Our Ancestors, Our Children
To The Best of Our Knowledge
from Wisconsin Public Radio
||What animals will still be living in the year
3000? Forget about tigers, rhinos and pandas. They'll go the
way of the dodo bird. But scientist Peter Ward says rats and
coyotes will flourish. In this hour of To the Best of Our
Knowledge the future of evolution. Also, best-selling novelist
Jean Auel imagines what life was like 30-thousand years ago.
runs the Program on Medicine, Technology and Society at
UCLA, and the author of "Redesigning Humans: Our Inevitable
Genetic Future." He tells Jim Fleming that designing
our babies' genes will begin as a mater of screening out
diseases. He thinks developing technology makes genetic
manipulation of our offspring inevitable and that the results
are bound to be surprising. Also, paleontologist Peter
Ward wrote "Future Evolution," with illustrations
by Alexis Rockman. Ward tells Steve Paulson that big carnivores
are unlikely to survive outside zoos but creatures that
can survive around humans - like rats and coyotes - will
thrive in the future. He also thinks plants will evolve
herbicide resistant super-weeds.
Jean Auel is the
author of the phenomenally successful "Earth's Children"
series of books which began with "The Cave of the Clan
Bear." Her latest is "The Shelters of Stone."
Auel tells Anne Strainchamps about the extensive hands on
research that informs her work. She's built snow caves and
tanned animal hides. She thinks our ancestors 30 thousand
years ago were a lot like us.
||Alfred Russel Wallace is the co-discoverer
of the theory of evolution through natural selection, even
if Charles Darwin gets all the ink. Wallace was a great 19th
century naturalist and fearless explorer. He was also a spiritualist
who saw a divine master plan working itself out through his
theory. Steve Paulson talks about Russell with historian Jane
Camerini, editor of "The Alfred Russel Wallace Reader."
And we hear passages read by actor Paul Boesing.
Cassette copies are available
at 1-800-747-7444. Ask for program number 02-06-30-B.
- Jean Auel, The Shelters of Stone
- Jane R. Camerini, ed., The Alfred Russel
Wallace Reader: A Selection of Writings from the Field (Johns
- Peter Ward, with images by Alexis Rockman,
Future Evolution: An Illuminated History of Life to Come
- Gregory Stock, Redesigning Humans: Our
Inevitable Genetic Future (Houghton Mifflin)
- After the Return:
Talking Heads w/ "Road to Nowhere" on "Little Creatures"
CD Sire Records
After Greg Stock:
Money Mark w/ "Scenes From...." on "Mark's Keyboard
Repair" CD Mo Wax/A&M Records
After Peter Ward:
Dougie Maclean w/ "The Origin" on "The Search"
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After Jean Auel:
Eddie From Ohio w/ "Let's Get Mesolithic" on "Quick"
CD Virginia Soul Records
After Jane Camerini:
The Rutles w/ "Let's Be Natural" on "The Rutles"
Also, Dougie Maclean w/ "The Abyssal Plain"
on "The Search" CD Dunkeld Records
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