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?
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.