Science

Lisa Jardine: "The Curious Life of Robert Hooke" (HarperCollins)

March 8, 2004

Author Lisa Jardine talks about Robert Hook, a man she describes as a "a founding figure in the European scientific revolution," and explains why he hasn't gotten credit for his accomplishments like his contemporaries, Sir Isaac...

Science and Politics

March 4, 2004

Sixty distinguished scientists last month criticized the Bush administration for how it uses scientific information in making policy, how it handles the selection of scientists for federal advisory panels, and other scientific issues. The...

Therapeutic Cloning

February 25, 2004

Scientists in South Korea have announced they have successfully cloned human embryos for disease research. We'll discuss this latest advance and the debate in this country over the ethics of therapeutic cloning.

Alice Flaherty: "The Midnight Disease" (Houghton Mifflin)

January 14, 2004

Writers often say they are driven to write. Now there's proof of a physiological compulsion. Author and neurologist Alice Flaherty draws on scientific research, her own experience, and the lives of other writers to explore how and why we...

Mars Exploration

January 9, 2004

New color photos from the surface of Mars confirm the color of the "red planet," but more interesting to scientists is the data being captured by the Spirit rover. Diane and her guests talk about what's being learned about Mars and...

Tim Friend: "Animal Talk" (Free Press)

January 8, 2004

USA Today science writer Tim Friend takes us on a journey through the growls, cries, shrieks, rumbles, and roars of the animal kingdom. He draws on the latest research and his own field observations to break the code of communication...

Chandler Burr: "The Emperor of Scent" (Random House) (Rebroadcast)

December 26, 2003

The creation of a single commercially successful fragrance represents tens of millions of dollars in research by an army of chemists, but how we smell things is still a scientific mystery. In a new book, journalist Chandler Burr introduces...

Influenza

December 8, 2003

Experts are predicting an especially bad flu season, and at least 5 children in Colorado have died of the virus. A panel talks about the influenza virus, the vaccine, and how to stay healthy.

Michael West: "The Immortal Cell" (Doubleday)

October 7, 2003

Dr. Michael West runs the only for-profit business in the U.S. pursuing human therapeutic cloning research. In his new book, Dr. West looks back at his life in science and forward to unlocking the mystery of human aging.

Lauren Kessler: "Clever Girl" (Harper Collins)

August 14, 2003

Author Lauren Kessler writes about the life and controversial legacy of Elizabeth Bentley, an upper class American who directed operations of the two largest Soviet spy rings in the U.S., then in 1945 became the FBI's top informant and the...

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