Mother Nature is Trying to Kill You #271

June 27, 2014

This week, we're learning how deadly and delightful our planet and its ecosystem can be. We're joined by biologist Dan Riskin, co-host of Discovery Canada's Daily Planet, to talk about his book "Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You: a Lively Tour Through the Dark Side of the Natural World." And we'll talk to astronomer and author Phil Plait about Science Getaways, his company that offers educational vacation experiences for science lovers.


  • Dan Riskin
  • Phil Plait

Guest Bios

Dan Riskin

Dan Riskin is an evolutionary biologist and passionate ambassador of science to popular audiences. Since 2011, Riskin has cohosted the world’s only hour-long daily science show, Daily Planet, on Discovery Canada. He is also the host of Animal Planet’s wildly successful show Monsters Inside Me, about parasites. He lives in Toronto.

Phil Plait

Phil Plait is an astronomer, author, public lecturer, and science evangelist. After working for ten years on Hubble Space Telescope Data, he decided that talking to the public about astronomy was a lot more fun, and has been happily doing so on ever since on TV, radio, and on his Bad Astronomy Blog for He's written three books; "Bad Astronomy", "Death from the Skies!", and "2^7 Nerd Disses, A Significant Quantity of Disrespect", and hosted his own Discovery Channel TV show, "Phil Plait's Bad Universe".

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