WILL - Focus - August 01, 2012

Too Big To Know


(Duration: 55:01)

Too Big To Know: Rethinking Knowledge Now That the Facts Aren't the Facts, Experts Are Everywhere, and the Smartest Person in the Room Is the Room

David Weinberger, Ph.D., Senior Researcher, Berkman Center for the Internet & Society, Harvard University

Host: David Inge

There was a time when knowledge rested in a small number of places. Today, there is more to know, and more places to find it than ever before. But has that made us smarter, or just more confused? Our guest will be David Weinberger from Harvard University’s Berkman Center for the Internet and Society. His book "Too Big to Know" looks at the ways that the Internet has made the world messier, but also richer in information. It’s an opportunity, he says, for us to become smarter than ever.

This is a repeat broadcast from Friday, January 13, 2012, 10 am

WILL - Focus - July 30, 2012

Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone


(Duration: 51:03)

Eric Klinenberg, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology, Public Policy, and Media, Culture, and Communications, New York University; editor of the journal Public Culture.

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, March 08, 2012, 10 am

WILL - Focus - July 25, 2012

The Social Conquest of Earth


(Duration: 55:01)

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

WILL - Focus - July 20, 2012

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


(Duration: 54:59)

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

Categories: Cultural Studies

WILL - Focus - July 18, 2012

The Irish Way Becoming American in the Multiethnic City


(Duration: 55:03)

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

WILL - Focus - July 17, 2012

That’s Disgusting: Unraveling the Mysteries of Repulsion


(Duration: 55:01)

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

Categories: Cultural Studies

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