Antidepressants and Drug Effectiveness

February 28, 2008

A new study suggests antidepressants may be no more effective than placebo in all but severe cases of depression. A look at how drug effectiveness is measured and weighed against safety concerns in and beyond the drug approval process.

Nuclear Power

February 27, 2008

With the nation's increasing demand for energy sources, a look at whether nuclear power is making a comeback and how much it will cost to address security and environmental concerns.

Seth Shulman: "The Telephone Gambit" (Norton)

January 17, 2008

Alexander Graham Bell is best remembered as the father of the telephone. But a science journalist found evidence that the credit actually belongs to a lesser known inventor. He presents the surprising story behind one of history’s most...

Global Warming

January 16, 2008

Last year was one of the hottest on record and new studies show polar ice melt accelerating. The latest on global warming and where the policy debate may lead.

Teaching Evolution and Creationism

January 7, 2008

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences emphasizes the importance of teaching evolution in public schools. We'll look at what the Academy says and why creationism does not belong in the science classroom.

Garrett Graff: "The First Campaign" (FSG)

January 3, 2008

The Internet has changed the way we do business and the way we conduct our politics. The first blogger permitted to officially cover a White House press briefing examines how the world wide web will transform political campaigns in the...

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

December 31, 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.

Clay Gordon: "Discover Chocolate" (Gotham Books)

December 11, 2007

A chocolate expert discusses the intricacies of buying, storing, tasting, judging and, most of all, savoring the world's most heavenly chocolates.

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

November 23, 2007

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

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...

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