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Cool Science Radio - March 31, 2016

Mar 31, 2016
courtesy Macmillan Publishers

The first guest this morning on Cool Science Radio is Jon Ronson, author of the book, So You’ve Been Publically Shamed. Ronson is no stranger to the darker corners of humanity: he  investigates the world of public shaming, where social media has made everyone a vigilante, and where a poorly phrased tweet or comment can catapult a person to Public Enemy No. 1 overnight.

  Our first guest Dr. Steven Hatch looks at his own profession and says that diagnoses are often just educated guesses, and prognoses less certain still. He’s written a book called Snowball in a Blizzard:  A physician’s Notes on Uncertainty in Medicine.  We speak with him in the first half of the hour. 

  Lynn and John’s first guest is Dr. Andrew Newberg, co-author of How Enlightenment Changes Your Brain: The New Science of Transformation. In this original and groundbreaking book, Andrew Newberg, M.D., and Mark Robert Waldman turn their attention to the pinnacle of the human experience: enlightenment.In segment two, Pagan Kennedy, author of Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change the World tells how a father cleans up after his toddler and imagines a cup that won't spill.

John and Lynn’s first gust is Steve Olsen, author of Eruption: The Untold Story of Mount St. Helens. For months in early 1980, scientists, journalists, sightseers, and nearby residents listened anxiously to rumblings in Mount St. Helens, part of the chain of western volcanoes fueled by the 700-mile-long Cascadia fault. Still, no one was prepared when an immense eruption took the top off of the mountain and laid waste to hundreds of square miles of verdant forests in southwestern Washington State. 

  Today we speak with  Dr. Dalia Kirschbaum, Scientist  at NASA Goddard, about the Global Precipitation Measurement satellite, the GPM. It dissects and bisects weather events to provide next-generation observations of rain and snow worldwide every three hours.  Then,  Adam Kucharski, author of, The Perfect Bet: How Science and Math Are Taking the Luck Out of Gambling.  It's the tangled history of betting and science and how the house doesn't always win. 

  John and Lynn’s first guest is Adam Grant, author of Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World. In Originals Adam Grant addresses the challenge of improving the world, but now from the perspective of becoming original: choosing to champion novel ideas and values that go against the grain, battle conformity, and buck outdated traditions.

  On day four of our winter pledge drive, John and Lynn visit with Earl Foote from Nexus IT Consultants.  In the second segment of the program Angela Shaeffer from Peak Art and Frame is in studio.

  John and Lynn’s first guest today is Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time. While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again?

  Cool Science Radio speaks with Jet Propulsion Laboratory's head engineer tasked with leading the landing of the Curiosity on the surface of Mars.  His name is Adam Steltzner and he's written a book called, The Right Kind of Crazy:  A True Story of Teamwork, Leadership, and High-Stakes Innovation.  
Then, it's NY Times bestselling author Eric Weiner, author of, The Geography of Genius:  A Search for the World's Most Creative Places from Ancient Athens to Silicon Valley  

 

  Lynn Ware Peek and guest co-host Tim Henney find out how neuroscience, psychology, and quirky nutritional needs makes us choose what we put in our mouths.  They speak with acclaimed food writer  Bee Wilson about the origins of taste and our food habits. She’s written a book just out called First Bite, How We Learn to Eat

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