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 says he wouldn't go through the hassle of calling another special session this year if he didn't expect Alaska legislators to pass the bills on his agenda. But Walker faces an uphill battle in selling skeptical senators on his new tax bill.
- The bow of an abandoned boat could be seen this weekend drifting up and down the Gastineau Channel between Lemon Creek and the Douglas Bridge. A broadcast warning to mariners was issued Saturday, but no further action was being taken as of Sunday afternoon.
- With a surge in vehicle thefts in Anchorage, some residents are taking matters into their own hands. One group mobilizing through Facebook is reuniting stolen vehicles with their owners. Members of the A Team, as they call themselves, say they are filling a void left by overworked police.
- The Haines area used to be a Tlingit stronghold, ruled by an alliance between the prosperous Chilkat and Chilkoot people. A new Haines Sheldon Museum exhibit explores how the Native territory gradually gave way to white settlement in the late 1800s. The exhibit will anchor the museum’s upstairs space for at least two years.