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AMNH Podcasts Selected Lectures

The American Museum of Natural History along with Science & the City, an online publication of the New York Academy of Sciences, are collaborating to create podcasts (audio broadcasts) of selected American Museum of Natural History lectures.

The American Museum of Natural History presents over 200 public programs each year including workshops, seminars, lectures, cultural events, and performances. Museum lectures are presented by scientists, authors, and researchers at the forefront of their fields. These engaging sessions often reveal the findings of the Museum's own cutting-edge research in genomics, paleontology, astrophysics, biodiversity, and evolutionary biology and complement the science behind the Museum's world-famous cultural and scientific halls and special exhibitions. For a full calendar of upcoming Museum programs, visit Public Programs.

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Current Podcasts

Watch a video podcast of the Mythic Creatures exhibition, now available at podcastgo.com/amnh.

S&C Podcast | posted June 20, 2008

Science in the Middle East

Uri Ten Brink

A geophysicist with the U.S. Geological Survey discusses the challenges he's faced when doing science in the Middle East, and his research on the Dead Sea basin.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (23.1 MB)
running time 00:25:08
S&C Podcast | posted April 4, 2008

The Origin of Brain Degenerative Disorders

Patrick Hof

A Mt. Sinai School of Medicine neuroscientist explains the morpho-molecular features that render certain neuronal populations of the brain vulnerable to degeneration. .
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (15 MB)
running time 01:05:09
S&C Podcast | posted Mar 28, 2008

Your Inner Fish

Neil Shubin

The University of Chicago's Associate Dean of Organismal Biology and Anatomy speaks about his new book, which gives the 3.5 billion year history of the human body.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (8.7 MB)
running time 00:37:40
S&C Podcast | posted Feb 22, 2008

A Life Decoded

Craig Venter

The leader of the private-sector human genome project has published an autobiography.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (14.3 MB)
running time 01:02:13
S&C Podcast | posted Feb 8, 2008

Unbowed

Wangari Muta Maathai

The 2004 Nobel Peace Prize Winner and leader of the Pan African Green Belt Movement introduces her new autobiography.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (10.8 MB)
running time 00:46:51
S&C Podcast | posted Jan 11, 2008

Life in the Valley of Death

Alan Rabinowitz

Executive Director for Science and Exploration at the Wildlife Conservation Society based at the Bronx Zoo discusses his new book which details his efforts to create the world's largest tiger reserve in Myanmar's Hukaung Valley.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (13.5 MB)
running time 00:58:34
S&C Podcast | posted Oct 26, 2007

The Unnatural History of the Sea

Callum Roberts

A marine conservation biologist shares details from his new book about the human exploitations of the ocean's bounty and our shifting environmental baselines.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (10.4 MB)
running time 00:45:07
S&C Podcast | posted Oct 12, 2007

Beneath Mount Everest

Anne Sheehan

A seismologist from the University of Colorado, Boulder, shares research she conducted in the Himalayas throughout eastern Nepal and southern Tibet, an area she calls a breeding ground of destructive earthquakes.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (10.5 MB)
running time 00:46:08
S&C Podcast | posted Oct 5, 2007

Body Adornment

Randall White

The director of NYU's Institute for Ice Age Studies tells what we can learn about a culture from the personal ornamentation it used.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (19.1 MB)
running time 01:23:22
S&C Podcast | posted Sep 14, 2007

Cats of Africa

Luke Hunter and George Amato

Conservation biologists from the Wildlife Conservation Society and the AMNH Center for Conservation Genetics discuss the behavior of wild cats and how new techniques in molecular genetics are helping conserve endangered cats across the globe.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (16.1 MB)
running time 01:10:13
S&C Podcast | posted Aug 3, 2007

The Search for "The Missing Link"

Alan Walker

The Evan Pugh Professor of Biological Anthropology and Biology at Penn State discusses the fossil evidence of our earliest human ancestor.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (10.9 MB)
running time 00:47:52
S&C Podcast | posted Jun 22, 2007

Biblical Natural History

Daniel Hillel

An ecologist and soil physics expert who has consulted globally to the U.N. and the World Bank describes how the natural environment in the Middle East has changed since biblical times.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (12.9 MB)
running time 00:56:27
S&C Podcast | posted Apr 16, 2007

Death by Black Hole

Neil deGrasse Tyson

The Hayden Planetarium director, Nova ScienceNow host, and eminently entertaining astrophysicist discusses his new book.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (18.4 MB)
running time 01:20:13
S&C Podcast | posted Mar 23, 2007

Aglow in the Dark

Art/Science and Bioluminescence

WNYC Studio 360 executive producer Julie Burstein moderates a panel discussion on the ways bioluminescence has inspired art, architecture, and scientific research.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (20.8 MB)
running time 00:47:37
S&C Podcast | posted Feb 23, 2007

Neanderthal Brains

Bruce Lahn

Lahn, whose lab in the Human Genetics Department at the University of Chicago researches human brain evolution, explains the genetic link he has discovered between Homo Sapiens and Neanderthals.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (8.1 MB)
running time 00:20:16
S&C Podcast | posted Feb 16, 2007

Urban Sustainability

Albert Appleton

A senior fellow at the CUNY Institute for Urban Systems and former Director of the New York City Water and Sewer System discusses some principles of sustainability and presents a regional perspective on biodiversity.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (8.1 MB)
running time 00:33:07
S&C Podcast | posted Jan 26, 2007

I, WOZ

Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak, cofounder and inventor of Apple computers, describes his childhood, his sources of inspiration, and the offbeat thinking that led to the Apple II computer.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (14.8 MB)
running time 00:36:42
S&C Podcast | posted Dec 29, 2006

Gold! Exhibitcast

James Webster

A dazzling new exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History explains the scientific, historical, cultural and financial significance of one of the world's most rare and highly prized metals. Download the podcast, and take your iPod to the Museum for a guided tour with the co-curator.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (14.8 MB)
running time 00:36:42
S&C Podcast | posted Dec 21, 2006

Creatures of Accident

Wallace Arthur

Zoologist Wallace Arthur explains how simple creatures evolved into complex ones via the accidental processes of duplication and divergence.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (17.1 MB)
running time 00:46:54
S&C Podcast | posted Nov 24, 2006

Carl Sagan: Science & the Search for God

Ann Druyan, Steve Soter, and Neil deGrasse Tyson

In this panel discussion with Hayden Planetarium director Tyson, Carl Sagan's widow and former colleague discuss the astrobiologist's perspective on science, the spiritual experience, and the search for God.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (20.1 MB)
running time 01:22:12
S&C Podcast | posted Nov 10, 2006

Snake Venoms

Deadly Weapons Turned into Medicine

In this lecture at the AMNH, herpetologist Zoltan Takacs dives into the world of venomous snakes—their variety, their venom, and their potential medicinal value. To see photos and descriptions of Zoltan's work, visit zoltantakacs.com.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download (13.1 MB)
running time 00:54:04
S&C Podcast | posted Oct 20, 2006

Making of the Fittest

Sean Carroll

Geneticist Sean Carroll, author of The Making of the Fittest, elucidates how DNA can provide a record of evolution by so-called "fossilized genes." In a lecture at the American Museum of Natural History, he explains how DNA can reveal expressed traits that have been lost, gained, and modified throughout time.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download podcast(10.3 MB)
running time 43:32
S&C Podcast | posted Sep 8, 2006

The 1906 Earthquake

Lessons Learned, Lessons Forgotten, and Future Directions

The 1906 San Francisco Earthquake was one of the most devastating natural disasters in American history, but it also gave birth to the modern discipline of earthquake science. In this American Museum of Natural History lecture, Mary Lou Zoback of the US Geological Survey details the progress made in the field since the great quake, and offers some insight into the likelihood and possible magnitude of future earthquakes. This is an enhanced podcast. What is an enhanced podcast? (detailed instructions)
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download enhanced podcast (21.9 MB)
running time 49:37
S&C Podcast | posted Aug 21, 2006

Vietnam: A Natural History

Experts from the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History explore Vietnam's evolutionary past.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download podcast(7 MB)
running time 30:27
S&C Podcast | posted Jul 28, 2006

Lessons of the Gecko

Scientists replicate the lizard's sticky feet

Adhesives researcher Kellar Autumn of Lewis & Clark College lectures at the American Museum of Natural History on how the millions of tiny hairs on the gecko footpad are being studied to develop synthetic, self-cleaning adhesives for potential uses ranging from nanosurgery to aerospace applications. The lecture is part of the museum's programming related to its special exhibition, Lizards & Snakes: Alive!, which showcases more than 60 live squamates from around the world in their re-created natural habitats through January 7, 2007.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download podcast(9.2 MB)
running time 40:26
S&C Podcast | posted Jun 30, 2006

An Evening with Edward O. Wilson

Nature Revealed

Two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Edward O. Wilson, an entomologist and biologist known for his pioneering work on evolution and sociobiology, converses with Michael Novacek, Senior Vice President and Provost of Science and curator in the division of paleontology at the AMNH. The event, celebrating the recent publication of a collection of Wilson's writing, "Nature Revealed," was part of the museum's programming related to its Darwin Exhibition, which runs through August 20, 2006.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download podcast(12.6 MB)
running time 53:17
S&C Podcast | posted June 16, 2006

Biodiversity and the Evolutionary Roots of Beauty

Gordon Orians

Ecologist Gordon Orians discusses how our aesthetic responses to our environment are rooted in evolutionary history, and considers why cultures have been so captivated by the unusual and rare in nature, in his talk at the American Museum of Natural History.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download podcast (12.4 MB)
running time 51:20
S&C Podcast | posted May 26, 2006

Where Ecology Meets Art

AMNH's Art/Science Collision

Environmental artist Brandon Ballengée spoke at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City about the historical relationship between art and science, and discussed his projects including one that documents aquatic organisms found at local seafood markets and a webcast of a laboratory experiment.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download podcast (28.4 MB)
running time 52:08
S&C Podcast | posted May 5, 2006

Darwin in the 21st Century

Science at AMNH

This podcast is the first of a collaborative series between Science & the City and the American Museum of Natural History. At a recent panel discussion, museum researchers provided insights into the use of DNA sequencing to clarify evolutionary relationships.
Cosponsor: New York Academy of Sciences
download podcast (28.4 MB)
running time 55:19

What is podcasting?

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