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Kenneth C. Davis

Biography:

When Kenneth C. Davis wrote Don't Know Much About History 15 years ago, few would have predicted that a little book promising to teach you, everything you need to know but never learned would create such a stir --earning widespread praise, spending 35 consecutive weeks on the New York Times bestseller list, racking up more than 1.3-million in sales and becoming the cornerstone in a multimillion-copy, multi-book and audio tape franchise that adults, children and educators would embrace.

In addition to his many books, Davis is a Contributing Editor to US Weekend magazine where his popular Don't Know Much About quizzes are read each week by millions around the country. He has also contributed to national newspapers, including the Op-ed page and Week in Review section of The New York Times, and has also been a Commentator of National Public Radio's All Things Considered. Davis appears frequently in the national media and has been on Today, Fox & Friends and CNN as well as many other television and radio broadcasts.

Past Shows:

Hardwired Human Nature

Researcher Dr. Michael Gazzaniga discussed how the structure of the brain defines humanity. In describing the direction that brain research is heading, he said, "we're going to have to abandon our little 'cause and effect' model and get into what's called 'complex systems thinking' if we're going to really understand how the brain does its work."He detailed how studies show that certain values are hardwired into peoples' brains, as opposed to being the result of outside forces. Aversion to murder, cheating, and incest are some of the moral judgements that cut across all cultures, according to Gazzaniga. While the question of "nature versus nurture" has been debated for decades, he said that advanced research techniques allow us to "actually see the brain mechanisms involved and you can understand the underlying physiological nature" of the mind. Gazzaniga also noted that humans are unique in that, by nature, they are socially aware creatures. As such, he said, "a whole n ... More »

Host: Ian Punnett

Myths & Superstitions

America's favorite teacher, Kenneth C. Davis, elaborated on the origins of myths and superstitions, many of which arise from ancient ideations. For instance, throwing a coin into a fountain, relates back to when people made offerings to water, which was viewed as a sign of life. ... More »

Host: George Noory

Deep Impact Special

A variety of guests shared their insights on the momentous Deep Impact mission and the results of the probe's collision with Comet Tempel 1 which occurred the night before. ... More »

Host: George Noory

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