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Friday, January 22, 2010

On today’s show neuroscientist Douglas Fields discusses the latest breakthroughs in his field. And director Jon Amiel and Randal Keynes, Darwin’s great-great-grandson, discuss their new film "Creation." Then we’ll look at a collection of complaint letters sent to New York City mayors from the late 1750s all the way to the 1960s. Plus, we’ll get our hands dirty for our latest Please Explain--it’s all about soil!

The Other Brain

Neuroscientist Douglas Field, explains how glia, which make up approximately 85 percent of the cells in the brain, work. In The Other Brain: From Dementia to Schizophrenia, How New Discoveries about the Brain Are Revolutionizing Medicine and Science, he explains recent discoveries in glia research and looks at what ...

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Director Jon Amiel and Randal Keynes, Charles Darwin’s great-great-grandson, talk about the film "Creation," based Keynes’s book Creation,. It depicts Darwin as a brilliant man sure of his scientific skills but tormented by his daughter Annie’s death and by the realization that he has lost his faith. "Creation" opens ...

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Museum of Complaint

Matthew Bakkom culled New York City’s municipal archives to create New York City: Museum of Complaint, a collection of 122 letters to mayors of New York—from Edward Holland in the 1750s to John Lindsay in the late 1960s. The book reproduces the original letters, from those carefully handwritten with ...

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Please Explain: The Soil

On today’s edition of Please Explain, we’ll look at what’s in the earth beneath our feet. Chris Smith National Leader for Technical Soil Services, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, and Michael A. Wilson, Research Soil Scientist, USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service Soil Survey Research and Laboratory, describe what soil is made ...

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