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Exchange Exemplar: Making No Bones About... Well, Bones

A display of a series of skeletons showing the evolution of humans at the Peabody Museum, New Haven, Conn., circa 1935.
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A display of a series of skeletons showing the evolution of humans at the Peabody Museum, New Haven, Conn., circa 1935.

It's at the center of many a mystery movie: the discovery of old human remains. Mildly gruesome, but still fascinating.

That might have something to do with how seldom we see the many bones of the human body. There's a lot going on inside us that is best left in there.

But Riley Black, writing as Brian Switek, brings our bones into the light of day in the book Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone. It's a bit of history, a bit of culture (think Halloween), and a lot of fun. We replay our 2019 interview here.

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The Jefferson Exchange is Jefferson Public Radio's daily talk show focused on news and interests across our region of Southern Oregon and Northern California. John Baxter is the senior producer, Angela Decker is the producer and Geoffrey Riley hosts the show.