March 15, 2001
With guest host Charity Nebbe.

One theory states that 4.5 billion years ago, an immense, rotating cloud of dust, gas, and debris somehow, and no one quite knows how, became the solar system we live in.  The key to unlock that mystery may've been found by Philip Bland, the 32-year-old son of an English autoworker. Philip Bland and the origin of the Earth ...

Paul Gottlieb, the Director of the Urban and Environmental Policy Institute, talks with Charity about why we need to expand the definition of environment and environmental issues. He discusses the social reasons behind environmental dangers, and how those need to be addressed. His book is "Environmentalism Unbound: Exploring New Pathways For Change".

Two Nigerian Dwarf goats have been genetically modified to produce a gene from the orb weaver spider. The spider produces the strongest natural material on Earth for its silk.  Jeffrey Turner, molecular geneticist involved in the project, hopes to find a way to mass produce the spider's silk by genetically altering animals to "manufacture" it.

The entire population of Poland endured extreme hardship during World War II as the Nazi regime moved into the country. Zvi Gitelman, professor in Political Science and Judaic Studies at the University of Michigan, talks with Charity about life in Poland in the early 1930's through the war, relations between ethnic groups there, and interactions between Poland, Germany, and Russia.

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