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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.
||CleanHr2: Gene Editing, Mind-Body Medicine, C-Section Microbiome||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||2/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, War On Cancer, Polling||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?||2/5/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Zika, Planet Vulcan, Antarctic Meteorite Hunter||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.||1/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Depression Screening, Octopus Signaling, Political Bias, Macroscope||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 persona||1/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Planet 9, Drilling Deep, Book Club||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.||1/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Food Sound, Ancient Violence, Apple Design, Subway Bacteria||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.||1/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: California Gas Leak, Con Psychology, Better Light Bulb||An update on the methane gas leak in California, how how human psychology predisposes us to take the grifters bait, and using photonic devices to build a better light bulb.||1/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Deep Space Design, Infant Microbiome||Researchers are trying to sort out what effect factors like an infants 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 material||1/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Western Drought Update, Always Hungry, Winter Gardens||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.||1/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Self-Driving Cars, Beautiful Instruments||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.||1/8/2016||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.