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My very happy marriage


A very different part of America
John Bonner Scientist
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In the village, you would walk through and it was very decrepit. You would see small infants, with diapers, that's true, but they were dirty, they were filled. And there was a sign in front of one of the stores, which said, 'Be respectful to the women', which didn't sound to me like paradise, and it wasn't. And I went to a Saturday dance and I didn't dance the way she did, and so she just turned around and walked off in the middle of the dance floor! It was definitely a revelation to me, to understand a different part of America. It was very different.

John Tyler Bonner (born in 1920) is an emeritus professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University. He is a pioneer in the use of cellular slime molds to understand evolution and development and is one of the world's leading experts on cellular slime molds. He says that his prime interests are in evolution and development and that he uses the cellular slime molds as a tool to seek an understanding of those twin disciplines. He has written several books on developmental biology and evolution, many scientific papers, and has produced a number of works in biology. He has led the way in making Dictyostelium discoideum a model organism central to examining some of the major questions in experimental biology.

Listeners: Christopher Sykes

Christopher Sykes is an independent documentary producer who has made a number of films about science and scientists for BBC TV, Channel Four, and PBS.

Tags: village, dirt, dance

Duration: 1 minute, 4 seconds

Date story recorded: February 2016

Date story went live: 14 September 2016