show aug 29 2017

Today’s show was a remote live-to-air from the Pioneer Agronomy Centre south of Ayr Ontario.  There were many great speakers about agriculture. L to R in the picture, Adam Gaspar, Ashley Pfister, Jeff Stager, Rachel Faust, Erin Calhoun, and Ali Aziz.  Other speakers were Scott Cressman , Kaye McLagan, and Sean Dunnett. Some of the music selections were Shania Twain, Jason McLean, The Irish Rovers, and Johnny Cash.

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episode 200 agriculture show aug 21 2017

Denise Hockaday is in our studio today. Denise lives in the Region of  Waterloo and works for www.climatefieldview.ca Today is our 200th show and also a solar eclipse in North America.  WOW!  Our playlist:

  • I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why) by Alabama
  • Roar by Katy Perry
  • Leavin’ by Paul Brandt
  • Closing Time by Semisonic
  • Home by The Piano Guys

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episode 199 agriculture show aug 1 2017

Jackie and Scott Merkir are in our studio today. Jackie and Scott work at www.grandvalleygolf.com   Our Playlist:

  • Sweet Disposition by The Temper Trap
  • Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead
  • Black by Pearl Jam
  • Blurry by Puddle of Mudd
  • Space Age Love Song by A Flock of Seagulls

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episode 198 agriculture show july18 2017

Greg Mercer from  www.therecord.com is our studio guest today. We had lots of great things to talk about. Our playlist:

  • Call Me The Breeze by J.J. Kale
  • Tom Thumb Blues by Bob Dylan
  • Peaceful Easy Feeling by The Eagles
  • Friend Of The Devi by The Greatful Dead
  • The Weight by The Band

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episode 197 agriculture show july 4 2017

Janet Horner is our in studio guest today. Janet is a municipal councillor in  www.mulmur.ca  She also is the executive director with www.foodandfarming.ca  Our playlist:

  • A World of Our Own by The Seekers
  • Proud Mary by Tina Turner
  • Stompa by Serena Ryder
  • Hallelujah by Leonard Cohen
  • My Shot from Hamilton the Musical

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episode 196 agriculture show june 27 2017

Marcia Ruby is the guest of The Agriculture Show today. Marcia has made a career of writing for www.alternativesjournal.ca/  Our playlist includes artists from  www.hillsidefestival.ca

  • Escarpment Blues by Sarah Harmer
  • Tears and Time by Leonard Sumner
  • There is Power in a Union by Billy Bragg
  • Fruitpickers ( In Dubious Battle)
  • Bad Liver and a Broken Heart by Hayes Carll
  • Force of Nature by Lindy Vopnfjord

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episode 195 agriculture show june 20 2017

Donna Rogers, Sandy Roth, Susan Martin, Walter Grose, Graham Johnson, Kristen Bradley, and Iris Perriman were participants at The Waterloo Farm Safety Day on June 17. We had a great time asking all these people their impressions.  The event was held at Heritage Hills Farms on the Waterloo-Oxford Rd.  The Farm Safety Day is organized by  https://www.facebook.com/WaterlooRuralWomen

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