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LISTEN: Charles Darwin and the Racing Asparagus

NPR Morning Edition by Robert Krulwich

Sometimes a great, earth-shaking, new idea in science can be created in the most homespun ways.

Listen to this Morning Edition piece, by Robert Krulwich with help from me, to hear how Charles Darwin and his butler dropped asparagus into a tub and how Darwin and his oldest son studied dead pigeons floating upside down in a bowl to test ideas about evolution.

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SPILLOVER: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

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THE CHIMP AND THE RIVER: How AIDS Emerged from an African Forest