March 31, 2003

Cueva De Villa Luz

Every Spring in Mexico’s Cueva de Villa Luz, descendants of Zoque and Mayan Indians hold a rather remarkable ceremony.

March 28, 2003

American Toads: Cross the Road

Why did the toad cross the road? Turns out he had a very compelling reason.

March 27, 2003

American Toads: Birdlike Trill

They may not be as visible or as pretty as Robins, but American Toads produce some of the most melodious sounds of Spring.

March 26, 2003

The Bayaka: Glowing Spirits

Glowing spirits visit the Bayaka’s nighttime ceremonies.

March 25, 2003

The Bayaka: Boyobi

Before embarking on a hunt, the Bayaka must first convene with the spirits of the forest.

March 24, 2003

The Bayaka: Net Hunt

The Bayaka, hunter-gatherers living in the rainforest of Central Africa, prepare for a community hunt.

March 21, 2003

Natural Radio: Chorus

Naturally occuring radio waves provide a way to listen to solar flares.

March 20, 2003


The first day of spring marks the start of an ancient holiday.

March 19, 2003

Noruz: Customs

Noruz means “new day” and it’s celebrated with new clothes, gift-giving and bonfires.

March 18, 2003

Phagwah: Meaning

The most joyful festival of the Indo-Caribbean culture is in early spring. Phagwah is a celebration of the rebirth of nature and the spirit of young love.

March 17, 2003

Natural Radio: Whistlers

Radio waves created by lightning can be heard from halfway around the planet.

March 14, 2003

Koukery Fertility Festival: History

Bulgarian villagers supposedly locked up the local priests for a day to carry on with the celebration of Koukery.

March 13, 2003

CROWS: Uncommonly Cooperative

Come nesting season, families of crows do something relatively few other species of birds do – raise their young cooperatively.

March 12, 2003

Noruz: Triumph of Tradition

Although the government of Iran tried to suppress it, the venerable holiday of Noruz continues to be one of that nation’s most popular celebrations.

March 11, 2003

Phagwah: Parade

In Queens, a festival takes place at the time of the full moon every March. Participants celebrate with “call and response” style singing, and the playing of indigenous drums and cymbals.

March 10, 2003

Phagwah: Powder

In an Indo-Caribbean community an ancient festival of spring is celebrated with colored baby powder.

March 7, 2003

Listener Initiative

Our listeners are invited to share their seasonal observances on our new toll-free number, 1-877-PULSE99.

March 6, 2003

Greater Sandhill Cranes: Courtship

Cranes mate for life and are models of responsibility, discipline, and vigilance.

March 5, 2003

Greater Sandhill Cranes: Crops

Colorado’s Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge has helped keep migrating cranes away from the fields of local farmers.

March 4, 2003

Cajun Mardi Gras: The Song

In Basile, LA, when a band of masked Mardi Gras revelers comes to your door, here’s the song they’ll likely be singing.

March 3, 2003

Greater Sandhill Cranes: Fattening Up

Greater Sandhill Cranes come to Colorado’s San Luis Valley to get in shape for their summer breeding grounds.