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Announcing Sacred Mounds, a novel of Magical Realism and Historical Fantasy from Jim Metzner, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.
Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he is swept back to pre-colonial times, walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present-day America. Sacred Mounds Book Cover Four hundred years apart, they are bound by a mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago. Sacred Mounds weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.
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Psychogeography - Bricks, Sky and Green: The Pulse of the Planet daily radio program offers free legal online mp3 downloads, exploring the world of sound in nature, culture and science, with audio adventures, world music, extraordinary sound portraits, science diaries, and nature ring-tones; an amazing sonic experience.

Airdate: Sep 11, 2015
Scientist: Colin Ellard

Psychogeography - Bricks, Sky and Green

Psychogeography  -  Bricks, Sky and Green
The recipe for an enlivening cityscape? A good mix of blue and green.

Bricks, Sky and GreenAmbience: City Traffic Cities can sometimes seem a bit oppressive. The remedy could be liberal doses of blue and green. I'm Jim Metzner and this is the Pulse of the Planet.Ellard: One of the properties that can vary quite a bit in city environments is something that the Japanese call oppressiveness.Colin Ellard is a cognitive neuroscientist and the author of Places of the Heart: the Psychogeography of Everyday Life. Ellard: It's something that happens when too much of our entire visual fields are taken up by nothing more than concrete or brick. So if you think of everything you can see in from a particular location in the city as being composed of really three things: one is built structure like concrete brick, the second is sky; the third is vegetation. The balance of those three elements has a profound impact on how we feel and what we like in city environments. When that balance shifts too much in the direction of the concrete, that's when we begin to feel hat quality of oppressiveness that we don't like.Here what we're seeing is a grouping of trees planted in the boulevard. This is a pretty open spot; I can see lots of sky. It's not a very oppressive setting as it stands. One of the ways you can break up that feeling even in a dense setting is through plantings on the street. Because even if you're surrounded by skyscrapers, if you've got some tree plantings, or some other features on the street, then you feel less oppressed.One thing to notice as you walk down a city street is how that balance shifts. In this location it's actually pretty good. But that can change dramatically if you think of the very central part of downtown, there's much more oppressiveness.Pulse of the Planet is made possible in part by Virginia Tech, inventing the future through a hands-on approach to education and research.