Insects

Guest: May Berenbaum.

We welcome back University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum for another show about the most abundant life form on this planet, the insect. When May stops by we encourage you to put aside questions of extermination, and instead try to appreciate insects for the many and varied ways they live their lives. If you are curious about a particular insect, give us a call, and a description, and May will try to identify it and tell you something about its habits.

Encore: How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like

Guest: Paul Bloom, Ph.D.

Today on Focus, we're joined by psychologist Paul Bloom, author of How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. He'll explain how human pleasures are not rooted in our sensory impressions of any given thing, but our belief about that thing's nature—its history and origin included.