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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  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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Lynn Ware Peek and John Wells talk about coincidence, and the fascinating world of math and probability behind that coincidence with Joseph Mazur, author of the book, Fluke: the Math and Myth of Coincidence. 

Then, a conversation with Rowland White, bestselling author and aviation expert, about his new book, Into the Black: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the First Flight of the Space Shuttle Columbia and the Astronauts Who Flew Her. 

Cool Science Radio - April 7, 2016

Apr 7, 2016

  John Wells and guest co-host Alex Butwinski welcome Mary Spio to the show.  Mary is the author of the book, It’s Not Rocket Science: 7 Game-Changing Traits for Uncommon Success.

The second guest on the program is Matt Wilkinson who has written, Restless Creatures: The Story of Life in Ten Movements. Matt’s book makes the argument that the true story of evolution is the story of locomotion, from the first stirrings of Bacteria to the amazing feats of Olympic athletes. 

Cool Science Radio - March 31, 2016

Mar 31, 2016
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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. 

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