Fund Drive Special: Lessons from ancient cities with Annalee Newitz; Plus another take on ancient societies and how alcohol may have made them possible with Edward Slingerland

Çatalhöyük at the time of the first excavations, 2013. Image by Omar Hoftun is licensed under CC 3.0.

On today’s show:

0:08 – Science journalist Annalee Newitz (@Annaleen) takes us on a journey to ancient cities – how and why they formed, with a keen eye towards the future and the lessons that modern societies can take from their downfall. These revelations and more are contained in their new book, Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age. As part of our summer Fund Drive, receive a copy of Four Lost Cities as a thank you gift from KPFA for your donation of $130. 

1:08 – Sinologist and philosopher Edward Slingerland (@slingerland20) joins us to discuss another view on ancient societies – and how mind-altering substances (alcohol mostly) may have made human civilization possible. We are offering Slingerland’s latest book on the subject – Drunk: How We Sipped, Danced, and Stumbled Our Way to Civilization as a thank you gift from KPFA for a donation of $150.

We are offering the full interview with Annalee Newitz, Edward Slingerland, and many others on UpFront’s Deep Dive Collection, a digital compilation of insightful thinkers; a gift to you for a donation of $100.

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