This episode —first released in 2009 and then again in 2015, with an update — asks, what is “normal”? Maybe it exists, maybe not. We examine peace-loving baboons with Stanford neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, talk to Stu Rasmussen, whose preferred pronouns were he/him (https://zpr.io/nUdsZawNmhwt), and his neighbors in Silverton, Oregon about how a town chooses its community over outsider opinions. And lastly, we speak with an evolutionary anthropologist, Duke University’s own Brian Hare, and an evolutionary biologist Tecumseh Fitch, then at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, now at the University of Vienna, Austria, about foxes who love to snuggle.
And what we find is that normal — maybe the only normal — is change.
Reported by - Aaron Cohen
Produced by - Soren Wheeler
with help from - Annie McEwen
Stu Rasmussen’s NYT Obituary (https://zpr.io/nUdsZawNmhwt).
Andrew Russel’s “Stu for Silverton” (https://zpr.io/Jn5JP276pwhj) the play based on Stu Rasmussen’s life.
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OMG. I love it!
this is pretty much the best Radiolab Episode I have heard. I shared it with my small town in western Canada in hopes to help people broaden their understanding of the human experience.
I'm in tears after hearing the town dressed up and counter-protested in support of Stu. Such a beautiful gesture.