River to River
4:32 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

The Significance of a 45,000 Year-Old Leg Bone

Neandertal skeleton (The man whose bone was found in Siberia was a human, not a Neanderthal, but had Neanderthal genes)
Paolo C. / flickr

A bone found on the banks of a Siberian river has yielded the oldest modern human genome yet recovered.

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News Buzz
1:06 pm
Fri January 31, 2014

You Have Neanderthal Genes

Neanderthal Mother (detail of diorama) in Anthropos Pavilion, Brno, Czech Republic
Jaroslav A. Polák

For our weekly news buzz program, we get a review of the pending U.S. farm bill that is moving through Congress, how businesses are dealing with the Affordable Care Act, modern humans have a surprising amount of genes that come from Neanderthals, an important piece of art is returning to Iowa, a new  smartphone app designed in Iowa with which users can hear and see how to pronounce certain foreign language sounds, and we hear from a couple mayors of towns on this year’s RAGBRAI route. 

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River to River
2:51 pm
Mon December 2, 2013

How Humans Tolerate Cold Weather

Inuit child sailing his toy boat with caribou-skin sails.
Library and Archives Canada

Humans developed in warm climates, but eventually our ancestors made their way into colder and more inhospitable regions.  Host Ben Kieffer talks with physiologist Kevin Kregel and anthropologist Robert Franciscus of the University of Iowa about how humans have acclimated to cold and challenging environments.

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River to River
5:22 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Franco-German Relations & Neanderthals

French ambassador for the United States, François Delattre
François Delattre / Official website

50 years ago the French and Germans signed the Élysée Treaty, which  ended centuries of hostile rivalry between the two nations, ushering in a new era of cooperation and friendship. Host Ben Kieffer discuss Franco-German relations in the 21st Century with French Ambassador to the United States François M. Delattre and German Ambassador to the United States Peter Ammon.

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