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Welcome to program 166 of Shortwave Radiogram.

I'm Kim Andrew Elliott in Arlington, Virginia USA.

Here is the lineup for today's program, in MFSK modes as noted:

  1:43 MFSK32: Program preview (now)
  2:46 Scientists monitor changes in magnetic field*
  7:55 MFSK64: Review of new film biopic Tesla*
12:14 This week's images*
28:32 MFSK32: Closing announcements

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From the Voice of America:

NASA Scientists Monitor Changes in 'Dent' in Earth's Magnetic

VOA News
17 August 2020

NASA scientists say a small but significant "dent" in Earth's
magnetic field is expanding and splitting and continuing to
weaken intensity, which could impact low-orbit satellites
circling the globe.

According to scientists, Earth's magnetic field acts like a
protective shield, blocking and trapping charged particles - or
radiation - from the sun that could otherwise cause harm but are
more likely to affect electronic equipment, like satellites.

But the "dent," or weak spot, in the magnetic field over South
America, known to scientists as the South Atlantic Anomaly (SAA),
allows radiation to penetrate Earth's surface. The scientists
have observed no ill effects to daily life on the planet. But
they have observed the anomaly is moving westward and appears to
be splitting.

Scientists say Earth is a bit like a bar magnet with north and
south poles that represent opposing magnetic polarities and
invisible magnetic field lines encircling the planet between

Earth's magnetic field is generated from its outer core, 1,800
miles below the surface, comprised of molten iron and other
metals that are constantly churning and acting like a giant
generator – known as geodynamo - that generates electric currents
that produce the magnetic field. Because of the constant motion,
the magnetic field is not perfectly aligned throughout the globe,
nor is it perfectly stable.

Scientists say these fluctuations, along with the tilt of Earth's
magnetic axis, are what causes the SAA. Because of the radiation
it allows, the region can be hazardous to satellites that pass
through it. They can short-circuit a satellite's onboard computer
or cause other glitches.

Scientists will monitor the changes in the SAA because it tells
them about changes in the Earth's core and how its dynamics
influence other aspects of Earth's systems.

See also:

Image: Screen capture from a NASA video about the South Atlantic
Anomaly ...

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From Science News:

Ethan Hawke stars in 'Tesla,' a quirky biopic about the iconic

The film follows the rise and fall of Nikola Tesla

Maria Temming
19 August 2020

It is a David and Goliath story for the Industrial Age.

Young, idealistic Nikola Tesla came to the United States in 1884
hoping that electricity mogul Thomas Edison would work with him
on a new system for generating and distributing electricity.
Tesla's alternating current system promised to transmit
electricity much greater distances than the reigning direct
current setup that Edison had pioneered. But Edison dismissed
Tesla's ideas as impractical, forcing Tesla to strike out on his

The new biopic Tesla, directed by Michael Almereyda, follows what
came to be known as the War of the Currents between Tesla and
Edison. The film premieres August 21, available on demand through
a variety of cable and digital platforms.

Tesla (portrayed by Ethan Hawke) is the underdog hero. He lacks
Edison's business acumen and penchant for self-promotion, but is
armed with a visionary idea and relentless ambition. To make his
electrical system a reality, Tesla struggles against duplicitous
business partners and a smear campaign by Edison (Kyle
MacLachlan) to cast alternating current as unsafe. In one macabre
scene, one of Edison's employees goes so far as to publicly
electrocute a dog with alternating current.

Ultimately, Tesla's system wins out as the preeminent means of
electrical production and distribution worldwide. (Although the
film doesn't explain in detail, AC has an edge over DC
electricity because it is easily switched between high and low
voltages. That allows high-voltage electricity to travel
efficiently across long power lines before getting converted to
low voltages for safe in-home use.)

Almereyda's Tesla is a modest man, more concerned with using his
inventions for good than earning money or recognition. But Tesla
also explores the less flattering aspects of the inventor's
character. His reclusiveness and overactive mind made it
difficult to maintain relationships. One of Tesla's most loyal
associates was Anne Morgan (Eve Hewson), daughter of J.P. Morgan,
the Wall Street titan who was a patron of Tesla's work. Anne
Morgan was drawn to Tesla's intellect and altruism, and seemed to
want to marry him. But Tesla was married to his work, and
ultimately moved to Colorado without Morgan to pursue mysterious,
lightning-powered experiments. Thus began the second act of
Tesla's career, during which he chased increasingly outlandish
ideas that scared off investors and left him destitute (SN:

Morgan occasionally breaks the fourth wall to narrate Tesla's
story, as though she were reflecting on it from a modern
perspective, armed with a laptop and projector to display
visuals. The film also invokes other unusual storytelling
elements, such as playing out alternative scenes to explore what
might have been. Some of these what-if scenarios are intriguing,
like one where Edison admits he misjudged Tesla and suggests they
become an electrical engineering dynamic duo. Some of these
scenes are just whacky, such as when Tesla smashes an ice cream
cone into Edison's face during an argument. ("This is pretty
surely not how it happened," Morgan narrates.)

Such quirks are off-putting at times, but overall, Tesla is a lot
like its namesake: introspective, intriguing and oddly charming.

Image: Detail from the poster for "Tesla" ...

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This week's images ...

"Starry Beach" is a three-minute video work of waves that appear
in high definition projection, at Kukje Gallery in Seoul. From ...

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A young Afghan woman is reflected in a wall mirror while learning
tailoring skills as part of a vocational training conducted by
local women in Herat. From ...

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"Mountains of Tulip Petals" from the 2020 Macro Art Photography
Awards. From ...

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A lily in the spectral light of a prism, from the 2020 Macro Art
Photography Awards. From ...

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Night in Paris, from the 2020 Minimalist Photography Awards. From ...

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Two of the crew at the Concordia Antarctica Research Station
enjoy the view of the sun, which finally rose on 11 August after
four months of darkness. From ...

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A dog frolics in a fountain on Szabadsag Square during a hot
summer day in Budapest, 9 August. From ...

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Looking down to Loch a' Bhealaich Leamhain in Scotland. From ...

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Our painting of the week is "Chaos" by Mary Witt. From ...

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This Is A Music Show #078
19 Aug 2020

2100-2200UTC Wednesday on 7780 kHz
0200-0300UTC Thursday on 5850 kHz

via WRMI, Okeechobee USA

Rebroadcast on Unique Radio, Australia
1000-1100UTC Friday on 5045 or 3210 kHz USB
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TIAExpressMS w/ Radio Northern Europe International
via Channel 292 in Germany, on 6070 kHz.

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Zesp. Jazz. Górkiewicza I Skowrońskiego - Mysterioso


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Joe South - Mirror Of Your Mind
Jackie DeShannon - Find Me Love
Czerwone Gitary - Nad Morzem




Budka Suflera - Memu Miastu Na Do Widzenia
Hugo Montenegro - Godfather Theme
Joe Gibbs And The Professional - Joyful Dub    ♫♥





Alan Hawkshaw - Raver
Neal Hefti - Turkish Delight


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Barrington Levy - 21 Girls Salute (Version)
Love Unlimited - Yes We Finally Made It         [MIDOMI:   Barry White]




Oval - Octaeder 0.1




THIS DATA w/ Bert Kaempfert - Sweet Maria -20%


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Wendell Stuart And The Downbeaters - Hey Jude


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Budka Suflera - Memu Miastu Na Do Widzenia, Live 2014

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