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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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Rooting Out the Plant Microbiome

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting off pathogens and increasing crop yields.

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More Than Cornflakes

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W.K., are known today for their most famous discovery—corn flakes—but invented many other health foods along the way.

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Forensic Entomologists Hunt Down Insects to Help Catch Criminals

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


To help piece together a crime scene, forensic entomologists examine the insects found in the area.

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Environmental Detectives Use Genetic Tools to Track Invasives

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


A recently developed technique called "environmental DNA" allows invasive species trackers to get a time-sensitive fingerprint of which species are living where—including underwater.

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The 'First' Battle of Gas Versus Electric

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


As plug-in electric vehicles struggle to carve out a slice of today's auto market, it's worth remembering the first such battle—at the turn of the 1900s.


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Is Your ‘Priceless’ Painting a Fake? Better Ask a Scientist

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Techniques from physics and chemistry can help scientists and art historians sniff out art forgeries.

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Taking the Temperature of Rising Seas

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


Researchers are trying to better understand ocean water temperatures, which is an important factor in rising sea levels.

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Atul Gawande: On Being Mortal

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


In his book Being Mortal, surgeon Atul Gawande argues that more medicine may not be better medicine in end-of-life care.

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How to Make Quark Soup

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.

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The Race to Contain, Rather Than Cure, Ebola

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


With production of experimental treatments slow-going, rapid diagnostic testing could be the best bet for containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

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How Did the Violin Get Its Shape?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood.

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Your Home, Your Bacteria

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


The surfaces in a home reflect the distinct blend of bacteria that inhabit the people that live there.

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Is MSG Bad for Your Health?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


Four decades of scientific studies suggest the food additive MSG may not deserve its toxic reputation.

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Do Chimps Have Culture?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Researchers say a real-world case of “monkey see, monkey do” might model the origins of human culture.

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Mining the Internet for Clues to Chinese Censorship

Author: Science FridaAuthor: y
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Protests continue in Hong Kong, but only glimpses of the activity make it into mainland China due to censorship.

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Dance and Physics Collide in ‘Quantum’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Choreographer Gilles Jobin took inspiration from the movements of physics for his piece Quantum.

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A Whiff of What’s to Come: What Sense of Smell Says About Health

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Older adults’ sense of smell might be a strong indicator of their risk of mortality within a five-year span.

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Community Labs Practice Do-It-Yourself Biology

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


In DIY biology labs across the country, citizen scientists take the tools of synthetic biology into their own hands.

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Catching a Glimpse of an Eclipse

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


This month, North America will be under the skies of a full lunar eclipse on October 8 and a partial solar eclipse on October 23.

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MAVEN Maneuvers Into Mars’s Orbit

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


MAVEN makes into Mars’ orbit in time to meet a comet and begin unraveling mysteries of the Martian atmosphere.

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‘Internal Medicine’ Gives a Resident’s Eye View of the Hospital

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


A writer-doctor’s stories reveal the hospital through the eyes of a resident.


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Sprouting a Forest in the City

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


Foresters are piecing together the complicated ecosystem of the urban forest.


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Plant Emissions: How Do Trees Interact With Pollution?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


Certain tree species can add to pollution if they’re planted in certain locations.

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Water on Earth Is a Million Years Older Than the Sun

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


The cloud of gas and dust that eventually condensed to form the Sun contained "thousands of oceans of water," says astronomer Ted Bergin.

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Stories to Make You Think BIG

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


With his new story about a 20-kilometer-high skyscraper, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson hopes to get engineers thinking big.

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Science Friday Science Club: Observe Everything

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 25, 2014


The Science Club embarks on its next project and explores observation.

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The People's March Against Climate Change

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, the People’s Climate March in New York City will bring a public voice to the climate change discussion.

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‘Dr.Fill’ Vies for Crossword Solving Supremacy

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


A computer program named “Dr.Fill” competes against human solvers for crossword puzzle glory.

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Functional Features: The Evolution of the Human Face

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


Human social interaction may have been the reason faces evolved to be varied and unique.

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Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


With their ornately colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract mates and researchers alike.

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Artificial Sweeteners Might Sour Your Microbiome

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


Researchers say artificial sweeteners may alter the microbiome and the body’s ability to control glucose levels.


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Dissecting the Politics and Money Behind Health Care

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


In The Cost of Cutting, private practice surgeon Paul Ruggieri delves into the shadowy ways money influences health care.

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Food Failures: How to Collect Mushrooms (and Eat Them, Too)

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 18, 2014


Eugenia Bone, president of the New York Mycological Society, talks about the dos and don'ts of wild mushroom foraging.

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Keeping an Eye on Eruptions Around the World

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.

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A Jovian Moon With Earth-Like Tectonics

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.

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Understanding the Urban Ecosystem

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


Researchers say road salt and dissolving concrete have contributed to increased salinization in urban streams.

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Can Conservation Efforts Save the Birds?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


A look at the effects of conservation efforts and climate change on bird populations in North America.

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After 40 Years, a Blue Whale Population Bounces Back

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.

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The Science of ‘Sameness’: Developing Generic Medications

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


As of 2010, generic drugs comprise almost 80 percent of the American pharmaceutical market, compared to 10 percent in 1960.

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Supermassive Dinosaur Would Have ‘Feared Nothing’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Scientists estimate the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani would have weighed as much as a Boeing 737.

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To Master Test Material, Give Your Brain a Break

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison took very brief naps when they were stuck on artistic and scientific problems.

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The Wilderness Act Turns 50

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Fifty years ago this week, legislation set aside over nine million acres of official wilderness.


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From Exotic Garden to Eco-Haven

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


A former millionaire's estate is becoming an environmental haven and training ground.

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Hello, Stranger, Wanna Share a Cab?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Researchers found that potentially 95 percent of cab rides in New York City could have been shared.

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Randall Munroe Asks, ‘What If?’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


In his new book What If?, xkcd comic artist Randall Munroe answers his reader’s hypothetical questions with math and science.

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Experimental Therapy Saves Monkeys From Deadly Dose of Ebola

Author: Science Friday
Fri, Aug 29, 2014


ZMapp, the cocktail of antibodies used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus, spared 18 severely ill monkeys from death.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Black Holes

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


High energy x-rays provide a rare glimpse into the behavior of black holes.

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Electric Bacteria Form Nanowires, Shoot Out Electrons

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


USC's Moh El-Naggar says engineers hope to harness bacterial energy using fuel cells.

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Less Flashy Fossils Offer Paleoclimate Clues

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


Uncharismatic microfauna, such as insects and mollusks, are giving scientists at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles a glimpse of the city's cool, humid past.

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From the Lab to the Silver Screen: The Birth of CGI

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


Animator Tom Sito explains how scientists and engineers kickstarted Hollywood’s digital animation revolution.

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