December 29, 2017

Reindeer Jazz

An indigenous style of singing created by nomadic reindeer herdsman is kept alive in contemporary Scandinavia.

December 28, 2017


In the world of package design, you have to think about what it’s going to be resting upon.

December 27, 2017

Masquerade at Your Doorstep

Jonkonnu revelers sing and dance through neighborhoods, visiting homes where their pageantry might be favored with a gift of money.

December 26, 2017

From Jamaica to North Carolina

The festival of Jonkonnu is celebrated with influences from West Africa, England and the Caribbean.

December 25, 2017

Roots of Christmas

Some of our most enduring Christmas traditions may date back to the pre-Christian era.

December 22, 2017

Bonfires on the Levee

Celebrating Christmas eve with a 20 foot pyre of wood and wire.

December 21, 2017

When Christmas was Illegal

There was a time when the singing of Christmas carols could land you in jail.

December 19, 2017

Las Posadas

Commemorating Mary and Joseph’s search for lodging in Bethlehem.

December 15, 2017

A Social Safety Valve

A celebration designed to keep the fabric of society from tearing itself apart.

December 14, 2017

Reconstructing Jonkonnu

Celebrating freedom from slavery.

December 13, 2017

What’s in a Raindrop?

Rain is a prime mover in stimulating microbial growth.

December 12, 2017

Too Tall

Is there a limit to how tall trees can grow?

December 11, 2017

The Tallest Tree

Amidst a clearcut forest and host to a pesky woodpecker, stands the world’s tallest tree.

December 8, 2017

Evolution in the Clouds

Why would bacteria evolve the ability to freeze cloud water at higher than normal temperatures?

December 7, 2017

The Dark Side of Cloud Seeding

There may be more in a rain shower than you think.

December 6, 2017

Rain – the Missing Link

What catalyzes the production of rain?

December 5, 2017

The Recipe for Rain

Cloud water freezes at higher temperatures than pure water.

December 4, 2017

To Freeze or Not to Freeze

Rain starts with an ice crystal.