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...

Treating Depressed Children

August 18, 2004

A new study on using antidepressant drugs to treat adolescents shows that talk therapy combined with the drug works better than the drug alone or a placebo. Steve Roberts and guests talk about the study and other new information about...

Trevor Corson: "The Secret Life of Lobsters" (HarperCollins)

August 12, 2004

A journalist tells everything you ever wanted to know -- and everything you didn't even know you wanted to know -- about lobsters.

Prenatal Testing

June 23, 2004

New non-invasive diagnostic techniques can give expecting mothers more information earlier than ever. A panel talks about the latest advances and what they mean for women, their families, and health care.

Amy Stewart: "The Earth Moved" (Algonquin)

May 17, 2004

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

Diana & Michael Preston: "A Pirate of Exquisite Mind" (Walker)

April 30, 2004

The story of William Dampier, explorer, naturalist, and pirate. Dampier's travels influenced Charles Darwin, pre-dated Captain James Cook and William Bligh, and was the inspiration for Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe.

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