Archaeologist Robert L. Kelly talks about the evolution of human society, from tools through culture, agriculture, and government. But what’s next … annihilation or a new world?
Over 2000 children have been taken away from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Hear what a pediatrician and a child development professor have to say about the dangers of this kind of trauma to children and families.
What does art about science look like? How can art make science more comprehensible? How are these disciplines separate and where do they meet? Check out Currents New Media and the SFI Interplanetary Festival to find out more.
Magma. Lava. Fissures. Eruptions. Tectonic plates. Angry gods. What are volcanoes, and what’s going on at the Kilauea volcano in Hawaii? Charlotte Rowe, vulcanologist at Los Alamos National Laboratory, shares her experience as a scientist and witness to live volcanoes.
We’re living in the Anthropocene, the geological era of our own making, in which people dominate the earth, to the detriment — and death — of countless other life forms. Elizabeth Kolbert talks about her book, The Sixth Extinction, and how we are responding (or not) to the crisis we’ve created.
Nafees Hamid talks to terrorists and their families in order to understand who’s vulnerable to radicalization and why … and how nations, institutions, and families can intervene.
That’s right, seven of them–from HIV/AIDS to resistant strains of bacteria, viruses, flus, and lyme disease. Dr. Mark Jerome Walters talks about the human role in causing and aggravating those diseases by our poor handling of ecosystems.
Are there underlying laws of biological organisms, as there are laws of physics? What fundamental rules govern living things, and how do these rules map onto human-created communities? Geoffrey West walks us through these questions, and their far-reaching implications for long-term sustainability.
Gabriella Coleman is a cultural anthropologist who entered the world of the “hacktivists” who called themselves Anonymous. Her book Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy reads like a spy thriller as it takes us ever deeper into a world to which most of us have no access.
Christine Jones explains from the ground up what’s wrong with industrial paradigm of agriculture and how understanding soil can help us grow food that’s healthier — not only for people, but for rivers, oceans, climate, local economies, and pretty much everything else.