6.21.15: Looking for the Soul of an Octopus, Curing Stage Fright, & Fathers and Baseball

Jun 19, 2015

With a beak like a parrot, venom strong enough to dissolve flesh, and eight writhing tentacles, the octopus is among the most mystifying and alien of creatures.

On today’s show, a naturalist reaches across half a billion years of evolution to find the soul of an octopus. Then, from playing catch in the backyard to taking junior to his first ball game, baseball is a bonding tradition--and cliché--for many American men. We’ll look at the father-son relationship through the lens of baseball. 

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Finding the Soul of an Octopus

In a new book, the naturalist and author Sy Montgomery explores whether she can reach across the divide that split the octopus and humans lineage more than half a billion years ago to discover whether octopuses have feelings, consciousness, or maybe even a soul. The Soul of an Octopus: A Surprising Exploration into the Wonder of Consciousness

Learn more about the octopus at this link: 5 Things You Might Not Know About Octopuses

A Personal Quest to Cure Stage Fright

Sara Solovitch joins us to talk about her new book, Playing Scared: A History and Memoir of Stage Fright.

Fathers, Sons, & Baseball

Kevin Cook is former Senior Editor at Sports Illustrated and author of The Dad Report: Fathers, Sons and Baseball Families.

Related | From the Archives: A Century of Babe Ruth

Danny Boy

Our celebration of Father’s Day continues with radio producer Maeve Conran, whose father Desmond lives at an Alzheimer nursing home in Dublin. Her story shows that while some memories fade, intimacy between a father and daughter lasts forever.

You can listen to this story again at PRX.org.