Matthew LaPlante

Matthew LaPlante has reported on ritual infanticide in Northern Africa, insurgent warfare in the Middle East, the legacy of genocide in Southeast Asia, and gang violence in Central America. But a few years back, something donned on him: Maybe the news doesn't have to be brutally depressing all the time. Today, he balances his continuing work on more heartbreaking subjects by writing books about the intersection of science, human health and society, including Inheritance with geneticist Sharon Moalem and the Nautilus Award-winning Longevity Plan with cardiologist John Day. His forthcoming book, Superlative, will look at what scientists are learning by studying organisms that have evolved in record-setting ways. 

LaPlante is host of the science show Undisciplined, heard on Utah Public Radio every Friday at 2:00 p.m.

Friday on the show we're talking about frogs and birds, social media and violence — and why easy answers are never easy. Joining us are Karen Beard, whose most recent study showed a fascinating association between non-native species in Hawaii, and Veronica Pozo, whose recent work shows a frightening connection between social media and police violence. 

Matthew LaPlante, host of Undisciplined, the new science show produced at Utah Public Radio, says “the scientific world is supposed to be a place where ideas come together. Instead, it’s often a place full of really brilliant people who don’t talk to each other.” 

Undisciplined is designed to break down those barriers.