A weekly feature on The Leonard Lopate Show; airs every Friday at noon
In Please Explain, we set aside time every Friday afternoon to get to the bottom of one complex issue. Ever wonder how New York City's water system works? Or how the US became so polarized politically? We'll back up and review the basic facts and principles of complicated issues across a broad range of topics — history, politics, science, you name it.
Recently in Please Explain
Friday, June 18, 2010
Batteries help power our world. They’re in everything from watches to iPods to smoke detectors to electric cars. On today’s edition of Please Explain, we’ll find out what they’re made of and how they work. We're joined by Jeremy P. Meyers, Assistant Professor, Mechanical Engineering/Materials Science & Engineering, University of Texas at Austin; and M. Stanley Whittingham, Professor of Chemistry and Materials Science & Engineering, and Director, Institute for Materials Research, SUNY at Binghamton.
Friday, June 11, 2010
Summer brings barbeques, potato salads, and lots of leafy green salads—and the potential for food-borne illness. On this Please Explain, we’ll find out where these bugs come from and how can we avoid getting sick from the foods we eat.
Friday, May 28, 2010
With the recent disclosures that Richard Blumenthal did not serve in Vietnam, Adam Wheeler tricked his way into Harvard, and Columbia's valedictorian plagiarized his commencement speech, this week's Please Explain is all about lying.
Friday, May 21, 2010
Please Explain is all about matter, anti-matter, and dark matter. Lisa Randall, Professor of Theoretical Physics at Harvard University; Michael Tuts, Professor of Physics at Columbia University and Mordecai Mark Mac-Low, Chair of the Department of Physics at the American Museum of Natural History tell us all about what it is and what it means.
Friday, May 14, 2010
On this week’s Please Explain we’re looking at the art and science of art conservation.
Friday, May 07, 2010
We’ll find out the difference between brown body fat and white, how fat forms and functions, where its stored, how its burned, and how much is too much. Maudene Nelson,
registered dietitian, New York State Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist, and a Certified Diabetes Educator at the Institute of Human Nutrition, joins us.
Friday, April 30, 2010
With the recent explosion on an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico and the oil slick heading toward the shore, on today's Please Explain,
we're looking into how offshore drilling is done how much oil might be discovered under the Atlantic now that the Obama administration is ...
Friday, April 23, 2010
Our latest Please Explain
is all about plastic recycling! Eric Goldstein,
senior attorney in the Natural Resource Defense Council's New York office and co-director of NRDC's urban program, joins us to explain what happens after plastic is tossed into the recycling bin and goes through the process ...
Friday, April 16, 2010
Sugary cereals claim to be "heart healthy" and packages that say a food is "all natural" still have a list of mysterious ingredients. On today’s edition of Please Explain, Marion Nestle,
Paulette Goddard Professor in the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health and Professor of Sociology at New ...
Friday, April 09, 2010
On this week's Please Explain, we're looking into skin care and skin care products. There are numerous lotions and potions that promise to restore youthful skin, but us there any truth to the claims they make? Dr. Michelle Hanjani,
assistant professor of clinical dermatology at Columbia University Medical Center joins ...
Friday, March 26, 2010
On today's Please Explain,
we'll look into how happiness is studied, and what some recent research reveals about what makes people happy, and why it's sometimes not what they'd expect. Sonja Lyubomirsky,
Department of Psychology, University of California Riverside joins us to discuss the psychology of happiness.
Friday, March 19, 2010
On today’s Please Explain
we’ll look into how hypnosis works, and how it can be effective in treating people who want to stop smoking, lose weight, or calm their nerves before a test. We’re joined by Dr. Roberta Temes,
hypnotist, psychologist, and author of The Complete Idiot’s ...
Friday, March 12, 2010
Today's Please Explain
is all about botanical mysteries and wonders—from meat-eating plants to phosphorescence. Jamie Boyer,
Director of Children's Education at the New York Botanical Garden, and Amy Stewart,
author of Wicked Plants: The Weed That Killed Lincoln's Mother and Other Botanical Atrocities.
Events: Amy Stewart will ...
Friday, March 05, 2010
Dust is everywhere: under our beds, on our computer screens, in cracks in the sidewalk, and on our skin. Particles from the Sahara can be found as far away as the Caribbean, and dust from melting glaciers can impact the Earth’s climate. On this week’s edition of ...
Friday, February 26, 2010
Today’s Please Explain
is about 3D technology—from the movies to the future of television. Lawrence Cormack,
Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, and Phil McNally,
Global Stereoscopic Supervisor for Dreamworks Animation join us to explain how it works.
Friday, February 19, 2010
On today's Please Explain we’ll look into chiropractic, used to treat back pain with spinal manipulation and adjustment. We’ll also discuss why it’s controversial, and new research into how it works and how it could be used to treat TMJ, headaches, even high blood pressure. We’re joined by Christine Goertz,
Friday, February 12, 2010
Growing global trade means more bugs and plants end up where they don’t belong, causing widespread environmental damage. On today’s Please Explain,
we’ll learn how invasive species—from Asian purple loosestrife to the Colorado potato beetle—can wreak havoc when they’re accidentally imported to a new environment. We’re joined by ...
Friday, February 05, 2010
Bisphenol-A, known as BPA, is an important building block of several plastics and plastic additives. Concern about the use of BPA in consumer products has been growing, and questions about its safety and its effect of human health have led some retailers to remove products made of it from their ...
Friday, January 29, 2010
Hindustani music, a classical musical tradition of northern and central India, can be traced back to Vedic times, around 1000 BC. On today’s edition of Please Explain
we’ll take a look at India’s rich culture of music and its trademark instruments. Tabla player Dibyarka Chatterjee,
and sitar player ...