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"Dodging Extinction: Power, Food, Money, and the Future of Life on Earth" (Encore presentation.)

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Aired on Monday, May 25th.

(Note: This interview originally aired back in January.) On this installment of ST, we speak by phone with Anthony Barnosky, a Professor of Integrated Biology at UC-Berkeley and a leading scientist specializing on how global change affects biodiversity and ecosystem function. His latest book, "Dodging Extinction," is the focus of our conversation today; it's been touted by Library Journal as a "superior synthesis of recent research from many scientific disciplines...[and an] eloquent book [that] could serve as a model for how scientists should write for non-specialists about the critical environmental challenges of our time." As Barnosky explains, over the past 500 million years or so -- the time during which complex life has existed on Earth -- there have been five massive extinction events, long-form catastrophes by which three-quarters or more of all species on the planet have been extinguished. Barnosky argues that global warming and other environmental crises caused by human beings are now bringing about a so-called Sixth Extinction -- and so his book explores both the science behind this environmental emergency and the extraordinary changes required immediately to avoid one of the greatest disasters in the history of life on earth. As the science journalist and blogger Annalee Newitz noted of this volume, when talking about the "Best Science Books of 2014" on PRI's Science Friday: "Beautifully written.... A very learned book, but it's very approachable and fun.... Anyone who is interested in the future of the planet or loves animals should check this one out."

Rich Fisher passed through KWGS about thirty years ago, and just never left. Today, he is the general manager of Public Radio Tulsa, and the host of KWGS’s public affairs program, StudioTulsa, which celebrated its twentieth anniversary in August 2012 . As host of StudioTulsa, Rich has conducted roughly four thousand long-form interviews with local, national, and international figures in the arts, humanities, sciences, and government. Very few interviews have gone smoothly. Despite this, he has been honored for his work by several organizations including the Governor's Arts Award for Media by the State Arts Council, a Harwelden Award from the Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, and was named one of the “99 Great Things About Oklahoma” in 2000 by Oklahoma Today magazine.
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