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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: Gene Editing, Mind-Body Medicine, C-Section Microbiome

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Jo Marchant shares the results of her deep dive into the evidence --and against-- mind-body medicine, from placebo effects to hypnosis and meditation. Plus, gene-editing techniques, and research into restoring the maternal microbiome to babies born via C-section.

Hr1: News Roundup, War On Cancer, Polling

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When President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, he waged the War on Cancer. Forty-five years and over $100 billion later, are we winning? Plus, why couldnt the polls predict the Iowa primaries?

Hr2: Zika, Planet Vulcan, Antarctic Meteorite Hunter

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Meteorite hunter Nina Lanza reports back from six weeks scouring the Antarctic ice for space rocks. Plus, an update on the Zika virus, and the cautionary tale of planet Vulcan.

Hr1: News Roundup, Depression Screening, Octopus Signaling, Political Bias, Macroscope

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Between 14-23 percent of women will experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Plus, communication between octopuses, and how sitting quietly in a room can generate a personalized cloud of microbes.

Hr2: Food Sound, Ancient Violence, Apple Design, Subway Bacteria

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A look at how sound affects the taste of your food, evidence for a 10,000-year-old massacre, and how an artist creates unconventional portraits of NYC commuters with bacteria.

Hr1: News Roundup, Planet 9, Drilling Deep, Book Club

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Researchers calculate that there may be a large undiscovered ninth planet lurking in the distant reaches of our solar system. Plus, a deep drilling project, and the SciFri Book Club tackles an Oliver Sacks autobiography.

Hr2: California Gas Leak, Con Psychology, Better Light Bulb

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An update on the methane gas leak in California, how how human psychology predisposes us to take the grifter's bait, and using photonic devices to build a better light bulb.

Hr1: News Roundup, Deep Space Design, Infant Microbiome

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Researchers are trying to sort out what effect factors like an infant's delivery method and early diet have on its community of microorganisms. Plus, how space habitations could be constructed out of concrete made of Martian sulfur and inflatable materials, and a roundup of the week's news.

Hr2: Western Drought Update, Always Hungry, Winter Gardens

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An update on the drought situation in the western US, how certain diets might cause fat cells to suck up too much fuel, and tips for guarding your garden against the winter chill.

Hr1: News Roundup, Self-Driving Cars, Beautiful Instruments

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Imagine a future in which all cars can drive themselves. What might that do to our cities, towns, and society? Plus, the beauty of early scientific and medical instruments, and a roundup of the week in science.