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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: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.||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: 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.||11/20/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: 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.||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: 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.||11/13/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: 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.||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: 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.||11/6/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: 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.||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: 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.||10/30/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: A Puzzling Distant Star, Government IT Glitches, Cabinet of Curiosities||Astronomers explore theories behind a distant star with a mysterious glow,Bob Charette reflects on a decade-worth of IT fails in government, and nature writer Gordon Grice shares tips for building your own natural history collection.||10/23/2015||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Dinos and Dark Matter, Back to the Future||A look at this week in science, physicist Lisa Randall explores the theory that a disc of dark matter could have been responsible for the demise of the dinosaurs, and visual effects art director John Bell talks about how he imagined the then-distant wor||10/23/2015||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.