December 17, 2023

Remembering Where We’re From – the Maori of Aotearoa

New Zealand’s Maori are a living example to indigenous peoples worldwide of how to reclaim and rediscover their rich cultural heritage and their land.

November 17, 2023

Opening the Door

Multi-instrumentalist David Levy shares his passion for improvisation.

October 17, 2023

Every Step a Prayer

“We have certain ways we follow..” A conversation with the Principal Chief of the Natchez Nation.

September 17, 2023

Language of the Birds

There is a subtle interaction – a kind of feedback loop – between birds and their environment.

August 17, 2023

A Deep Dive into the World of Birdsong

Do birds hear any differently than we do? The answer will likely surprise you.

July 17, 2023

Exploring the Amazon

Discovering maps of sound with the mind’s ear.

June 17, 2023

Singing Ice – the Sounds of Antarctica

Meet sound artist and field recordist Doug Quin, as we embark on an audio journey to the Antarctic.

May 29, 2023

Australian Dawn

Headphones on as we launch our new expanded format with a favorite recording, dawn at Grampians National Park in Australia, a beautiful soundscape, plus and interview with the Cultural Heritage Officer at Grampians (Brambuk) National Park in Australia. We welcome your questions and insights at or via the contact link at

May 8, 2023

The Umbilical Cord to LIfe

A blind musical therapist revels in the sounds of the world.

April 17, 2023

Seeding the Oceans

Nanotechnology is making possible a new way to remove Carbon Dioxide from the atmosphere.

March 27, 2023

A Deep Dive into the Realm of Natural Sound

Atonal snores, sonorous gurgles – all part of the dance of the soundscape.

March 6, 2023

An Ever-Changing Orchestral Masterpiece

Sound objects or sensory immersion? It’s all in the ear of the beholder!

February 13, 2023

Eyes of the God – Science Meets Culture

Maori legends weave a pathway for an understanding of natural phenomena.

January 23, 2023

Pristine Islands

New Zealand’s southernmost islands are home to a remarkable collection of birds, but they’ve had to work to save them from invasive predators.

January 2, 2023

Even Stones Sing

“The instruments are teaching you how to play them.” Jen Cattermole listened and learned to play an array of Maori flutes.

December 12, 2022

The Half-Deaf Nature Recordist

One of the best nature sound recordists in the world doesn’t actually hear much of what he’s recording!

November 21, 2022

The Bird Lady

If you find an injured or orphaned bird, who’re you going to call?

October 31, 2022

All Birds Great and Small

For the past twenty years, wildlife bird rehabilitator Annie Mardiney has rescued thousands of birds. “They’re hungry all the time!”

October 10, 2022

Sacred Ground and the Little Brother of War

Celebrating Indigenous Peoples Day with Hutke Fields, the Principal Chief of the Natchez Nation. “You have to listen to everything, including Mother Earth” A taste of the Natchez Language, the no-holds-barred game of Stickball, and what it feels like to be chosen.

July 18, 2022

Exploring the Amazon With Sound

Discovering maps of sound with the mind’s ear.

June 27, 2022

Singing Ice – Doug Quin and the Sounds of Antarctica

Meet sound artist and field recordist Doug Quin, as we embark on an audio journey to the Antarctic.

June 3, 2022

Final Program

A look back at 34 years of Pulse of the Planet as we celebrate our final radio broadcast.

May 18, 2022

Soundscape Invitation

Listeners are invited to share their favorite sounds on

April 28, 2022

Ruby Throated Hummingbirds

Meet the bird with the fastest wings in the world.

April 27, 2022

Bald Eagles Nest

It’s the nesting season of our national symbol, the bald eagle.

April 20, 2022

Manatees – Red Tide

Their population has slowly been rising over last decade, but now they’re facing a new threat to their survival.

April 1, 2022

A Trojan Horse Made of Clay

Fooling cancer cells!

March 31, 2022

Swamp song

A dawn chorus of amphibians – headphones on!

March 30, 2022

It Comes in Many Guises

Wherever you may be right now, odds are you’re not far from clay in one form or another.

March 17, 2022


Headphones on! Picture being under a palm tree next to a burbling brook in the middle of California’s Anza-Borrego desert.

February 15, 2022

Aussie Birds

Australia is home to about one tenth of the world’s living bird species. Here’s a sampling of a few of them – headphones on!

February 14, 2022

Mt. Lewis Wind

Headphones on for a sound portrait of a cloud forest.

January 25, 2022

It Knocks a Great Hole in Winter

The Up Helly Aa festival gives the people of the Shetland Islands a chance to torch a replica of a Viking galley.

December 1, 2021


OK, who put that bus on top of the library building?

July 14, 1994

KOGI, THE – Message From a Lost World

After a self-imposed exile of one thousand years, an ancient tribe of people have an urgent message for the rest of our planet.