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.
Hr2:Somewhat Silly Science Earns Ig Nobel Prizes
The Ig Nobel Prizes honor scientific research that first makes you laugh, and then, makes you think.
Hr1: Science Improv, Thing Explainer
Science students at Stony Brook University have an unusual offering on the class roster: JRN 503: Improvisation for Scientists. Plus, Randall Munroe of XKCD explains nuclear power, continental drift, and the periodic table, using just the thousand most common English words.
Hr2:Encryption, Transit Maps, Science Club
What role does encryption play in surveillance, security and privacy? Plus, how psychology and cognitive science are shaping transit maps, and your innovative methods for getting a message from one place to another.
Hr1: News Roundup, Why Machines Discriminate, Hard Cider Science
A roundup of the week in science, how big data sets can perpetuate the same biases present in our culture, and a look at the science and art of making hard cider.
Hr2: Hairy Animals, Gene Therapy for Hearing, Thunder and Lightning Book
What insect hair could teach materials scientists, a look at several genetic therapies for hearing loss that show promise in animal studies, and a talk with author and artist Lauren Redniss about weather.
Hr1: News Roundup, Illegal Plant Trade, Swarming Intelligence
A roundup of the week in science, a look at software in the classroom, trade in illegal plants, and a Macroscope video about how ant colonies and the multi-nucleated slime mold organize themselves into dynamic structures.
Hr2: News Roundup, Concussions, Science Club
A roundup of the week in science, the whole story on whole milk, football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and a Science Club project that asks you to build your own communications device.
Hr1: Lake Wobegone Effect, Wearable Technology, Limb Regrowth
In an hour taped live in Minnesota, we take a look at a variety of superpowers -- from radar-equipped gloves, to the science of regenerating limbs.
Hr2: The Brains Ghoulish Glitches, Spider Stories, Diary of A Snakebite Death
Science writer Sam Kean discusses some ghoulish brain glitches, a look at strange spider behaviors, and a Macroscope video about a dying herpetologist.
Hr1: News Roundup, Monster Microbiome, Scent of Death
A look at this week in science, scientists Rob Dunn and Amanda Hale imagine the microbiomes of monsters, and how a compound found in corpses triggers our defensive responses.