August 31, 1998

BARNEGAT BAY- Black Skimmers

This summer, an endangered seabird will find one of its last remaining safe havens on the salt marshes off the coast of New Jersey.

August 28, 1998


For fledgling seabirds, among the challenges of becoming self sufficient is learning how to catch fish beneath the surface of the water.

August 27, 1998

BARNEGAT BAY-Not Just Any Marsh Will Do

By watching the habitat choices of migrating seabirds, we begin to notice the subtleties separating the different salt marshes of the Jersey Shore.

August 21, 1998


Doing research from aboard the deep sea submersible “Alvin” presents its own set of challenges.

August 20, 1998

DEEPSEA VENTS- Underwater Geysers

A deepsea hydrothermal vent is a place where some of the heat contained within the Earth is released to the surface.

August 19, 1998

DEEPSEA VENTS- Origin of Life?

Scientists have long suspected that life on Earth originated in the ocean. Evidence now suggests the arena for this event was at the ocean’s bottom.

August 18, 1998

GABRA- Well Songs

Amongst the Gabra people of northeastern Africa, the dry season provides an opportunity for a ritual gathering of work and song.

August 17, 1998

GABRA- Dikhir

Dikhirs are spiritual chants intended to maintain harmony in world of the Gabra people.

August 14, 1998

GABRA- Out is Out

For the men of the Gabra, nomadic life demands separation from their families but it also affords an opportunity for friendship and freedom from social pressures.

August 13, 1998

GABRA- Order

In the traditions of the nomadic Gabra people, order is kept through strict attention to ritual observances.

August 12, 1998

GABRA- Small Dry

Songs sung by these nomadic herders reflect a joy shared in togetherness amidst a harsh environment that demands separation.

August 11, 1998

THE SUMMER SKY- Perseid Shower

Look into the sky on the evening of August 11th and you may be witness to one of the year’s most dramatic meteor showers.

August 10, 1998

Tobacco Auction-How it Works

A veteran auctioneer explains the intricacies of his craft.

August 7, 1998

Tobacco Auction-Selling Song

Throughout the Southeastern states, August is the season for tobacco auctions.

August 6, 1998


The name lemur comes from the Malagasy word for ghost–and the sounds produced by these small primates explain why.

August 5, 1998

LEMURS-Stink Wars

Stink wars, anyone? There is a lot that scientists still don’t know about this strange phenomenon.

August 4, 1998

LEMURS-Female Dominance

Among most species of lemurs, it’s the female who takes charge.

August 3, 1998


Their brains may be a little smaller than those of other primates, but lemurs have a particular propensity for taking it easy.