Max Mehlman: "The Price of Perfection" (Johns Hopkins)

August 19, 2009

From the herbal engergy drinks of ancient Olympians to today's performance enhancing drugs, humans have searched for ways to make their bodies better. A professor of bioethics talks about the pitfalls and benefits to individuals and...

An Update on the U.S. Auto Industry

August 13, 2009

Announcement of General Motor's 230-MPG Volt has sparked hope for the U-S auto industry. Analysts weigh in on the future of the Big Three and an update on the Cash for Clunkers program.

Daniel Asa Rose: "Larry's Kidney" (William Morrow)

July 23, 2009

More than 85,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a kidney. The true story of one man who traveled to China for a transplant and an update on an eight-way, multiple transplant in the U.S.

Michael H. Stone: "The Anatomy of Evil" (Prometheus Books)

July 22, 2009

Inspired by Dante's Inferno, a psychiatrist developed a twenty-two-point scale for measuring evil – from justifiable homicide to torture and murder. He explains how society could use this new tool.

Charles Siebert: "The Wauchula Woods Accord" (Scribner)

July 21, 2009

Thousands of chimpanzees live in the U-S -- in research labs, zoos, and sanctuaries. A look at how one journalist's encounter with a former circus chimp helped him understand the bonds between man and ape.

The Fight Over the F-22

July 21, 2009

The Administration wants to end production of new F-22 fighter jets. But many in Congress fear the political fallout from lost jobs. The fight over funding the F-22 and the future of a high-tech U.S. military.

Solar Power

July 13, 2009

Sunlight is one of the earth's most abundant and accessible sources of energy, but solar power is currently being used to meet only a tiny fraction of America's energy needs. The technical, financial, and political challenges facing the...

Food Safety

July 8, 2009

Recent outbreaks of salmonella and E.coli contamination from eggs, nuts and processed cookie dough prompt the Obama Administration to toughen food safety standards. A look at new regulations aimed at improving the nation's food supply.

Andrea Wulf: "The Brother Gardeners" (Knopf) (Rebroadcast)

July 3, 2009

How a colonial American farmer with a passion for plants and a group of eighteenth century explorers, botanists, and collectors triggered the English obsession with gardens and gardening.

Painkiller Safety

July 2, 2009

An update on recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration to restrict acetaminophen and ban the popular painkillers Percocet and Vicodin because of possible risks of overdose and liver damage.

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