October 13, 2005

The Ultimate Field Trip

Guest: Harrison Schmitt, Apollo 17 astronaut.

The last man to walk on the moon did so in 1972. Harrison Schmitt is to date the only civilian scientist to the moon, a geologist who continues to be a strong advocate for the exploration and settlement of space. Today on Focus, he'll talk about what it's like to stand on the lunar surface, and about what lies ahead for humans in space.

October 13, 2005

The Republican War on Science

Guest: Chris Mooney.

Science has never been more crucial to understanding the political issues facing the country—yet, says journalist Chris Mooney, today's scientists have less influence with the federal government than at any time since the Nixon administration. Today on Focus, Mooney talks about his recent book The Republican War on Science, in which he argues that the Bush administration has favored the support of social conservatives and the business community over scientific consensus.

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