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Season 15 | Episode 5

Earth Oddities

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coral moon by WNYC's Sahar Baharloo

First, we crack open some fossils, peer back into ancient seas, and look up at lunar skies to find that a year is not quite as fixed as we thought it was. Then, a deafening sex orchestra hits the East Coast -- billions and billions of cicadas crawl out of the ground, sing their hearts out, then mate and die. And we end 200 miles above Earth's surface, where astronaut Dave Wolf -- rocketing through the blackness of Earth's shadow at 5 miles a second -- floated out of the Mir Space Station on his very first spacewalk. 

Comments [6]

dawn from St Barths

What an amazing story from Dave Wolf about space! I never knew .Music,story, imagining your star filled audience.........so mesmerizing. Thank you!

Jun. 19 2017 10:07 PM
Domenica from Union, WA

A real driveway moment with astronaut Dave Wolf's voice "relax... relax..." fading out and the wonderful soundtrack fading in. I was transfixed. What's the name of the music track?

Jun. 18 2017 07:30 PM
Danielle from Nebraska

Made a long drive shorter! So very interesting!! Great variety.

Jun. 17 2017 08:25 PM
Donna from Nashua, NH

There are not enough words to express how amazing and wonderful your shows are! You share the wonder and beauty of life in ways that spark the imagination and lead to the expansion of the possibilities life holds. The story told by Dave Wolf was mind altering. I don't know how astronauts do it, but they certainly experience things that most of us never will. Thank you so much for sharing this! You guys are killin' it!

Jun. 17 2017 01:28 PM
susan from Tulsa

"...returned to where we began?"
NO !!!!!!!!!
Btw, wonderful story about astronaut Dave - I kept thinking "Open the pod bay door, Hal."

Jun. 17 2017 01:17 PM
Max Maxwell from kalispell montana

Your description of the dance of earth and moon reminded me of my poem below.

Celestial Navigation

By Max Maxwell

If I were to rise in flight and go true north
with only the stars to navigate
arriving directly under the North Star
in six hours,
then to continue
straight forward on that line of travel
another six,
I’d find the earth
turned by half and myself,
returned to where I began.

Is this the way of life,
we rise when young to follow our star
only to find, when old, we’ve
returned to where we began?

February 2017

Jun. 16 2017 10:33 PM

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