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Science Friday

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: Airport Apiaries, Ideas That Must Die, Food Coaching Apps, Cyborg Bacteria

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Bees by the runway, sweeping away outdated ideas, apps for healthy eating, and bacteria-powered robots.

Hr2: NASA And Civil Rights, Future Crimes, Dietary Guidelines

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NASA during the civil rights era, how criminals are using emergent technologies, and changing guidelines on cholesterol.

Hr1: Kivalina, Shifting Habitats, Hunger Behavior

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Relocating an Alaskan village, shifting Arctic animal habitats, and the finding that hunger may make you want to acquire things -- even things that are not food.

Hr2: Bilingual Babies, Alzheimers and Women, Future of Mapping

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What bilingual babies can teach us about language acquisition, studies on the role of genes and hormones in Alzheimers, and a look at the future of mapping technology.

Hr1: Megadroughts, Medical Fraud, Constellations Play

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An investigation of the FDA claims the agency is not doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct. Plus, future drought predictions, and a play about love in the multiverse.

Hr2: Ocean Plastics, Dog Behavior, Broken Hearts

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Plastic pollution in the oceans, surprising insights about breed-specific dog behaviors, and a history of treatments for maladies of the heart.

Hr1: Smartphone HIV Test, Lost City Exploration, Mars Rover Budget

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The SciFri Book Club discusses the Lost City of Z. Plus, a smartphone STD test, and budgets for space science.

Hr2: Net Neutrality, Climate Confessions, Sea Slug Explosion, Carl Djerassi

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FCC Internet regulations, confessing climate sins, catching up on sea slug science, and remembering the father of the Pill.

Scientific Beliefs, Spare Parts

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A look at how scientists and the public disagree on key issues, and the true story behind the movie Spare Parts.

Robot Rules, Future of Money, Athlete Body Clock, Video Pick

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Making laws for drones and robots, a look at next-gen payment systems, how circadian rhythms affect sports perfomance, and a video about face judgements.

Laser-patterned Metals, Black Holes, Cuban Coral, Explorers Club

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In this hour, we hear about a materials science advance that makes metal repel water, discuss black holes with Roger Penrose, learn about the health of coral reefs off the coast of Cuba, and take a tour of the Explorers Club.

Bacterial Kill Switch, Comets Asteroids and Protoplanets, Bored and Brilliant

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Ira and guests discuss a 'kill switch' for genetically-modified bacteria, an update on recent exploration of the solar system, and a new project from New Tech City urges you to take a closer look at your smartphone use.

Cybersecurity, Synthetic Speech, Book Club Hunts Lost Cities

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A look at the science behind your digital assistant’s voice. Plus, what’s at stake when cyber-security is compromised, and the SciFri Book Club goes in search of lost cities.

STEM, Planet Rotation, Sea Turtle Navigation, Smartphones, and Sleep

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Ira and guests explore why some planets stop rotating, how turning off your smartphone can help you sleep better, and how sea turtles navigate using their sense of magnetism.

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