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New Findings Suggest Kennewick Man 'Not From Here'

Steve Scher
10/12/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

New Findings Throw Early Ancestor's Origins Into Question: For more than 15 years the human remains known as Kennewick Man have been a source of contention. Found on the banks of the Columbia River where he had been resting for 9,000 years, his discovery set off a battle between tribes who wanted him buried and scientists who wanted him studied. Scientists won, in federal court. Now a forensic anthropologist has released new information that refines our understanding of who Kennewick Man was. Burke Museum curator Peter Lape joins us with a look at the findings.

A Conversation With 'Game of Thrones' Author George R.R. Martin: With HBO's "Game of Thrones," George R.R. Martin's world of Westeros is seducing TV viewers much as it captured readers. Martin began writing science fiction stories in the 1970s, and early on his stories were nominated for awards. Raised in a housing project in New Jersey, he used to write monster tales for the neighborhood kids. He studied journalism at Northwestern. In 1996, he published the first novel, "A Game of Thrones," from his growing series, A Song of Ice and Fire. The fourth, "A Dance with Dragons," was an international best seller. We revisit our conversation with George R.R. Martin from earlier this year.

Weekend Weather Forecast: Nick Bond joins us with a look at the weekend weather.


Peter Lape is curator of archaeology at the Burke Museum.

George R.R. Martin is an American writer of fantasy, science fiction and horror. He has published five novels from the projected seven novels in the series A Song of Ice and Fire. Time Magazine selected him as 2011 Time 100, a list of the "most influential people in the world."

Nick Bond is the Washington state climatologist. He works at the Joint Institute for the Study of Atmosphere and Ocean.

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