January 31, 2011

Fire Ants – The Phorid Fly

Ecologists are looking to a parasitic fly as a natural means of controlling Brazilian fire ants.

January 28, 2011

Fire Ants – A Mound of Trouble

Brazilian fire ants are challenging to control because of their adaptability and their web of chemo-communication.

January 27, 2011

Fire Ants – Ecological Bullies

You could say Brazilian fire ants are at the top of “America’s Most Unwanted” list.

January 26, 2011

Fire Ants – Wreaking Havoc

Infestations of Brazilian fire ants in the southeastern United States are like a scenario from a sci-fi thriller.

January 25, 2011

Star Lore – Planets and Kings

Throughout history, mortals have projected their earthly beliefs onto the sky.

January 24, 2011

Star Lore – Pyramids

For the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, the pyramids may have been their “stairway to heaven”.

January 21, 2011

Star Lore – Comets

For thousands of years comets have been looked upon as dire omens for the future, but these celestial phenomenon are actually messages of the past.

January 20, 2011

Star Lore – Layers of Lore

The night sky is rich with millennial lore.

January 19, 2011

Star Lore – Uses

Throughout history disparate cultures have looked to the stars to navigate and to time their harvests.

January 18, 2011

Star Lore – Orion

It may look like Orion’s belt to us, but other cultures have had their own interpretation of this striking group of stars.

January 17, 2011

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 14, 2011

Alaskan Russian Orthodox Christmas: Starring

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

January 13, 2011

Blue Whales

They dominate the ocean’s soundscape with a pitch perfect trans-oceanic call.

January 12, 2011

Roma – Amplified Music

Roma music is eclectic, contemporary, and loud!

January 11, 2011

Roma – Census

For Roma, census-taking is not just a matter of counting heads.

January 10, 2011

Roma – Nomadic

Roma, or “gypsies” are not aimless wanderers, as centuries old belief has portrayed them.

January 7, 2011

Roma – Origins

Scholars are demystifying the origins of the Roma/gypsy culture.

January 6, 2011

Ice – An Amazing Substance

We explore some of the secrets behind ice’s unusual properties.

January 5, 2011

Ice – Organic Antifreeze

How do small creatures make it through the brutal winter months?

January 4, 2011

Ice – Flakes and Frost

How is it that every snowflake is unique? It’s all in the fall!

January 3, 2011

Hawaiian-Japanese New Year – Food

For one listener who grew up in Hawaii, New Year’s day always meant a feast of traditional Japanese foods.