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Julie Andrews and the Tree-Hole Frog

The male tree-hole frog of Borneo has quite a vocal range. But it's not to be compared with that of a great human singer -- such as Julie Andrews, for instance. That was the message of Alan Parrish of Ithaca, N.Y., and several other NPR listeners who reacted to a report from NPR's Christopher Joyce on the vigorous vocal efforts of tree-hole frogs seeking mates. Parrish points out that the frog's range covers about two octaves -- far less than the five-octave range once enjoyed by Ms. Andrews. NPR's Robert Siegel and NPR's Michele Norris concede the point, and offer an improbable duet -- tree-hole frog and musical legend -- on "Spoonful of Sugar" from Ms. Andrews' classic film Mary Poppins.

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Prior to his retirement, Robert Siegel was the senior host of NPR's award-winning evening newsmagazine All Things Considered. With 40 years of experience working in radio news, Siegel hosted the country's most-listened-to, afternoon-drive-time news radio program and reported on stories and happenings all over the globe, and reported from a variety of locations across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa, and Asia. He signed off in his final broadcast of All Things Considered on January 5, 2018.
Christopher Joyce is a correspondent on the science desk at NPR. His stories can be heard on all of NPR's news programs, including NPR's Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition.