Cool Science Radio

Thursday, 9-10AM

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From the discovery of new dinosaurs to the science of an avalanche.

From the secret technology behind Facebook, to nanotechnology.

Deciphering science and technology in an entertaining, amusing and accessible way.

If we can understand it, so can you. 

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  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.

  Lynn and John’s first guest on the program is Phil Davidson of Davidson Orthopedics. Dr. Davidson is renowned for his expertise in Cartilage Restoration and Joint Resurfacing of the knee and shoulder. For two decades, he has been recognized among the nation's foremost orthopedists in treating articular disorders. His particular area of clinical interest and expertise is in the field of biological and anatomic joint resurfacing.

Cool Science Radio - June 2, 2016

Jun 2, 2016

On the program this morning, John and Steve speak with Leonard Mlodinow, who discusses his book, The Upright Thinkers: The Human Journey from Living in Trees to Understanding the Cosmos. A few million years ago, our ancestors came down from the trees and began to stand upright, freeing our hands to create tools and our minds to grapple with the world around us. Leonard Mlodinow takes us on a passionate and inspiring tour through the exciting history of human progress and the key events in the development of science.

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Karen J. Greenberg, author of Rogue Justice: The Making of the Security State.   Karen Greenberg, is one of this country’s top experts on Guantánamo, torture, and terrorism, with a deep knowledge of both the Bush and Obama administrations.

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Dr. Jon-Karr Zubieta, Chair of Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah’s School of Medicine and Psychiatrist-in-Chief of the University Neuropsychiatric Institute. Dr. Zubieta is dedicated to promoting innovation at the interface between patient care and scientific discovery.

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Tom Griffiths co-author of Algorithms to Live By: The Computer Science of Human. Griffiths show how the algorithms used by computers can also untangle very human questions.

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This week on Cool Science Radio, hosts Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells explore the universe's ultimate questions of who we are, where we are and the presence of extra dimensions with Sean Carroll, author of The Big Picture.

Author Hope Jahren joins the show for the second half, discussing her new memoir, Lab Girl, delving into science, friendship and plants.

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