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Margaret Wertheim — The Grandeur and Limits of Science

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self across history and culture.

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On Being

[Unedited] Margaret Wertheim with Krista Tippett

Thursday, April 23, 2015

A passionate translator of the beauty and relevance of scientific questions, Margaret Wertheim is also wise about the limits of science to tell the whole story of the human self across history and culture.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Freeman Dyson's Free-thinking

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Now 91, Princeton physics professor Freeman Dyson shares his thoughts on science, including his contrarian views on global warming.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Mathematical Proof That Defined The Universe, A Career

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Cédric Villani's work on one of the most surprising theories in classical physics earned him a Fields Medal, the most coveted prize in mathematics, in 2010.

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The Takeaway

State Secrets Revealed? H Bomb Architect Moves Forward With Memoir

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Physicist Ken Ford witnessed the hydrogen bomb's creation, an event he tries to shed some light onto in his new memoir. But the U.S. government says his book contains state secrets.

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On Being

Arthur Zajonc + Michael McCullough — Mind and Morality: A Dialogue

Thursday, March 12, 2015

For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes.

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[Unedited] Arthur Zajonc and Michael McCullough

Thursday, March 12, 2015

For several hundred years, much of scientific advance has been about exploring human beings, including their actions and choices, in terms of mechanism — our bodies, our brains, physical processes.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Physics Meets Comedy in "The Infinite Monkey Cage"

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Physicist Brian Cox and comedian Robin Ince talk about taking their award winning science discussion show, The Infinite Monkey Cage, on the road.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

One Universe at a Time

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Theoretical physicist Lee Smolin and the philosopher, social legal theorist and politician Roberto Mangabeira Unger argue that the laws governing the universe must evolve. 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Physics of Time

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Janna Levin, a professor of physics and astronomy at Barnard College, talks about how an astrophysicist would describe time.

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Specials

On Being: Uncovering The Codes For Reality

Thursday, November 27, 2014

In this special, week-long series from On Being: physicist James Gates explains how string theory research leads to the question, “Are we in the matrix?”

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Specials

On Being: Exoplanets and Love

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

In this special, week-long series from On Being: astronomer Natalie Batalha leads us into the hunt for exoplanets -- Earth-sized planets beyond our solar system that might harbor life.

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Specials

On Being: Reimagining The Cosmos

Monday, November 24, 2014

In this special, a conversation with Brian Greene about his thrilling, mind-bending view of the cosmos and of the human adventure of modern science.

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Radiolab

Mapping What You Cannot See, Cannot Know, Cannot Visit

Sunday, September 07, 2014

We live on a planet, next to a star that's part of a galaxy that's part of ... ah, here comes the new discovery. We are at the very tip of a giant galactic "supercluster." Take a look.
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Radiolab

Building Me: A Puzzlement

Friday, September 05, 2014

I am made of atoms — 7,000 trillion trillion of them. How did I teach them to tie my shoes? Or did they teach me?
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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Science of Booze

Friday, June 13, 2014

We're familiar with its effects. But what's the magical chemistry behind fermented beverages? And what in the world goes into a "Corpse Reviver #2?"

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Radiolab

A Young Woman Falls In Love With Everything

Sunday, May 25, 2014

You start with difference, with mystery. Some things spiral, some become spheres, some branch, some don't. We know that inert atoms quicken, become bees, goats, clouds, then dissolve back into randomness. We look at these things, all these very, very different things, and we wonder, are they really different, or ...

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On Being

Leonard Mlodinow — Randomness and Choice

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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[Unedited] Leonard Mlodinow with Krista Tippett

Thursday, May 01, 2014

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Radiolab

Music That Burns, Literally

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Take Beyonce. Take Sinatra. Take whomever you love and set them on fire — with a "Pyro Board." It plays music by pulsing the beats in flame, and when the singer hits a high note — stand back.

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