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Friday, May 20, 2005

Diana Preston traces the development of nuclear power, from Marie Curie to Hiroshima, in Before the Fallout. Then, we’ll look at why we blush, hiccup, and feel ticklish on our regular Friday feature, Please Explain.

From Marie Curie to Hiroshima

Historian Diana Preston investigates the personal, political, and scientific back stories of the creation of nuclear weapons in Before the Fallout.

Music: Deep Impact soundtrack, by James Horner (Sony Classics) -- #1/6/3/7

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A Ticklish Subject

John W. Krakauer, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Columbia University, and Robert Provine, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, try to explain some of the more mysterious reactions our bodies have to the world. We’ll explore why we blush, why we’re ticklish, and why ...

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