TRBQ, the latest series from the award-winning producers of The DNA Files, considers some of the great questions of humanity. What is the nature of consciousness? How do we face death? How do emotions shape our worldview? What is the significance of religious experience? These questions have inspired great works of art, literature, and philosophy and are recurrent themes in human history.
They have also inspired scientific inquiry. Provocative new work in the sciences such as evolutionary biology, neuroscience, and psychology – gives us a chance to have a broader discussion about human nature and human understanding, but science does not have all the answers; sometimes it just shows us how much we still don’t know.
Hosted by NPR’s Lynn Neary, in four one-hour programs, The Really Big Questions considers the intersection of empirical science and the humanities and what that conversation can or cannot tell us about who we are and what we value.
The first program airs Wednesday, February 12th at 7 p.m on KTOO-NEWS.
- Gov. Bill Walker put a hold on an administrative order he issued in February, saying he needed more stakeholder feedback.
- Hundreds of people gathered Thursday at Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to celebrate the opening of a newly completed Huna Tribal House and the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary. But not everyone could make it. Tribal members and elected officials were stuck at the Juneau International Airport.
- "We’re all expecting to see this fiscal contraction and a reduction in economic indicators. But the reality is that what’s going on at the state level hasn’t hit the communities yet. It hasn’t hit Juneau yet," local analyst Meilani Schijvens says.
- Scattered throughout Alaska are hundreds of pieces of land that have been transferred to Alaska Native Corporations by the federal government.Some came with contamination. Getting them cleaned up has been a decades long process, and a new report catalogs those contaminated sites, but leaves some questions about who will orchestrate cleanup – and when.