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Each audio file is in MP3 format, about 1.1 MB, and play for just over 2 minutes. They are also available from the KQED audio archives. Descriptions and audio files provided by KQED.)

Thursday December 24, 2009 – 7:35 AM
The Act of Cooking – Mike Newland was a cook before he became an archeologist but he’s always believed that preparing a meal for others is about so much more than the food.

Friday September 25, 2009 – 7:37 AM
To Grieve is to Honor – The death of a good friend and colleague lead archaeologist Mike Newland to contemplate the importance of our rituals for the departed.

Monday August 24, 2009 – 7:37 AM
Change or Die – Archaeologists like Mike Newland spend a lot of time studying cultures that have failed. And there's one common theme in those failures that does not bode well for our climate change-challenged civilization.

Thursday June 11, 2009 – 7:37 AM
Sacred – Native American religious sites have legal protection, but archaeologist Mike Newland finds that the nature of those sites and the nature of those legal protections are on a collision course.

Monday April 06, 2009 – 7:37 AM
Purgatory – Mike Newland visits an archaeological site in the Sierra foothills where miners moved tons of stones to little purpose and native villagers once believed that souls lived life in reverse.

Wednesday February 04, 2009
Lost People – As an archaeologist, Mike Newland is used to dealing with lost people. But the strangest lost people are alive and kicking.