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The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels

December 3, 2013

For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.

Environmental Outlook: Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation" (Rebroadcast)

November 29, 2013

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

Readers' Review: "Frankenstein" By Mary Shelley

October 30, 2013

For our next Readers' Review: a classic horror tale that has fascinated readers for almost two centuries. Diane and her guests discuss "Frankenstein" by Mary Shelley.

Debate Over Prescription Painkiller Regulations

October 29, 2013

The number of deaths in the U.S. from narcotic painkillers has quadrupled since 1999. But the FDA’s new recommendations for tightening restrictions on narcotics is prompting concerns about pain management.

The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing

The Science And Ethics Of Personal Genetic Testing

October 28, 2013

Personal genetic testing is getting cheaper and easier. But with more knowledge comes new questions, particularly when selecting trait for babies.

The Latest Research And Treatment Options For Parkinson's Disease

October 24, 2013

A new TV show starring Michael J. Fox is about a man living with Parkinson's. Doctors and other experts weigh in on the reality and treatments for this complex neurological disorder.

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

Getting Treatment For Mental Illness

October 15, 2013

The modern history of treating mental illness in America: Why the U.S. fails to meet the needs of so many people suffering from mental illness and what can be done about it.

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

Daniel Goleman: "Focus: The Hidden Driver Of Excellence"

October 10, 2013

New research shows that attention is the key to high achievement in many professions from business and sports to the arts. In an era of unstoppable distractions, staying focused may be what distinguishes experts from amateurs.

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

A Conversation With Oliver Sacks

October 8, 2013

Doctor and best-selling author Oliver Sacks' latest book looks at who gets hallucinations and why. The neurologist on his decades-long career exploring the mysteries of the brain.

Richard Dawkins: "An Appetite For Wonder"

Richard Dawkins: "An Appetite For Wonder"

September 24, 2013

The author of "The Selfish Gene" and "The God Delusion" talks about the evolution of his own thinking.

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