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Storycorps

StoryCorps 425: Evolution

Monday, May 04, 2015

In the 1970s, Pastor David Ned was living in a rough neighborhood in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. At the time he was nicknamed "Brave Dave" and carried a gun for protection. In an interview with his friend, Darius C. Monroe, Ned remembered a time when he had to make a decision about whether or not to use it.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: ISIS Propaganda, Costly Gambles, and Evolving Human Values

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The Takeaway looks at new strategies being pursued by ISIS, an investigative report into Pentagon spending after 9/11, and the way our values change with the economy.

To the Best of Our Knowledge

Dogs Helped Humans Conquer The World

Friday, April 03, 2015

When it comes to loyalty, dogs win. Now, new evidence suggests dogs and early humans formed an alliance 36,000 years ago.  Together, they drove Neanderthals to extinction, then invaded and conquered the rest of the planet. 

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

What Comes After Homo Sapiens?

Sunday, March 15, 2015

History began when humans invented gods.  It will end when we become gods.  Yuval Noah Harari's sweeping and provocative Sapiens retells the history of our species from an entirely new perspective.  Homo sapiens rules the world, Harari says, because we are the only animals that can believe in things that exist purely in the imagination. Like money, states, and gods.

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To the Best of Our Knowledge

Dangerous Idea: Human Vices Help Drive Evolution

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Journalist Elizabeth Kolbert's Dangerous Idea:  human vices are just as important as human virtues in shaping evolution.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

So Close to Humans, So Far Extinct

Friday, February 27, 2015

Around 60,000 years ago, humans migrated out of Africa. But, they were not alone. Neanderthals play an important role in the story of human evolution.

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The Takeaway

If You Give a Kid a Peanut

Thursday, February 26, 2015

There's now evidence that the strict avoidance of allergens, like peanuts, increases the chance of developing allergies later in life. Here's how our desire for safety is making us sick.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Humans: The 70,000 Year History

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

One hundred thousand years ago, at least six different species of humans inhabited Earth. Yet today there is only homo sapiens. What happened to the others? And what may happen to us? 

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Radiolab

Darwin's Stickers

Monday, February 09, 2015

How Charles Darwin's 150 year-old discoveries about human emotion are helping Facebook users better understand and empathize with each other.
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Studio 360

Decoding Nature’s Most Elaborate Mating Dances

Thursday, December 11, 2014

A Yale ornithologist argues that our definition or art is way too narrow. It’s not just a human activity — lots of plants and animals have aesthetic experiences, too.

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Storycorps

StoryCorps 397: Evolution of Forgiveness

Friday, October 24, 2014

Seventeen years after Darius Clark Monroe robbed a bank at gunpoint, he came to StoryCorps with David Ned, one of the customers who was in the bank during the robbery.

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99% Invisible

131- Genesis Object

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

In the beginning, there was design. Before any other human discipline, even before the dawn of mankind its self, design was a practice passed down from generation to generation of early humans. Today, everything that has been designed–space ships,

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Radiolab

In Real Time

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The finches of Galapagos are an iconic symbol of evolution in action: each species neatly adapted to its island's environment, thanks to enormous time spans and total isolation. But isolation is not so easy to maintain these days. Despite heroic efforts by the government of Ecuador to control the ...

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On Being

Jim Bradley + Michael Ruse — The Evolution of the Science-Religion Debate

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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On Being

[Unedited] Jim Bradley and Michael Ruse with Krista Tippett

Thursday, June 26, 2014

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On The Media

Piltdown at 100: A Look Back on Science's Biggest Hoax

Friday, May 02, 2014

A hundred years ago, a human-like skull and ape-like jaw were presented at a special meeting of the Geological Society in London. The so-called "Piltdown Man" became widely accepted as a crucial link in the human evolutionary chain; crucial, that is, until 1953, when the bones were exposed as a total hoax. In an interview from December of last year, Nova Senior Science Editor Evan Hadingham talks to Brooke about this tantalizing example of "scientific skullduggery."

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The Takeaway

Are We Causing the Next Mass Extinction?

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Vast changes in the ecosystem have caused five mass extinctions throughout history. The New Yorker's Elizabeth Kolbert argues that humans are causing the sixth.

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The Takeaway

Aereo and the Future of Cable | Everest Avalanche Calls Attention to the Lives of Sherpas | Science and God: Can They Co-Exist?

Monday, April 21, 2014

Tensions Remain High in Ukraine Despite Geneva Agreement | Grim Details About South Korean Ferry Emerge | Aereo and the Future of Cable: The Supreme Court Weighs In | Everest Avalanche Calls Attention to the Lives of Sherpas | Seeking Consciousness, Doctors Turn To Brain Scans | Science and God: Can ...

WNYC News

Among the Orchids, Evidence of Evolution

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Among the hundreds of species on display at the New York Botanical Gardens right now, one particular orchid stands out for its role in history.

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On Being

Sherwin Nuland — The Biology of the Spirit [remix]

Thursday, March 06, 2014

Former surgeon Sherwin Nuland speaks about his sense of wonder at the body's capacity to sustain life and support our pursuits of order and meaning, and why he believes the human spirit is an evolutionary accomplishment of the brain. The three-pound human

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