Our guest tonight on Inquiry is JOHN A. LONG, Strategic Professor in Paleontology at Flinders University in Adelaide. Professor Long has made one of the most amazing and unexpected discoveries in paleontology: evidence of internal fertilization in prehistoric fish that lived 380 million years ago. This means these ancient creatures were not externally fertilizing eggs like many fish today do, but instead were having sex. If you have ever wondered about sex long, long ago, and even how dinosaurs “did it”, tune in and listen to Professor long discuss his new book THE DAWN OF THE DEED: THE PREHISTORIC ORIGINS OF SEX.
PETER TRACHTENBERG is a writer and Assistant Professor at the University Of Pittsburgh. His latest book is titled ANOTHER INSANE DEVOTION: ON THE LOVE OF CATS AND PERSONS is a singular memoir that looks at his odd but intense relationships with felines and humans through the years. This is a work of non-fiction, though “still the facts in this book vary in their density.” This book wanders effortlessly from a discussion of blinking at cats to an intense interpretation of Masaccio’s “The Expulsion of Adam and Eve From the Garden of Eden “. This book is an enlightening and unexpected dissection of love through the ages. Can our love of cats inform our romantic love of people? Tune in to get a taste of this unique and fascinating book.