May 31, 2002

Storks – Voices

Baby storks have a cry remarkably like human babies, but adult storks clatter their bills instead of calling.

May 30, 2002

Storks – Homing

Pairs of white storks amaze Hungarians by returning year after year to nest in the exact same spot.

May 29, 2002

Listener Initiative

Our listeners are invited to share their seasonal observances on our new toll-free number, 1-877-PULSE99.

May 28, 2002

Roma – Amplified Music

Roma music is eclectic, contemporary, and loud!

May 27, 2002

Fleet Week: Memorial Day Weekend

Over 10,000 US servicemen and women invade the streets of New York City during Fleet Week.

May 24, 2002

Hummingbirds – Brain Structure

The brain structure of hummingbirds has given researchers something to think about.

May 23, 2002

Star Lore – Planets and Kings

Throughout history, mortals have projected their earthly beliefs onto the sky.

May 22, 2002

Roma – Census

For Roma, census-taking is not just a matter of counting heads.

May 21, 2002

Roma – Nomadic

Roma, or “gypsies” are not aimless wanderers, as centuries old belief has portrayed them.

May 20, 2002

Sibley – Warblers

The “Holy Grail” of bird watching is finding and identifying warblers, and the best month to go on this quest is May.

May 17, 2002

Hummingbirds – Brain Size Doesn’t Matter

Understanding the cerebral activity of hummingbirds may lead researchers to resolve human language disorders.

May 16, 2002

Star Lore – Pyramids

For the pharaohs of ancient Egypt, the pyramids may have been their “stairway to heaven”.

May 15, 2002

Starlore: Monuments

music Around 5,000 years ago, people in Southern England built a monument that was designed to align with the rising sun at the time of the summer solstice. Although Stonehenge is now widely known, it’s not the only structure of this kind. I’m Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Edwin Krupp is the director of the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles. “It has been argued that some prehistoric monuments were built with the sky in mind. Stonehenge is of course one of the most famous of these monuments that’s brought up. We can go even earlier, to New Grange in Ireland where we find these chambered passage tombs where they’re oriented to the winter solstice sunrise. And in fact it’s contrived to have a little window up above the door that allows that light of that rising sun to penetrate into the very depths of this chamber. It couldn’t do it otherwise. If it came in the front door it hit the floor. But they built this window up above to allow that beam of light to go to the back of that cave like structure – all artificial. And we ask ourselves, ‘well, what was going on here?’ Well, it’s not an observatory, it’s a story. And we don’t even know the details of the story. Is this death? Is this life? Is this rebirth? Yeah, it’s probably all those things. It’s the winter sun, the dying sun. But it’s the dying sun reborn at winter solstice, revivifying the earth with this sunlight in this cold dark internal body of mother earth, where, in fact, we have the womb of life that emerges each spring. That’s very likely the tale, in its broad outline. I’m sure it was much more colorful, much more interesting, much more detailed for those people that actually built the place.” In future programs we’ll hear about another set of sky-oriented structures — the pyramids of Giza. Please visit our website at Pulse of the Planet is presented by the National Science Foundation. I’m Jim Metzner. music

May 14, 2002

Sibley – Drawing Birds

An accomplished avian artist continually refines his craft.

May 13, 2002

Sibley – Like An Oasis

Like the inhabitants of New York City, migrating birds find Central Park an oasis amidst the metropolitan landscape.

May 10, 2002

Hummingbirds – Imitative Songs

Hummingbirds are tiny virtuosos of the animal kingdom.

May 9, 2002

Roma – Origins

Scholars are demystifying the origins of the Roma/gypsy culture.

May 8, 2002

Star Lore – Comets

For thousands of years comets have been looked upon as dire omens for the future, but these celestial phenomenon are actually messages of the past.

May 7, 2002

Sibley – Language of the Birds

Correctly identifying bird sounds is similar to learning a second language.

May 6, 2002

Sibley – Birdwatching 101

As any expert would tell you, the first step to bird watching, is well, finding the birds. Here are some tips.

May 3, 2002

Holy Week, Greek Orthodox Easter – Conquering Death

This week, Greeks around the world celebrate one of their most important holidays of the year – Orthodox Easter.

May 2, 2002

Holy Week, Greek Orthodox Easter – Bringing Light

Beautiful hymns mark the celebration of Easter at the first Greek Orthodox Church in the Americas.

May 1, 2002

Cueva De Villa Luz: Extreme Cave

There is a cave in southeastern Mexico whose thriving ecosystem is based on bacteria which live on sulfur.