Science

Congress and the Fate of a Public Healthcare Option

October 26, 2009

Polls show a majority of Americans support some type of a government-backed health insurance plan. A panel discusses the latest on including a public option and other possible twists and turns as healthcare legislation moves ahead in...

John Freeman: "The Tyranny Of E-mail" (Scribner)

October 19, 2009

A manifesto for slower communication. One of America's pre-eminent literary critics says step away from your screen, put down the Blackberry, and take charge of ever-accelerating forms of communication.

William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" (William Morrow) (Rebroadcast)

October 4, 2009

William Kamkwamba describes dreaming of bringing light to his village in Africa and how he taught himself physics and used spare parts to build a windmill that produced electricity.

William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer: "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" (William Morrow)

October 1, 2009

William Kamkwamba describes dreaming of bringing light to his village in Africa and how he taught himself physics and used spare parts to build a windmill that produced electricity.

[William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer answered some of...

F.D.A. Commission Margaret Hamburg

September 28, 2009

The Food and Drug Administration comes under fire for not having a big enough staff or budget to do an effective job. The F-D-A commissioner on priorities and challenges facing her administration.

Frans de Waal: "The Age of Empathy" (Harmony Books)

September 22, 2009

Greed is out, empathy is in, says an internationally renowned zoologist. His studies of primates are changing the scientific community's understanding of human nature and offer lessons for a kinder society.

[Frans de Waal answered...

Jane Goodall: "Hope for Animals and Their World" (Grand Central)

September 9, 2009

Renowned primatologist Jane Goodall tells stories of animals and plants brought back from the brink of extinction, and why she believes there's hope for saving even more.

EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson

September 3, 2009

As head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Lisa Jackson has said she will put science before politics. The E.P.A. administrator on fuel economy rules, green jobs and the U.N.'s upcoming Copenhagen summit on climate change.

Helen Scales: "Poseidon's Steed" (Gotham Books)

September 2, 2009

A marine biologist describes mankind's fascination with seahorses and explains their unusual appearance.

Nancy Rappaport: "In Her Wake" (Basic Books)

September 1, 2009

A community activist and socialite commits suicide after a bitter divorce in 1963. Her daughter is now a psychiatrist, wife, and mother. The search to understand why her mother took her own life. A story of loss, reconciliation, and...

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