Science

Debate Over Prescription Painkiller Regulations

October 29, 2013

The number of deaths in the U.S. from narcotic painkillers has quadrupled since 1999. But the FDA’s new recommendations for tightening restrictions on narcotics is prompting concerns about pain management.

The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing

The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing

October 28, 2013

Personal genetic testing is getting cheaper and easier. But with more knowledge comes new questions, particularly when selecting trait for babies.

The Latest Research And Treatment Options For Parkinson's Disease

October 24, 2013

A new TV show starring Michael J. Fox is about a man living with Parkinson's. Doctors and other experts weigh in on the reality and treatments for this complex neurological disorder.

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

October 15, 2013

The modern history of treating mental illness in America: Why the U.S. fails to meet the needs of so many people suffering from mental illness and what can be done about it.

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

October 10, 2013

New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs.

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

October 8, 2013

Doctor and best-selling author Oliver Sacks' latest book looks at who gets hallucinations and why. The neurologist on his decades-long career exploring the mysteries of the brain.

Richard Dawkins: "An Appetite For Wonder"

Richard Dawkins: "An Appetite For Wonder"

September 24, 2013

The author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion" talks about the evolution of his own thinking.

New Efforts To Curb The Overuse Of Antibiotics In Animals And People

September 18, 2013

Each year, 2 million people contract antibiotic-resistant infections and 23,000 die. A discussion about the threat of a post-antibiotic age and new efforts to curb the overuse of antibiotics in animals and people.

Eric Schlosser: "Command And Control"

Eric Schlosser: "Command And Control"

September 17, 2013

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age: How do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? He joins guest host Steve Roberts in studio to talk about his new book, "Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety."

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

Langdon Cook: "The Mushroom Hunters"

September 10, 2013

How exotic mushrooms make it from the field to our plates. A mushroom forager takes us into the underground world of hunting for porcinis, morels and truffles.

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