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NPR: Science Friday Podcast by Ira Flatow

NPR: Science Friday Podcast

Making Science Radioactive

by Ira Flatow

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A weekly staple on many NPR stations across the United States, Science Friday is a great way to keep up to date on the latest trends and issues that surround the scientific community. With the podcast edition, host Ira Flatow and guests discuss topics such as Space Travel, Ancient Archeology, Current Scientific Legislation, Nanotechnology and much more. In a field that grows every day with new discoveries, Flatow manages to present the material in a way that never talks down to the audience and always strives to include listeners in the discussion.


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Science Friday, as heard on NPR, is a weekly discussion of the latest news in science, technology, health, and the environment hosted by Ira Flatow. Ira interviews scientists, authors, and policymakers, and listeners can call in and ask questions as well. Hear it each week on NPR stations nationwide -- or online here!


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Always a good listen
Reviewer ckazilek
 September 26, 2007
This is one show that always has some great content. I look forward to Fridays.

Solid content; some discretion advised
Reviewer jct405
 September 17, 2007
An earlier reviewer's critique labeling this program 'poor science' was based on one program. One would have to agree with him that it is frustrating to waste time listening to shoddy science. But do not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Mr. Flatow has interviewed many, many good scientists along with a few nimrods. His recent interview of Jonathan Graff is one darn good reason to listen regularly. Graff's team at UTSW has published a stunningly important finding: a gene that regulates fat accumulation and metabolism in organisms from fruit flies, worms and mammals that could reasonably (given the current findings) turn out to be the cure for diabetes. It has all the markings of rigorous scientific investigation. And what is more interesting is that the major media has yet to pick up on it. Good work, Mr. Flatow! Yes, screen out the nimrods. But, wow, keep this stuff coming. Thanks.

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Reviewer nhrisd
 February 17, 2006
There is really something for everyone in these shows. From leeches and stem cells, to new planets and weight reduction surgery, Science Friday covers a wide range of topics in laymans terms. The hosts inquisitive and direct questions dissect the issues and help to shed light on the mystery of everyday and esoteric science and related issues. Never boring and always chock full of info, these are a great listen.

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Mosquito-Borne Viruses Raise Public Health Concern

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.

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A Newly Discovered Virus That Lives in Our Gut

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Researchers discovered a virus that lives in the gut of half of the world’s population.

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What’s the Real Cost of Your Steak?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.

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The SciFri Book Club Introduces Dune

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.

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New Online Tracking Tool Evades Privacy Settings

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


A new online tracker is snooping on visitors to over 5,600 popular sites—and it's nearly impossible to block.

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HIV/AIDS Update

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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‘Moth-ers’ Celebrate Less-Loved Lepidopterans

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Elena Tartaglia, a co-founder of National Moth Week, gives tips on spotting butterflies' neglected cousins.

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Oarfish: The Ultimate Fish Tale

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.

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Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

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Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.

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Frozen in Time, a Giant Virus

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.

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App Chat: Plugging In to the Outdoors

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.

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As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.

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Fashioning the Future

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.

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Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

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The ABCs of 3D

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


Makerbot’s Bre Pettis explains what you need to know to try your own 3D printing.

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Keeping an Eye on Wayward Studies

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the Retraction Watch blog, discusses what happens when scientific studies go bad.

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Concerns Rise Over Pesticide Use, Birds, and Bees

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


Neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned in the E.U. but are still approved for use in the U.S. while the EPA reviews them.

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Could Inducing Hypothermia Help Revive Trauma Patients?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


In a procedure called “Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation,” doctors would replace the blood of patients with cold saline to help buy valuable operating time.

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What’s So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


A study finds that many people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

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The Surprisingly Predictable Patterns of Random Choice

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


In his new book, Rock Breaks Scissors, author William Poundstone decodes the patterns in big data, sports, and human behaviors.

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Ben Franklin: Sonic Explorer

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


Ben Franklin’s sonic experiments included inventing a new musical instrument and testing the limits of the human voice.


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Do Your Patriotic Duty: Learn Math

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


Mathematician Edward Frenkel says a well-educated public is essential to democracy—and that includes being knowledgeable about math.


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Meet the Mohawk Behind NASA’s Curiosity Mission

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


NASA’s “Mohawk Man,” Bobak Ferdowsi, talks public and private space exploration, plans for Europa, and whether or not we’ll be putting a human on Mars.

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Celebrating Nature’s Summer Light Show, Fireflies

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


The flashing of lightning bugs is a favorite part of a lazy summer evening, but there’s a lot of hidden nighttime drama.

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How New Rules and Smart Tech Are Reinventing the Grid

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


After Superstorm Sandy, there was a lot of talk of a more distributed smart grid—a more resilient system. But how far have we come?

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A Web of Doubt

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 03, 2014


Author Charles Seife spots the falsehoods and fakes that make their way onto the information super highway.

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Shedding Light on the Science of Sunscreen

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 26, 2014


How does sunscreen protect our skin from harmful radiation, and what is the meaning behind SPFs?

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Food Failures: Avoiding Grilling and Barbecue Pitfalls

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 26, 2014


Marinade myths, charcoal chemistry, and the elusive “smoke ring”—the science behind barbecue and grilling.

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Getting a Grasp on the Clever Cephalopod

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 26, 2014


The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the complex brain of modern cephalopods.

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3-D Mammography Detects More Cancers, But Will It Save Lives?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 26, 2014


A new study suggests that 3-D mammography detects more cancers than traditional digital mammography. But the technology is expensive, and there's no indication yet that it catches more dangerous cancers, or is saving more lives.

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Making Art From the DNA You Leave Behind

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 26, 2014


Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to genetic surveillance with artworks made from strangers’ DNA.

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Dr. Arnold Relman, Health System Critic, Dead at 91

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 26, 2014


Relman called the American health care system a "new medical-industrial complex." We remember him here with two archival clips.

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Reinventing How City Dwellers Get Around

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 19, 2014


Portland, Oregon, is a hotbed for transit innovation. Will other cities catch on?

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What Happens After the Robot Apocalypse?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 19, 2014


In Robogenesis, sci-fi author Daniel H. Wilson imagines the world post-robot uprising.

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Untangling the Web of Spider Science

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 19, 2014


Arachnologist Greta Binford traces the evolution of spiders by examining their venom.

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At Reed College, Nuclear Education That’s Really 'Hands-On'

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 19, 2014


At Reed College, undergraduates keep a nuclear reactor running.

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Beer Science: Crafting the Perfect Pint

Author: Science Friday
Mon, Jun 16, 2014


Two of Oregon’s craft brew experts pore over hops, yeast, malt, and the microbiology of beer.

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Rep. Rush Holt: Science and Congress

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Representative Rush Holt talks about how “thinking like a scientist” can help the political process.

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Your Summer Science Book List

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Lee Billings and Maria Popova compile your perfect summer science book list.

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The Science of the ‘Brazuca’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 12, 2014
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How will the “Brazuca” fly? Scientists put the World Cup soccer ball through its paces.

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Pre-Surgery Routine Needs an Update, Says Doc

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


Robert Cima of the Mayo Clinic says science doesn't back up pre-surgical practices like fasting and colon cleanses.

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Is NASA Ready to Make the Leap to a Manned Mission to Mars?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


What technologies, budget, and partners would NASA needed for a successful manned mission to Mars?

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‘Do Fathers Matter?’ Explores Dad's Influence

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 12, 2014


In his new book, Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children.

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The EPA's New Proposal to Curb Carbon Emissions

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 05, 2014


The EPA's proposal sets a 30 percent decrease in power plant carbon emissions by 2030.

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It's a Material World

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 05, 2014


In his book Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik explains why the everyday materials around us are truly extraordinary.

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The Goat Brigade

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 05, 2014


A herd of “elite” brush-clearing goats demonstrate why they are a versatile tool to shield against wildfires in Southern California.

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Documenting the Oldest Living Things in the World

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 05, 2014


In her new book of photography, The Oldest Living Things in the World, artist Rachel Sussman documents the oldest continuously living organisms on the planet.

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Making Summer Travel Plans With Climate Change in Mind

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jun 05, 2014


With projections of warmer temperatures and rising sea levels, which tourist destinations should you plan to visit sooner rather than later?

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How Touch Helps Us Emotionally Experience the World

Author: Science Friday
Thu, May 29, 2014


Researchers describe a type of nerve that helps us understand social interactions.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: N007036