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Rebecca Boyle on How the Moon ‘Made Us Who We Are’

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Science writer Rebecca Boyle's new book is "Our Moon: How Earth’s Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are." (Photo of Rebecca Boyle by Randall Khan. Cover photo courtesy of Penguin Random House.)

Ever since our moon formed roughly 4.6 billion years ago, it has “conduct(ed) the symphony of life on Earth.” That’s according to lifelong moon enthusiast and science journalist Rebecca Boyle, who says that the moon has influenced modern science, reproduction, migration, religious rituals and even possibly the blood in our veins. Boyle’s new book is “Our Moon: How Earth’s Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are,” and she joins us to talk about how the moon has inspired and guided human history and to share the pleasure of looking up at the night sky.

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Rebecca Boyle, author, "Our Moon: How Earth’s Celestial Companion Transformed the Planet, Guided Evolution, and Made Us Who We Are." Boyle is also a science writer for The Atlantic, the New York Times, New Scientist, Popular Science, Smithsonian Air & Space and many other publications.

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