Dismal US Mortality Rates (starts 7:07) – CU Sociologist Ryan Masters discusses his new study on US Death Rates and how US Death Rates compare to the death rates in other high income countries. Bottom line – middle-aged people are dying more often in the US, especially people of color.
Executive Producer: Beth Bennett Show Producer: Shelley Schlender
Today on How on Earth, Beth speaks with author Roger Briggs about his new book: Emerging World. Briggs explores the evolution of consciousness and shows that this is behind everything humans have done, are now doing, and are capable of in the future. By bringing together knowledge from paleoanthropology, cultural philosophy, cognitive psychology, and evolutionary theory, he makes the case that humanity is now on the verge of a major transformation, a monumental turning point in our story. Emerging World offers a new understanding of our crisis today and points the way to a bright future for humanity and life on our planet. You’ll also hear about new research into the surprising role that the microbiome plays in aging fruit flies. You can find out more about Roger’s ongoing project at his website. Executive Producer: Beth Bennett Show Producer: Beth Bennett
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We discuss the Pentagon’s new UFO . . . well . . . UAF report, with CU Boulder’s Center for the Study of Origins Director, Carol Cleland. Cleland wants the Pentagon to release more data, and for Congress to organize an interdisciplinary Task Force to study it. Along the way, we also discuss other “UFO Watchers” such as SETI and Metabunk.
Producer: Shelley Schlender Executive Producer: Joel Parker
This week on How on Earth, Beth gives an update on the new drug just authorized by the FDA to treat Alzheimer’s disease, aducanumab, sold under the brand name Aduhelm. Then hear her interview with Dr Marc Bubbs, whose new book, Peak 40, builds on the strategies he laid out in his first book on the science of athletic performance. In Peak 40, the focus is on a realistic, health-based approach to training at all levels. In the process, you can become healthier and happier. The book is an easy to follow guide for improving health and fitness in middle age and beyond based on new scientific research in nutrition, physiology, and psychology.
Producer: Beth Bennett Executive Producer: Joel Parker
Today on How on Earth, Beth replays a timely interview with Boulder author Bob Crifasi, a long time water resource manager. His book, on the history and consequences of Front Range water use, is especially relevant now during our longterm drought.Bob works in water management and planning and is an environmental scientist with over 25 yr experience. He was the Water Resources Administrator for the city of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Dept. He has served on board of directors of 11 ditch companies and as the president of several, supervising all aspects of ditch operation. We talked about his book, A Land Made from Water.
Skunk Canyon Songbirds (Starts 1:00) Scott Severs and Steve Jones hike Boulder’s Skunk Canyon Trail explaining why spring is late this year, plus why Skunk Canyon is home to so many song birds.
Longmont Beavers (Starts 12:00) Scott Severs, Wildlife Expert for the City of Longmont, explains how beavers can promote stream health, and why urban spring runoff makes it challenging for beavers to live in city streams.
Executive Producer: Joel Parker Producer: Shelley Schlender
In this week’s show, Beth talks with epidemiologist Genevieve Wojcik. We spoke about her work standardizing what is called the Polygenic Risk Score. This is a composite risk factor, extracted from information on many individual genes that can contribute to a disorder or genetic character. To find out more about her research visit her website.
Executive Producer: Joel Parker Producer: Beth Bennett Additional Contributions:Joel Parker
(Entire Show) Larry Gold, Boulder entrepreneur and scientist, invites listeners to register on line for the 12th annual GoldLab symposium. Due to COVID, it’s a virtual symposium this year, Thursday and Friday, May 13-14.
Extended version coming soon.
Executive Producer: Joel Parker Show Producer & Host: Shelley Schlender
With graduation season upon us, today’s edition of How on Earth is our annual “Graduation Special”. Our guests in the studio today are scientists who have or will soon receive their Ph.D. in a STEM-related field. They talk about their thesis research, their grad school experiences, and what they have planned next.