January 29, 2021

Sounds of Santiago

Three of Santiago’s signature sounds.

January 28, 2021


Unusual instrumentation and a remarkable vocalist highlight this group from Santiago, Cuba, recorded in 2001.

January 27, 2021


Music from one of Cuba’s most renowned folkloric groups

January 26, 2021


The roots of Son and Salsa!

January 25, 2021


A musical invocation to Afro-Cuban gods.

January 22, 2021

Maria Ochoa’s Story

Maria tells a favorite story about her brother Eliades, one of the stars of the “Buena Vista Social Club”.

January 21, 2021

Cuban Voices

It was like sitting in on my own mini-version of the Buena Vista Social Club in the open air.

January 20, 2021

Back to the Ice Box

Remembering the days when ice was delivered door to door.

January 19, 2021

A Winter Festival With Summer in Mind

This week, at an annual festival in upstate New York, they cut blocks of ice out of a frozen lake to make homemade ice cream in June.

January 18, 2021

Behind the Dream

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

January 15, 2021

Harvesting Ice the Old Fashioned Way

Every year at this time, folks in Tully, New York, harvest ice out of a frozen lake with horsepower and antique tools.

January 14, 2021

Navigating Adolescence

From the moment they hatch, penguin chicks must protect themselves from a hostile world.

January 13, 2021


Giant bells, elaborate costumes, and beautiful yodels: it’s New Year’s Eve in Urnsch, Switzerland.

January 12, 2021

Flying Underwater

In order to thrive in the icy waters off Antarctica, penguins have had to make a few sacrifices, including the ability to fly.

January 11, 2021

The Ice Men Cometh

Back in the day, how did they store and move enough blocks of ice to service an entire city?

January 8, 2021

Chutes, Spikes and Cakes of Ice

In the days before refrigeration, ice was cut from ponds and stored in ice houses.

January 7, 2021

Russian Orthodox Christmas

A blending of traditions from Russia’s past.

January 6, 2021

A Cold Blast From the Past

Mid-winter was the season for ice harvesting.

January 5, 2021

Twelfth Night

It’s said that at midnight on Twelfth Night, farm animals start talking.

January 4, 2021


According to Scottish legend, visitors to your door on the night of Hogamanay, will determine your luck for the New Year.

January 1, 2021

Russian Christmas in Alaska

In rural Alaska, carolers wend their way from house to house, sharing in communal gifts.