Science

Facing America's Obesity Crisis

May 10, 2012

A new study predicts 42% of American adults will be obese by the year 2030. Diane and her guests discuss efforts to address America's multi-billion dollar public health crisis.

Marilu Henner on Life with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory

April 30, 2012

Actress Marilu Henner is one of the rare documented cases of Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory in the world. It's an ability that allows her to vividly recall every detail of every day of her life since childhood. Henner is a...

Facing Death: Choosing Quality of Life Over Aggressive Treatment

Facing Death: Choosing Quality of Life Over Aggressive Treatment

April 16, 2012

Many patients choose to fight a terminal illness with every available option: One woman's story of why she is rejecting aggressive medical treatment in favor of palliative care.

Insights from New Research into Autism

Insights from New Research into Autism

April 11, 2012

The diagnosis of autism in the U.S. has almost doubled in the past decade. Join guest host Susan Page to discuss new research on factors that might contribute to this complex condition.

Cutting Back on Unnecessary Medical Tests and Procedures

Cutting Back on Unnecessary Medical Tests and Procedures

April 9, 2012

A number of medical and consumer groups make the case less is better: a new effort to encourage doctors and hospitals to cut back on routine medical tests.

Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

Debate Over How to Teach Evolution and Climate Change

April 9, 2012

Tennessee's legislature approved a bill that allows teachers to challenge theories of evolution and global warming. An update on the debate over science education.

The New World of Massive Data Mining

The New World of Massive Data Mining

April 2, 2012

Private and government groups are finding new ways to mine massive troves of digital data. Tom Gjelten and a panel of experts look at the implications for national security, education, science, medicine, as well as privacy concerns.

Understanding the Organ Transplant Process

March 29, 2012

Former Vice President Cheney's recent heart transplant has drawn attention to organ donation. Diane and a panel of experts discuss how recipients are chosen and what potential donors need to know.

Effects of a Mild Winter

Effects of a Mild Winter

March 22, 2012

A mild winter in much of the country has ushered in an early allergy season and an increase in some insect populations: The wide ranging effects of a warmer winter.

Jon Gertner: "The Idea Factory: Bell Labs and the Great Age of American Innovation"

March 19, 2012

Bell Labs in New Jersey was to technological innovation in the mid-20th century what Silicon Valley in California is today. An editor at Fast Company magazine describes the environment which fostered 13 Nobel Prize winners and the development of radars, lasers, transistors, satellites and mobile phones.

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