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First Person

Friday, March 12, 2010

Filmmaker Kristian Fraga and Marine First Lieutenant Mike Scotti talk about “Severe Clear,” the first-person account of what life was like on the front lines in Iraq. Then, Danielle Offri, an attending physician at New York’s Bellevue Hospital, tells us about some of the unique patients she has known over ...

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Underreported: Accelerated Tree Growth and Climate Change

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Geoffrey Parker, a forest ecologist at the Smithsonian Institution has been measuring the size and rate of growth of tree trunks for 22 years. After looking at his data, he determined that many of the trees he was surveying were growing at rate two to four times faster than expected ...

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The Age of Wonder

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Richard Holmes tells the history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the 18th century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. In The Age of Wonder: How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science, he looks at the ...

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The Political and the Poetical

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Harry Markopolos tells us about the years he spent investigating Bernard Madoff, and how the SEC ignored all the red flags he'd raised about Madoff's Ponzi scheme. Then, William Kentridge discusses his career and the new stunning exhibit of his work at MoMA. And Chang-Rae Lee talks about his latest ...

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Slow Death by Rubber Duck

Monday, March 08, 2010

Pollution is not just caused by industrial smokestacks; it’s also caused by commonplace items in our homes and workplaces. Bruce Lourie discusses pollution in our modern world. Slow Death by Rubber Duck: The Secret Danger of Everyday Things, written with Rick Smith, looks into the corporate manufacturers of toxins, ...

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WNYC News

Health Dept. to Vaccinate and Track Central Park Raccoons

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

This week New York City becomes one of the first areas to try to reduce the threat of rabid raccoons by capturing, vaccinating, tagging and releasing them. WNYC's Fred Mogul has more.

REPORTER: The first traps were laid yesterday. The Health Department says that the raccoon ...

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The Heart of the Matter

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

We’ll look at how the entire nation—including many unqualified homebuyers—got swept up in real-estate mania in the 1990s. Also, Russian pianists Denis Matsuev talks about his return to Carnegie Hall. Then, Gabriel Thompson tells us about his experience working alongside Latino immigrants in low-wage jobs all across the country. And ...

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On Thin Ice

Monday, February 15, 2010

Science writer Richard Ellis talks about how the polar bear has become a symbol of how climate change threatens life on the planet. In On Thin Ice: The Changing World of the Polar Bear, he looks at why the world population of polar bears has shrunk by half in ...

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Checks and Balances

Monday, February 15, 2010

Happy President’s Day! On Today's show we're replaying some of our favorite interviews from the year. Atul Gawande explains how a simple checklist can help doctors save lives – and why so many of his colleagues have resisted using it. Also, science writer Richard Ellis on the lives of polar ...

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The Mind's Eye

Friday, February 12, 2010

More than 30 million Americans are taking anti-depressants, and psychotherapist Gary Greenberg talks about what is gained—and lost—from using these often powerful medications. Then playwright David Ives and actress Nina Arianda discuss their new comedy “Venus in Fur.” Also, choreographer David Parsons stops by to talk about his company’s long ...

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Chasing Miracles

Monday, February 08, 2010

When John Crowley and his wife Aileen learned that their two youngest children had a rare genetic disorder called Pompe disease, he left his corporate job to help co-found a start-up biotech company focused exclusively on developing a treatment for the disease. His book Chasing Miracles: The Crowley Family ...

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Fight or Flight

Monday, February 08, 2010

Pulitzer Prize-winning military correspondent Thomas E. Ricks gives us an update on what's happening in Iraq. Then, saxophonist David Sanborn discusses his new album, “Only Everything.” The new Harrison Ford film “Extraordinary Measures” was inspired by a true story, and we’ll talk to John Crowley about his experience trying to ...

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WNYC News

At School in the Museum

Monday, February 08, 2010


Joel Cracraft, a curator of ornithology, teaching an evolution class.

Students studying to become biologists usually go straight from college to a masters or Ph.D. program at a university. But the American Museum of Natural History is offering them another route. It recently became ...

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Plastic and Fantastic

Friday, February 05, 2010

We’ll start off today’s show with our latest Please Explain, which is all about bisphenol-A, the controversial and potentially dangerous plastic additive. Then, RuPaul offers us some fashion tips. And Josh Rouse tells us how a Cuban cabaret legend inspired his latest album, which he wrote in Spain. We'll also ...

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Extreme Fear

Thursday, February 04, 2010

Science journalist Jeff Wise explains the latest research about how the brain reacts to fear, and describes his hands-on approach to his reporting. His book Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger reveals how the simple "fight or flight" model has been replaced by a more complex ...

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Deep Down

Thursday, February 04, 2010

On today’s show, we’ll look into what a yearlong investigation has revealed about secret prisons in military bases in Afghanistan. Then, Alex Lemon discusses being afflicted with strokes and undergoing brain surgery while he was still a college freshman. Also, science journalist Jeff Wise tells us about the latest research ...

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Underreported: Tropical Diseases and Poor Countries

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Today, nearly all of the 1.4 billion people who live below the World Bank’s poverty line are infected with hookworms or related parasites. We’ll look at the impact neglected tropical diseases, such as hookworm, has had on the world poorest countries with Dr. Peter J. Hotez. He is President of ...

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The Hidden Brain

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Shankar Vedantam, author of the Washington Post’s "Department of Human Behavior" column, explains the brain functions, emotional responses, and cognitive processes that happen without conscious awareness, but that control our behavior. In The Hidden Brain: How Our Unconscious Minds Elect Presidents, Control Markets, Wage Wars, and Save ...

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The Hidden Brain and Underground Crime

Thursday, January 28, 2010

On today’s show, Mike Pesca fills in as guest host. Science writer Shankar Vedantam explains how our unconscious minds help us make all kinds of decisions. Then, we’ll trace the evolution of cybercrime and learn why it’s become so popular with Russian and American gangsters. And we’ll look back at ...

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Couch Potatoes

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

A recent Australian study links time spent watching television with an increased rate of death. According to the study, people who said they watched TV for more than four hours a day were 80% more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than those who reported watching less than ...

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