June 24, 2016 – Ethical Life

My guest on this program is Webb Keane. He is the George Herbert Meade Collegiate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Michigan. He has written several books, and his most recent is Ethical Life: Its Natural and Social Histories, in which he argues that ethics is neither entirely culturally relative nor solely a function of human nature, but arises at the intersection of human biology and social dynamics.

April 25, 2014 – A Natural History of Thinking

This program features a conversation with Michael Tomasello, author of Origins of Human Communication, and most recently, A Natural History of Human Thinking. He is Co-Director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany.

June 21, 2013 – Big History

My guest on this program is David Christian, author of Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History. Big history is an interdisciplinary approach that surveys the past at all possible scales, from conventional history, to the much larger scales of biology and geology, to the universal scales of cosmology. It weaves a single story, stretching from the origins of the Universe to the present day and beyond, using accounts of the past developed within Continue reading

April 26, 2013 – Jared Diamond

This program features a conversation with Jared Diamond, noted author and professor of geography at the University of California, Los Angeles. His books include Guns, Germs & Steel, for which he won the Pulitzer Prize, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed, and most recently, The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies?