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Living Lab Radio: November 24, 2019

The constellation Pleiades is recognized in many cultures, and its appearance in Northern skies in the fall has made it a signal for harvest festivals.
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“The sky was always there; the sky was the storyboard, filled with tales about the meaning of life and social relations. And people were making patterns on this storyboard even before they were painting on the walls of caves. Certainly, prehistoric people were doing it. And the story depends so much on who's the teller - the teller who has to make the story have legs. It's got to be a story that means something and that you can transfer from one culture to another as time changes.” – Anthony Aveni

This week on Living Lab Radio:

  • Nature's Benjamin Thompson shares recent headlines, from a new, global map of Saturn’s largest moon, to some science funders’ experiments with lottery systems to increase diversity in the research pool.
  • Author and MIT researcher Jason Jay shares tips for handling sensitive topics at Thanksgiving. First and foremost, he says not talking about it is just fine. And, if you do, don’t do it right out of the gate. Start with some
  • Gastropod co-hosts Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley trace the history of cranberry cultivation and consumption from early colonial days until now.
  • Anthony Aveni tells Star Stories, and not only the Greco-Roman ones most familiar in Western cultures. It turns out the appearance of Pleiades has long been associated with harvest festivals.

Elsa Partan is a producer for Living Lab Radio. 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.