Science

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.

Jonathan Weiner: "His Brother's Keeper" (Ecco)

April 27, 2004

Stephen Heywood was 29 when he learned he was dying of ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease. His older brother Jamie transformed himself from a mechanical into a genetic engineer in a race to cure the incurable. Pulitzer-prize winning author...

Alice Flaherty: "The Midnight Disease" (Houghton Mifflin) (Rebroadcast)

April 14, 2004

Writers often say they are driven to write. Now there's proof of a physiological compulsion. Author and neurologist Alice Flaherty draws on scientific research, her own experience, and the lives of other writers to explore how and why we...

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

March 8, 2004

Author Lisa Jardine talks about Robert Hook, a man she describes as a "a founding figure in the European scientific revolution," and explains why he hasn't gotten credit for his accomplishments like his contemporaries, Sir Isaac...

Science and Politics

March 4, 2004

Sixty distinguished scientists last month criticized the Bush administration for how it uses scientific information in making policy, how it handles the selection of scientists for federal advisory panels, and other scientific issues. The...

Therapeutic Cloning

February 25, 2004

Scientists in South Korea have announced they have successfully cloned human embryos for disease research. We'll discuss this latest advance and the debate in this country over the ethics of therapeutic cloning.

Alice Flaherty: "The Midnight Disease" (Houghton Mifflin)

January 14, 2004

Writers often say they are driven to write. Now there's proof of a physiological compulsion. Author and neurologist Alice Flaherty draws on scientific research, her own experience, and the lives of other writers to explore how and why we...

Mars Exploration

January 9, 2004

New color photos from the surface of Mars confirm the color of the "red planet," but more interesting to scientists is the data being captured by the Spirit rover. Diane and her guests talk about what's being learned about Mars and...

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...

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