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NPR Has A New Theme Song; A Beloved Writer Dies; Humans Are Killing Thousands Of Species

May 6, 2019

NPR has a new theme song. The new theme is much like the old theme with new embellishments created by a "sonic studio" instead of one artist and a "creative director" instead of a composer or arranger. After 40 years, is it time to update or do you miss the old song?

Also this hour: Rachel Held Evans was a 37-year-old Christian evangelical writer with an ability to both challenge orthodoxy within the religion and bridge the political divide between conservative and progressive followers. She died this past week from complications of an infection. We pay her tribute. 

Lastly, today's UN report on biodiversity makes a direct link between human behavior and the faster than expected extinction of thousands of animal and plant species. Today's report coincides with a new Yale-led study showing that thousands of species of amphibians will go extinct faster than expected if we don't take action now. 

GUESTS: 

  • Adam Ragusea - Journalist in Residence and Visiting Assistant Professor of Journalism at Mercer University’s Center for Collaborative Journalism 
  • Ruth Graham - Staff writer for Slate; covers primarily religion 
  • Walter Jetz - Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Yale

Colin McEnroe, Scott Brede, Chion Wolf contributed to this show.