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The Leonard Lopate Show

What's Reality?

Monday, September 15, 2008

Find out how our understanding of the nature of reality has changed radically over the past 25 years. Leonard talks to physicist Frank Wilczek, author of Lightness of Being: Mass, Ether, and the Unification of Forces.

Event: Frank Wilczek will be speaking Monday, September 15 at ...

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Icarus Revisited

Monday, September 15, 2008

In his new book, Icarus at the Edge of Time, leading physicist Brian Greene reimagines the Icarus fable, set on the starship Proxima on a twenty-five-trillion mile journey.

Brian Greene will be speaking and signing books
Monday, September 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Barnes & Noble ...

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The Leonard Lopate Show

North American Woolly Mammoths

Thursday, September 11, 2008

New DNA analysis shows that the last of the woolly mammoths, even those who lived in Asia, were all genetically North American. This suggests that woolly mammoths actually migrated in both directions over the Bering Strait land bridge, and that not all important developments in the evolution of woolly mammoths ...


The Brian Lehrer Show

Smashing Particles

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Brian Greene, professor of mathematics and physics at Columbia University and author of Icarus at the Edge of Time, talks about the Large Hadron Collider, which successfully completed its first test this morning.

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Extending Term Limits

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

New York City council member G. Oliver Koppell talks about why he plans to introduce a bill that would soften term limits in New York City.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Stop, Thief!

Friday, September 05, 2008

Retailers lose up to forty billion dollars a year to shoplifting, employee theft, and organized retail crime. Find out how the retail industry is now taking a high-tech approach to dealing with theft, and whether it’s working. John Colapinto’s article in the issue of the Sept. 1 issue of the ...

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Underreported: Termite Guts

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Could termite guts hold a solution to global warming? Some scientists think that a better understanding of how termites devour wood so efficiently could eventually allow us to create valuable biofuel. Phil Hugenholtz is head of the Joint Genome Institute’s Microbial Ecology Program and is involved in mapping ...

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Oregon Coprolites

Thursday, August 28, 2008

University of Oregon archaeologist Dennis L. Jenkins and his students have found mummified human coprolites (ancient human feces) in the Paisley Caves of southern Oregon. Testing shows that the coprolites are from Asiatic peoples and are about 14,000 years old, which means that the first North Americans may have come ...


The Brian Lehrer Show

Death of the Landline

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Who needs it? Apparently fewer and fewer people think they need a landline phone. Plus, there's a new cable TV provider in town. Verizon FiOS service has just started this week. Craig Moffett, senior analyst for U.S. telecommunications, cable, and satellite for Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., talks ...

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Studies Find Health of Hudson River is Mixed

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Two new studies look at the health of the Hudson River, and have found mixed results. WNYC's Ilya Marritz has more.

REPORTER: Scientists at SUNY-Stony Brook analysed concentrations of methyl mercury in Hudson River fish bellies. They found today's levels are two to three times lower ...