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Bill Schutt

Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 7:00p.m.

Video premiere: September 30, 7:00 p.m. on

Bill Schutt, “Pump: A Natural History of the Heart”

Where did terms like “blue blood,” “bloodthirsty,” and “cold-blooded” come from? Why is the heart so associated with the ideas of love and emotion in human culture? American Museum of Natural History zoologist Bill Schutt shares the stories behind these widespread ideas. From a Canadian museum where he examines a rare, preserved blue whale heart the size of a golf cart to New England beaches where horseshoe crabs are being harvested for their life-saving blood to labs where he encounters frozen hibernating wood frogs, “Pump” takes readers on a fantastic trip around the world and through decades of bizarre and unique history. 

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