Science

Michael Gazzaniga: "Who's in Charge: Free Will and the Science of the Brain"

November 28, 2011

A neuroscientist on what recent brain research can teach us about our choices in life and to what extent we can be held accountable: Free will and the science of the brain

Shyness and Social Anxiety (Rebroadcast)

Shyness and Social Anxiety (Rebroadcast)

November 25, 2011

A look at the evolutionary basis of shyness and social anxiety. Possible advantages to being shy, and why treatment sometimes becomes necessary.

New Developments in Aging Research

November 22, 2011

New research suggests removing old cells can prevent age related diseases: Understanding the biology of aging and what genetically-based treatments might mean for human health.

Jean Baker: "Margaret Sanger: A Life of Passion"

November 15, 2011

Margaret Sanger spent her life fighting to give women access to birth control. A new biography of the family planning pioneer and why she remains controversial today.

Declining U.S. Bat Population

November 7, 2011

More than 1 million bats have died from white-nose syndrome in the past four years. What’s causing the disease and how a declining bat population affects the environment and the U.S. economy.

Paul Starr: "Remedy and Reaction"

October 20, 2011

Premiums for family health coverage increased by 87 percent from 2000 to 2006, while household incomes decreased by three percent. Paul Starr, author of “Remedy and Reaction: the Peculiar American Struggle Over Health Care Reform” joins us to explain why we can’t afford not to reform our health care system.

"Healing at the Speed of Sound"

October 13, 2011

Too much of the wrong types of sounds can be as bad for us as junk food, according to our guest today. But getting the right sound mix can improve our health, productivity and mental agility. Don Campbell, author of “Healing at the Speed of Sound” explains why a healthy sound diet is so critical to our well-being.

Treating or Ignoring Prostate Cancer

October 11, 2011

A new report coming out on Tuesday says a routine prostate cancer test could do more harm than good. It recommends that healthy men should not get the prostate-specific antigen, or P.S.A., exam. Some physicians argue that the test can...

Diana Reiss: "Dolphin in the Mirror"

September 15, 2011

For centuries, humans and dolphins have enjoyed a special relationship. One of the world's leading dolphin experts reveals the secrets behind their sophisticated playfulness, emotional intelligence, and ability to communicate in ways we never imagined. She talks with Diane about how the animals are mistreated and what can be done to stop it.

Renewed Debate over the HPV vaccine

September 15, 2011

Medical groups strongly recommend the HPV vaccine for preadolescent girls, but the issue has surfaced as a political flash point. Diane and her guests discuss benefits and risks of the vaccine.

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