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David Suzuki

David Suzuki, shown here in 1980, was the host of the popular science magazine series, DiscoverSince the 1970s, Dr. David Suzuki has been synonymous with popular science in Canada, thanks to his long-running CBC television and radio shows, The Nature of Things, Suzuki on Science, and Quirks and Quarks. Such popularization of science did not always hold him in good stead with his colleagues. According to The Canadian Encyclopedia's Donald. J.C. Phillipson, "Some academic colleagues criticized Suzuki's broadcasting as a waste of his talents, but Suzuki was convinced that public awareness of science would contribute to both better science policies and an enriched culture."

One of his shows, Discover, would be found on CKUA during the 1980s, when the station's programming had more of an educational focus. In 1985, his television special on CBC, A Planet for the Taking, was one of the most-watched shows of any genre on television.

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Speaker of the Week #37
In this episode of Speaker of the Week, broadcast
August 17, 1999: Dr. David Suzuki addresses the
Alternative Energy Conference in Calgary. Despite
Alberta's reliance on oil and gas, Suzuki believes
we can diversify our economy by pursuing these
alternative forms of power.

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During that decade, the trained geneticist - he began his post-secondary education studying the fruit fly at the University of Alberta in Edmonton - Suzuki turned to the written page to exert influence as both a scientist and an environmentalist. In fact, since 1999, he has written or co-written five books: Good News for a Change: Hope for a Troubled Planet (2002), The Sacred Balance: A Visual Celebration of Our Place in Nature (2001), From Naked Ape to Superspecies: A Personal Perspective on Humanity and the Global Ecocrisis (1999), Metamorphosis: Stages in a Life (1999) and The Other Japan: Voices Beyond the Mainstream (1999).

In 2003, Suzuki will publish two books, a science book for children, Salmon Forest, and Genetics: A Beginner's Guide co-written with Anthony Griffiths and Tara Cullis.

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