This Land Is Island

Big Picture Science show

Summary: <p>There are many kinds of islands. There’s your iconic sandy speck of land topped with a palm tree, but there’s also our home planet – an island in the vast seas of space. You might think of yourself as a biological island … until you tally the number of microbes living outside – and inside – your body.</p> <p>We go island hopping, and consider the Scottish definition of an island – one man, one sheep – as well as the swelling threat of high water to island nations. Also, how species populate islands … and tricks for communicating with extraterrestrial islanders hanging out elsewhere in the cosmos.</p> <h2>Guests:</h2> <ul> <li> <strong><a href="">Edward Chamberlin</a></strong> – Professor emeritus of English and comparative literature at the University of Toronto; fellow of the Royal Society of Canada; author of <i><a href=";camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=1933346566&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=arweal-20">Island: How Islands Transform the World</a><img src=";l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=1933346566" width="1" height="1" border="0" alt="" style=""></i> </li> <li> <strong><a href="">Bill McKibben</a></strong> – Writer, activist and professor of environmental studies, Middlebury College, founder of <a href=""></a> </li> <li> <strong><a href=";fid=8447">Justin Sonnenburg</a></strong> – Microbiologist, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University</li> <li> <strong><a href=";view=article&amp;id=85%3Abrother-guy&amp;catid=60%3Apersonnel-and-research&amp;Itemid=83">Guy Consolmagno</a></strong> – Astronomer, Vatican Observatory</li> <li> <strong><a href="">Margaret Race</a></strong> – Ecologist, <span class="caps">SETI</span> Institute</li> </ul><p><strong><a href="">Descripción en español</a></strong></p> <p>First released January 9, 2012.</p>