Zombies in our Midst | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Metro Connection

Zombies in our Midst

Play associated audio
The Profilicollis altmani, or thorny-headed worm, is a prime example of a mind-altering parasite. It changes the behavior of mole crabs, which then get eaten by sea gulls, the worm's final host.
Wikipedia Commons
The Profilicollis altmani, or thorny-headed worm, is a prime example of a mind-altering parasite. It changes the behavior of mole crabs, which then get eaten by sea gulls, the worm's final host.

Mind-controlling wasps? Zombie critters controlled by worms? It's not just science fiction; our region recently saw a mysterious example of zombie-like behavior among insects. Environment Reporter Sabri Ben-Achour puts on his Sherlock hat to explore the enigma of how tiny parasites can take over much larger animals... including us.

[Music: "Zombie" by Fela Kuti & Afrika 70 from Zombie]

NPR

WWI Diaries Of Poet Siegfried Sassoon Go Public For First Time

Nearly a dozen notebooks and journals by the author, who fought in the British Army during the war, are being released to coincide with the centenary of the start of the conflict.
NPR

Cheap Eats: Cookbook Shows How To Eat Well On A Food Stamp Budget

A Canadian scholar was unimpressed with the cookbooks available for people on food stamps in the U.S. So she decided to come up with her own set of tips and recipes for eating well on $4 a day.
WAMU 88.5

McDonnell Corruption Trial: Defense Zeroes In On Star Witness' Credibility

Defense attorney William Burck is focusing on inconsistencies in what Jonnie Williams told investigators as well as his stock dealings.
NPR

Simmering Online Debate Shows Emoji Is In The Eye Of The Beholder

A report from a local Philadelphia TV station is re-igniting a debate and getting people all up in arms. (Or should we say, up in hands?)

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.