Pulse of the Planet

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Pulse of the Planet
Genre Documentary
Running time 2 Minutes
Country United States
South Africa
Language(s) English
Home station network of 250 public and commercial stations
Host(s) Jim Metzner Productions
Creator(s) Jim Metzner
Air dates since September 23, 1989
Audio format MP3
Sponsor(s) National Science Foundation
Website http://www.pulseplanet.com/
Podcast http://pulseplanet.com/dailyprogram/

Pulse of the Planet is a syndicated daily American radio series presented by Jim Metzner Productions and the National Science Foundation, which highlights world cultures, environmental and scientific issues and discoveries. The program provides listeners with a two-minute audio snippet of the subject, blending interviews and topical ambience to bring lesser publicized themes to the mainstream.[1] The series began on September 23, 1989 and continues through present day. It is broadcast across 250 public and commercial radio stations around the world, including the Armed Forces Radio Network.[2]

Other Avenues[edit]

Since its launch in 1989, Pulse of the Planet has extended out from radio, into several other directions with the rise of the internet. A Pulse of the Planet Facebook page allows listeners to post questions and provide feedback, linking to MP3 clips of the radio program on the Daily Program webpage with a short teaser of the topic. The Pulse Blog has also been formed as a collection of scientific diaries, including Metzner's, as well as over a dozen other scientists in a variety of fields and one for listener contributions as well.

The website expands on one story each month for its Monthly Features page, supplementing the original radio spot with additional text and photographs.