Most Active Stories
Hosts, Reporters and Producers
Fri December 27, 2013
Easter Island's Secret May Be Adaptation, Not Suicide
The Polynesian society of Easter Island supposedly collapsed in the late 1600s after the population razed the island of every last tree. Recent evidence suggests a different story, one that hints not at environmental suicide but at successful adaptation. NPR's Rachel Martin talks with anthropologist Mara Mulrooney about her research.