Science

Joel Garreau: "Radical Evolution" (Doubleday)

June 7, 2005

A journalist explores the frontiers of genetic engineering, robotics, and nanotechnology, asking whether these advances will change our understanding of what it means to be human.

Embryonic Stem Cell Research

May 26, 2005

The House of Representatives defied President Bush's threatened veto and passed legislation that would loosen restrictions on federally funded stem cell research. Diane and her guests talk about the implications for U.S. researchers and...

Drs. Torrey & Yolken: "Beasts of the Earth" (Rutgers U. Press)

April 13, 2005

Throughout human history diseases have spread from animals to people. Two scientists explain why, as the planet gets more crowded, we can expect more animal-transmitted diseases.

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...

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