Is our species unique? Not as much as we tend to think, says renowned primatologist Frans de Waal. The latest edition of Nautilus magazine highlights Steve's conversation with de Waal. You can hear the UNCUT version here.
The universe was created on April 27th in 4977 B.C. according to German mathematician and astronomer Johannes Kepler. Newer science disagrees, but we're celebrating nonetheless, sharing this great Magnifying the Universe infographic. It's HUUUUUGE.
The Bard of Avon has a birthday this week. Our team of interns has been unable to track down a copy of his birth certificate. Here's Marjorie Garber on modern Shakespeare. (Sorry that we didn’t have time to write this message in iambic pentameter. Perhaps you’d like to have a go at it?)
It's National Poetry Month and the Poetry Foundation is hosting a virtual poetry reading on Sound Cloud. We've chimed in. Here's Sara with Allen Ginsberg's "Sunflower Sutra."
A small warning, there are some explicit words in the poem.
Naturalist John Muir would have turned 175 this week. Muir was dedicated to protecting American wild lands. These days, naturalist and soundscape artist Bernie Krause has taken up the charge (and made it so very radio-friendly).