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Living Lab Radio: October 13 and 14, 2019.


This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • There are few parenting decisions that evoke more controversy than whether and how long to breastfeed. But it looks like feeding babies with animal milk dates back at least 5,000 years in early agricultural communities in Europe. Julie Dunne, Postdoctoral Researcher in Archaeology, University of Bristol, recently published evidence of clay baby bottles from archaeological sites in Germany.

  • Edwin Kim is a researcher at UNC Chapel Hill who is working to develop therapies for peanut allergies. He also has a young son with a peanut allergy. He recently wrote about promising therapies he’s exploring with this son on TheConversation.com.

  • It seems as if we humans are destined to put short-term gains ahead of long-term considerations. Inaction on climate change is an example of this. But author Bina Venkataraman has concrete ideas for how we can convince ourselves to do better. Venkataraman is Director of Global Policy Initiatives at the Broad Institute of MIT & Harvard and a lecturer in MIT's department of science, technology & society. Her new book is The Optimist's Telescope: Thinking Ahead in a Reckless Age.

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Elsa Partan is a producer and newscaster with CAI. She first came to the station in 2002 as an intern and fell in love with radio. She is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. From 2006 to 2009, she covered the state of Wyoming for the NPR member station Wyoming Public Media in Laramie. She was a newspaper reporter at The Mashpee Enterprise from 2010 to 2013. She lives in Falmouth with her husband and two daughters.