About 365 million years ago the first vertebrates left the water and walked on land on four legs. But why leave the warm and bountiful seas? Was it safer on land? Was there more food? What were these early tetrapods like and were they related to the frogs and salamanders were are familiar with today. What can the fossil record tell us about how these creatures lived? Tune in tonight to Inquiry when we welcome ROBERT CARROLL, among the most highly regarded experts on the evolution of amphibians and reptiles, Professor Emeritus at McGill University, longtime Director of the Redpath Museum and Chairman of the Department of Biology. Professor Carroll talks about one of the most fascinating developments in vertebrate evolution: becoming terrestrial. Professor Carroll’s book monumental book is titled THE RISE OF AMPHIBIANS: 365 MILLION YEARS OF EVOLUTION.
Can animals like chimpanzees, elephants or dogs have a kind of moral intelligence? Do some animals act altruistically and have the capacity for empathy, forgiveness and trust? Can animals be immoral? Tune in tonight to Inquiry for a fascinating conversation with cognitive ethologist MARC BEKOFF. Bekoff, with philosophy writer Jessica Piece, has written a controversial and thought provoking book which may change the way you look at the other inhabitants of this planet: WILD JUSTICE: THE MORAL LIVES OF ANIMALS.
Sustainability is no longer a buzzword hyping simple recycling efforts. Every day, companies are doing all they can to decrease their carbon footprint. Celebrating these efforts, Vault released its 2nd Annual Vault Guide to Green Programs. But Earth Day is even more significant because of the economic implications associated with going green.
Our economy was battered last year and the green job market that has been struggling in the past years, is now poised to become the next great job market. And with the President’s stimulus emphasizing energy and renewable investments, the market has become hot like never before.
These green jobs are going to, in huge part, swing us back to a pre-9.7% unemployment rate economy.
On that note, Vault also released its Guide to Environmental Careers, offering job seekers an insider’s edge into entering this burgeoning market.
My guest is Aman Singh, editor of corporate social responsibility for Vault, which is a comprehensive resource for career management and job search information, including insider intelligence on salaries, hiring practices and company cultures.
Drawing on both new and neglected evidence, this book reconstructs Old John Brown’s aborted “war” to free the 3.8 million slaves in the American South before the Civil War. John Brown’s War Against Slavery chronicles how this aged American apostle of violence in behalf of the “downtrodden,” this abolitionist “fanatic” and “terroriser,” ultimately rescued his cause by going to the gallows with resolution and outward calm. By embracing martyrdom, John Brown helped to spread panic in the South and persuaded northern sympathizers that failure can be noble and political violence “righteous.”
The oldest known surgical procedure that we have evidence for goes back to the Neolithic period. It was not setting a broken leg or repairing a flattened nose. It was cutting a three-inch hole in the skull using primitive stone tools! Yikes!!! Trepanation or trephination, was a known surgical practice to the Indians of Cuzco, the Ancient Greeks and was done in many European countries. It is still being done in certain cultures of Africa. The amazing thing is that most patients lived! Tonight on Inquiry we talk with DR. CHARLES M. GROSS, a neuroscientist specializing in vision and the functions of the cerebral cortex. His latest collection of interesting essays A HOLE IN THE HEAD: MORE TALES IN THE HISTORY OF NEUROSCIENCE reveals what is known about trephination and how it was done. Other essays in his book look at Dutch and Flemish art that show the infamous “The Stone of Folly”, Rembrandt’s paintings of anatomy lessons and whether in fact our brain can grow new neurons. Tune in tonight for a unique and far-ranging discussion of art, science and medicine.
NaviCare HMO is a health-care program sponsored by Fallon Community Health Plan whose aim is to help you get the most out of your Medicare and MassHealth Standard benefits and offers you extra services that can help you stay healthy at no extra cost.
Under NaviCare, your primary-care physician will work with a team to develop your own personal-care plan based on what kind of care you need.
You will have a geriatric-support-service coordinator who will help arrange for community services.
You'll also have your own personal nurse case manager and navigator, who will work together to coordinate and manage your health-care needs along with your doctors, social workers and other health-care specialists.
My guests are: Katherine “Kathie” Metzger, executive director of NaviCare; and Lynn Patterson, director of government-services clinical programs for Fallon Community Plan.
Dan Thurmon’s new book, Off Balance On Purpose – Embrace Uncertainty and Create a Life You Love, shows us that maintaining our balance in today’s off-balance world is a never-ending challenge.
That’s why he tells us to give up trying to live our life “on balance,” and start livingOff Balance On Purpose
This, he maintains, is the only way we will experience true happiness, accomplish meaningful goals, and lead a life which has lasting significance.
The Worcester County Food Bank is a community-based non-profit organization whose mission is: To Engage, Educate and Lead Worcester County in Creating a Hunger-Free Community
During fiscal year 2009, the Worcester County Food Bank distributed 5.3 million pounds of donated food and grocery product to its network of 178 partner agencies that have programs for feeding people including food pantries, community meal sites, and shelters. These agencies provided food to more than 93,000 different people living in Central Massachusetts.
Between 2008 and 2009, the number of people receiving emergency food assistance increased by 13%.
JOSEPH FARBROOK is an artist, poet and Assistant Professor of Interactive media and Game Development at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Tonight he talks about the evolution of his unique and thought provoking “media-reflexive performance” work that explores the intersections between video, video games and sculpture. His work poses difficult questions to the viewer about how new electronic media is affecting our lives and sense of community. To see some of Farbrook’s work, go to:
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