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Options July 12, 2017: Road Trip Summer Series Episode 6: Birds and Burma

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Artist Track Album Comments Images
Hwa Mei Bird Garden        
Hwa Mei bird       
Tommy Chang       
More birds       
Kim and Emily enjoying the day       
Our crew       
Lots of colors!       
Princess Nicotine  Sein Sah Thin   Options Pop Songs of Myanmar  Thanks to Rob Weisberg for sharing some great Burma   

Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:01pm Richard S:

Doin' the Egyptian Shumba!!!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:02pm TehBadDr:

Kim you can't believe how bad Emily screwed up last week!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:02pm common:

  Wed. 7/12/17 7:03pm Kate:

tattle tale
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:04pm Cher:

Hey what's the theme song?
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:04pm Kate:

tell us
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:04pm Cher:

Egyptian Shumba?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:06pm Richard S:

The patches are really good looking, and very well-made.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:06pm TehBadDr:

Emily never mentioned the Podcast! Though she did do an excellent show without Kim.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:12pm Kate:

because they have to create their own joy
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:13pm steve:

hey Kimzilla, nice meeting you at Monty Hall the other day! keep up the good work!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:13pm cosmic matrix:

i love birds! me and my cat are enthralled.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:14pm Emily:

Hi everyone!
Yes, Egyptian Shumba by the Tammys is our theme!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:14pm dick:

Scintillating radio
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:14pm cosmic matrix:

Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:15pm kimzilla:

Emily rocked it last week.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:15pm cosmic matrix:

Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:15pm kimzilla:

Hi @Steve, it was great meeting you too!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:16pm Emily:

It's cat radio.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:16pm kimzilla:

Some day I'll figure out how to get these pictures to upload in the right direction!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:16pm Richard S:

Getting the birds some fresh air and sunshine. And hang out with other birds.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:16pm Emily:

Did you know they actually have radio programs/podcasts for cats??
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:18pm Kate:

of course.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:18pm Emily:

Anyone's cats going crazy at the bird noises?
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:19pm kimzilla:

If you hate the topic of birds then you can also call Ken and Andy's pre taped show they are doing right now. 201-536-9368
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:19pm Richard S:

Hmm... Should point my speakers out the window to see what the sparrows outside do...
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:19pm james f:

i had parakeets for a couple years. seemed like a good idea at the time
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:19pm Emily:

@Richard: ha! Good idea...
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:20pm kimzilla:

@ Richard, or see how many cats show up?
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:20pm Richard S:

Fourth floor apartment....
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:21pm kimzilla:

@ Richard, oh.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:22pm Emily:

You can hear the festival mic checking in the background...
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:22pm TehBadDr:

  Wed. 7/12/17 7:22pm melinda:

This is cool.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:22pm Kate:

a 2 hour drive to air your bird. wow that's commitment.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:23pm Emily:

It was amazing! The bird made these noises whenever he held his hand up to it! But just him...and it tilted its head towards his hand. So cool.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:24pm Emily:

Thanks, Melinda!
@Kate: right?? But it's the only such park in the country.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:24pm mink:

who is talking over the tape guys?
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:26pm mink:

Ahh, I see your comment now :)
This is wonderful btw, thanks :)
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:26pm Kate:

There is a black capped chickadee outside my window now. He is listening to the bird sounds and wondering who these strangers are. . .
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:26pm Richard S:

Listening to songbirds like this has got to be immensely therapeutic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:27pm Cooh John:

Wonderful show. Trouble recently did a show with an artist who played an instrument with birds.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:27pm kimzilla:

@ Richard, well, look at the picture of this guy Tommy Chang on the message board. He said he has been doing this for 50 years and has a 40 year old son, and look how young he looks!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:28pm Emily:

Oh cool! I love trouble's show. I'll have to check that out.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:28pm kimzilla:

@Cooh John, I heard that and loved that episode. The guy was from Jersey too!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:29pm DEZ:

pair this with the westminster dog show episode and find one more animal to cover and you can take it to Animal Planet!!!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:29pm Emily:

@DEZ: yes!!!! Here we come!!!!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:30pm kimzilla:

@ Dez, whats next?? Cats? Horses, rodents. There has to be some interesting animal choices to pick from.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:30pm TehBadDr:

The House Finches and House Sparrows that have found a nook in my building chirp pretty nice. I feed them, but they are bird brains. The crows however are smart, and elusive, but like the things I leave for them.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:31pm Andal:

I have been having a really rough day and it was a delightful uplift listening to your adventure in the park. thank you.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:32pm Andal:

I live in NC and have fallen absolutely in love with Carolina wrens. Tiny, curious, with the strongest pipes in the forest.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:33pm kimzilla:

@Andal, I am glad this lifted your spirits. It only gets better with the Burma festival.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:33pm Kate:

I love Carolina wrens! Beautiful song.
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:34pm chris:

Burmese food is indeed unique and wonderful... there's this fermented tea salad that is just outstanding.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:34pm Andal:

Thank you @kimzilla :) looking forward to that too.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:34pm Kate:

fermented tea salad? how liquid is that?
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:35pm Andal:

OMG I just got a burmese cook book and am copying a recipe right now. synchronicity! roasted eggplant salad with fried shallots...
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:35pm chris:

think tea leaves get fermented like cabbage (kimchi)
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:35pm Andal:

@Kate, the tea leaves are fermented. the salad is not liquid. i have only read about it.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:35pm Marc15:

What's Rangoon To You is Grafton To Me
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:36pm andrewb:

I've adopted a continuing family of carolina wrens in my workshop here in bethesda. They're deft flyers also.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:36pm james f:

great job adventuring into the crowd and coming out strong!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:37pm TehBadDr:

ZOMG! The girls are upside down!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:37pm melinda:

I made a Burmese fish curry once, it was good.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:38pm kimzilla:

@TehBadDr, no fixing it now. Its for the handstanding audience.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:38pm Emily:

It was so good! I was amazed how lovely it was for breakfast.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:39pm Andal:

@andrewb, that is so sweet. the can fly almost completely vertically!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:39pm Listener Robert:

You ought to play as your talkover music for this show "Burmese Bear", a satiric song about Burma that Irwin used to play a lot. In fact he used some of it as bed music.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:39pm TehBadDr:

Was there crunchy dried tiny shrimp in it?
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:40pm Kate:

Penguins don't come from next door, they come from the Antarctica. Burma! why did you say Burma? I panicked.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:40pm kimzilla:

@Listener Robert, oh wow, and I just saw irwin too. Actually the outro song was curated by the great Rob Weisberg.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:41pm Emily:

I couldn't even tell what was in it for the most part! It was delicious though. They just handed us these GIANT bowls of curry fish noodles.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:41pm Emily:

@Kate hahah! I almost used that as our intro! But it was deemed too silly.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:41pm Listener Robert:

Burma's politics was a combination of repression, then very ostentatiously counteracting their own oppression, and, partly as a result, sheer craziness. Like Woody Allen as dictator in that movie, but for real.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:41pm Andal:

tofu made from chickpeas!!! shan tofu. i want to make it.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:42pm cosmic matrix:

OMG this is making me sooooo hungry
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:42pm Andal:

South Asia has the world's most advanced snack culture. fight me!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:42pm Emily:

@Andal-I am so intrigued by all this! I'm totally sold on Burmese food. Time for some culinary experimenting.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:43pm cosmic matrix:

its soooo goood. fermented tea leaf salad!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:43pm cosmic matrix:

for example that is
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:43pm Andal:

@Emily, the book I got is Burma Rivers of Flavor by Naomi Duguid. very accessible and beautiful book.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:44pm kimzilla:

@TehBadDr, no shrimp, just these long crunch fish skins, and then you add cilantro and lime and chilies.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:44pm cosmic matrix:

there used to be a burmese restaurant in the east village in the early 90's...taste of burma? i don't remember but it was great.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:44pm Emily:

@Cosmic-that sounds so interesting--I definitely wanna check that tea salad out.
@Andal-ooh, thank you! I'm gonna look into getting that.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:45pm Listener Robert:

It was like, "Do what we say! No, wait, be free! We will force you to be free!" At least that's what I gathered from it. You can't gather much of it from "Burmese Bear", though, because it was couched in language that would pass censorship, even in xlation.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:46pm kimzilla:

@Cosmic Matrix, that's where Emily and I have a difference of opinion, she is much more adventurous with the weird healthy stuff. Like fermented peas for example, (I made that up)
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:46pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Fermented Peas = Good name for a band!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:47pm kimzilla:

"Oy were fermented peas!" and then they spit them all over the audience!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:48pm Emily:

@Robert: truly fascinating. I feel like I barely scratched the surface of what's going on there in my research. I gotta read more about it.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:48pm Emily:

That sound was a little old person shuffling in front of us as we walked.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:48pm Andal:

@Emily, what sold me is, instead of saying "go buy these staples at at an ethnic store," it tells you how to make them. hope you enjoy :)
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:49pm Emily:

@Andal: ooh yes! I love that.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:49pm DEZ:

Righteous jam in the background!!!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:49pm Emily:

It was madness. Everyone was talking to us at once. It was great.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:49pm melinda:

Does Emily like natto? I hear it's gross for people not raised eating it, but it's also a source of an important nutrient, maybe vitamin K.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:50pm Emily:

I love natto! I think it tastes kind of earthy and coffee-like.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:50pm Emily:

It's weird though.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:50pm andrewb:

@andal . I tried to shoo them out at first and when I tried to toss a half built nest i found a little one inside the rest is history.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:51pm cosmic matrix:

@Emily, what a magical morning! amazing. cool people. tried natto once and didn't like it. wow, great music.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:51pm Will from Seattle:

Burmese music is pretty cool, here's a cool album of it
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:51pm melinda:

@Emily that does sound good.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:52pm TehBadDr:

I want to go to the water festival!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:53pm cosmic matrix:

me too!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:54pm steve:

"Guitars Of The Golden Triangle: Folk And Pop Music Of Myanmar (Burma) Vol. 2" on Sublime Frequencies is a really awesome comp
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:55pm cosmic matrix:

Thanks Will'n'Steve
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:55pm TehBadDr:

Well, that was some excellent material again Kim and Emily! Thank you!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:55pm cosmic matrix:

No it's because you guys are amazing!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:55pm Andal:

@andrewb, good man. i had a nest in my shed a few years ago.
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:57pm Andal:

i hear y'all typing on that new loud keyboard, clicky clicky
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:57pm Kate:

@ Andal: Burma Rivers of Flavor: punchy-crunchy ginger salad, I am totally getting this cookbook. Thanks!
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:58pm Richard S:

See you next week!
  Wed. 7/12/17 7:58pm melinda:

Thanks, gals.
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 7:59pm cosmic matrix:

great show!!! tanks
Avatar Swag For Life Member Wed. 7/12/17 7:59pm chris:

another great show! thanks, Emily and Kimzilla!
Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 8:00pm cosmic matrix:

Avatar Wed. 7/12/17 8:00pm Will from Seattle:

Burmese traditional music is like if Mozart made gamelan
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