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Covering everything about science and technology -- from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies -- Science Friday is your source for entertaining and educational stories and activities. Each week, host Ira Flatow interviews scientists and inventors like Sylvia Earle, Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.
||CleanHr1: Can Science Survive In A More Politicized Age?||The March for Science makes history as science and advocacy come together.||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Forensic Ornithology, Internet Privacy, Health Research||A CSI lab tracks the birds that strike airplanes. The species that hits most often? Not the one you might guess. Plus, practical tools to save some of your online privacy. And a look at how scarce resources and the pressure to publish undermine quests fo||4/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, PIN Security, Not A Scientist, Simulating Mars, Enceladus||Journalist Dave Levitan provides a guide to cut through the deceptive arguments politicians use to undermine scientific evidence. Plus simulating Mars missions, and news from Enceladus about the moons hydrothermal activity.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Heiltsuk Archaeology, Brain Difference, Water Widget, Shoelace Physics||An older-than-expected archaeological dig in British Columbia is building the case for a long-inhabited Pacific coast. Plus, psychiatrist Gail Saltz explores the unique abilities of those with mental disorders. And the physics of your shoelaces.||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Giant Virus, Radio Astronomy, SETI, Lyme||Giant viruses evolved from smaller viruses that picked up genes from other organisms, according to a new study. Plus, a look at the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, and the challenges of listening to the stars from a planet filled with radio tra||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Noise, Michael Mann, Mars Wheels, Splashing||Michael Mann discusses his participation on the latest House Committee on Science hearing on climate change. Plus a visit to the playground where Mars rovers are put through their paces, and how one researcher peers deep inside sneezes to answer question||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Dino Family Tree, What-If Physics, Impact Glass||Geologist Peter Schultz uses a high-velocity gun to test his hypothesis that asteroid impacts could preserve signs of ancient life. Plus, what would happen if you stuck your hand in a particle accelerator or jumped off of the Space Station?||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Engineering New Ideas, Bionic Arm, Robotic Prospecting||If humans someday colonize the moon and Mars, robotic prospectors and miners will be among the first to arrive, manufacturing fuel, water, and other essentials. Plus technology like 3D printing is expanding what prosthetic limbs can do, and who can wear||3/31/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Residents Hours, BP Oil Spill, Gerrymandering||A play explores the loss of human and animal life after the Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010. Plus, can the shape of a congressional district tell us everything we need to know about its fairness?||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Wildflowers and Bees, Infinity and Beyond||The wildflower explosion in the southern California desert provides plentiful food to wild bees. In this springtime special, we talk about which wildflowers—and pollinators—to spot this season, and how to log your observations at www.inaturalist.org.||3/24/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Still one of the best programs on the air
I love this program. Science *is* agnostic and liberal--that's what allows people to start with questions and end with answers (rather than the other way around). It's a shame some people want to politicize facts. If you want something that affirms your beliefs, gather each Sunday with a group of people who believe what you do. If you want to question your beliefs and learn a little something, listen to this program each Friday. Of course, some of us are comfortable doing both. ;-)
Give us back the individual items!
I HATE the new format of an entire hour. I loved that this was one long radio show that divided things up so I could listen to the sections I was interested in. You can easily get your podcasts to play one after the other, but it's far harder to fast forward past a section you aren't interested in. Very, very disappointed. :(
listen and decide
There are some very odd reviews here concerning Flatow's abilities as a host. I really like the show and download them all. I listen at the gym and on long flights. Flatow is more than good; he's one of the best. Everyone I recommend this show to thinks so too. Granted that opinions vary on anything and everyone, but the nature of the criticisms seems a bit absurd to me. A little like some of the critiques of Darwin on Amazon... if you catch my drift. It's getting increasingly difficult to separate an honest reviewer from a clever religious or political fanatic. I don't pretend that I can. Anyway, I don't know Flatow, but I hope he keeps it up.