Radio: Wurz Debur

For the past three years, more & more Britons have been listening with rapt attention to a BBC program called Bird Song of the Month. Even non-bird-lovers have been won by the personality of the show's M.C., excitable, 68-year-old Dr. Ludwig Koch. Says Producer Desmond Hawkins: "The charm about Ludwig is that he is one of the few fanatics left."

Last week, Fanatic Koch propounded an interesting ornithological theory: that chaffinches have different accents in different parts of the world. Playing the song of a British chaffinch, German-accented Dr. Koch said: "Ant now, as you vill see by my next record, zee...

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