Science

Patrick Radden Keefe: "Chatter" (Random House)

March 9, 2005

An important tool in the fight against terrorism is electronic eavesdropping. But spying raises questions of security, privacy and government secrecy. The story of how the government eavesdrops, who they target, and whether the...

Drug Safety and the FDA

February 22, 2005

Vioxx, antidepressants, and a new FDA drug safety board are all on the agenda as Steve Roberts leads a discussion about the Food and Drug Administration and how well it is protecting consumers.

Temple Grandin: "Animals in Translation" (Scribner)

January 28, 2005

Humans have long wondered what goes on inside the minds of animals.Now the mysteries of autism may provide clues. A scientist explains how her own experience as a person with autism helps her translate "animal talk."

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

December 28, 2004

Author Lisa Jardine talks about Robert Hooke, a man she describes as a "a founding figure in the European scientific revolution," and explains why he never got the same level of recognition as his contemporaries Sir Isaac Newton...

Amy Stewart: "The Earth Moved" (Algonquin) (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2004

The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind, but its impact on the ecosystem is profound. A gardening writer tells us everything we've always wanted to know about worms.

Digital Library

December 17, 2004

Google has announced plans to work with some of the world's leading research libraries to make millions of books from their collections freely available on the Web. A panel discusses what the trend toward online access means for students...

Barbara Goldsmith: "Obsessive Genius" (WW Norton)

December 3, 2004

The best-selling author and historian examines the myth and reality behind the mother of modern science. Barbara Goldsmith offers a new look at Marie Curie's life within and beyond the laboratory, as she battled social and personal demons...

Food and Drug Administration

November 23, 2004

The Vioxx recall is just the latest of several episodes this year that have prompted criticism of the FDA and Senate hearings. A panel talks about the drug approval process, post-marketing safety surveillance, and how the agency's work...

Henry Petroski: "Pushing the Limit" (Knopf)

September 24, 2004

An author and civil engineering professor talks about some of the most daring and interesting construction projects of recent years.

Greenspan & Shanker: "The First Idea" (Da Capo)

September 1, 2004

A pediatric psychiatrist and a philosophy professor come together to present their new hypothesis on one of the most debated questions of human development -- how our ancestors made the leap from simple, genetically programmed behavior to...

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