Podcast

People in these podcast are living in the "new story."

Who are they? 

Scientists and Environmentalists,
 Indigenous Leaders and Activists, 
Teachers and Artists 

Hosted by Mary Evelyn Tucker, Yale University

01. Beginning of the Universe

Joel Primack, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

How did our universe emerge? Did it expand? And where did stars and galaxies come from? What is” cold dark matter” and “dark energy”?

01. Beginning of the Universe

01. Beginning of the Universe

Joel Primack, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

How did our universe emerge? Did it expand? And where did stars and galaxies come from? What is” cold dark matter” and “dark energy”?

01. Beginning of the Universe

02. Galaxies Forming

Todd Duncan, Ph.D, Astrophysics, University of Chicago Joel Primack, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

How did galaxies form? What are the shapes of these galaxies? How did the Milky Way emerge?

Part 1.2a: Galaxies Forming

02. Galaxies Forming

Todd Duncan, Ph.D, Astrophysics, University of Chicago Joel Primack, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz

How did galaxies form? What are the shapes of these galaxies? How did the Milky Way emerge?

Part 1.2a: Galaxies Forming

03. The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

Joel Primack, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz Todd Duncan, Ph.D, Astrophysics, University of Chicago

What are stars? How are they birthed? How do they die? And what is a supernova explosion? How does this explosion give rise to the elements that form life itself.

Part 1.3a: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

03. The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

Joel Primack, Professor of Physics, University of California, Santa Cruz Todd Duncan, Ph.D, Astrophysics, University of Chicago

What are stars? How are they birthed? How do they die? And what is a supernova explosion? How does this explosion give rise to the elements that form life itself.

Part 1.3a: The Emanating Brilliance of Stars

04. Birth of the Solar System

Craig Kochel, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Bucknell University

How did our solar system come about? How did the Moon originate? What is the creative role of plate tectonics? How does geology impact Earth’s biology?

Part 1.4: Birth of the Solar System

04. Birth of the Solar System

Craig Kochel, Emeritus Professor of Geology, Bucknell University

How did our solar system come about? How did the Moon originate? What is the creative role of plate tectonics? How does geology impact Earth’s biology?

Part 1.4: Birth of the Solar System

05. Life's Emergence

Ursula Goodenough, Emerita Professor of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis Terrence Deacon, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

How did the first cells emerge? What characterizes them? How do we explain the patterning found in DNA and in multicellular organisms?

Part 1.5a: Life's Emergence

05. Life's Emergence

Ursula Goodenough, Emerita Professor of Biology, Washington University, St. Louis Terrence Deacon, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

How did the first cells emerge? What characterizes them? How do we explain the patterning found in DNA and in multicellular organisms?

Part 1.5a: Life's Emergence

06. Learning, Living, and Dying

Terrence Deacon, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

How did the brain evolve over time from single cell organisms to vertebrates? What is consciousness and responsiveness? How can we compare the adaptive brains of humans, chimpanzees, and our many evolutionary ancestors?

Part 1.6 Learning, Living, and Dying

06. Learning, Living, and Dying

Terrence Deacon, Professor of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley

How did the brain evolve over time from single cell organisms to vertebrates? What is consciousness and responsiveness? How can we compare the adaptive brains of humans, chimpanzees, and our many evolutionary ancestors?

Part 1.6 Learning, Living, and Dying

07. The Passion of Animals

Scott Sampson, President, Science World, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Discover the compelling story of Earth’s fossil record. What were the ecosystems of dinosaurs? How did humans co-evolve with other species? What are mass extinctions?

Part 1.7: The Passion of Animals

07. The Passion of Animals

Scott Sampson, President, Science World, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Discover the compelling story of Earth’s fossil record. What were the ecosystems of dinosaurs? How did humans co-evolve with other species? What are mass extinctions?

Part 1.7: The Passion of Animals

08. The Origin of the Human

John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University Melissa Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy; Professor, San Francisco State University

John and Melissa explore the history of early humans in relation to kinship with land and animals. Contemporary indigenous lifeways are also highlighted, especially the sustaining power of rituals that locate humans within the rhythms of Earth’s transformative systems.

Part 1.8a: The Origin of the Human

08. The Origin of the Human

John Grim, Senior Lecturer and Research Scholar, Yale University Melissa Nelson, President, The Cultural Conservancy; Professor, San Francisco State University

John and Melissa explore the history of early humans in relation to kinship with land and animals. Contemporary indigenous lifeways are also highlighted, especially the sustaining power of rituals that locate humans within the rhythms of Earth’s transformative systems.

Part 1.8a: The Origin of the Human

09. Becoming a Planetary Presence

Cynthia Brown, Emerita Professor of History, Dominican University of California

Cynthia describes the “big history” beyond simply human history that includes cosmic, Earth, and human evolution. She highlights eight key threshold moments of evolutionary change from universe emergence and solar systems to life forms, including humans.

Part 1.9: Becoming a Planetary Presence

09. Becoming a Planetary Presence

Cynthia Brown, Emerita Professor of History, Dominican University of California

Cynthia describes the “big history” beyond simply human history that includes cosmic, Earth, and human evolution. She highlights eight key threshold moments of evolutionary change from universe emergence and solar systems to life forms, including humans.

Part 1.9: Becoming a Planetary Presence

10. Breakthrough Communities

Carl Anthony, Co-founder, Breakthrough Communities Project, Oakland, CA

Carl tells how the universe story expanded his own understanding of social and environmental justice. With a focus on urban areas, he explains how sustainable community development can be enhanced within an inclusive universe story.

Part 2.1: Breakthrough Communities

10. Breakthrough Communities

Carl Anthony, Co-founder, Breakthrough Communities Project, Oakland, CA

Carl tells how the universe story expanded his own understanding of social and environmental justice. With a focus on urban areas, he explains how sustainable community development can be enhanced within an inclusive universe story.

Part 2.1: Breakthrough Communities

additional information

The featured conversations on this page are from the Journey of the Universe Conversation Series, formerly titled "Education Series" The twenty-part series is available for purchase in a 4-DVD set.