Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act

25:05 minutes

The Endangered Species Act was passed in 1973, nearly unopposed. Conservation biologist Joe Roman and environmental historian Peter Alagona discuss how effective the Act has been in the last forty years and what steps could be taken for greater success in the future.

Segment Guests

Joe Roman

Joe Roman is a conservation biologist and a Sarah and Daniel Hrdy Fellow in Conservation Biology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Peter Alagona

Peter Alagona is an associate professor of history, geography, and environmental studies, and author of After the Grizzly: Endangered Species and the Politics of Place in California (University of California Press, 2013) at the University of California, Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, California.

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About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim is Science Friday’s associate producer. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.