Science

Stacy Schiff: "A Great Improvisation" (Henry Holt)

August 25, 2005

In December 1776, when Benjamin Franklin was 70 years old, he went to Paris to try to secure French support for the fledgling United States. An award-winning biographer talks about Franklin's years in Paris.

Federal Funding for Stem Cell Research

August 1, 2005

Republican Senate leader Bill Frist broke with President Bush Friday on the stem cell debate, saying he would support expanded federal funding for stem cell research. Diane and her guests talk about the latest developments in the ethical...

The Study of Happiness

July 22, 2005

Does happiness come from falling in love, a fulfilling career, a new pair of shoes? Or is it all about brain chemistry or genetics? We'll learn about what scientists, psychologists, philosophers and other experts believe about the nature...

Maria Mudd Ruth: "Rare Bird" (Rodale)

July 18, 2005

A small, mysterious bird has been flying along the Pacific coast since well before Captain Cook mapped those shores. A nature writer reveals why it took 185 years to find its secret nesting place and how it's now endangered.

David Plotz: "The Genius Factory" (Random House)

July 14, 2005

In 1980 an eccentric millionaire established a sperm bank whose donors were made up of scientists, inventors and thinkers. It went out of business in 1999. A journalist shares what he learned about the sperm bank's founder, why the bank...

Joel Garreau: "Radical Evolution" (Doubleday)

June 7, 2005

A journalist explores the frontiers of genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology, asking whether these advances will change our understanding of what it means to be human.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

May 26, 2005

The House of Representatives defied President Bush's threatened veto and passed legislation that would loosen restrictions on federally funded stem cell research. Diane and her guests talk about the implications for U.S. researchers and...

Drs. Torrey & Yolken: "Beasts of the Earth" (Rutgers U. Press)

April 13, 2005

Throughout human history diseases have spread from animals to people. Two scientists explain why, as the planet gets more crowded, we can expect more animal-transmitted diseases.

Patrick Radden Keefe: "Chatter" (Random House)

March 9, 2005

An important tool in the fight against terrorism is electronic eavesdropping. But spying raises questions of security, privacy and government secrecy. The story of how the government eavesdrops, who they target, and whether the...

Drug Safety and the FDA

February 22, 2005

Vioxx, antidepressants, and a new FDA drug safety board are all on the agenda as Steve Roberts leads a discussion about the Food and Drug Administration and how well it is protecting consumers.

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