Evolutionary biologist Olivia Judson and explorer Barry Clifford on this episode of Fresh Air. Olivia Judson, in her new guide to the evolutionary biology of sex, explores the sex lives of animals and insects. Posing as Dr. Tatiana, sex-advice columnist, she answers "letters" posted by such creatures as the fairy wren, the stalk-eyed fly, and the African elephant. Her new book is Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation. JUDSON has also written for The Economist, Nature, and Science.
Writer, explorer, and deep-sea diver Barry Clifford's new book is The Lost Fleet: The Discovery of a Sunken Armada from the Golden Age of Piracy. The lost fleet was a group of French ships that sank in 1678 on the reef of Las Aves Island, 100 miles off the Venezuelan coast. The fleet, as well as a small pirate army, was shipwrecked. The event launched "the golden age of piracy" that plagued mariners for 50 years. Clifford researched the disaster and was part of the team that located the armada. Clifford's previous book is Expedition Whydah. His explorations have been the subject of documentaries by the BBC, the National Geographic Society, and PBS. (Broadcast Date: August 13, 2002)