Date:  3/17/09

Vernal Equinox

Tonight’s show is a celebration of Spring and an exploration of the Vernal Equinox which occurs on March 20, marking the beginning of spring in the northern hemisphere and fall (autumn) in the southern hemisphere. It will occur at 11:44 (am) at Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) on this date.

Poetry Readings:

 “Today,”  Billy Collins
 “In Just-Spring,” e. e. cummings
 “Firstlings,” Louise Imogen Guiney
“Paschal,” Robert Pinsky
 “Mahayana,” Philip Whalen
 “Matanza to Spring,” Jimmy Santiago Baca
“The Gardner 85,” Rabindranath Tagore
“Time and the Garden,” Yvor Winters
 “Daffodils,” Robert Herrick
 “Spring, the Sweet Spring,” Thomas Nashe

Our poetry source is the Poetry Foundation 
http://www.poetryfoundation.org

We also provide a good deal of factual, scientific, and cultural information about the spring equinox from Time and Date.Com http://www.timeanddate.com/calendar/march-equinox-traditions.html and from http://www.thesantafesite.com/articles-database/Matanza—A-New-Mexico-Celebration.html.

 And we read some gardening tips for our region from Katherine Grace Endicott’s Northern California Gardening. http://books.google.com/books?id=SxS_C90WjB0C&pg=PP1&dq=Northern+California+Gardening+Katherine+Grace+Endicott&ei=nmnCSdyDKZTUlQTXv4CBDg

The Playlist for Ecotopia #24

1.  “Here Comes the Sun,” the Beatles, Abbey Road
2.  “Spring is Here,” Carly Simon, Torch
3.   “
I Got the Spring Fever Blues,” Ella Fitzgerald, All My Life
4.   “
Earth Anthem,” The Turtles, “Songs for Earth Day”
5.   “Spring Fever,” Orleans, The Essentials 
6.   “Feelin’ Groovy,” Simon and Garfunkle