Swedish botanist Carl Linneaus used his garden to tell time, planting flowers in order of the time they bloomed.  Tonight we'll enjoy a concerto inspired by his "Flower Clock."  

Tasnim Shamma joined WABE 90.1 FM as a reporter in November 2014. She comes to Atlanta from Charlotte, where she spent more than two years at the NPR member station WFAE. 

Prior to that, she was a Kroc fellow reporting, writing, editing, blogging and producing for NPR’s Digital News Desk, Weekends on All Things Considered, the National Desk in Washington, D.C. and the NPR member station WLRN, based in The Miami Herald newsroom.

Earlier this month Queen Elizabeth became the longest-serving British monarch in history.  This morning we'll enjoy some Elizabethan Dances written early in her reign by William Alwyn.  

Charles Lane

Plum Island’s past as a secret military base has been the subject of a number of conspiracy theories after years. Even though the lab will be moving to Kansas sometime around 2020, officials continue to do community outreach tours in an effort to improve the island’s image.

The outward face of the tours is Plum Island’s public affairs officer, Jason Golden.

Golden said he gives tours a lot, about once a week during the summertime. It’s part of a conscious effort to show the local community Plum Island is, in Golden’s words, “secure, but not secret.”

Douglas Healey, Bob Child / Associated Press

This year’s local elections in Connecticut are anything but dull. The primaries held earlier this month saw three incumbent Democratic mayors lose to their challengers.

New London Mayor Daryl Justin Finizio conceded to his challenger Mike Passero for the Democratic nomination.

In Hartford, Mayor Pedro Segarra packed in his re-election campaign and called on his supporters to back rival Luke Bronin.

And then there’s Bridgeport.

Mayor Bill Finch lost the Democratic nomination to former Bridgeport mayor and ex-convict Joe Ganim. But Finch is not giving up.

Davis Dunavin

The New England Cottontail rabbit used to be common in New England. 85 percent of their habitat disappeared in the last half-century due to human development. The federal government considered listing them as endangered.

This evening Benjamin Britten introduces us to all the instruments in an orchestra with his "Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra."  

It takes a lot to get English people really upset. But the organizers of a vegetable show in an English village managed it when they agreed to allow contestants to enter produce that they had not grown, but instead purchased at the local supermarket. This was considered an outrage and a violation of all the laws of fair play and honest competition. The whole point of such shows is to reward the skill and dedication of the grower who produces the fattest marrow or the longest carrot. There’s no glory at all in simply buying something.

This morning we'll enjoy Leo Brouwer's impression, "Cuban Landscape with Rain" with the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet.