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Archaeologist Mike Newland at workSince October of 2007, ASC Staff Archaeologist Michael Newland has been contributing radio commentaries on the intersections between archaeology and everyday life to the Perspectives Series, broadcast weekly from KQED Public Radio in San Francisco.

The focus of Perspectives is on California in general and the Bay Area more specifically. Mike works with Perspectives editor Mark Trautwein and the KQED recording personnel for each piece. Links for Mike’s commentaries are below.

Each audio file is in MP3 format, about 1.1 MB, and play for just over 2 minutes. They are also available from the KQED audio archives. (Descriptions and audio files provided by KQED.)

Thursday, July 23, 2015 – 7:35 AM
The Wilderness that Never Was – Mike Newland considers past landscapes and how they might inform today's land managment policies.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014 – 7:35 AM
Madeline's Triumph – Mike Newland looks closely at one of his mother's paintings and finds the power of art to overcome despair.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014 – 7:35 AM
Shame on Us – A headless photo of two obese women has Mike Newland questioning the shaming power of social media.

Thursday, October 27, 2013 – 7:35 AM
Girl Dolls – Mike Newland notices something about his daughters' dolls – they can't move.

Thursday, July 11, 2013 – 7:35 AM
Life Force – The life force in relict plants, gamely surviving harsh conditions.

Friday, June 7, 2013 – 7:35 AM
Religion and Climate Change – Mike Newland wrestles with how religious views affect attitudes about climate change.

Thursday, May 2, 2013 – 7:35 AM
Bodies in Rebellion – Bearing witness to the perseverance of those with chronic pain.

Monday, April 8, 2013 – 7:35 AM
Climate Shame – Mike Newland studies climate change. He has a young family. He's deeply worried.


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