Barbara J King

Barbara J King appears in the following:

A Cultural Moment For Polyamory

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Polyamory is sometimes called consensual non-monogamy, but anthropologist Barbara J. King found out it's more complicated than that.

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A Look At The Personalities On Our Plates

Thursday, March 16, 2017

In her new book, anthropologist and NPR commentator Barbara J. King takes a look at how "food animals" think and feel — and what that means for us.

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Does A Pregnant Giraffe Deserve Privacy?

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Are you one of the thousands watching online for expectant mother April the giraffe to give birth? Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers the ethics of livestreamed animal behavior.

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Prehistoric Aurochs Image Opens Up A New View Of Human Evolution

Monday, February 27, 2017

Engraving an aurochs image on limestone 38,000 years ago, an artist left behind fascinating clues about early modern-human life, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Doctor's Book Presents The Case Against 'Dairy Crack'

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Physician Neal Barnard argues that cheese is unhealthy and addictive. Anthropologist Barbara J. King takes a look at Barnard's provocative new book.

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Pet-Directed Speech May Convey Intentions In Subtle Ways

Thursday, February 16, 2017

In using pet-directed speech — similar to how some moms talk to babies — with our dogs, we may aim to optimize communication of our intentions and emotions, explains anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Reflections On An Afternoon At The African-American Museum

Thursday, February 09, 2017

Barbara J. King says the legacy of slavery and resistance came alive in her visit — and that she was acutely aware that for some, a visit would be rooted in experiences she could never truly fathom.

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A New View Into The Primate Birthing Process

Thursday, February 02, 2017

Anthropologist Barbara J. King talks with scientists who looked at the differences in the birthing processes of experienced and first-time monkey mothers — and how they compare with human births.

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The Science Of Gender: No, Men Aren't From Mars And Women From Venus

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Testosterone-fueled men are more into sex and risk-taking than women, right? The science of gender, says anthropologist Barbara J. King, shows it's way more complicated than that.

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Fact Check: Science And The Trump Administration

Sunday, January 22, 2017

How good is the Trump-Pence administration's knowledge of, and engagement with, science? Anthropologist Barbara J. King offers a reality check.

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How Smart Are Horses?

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Researchers have shown that horses communicate flexibly with human caretakers depending on what specific knowledge those humans have — or lack. That's a big deal, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Video: Swooping Starlings In Murmuration

Wednesday, January 04, 2017

There's a science to the coordinated flight of starlings, says anthropologist Barbara J. King. Here's a video showing their patterns in the sky.

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Culture Shock: When Pandas And Pets Long For Home

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Twin pandas were sent from Zoo Atlanta to China last month. They miss their favorite foods and hearing English — shedding light on animals' emotions, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Together, Art And Science Can Help Build An Understanding Of Transgender Struggles

Thursday, December 15, 2016

How can science and art combine to help the rest of us understand and support transgender kids? Anthropologist Barbara J. King looks at a film new to the U.S. addressing gender identity and sexuality.

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Discoveries Give New Clues To Possible Neanderthal Religious Practices

Sunday, December 11, 2016

Barbara J. King, a professor emerita of anthropology at William and Mary, discusses whether Neanderthals had "religious capacity."

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Were Neanderthals Religious?

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

December is full of sacred holidays for many — and meaning-making through social gatherings and rituals for others. Anthropologist Barbara J. King considers how far back religious practices might go.

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What Do Birds Hear When They Sing Beautiful Songs?

Thursday, December 01, 2016

Music to our ears, yes. But birdsong may represent more complex communication than we ever thought, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Giving Thanks For Animals — And Those Who Help Them

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Here's a list of animal-related stories and videos to be grateful for this Thanksgiving, compiled by Barbara J. King. Have a look.

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Octopuses Are Marvels To Watch And, For Some, To Eat Alive

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Octopus behavior has captivated scientists and animal lovers alike; now, eating these animals alive is catching on in some U.S. restaurants, says anthropologist Barbara J. King.

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Authenticity, Weight And Character Portrayals In TV's 'This Is Us'

Thursday, November 10, 2016

In need of a TV show to make you feel better about humanity? Anthropologist Barbara J. King interviews Chrissy Metz from "This Is Us."

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