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Interchange – Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth – Stone Age Institute


Dave Stewart interviews Kathy Schick and Nicholas Toth, co-directors of the Stone Age Institute, a non-profit anthropological organization devoted to the study of technology, adaptation and evolution in human prehistory. Institute researchers study human technological origins and development at field sites in Algeria, Ethiopia, South Africa and New Guinea and in lab work with modern apes and humans using innovative kinematic and brain imaging techniques. Nick and Kathy discuss how they got interested in anthropology; their ongoing experiments in tool production; the correlation between human development and technology; their travels around the world doing research and aspects of that research concluding with a project for Science Education, “From the Big Bang Theory to the Internet”. The wonderful guitar-playng of Nick Toth, on a Vintage Fender Stratocaster, is heard in the breaks and at the end of the show in a ‘world premier’ improvised musical performance with host Dave Stewart on a Fender Acoustic guitar.

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