May 12, 2005

Before the Fallout: From Marie Curie to Hiroshima

Guest: Diana Preston.

In less than fifty years, what was once an open and joyous quest to learn the secrets of the atom became a sprint to develop the ultimate weapon of mass destruction. This morning on Focus we'll talk with Diana Preston about her new book Before the Fallout, which covers the period of history between the discovery of radium in 1898 and the detonation of the first atomic bomb.


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March 28, 2005

On a Grander Scale: The Outstanding Life of Sir Christopher Wren

Guest: Lisa Jardine.

A mathematician, an astronomer, an anatomist, Sir Christopher Wren could have picked just about any way to leave his legacy—and he chose architecture, designing the famed Saint Paul's Cathedral, which still stands in London today. Today on Focus, Lisa Jardine joins us to reveal more details about the life of this extraordinarily multitalented man.


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