Tuesday, February 02

The Debunker: Did Humans Evolve from Monkeys?

by Ken Jennings

According to the Chinese zodiac, it's been the "Year of the Goat" since last February, and we're getting pretty tired of the nonstop goat-related festivities. Luckily, the lunar new year this month begins the "Year of the Monkey," so the future looks bright. But Jeopardy!'s Ken Jennings tells us that a lot of stuff we thought we knew about our mischievous treetop friends is just bananas. All month, he'll be here to put a stop to all the monkey business.

The Debunker: Did Humans Evolve from Monkeys?

In The Origin of Species, Charles Darwin was careful never to apply his new theory of "natural selection" to the origin of man, but readers were quick to connect the dots. Before the book was even published, minister John Leifchild was complaining in the Athenaeum about the new "belief that man descends from the monkeys." This caricature of evolutionary theory was so fixed in the public mind that the 1925 trial of John Scopes, for teaching evolution in small-town Tennessee, is still known as the "Scopes Monkey Trial." Prosecuting attorney William Jennings Bryan got big laughs during the trial for reading excerpts from The Descent of Man and then complaining to the crowd that, according to Darwin, humans were descended "not even from American monkeys, but from Old World monkeys!"

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Monday, February 01

Music Monday: Giving

by Scott Lydon


Happy Music Monday! Each song is a little gift to us, the listener. But how many songs are just about giving? Scott's found five. And then he'll ask you to do your part.

Pebbles - Giving You The Benefit

 

You remember Pebbles? It's okay if you don't. She had a couple of hits in the late '80s and early '90s. But she does illustrate that giving doesn't always have to be physical. You can give your trust just as easily as you can give a present. Even though it's easier to get rid of trust. Obviously.

Four more, comin' right up.

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Saturday, January 30

 

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Thursday, January 28

 

Wednesday, January 27

 

Tuesday, January 26

The Debunker: Who Was Conceived in the Immaculate Conception?

by Ken Jennings

Do you celebrate World Religion Day, held every year on the third Sunday of January? No? What's the matter with you, don't you like world religions? There are several to choose from, it's hard to pretend you don't like any of them. To ring in the new year with some new knowledge, we've asked implausibly long-running Jeopardy! champ Ken Jennings to correct some of the stuff everyone gets wrong about the world's great belief systems. No matter what faith you practice—or even if it's none at all!—Ken will set you straight, chapter and verse.

The Debunker: Who Was Conceived in the Immaculate Conception?

In the Gospel of Luke, the Virgin Mary is told by the angel Gabriel that her child will be "the Son of the Most High" and will reign over Israel forever. Mary is a little taken aback: she's a virgin! It's even in her name! The angel explains further, "The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you, therefore the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God." In other words, Jesus gets conceived without a mortal father. That's the immaculate conception, right?

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Monday, January 25

Music Monday: Glenn Frey

by Scott Lydon


The world of rock is cleaning house. We lost Lemmy, we lost Bowie, and now we've lost an Eagle. Scott's never been the biggest Eagles fan, but he still respects the man's music and skill. Today's a five song tribute to the great Glenn Frey. RIP.

The One You Love

 

I'm starting with this because it's the first Glenn Frey song I really remember. As a kid, I heard "Hotel California" in my uncle's van (that's where I first heard Pink Floyd too) but I never bothered to learn any of the band members names, because hey, I was a kid! So the first time I heard this song I had no idea the singer was connected to the Eagles in any way. This perfectly-passable '70s love song is right up there with any radio friendly hit, and in my head it's where Glenn Frey began. Even if that's not actually correct.

More Frey talk comin' right up.

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Saturday, January 23

 

Friday, January 22