John Dankosky

WNPR Hartford

John Dankosky is the host of "Where We Live" and news director at WNPR Hartford.

John Dankosky appears in the following:

Asking For Help, PFAS Chemicals, Plastics Recycling, Depression Book.

Friday, October 21, 2022

Research shows people are often quite willing to help others. Plus, a possible Achilles heel for troublesome PFAS chemicals. And, an author finds humor in the nuances of depression.

New Alzheimer’s Drug, Bangladeshi Water Machine, Recording Earth’s Sounds

Friday, September 30, 2022

How Bangladeshi farmers found a way to save massive amounts of water. Plus, a soundscape artist’s entire collection of work is going to the Library of Congress.

DART Asteroid Mission, Rescue Robots, Raccoon Vaccination, Medical Marijuana and

Friday, September 30, 2022

How (and why) NASA successfully caused a collision between a small spacecraft and an asteroid. Plus, how do you vaccinate a wild raccoon for rabies? Hint: Fish-flavored candy.

Race And Medicine, Salmon Recovery, Emergency Mushroom ID

Friday, June 10, 2022

Race is often conflated with biology in medicine. A more nuanced approach is emerging: using culturally competent care in treatment. Plus, how a Facebook group identifies mushrooms.

Cephalopod Wonders, Jumping Worms, Early Plastic Surgery

Friday, June 10, 2022

Dive into the fancy tricks and ineffable weirdness of cephalopods. Plus, a new book explores the surprising roots of facial reconstruction surgery—the battlefields of World War I.

SIDS Research, Period Tracking Apps, Women And Girls In Science

Friday, May 27, 2022

Period tracking apps data may be used in court if abortion protections are overturned. Plus, a new children’s book about female researchers and the obstacles they have overcome.

Gun Violence, Baby Formula, Monkeypox, Milk Banking, Wondrous Sharks

Friday, May 27, 2022

In this hour, we dive into the wonderful world of sharks. Plus, a primer on monkeypox. And feeding babies, from baby formula to milk banking. 

Ukraine And The Energy Market, More West Nile Virus, Bird Flu, 5,000 Exoplanets

Friday, March 25, 2022

Rain and drought are predicted to create better conditions for mosquitoes to spread the West Nile virus across the U.S. Plus, astronomers logged 5,000 exoplanets.

Why Vampire Bats Drink Blood, Ethics Checks On Brain Research, Cicada Exhibit

Friday, March 25, 2022

How losing genes allowed vampire bats to gain bloodsucking superpowers. Plus, what ethical controls are needed to guide groundbreaking research on the human brain?

Bridge Infrastructure, Cat Gap, Lab Mice, Power Of The Dog, Mars Book Club

Friday, February 25, 2022

Blast off to Mars with us for this spring’s SciFri Book Club! Plus, exploring the 6 million years of no feline-like animals. And why are mice the most frequently used lab animal?

Eye Implant Ethics, Sled Dogs, Tranquility Sound Scapes

Friday, February 25, 2022

A medical device startup ends support for its bionic eye implants—and blind patients who use them have to figure out what’s next. And human activity is erasing the natural soundscape.

Big Trees, Masks And Singing, Capturing Holiday Scents, Unseen Body

Friday, December 17, 2021

We explore the parallels between the nature and human anatomy. Plus, the largest 1% of trees play a big role in forest ecosystems. And how to capture your favorite seasonal scents.

James Webb Space Telescope, Vaccination And Church, Maine Puffins

Friday, December 17, 2021

The James Webb space telescope could launch next week. Plus, in Black Protestant churches, regular attendees are much more likely to be vaccinated than those who come infrequently.

Third Thumb, Nostalgia, Orcas

Friday, August 20, 2021

Scientists are studying what a prosthetic device they’re calling a “Third Thumb” does to your brain. Plus, the healing power of nostalgia. 

Delta Variant, Myers-Briggs Personality Test, Suicide in Communities of Color

Friday, August 20, 2021

In communities of color, the pandemic is leading to growing numbers of suicides. Plus, how the Myers-Briggs test was invented by a mother-daughter duo, and its complicated legacy.

Infrastructure Package, Covid News, Line3 Pipeline

Friday, August 06, 2021

Epidemiologist Dr. Céline Gounder untangles rapidly changing pandemic updates. Plus, a plan to replace an aging oil pipeline spurs heated debates over safety, amid a worsening drought.

Shellfish Deaths, Chemical Safety, Humpback Songs

Friday, July 23, 2021

Experts estimate over a billion sea creatures were scorched during the Pacific Northwest’s record-breaking heat wave. Plus, whistleblowers allege “atmosphere of fear” at the EPA. 

Science Friday 2021-07-23

Friday, July 23, 2021


Songbird Mystery, Sweat, Betelgeuse

Friday, July 16, 2021

A mystery illness is affecting American songbirds. Plus, why our sweat is useful and even worth celebrating. And what might be behind the dimming of the red giant star Betelgeuse.

Alzheimer’s Treatment Controversy, Science Mistakes, Chonky Fish

Friday, June 11, 2021

The FDA approved the first drug for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease in almost 20 years. But the benefits of it aren’t clear. Plus, what happens when scientists admit they’re wrong?