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00:22:00
Walter Kitundu, 2008 MacArthur Fellow and longtime Exploratorium friend, is an accomplished instrument builder, musician and artist. He is also a dedicated bird watcher and photographer. In this program we accompany Walter on a birdwalk, then have a chat about birds, art, and the perils and rewards of being an urban naturalist.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: February 6, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Culture
Subject(s): Art
Running Time:
00:15:41
Dr. Christine Carter is a sociologist who studies the childhood roots of happiness. She is the executive director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, an interdisciplinary research center that promotes the study of happiness, compassion, and altruism. In this program, Dr. Carter speaks about happiness, altruism, and the inspiring intersection of her personal and professional worlds.

Project: Exploratorium Audio Salon | Browse All

Date: January 28, 2009
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
00:04:28
In this interview from in front of the Canada Glacier in Antarctica’s Taylor Valley, Hassan Basagic from Portland State University describes the essential role of polar glaciers in supporting the bare-bones ecosystems in the Dry Valleys.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 31, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Geology/Earth Science, Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:25:19
Meet marine biologist George Matsumoto from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and learn about the floating ecosytems that thrive around icebergs in Antarctic waters.

Project: Ice Stories: Dispatches from Polar Scientists | Browse All

Date: December 21, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Science in Action
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology
Running Time:
00:22:40
They say that love makes the world go around--but love can make you loco, too. This compelling audio documentary weaves together obsessions, confessions, and reflections to explore the universal madness of love.

Project: Mind | Browse All

Date: December 9, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Cognitive Science/Psychology
Running Time:
00:03:07
Geneticist Mark Stoneking discusses a special type of genetic material called mitochondrial DNA gets passed directly from mother to child. Largely unchanged from generation to generation, this genetic material gives researchers a way to track populations back in time.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: November 11, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, General Science
Running Time:
00:00:59
Anthropologist Tanya Smith explains that invisible microstructure inside teeth creates a durable record of life history, including events such as birth, illness, famine, stress, and death.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: November 11, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, General Science
Running Time:
00:01:53
Anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin explains that unlike teeth, bones undergo a lifelong process called remodeling, in which they are constantly being destroyed and recreated.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: November 11, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, General Science
Running Time:
00:02:25
Anthropologist Philipp Gunz explains the process of virtual fossil reconstruction, a technique that can reverse the damage done to fossils by time and the elements.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: November 11, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, General Science
Running Time:
00:00:57
Anthropologist Katerina Harvati explains the rare convergence of circumstances that are necessary for the discovery of a fossil specimen.

Project: Evidence: How Do We Know What We Know? | Browse All

Date: November 11, 2008
Format: Interview
Category: Popular Science
Subject(s): Life Science/Biology, General Science