In this episode of Canyon Chronicles, host Mike Woodrow talks with Jonathan Gottschall, author and fellow at Washington & Jefferson College, about how we are all hardwired to learn and experience through the sharing of stories, the complimentary relationship between stories and science, and how the stories we tell change us in fundamental ways.
Near-Earth objects are asteroids or comets whose orbit intersects Earth's and which may pose a collision danger. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dr. Ray Williamson, an astronomer and the former director of the Secure World Foundation, about what scientists are doing to better detect which near-Earth objects may collide with our planet, what danger these objects pose to us, and how we may be able to keep these ever-present threats from hitting Earth.
Archaeology is a science that most of us consider as a way to perceive the distant past, with little application to today's problems. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Steve Wolverton, Associate Professor in Archaeology at the University of North Texas, who uses data from ancient and modern sources in an attempt to shed new light on contemporary environmental and social issues.
The Discovery Pool research grant program, established by the Canyonlands Natural History Association, provides funding for research partnerships between scientists and federal land management agencies in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Fred Blackburn, the chair of the Canyonlands Natural History Association, about what kinds of research the program is funding, and how these grants foster understanding of the intricate cultural and natural resources of our public lands.