Science

New Auto Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards

January 27, 2009

President Obama reconsiders tighter auto emission and fuel standards rejected by the Bush administration. What these standards could mean for air quality, fuel efficiency and the troubled U.S. auto industry.

Naomi Baron: "Always On" (Oxford) (Rebroadcast)

January 20, 2009

A look at how mobile and on-line communication - from youtube and myspace to cell phones and text-messaging - is changing our language.

Doris Teichler Zallen: "To Test or Not to Test" (Rutgers)

January 8, 2009

A discussion of the medical, ethical, and psychological concerns raised by genetic testing.

Patricia McConnell: "Tales of Two Species" (Dogwise)

December 17, 2008

The nationally recognized animal behaviorist presents the latest thinking about the behavior of people and dogs and the relationship between her two favorite species.

New Approaches to Treating Cancer

November 4, 2008

New genetic findings now offer the possibility of a personalized approach to diagnosing and treating the disease. Diane and Dr. Bernadine Healy discuss the latest developments in the war on cancer.

Nancy Nichols "Lake Effect" (Island Press)

September 30, 2008

A journalist explores the link between the pollution in her Great Lakes town and the rare forms of cancer in her family.

Tom Nesi: "Poison Pills" (Thomas Dunne Books)

September 25, 2008

An examination of the Vioxx drug scandal, whether it could happen again, and how consumers can protect themselves.

Energy Debate in Congress

September 17, 2008

Election year politics fuel new energy tactics in the Congress. Tuesday House Democrats passed a bill to ease the ban on off-shore drilling and increase alternative energy use, while Republicans called the measure a political trick.

Thomas Hager: "The Alchemy of Air" (Harmony)

September 16, 2008

The little known story of two scientists who helped create the key ingredient used in modern-day fertilizer – synthetic nitrogen. A look at how their invention saved millions from dying of starvation but also came with dark and tragic...

John Cacioppo: "Loneliness" (Norton)

August 26, 2008

A new study on the effects of loneliness on our minds and bodies as we age.

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