Friday 12:00 - 1:00pm
Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday’s host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science – and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.
Hr1: News Roundup, Nobel Prizes, Math Anxiety and Apps
A look at this week in science, a look at the 2015 Nobel Prizes in science, and how an iPad app helps first graders improve how well they do in math.
Hr2: Gene Therapy, Reclaiming Conversation, Postnatural History
An experimental gene therapy for treating congenital blindness, Sherry Turkle discusses the power of face-to-face conversation in a time of always on technological connection, and a museum where modified organisms are the star attraction.
Hr1: News Roundup, Cosntructing Dothraki, Latinos and Climate Change
A look at this week in science, how language creator David J. Peterson constructed Dothraki and the Valyrian languages, and the effects of climate change on Latino communities in Florida.
Hr2: Mars Water, Science Goes to the Movies, Plants In Space
The evidence for present-day liquid water on Mars, an astronaut and a NASA engineer weigh in on The Martian, and why plant biologists sent a lowly weed to the International Space Station.
Hr1: News Roundup, Sneaker Innovation, A is for Arsenic
A look at this week in science, the ever-changing world of sneaker innovation, and the poisons of Agatha Christie.
Hr2: Drug Pricing, New Car Technology, Trash Talk
Two experts on the drug industry talk about pricing, a hydrogen fuel cell car takes to the road this fall, and why American landfills may be crowded with twice as much waste as previously thought.
Hr1: News Roundup, von Humboldt, Moon
A look at this week in science, the book The Invention of Nature by historian Andrea Wulf, and moon-viewing tips and a dose of lunar lore.
Hr2: Neutrino Hotspots, Parkinsons, Deep Sea Exploration
Looking at a global neutrino map, science journalist Jon Palfreman shares his journey with Parkinsons disease, and how humans fit into the future of deep sea exploration.
Hr1: News Roundup, Science of Story Time, Air Pollution and Urban Biking
A look at this week in science, the impact of reading on child development, and how a new study is mapping how much air pollution city bikers encounter on their daily routes.
Hr2: Homo Naledi Fossil Find, Rush Holt on Science Policy
A paleoanthropological find in a South African cave, and a conversation with Rush Holt, former congressman and plasma physicist, now AAAS head.
Hr1: News Roundup, Macroscope on Colorblindness, Oliver Sacks Tribute
A look at this week in science, gene therapy to treat colorblindness in monkeys, and a tribute to neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.
Hr2: Teachers In The Lab, NeuroTribes, Modern Dating
Teachers tell us about their science-filled summer vacations, science writer Steve Silberman on the history of autism, and how text messages, profile pictures, and changing expectations factor into modern dating.
Hr1: News Roundup,SciFri Book Club, LiFi
A roundup of the top science stories this week, the SciFri Book Club discusses The Soul of a New Machine, and how LEDs might help with the broadband capacity crunch.
Hr2: Rooftop Solar, Replicating Research, Bird Migration, Black Holes
A look at whether rooftop solar and utilities can get along, a study that attempted to replicate 100 other psychology studies, a look at the fall bird migration season, and a new view of black holes and information from Stephen Hawking.
Hr1: News Roundup, Workplace Tracking Tech, Garden Whiz
A roundup of the top science stories this week, the data employers are gathering on their employees, and urine as garden fertilizer.
Hr2: Measuring Earthquakes, Art and Technology, A Play About Medical Ethics
Seismologist Lucy Jones on measuring earthquakes, LACMAs Art & Technology program, and the play Informed Consent explores the ethics of genetic research.
Hr1: News Roundup, Fires and Forests, Social Octopus, Panda Pregnancy
A roundup of the top science stories this week, what researchers are learning from monitoring how forest vegetation shifts after catastrophic fires, surprising mating, dwelling, and feeding behaviors in one rare species of octopus, and panda pregnancy.
Hr2: Gold King Mine Spill, Voices and Voting, App Chat on Assistive Technology
The EPA accidentally triggered a blowout at the Gold King mine in Colorado, releasing three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River. Then, a look at how voice preferences affect voting, and a look at assistive technology apps.
Hr1: News Roundup, Climate Plan, Arctic Science, Book Club
A roundup of the top science stories this week, a look at President Obamas Clean Power Plan, and a check-in on ongoing research around the Arctic, and the SciFri Book Club reads Tracy Kidders Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the creation of a new computer
Hr2: Rats on the Job, AC Options, Babies and Humor, Macroscope
Rats at work, other options for more sustainable air conditioning, whether children can distinguish between joking and pretending, and a video about the tenacious oblong rocksnail.