Program 534a: Crete; Alaska's Tip of the Iceberg; Darwin Comes to Town

Release Date: 02-20-2021


A Dutch biologist explains how urban evolution is happening faster than we used to think all over the world. Plus, travel writer Mark Adams describes his 3,000-mile voyage along the coasts of Alaska to follow what the Harriman Expedition saw in 1899. And we'll hear how the Greek island of Crete offers a natural experience unlike any other.


  • Anastasia Gaitanou, Greek tour guide  
  • David Willett, tour guide expert on ancient Greece
  • Mark Adams, author of "Tip of the Iceberg" (Dutton)
  • Biologist Menno Schilthuizen, author of "Darwin Comes to Town" (Picador)

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More with Menno Schilthuizen - Menno Schilthuizen, an evolutionary biology professor from Leiden University in the Netherlands, and author of "Darwin Comes to Town," tells Rick what he looks and listens for when visiting a city. He also observes how species and plants from all over the world have adapted to the densely urbanized environment in the Netherlands, and discusses the impacts of invasive species. (runs 6:29)