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Barbara J King

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What Is The Psychic Toll Of Gun Violence?

Thursday, September 03, 2015

The likelihood that any one of us would be caught up in a mass shooting is low. But anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Is any one of us left unaffected by gun violence?


Pop Quiz: How Science-Literate Are We, Really?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

As students return to school, anthropologist Barbara J. King suggests it's time for the rest of us to take a pop quiz designed to measure science literacy in the United States.


Nature May Have A Profound Effect On Our Religiosity

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Barbara J. King considers a new study that finds rates of affiliation with religious organizations are lower in places with favorable natural amenities and climates than in other places.


Sharing Grief Across Species Lines

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores how she found her own grief eased after the death of her mother by helping a traumatized cat that had lost its human and animal families.


Are Whales And Dolphins Cultural Beings?

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews two whale scientists who say the term "culture" shouldn't be reserved for human groups.


Being A Woman: Who Gets To Decide?

Saturday, August 01, 2015

This week, legal cases of athlete Dutee Chand and transgender teen Gavin Grimm put the spotlight on what it means to be a woman. Anthropologist Barbara J. King asks: Who gets to choose one's gender?


Raising Voices For Cecil The Lion

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Does it really make sense to feel such outrage for one lion that was killed in Africa? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explains why the answer is "yes."


Putting Spiders On Treadmills In Virtual-Reality Worlds

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Matrix for spiders? Anthropologist Barbara J. King explores what scientists can learn about invertebrate perception and neurophysiology from chilling then magnetizing jumping spiders.


Powered By Plants On The Ultramarathon Trail

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Are vegan diets good for athletes? Ultrarunners, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, show us the answer is "yes."


'Skyfaring': The Poetry And Science Of Air Travel

Thursday, July 09, 2015

When you fly, is it all about the cramped cabin? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews a pilot whose book reconnects us to the joys of flying through the clouds.


Great White Sharks And The Thrill Of Unseen Nature

Thursday, July 02, 2015

Unusual clusters of great white sharks are occurring just off a California beach where anthropologist Barbara J. King recently spent time, leading her to reflect on how much of nature is unseen by us.


In 'Soul Of An Octopus,' An Invertebrate Steals Our Hearts

Thursday, June 25, 2015

A new book delves deeply, and emotionally, into the intelligence of octopuses. Giving it a rave review, anthropologist Barbara J. King says it may be time to offer captive octopuses their freedom.


Justice Scalia And The Age Of Humanity

Friday, June 19, 2015

Does it matter if Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia thinks humanity is 5,000 years old — as he noted in a commencement address? Anthropologist Barbara J. King thinks so.


For Adults, Coloring Invites Creativity And Brings Comfort

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Coloring for adults is an activity surging in popularity. Commentator Barbara J. King discovers that coloring engages her senses, even easing, a bit, her grief at the loss of a parent.


Declaring The Discovery Of A New Species Can Get Tricky

Friday, June 05, 2015

Last week, a group from Cleveland announced they found a new human ancestor. Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at the pros and cons of calling a fossil hominid a new biological species.


Viewing Octopus Choreography In Captivity

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King spends a morning with an octopus in an effort to find out how to make life better for sentient, smart creatures on public view.


Is The War On Fat Harming Our Children?

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews Harvard University's Susan Greenhalgh, author of the new Fat-Talk Nation, who says one surprise is that compliments on weight loss may do more harm than good.


The Role Of Science In A Push For Animal Liberation

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Amid recent public discourse on animal welfare, anthropologist Barbara J. King explores the role that science plays in how we think about, and treat, animals.


France's 'New' Prehistoric Cave Art: The Real Thing?

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Animal images painted 35,000 years ago at France's Chauvet Cave can now be seen in replica. Anthropologist Barbara J. King says this is much more than "fake" art.


Is It Sexist To Say That Women Are Superior To Men?

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Is it finally time to recognize that women are biologically superior to men? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says that suggestion hurts more than it helps.