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The Leonard Lopate Show

Up with the Birds

Monday, April 06, 2009

Phoebe Snetsinger was a frustrated, depressed 1950’s housewife. Then she was diagnosed with terminal cancer and dedicated the rest of her life to bird watching. Olivia Gentile looks at Phoebe's life, her passion for birds and the line between dedication and pathological obsession in her book Life ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Deep Brain Stimulation

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

There are some brain disorders that do not respond to traditional treatments and therapies. Science writer Jamie Talan investigates a new and controversial procedure for the treatment of rare disorders in which electrodes are implanted in the brain with a device similar to a pacemaker. She'll be joined by Dr. ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

It Takes a Brain Surgeon

Monday, March 30, 2009

As chair of the department of neurosurgery at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Dr. Keith Black is one of the best neurosurgeons in the world. In his book, Brain Surgeon, he writes about his daily journeys into the body’s most delicate organ.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

I Am, Therefore I Think

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

U.C. Berkeley philosopher Alva Noë challenges the assumptions underlying neuroscientific studies of consciousness in Out of Our Heads. According to Noë, consciousness arises from interactions with out surroundings and is not something that simply happens inside of our brains.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Oyster Restoration in New York Harbor

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Before the turn of the 20th century, the bottom of New York Harbor was covered in oyster reefs. Because of pollution and overfishing, the oysters all but disappeared, but with the recent cleanup of the Harbor, they are returning. The River Project is now planning to ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Why Locusts Swarm

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Farmers have lost their crops to swarming locusts since Biblical times, but new research has revealed that serotonin plays a major role in starting a locust swarm. Dr. Swidbert Ott, a Royal Society Research Fellow at Cambridge University, explains what he and his research team found and how it may ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Stem Cell Stimulus

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Susan Solomon, CEO and co-founder of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, and Michael Christman, president and CEO of the Coriell Institute for Medical Research, talk about the impact federally funded stem cell research may have on the New York/New Jersey area.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Playing Your Brain

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Dr. Stewart Brown has spent his career studying animal behavior and has also conducted more than six thousand "play histories" of humans from all walks of life. His findings indicate that play is essential to developing our social skills, adaptability, intelligence, creativity and more. His book is Play: How ...

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WNYC News

Stem Cell Researchers Expect Increase in Funding

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Local researchers say they’re optimistic that the reversal of Bush-era restrictions will lead to more funding for embryonic stem cell studies.

NYU’s Dr. David Levy has been investigating the basic mechanisms that let stem cells divide into various kinds of cells. His federal funding hasn’t been ...

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WNYC News

Brain Docs Debate Memory Drugs

Thursday, March 05, 2009

It's a truism for most of us that if you live long enough, your mind starts to go. But only recently have neurologists begun to understand how memory loss works. Much of this knowledge has emerged while studying Alzheimer's Disease leading some researchers to wonder ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Decisions, Decisions

Thursday, February 26, 2009

Jonah Lehrer, editor at large for Seed Magazine, contributor to Radio Lab and the author of How We Decide, explains how humans make decisions using the latest insights from behavioral economics and neuroscience. What's the most rational or irrational decision you've ever made? What's your decision-making approach ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Between Your Ears

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Steven Pinker, psychology professor at Harvard University and the author of The Stuff of Thought: Language as a Window into Human Nature discusses language, genomes, and all things brain.

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Radiolab

Darwinvaganza

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Radiolab throws a birthday party for Charles Darwin! Robert Krulwich invites three experts to toast the birthday boy.

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WNYC News

Riverkeepers Say Drink Tap Water

Monday, February 23, 2009

The Hudson River watershed advocates at Riverkeeper want New Yorkers to drink more tap water, and they're pushing a new water bottle to do just that. The group says tap water is better regulated than bottled water and it saves oil because water pipes deliver ...

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WNYC News

What Smells In New York?

Thursday, February 05, 2009

The source of that maple syrupy-smell that has troubled Upper West Siders, and confounded city environmental officials, since October, 2005, has been found.

Mayor Bloomberg says it comes from Fruitarom, a New Jersey company that turns fenugreek seeds into food additives.

The mayor says Fruitarom is not ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Great Speciators

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The bird family Zosteropidae – aka “White Eyes,” for the white feathers that frame their eyes – form new species at a rate faster than any other known bird, according to new research. Christopher Filardi, Biodiversity Scientist for the American Museum of Natural History, explains what these “Great ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Cheater Ants

Thursday, January 22, 2009

In ant society, workers give up reproducing in order to care for the queen’s offspring. When the workers cheat and try to have their own kids, their fellow workers attack them in order to stop them from reproducing. Dr. Juergen Liebig of Arizona State University, author of a new study ...

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Radiolab

Thrill of Discovery

Monday, January 12, 2009

Erica Carmel was unimpressed in her physics class at MIT when a professor demonstrated that by swinging a bucket full of water around on a rope, he could invert the bucket above him without it dumping all over him. After all, she had made the same discovery when she was ...

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Radiolab

Yellow Fluff and Other Curious Encounters

Monday, January 12, 2009

Stories of love and loss in the name of science.

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Radiolab

Glad Somebody Likes Bugs...

Monday, January 12, 2009

Evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne got all soft inside when he thought about how the botfly larva in his scalp was eating his tissue and turning it into a new organism. It was of him, like a child. His friend Sarah Rogerson was a little less charmed, and they both ...

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