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It was dark and cold and Bruce Stutz needed renewal badly. The former editor-in-chief of Natural History magazine grabbed an old Chevy and hit the American road, on the blooming trail of spring.

For a whole season, he chased it — the bursting with life surge and crest of the season of light's return or rebirth. He traveled across the magnolia South and fresh cactus Southwest, across Plains and mountains, and even into the Arctic spring.

Stutz went nose-down in vernal pools, exulting in salamander hook-ups and the onslaught of frogs, in cranes dancing and rivers of spring caribou. But he was also worrying, too, that spring is changing.

Hear a conversation with Bruce Stutz about hitting the road and chasing spring across America.


Bruce Stutz, author of "Chasing Spring: An American Journey Through a Changing Season." He's also Science Writer for Discover Magazine, Contributing Editor for On Earth Magazine and Former Editor-in-Chief of Natural History Magazine.

This program aired on March 24, 2006.

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