November 09, 1989

Lucy's Child: The Discovery of a Human Ancestor

Guest: Donald Johanson.

The oldest hominid skeleton discovered to date, nicknamed "Lucy" by paleontologists, was discovered by paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson in 1973. He joins Focus today to talk about his book Lucy's Child, in which he details his work in the field at the time of the excavation, the controversies surrounding the discovery, and how the spectacular find may contribute to further knowledge of human origins.

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August 15, 1988

Coming of Age in the Milky Way

Guest: Timothy Ferris.

Some of the most iconic scientific figures in history have directly built on and influenced our understanding of astronomy. Today on Focus, we're joined by Timothy Ferris, author of the recent book Coming of Age in the Milky Way. He's researched a number of brilliant scientists who struggled against political and religious forces in their studies of the universe. He'll talk about the history of astronomy and more on the show.

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