November 6, 2015 – Faith versus Fact

My guest today is Jerry Coyne, professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, where he specializes in evolutionary genetics. New York Times bestselling author, his most recent book is Faith vs. Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible, In which he asserts that religion and science are not complementary, but rather compete with each other to understand the realities of our universe, but that only one area—science—has the means to actually discover the truth.

June 20, 2014 – A Case of Identity

On this program, we talk with Jennifer Ouellette, science writer and author most recently of Me, Myself, and Why: Searching for the Science of Self. She draws on cutting-edge research in genetics, neuroscience, and psychology to explore the mysteries of human identity and behavior.

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April 11, 2014 – The Science of the Alimentary Canal

Mary Roach is the author of five books, and has written for Wired, National Geographic, and the New York Times Magazine, among others. Her most recent book is Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal, which like all her books is as much about human beings as it is human bodies.

Previous books
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex

January 3, 2014 – Science & Pseudoscience & Philosophy

Massimo Pigliucci has a Doctorate in Genetics from the University of Ferrara (Italy), a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology from the University of Connecticut, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Tennessee. He has done post-doctoral research in evolutionary ecology at Brown University and is currently Chair of the Philosophy Department at Lehman College and Professor of Philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research interests include the philosophy of biology, in particular the Continue reading

August 16, 2013 – Environmentalism & Education

The environmental movement has thus far failed to bring about the changes necessary to preserve our planet. On this program, we talk with the authors of The Failure of Environmental Education [and How We Can Fix It], Charles Saylan and Daniel Blumstein. Chalres Saylan is the Executive Director of the Ocean Conservation Society, and Daniel Blumstein is Professor and Chair in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Continue reading

July 19, 2013 – Evolutionary Biology with Marlene Zuk

On this program we’ll be talking evolutionary biology with Professor Marlene Zuk, from the University of Minnesota. She is a professor of ecology, evolution, and behavior and the author of Sex on Six Legs: Lessons on Life, Love & Language from the Insect World; and Paleofantasy: What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live. Her Continue reading

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