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A Conversation with Biologist David Carrier

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David Carrier in his lab at the University of Utah

For biologist David Carrier, the study of human evolution is both a question of science and of philosophy. For centuries, thinkers have debated whether humans are innately good or if their good behavior can be chalked up to good governance. Carrier’s research suggests the latter is true. Evolution, he says, has armed us with tools of extreme violence. It’s also provided us the capacity for profound empathy and cooperation. Carrier joins us Wednesday to discuss his work and its implications.

David Carrier is a professor of biology at the University of Utah, where his research is focused on better understanding how biomechanics has influenced the vertebrate evolution.

David Carrier is the brother of Utah-based radio producer Scott Carrier. Scott's radio piece "Running After Antelope" is an all-time favorite of the RadioWest team. Listen to it on his podcast Home of the Brave.

Watch the VideoWest companion piece MADE TO FIGHT

https://vimeo.com/165885006">Made to Fight from https://vimeo.com/user9551640">KUER's VideoWest/RadioWest on Vimeo.

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.