Science

Shannon Brownlee: "Overtreated" (Bloomsbury)

November 14, 2007

Many Americans assume more medical treatment means better health care. But a medical journalist says too much medicine can make us sicker and poorer. She explains how unnecessary tests and procedures are not only expensive and wasteful...

Peter Heller: "The Whale Warriors" (Free Press)

November 13, 2007

The award-winning adventure writer describes his voyage to the Antarctic with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to stop an illegal Japanese whaling fleet.

Andrea Barrett: "The Air We Breathe" (Norton) (Rebroadcast)

October 17, 2007

The National Book Award winning author presents her new novel set in a tuberculosis sanitarium on the eve of World War One.

Rachel Herz: "The Scent of Desire" (William Morrow)

October 11, 2007

Of all our senses, the sense of smell is most closely tied to mental health and happiness. It was the first of our senses to evolve, yet it often takes a cultural backseat to sight and sound. An expert on smell talks about the...

Devra Davis: "The Secret History of the War on Cancer" (Basic Books)

October 10, 2007

At some point in their lifetime, one in two men and one in three women living today will hear from their doctor that they have cancer. An award winning scientist and author examines the war on cancer and explains why our focus should...

Michael Neufeld: "Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War" (Knopf)

October 4, 2007

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of launch of Sputnik I and the beginning of the cold war space race. An historian describes how the man behind Nazi Germany's V-1 and V-2 rockets eventually led the American program to bring the U.S. up...

Patricia McConnell: "For the Love of a Dog" (Ballantine)

September 19, 2007

The host of "Calling All Pets" talks about the importance of understanding the emotional lives of dogs.

Ira Flatow: "Present at the Future" (Collins)

September 11, 2007

The host of the popular NPR program 'Science Friday' talks about what he's learned during his more than three decades interviewing leading scientists.

Air Traffic and Flight Delays

August 30, 2007

The FAA is moving ahead on a new GPS-based air traffic control system that will replace radar. We'll talk about this new system and on-going concerns over flight delays.

Alan Weisman: "The World Without Us" (St. Martin's Press)

July 30, 2007

A science writer imagines what the earth would be like if humans were to suddenly go extinct.

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