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The Michael Medved Show Weekly Science & Culture Update: Featuring John West on the Legacy of the Scopes “Monkey” Trial

John G. West
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On this episode of ID the Future, Dr. John West discusses the Scopes “Monkey” Trial and how its legacy lives on in our culture today, almost ninety years later. The famous — and often misunderstood — 1925 trial of John T. Scopes, who was prosecuted for teaching human evolution, is commonly brought up in current debates as a way to defame scientific arguments against Darwinism. But today, as we’ve seen in recent threats to academic freedom, it’s Darwin’s defenders who seek legal means to silence doubters in the classroom. Listen in!

John G. West

Senior Fellow, Managing Director, and Vice President of Discovery Institute
Dr. John G. West is Vice President of the Seattle-based Discovery Institute and Managing Director of the Institute’s Center for Science and Culture. Formerly the Chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University, West is an award-winning author and documentary filmmaker who has written or edited 12 books, including Darwin Day in America: How Our Politics and Culture Have Been Dehumanized in the Name of Science, The Magician’s Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society, and Walt Disney and Live Action: The Disney Studio’s Live-Action Features of the 1950s and 60s. His documentary films include Fire-Maker, Revolutionary, The War on Humans, and (most recently) Human Zoos. West holds a PhD in Government from Claremont Graduate University, and he has been interviewed by media outlets such as CNN, Fox News, Reuters, Time magazine, The New York Times, USA Today, and The Washington Post.
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