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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 Quavewho 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