"Relevant or Irrelevant?"

An Interview with Richard Currier on Radio Station KALA


On October 25th I had the pleasure of being interviewed by the staff of public radio station KALA, broadcasting from St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. KALA is an affiliate of Public Radio International, and my interview was the subject of their weekly world history discussion program, “Relevant or Irrelevant?”

A panel of four historians and I engaged in a lively discussion about UNBOUND: How Eight Technologies Made Us Human, Transformed Society, and Brought Our World to the Brink. The entire interview can be accessed on line via the links below.

The interview is divided into two parts: Part One is 30 minutes long and was broadcast live November of 2018. Part Two is a follow-up discussion that is 10 minutes long and was recorded on the same day. It is only available on line.

You can access Part One at: https://soundcloud.com/david-baker-71/roi-292

You can access Part Two at: https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio/roi-292-website-segment

Here are some of the questions the panel came up with:

·         What was the inspiration for writing UNBOUND and for the choice of this title?

·         What are the eight technologies highlighted in UNBOUND?

·         Why exactly did prehistoric hominids adopt two-legged locomotion?

·         Why did hominids lose the long, sharp canine teeth typical of other primates?

·         Why did humans become naked and lose their fur?

·         How did fire and cooking affect the evolution of the human brain?

·         Why are human dwellings designed so much like caves?

·         How did language make possible the invention of agriculture?

·         What is the endgame for the future of humanity?


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