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Theresa Morris and Alan De Queiroz

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Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 4:00pm

TThe rate of Cesarian Sections performed on pregnant mothers in America hovers close to 33%, a 50% increase from a decade ago. But are all these surgeries necessary? If they are not, why are they occurring at such an alarming rate? Tonight on Inquiry we talk with THERESA MORRIS, Professor of Sociology at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut. Her new book is titled CUT IT OUT: THE C-SECTION EPIDEMIC IN AMERICA. Her in depth research has revealed that many c-sections do not need to be performed but doctors and birth care professionals are pressured into performing them because of the threat of lawsuits and hospital system protocols which institute a “one best way” practice. This is an eye-opening and balanced look at how our health system works. Don’t miss this show!

On the tiny island of São Tomé well off the coast of West Africa, there lives several species of amphibians, including the bizarre legless amphisbaenid known locally as the Cobra Bobo (pictured). Amphibians cannot tolerate sea water and these island were not once connected to the mainland, so how did they get there? Tonight on Inquiry we speak with ALAN DE QUEIROZ, evolutionary biologist and adjunct faculty at the University of Nevada, Reno.  His new book THE MONKEY’S VOYAGE: HOW IMPROBABLE JOURNEYS SHAPED THE HISTORY OF LIFE suggests that these creatures perhaps floated across the sea on islands of vegetation. If that sounds improbable, tune in and find out why it’s not and why the distribution of many species on the planet may be due to these very unlikely journeys.

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