An Interview With Emma Darwin

Way back in Episode 30 I stepped into a time machine and traveled back to 1869 in order to interview Charles Darwin.  This time around I brought someone forward in time… his wife Emma Darwin.  In this ‘interview’ we talk about Charles, their differences when it came to thoughts on religion and God, as well how his theories troubled him.  Emma reads extracts from some of the letters she had sent to Charles (all of which he saved) to shed light on their relationship and time together, both before and after the publication of On the Origin of Species in 1859.

The voice of Emma Darwin is played by the talented Mackenzie Bryant.

Music in the Episode

The music in this episode was provided by Podington Bear at soundofpicture.com, Steven O’Brien at https://soundcloud.com/stevenobrien, and Brett McCoy at https://soundcloud.com/brett-mccoy

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An Interview With Jonathan Tweet

Jonathan Tweet is a game designer and author who had authored a very remarkable book for children.   He wasn’t just trying to make evolution and its concepts easier to understand for kids in elementary school, Jonathan was shooting for an even younger audience, an audience more accustomed to Dr. Seuss and Goodnight Moon. Jonathan was hoping to introduce evolution to preschoolers.

It’s a beautiful story and I wanted kids to have something accessible for them. – Jonathan Tweet

The result is Grandmother Fish.  Many of the animals in Grandmother Fish are no longer with us having died out many millions of years ago. Jonathan wanted to reanimate them and remain true to the animal’s nature and what it looked like.  The faces are friendly there. Even when Grandmother Fish is about to make a meal of a sea scorpion there is no malice present. It’s life. And that’s where the true depth of the book opens up. [spp-tweet tweet=”Evolution is about life. This is the story being told as you turn the page.”]

You can learn more about Jonathan Tweet and Grandmother Fish here.

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Music in the Episode

The music in this episode was provided by Podington Bear at soundofpicture.com.