When we spoke last year with anthropologist Jeffrey Meldrum about his research on Bigfoot, not all of our listeners were impressed. Among them was science writer Brian Switek who says that focusing on fantastic tales comes at a cost: it blurs the line between belief and scientific method and it distracts us from the astonishing species that do exist. Well, Sasquatch is in the news again and Tuesday, Switek joins us to explain why rumors of Bigfoot DNA don't impress him either.
- Also with us is Utah State University Folklore Professor Lynne McNeill. We'll ask her why belief persists despite a lack of incontrovertible evidence.
- Brian Switek blogged about our interview with Jeffrey Meldrum here. Switek is the author of Written in Stone: Evolution, the Fossil Record, and Our Place in Nature
- Utah is featured in the Discovery Channel program "Finding Bigfoot" - Season 2, Ep. 9: Holy Cow, It's Bigfoot
- Listen to our 2011 interview with Idaho State University Professor Jeffrey Meldrum: