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March 18: Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital

As part of the 2014 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, Cultural Programs of the National Academy of Sciences will be screening the world premiere of the scientific adventure story in Your Inner Fish, based on the best-selling book of the same name by evolutionary biologist Dr. Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago. The screening will be held Tuesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Ave., N.W. The event is free and open to the public, but photo ID and registration are required.

YOUR INNER FISH (USA, 2013, 60 min.) World Premiere. Your middle ear comes from the jawbone of a prehistoric fish. Your skin and hair can be traced to a shrew-like mammal that lived around 195 million years ago. As for your bad back--well, you can thank your primate ancestors for that. It took more than 350 million years for the human body to take its present shape. How did it become the complicated, quirky and amazing machine it is today? Follow this scientific adventure story in Your Inner Fish, based on the best-selling book of the same name by evolutionary biologist Dr. Neil Shubin of the University of Chicago. The film, part of a three-hour series set to air on Wednesdays in April at 10 p.m. ET on PBS, takes us back in time to uncover the amazing history of the human body. Produced by Tangled Bank Studios and Windfall Films for PBS.
 
Welcome by J.D. Talasek, Director, Cultural Programs, National Academy of Sciences (CPNAS). Remarks by Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive, PBS. Introduced by Michael Rosenfeld, Head of Tangled Bank Studios and Executive Producer, Your Inner Fish. Discussion with Dr. Neil Shubin, moderated by Miles O'Brien, Science Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, follows the screening.
 
Every March, the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital presents a diverse selection of quality environmental films at a wide variety of venues throughout the region. Cultural Programs participates for the fourth time this year.