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Serious researchers long shied away from so-called anthropomorphism. But biologist John Shivik says animal personalities and emotion are key to understanding how species evolved. So why are some animals shy and others ornery?

Horn of a grammaphone.
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Wednesday, we’re talking about a podcast that challenges listeners to refine their sense of hearing. For host Dallas Taylor, sound can change how we experience and enjoy life and the world around us.

Open pea pod showing four peas.
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Monday, science writer Carl Zimmer joins us to talk about the power of heredity. The traits we share with our parents or kids, how does that work exactly? Zimmer says it can be a gift or a curse.

Land On Fire

Jul 27, 2018
Hot show crew faces a fire along a forest road.
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Nature writer Gary Ferguson says we are facing a “perfect storm” when it comes to wildfires. He joins us to talk about role fire should play in a healthy ecosystem and the new reality of wildfire in the West. 

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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.

Cat sitting like human on sofa.
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Despite their ubiquity in modern life, science journalist Abigail Tucker says we know very little about what cats are, how they came to live among us, and why we love these furry freeloaders. (Rebroadcast)

Since life first evolved on earth more than four billion years ago, it has passed in and out of existence five times. Make that six. An extinction event is happening right now. So what can we learn about the previous ones? (Rebroadcast)

Psychedelic flax landscape.
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The writer Michael Pollan is with us to talk about his new book on psychedelics. It’s about their potential to heal mental illnesses, and to explore the subject, Pollan took a few trips himself.

A tightly-packed crowd of people.
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Wednesday, we’re going to try to give A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived. It’s actually the title of geneticist Adam Rutherford’s new book. It describes the history of humankind through genetics.

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Monday, we’re talking about timing. The writer Daniel Pink says timing is a science, and knowing how it works can make us better at our jobs and more creative. It’s not just about doing the things we do, but knowing when.

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