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Midmorning: Polar exploration and human origins

Posted at 7:55 AM on February 12, 2007 by Bill Wareham

At 9 a.m., Ann Bancroft talks with Kerri Miller about her latest planned North Pole expedition. This time, it's not so much about being the first to do something new. She says the trip raises awareness about global warming. Bancroft and her partner Liv Arneson plan plan to start their Arctic expedition March 1.

At 10 a.m., a rebroadcast of Kerri's recent discussion of human origins with Donald Johanson. From Lucy's daughter to neanderthal DNA, new discoveries in the world of paleontology are giving us a better picture of how humans evolved. Johanson is director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University and coauthor of From Lucy to Language, which has recently been updated. He discovered the 3.2 million-year-old Lucy skeleton in Africa in 1974.