Science

Language, Music and the Brain

January 25, 2012

Learning new skills in adulthood may seem like a daunting task. Over time there is a gradual decline of the brain’s ability to absorb new information. But experts say, with the right tools and a few tricks, we can continue to grasp...

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries"  (Rebroadcast)

Miguel Nicolelis: "Beyond Boundaries" (Rebroadcast)

December 30, 2011

Diane and her guest discuss the new neuroscience of connecting brains with machines--and how it will change our lives. Award-winning neuroscientist Miguel Nicolelis' work with primates has uncovered a new and controversial method for capturing brain function. It is paving the way for a cure for Parkinson's disease, new ways of treating paralysis, and using brain waves to control everything from transportation to manufacturing.

Declining U.S. Bat Population (Rebroadcast)

Declining U.S. Bat Population (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2011

More than 1 million bats have died from white-nose syndrome in the past four years. What’s causing the disease and how a declining bat population affects the environment and the U.S. economy.

Kennedy Warne: "Let Them Eat Shrimp:  The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea"

Kennedy Warne: "Let Them Eat Shrimp: The Tragic Disappearance of the Rainforests of the Sea"

November 29, 2011

How shrimp farming, coastal development and natural disasters are threatening mangrove forests - one of the most important but least understood ecosystems on earth.

Michael Gazzaniga: "Who's in Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain"

November 28, 2011

A neuroscientist on what recent brain research can teach us about our choices in life and to what extent we can be held accountable: Free will and the science of the brain

Shyness and Social Anxiety (Rebroadcast)

Shyness and Social Anxiety (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2011

A look at the evolutionary basis of shyness and social anxiety. Possible advantages to being shy, and why treatment sometimes becomes necessary.

New Developments in Aging Research

November 22, 2011

New research suggests removing old cells can prevent age related diseases: Understanding the biology of aging and what genetically-based treatments might mean for human health.

Jean Baker: "Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion"

November 15, 2011

Margaret Sanger spent her life fighting to give women access to birth control. A new biography of the family planning pioneer and why she remains controversial today.

Declining U.S. Bat Population

November 7, 2011

More than 1 million bats have died from white-nose syndrome in the past four years. What’s causing the disease and how a declining bat population affects the environment and the U.S. economy.

Paul Starr: "Remedy and Reaction"

October 20, 2011

Premiums for family health coverage increased by 87 percent from 2000 to 2006, while household incomes decreased by three percent. Paul Starr, author of “Remedy and Reaction: the Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform” joins us to explain why we can’t afford not to reform our health care system.

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