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Cool Science Radio | Nov. 18, 2021

Today ethnobotanist and writer Dr. Cassandra Leah Quave (1:28) and archaeologist and wilderness survival instructor Chris Begley (25:18) join the show

In this episode of Cool Science Radio Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells' guests include:

Ethnobotanist and writer Dr. Cassandra Leah Quave who shows us the fascinating world of plants as medicine. Plants are the basis for an array of lifesaving and health-improving medicines we all now take for granted. Her new book is called THE PLANT HUNTER: A Scientist’s Quest for Nature’s Next Medicines.

Then, Archaeologist and wilderness survival instructor Chris Begley joins the show. In an era of pandemics, climate change, and political unrest, it’s all too easy to envision doomsday scenarios. In Chris' new book, THE NEXT APOCALYPSE, he turns to history - specifically the Maya, the Roman Empire, and Native American societies, to show what happens when civilizations undergo radical change or disappear, and what this can teach us about our own potentially disastrous future.

( 1:28) Dr. Cassandra Leah Quave
( 25:18) Chris Begley

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John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.
Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.