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Mayor Max the Dog, Bicycles, Art Forgery, Penguin Poop

Constant Wonder
  • Jun 11, 2019
  • 01:41:07

The Dog Mayor of Idyllwild Guest: Phyllis Meuller, Chief of Staff, Office of Mayor Max Mueller Maximus Mighty-Dog Meuller II has been serving loyally as the Mayor of Idyllwild for five years. Impressive for a golden retriever who is only five-and-a-half years old.  How the Bicycle Changed American History Guest: Margaret Guroff, author, “The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life” Two hundred years ago, in 1819, the precursor to the modern bicycle first arrived in America.  Revealing Art Forgeries Guest: Thiago Piwowarczyk, Co-Founder, with Jeffrey Taylor, New York Art Forensics Trained as a chemist, Thiago Piwowarczyk identifies art forgeries in a market surprisingly saturated by them.  Sand –The World’s Most Valuable Solid  Guest:  Vince Beiser, journalist and author, “The World in a Grain: The Story of Sand and How It Transformed Civilization” Just as sand finds its way into every nook and cranny after a sunny trip to the beach, so too has sand found its way into every facet of modern life. We depend upon sand for the creation of our roads, buildings, windows and even the processors in our phones. But what happens when we start to run out? Seal and Penguin Excrement Fuels Antarctic Ecosystem Guest: Professor Peter Convey, British Antarctic Survey The massive amounts of nitrogen from penguin and elephant seal excrement fuel a surprisingly vibrant ecosystem in Antarctica. Learn more at: https://www.bas.ac.uk/media-post/seal-and-penguin-poo-is-major-driver-of-antarctic-terrestrial-biodiversity/ Cats Don’t Actually Hate You Guest: Maren Huck, Behavioural Ecologist, University of Derby The caricatures of domestic cats run from lazy and self-centered to downright hostile.  A recent study published by researchers out of the University of Derby challenges those stereotypes, relying on hundreds of hours of footage from tiny cameras attached to 16 cats over a period of years. Show More...

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