Sculpting Science

15:05 minutes

Who were our first ancestors? What does it mean to be human? These are questions artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts have been working to answer. They describe their collaborations on the Smithsonian’s Hall of Human Origins exhibit and discuss how art and science inform one another.

Segment Guests

John Gurche

John Gurche is a paleo-artist and author of Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins in Ithaca, New York.

Rick Potts

Rick Potts is a paleoanthropologist and director of the Human Origins Program at the National Museum of Natural History and Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

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