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NHMLA Talks | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

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Expand your world with talks about science, history, and culture held across the Natural History Family of Museums: the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, and the William S. Hart Park and Museum.

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Expand your world with talks about science, history, and culture held across the Natural History Family of Museums: the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, the La Brea Tar Pits Museum, and the William S. Hart Park and Museum.

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Great interesting discussions

By allurose - Jul 15 2017
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By JennWold - Jul 23 2015
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This is a very engaging podcast. It is intelligent but not too precious about itself.

iTunes Ratings

8 Ratings
Average Ratings
6
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1
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0

Great interesting discussions

By allurose - Jul 15 2017
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Love it

Listen to it

By JennWold - Jul 23 2015
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This is a very engaging podcast. It is intelligent but not too precious about itself.
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NHMLA Talks | Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Latest release on Mar 17, 2020

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Rank #2: Shake it Off

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About 15 million years ago, Los Angeles was at the bottom of the ocean. Climate change means land that’s been high and dry for millennia is getting inundated by water again. What do terms like “500-year flood” mean when we have one every ten years? And what can engineering do to make Southern California’s new floodplains survivable?

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Rank #3: H2-Uh-Oh

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About 15 million years ago, Los Angeles was at the bottom of the ocean. Climate change means land that’s been high and dry for millennia is getting inundated by water again. What do terms like “500-year flood” mean when we have one every ten years? And what can engineering do to make Southern California’s new floodplains survivable?

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Rank #4: RAINFORESTS – THEY'RE NOT JUST ABOUT THE TREES

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Rank #5: Your Money or Your Life? Climate Change’s tradeoffs in $ and €

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Rank #6: Higher and Drier

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The amount of water on Earth hasn’t changed appreciably since Caesar and Cleopatra took a little cruise on the Nile. But the hydrologic cycle has changed where that water goes – and we are heading up a very dry creek. California has always teetered on the edge of drought, but hereafter, how we eat, drink, and even survive depends more than ever on the ingenuity of science and human willingness to suck it up by not sucking down so much water.

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Rank #7: Bright Green, Big City: Urban Livability Amid Climate Crisis

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Rank #8: The Flames in Our Future

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In the past, fires often renewed and even enriched California, like a mythical phoenix. But California feels only menaced and exhausted by them now. How have humans changed fire patterns? How will fire change our everyday lives, and what does standing up to fire’s “new abnormal” mean? Can science tell us where and how we fight, and when we just get out of fire’s way?

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Rank #9: Life on the Move: Science and Implications of Migration

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All plants and animals, including humans, move during their lifetimes, but some take truly harrowing or magnificent journeys to new lands and habitats. This fall the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum will join UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability to produce a three-night conversation between the people of Los Angeles and the leading experts on migration. For many species, migration is a question of when, not if. Sometimes it is the result of fresh opportunities in unfamiliar terrain. Other times it is driven by external forces, natural and unnatural. Tonight’s conversation will get to the root causes of migration – From floods and fires to developing societies.

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Rank #10: Book Launch - This Is (Not) L.A.

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Rank #11: Four Wheels, Two Wheels, No Wheels

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Jun 02 2018

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Rank #12: Tall or Sprawl? Remaking L.A. — of, by, and for the People

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Rank #13: The Feather Thief

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Apr 25 2018

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Rank #14: Women’s Ink: A Discussion by and about Women Tattooists

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Two celebrated artists and a historian discuss the challenges women have faced in breaking into a traditionally male profession, and the ways women’s ink has revolutionized tattoo art.

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #15: From Basket Sealant to Black Gold

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Apr 07 2018

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Rank #16: Returning to Grandmother’s Beauty: Indigenous Women’s Journey of Tattoo

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The Clime in California has been enriched by the emboldened indigenous women and their journey returning to facial tattoos of their grandmothers. These women face American society in stride with their faces and bodies enhanced with traditional tattoos rooted in the dreamtime traditions of their ancestors. They expose their struggles and challenges faced in achieving their walk in contemporary society as full native women.

Mar 30 2018

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Rank #17: Play It Again, L.A.

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Mar 03 2018

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Rank #18: A Conversation With Dr. Beverly

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Rank #19: Ancient Ink: The Cultural Heritage of Indigenous Tattooing

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Jan 08 2018

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Rank #20: Imagined Futures For a Hotter Planet

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Nov 17 2017

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