The Nature of Change

Apr 30, 2017

In this archived episode from April 30, 1993, John Weeks gets lost in nostalgia. After reflecting on better ecological times, Weeks calls for environmental awareness to increase.

April Sunshine

Apr 11, 2017

April is truly a superlative month through the eyes of John Weeks. In honor of the months rare sunlight, Weeks expresses his appreciation for the lively rebirth of nature produced by the golden rays throughout the month. This episode originally aired April 8, 1993.

100 Miles of Spring

Apr 5, 2017

In this archived broadcast from April 3, 1987, John Weeks discusses temperature fluctuations and recites Henry David Thoreau to describe the constant changes, new growth and longer days of spring.

In this archived broadcast from March 27, 1987, John Weeks answers questions that have piled up over the previous winter.  Weeks answers questions about geese behavior, skunk cabbage smells, and red-winged blackbirds.

The Aftermath of Winter

May 13, 2016

In this archived broadcast from May 9, 2003, John Weeks talks about the aftermath of winter.  Weeks remarks on the visible marks that winter leaves behind each year and how that effects the natural world. 

Woodland Flower Show

May 4, 2016
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In this archived broadcast from May 4, 1984, John Weeks discusses the beauty that comes with spring flowers.  Weeks takes a journey where he searches for various spring flowers and gives details on various species.

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In this archived broadcast from April 15, 1988, John Weeks discusses the virtues of roadside nature watching.  Weeks talks about the sights of spring that can easily be found from your vehicle. 

In this archived broadcast from July 26, 1991, John Weeks talks about how birds and insects are great nesters and how they are the greatest architects. He speaks about mostly birds and how they build their birds nest how they are all unique and different. Every bird and insect has a different taste so depending on the type of bird or insect the nest or "home" is different and Weeks goes into detail about that. 

Spring Time Episodes

May 13, 2015

In this archived broadcast from April 29, 1990, John Weeks talks about the coming of spring and how fast it happens. He talks about the different birds of the spring and how spring goes by so fast because of the transition into summer that sometimes people don't see the beauty in it.

In this archived broadcast from May 25, 1990, John Weeks talks about he talks about how the birds of the spring prepare for the summer and how they nest. He also talks about the song of the birds. He goes into detail about a time that he was bird watching and examined certain birds.

In this archived broadcast from March 6, 1987, John Weeks talks about bird watchers and how and why they observe birds. He talks about how a winter bird walk or watch is different than one in the summer and spring because there are different birds and nesting techniques. He also goes into detail on how winter birds are different than

spring and summer birds. He talks about their feeding and nesting techniques.

The Sounds of Spring Part.2

Apr 30, 2015

In this archived broadcast from May, 10, 1991, John Weeks is back in Baltimore woods. He talks about how protective screech Owls are and how in the spring they have a reputation for defending their nests. He goes into detail about the birds of spring. He talks about his walk through the woods and all of the things he experienced.

In this archived broadcast from May, 2, 1991, John Weeks talks about migration and nesting. He goes into great detail on birds and the nesting time of year. He narrates his walk and pioneer trail that he went on. He talks about Song Sparrows and how they use sound to get the attention of other birds around them. He runs through different birds and the sounds that make them unique.

Spring A Dialogue

Apr 24, 2015

In this archived broadcast from April 19, 1991, John Weeks follows a dialogued format where he talks about how much he loves the spring and how he is not that interested in winter because he is old and looses track of things. He talks about his childhood and an illness in the spring that his mother was going through. He talks about what he used to do during the spring when he was younger and why it is his favorite time of year.

Talking About Spring

Apr 19, 2015

In this archived broadcast from March 13, 1987, John Weeks talks about the upcoming spring season. He talks about the effects of the melting snow. He also talks about climate and how when the seasons change it effects our environment. He talks about how the changing of seasons affects farmers and land. He also talks about how spring changes with the months.

Notes On Spring: A Seasonal Music Special

Mar 23, 2015

This week, an assuring hour of music and information about the promising resurgence of spring, including rare facts about the featured music and the reasons for springtime warming and rain.

A wide variety of unique vocal and instrumental performances by Mannheim Steamroller, Joni Mitchell, the London Symphony & Cambridge Singers, Jim Stafford, Timothy Seaman, Barbra Streisand, Richard Burmer, Julie Andrews, The Slovak Philharmonic,  Andrea McCardle, Steven Isserlis with Michael Tilson Thomas and Dudley Moore, William Tabbert, Stan Kenton, and John Denver.

An Episode With Deer

Apr 29, 2014
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In this archived broadcast from May 17, 1991 John Weeks talks about a trail that he likes to walk on where he ends up seeing all different animals. The trail is part of a crop field, but it also winds through a wood lot and enters woods. While he enters the woods and smells the spring beauty he surprises a group of deer halfway through the woods. The deer look at him anxiously and nervously. Weeks talks about how he interacts with the deer and how they are acting when they see him.

In this archived broadcast from April 12, 1991, John Weeks talks about his first walk through the spring fields. He says nothing compares to the first walk during the spring and then talks about different paths that are around the fields that he walks on. He then talks about the different things he see's on his walks and the different plants. Weeks said that there will be an eruption of flowers soon if the mild weather continues.

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In this archived broadcast from May 5, 1992, John Weeks talks about some of the previous interviews that he has had and the knowledge that he has learned over the past ten years. He talks about how spring takes over 6 months to generate and run's its course. The bluebird is ranked the first in wildlife and then the deer is followed by it. After he talks about Spring for a little while he mentions that he had a regular listener who said he wanted to hear more about turkeys. Weeks says that he has had several recent encounters with Turkeys and they are native to this part of the country.

In this archived broadcast from March 22, 1991, John Weeks talks about how the damp cold and mud interfere with celebrating spring. He talks about how the weather during the March month is always different depending on the year. He then talks about how he subscribes to the National Wildlife magazines and just received his April/May issue. Weeks talks about the different articles that are in this issue and how his favorite article is about endangered predators.

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First, we want to thank everyone who donated during Foneless February and during the first weeks of March. Thanks to these generous contributions, we were able to cut down our spring on-air fundraising to just over two and a half days. You'll only be hearing from us through this Saturday at noon.

If you've already donated, thank you so much, but if you haven't yet please take the time to make a difference today. Here are just a few reasons to donate:

Wishing In Spring

Mar 6, 2014

In this archived broadcast, Wishing In Spring, from March 16, 1984, John Weeks talks about what it is like to have spring like weather. He says he is sitting down on a warm day wishing it was spring in late March. He talks about how spring is different in all different states that he's visited and the different almanac's that people can bring. He describes the day outside and how it will be different once spring finally arrives.

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It may not be February any more, but we're still keeping it 'foneless'- for now. You still have time to donate before our spring fundraiser, which starts Thursday, March 13. Here are a few incentives that you shouldn't forget about:

Talking About Spring

Feb 20, 2014

In this archived broadcast, Talking About Spring, John Weeks talks about how the weather is becoming nicer and all the snow is beginning to melt. He mentions that the rapid disappearances of snow is causing green brown pasture and weed fields all over. He also talks about how flooding can occur due to the amount of snow melting and he talks about different questions that he has received about the spring weather.

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The sign up deadline for our New York City trip has passed. Thank you to everyone who signed up!

Reading The Message

Feb 6, 2014

This archived broadcast, Reading the Message, John Weeks talks about a trip that he took and he talks about all different things that he saw that were changing depending on the season that it was. Weeks talks about a 5 pointed star that one of the cities brought in that they placed on a hill. The star is impressive and it is surrounded by a park but in the evening the city is very impressive. He also talks about the community of nature.

Snowbanks perform many functions, but it is a liberating event when they show signs of disappearing. John Weeks discusses everything that is coming to life within snowbanks and everything that is left behind after the final ones melt.

John Weeks recommends various nature-related literature to be read while waiting for spring to fully bloom.

John Weeks discusses the arrival of various bird species beginning in late February and continuing through the spring months. Migration timetables are rarely disrupted by fickle March weather.

As the equinox approaches, Weeks explains the rules of winter ecology and the basic rules of supply and demand as they apply to the critters gathering food in preparation for the winter months. He also describes how, for him, enjoyment of winter depends upon bounty of the growing season which proceeded it.