Smarty Pants Podcast

The Fox in the Big House


Soviets, poetry, and foxes, oh my!

Courtesy University of Chicago Press

By Stephanie Bastek

April 20, 2017



Lee Alan Dugatkin on the world’s cutest science experiment, which transformed wild foxes into cuddlebugs; Ellen Lagemann’s case for college in prisons; and an underground poetry reading promoting this weekend’s March for Science.

Go beyond the episode:

• The Science Stanzas curated by Jane Hirshfield for the March for Science
• Lee Alan Dugatkin and Lyudmila Trut’s How to Tame a Fox
• Ellen Lagemann’s Liberating Minds and the Bard Prison Initiative
• Read more about Stalin’s geneticist henchman, Trofim Lysenko, in our review of Stalin and the Scientists
• Our first subterranean segment, from our third (!) episode

Tune in every two weeks to catch interviews with the liveliest voices from literature, the arts, sciences, history, and public affairs; reports on cutting-edge works in progress; long-form narratives; and compelling excerpts from new books. Hosted by Stephanie Bastek.

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Stephanie Bastek is the associate editor of the Scholar and the producer/host of the Smarty Pants podcast.

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