June 24, 2021

The Black Saint

Black Venezuelans have introduced an African icon into a festival honoring St. John.

June 23, 2021

Trance Dancing and Promesas

An icon is said to hold the power to grant promises.

June 22, 2021

Dia De San Juan

A Venezuelan festival honoring a Catholic saint has taken on a decidedly African flavor.

June 18, 2021

Butter Mythology

The food millions of people spread on their toast every morning has inspired legends in many cultures.

June 17, 2021

Making Your Own Butter

Learn how to churn your own butter at home.

June 16, 2021

Butter Making

When it comes to making butter, older methods may be better.

June 8, 2021

Awakening the Earth with Dance

An old English folk form that is thriving on both sides of the Atlantic.

May 31, 2021

A German – Native American Musical Hybrid

The Waila music of the Tohono O’odham Native Americans in southern Arizona sounds surprisingly like polkas, and there’s a good reason why.

May 28, 2021

Waila – A Party With Deep Roots

When the Tohono O’odham Native Americans dance to Waila, their traditional social music, the party lasts all night.

May 27, 2021

Waila – the Desert People Celebrate

The Tohono O’odham Native Americans of southern Arizona believe that everything in the desert – humans, animals and plants – must be treated with reverence.

May 21, 2021

Firewalking

On St. Constantine’s Day, worshippers walk across hot coals. How do they do it?

May 18, 2021

The Power of Celebration

For African slaves in the Hudson Valley, the colonial Pinkster celebration offered a rare opportunity for reuniting with family and friends.

May 17, 2021

The Slave King

During the week-long Pinskter celebration in colonial times, Angolan King Charles assumed his royal status.

May 14, 2021

Hambone

Banned from playing drums, African slaves found other ways of performing traditional rhythms.

May 13, 2021

Pinkster

What was once a Dutch celebration of Pentecost passed into the hands of African slaves.

May 3, 2021

Greek Orthodox Easter – Touchstone to a Culture

For Greeks throughout the world, Easter Sunday is the most important holiday of the year.

April 30, 2021

Greek Orthodox Easter

In the Eastern Orthodox tradition, this is Holy Week, culminating in Easter Sunday.

April 28, 2021

Ceremony at a Sacred Cave

Every Spring in Mexico’s Cueva de Villa Luz, descendants of Zoque and Mayan Indians hold a rather remarkable ceremony.

April 27, 2021

Edible Insects – Culture

What you consider food has a lot to do with where you come from.

April 26, 2021

Edible Insects – Termites

A group of women in Botswana offer a lesson in termite cuisine.

April 23, 2021

Edible Insects – Weaver Ants and Crickets

In Cambodia, this month is high season for weaver ants and crickets.

April 20, 2021

Patriot’s Day – Old North Church

Celebrating Boston’s historic role during the early days of the Revolutionary War.

April 19, 2021

Patriot’s Day – Lexington Green

A company of British Regulars is squaring off against a small but determined group of colonial minutemen.

April 16, 2021

Marathon – Jock Semple

Remembering one of the driving forces behind the marathon.

April 15, 2021

Boston Marathon

This year’s Marathon will take place in October, but its legacy lies on Patriot’s Day. “It’s a long way from Hopkinton to the Pru!”

April 13, 2021

Thingyan

In Myanmar, will the new year bring a temporary reprieve from societal taboos?

April 12, 2021

Edible Insects –Silkworms

Silkworm pupae, fried and served with onions, is a popular snack in some parts of China.

April 9, 2021

Edible Insects

Insects are an important source of protein for many societies around the world.

April 5, 2021

New Blossom, New Music, New Year

Today’s Japanese Cherry Blossom festival sounds somewhat different than it used to.

April 2, 2021

Cherry Blossom Fest – Old and New

In the US, the annual Cherry Blossom festival has come to include both traditional and modern Japanese art forms.

April 1, 2021

Cherry Blossom – Spirit of the Samurai

In Japanese culture, the blossoming of the Cherry Tree represents an ancient code of honor.

March 26, 2021

The Great Leveler

In India, Holi heralds the coming of spring with color, mayhem and a sense of cultural solidarity.

March 22, 2021

Lock up the Priests, Don the Goat Hair

Northern Bulgaria’s traditional fertility festival heralds the coming of spring.

March 19, 2021

Persian New Year’s

Noruz means “new day” and it’s celebrated with new clothes, gift-giving and bonfires.

March 17, 2021

A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk – Part Two

How would you referee a match between two warring teams of other-worldly beings?

March 16, 2021

A Tale of the Irish Fairy Folk – Part One

You never know what might happen late at night near a fairy fort.

March 11, 2021

Drawing Water From a Sacred Well

At the conclusion of the Omizutori Festival in Japan, showers of glowing embers rain down on spectators.

February 26, 2021

Istanbul – Blue Mosque

Istanbul’s most famous mosque is a delight for the eyes and ears. Headphone listening recommended!

February 24, 2021

Mystery of Maple Syrup

Sap is flowing in sugar maple trees, if we only knew why. A program from our archives!

February 19, 2021

Tickling Society

In the rural Cajun communities of south Louisiana, Mardi Gras is organized mayhem.

February 18, 2021

As Long as There’s Been an Earth..

Basile, Louisiana has its own unique Mardi Gras song.

February 17, 2021

Donnez-moi Un Petit Sou

In the bayous of Louisiana, costumed revelers beg for food and money from their neighbors, to support a communal gumbo.

February 16, 2021

The Biggest Day

“Forget about your job, your worries, your bills..”

February 15, 2021

Feast Before Fast

The roots of Mardi Gras run deeper than Christianity.

February 12, 2021

Chinese New Year in Malaysia

A time for new clothes, gifts, and no sweeping!

February 8, 2021

The Festival of Broken Needles

Harikuyo, a memorial service for broken sewing needles, is a measure of the esteem that the Japanese have for everyday objects.

February 5, 2021

Istanbul – Music on the Istaklal

Step inside the Jasmine Club to hear some beautiful Turkish music.

February 4, 2021

Istanbul – Topkapi Palace

The soundscape of a world famous palace. Headphone listening recommended!

February 3, 2021

Istanbul – Two Acoustical Marvels

Two of Istanbul’s signature soundscapes – one above ground, one below! Headphone listening recommended.

February 2, 2021

Istanbul – Gypsy Music

In Kumkapi, Istanbul, the streets are lined with restaurants and roving bands of gypsy musicians.