Barbara J King

Barbara J King appears in the following:

The Return Of The Chicken Police

Thursday, January 23, 2014

The intelligence of chickens is increasingly recognized as formidable. Commentator Barbara J. King takes this lesson to heart after repeatedly watching a 30-second video starring two savvy hens and then talking to a chicken expert about the clip.


The Katydid Dilemma: Will You Eat Insects?

Friday, January 17, 2014

Insect-eating is catching on with some in the United States. But it's everyday behavior in many other cultures. Commentator Barbara J. King wonders how meat eaters and vegetarians in the U.S. react to dishes with grasshoppers and katydids as key ingredients.


Why We Need Compassionate Conservation

Monday, January 13, 2014

A permit to kill an endangered black rhino in Africa sold for $350,000 at auction. Commentator Barbara J. King says we should look for ways other than charity hunts to support wildlife conservation.


The Anthropology Of Walking

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Are you walking enough for good health? Commentator Barbara J. King knows she isn't. But fresh research into the walking patterns of humans is motivating her to get out and walk more in 2014.


The Amazing Snow Art Of Simon Beck

Sunday, December 22, 2013

The artist Simon Beck creates outsize and beautiful patterns in the snow by walking many miles on snowshoes.


Animal Rescues: An End-Of-Year Celebration

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cows and dogs, a dolphin and a sea turtle: Come join with commentator Barbara J. King as she counts down four of her favorite animal rescues from 2013.


Why We Need More Than Three Genders

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Countries around the world are moving to officially adopt recognition of a third gender. Commentator Barbara J. King thinks we should go further, embracing a fluid system of gender identities.


Robot And Chimpanzee: It's Evolution At Work

Thursday, December 05, 2013

New research shows that chimpanzees not only enjoy interacting with a humanoid robot, but also work actively to keep the connection going. Commentator Barbara J. King ties this finding to our past and our future.


Tag Him, Track Him, Hug Him, Love Him

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Has new tracking technology put us on a slippery slope toward microchipping our own children? Commentator Barbara J. King worries that it has, and asks if this practice is healthy for kids and parents alike.


Burial Rights: Who Owns Dead Bodies, Anyway?

Thursday, October 31, 2013

A question fit for Halloween: Why has there been so much resistance to an Alabama man burying his wife, at her request, in their front yard? Anthropologist Barbara J. King digs into our relationship with the dead.


A Life In Science: From Housewife To Amazon Trailblazer

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Patricia Wright arrived in the Amazon armed only with intense curiosity about secretive owl monkeys. She emerged from the jungle on a new life trajectory. Since that singular experience, she has gone on to become well known for her work with Lemurs in Madagascar. Commentator Barbara J. King interviews Wright about her new memoir.


What If They Opened A Dolphin Theme Park, And Nobody Came?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The site of an infamous yearly dolphin hunt in Japan may also soon become the site of a marine park where tourists could swim with dolphins and small whales. The catch? Money generated by the park would help support the annual cetacean slaughter. Commentator Barbara J. King calls the proposed park indefensible.


Attenborough's Muddled Thinking Can't Stop Human Evolution

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Revered naturalist and filmmaker Sir David Attenborough recently startled scientists by declaring that humans are no longer evolving. Commentator and anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a clear response: Attenborough is wrong.


When Did Human Speech Evolve?

Thursday, September 05, 2013

A new study that relies on brain-imaging of cerebral blood flows suggests that human speech and complex tool-making skills emerged together almost two million years ago. Commentator Barbara J. King digs through the evidence and offers her own take on this age-old question.


That Butterfly Won't Bite You

Thursday, August 29, 2013

When children have so little experience of nature that they fear butterflies, how should we respond? That's the question anthropologist Barbara J. King asks after reading about a new garden at the Dallas Arboretum focused on educating kids.


Obesity And The Toxic-Sugar Wars

Friday, August 23, 2013

Forceful voices, like that of pediatric endocrinologist Robert Lustig, insist that eating sugar is highly toxic. More moderate voices from science aren't so sure that's the case. Barbara J. King offers her own view of the ongoing controversy about diet, health and obesity.


College-Bound Kids And The Emotions of Primate Parents

Thursday, August 15, 2013

The first time a child moves away from home can be tough on parents. Commentator Barbara J. King asks whether our closest animal relatives, monkeys and apes, also feel powerful emotions when their offspring leave the nest.


Gigging The Edible Frog: An Inhumane Tradition

Thursday, August 08, 2013

Continuing her occasional exploration into matters of animals and human society, Barbara J. King takes a look at last week's NPR story on frog-gigging. She stands against cruelty to animals, even in the context of an accepted cultural tradition.


Can We Foresee The Dangers Of Messing With Memory?

Thursday, August 01, 2013

If you had a traumatic memory lodged in your brain, would you zap it away if you could? In the wake of last week's news that false memories were implanted in laboratory mice, commentator Barbara J. King considers the potential effects of intervening with memory formation in our own brains.


Is Cancer A Gift?

Thursday, July 25, 2013

It's a popular idea, that there's a gift embedded in a diagnosis of cancer. Commentator and cancer patient Barbara J. King considers — and rejects — this notion, finding resonance instead in the words of two other women with cancer.