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Reviving Lost Species

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What would you give to see a breathing woolly mammoth? Or a flight of passenger pigeons? For all the damage humans have done to the planet, science may be offering a way to bring animals back from extinction. Some researchers and environmentalists are exploring how to combine the DNA of lost species with their living relatives. But would this be resurrection or dangerous reinvention? Wednesday, we're talking about the ethics and implications of "de-extinction" with essayist Nathaniel Rich and science writer Brian Switek. [Rebroadcast]

Nathaniel Rich is a novelist and an essayist. His article The Mammoth Cometh appeared in the New York Times Magazine. His latest book is called Odds Against Tomorrow: A Novel [Amazon|Indiebound].

Brian Switek is the author of My Beloved Brontosaurus [Amazon|Indiebound]. He blogs for National Geographic at Laelaps and has written about de-extinction hereand here. He is based in Salt Lake City.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.