February 06, 2009

Atheists Talk--Don Luce and Greg Laden

2009 is the 200th anniversary of Darwin's birth and 150th year of this book "On the Origin of Species". We're celebrating by talking with Dr. Greg Laden, biological anthropologist, U of M. If you haven't met Dr. Laden, you can get to know him through his nationally known blog. There you'll find "Congo Memoirs", his hilarious, hair raising, in-the-wild adventures while doing REAL science.

Similar to 19th century explorers Darwin and Wallace, Dr. Laden writes about tangling with the wild beasts (pythons), disease (malaria), pirates (real pirates) while deciphering how the world works--we know it as Evolution. One hundred fifty years later some of the issues are the same. Our 21st century scientist, Dr. Laden, will give us new insights into how radical the theory was, what's new in our understanding of it and what to watch for in the future.

Also, on the first segment of the show is Don Luce, curator of exhibits at the Bell Museum of Natural History. Don will talk about the Darwin Day party on February 12th at the Museum, the multimedia presentations by U of M scientists and the exhibit of Frans Lanting's photography.

"Atheists Talk" airs live on AM 950 KTNF in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area, Sunday, February 8th, 9 to 10 a.m. CST. To stream live, go to http://www.am950ktnf.com/listen.

We welcome questions during the program at (952) 946-6205 or radio@MinnesotaAtheists.org.

PODCASTS of past shows are available at http://MinnesotaAtheists.org or through iTunes.

Produced by Minnesota Atheists. Directed by Mike Haubrich. Hosted by Stephanie Zvan. Interview by Lynn Fellman.

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