Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone

Jul 10, 2018

Tuesday, we're talking about jellyfish. Chances are you've never given them a second thought. The science writer Juli Berwald gets it, but she loves them. She's written a new book about how complicated and beautiful they are.

  

Chances are you’ve never given jellyfish a second thought. The science writer Juli Berwald gets it. They’re not cuddly, they just bob along in the ocean, and they sting. Nevertheless, she loves them. In fact, she’s so fascinated, she’s written a book about how complicated they are, how beautiful. To her, they’re like aquatic angels, with a  demonic side: that sting. Studying jellyfish and writing about them even helped Berwald grow a spine of her own. She joins us Tuesday to talk about it. (Rebroadcast)

Juli Berwald has written for National Georaphic MagazineOceanus, and Wired.com. She's the author of the book Spineless: The Science of Jellyfish and the Art of Growing a Backbone [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible].