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From the secret technology behind Facebook, to nanotechnology.

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Cool Science Radio - August 18, 2016

Aug 18, 2016

  John and guest co-host Alex Butwinski talk with Meg Leta Jones, author of Ctrl + Z The Right to Be Forgotten. This is going on your permanent record!” is a threat that has never held more weight than it does in the Internet Age, when information lasts indefinitely. The ability to make good on that threat is as democratized as posting a Tweet or making blog. Data about us is created, shared, collected, analyzed, and processed at an overwhelming scale.

  John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek share Cool Science stories about the Apollo 11 mission, about new style  car-jacking.  Then it's Colleen Mclaughlin of the Natural History Museum of Utah, and finally BBC Security Correspondent Gordon Corera on his new book, Cyber Spies:  The Secret History of Surveillance, Hacking, and Digital Espionage.

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Rachel Ignotofsky, author of Women in Science: 50 Fearless Pioneers Who Changed the World. A charmingly illustrated and educational book, Women in Science highlights the contributions of fifty notable women to the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) from the ancient to the modern world.

  On today’s program, John and Lynn speak with Christopher Gonzales of Knack, a programmatic advertising platform that pairs brands with individual social media influencers to create and promote targeted user generated advertisements on social media. The second guest on the program is Winifred Gallagher, author of How the Post Office Created America: A History. Winifred Gallagher presents the history of the post office as America’s own story, told from a fresh perspective over more than two centuries.

Cool Science Radio - July 21, 2016

Jul 21, 2016

  John and Alex’s  first guest is Antonio Garcia Martinez, author of Chaos Monkeys: Obscene Fortune and Random Failure in Silicon Valley. Martínez unravels the chaotic evolution of social media and online marketing and reveals how it is invading our lives and shaping our future.The second guest is John Ruple, Associate Professor of Law, University of Utah. In a new study published in Environs Environmental Law & Policy Journal, University of Utah S.J.

  Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells speak with David Sumpter about soccer and Math in his book Soccermatics:  Mathematical Adventure in the Beautiful Game.  Love soccer and Math?  Or love soccer but wonder about how to be inspired by Math?  

 

Then, Wired magazine's co-founder Kevin Kelly. He's got us looking ahead to what we can expect from technology in The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future.

 

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Virginia Heffernan, author of Magic and Loss: The Internet as Art.And then they speak with John Bloom, author of Eccentric Orbits: The Iridium Story. In the early 1990s, Motorola developed a revolutionary satellite system called Iridium that promised to be its crowning achievement. Iridium the company was a commercial disaster. Only months after launching service, it was $11 billion in debt, burning through $100 million a month.

Lynn Ware Peek and guest co-host Tim Henney speak about a growing medical industry, palliative care, known as end-of-life care.  Mr. Michael Fratkin specializes in this type of medical care at Resolution Care in Arcata, California.  www.resolutioncare.com

Then,  best-selling author and Wharton School of Business professor Jonah Berger on Invisible Influence: The Hidden Forces That Shape Behavior. When and why do we follow the tide or do as others do? And when and why do we strike out on our own and go against the tide?

  Lynn and John interview Jason Wilkes, author of Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself.  Focusing on how mathematics is created rather than on mathematical facts, Wilkes teaches the subject in a way that requires no memorization and no prior knowledge beyond addition and multiplication.Gabriela Gonzalez is a Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Louisiana State University and the Spokesperson for the LIGO Scientific Collaboration.

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Alan Westenskow, Director Business Development for Proterra. With the launch of their first fast-charge bus the EcoRide, Proterra broke new ground and became the leading innovator of zero-emission commercial vehicle solutions.

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