Science

Food and Drug Administration

November 23, 2004

The Vioxx recall is just the latest of several episodes this year that have prompted criticism of the FDA and Senate hearings. A panel talks about the drug approval process, post-marketing safety surveillance, and how the agency's work...

Henry Petroski: "Pushing the Limit" (Knopf)

September 24, 2004

An author and civil engineering professor talks about some of the most daring and interesting construction projects of recent years.

Greenspan & Shanker: "The First Idea" (Da Capo)

September 1, 2004

A pediatric psychiatrist and a philosophy professor come together to present their new hypothesis on one of the most debated questions of human development -- how our ancestors made the leap from simple, genetically programmed behavior to...

Treating Depressed Children

August 18, 2004

A new study on using antidepressant drugs to treat adolescents shows that talk therapy combined with the drug works better than the drug alone or a placebo. Steve Roberts and guests talk about the study and other new information about...

Trevor Corson: "The Secret Life of Lobsters" (HarperCollins)

August 12, 2004

A journalist tells everything you ever wanted to know -- and everything you didn't even know you wanted to know -- about lobsters.

Prenatal Testing

June 23, 2004

New non-invasive diagnostic techniques can give expecting mothers more information earlier than ever. A panel talks about the latest advances and what they mean for women, their families, and health care.

Amy Stewart: "The Earth Moved" (Algonquin)

May 17, 2004

The earthworm may be small, spineless, and blind. But its impact on the ecosystem is profound. A garden writer tells us everything we've always wanted to know about worms.

Diana & Michael Preston: "A Pirate of Exquisite Mind" (Walker)

April 30, 2004

The story of William Dampier, explorer, naturalist, and pirate. Dampier's travels influenced Charles Darwin, pre-dated Captain James Cook and William Bligh, and was the inspiration for Jonathan Swift and Daniel Defoe.

Jonathan Weiner: "His Brother's Keeper" (Ecco)

April 27, 2004

Stephen Heywood was 29 when he learned he was dying of ALS - Lou Gehrig's disease. His older brother Jamie transformed himself from a mechanical into a genetic engineer in a race to cure the incurable. Pulitzer-prize winning author...

Alice Flaherty: "The Midnight Disease" (Houghton Mifflin) (Rebroadcast)

April 14, 2004

Writers often say they are driven to write. Now there's proof of a physiological compulsion. Author and neurologist Alice Flaherty draws on scientific research, her own experience, and the lives of other writers to explore how and why we...

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