David Baron writes about science in books, magazines, newspapers and for public radio. He has formerly served as science correspondent for NPR and as chair in astrobiology at the Library of Congress.

Why you should listen

An avid umbraphile, David Baron has crossed the Americas, Europe, Asia and Australia to witness eight total solar eclipses. This passion inspired his 2017 book American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World. His 2003 book, The Beast in the Garden, explores the growing conflict between people and wildlife in suburban America by examining the forces that led to a tragic death -- that of a high school student, killed by a mountain lion near Denver in 1991.
Baron lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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