Science

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...

Katharine Greider: "The Big Fix" (Public Affairs)

July 21, 2003

Television commercials touting prescription drugs are now as prevalent as car ads. In her new book, reporter Katharine Greider explains how the pharmaceutical industry works and why drugs cost so much.

Robin Cook: "Seizure" (Putnam)

July 17, 2003

Physician Robin Cook author of "Coma", "Outbreak", and "Shock", talks about his new book, a cautionary tale about therapeutic cloning.

Olympia Dukakis: "Ask Me Again Tomorrow" (Harper Collins)

July 8, 2003

Olympia Dukakis became a household name for her Oscar-winning turn in the movie "Moonstruck." The first-generation Greek-American actress and first cousin of presidential candidate Michael Dukakis talks about her career spanmning...

Martha Ackmann: "The Mercury 13" (Random House)

July 7, 2003

Martha Ackmann talks about the women who tested with NASA in the early 1960s to enter the space program, and the real reasons they never made it into space.

Sir Martin Rees: "Our Final Hour" (Basic Books)

May 27, 2003

British astrophysicist Sir Martin Rees talks with Diane about his latest book, which details his belief that the greatest threat we face today might be our own scientific and technological progress. It's subtitled "A Scientist's...

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