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Opinion: Huntsman's Global Warming Question Exposes a Double-Standard for GOP

Friday, August 19, 2011

Huntsman's comment is a dog-whistle to his only constituency: The liberal media who scoffs at those backward types who might question theories such as evolution or global warming.

-Karol Markowicz, It's A Free Country blogger.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Please Explain: Urban Evolution

Friday, July 29, 2011

Jason Munshi-South, assistant professor at Baruch College, and Rob Dunn, associate professor of biology at North Carolina State University and author of The Wild Life of Our Bodies: Predators, Parasites, and Partners That Shape Who We Are Today, discuss how cities and urban environments change the animals, insects—and even bacteria—that live within them. They’ll also cover how natural selection and evolution work and how they study it.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet

Friday, July 01, 2011

Tim Flannery, scientist, explorer, conservationist, and co-founder and Chair of the Copenhagen Climate Council, discusses the Earth’s evolution—from a galactic cloud of dust and gas to a planet teeming with life. Here on Earth: A Natural History of the Planet describes how the Earth’s crust and atmosphere formed, how its oceans transformed from toxic brews of metals to life-sustaining bodies of water covering 70 percent of the planet’s surface, and how our own species evolved.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Changing Body

Friday, July 01, 2011

Robert Fogel, professor of economics at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, and Sokchul Hong, assistant professor of economics at Sogang University in South Korea, discuss their co-authored book The Changing Body: Health, Nutrition, and Human Development in the Western World since 1700, about the way technology has accelerated human evolution.

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Radiolab

Dogs Gone Wild

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

In this short, a family dog disappears into the woods...and the mystery of what happened to him raises a big question about what it means to be wild.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Science 101: Evolution and Genes

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Last year, New York City's 4th and 8th graders scored below both the state and national averages on a nationwide science exam. Just 13% of eighth-graders were deemed proficient in science on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. Every day over the next week, we'll take a few minutes to get to the bottom of some common science questions.

Our Science expert is Rob DeSalle, curator in the Sackler Institute for Comparative Genomics at the American Museum of Natural History.

Today: Evolution and genes

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On Being

John Polkinghorne — Quarks and Creation [remix]

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the u

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On Being

[Unedited] John Polkinghorne with Krista Tippett

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Science and religion are often pitted against one another; but how do they complement, rather than contradict, one another? We learn how one man applies the deepest insights of modern physics to think about how the world fundamentally works, and how the u

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Radiolab

The Prisoner's Dilemma

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In our episode The Good Show, we wrestle with the question of whether natural selection inherently favors selfish behavior. Is the process of evolutionary competion cruel, or does it sometimes pay to be nice?

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Radiolab

The Good Show

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

If natural selection boils down to survival of the fittest, how do you explain why one creature might stick its neck out for another?

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Radiolab

An Equation for Good

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

In a brief snippet from a conversation Robert had with Richard Dawkins at the 92 Street Y in New York City, we learn that natural selection is often a brutal arms race, inherently full of suffering and cruelty. But if Darwin's big idea is really predicated on pain and selfishness, ...

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The Takeaway

Caveman Love, Caveman Thought

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Most of us think of the word “neandertal” as an insult. We use it to describe someone who’s backward or not so smart. And why wouldn’t we? After all, our ancestral caveman cousins lacked intelligence and managed to go extinct while we, the modern humans, survived and thrived.

At least, that’s what we’ve always told ourselves. But maybe we’ve been wrong.

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Selected Shorts

Deepening Insight

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Transformation and personal revelation unite this program’s two rather different stories, in which the main characters undergo profound and life-changing experiences.

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Studio 360

Bonus Track: More from Dutton

Friday, June 18, 2010

According to Dutton, Igor Stravinsky's "Rite of Spring" shows how our art instinct is still evolving.

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Studio 360

Homo-Thespian

Friday, June 18, 2010

A new play, "Hominid," reenacts a violent incident that took place in a chimpanzee colony. Primate expert Frans de Waal and the play's actors describe what it took to stage a chimpanzee drama with a very human story. Produced by Philip Graitcer, with

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The Takeaway

European Mummies Found in China, and New Discoveries on the Origin of Dogs

Friday, March 19, 2010

A story published this week reports that Chinese archaeologists have found nearly-intact mummies of people who lived in a desolate desert in Northwestern China nearly 4,000 years ago. But they were not Chinese. DNA evidence from these long dead people shows that they were in fact of European descent. Also this week, geneticists announced that man's best friend split from the wolves about 15,000 years ago in the Middle East.

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On Being

Robert Wright — The Evolution of God [remix]

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Robert Wright charts an intellectual path beyond the faith versus reason debate. He takes a relentlessly logical look at the history of religion, exposing its contradictions. Yet Wright also traces something "revelatory" moving through human history. I

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On Being

[Unedited] Robert Wright with Krista Tippett

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Robert Wright charts an intellectual path beyond the faith versus reason debate. He takes a relentlessly logical look at the history of religion, exposing its contradictions. Yet Wright also traces something "revelatory" moving through human history. I

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Studio 360

Rhymes With Australopithecus

Monday, November 23, 2009

British poet Ruth Padel shares Charles Darwin's DNA -- she's his great-great granddaughter.  Inspired by the life of her (relatively) early relative, this descendant of the Descent of Man author pays tribute to her forefather in verse to commemorate the 150th anniversary of On The Origin of Species and the 200th anniversary of Darwin’s birth.

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Studio 360

Alpha

Friday, November 20, 2009

Acclaimed novelist Lydia Millet imagines a future where a genetic engineering accident has wiped out much of the earth's plant life. When a few blades of grass appear on a remote island, a scientist goes to investigate. Martha Plimpton reads the story. With production ...

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