August 20, 2009

The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars

Guest: Christopher Cokinos.

From rogue scientists to amateur stargazers, plenty of people all throughout history have been fascinated by the phenomenon of "falling stars." Today on Focus, we're joined by award-winning writer Christopher Cokinos to talk about his recent book, The Fallen Sky: An Intimate History of Shooting Stars. Cokinos provides anecdotes from Antarctica to outer space to tell the story of how the study of meteorites became part of modern astronomy.

August 15, 2009

The Years of Talking Dangerously

With Geoffrey Nunberg, Ph.D. (Adjunct Full Professor, School of Information, University of California, Berkeley; Senior Researcher, Center for the Study of Language and Information and Consulting Full Professor of Linguistics, Stanford University)

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