Rachel Herz: "The Scent of Desire" (William Morrow)

October 11, 2007

Of all our senses, the sense of smell is most closely tied to mental health and happiness. It was the first of our senses to evolve, yet it often takes a cultural backseat to sight and sound. An expert on smell talks about the...

Devra Davis: "The Secret History of the War on Cancer" (Basic Books)

October 10, 2007

At some point in their lifetime, one in two men and one in three women living today will hear from their doctor that they have cancer. An award winning scientist and author examines the war on cancer and explains why our focus should...

Michael Neufeld: "Von Braun: Dreamer of Space, Engineer of War" (Knopf)

October 4, 2007

Today marks the fiftieth anniversary of launch of Sputnik I and the beginning of the cold war space race. An historian describes how the man behind Nazi Germany's V-1 and V-2 rockets eventually led the American program to bring the U.S. up...

Patricia McConnell: "For the Love of a Dog" (Ballantine)

September 19, 2007

The host of "Calling All Pets" talks about the importance of understanding the emotional lives of dogs.

Ira Flatow: "Present at the Future" (Collins)

September 11, 2007

The host of the popular NPR program 'Science Friday' talks about what he's learned during his more than three decades interviewing leading scientists.

Air Traffic and Flight Delays

August 30, 2007

The FAA is moving ahead on a new GPS-based air traffic control system that will replace radar. We'll talk about this new system and on-going concerns over flight delays.

Alan Weisman: "The World Without Us" (St. Martin's Press)

July 30, 2007

A science writer imagines what the earth would be like if humans were to suddenly go extinct.

Aurelia Scott: "Otherwise Normal People" (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill)

July 23, 2007

The story of people who devote much of their life to growing and showing the perfect rose. An inside look at the competitive world of competitive rose gardening.

Gregg Mitman: "Breathing Space" (Yale)

June 26, 2007

The history of allergies and allergy treatments in this country and some of the factors behind rising allergy and asthma rates of today.

Scott Gant: "We're All Journalists Now" (Free Press)

June 12, 2007

In an age of bloggers and blogging, 24/7 news and the near-instant transmission of information, the definition of what it means to be a journalist is changing. A constitutional law and media scholar explains why the nation needs to...

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