Extraterrestial Life, Privacy Rights, Museums and Storytelling, Parrot Intelligence
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 148
- Apr 16, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:39:27 mins
Exoplanets and Aliens Guest: Donald Goldsmith, Author of “Exoplanets: Hidden Worlds and the Quest for Extraterrestrial Life” Is E.T. out there somewhere? Or are we really alone in this vast place we call our universe? We explore space and other planets that have been discovered outside of our solar system. We may even discover life. Is There Such Thing as Privacy Anymore? Guest: Sarah Igo, Professor of History and Director of American Studies, Vanderbilt University If someone were to ask you what your social security number was, you would probably balk and would have no problem turning me down, because, PRIVACY! Yet, when making your social media profile you have no problem giving your contact info, birthday, and even your relationship status. So what is privacy? What should be kept private? What should be transparent? Whose Story Gets Told in Museums? Guest: Ariana Curtis, Curator, Latinx Studies, Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture When you go to a museum, you’re looking to find out how life really was long ago or far away. But who gets to choose which artifacts make the cut and which are ignored? Parrot Intelligence Guest: Irene Pepperberg, Research Associate and Lecturer, Harvard University For years, humans have looked to the stars in search for alien intelligence, but Irene Pepperberg found something like it much closer to home. African Grey Parrots are as intelligent as a five-year-old child, as proved by Alex, Dr. Pepperberg’s world famous parrot. Join Prof. Pepperberg as she describes the groundbreaking research in the field of animal intelligence.