Genes for Deep Diving, Mesopotamia, Fecal Transplants
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 174
- May 22, 2019 8:00 pm
- 1:41:34 mins
Professor Channels His Own OCD into a Novel Guest: Spencer Hyde, author, "Waiting for Fitz" and Professor of Creative Writing, Brigham Young University This creative writing professor takes on his own OCD and turns it into a debut novel. Diving Sea Nomads Guest: Melissa Ilardo, Evolutionary Genomicist, University of Utah, and Integrative Biologist, UC Berkeley Humans have adapted to live in some of the most extreme environments on earth, from the high altitude of the Tibetan Himalayas to the dry wasteland of the world’s deserts. The Bajau, a people of the Malay Archipelago, spend almost all of their lives at sea. These sea nomads, who live on floating houses, have prodigious diving capabilities. The Apple Seed Guest: Sam Payne, host of the Apple Seed, BYUradio Catch up on all your favorite stories! Weekdays at 8 pm ET/ 5pm PT on BYUradio. World’s First Civilization Guest: Eckart Frahm, Professor of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations/Assyriology, Yale University There are striking similarities between our modern lives and those of the Mesopotamians thousands of years ago: they sang lullabies, kept cookbooks, complained about their parents. Their leaders wanted to build walls to keep out foreigners. Find out how that went. How the Swarming Bacteria in Your Gut Might Save a Life Guest: Justin O’Sullivan, Associate Director for Research, Liggins Institute, University of Auckland Ever wanted to be a super hero? In our world, of flightless and fragile humans, that may not be possible—for you. Your fecal matter, on the other hand, might just have super powers.