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.
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