To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
Take a stroll through a natural history museum these
days and you'll not only see dinosaurs, you'll smell them. Get a
whiff of T-rex's halitosis, his dinner leftovers, and, well, his
droppings, too! In this hour of To the Best of Our Knowledge,
museums that tickle your nose, and may turn your stomach. Also,
the giant beasts that once ruled North America. And, an evolution
explosion – deadly microbes run amok.
Biologist Stephen Palumbi tells Anne Strainchamps
that insects and microbes are benefitting from human interventions.
His book is "The Evolution Revolution: How Humans Cause Rapid
Evolutionary Change." Also, Tim Flannery is a biologist
at the University of Adelaide in Australia, and author of "The
Eternal Frontier: An Ecological History of North America and Its
Peoples." He tells Steve Paulson about the asteroid crashes and
vanished fauna in our continent's past.
Stephen Asma is a philosopher and author
of "Stuffed Animals and Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution
of Natural History Museums." He tells Jim Fleming how today's
public institutions grew out of the bizarre private collections
of people like Peter the Great. Also, Frank Knight, director
of Dale Air in Letham, England, talks with Anne Strainchamps about
the ancient smells his company creates for natural history museums.
He's especially proud of the T-Rex stink.
Edward Larson teaches history and law at
the University of Georgia, and is the author of "Evolution's Workshop:
God and Science on the Galapagos Islands." He tells Steve Paulson
what makes the Islands unique, and why they inspired Charles Darwin
to write "The Origin of Species," and says they're still a prime
destination for scientists, creationists and eco-tourists.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 01-06-03-A.
- Stephen Asma, Stuffed Animals and
Pickled Heads: The Culture and Evolution of Natural History Museums
- Tim Flannery, The Eternal Frontier: An
Ecological History of North America and Its Peoples (Atlantic
- Stephen Palumbi, The Evolution Explosion:
How Humans Cause Rapid Evolutionary Change (Norton)
- Sam Hinton:
Systematic Zoologists from Sam Hinton Sings the Song
of Men Folkways Records FA 2400
- The Specials featuring Rico: Ghost Town
from Doubleshot: New Wave K-TEL 6447-2
- Bela Fleck Bicyclops from Tales
from an Acoustic Planet Warner
- Trout Fishing in America: When I Was
a Dinosaur from Big Trouble Trout Records
- Dave Harris: Dinner Music for a Pack
of Hungry Cannibals from RE-search: Incredibly Strange
Music, Volume I Carol 1746-2
- Cheeky Monkey: Monkey Man from Four
Arms to Hold You Big Deal 9049-2
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