Episode 24 - Pump: A Natural History of the Heart, Part 1

We are back! [caption id="attachment_321" align="alignright" width="199"]Bill Schutt Bill Schutt, auther of Pump: A Natural History of the Heart[/caption] Join us with part one of an interview with zoologist and author Bill Schutt, as we discuss his latest book, Pump: A Natural History of the Heart, a delightful and informative exploration of the heart, in all its (anatomical) forms. We have changed our format a little, and hope you enjoy it. Feedback is welcome as long as you are nice about it. Material discussed in this and the next episode: Pump: A Natural History of the Heart Meteorite Crash-Landed in Canada Woman's Bed COVID-19 slows birth rate in U.S., Europe Bat guts become less healthy through diet of 'fast food' from banana plantations Threatened rattlesnakes' inbreeding makes species more resistant to bad mutations

00:51:36 11/11/2021

Past Episodes

There's a push to remove the moratorium in Minnesota against developing nuclear power as s ource of energy. We are hearing claims that it is a renewable energy source, and that it doesn't produce carbon emissions. When this podcast was actually being recorded (there was snow on the ground,) the Minnesota Legislature was in session. So, yes, that's a while ago. But this is still relevant, and will be for the future. There's no guest on this show, because I am interviewing Greg Laden, who is the co-host and has been working on the issue so he has some expertise.
00:00:00 8/13/2023
  [caption id="attachment_464" align="alignnone" width="860"]Marlene Zuk image from a presentation at a Ted Talk. The backgrownd i black. The imagee also includes an ant. Marlene Zuk presenting a TED Talk.[/caption] For this episode, Greg and Mike Zoomed with Marlene Zuk to ask her some pointed questions about her book Paleofantasy:  What Evolution Really Tells Us About Sex, Diet, and How We Live. We didn't ask what she had for breakfast, nor what she suggests that we have for breakfast, because that isn't the point of the book.  Zuk wrote about the complexity of evolutionary development and that it's not necessarily so that modern people can look to the past to build our menus, our patterns of relationships, nor what we do for exercise.  We don't need to be stuck in the past, since evolution doesn't teach that we should.  Evolution doesn't stop, so why should we? As usual, the conversation touched on concepts that both Greg and Marlene developed during their field research. Even the Bing Chat AI made a contribution.  Not a great one, but then it's just a bot. Marlene will return to give us inside baseball on her most recent book Dancing Cockatoos and the Dancing Cockatoos and the Dead Man's Test: How Behavior Evolves and Why It Matters. (Purchasing through these links helps fund the podcast, so, if you're going to buy a book, you know... especially if we turned you on to it.)
01:05:28 7/19/2023
It's been a few months since our most recent podcast, but we are happy to see that our listeners are still tuning in. Greg Laden and Mike Haubrich welcome the return of Laurent Penet to the show. Listen in for some great info on his study of fruit trees, fungi and the spores from Ivory Coast, and folk medicine. Here are some links that he shared for more information: Tropical Fruit Tree Species and Climate Change Diversity is the best thing about fruits and vegetables Fruits tropicaux (Fr) Agro-Forestry (Encyclopedia Britannica) Medicinal plant knowledge in Caribbean Basin: a comparative study of Afrocaribbean, Amerindian and Mestizo communities Wikipedia Entry on Colletotrichum Sand Mist and Cyclones
00:00:00 7/9/2023
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00:00:00 1/16/2023
This is an overlapping continuation of episode 31, including the part about Silver Bay.  Greg Laden and Mike Haubrich spoke a bit more, about our travels and experiences along the North Shore of Lake Superior in Minnesota.  We also talked about the Iron Range in some greater detail, we talked about the gas fires in a flooded Grand Forks in 1997, how Hibbing had to move for the mines in the 1920's and how even the mountains in Minnesota are almost flat. This is how our conversations go when we get together.  You should join us sometime.
00:00:00 11/19/2022
In this interview, Megan Bond talks extensively with Greg Laden about the importance of the watershed to Minnesota's Boundary Waters and Voyageurs National Park as well as the Quetico Provincial Park in Ontario; but more importantly, the watershed flows out from a contintal "trivide" to Hudson's Bay, The Atlantic Ocean's East Coast through the St. Lawrence Seaway and to the Gulf Of Mexico through the Mississippi River. More information at Ikonokast.com https://ikonokast.com/2022/10/28/episode-30-protecting-the-watershed-with-megan-bond/
01:00:42 10/28/2022
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00:00:00 6/5/2022
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00:00:00 4/17/2022
In this episode, Mike and Greg are each other's guests, and we go over things you can do both at home and in talking to your local and national government representatives to help restore carbon balance to nature.   https://ikonokast.com/2022/04/10/episode-26-seven-simple-rules-for-saving-the-planet/
57:30:00 4/10/2022

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