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 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. 

  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. 

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