January 9th, 2014
What’s your favorite comfort food? Mashed potatoes? Mom’s apple pie? Tell us your favorite comfort food story on our Facebook Page and if we select it, we’ll send you one of our Pulse of the Planet CD’s. And you might end up hearing your story on a future program!
August 30th, 2013
Here’s a link to video showing Bill Hopkins finding a Hellbender – the world’s largest salamander, midstream, as if by magic. Bill is an Associate Professor of Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech.
More on Bill’s work coming up in October’s Pulse of the Planet radio programs. In the meantime, check out our Facebook page for updates.
April 19th, 2013
Blue Sheppard, Owner, Stewart Mine
Spent an afternoon recently at the Stewart Mine in Pala, CA, where Tourmaline, Lithium and other gems and minerals are mined. A quirky factoid for you – the active ingredient in Pepto Bismol is a form of clay – one of the lesser treasures found in the mine! It’s all part of a new series of programs about geoscience coming soon on Pulse of the Planet.
February 7th, 2013
I met John Dancing Crow on a recent trip to Floyd, Virginia. He’s a Song Carrier. Many Native American songs may not be recorded and can only be performed in special conditions. It’s the role of the Song Carrier to learn, remember and pass the songs on to keep them alive. He’s a living example of an oral tradition in action. Crow is of Cherokee ancestry, and carries the songs of many tribes. This story is of how he became Song Carrier, and was able to fulfill his teacher’s last wish. Crow’s Story
December 26th, 2012
We can’t help being attuned to events associated with our birthdays. Mine is December 21, a date shared with Frank Zappa, Jane Fonda and Joseph Stalin. The pilgrims allegedly landed on Plymouth Rock on this day – the winter solstice, the shortest day and longest night of the year. December 21st, 2012, was touted, with a nod and a wink – as being the End of You-Know-What, followed quickly by assurances from NASA and the Smithsonian Institution and other bastions of science, that it really wasn’t. The ancient Mayans thought big, in terms of cycles of time, and this date marked the transition point between the end of a 5,125 year period – and the beginning of a new one. It’s this last part that has somehow been missing from most media accounts – the beginning. You could make a strong case for all phenomena being cyclical – passing through stages of development: a beginning, a middle and an end, followed by a new cycle. Octaves, spirals, lifetimes, all symbolize or exemplify this apparent law of life. In the ecology of a forest, new growth feeds upon the residue of the old. In the world of art, new forms of music and visual arts appear, have their moment in the sun, and fall out of fashion. We rarely see past the bloom of the moment – our generation – let alone think on the scale that the Mayans are inviting us think of – thousands of generations into the future. What would it mean to ride that wave, to take that sort of pulse of the planet? What have we learned or retained from those who lived over 5,000 years ago? Great architecture, myth? What sort of legacy can we leave that is worth preserving? What are the questions we need to be asking as we face the prospect of a new beginning of the world?
November 2nd, 2012
Twenty years ago, in the early days of Pulse of the Planet, we did a series of programs on the – at the time – new idea that our climate may be warming due to the burning of fossil fuels worldwide. One of the scenarios was that as the world warmed, our weather patterns would become more chaotic, unpredictable and violent. From where I sit in New York’s Hudson Valley, where we’ve seen several “hundred year” floods in the past five years, it looks like we’re seeing the truth of these scenarios, however inconvenient they may be.