Howard Rheingold: Smart Mobs (Perseus)

October 24, 2002

Howard Rheingold, an expert in the social implications of technology, talks about the ways cell phones and other mobile communications devices are changing commerce, family life, politics, dating, and much more.

Stephen Wolfram: "A New Kind of Science" (Wolfram Media)

September 16, 2002

Stephen Wolfram's book, 20 years in the making, explains how simple computer experiments carried out decades ago led him to reevaluate nothing less than our universe and how it operates.

Steve Olson: "Mapping Human History" (Houghton Mifflin)

July 19, 2002

Along with ushering in many scientific and medical breakthroughs, a new understanding of our genetic code has revealed a great deal about the past of the human race. Science writer Steve Olson talks about where genetics meets genealogy.

John Cassidy: "dot.con" (Harper Collins)

February 20, 2002

The New Yorker's financial writer John Cassidy chronicles the boom-and-bust cycle of Internet companies in his new book.

Daniel Charles: "Lords of the Harvest" (Perseus)

October 17, 2001

Reporter Daniel Charles tells the story of the advent of genetically engineered foods in his new book.


September 6, 2001

This week, Mexican president Vicente Fox is in Washington for meetings and a White House state dinner. Diane and her guests talk about trade, immigration and other top issues in US-Mexican relations, and how they're being discussed in the...

Laws of Physics

August 27, 2001

A panel talks about recent scientific findings that challenge basic, long-standing assumptions about how matter behaves, and that have the potential to reshape our ideas about how the universe was born.

James Fallows: "Free Flight" (PublicAffairs)

July 13, 2001

As many of us will be reminded during our summer vacations, airplane travel can be truly frightful. In his new book, journalist and amateur pilot James Fallows talks about the future of air travel -- and what we may have to look forward to...


July 3, 2001

Broadband technology is the next step in the advance of the information age, promising high-speed Internet access and other new communications and entertainment technology. A panel talks about the different sectors of American business...

Sue Halpern: "Four Wings and a Prayer" (Pantheon)

June 21, 2001

Every year, millions of monarch butterflies migrate from Canada and the northeastern United States to one 50-acre plot in Mexico. Scientists still don't fully understand how and why the butterflies return to the same spot year after year...

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