Barbara J King

Barbara J King appears in the following:

In Transgender Teen's Fight, Echoes Of Others

Thursday, December 11, 2014

An explosive case in her own rural Virginia community leads anthropologist Barbara J. King to explore the role of local school boards in protecting — and promoting — transgender teens' rights.


Would You Run 3,080 Miles For Science?

Thursday, December 04, 2014

What are the limits of the human body and mind during extreme-endurance racing? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews the research director of an upcoming 3,080-mile run across the United States.


On This Thanksgiving, Celebrating The Wild Turkey

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Wild turkeys are smart, curious and sweet animals. But sometimes they bring attitude to encounters with humans, commentator Barbara J. King says.


Can't Sleep? Maybe Thinking About Evolution Will Help

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says the cross-cultural norm for sleep deviates significantly from the long, uninterrupted night of rest insomniacs may dream about — if they can sleep enough to dream.


Attempting Sex, An Octopus Gets A Surprise

Sunday, November 16, 2014

A brief video clip of a dramatic octopus encounter documents a surprising moment in undersea mating behavior, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


A Dark Side Of The Focus On Gay Marriage

Thursday, November 06, 2014

As more states embrace gay marriage, might there be hidden costs for gays to such a single-issue emphasis? Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a provocative look at this question.


Animal Behavior: Two Dogs And An Ice Cream

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Anthropologist Barbara J. King says this short video clip of dogs Daisy and Cooper will brighten your day.


Behind The Scenes: Ethics Of Wolf Wars And Turtle Travels

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Unethical practices are widespread in the making of wildlife films and TV programs, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. She urges viewers to fight back.


Ebola, Outrage And The Killing Of A Dog

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Excalibur, a dog whose owner was diagnosed this week with Ebola, has been euthanized in Spain. Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at the global response, urging compassion for all creatures.


When Dogs, Cats And Rats Come To The Rescue

Thursday, October 09, 2014

Humans haven't cornered the market on heroism. As anthropologist Barbara J. King notes, other animals ranging from dogs and cats to elephant seals and African pouched rats can win our hearts, too.


Can Psychedelics Expand Our Consciousness?

Thursday, October 02, 2014

In his new book, Sam Harris wonders if his daughters will miss something if they don't try mushrooms or LSD as adults. Anthropologist Barbara J. King offers thoughts on this, drugs and enlightenment.


A View Of The Arctic

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Massive sea ice, swimming walruses, a hunting polar bear — this video tour of the high Arctic will refresh your eyes, and your spirit, amid climate policymaking, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.


Looking Beyond Notions Of Erotica In Prehistoric Art

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Small statues made by our ancestors 35,000 years ago are often interpreted as sex objects or even pornography. Anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a different perspective.


Still Now, Should Lab Monkeys Be Deprived Of Their Mothers?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Scientists have known for 50 years that taking baby monkeys from their mothers causes them trauma. Commentator Barbara J. King asks why the practice continues today.


The Koan Of The Cat And The Frog

Thursday, September 04, 2014

September offers fresh starts and, sometimes, extra stresses. Commentator Barbara J. King says this one-minute video clip will bring us all back to a place of calm.


Atheists Feel Awe, Too

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some people of faith claim that the world is meaningless without belief in God or gods or an afterlife. Commentator Barbara J. King says the view of some atheists is mirrored in two recent novels.


Grappling With Trigger Warnings And Trauma On Campus

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Are trigger warnings a good idea when teachers ask students to consider material about emotionally wrenching topics? Anthropologist Barbara J. King says yes — in some cases.


As Ukraine Presses Military Offensive, The Facts Are Fuzzy

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Ukraine's army has been gaining ground against pro-Russian separatists. But details are difficult to pin down. They are now trading accusations over an alleged attack against a civilian convoy.


Immersion In Nature, Naturally, Can Be Risky

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Restorative for the spirit, hiking in the wild involves risks. Though commentator Barbara J. King's husband ran into trouble on the trail recently, she says increased public access is not the answer.


Why Are We So Scared Of Ebola?

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Commentator Barbara J. King digs into whether there's merit to fears of contracting the virus in the U.S. — and into humans' natural tendency, under certain circumstances, to panic.