January 29, 2016

Science of Football – Prolate Spheroid

You can throw a prolate spheroid – aka a football – a lot further than a basketball, or an inflated pig’s bladder!

January 28, 2016

HighTech in the Time of Cholera

Translating high-tech solutions for use in very low-tech environment.

January 27, 2016

Design Robotics

It’s like attaching different bits to a drill, but on a whole other scale.

January 26, 2016

Computer Assisted Design

Custom parts? No problem. Using robots and computers, architects are developing new sets of tools and new ways of designing and constructing buildings.

January 25, 2016

Trees of the Future

The trees that we plant trees today have been through drastic, dramatic climate change, and they’re really a product of it.

January 22, 2016

Trees That Don’t Grow in Brooklyn

What kinds of trees wouldn’t you want to have in an urban environment?

January 21, 2016

Urban Planner

A canopy of trees helps to moderate the climate we experience as we’re walking down a street.

January 20, 2016

Lyme Disease – Prevention

If you’re going for a walk in the woods, here are some tips on how to avoid being bitten by ticks.

January 19, 2016

Lyme Disease – Year Round

Depending upon where you live, disease-carrying ticks can be active year round.

January 18, 2016

The Story Behind the Dream

The surprising backstory of Martin Luther King’s most famous speech.

January 15, 2016

Untold Stories

Oral histories often reveal untold stories of people you may never find in a history book or a newspaper headline, but whose lives and work were truly significant.

January 14, 2016

Hidden History

The stories of everyday people form an important and often overlooked part of our history.

January 13, 2016

Lyme Disease – Spreading

For years, Lyme has often gone undiagnosed.

January 12, 2016

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, 2016

Plough Monday – Purpose

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

January 8, 2016

Smells – Memories

One of the strongest triggers of memory is odor.

January 7, 2016

Smell – Miasmas

If it smells bad, it probably is bad for you. That was the prevailing wisdom once and for many years, it influenced the ways we tried to prevent the spread of disease.

January 6, 2016

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 5, 2016

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 4, 2016

Smell – Relentless Sense

We’ve developed lots of ways to cover our ears, but not so many ways to cover our noses.

January 1, 2016

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.”