John Sulston: "The Common Thread" (Joseph Henry)

November 14, 2002

John Sulston, 2002 Nobel Prize winner for physiology and medicine for his research on a tiny worm, gives an insider's account of the science, politics and ethics behind the Human Genome Project.

Our Universe - One of Many?

October 31, 2002

A panel of scientists talks about the possibility that multiple universes have been created in the same way as ours.

Joy Hakim: "Freedom: A History of US" (Oxford)

October 25, 2002

Teacher and historian Joy Hakim presents her popular American history textbooks -- the "A History of US" series. She tells how she developed the books, and talks about the upcoming "PBS" series based on them.

Therapeutic Cloning

May 14, 2002

Several U.S. senators have made headlines by reversing their anti-cloning stances to embrace the controversial technique for its research potential. A panel talks about the ongoing scientific, moral and political debate over human cloning.

Steve Grand: "Creation: Life and How to Make It" (Harvard University Press)

March 1, 2002

Steve Grand designs computer games and robots, but what he wants to make is life. His new book describes his experiments and inventions in the field of "artificial life."

Julian Barbour: "The End of Time" (Oxford)

January 7, 2002

British physicist Julian Barbour has been considering the nature of time for many years, and has concluded that time doesn't really exist. He joins Diane to discuss his recent book.

Ashley Davis Prend: "Claim Your Inner Grownup" (Plume) (Rebroadcast)

December 27, 2001

The concept of "finding your inner child" has become a cliché... Today, psychotherapist Ashley Davis Prend says it's time to claim your inner adult. She joins Diane to talk about what it means to be a mature adult - and how...

Paul Dickson: "Sputnik: Shock of the Century" (Walker Books

September 28, 2001

Journalist Paul Dickson tells the story behind the development and launch of Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth, launched by the Soviets on October 4, 1957. In his new book, Dickson puts this technological achievement into the...

Simon Winchester: "The Map That Changed the World" (Harper Collins)

September 19, 2001

Author Simon Winchester joins Diane to tell the story of William Smith, who in 1815 published the first geologically correct map of England and Wales. Smith's work became the foundation for the modern science of geology.

Michael Lewis: "Next" (WW Norton)

August 1, 2001

"The future just happened," says journalist Michael Lewis. In his new book, he introduces teenagers who are using the Internet in ways that give the rest of us a hint about how much the technology age has already begun to change...

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