Maria Mudd Ruth: "Rare Bird" (Rodale) (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 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.

Ray Kurzweil: "The Singularity Is Near" (Viking)

November 23, 2005

An inventor and futurist talks about the day when humans will transcend their biological roots.

Dr. LaSalle Leffall: "No Boundaries" (Howard)

November 18, 2005

Surgeon, oncologist, professor, and medical spokesman Lasalle Leffall believes "When you give people hope... you grant them one of the greatest of all human joys: the joy of anticipation." He joins Diane to talk about his new...

Diane Ackerman: "An Alchemy of Mind" (Scribner)

November 11, 2005

The author, a poet and naturalist, paints a lush landscape of the brain at work.

John Marzluff: "In the Company of Crows and Ravens" (Yale)

October 25, 2005

Our language, art, culture, and religion have all been influenced over the ages by our interactions with crows. Humans also have had a significant impact on the complex culture of crows. Diane and her guest take a look at the unique...

Natural Disasters: Patterns and Predictability

October 12, 2005

The death toll from Saturday's earthquake in Pakistan is thought to exceed 20,000 people. Diane and her guests discuss natural disaster patterns and on going efforts to develop early warning systems.

Charles Mann: "1491" (Knopf)

October 7, 2005

A science writer presents new research on what the Americas were like before the arrival of Christopher Columbus.

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...

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