January 31, 2002

Egg Hatchery: Mail Order Chickens

The biology of the chicken makes it possible for newly hatched chicks to be sent through the mail.

January 30, 2002

Horseshoe Crabs – Part of The Food Web

Horseshoe crabs are being harvested for bait, threatening their survival as well as the migrating birds which depend upon them for food.

January 29, 2002

Horseshoe Crabs: Free Lunch To Birds

The breeding grounds for horseshoe crabs is a vital stopover for thousands of migrating birds.

January 28, 2002

Horseshoe Crabs: Mass Spawners

They’re older than dinosaurs, and part of the secret to their success is the way they breed.

January 25, 2002

Yoiks – Carrying On The Tradition

The nomadic Sami herdsmen of Scandinavia have preserved their oral history in a unique form of story-song called a “yoik.”

January 24, 2002

Caves: Ancient Life

Tiny creatures found in salt water caves are giving scientists clues about an ancient super-continent.

January 23, 2002

Caves: Living Fossils

While exploring underwater caves, divers made a startling discovery — primitive animals whose ancestors have been swimming in these waters for millennia.

January 22, 2002

Caves – Mars Connection

Ancient salt water caves harbor ecosystems similar to what life on Mars might have once been like.

January 21, 2002

Caves – Diving

Scientists investigating underwater caves must brave dangerous conditions.

January 18, 2002

Sea Otter – Breaking The Human Bond

Marine biologists play surrogate mom to injured sea lions, taking care that their young charges don’t get too attached to them.

January 17, 2002

Alaskan Russian Orthodox Christmas – Christmas Gifts

In rural Alaska, carolers wend their way from house, carrying an ornate star, and sharing in communal gifts.

January 16, 2002

Alaskan Russian Orthodox Christmas: Starring

Russian traders left the legacy of their traditions in Anchorage Alaska, including the Christmas-time practice of “starring”.

January 15, 2002

Three Kings Day: Traditional Music

The Christmas season in Puerto Rico lasts from Thanksgiving to January, and it’s filled with traditional local music.

January 14, 2002

Plough Monday – Tradition

Imagine a holiday like Halloween, with a bit of Mardi Gras thrown in, and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what Plough Monday was like – in 18th century rural England.

January 11, 2002

Sea Otter – Recovery

Once hunted for their fur, Sea Otters have been saved from extinction thanks to the efforts of conservation biologists.

January 10, 2002

Three Kings Day – Parranda

“It’s Christmas caroling – Puerto Rican Style!” In the days leading up to the Feast of Epiphany, the sounds of Parrandas are heard throughout the island.

January 9, 2002

Three Kings Day – Holiday Foods

In Puerto Rico, Three Kings Day is a festival for the palate, with savory traditional foods such as roasted pig.

January 8, 2002

Three Kings Day – The Magi

One of our listeners returns to his homeland of Puerto Rico each year for the celebration of the Epiphany.

January 7, 2002

Plough Monday – Purpose

Once a year, riotous behavior gave farm workers an escape from social constraints in 18th century England.

January 4, 2002

Sea Otter: Fur

A sea otter’s layered fur is waterproof and warm even in frigid conditions.

January 3, 2002

Mummers Parade: History

The flamboyance of the Mummers’ Parade arose from the grand masquerade balls of Philadelphia society in the 1800’s.

January 2, 2002

Mummers Parade: Participants

The Mummers Parade is a spectacular orchestration of costume, music, and dance.

January 1, 2002

Mummers Parade: String Bands

Since 1902, the “String Band” of the Mummers Parade has been revered by Mummers and townspeople alike.