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Pulse of the Planet Podcasts with Jim Metzner

Each weekday, Pulse of the Planet provides its listeners with a two-minute sound portrait of Planet Earth, tracking the rhythms of nature, culture and science worldwide and blending interviews and extraordinary natural sound.

Published: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:45:11 PST

Last Build Date: Tue, 05 Jan 2016 11:45:11 PST

Copyright: Copyright 1990-2012 Jim Metzner Productions, Inc. All rights reserved.

Three Kings Day - The Magi

Tue, 05 Jan 2016 00:00:00 PST

One of our listeners returns to his homeland of Puerto Rico each year for the celebration of the Epiphany.

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Smell - Relentless Sense

Mon, 04 Jan 2016 00:00:00 PST

We've developed lots of ways to cover our ears, but not so many ways to cover our noses.

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Yoiks - Carrying On The Tradition

Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00:00 PST

The nomadic Sami herdsmen of Scandinavia have preserved their oral history in a unique form of story-song called a "yoik."

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Yoiks - Reindeer Jazz

Thu, 31 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

An indigenous style of singing created by nomadic reindeer herdsman is kept alive in contemporary Scandinavia.

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Snapping Turtles - Mercury

Wed, 30 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

In an ecosystem polluted by toxins like mercury, do mother turtles pass these substances on to their young?

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International Surprise

Tue, 29 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Human beings are apparently hardwired to remember things that surprise us. how does this translate to cultures where people typically aren't encouraged to deviate from the normal way of doing things?

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Quality Control

Mon, 28 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Is there a better way to improve service without monitoring calls and filling out surveys?

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Christmas - Trees and Mistletoe

Fri, 25 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Some of our most enduring Christmas traditions may date back to the days before that holiday even existed.

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Christmas Bonfires - Construction

Thu, 24 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Working together to build 20 foot pyres of wood and wire, a family near New Orleans celebrates Christmas eve.

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Las Posadas

Wed, 23 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Las Posadas, celebrated in Mexico and in many Hispanic communities, commemorates Mary and Joseph's search for lodging in Bethlehem.

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Christmas - History

Tue, 22 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Believe it or not, there was a time when the singing of Christmas carols could land you in jail.

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Jonkonnu - Safety Valve

Mon, 21 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

In the early 1800's, letting off steam at the annual Jonkonnu celebrations may have been a social safety valve.

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Jonkonnu - Reconstructing

Fri, 18 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

A widely celebrated event during the 1800's inspired historians and local residents of eastern North Carolina to reconstruct its spectacle.

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Jonkonnu - Kome

Thu, 17 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Revelers of the Jonkonnu masquerade sing and dance through neighborhoods, visiting homes where their pageantry might be favored with a gift of money.

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Jonkonnu - Origins

Wed, 16 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

In North Carolina, the festival of Jonkonnu is celebrated with influences from West Africa, England, and the Caribbean.

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Simulating Trucks Trains and Planes

Mon, 14 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

If you want to design effective packaging, you'd better know how it will stand up to being transported in planes, trains and trucks.

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Fri, 11 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

In Lindsborg, Kansas, folks still mark this time of year with traditions their ancestors brought from Sweden.

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Thu, 10 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

In the world of package design, you have to think not only of the package itself, but what it's going to be resting upon.

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Sustainable Packaging

Wed, 09 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Packages that were previouly made out of plastic, are now being made out of bioplastics.

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Snapping Turtles - Capturing Clues

Mon, 07 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Snapping turtles are teaching us invaluable lessons about the effects of toxins on the environment.

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Rain - What's in a Raindrop

Fri, 04 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Microorganisms are part of the "recipe" for making rain, and rain not only cleans the atmosphere of microbes and airborne particles, it serves as a prime mover in stimulating microbial growth.

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Rain - Evolution in the Clouds

Thu, 03 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Why would bacteria evolve the ability to freeze cloud water at higher than normal temperatures?

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SciDi: Flavor - All in the Taste

Wed, 02 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

Most scientists refrain from eating anything in their labs, and for good reason. But when it comes to flavor science, tasting chemicals is madatory.

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Wolves and Moose - Antlers

Tue, 01 Dec 2015 00:00:00 PST

They're the largest antlered animal in the world and a lot faster that you'd expect them to be.

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Wolves and Moose - Mutual Control

Mon, 30 Nov 2015 00:00:00 PST

On Isle Royale in Lake Superior, wolves and moose lead an interdependent existence.

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Wolves and Moose - Unexpected Connections

Fri, 27 Nov 2015 00:00:00 PST

You might not expect the wolf population to effect the number of trees in an ecosystem - but it does.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade - Inflation Day

Wed, 25 Nov 2015 00:00:00 PST

For many New Yorkers, watching the giant parade balloons being filled on the day before Thanksgiving, has become part of their holiday celebration.

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