Mary Roach

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Science Writer Mary Roach Tackles the Evolution of War in 'Grunt'

Monday, June 06, 2016

Mary Roach gets a first hand look at survival, combat and adaptation during war in her latest book, "Grunt." 

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Video: Mary Roach "If you dig enough, anything is fascinating"

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mary Roach came by April 17 to talk about her book Gulp for the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club.


Mary Roach's Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Mary Roach’s latest book Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal investigates how digestion works, from start to finish. Roach writes about the scientists who tackle the complex bodily process that fuels us and keeps us alive. Gulp is the Leonard Lopate Show Book Club’s April selection, so pick up a copy and start reading today! Mary Roach will be here April 17 to talk about the amazing, sometimes stomach-turning facts she learned about our digestive tract.

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Gut Wrench: Human Digestion 101

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Mary Roach tells you everything you every wanted to know (and maybe some stuff you didn’t) about human digestion. In Packing for Mars, she wrote about space toilets and for RadioLab s...

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Watch our Hangout: Ring in the Mars Rover

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Thanks to everyone who tuned in to watch our first-ever Google Hangout. We had a blast!

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Beyond the grave

Friday, June 29, 2012

To get things started, Jad ris fascinated by the first paragraph of an article by Mary Roach, in which she makes a bold claim about a daring attempt to provide proof that there is life after death. She tells us the story of Thomas Lynn Bradford and his journey ...

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Ghost Stories

Friday, June 29, 2012

Real-life people try to pin down, and make peace with, mysterious figures that haunt them, prod them, and fade out of existence.

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Holey Cow

Monday, April 02, 2012

Not long ago, writer Mary Roach got a real hands-on lesson on the gut: she got to stick her hand inside a real live cow stomach, and experience digestion from the inside. When we heard about her adventure, we had to try it ourselves—so producer Tim Howard headed to Rutgers ...

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Monday, April 02, 2012

A look at the messy mystery in our middles, and what the rumblings deep in our bellies can tell us about ourselves.

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'Packing for Mars' with Mary Roach

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Mary Roach was determined to write the definitive 'sex in space chapter' in the history of space journalism. And although she gets into pondering what the pitfalls of sex in zero gravity might entail, her book "Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void" also broaches issues that most earthbound humans have never considered. 

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Excerpt: 'Packing for Mars'

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


To the rocket scientist, you are a problem. You are the most irritating piece of machinery he or she will ever have to deal with. You and your fluctuating metabolism, your puny memory, your frame that comes in a million different configurations. You are unpredictable. You’re inconstant. You take weeks to fix. The engineer must worry about the water and oxygen and food you’ll need in space, about how much extra fuel it will take to launch your shrimp cocktail and irradiated beef tacos. A solar cell or a thruster nozzle is stable and undemanding. It does not excrete or panic or fall in love with the mission commander. It has no ego. Its structural elements don’t start to break down without gravity, and it works just fine without sleep.

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Mary Roach on Packing for Mars

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mary Roach explores the strange universe of space travel. In Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void, she looks at the science of preparing for life in space—a world devoid of the things we need to survive: air, gravity, hot showers, and fresh foods. She investigates what happens if you vomit in your helmet during a space walk and if its possible for the human body to survive a bailout at 17,000 miles per hour.

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Guest Picks: Mary Roach

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Mary Roach is a fan of pot bellies. Find out what other favorite things she revealed after her appearance on The Leonard Lopate Show.


The Science of Sex

Monday, June 16, 2008

The science of sex is studied in labs, brothels, MRI centers, farms, and sex-toy companies. Science writer Mary Roach has spent two years following the study of sexual physiology; she writes about what she found in her new book, Bonk.

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Further On Down the Road

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Find out why more and more immigrants to the US are bypassing big cities like NY and LA and are instead settling in smaller towns all over the country. Also: French soprano Natalie Dessay. Mary Roach on the science of sex. And a look at the Kurds’ long struggle for ...