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Science Friday: The Scientific Tale of Author Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter is famous for her Peter Rabbit tales and their accompanying illustrations, which brought the characters of Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-Tail, and, of course, Peter Rabbit, to life. What fans of the famous children's book series may not realize is that Potter was also a scientific illustrator and a collector with a passion for studying the natural world. This segment from the November 24, 2016 episode of Science Friday allows listeners to learn more about the multi-talented British writer, artist, and scientist through an interview with Linda Lear, author of Beatrix Potter: A Life in Nature. In this fascinating interview, Lear describes Potter's biography and how she challenged Victorian gender roles in order to pursue science. Lear also describes Potter's intricate illustrations of plants, animals, fossils and fungi; visitors can also view some of these illustrations via the above link. This segment will appeal to anyone with an interest in the history of science, as well as anyone who fondly remembers Potter's famous stories.
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November 24th, 2016
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September 8th, 2017
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September 5th, 2017 at 10:56am
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September 6th, 2017 at 3:10pm
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