July 25, 2012

The Social Conquest of Earth

How do we explain the willingness of one person to sacrifice for another? People will put the interests of family ahead of their own. But biologist Edward O. Wilson says more important in human development has been the advancement of the group, even those members who don’t share our genes. E. O. Wilson talks about his new book "The Social Conquest of Earth." The book explores the biological roots of human culture.

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 30, 2012, 11 am


July 20, 2012

Games Primates Play: An Undercover Investigation of the Evolution & Economics of Human Relationships

Dario Maestripieri, Ph.D., Professor Comparative Human Development, Evolutionary Biology, Neurobiology, and Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience, Department of Comparative Human Development, University of Chicago

Host: David Inge

Every day we interact with many other people, both friends and strangers. Although we might not be aware of it, these interactions are governed by rules. And they are very old rules. Other primates play the same games. We’ll talk with Dario Maestripieri from the University of Chicago. He has studied primate and human social behavior for many years, and in his book "Games Primates Play," he looks at the many parallels between the games we play in our relationships and those played by our closest animal relatives.

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, May 14, 2012, 11 am


July 18, 2012

The Irish Way Becoming American in the Multiethnic City

James R. Barrett, Ph.D., Professor of History, History Department, University of Illinois

Host: Celeste Quinn

Historian James Barrett says America’s first ethnic group, its first immigrants, were the Irish.  As such, they laid the foundation for the immigrants who followed.  That foundation was at once hostile and welcoming. Barrett says, in the end, it led to a new sense of American identity that continues to influence today.

This is a repeat broadcast from Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 11 am


July 17, 2012

That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion

Rachel Herz, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Psychiatry & Human Behavior, Brown University

Host: David Inge

Humans are the only animals that experience disgust. It evolved so that we would learn to avoid foods that would make us sick. Over time it has taken on a distinct cultural dimension, becoming a component of both fear and prejudice. Our guest will be Rachel Herz, an expert on the psychology of smell and emotion. We’ll look at how repulsion shapes our everyday lives, from our choices in food to our sex lives to the strategies that marketers and politicians use to manipulate us. It’s all in her new book "That’s Disgusting."

This is a repeat broadcast from Wednesday, May 16, 2012, 11 am


July 16, 2012

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Guest: Susan Cain, J.D.

We have been told that the happiest people are the most sociable. Author Susan Cain says that may be why so many introverts hide from themselves. As a personality trait, she says, introversion is seen as something between a disappointment and a pathology. And that is a perception she is out to change. Cain talks with us about her new book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking.


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