Science

The Future of Radio

March 27, 2008

A proposed merger between satellite radio providers XM and Sirius received Justice Department approval in part because of competition from audio technologies. How iPods, the internet, and new technology are challenging traditional radio.

Matthew Parker: "Panama Fever" (Doubleday)

March 26, 2008

The Panama Canal remains one of the engineering marvels of all time. Author Matthew Parker examines the cost - in lives and treasure - of what Theodore Roosevelt called 'one of the great works of the world.'

Eleanor Clift: "Two Weeks of Life" (Basic Books)

March 23, 2008

Journalist Eleanor Clift recounts the final weeks of two lives in March 2005. While her husband, Tom Brazaitis, died quietly at home, the end of Terri Schiavo's life dominated the national news and demanded the attention of all three...

Jeffrey Sachs: "Common Wealth" ( Penguin Press)

March 20, 2008

As the population of the world continues to grow, greater stresses are placed on the global economic system. Jeffrey Sachs explains what issues imperil the world and what can be done to make room for everyone on a crowded planet.

Eleanor Clift: "Two Weeks of Life" (Basic Books) (Rebroadcast)

March 17, 2008

Journalist Eleanor Clift recounts the final weeks of two lives in March 2005. While her husband, Tom Brazaitis, died quietly at home, the end of Terri Schiavo's life dominated the national news and demanded the attention of all three...

Crop Diversity and Seed Banks

March 10, 2008

The opening of a global seed bank in Norway highlights the vital role seeds play in the global food chain. Diane and her guests discuss the role of seed banks, the importance of crop diversity, and the relationship between corporate and...

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.

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