BBC Radio 4 - In Our Time, Darwin: In Our Time, Darwin: On the Origins of Charles Darwin

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  1. Quirks & Quarks - Happy Birthday Mr. Darwin

    February 12 marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, certainly the most important biologist in history and one of the great figures in science. Darwin, of course, spent his life developing the theory of evolution by natural selection, which has become the foundation for the understanding of biology. In the 1960’s evolutionary biologist Theodosius Dobzhansky said that "nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution," and that’s a statement with which few biologists would argue.

    To honour Darwin’s birthday, we’re devoting our program to a discussion of the life and work of Charles Darwin, and to a discussion of his impact on modern science, with three special guests.

    http://www.cbc.ca/quirks/archives/08-09/qq-2009-02-07.html

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  2. Darwin’s Very Bad Day: ‘Oops, We Just Ate It!’

    When young Charles Darwin set out on the Beagle, near the top of his wish list was a rare and coveted bird: the lesser rhea, a South American version of the ostrich. The bird had been sighted by a French rival — but never caught. Darwin wanted to be the first to snatch the prize for Britain. And he did find the bird, just not in the shape he was expecting.

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  3. Michael Ruse on Darwinism -, 25 February 2009 10:00

    200 years ago Charles Darwin was born. 50 years later, after many adventures, Darwin published a little book, ‘On The Origin of Species’. This little book went on to have an influence well beyond its author’s lifetime. In recent years, Darwin has been brought into a fierce debate between religion and science. In this talk at the University of Sydney’s regular Sydney Ideas programme, Professor Michael Ruse gives personal, philosophical and scientific reasons for why Darwin’s theories have endured and should endure well into the future.

    Professor Michael Ruse is a world-leading expert on the social and philosophical consequences of Darwin’s theories. He is a Professor of Philosophy and Director of the History and Philosophy of Science Program at Florida State University. In 1981 he was called up as a witness for the plaintiff of the State law in the case of the Arkansas school system teaching "creation science". He has written more than 20 books on Darwin and his influence, including Darwinism and its Discontents (2006), The Evolution-Creation Struggle (2005) and Darwin and Design: Does evolution have a purpose? (2003). He is also the founder of the journal Biology and Philosophy.

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  4. Science In Action

    This week it’s the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882). We hear about Darwin the man and scientist and how his theory of evolution still drives leading research today. We ask why there are so many millions of species of animals and plants and find out how human and great ape genetics are both similar and different. And how about the future evolution of humanity – featuring robots?

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  5. London Literally Stank In The Summer Of 1858 — Just Ask Dickens And Darwin : NPR

    In One Hot Summer, historian Rosemary Ashton follows Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin and Benjamin Disraeli through an unpleasant couple of months — as the River Thames flowed with hot, smelly sewage.

    http://www.npr.org/2017/07/18/537890448/london-literally-stank-in-the-summer-of-1858-just-ask-dickens-and-darwin

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  6. Guest: Matthew Chapman, Author, Filmmaker & Darwin’s Great-great Grandson

    Guest: Matthew Chapman, Author, Filmmaker & Darwin’s Great-great Grandson & Updates on FFRF’s "Praise Darwin" Billboard

    In honor of Charles Darwin’s bicentennial birthday this past week, the hosts will interview Darwin’s great-great grandson Matthew Chapman, author of Forty Days and Forty Nights, and Trials of the Monkey. Also featured: Susan Hofer singing the jazz love song and ode to science, "It’s Only Natural." The hosts will update the Foundation’s campaign to take pro-Darwin billboards to sites where the Dogma Versus Darwin debate still rages! Listen for an entertaining clip of local coverage of the "Praise Darwin: Evolve Beyond Belief" billboard in Dover, Penn. (site of the intelligent design controversy).

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