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Listen in at the South Boston Bark Park

It’s a canine social laboratory.

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Rush-in roulette

Massachusetts drivers wait for their number—and letter—to be called.

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Talent show

Here, afternoons are full of playing, learning, creating, and collaborating.

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Hub and spokes

In Boston, Cambridge, Somerville, and Brookline, bicyclists can grab and go in a flash.

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Fresh cuts

The hum of a lawn mower signals warm days are here.

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Change of tempo

Tune in as the Boston Symphony Orchestra sheds its large-scale orchestral pieces to make room for the more playful, more accessible repertoire of the Boston Pops.

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Fenway Park: Behind the scenes, pregame rituals

Listen to the activity that goes on before the opening pitch, something most ticket holders and TV viewers never experience.

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Air waves

They learn radio production, communication, and interviewing skills while on-air.

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Sushi-making at Cambridge’s Porter Square

A haven for Boston-area Nipponophiles, here your mouth and ears will be delighted.

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Watertown rejoices as Boston Marathon bombing suspect captured

What it sounded like: A harrowing day ends in relief and jubilation.

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Spring peepers herald season’s turn

At twilight, a chorus by these small frogs emanates from New England ponds and wetlands.

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Enemy mine

On Newton’s Heartbreak Hill you’ll find runners rehearsing for the big show.

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Teaching pit bulls to be nice

MSCPA teaches them to be upstanding members of society.

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Holy spirit

Singing, chanting can be heard at St. James Armenian Apostolic Church.

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Meet Howie, Roger Williams Park Zoo loudmouth

An arsenal of sounds from a mimicking bird can be found at this Providence park.

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The spinning blades of Charlestown

New MWRA turbine is a hypnotic sight and sound.

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Buzzing through Medford on I-93

On certain stretches, the marriage of roadway and rubber produces a growl or whine.

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Finding rhythm in everyday life

At the gas pump, at Logan Airport, in our chest, we hear the beat.

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Race to the bottom at Chemung Hill

A legendary, dangerous slope has invited daredevils for years.

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The sounds of winter

Snowfall, birds, and trees create a subdued concert.

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The boys are back

TD Garden erupts when the home team finds the net.

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The ‘ping’ from Cambridge’s trackless trolleys

“The sound,” David O’Connor says, “will make you shiver.”

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Boston Common ice skating a winter tradition

Few sounds say winter in Boston like pop music and ice skates at Frog Pond. Every day during the colder months people from all across the city and beyond gather at the ice rink on Boston Common.

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Walden Pond’s winter wonder

In Concord is one of the best places to observe the dance between ice and water.

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String duo enchants South Station commuters

Any aspiring entertainer can prop open an instrument case on a street corner and play a few bars. Every now and then, though, you come upon a ringer.

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Boston delivery trucks bring the noise

Listen to the daily ritual of supplying shops, bars, and restaurants.

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Bringing Christmas joy to commuters

A Jamaica Plain church sustains the caroling tradition at T stations

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Plane-spotting at Norwood Memorial Airport

The airfield south of Boston offers intimate viewing — and listening.

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MGH cancer patients signal a good ending

The sound of someone ringing the ‘Good Luck Bell’ to mark the completion of treatments is cause for joy.

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Savin Hill Cove’s menacing reach

The flooding of Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester creates an unsettling scene.

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Berklee College of Music’s gigantic jam

Honking, wailing, riffing, and rocking emanates from the school many hours of the day and night.

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Salem’s other fall tradition

Each year the Peabody Essex Museum provides a wintertime cover for the Yin Yu Tang Chinese house.

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Keeping the birds out of South Station

Simulated predator sounds are designed to scare away pigeons, sparrows.

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Helping Quincy seniors cast their ballots

City effort brings the polling place to nursing homes and assisted-care facilities.

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Forest Hills Cemetery offers mystery, peace

Jamaica Plain jewel is much more than just a final resting place.

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HONK! festival makes joyful noise

The annual celebration of brass bands fills Somerville’s Davis Square.

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The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum beckons visitors

Reopened since June, the attraction on the Congress Street Bridge offers sounds to behold.

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Muslims called to pray in Roxbury

Several times daily, the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center broadcasts its spiritual invitations.

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The chugging of Winthrop’s commuter ferry

Its loyal users prefer this way of getting to Boston.

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The bell tolls at Cambridge City Hall

A sound that says ‘home’ to neighbors.

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The famous musical stairs at Boston’s Museum of Science

Sensors, reflectors, light beams, and footsteps add up to a delightfully noisy experience.

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A Bruce Springsteen concert — for free

Perching on the sidewalk outside Fenway Park offered a great chance to enjoy the music.

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The Public Garden’s balloon man

Brookline’s Ed Braunstein, aka Chester the Balloon Jester, delights children with his squeaky creations.

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The Charlestown Bridge hum

Traffic over steel grates sounds like the Indy 500.

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Talking crosswalks in Brookline

New advanced signals are especially chatty.

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Sound check at the Paradise

Getting everything ready for the big show.

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Sweet relief at the Children’s Fountain on Christian Science Plaza

The signs say to please wear shoes, and to walk. On a recent afternoon, hardly anyone listens. Hot, humid days like this? The pull of the water is irresistible; the swarm of kids can’t douse themselves fast enough. We’re at the Children’s Fountain on the Christian Science Plaza downtown, an urban summer refuge. What you hear most are the squeals of delight and relief.

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Marblehead’s bustling waterfront

At historic Tucker’s Wharf, the sounds of the sea can be heard.

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A Red Sox street party on Yawkey Way

Before each home game, food, music, and more.

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The sound of Militia men

On Tuesday nights, Medford is the practice ground for the Salem Zouaves reenactors.

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Echo Bridge in Needham and Newton lives up to its name

The pedestrian span offers magnificent reverberations under its largest arch.

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Special deliveries at Cradles to Crayons

The essentials for needy kids are readied in a cavernous warehouse in Brighton.

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Good vibrations coming from Dorchester playground

The Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, opened in 2011, lets young musicians express themselves.

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Whistling boats into Gloucester Harbor

A “groaner” buoy has warned mariners of the rocky coast for more than 100 years.

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What Boston’s food truck mania sounds like

Many new dining options on city streets delight the ears--and mouth.

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The Dance Complex in Cambridge: Listen to this

At the Dance Complex in Cambridge, the intense, rhythmic sound of African drumming takes over a few nights a week. Here, the pulsating groove is not just heard but also felt, making the blood jump in every corner of one’s body.

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The cry of a newborn

A distinctive sound in the fifth-floor nursery at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

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The clicks of a train sign

At Westwood’s rail station, the old-fashioned board still noisily announces its changes.

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Emptying Boston’s manholes

A white utility truck. A generator humming nearby. A cordon of orange cones. An open manhole, steam dancing like campfire smoke. It’s a familiar tableau, repeated day and night on Boston streets. If you’re like me, you’ve wondered: What is in those manholes anyway?

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Boston Chinatown’s gaming tradition

The tables at Mary Soo Hoo Park in Boston’s Chinatown play host to fierce games of Xiangqi, otherwise known as “Chinese chess,” a shared social tradition amid the bustle of neighborhood commerce.

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Bird calls at the Broadmoor Wildlife Sanctuary in Natick

Unseasonably warm weather draws many species back North earlier than usual.

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Carroll Center for the Blind clients learn to navigate Newton streets

Using their red-and-white canes as guides, they practice crossing busy roads and sharing crowded sidewalks.

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Roar over South Boston’s Pleasure Bay as planes land at Logan Airport

The beach and boardwalk just before Castle Island are the perfect spots to watch and hear jets make their final approach.

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Children’s Hospital Boston’s beloved, noisy sculpture

The Bippity Bop, as it’s known, is an “audiokinetic” sculpture that has elicited awe and wonder in the lobby ever since artist George Rhoads built it for Children’s in 1997.

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The bustle of Haymarket

The outdoor market is a great place to people-watch but an even better one to people-listen. The myriad languages, the haggling, the repartee (and occasional R-rated story) from colorful vendors – its distinctive bustle fills the ears like nowhere else in Boston.

About Scott Helman

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Currently a staff writer for the Sunday magazine, he previously oversaw the politics desk, covered the 2008 presidential campaign, and worked as a reporter, editor, and multimedia producer for the Metro section.