All posts tagged with tv

First Peoples: Asia, and Australia

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First Peoples continues tonight on PBS, with two episodes that focus on the dispersal of modern humans into Asia and Australia.

Coming: ‘First Peoples’ on PBS

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This month, PBS in the United States will be premiering a new five-part series on the origins and spread of modern humans around the world, called First Peop...

Carl Sagan remembered

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Smithsonian is running a retrospective on the career of Carl Sagan, by writer Joel Achenbach (“Why Carl Sagan is truly irreplaceable”). The occasion is the u...

Shark weak

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Brian Switek comments on this week’s “Megalodon” program on Discovery, which lured viewers with the idea that a prehistoric gigantic shark might still be cir...

Neandertal night on PBS

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This Wednesday (May 15) is Neandertal night on PBS stations in the U.S., with two documentary programs covering the last few years of science about these anc...

"Decoding Neanderthals" to be broadcast

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NOVA on American PBS stations has produced a new documentary about Neandertals: “Decoding Neanderthals”. They have just announced that it will be broadcast J...

Cutting room floors

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Reading items on my desktop, I found a rant I had written a while back. I generally don’t post rants, but a decent amount of time has passed…

Evolution road show

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Don Prothero and Jerry Coyne are evolutionary biologists, who appeared recently in the BBC film, “Conspiracy road trip: creationism”. The film followed a gro...

"Bones of Turkana" to air

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On Wednesday, May 16, PBS here in the U.S. is broadcasting a film called “Bones of Turkana”.

Sex in the Stone Age

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I’ve just gotten word that the long-awaited Denisova documentary on the National Geographic Channel is running next Thursday night at 10:00 pm Eastern in the...

Into the belly of the whale

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Carl Zimmer profiles anatomist Joy Reidenberg, who has scored a coup for public communication of science on the BBC show, Inside Nature’s Giants: “From Insid...

La Cotte de St. Brelade profiled

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The BBC is running a nice article about the ongoing excavations on the island of Jersey at La Cotte de St. Brelade. “Neanderthal survival story revealed in J...

"Gutless" TV science

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Martin Robbins last week posted a column with a great title: “Return to the Silence: Is theatre exposing the gutlessness of TV science?” In it, he discusses ...

Dinosaur Wars

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Brian Switek reviews the American Experience program, Dinosaur Wars, which covered the scientific rivalry between paleontologists Othniel Marsh and Edward Dr...

Tomb raiders

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Cracked.com features “8 Famous Fictional Archaeologists Who Suck At Their Job”.

Botany of boredom

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We flipped the channel to “The Botany of Desire” on PBS. The show is a documentary based on the book of the same name by Michael Pollan.

Battlestar mitochondria

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Wired has an interview with the authors of a book titled, The Science of Battlestar Galactica. I wasn’t a viewer of the show, so I wasn’t aware that the mito...

"You could blue screen Ardi"

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The Guardian is running an interview with Pauline Fowler, whose company Animated Extras has been involved in many film and television projects where apes and...

Neandertal fashion

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I missed this at the time, but when National Geographic had that Neandertal issue a couple of years ago, they commissioned some Project Runway designers to m...

Mead off

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Does anybody read Margaret Mead anymore?

Gleek out

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OMG! Sue Sylvester said “hominid!”

Quote: SpongeBob on extra credit

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MRS. PUFF: Congratulations, SpongeBob, you pass! SPONGEBOB: But Mrs. Puff, I don't feel like I've really done anything. MRS. PUFF: That's how extra credit is...

Mad Men language

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Linguist Ben Zimmer writes about “‘Mad Men’-ese”– the challenge of writing for a TV show set in the 1960’s without introducing anachronistic idioms. Or is th...

MythBusters Evolution

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A rerun MythBusters tonight was a rejiggering of myths they’d already covered, titled “MythBusters Evolution”. Here’s how they started:

The quick and the dead

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The David Tennant Hamlet was on tonight and we really enjoyed it – a great production with Patrick Stewart as Claudius.

The dictators will be televised

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French TV makes a game-show version of the famous Milgram experiment, all for a documentary about how easily people follow authority figures.

Alpha and omega

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Slate is running an article by Jessica Grose, titled “Omega males and the women who hate them.” The “Omega male” is basically a loser nebbish type who shows ...

Clearing the stack

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Here are some links that have been piling up in my browser tabs this week:

The Human Spark, episode 1

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I got to sit down and watch most of the first episode of “The Human Spark” on PBS tonight (my earlier post). Our local station shows these things later than ...

The Human Spark

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PBS is running a new three-part series about “what makes us human”, called The Human Spark. I had to look around to find a review, here’s one from The Oklaho...

Pain in the sauropod neck

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Matt Wedel of Sauropod Vertebra Picture of the Week relates an unfortunate story of his involvement in a dinosaur documentary project.

NOVA: Becoming Human

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OK, I’m going to live-blog this show. I’ve been looking forward to it for a while – I loved the old NOVA series with Don Johanson and have often showed it in...

Discovering Ardi notes

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I haven’t been able to see all of the “Discovering Ardi” show tonight, but we did get most of the second hour. I just thought I’d jot down some general comme...

Ardi snippets

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The Discovery Channel has posted some short video snippets of the upcoming Ardipithecus special. I was sent a link to Owen Lovejoy telling us a “Genetic Caut...

"Discovering Ardi"

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UPDATE (2009-10-22): I wrote this post before the film premiered, but it’s gotten a lot of Google traffic. My notes on watching the film might be more intere...

Mad Men

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Betty Draper was an anthropology major?!

Science illiteracy in the media

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On the general topic of the declining status of science in the media, I thought I would just mention on a tangent…

"The Human Family Tree"

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We flipped the TV to the National Geographic Channel last night to watch “The Human Family Tree” special. I like the premise of testing the relations of peop...

Videos of the week

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I’ve been sent two videos this week by several readers. I post them here together – I’ve never embedded video before, and after some experimentation I didn’t...

Prehistoric Planet

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Strange experience of today: hearing Christian Slater explain to me how to integrate myself into australopithecine society.

Sketchbook

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Today’s sketchbook

Oase 2 forensic reconstruction

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The BBC is presenting a little series called “The Incredible Human Journey,” to be aired starting May 10. Alice Roberts from Time Team travels around tracing...

BBC Darwin site

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The BBC has a website dedicated to their Darwin programming, which has a number of things that may be useful for students (via Gene Expression).

The Hobbit Nova: "Alien from Earth"

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I’m sitting down in front of the TV to live-blog the Nova episode on the Flores fossils, “Alien from Earth.” It has the typical Nova high production values. ...

MST3K anniversary

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The NY Times covers the 20th anniversary of Mystery Science Theater 3000:

Hobbit Nova coming November 11

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On November 11, NOVA will present a new hour-long documentary on the hobbits, briefly described at the PBS website:

"The Neanderthal Code"

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This Sunday evening, at 9:00 EDT/ 8:00 CDT, the National Geographic Channel will show “The Neanderthal Code” in the US. I appear in this film, and you can se...

Aardvarchaeology reviews "Journey to 10,000 BC"

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Martin Rundqvist reviews the History Channel documentary, “Journey to 10,000 BC.” The doc focuses on “Clovis-era North American archaeology and paleontology.”

Celebrity genealogy reality show?

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Yes, I'm always following the latest entertainment news in The Hollywood Reporter. Today I learn that Lisa Kudrow is going to produce a new reality show tha...

10,000 B[rainless] C[ontent]?

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The movie, 10,000 B.C., blew away the competition last weekend, with an estimated $35.7 million in US box office receipts.

Nova: "Bone Diggers"

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I've flipped to a Nova, titled "Bone Diggers," about Australian paleontology. They're interviewing Australian paleontologist John Long, formerly of the West...

Anthony Bourdain's Bushman encounter

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I really like Anthony Bourdain's "No Reservations" show -- the schtick is that he's a freewheeling chef-with-attitude who travels around the world seeing un...

Gotta change

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Bizarrely, I'm now listening to the voice of Drew Carey telling me about Neanderthals. It's on Prehistoric Planet, which is one of the Discovery Kids shows....

Lions hunting elephants, redux

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Wow, "Planet Earth" tonight had nightime footage of lions taking down an elephant. It was one of those lone young males, and it had thirty lions running it ...

Geladas grazing

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I'm watching the Discovery Channel's new "Planet Earth" miniseries -- though not in primetime but in rebroadcast. The series seem like a way to sell people ...

Coming attractions

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This has got to have more potential than that movie, Homo erectus:

Survivor follies

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I suppose it's uniquely anthronerdy to be irritated by the fake skull props on Survivor. But they're like biker skulls with sutures in the wrong places!

The PBS science showdown

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I like my science-show narrators disembodied. I especially like it if they sound like Liev Schreiber. Alec Baldwin, I don't mind, although I always feel lik...

Sewall Wright on Numb3rs

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Last year, the show had several anthro-related episodes, but this year it has been mostly network theory and the like. Until last night, when Sewall Wright ...

Apocalypto and Collapse

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There has been quite a bit of discussion about how Mel Gibson's film Apocalypto fits or doesn't fit certain good or bad cultural stereotypes. Such as:

Developing that TV sensibility

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The Times had this article the other day discussing whether TV is good for preschool-age kids. It's not all that interesting, but this bit near the end caug...

Thanks for the plate tectonics, CBS!

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I've been seeing these ads for this new show, "Jericho", which is supposedly about how a western Kansas town reacts to some kind of nearby nuclear explosion...

Now it's Lahn on Numb3rs

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OK, Numb3rs is definitely the coolest crime show on television. In December, there was the episode with the pseudo-Kennewick skeleton. Now, the two math guy...

Giganto: The Real King Kong

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Gretchen found this show on the History Channel tonight. It turned out to be a really good program on Gigantopithecus. Russ Ciochon did a great job -- he sh...

Numb3rs takes on Kennewick

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I actually like CBS's Numb3rs much more than Bones, but it usually doesn't have anything to do with anthropology. But this week's episode, "Bones of content...

Bones again; long-dead teen hanging in tree

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I didn't have much to add last week. Although I did have the same question as this week: Doesn't this fictional D.C. have a medical examiner? I mean, both o...

"Bones" debuts on Fox

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Tonight was the series debut of the TV show Bones, which is a CSI-alike focused on forensic anthropology instead of just forensic science. What that means, ...

Ape to Man

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OK, we have it on, and I've already had a couple of laughs, so I guess I'll take some notes as it goes.

"Ape to Man" to debut Sunday evening

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The History Channel is showing its new human evolution program, "Ape to Man" this Sunday, August 7, at 9:00 EDT / 8:00 CDT. The show has a website, which gi...

Guns, Germs and Steel on PBS

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Starting next week (July 11), PBS is airing a three-part series based on Jared Diamond's book, Guns, Germs and Steel. Science is running an early review of ...

The Ultimate Survivor!

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OK, I was drawn in by the first few minutes, so I'm liveblogging the National Geographic show, "The Ultimate Survivor."