July 16, 2012

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking

Susan Cain, J.D., Writer and Attorney

Host: David Inge

We have been told that the happiest people are the most sociable. Author Susan Cain says that may be why so many introverts hide from themselves. As a personality trait, she says, introversion is seen as something between a disappointment and a pathology. And that is a perception she is out to change.  Cain talks with us about her new book "Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking."

This is a repeat broadcast from Monday, March 12, 2012, 10 am

June 29, 2012


May Berenbaum, Ph.D., Professor and Department Head, Entomology, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

We welcome back University of Illinois entomologist May Berenbaum for another show about the most abundant life form on this planet, the insect. When May stops by we encourage you to put aside questions of extermination, and instead try to appreciate insects for the many and varied ways they live their lives. If you are curious about a particular insect, give us a call, and a description, and May will try to identify it and tell you something about its habits.

June 20, 2012

Nanoscience and Technology

Irfan S. Ahmad, Ph.D., Executive Director, Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, University of Illiniois

Yi Lu, Ph.D., Jay and Ann Schenck Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Illinois

Host: David Inge

Many scientists believe that nanotechnology, a field that involves engineering on a very small scale, has great potential to change both our economy and the way we live.  At the nanoscale, materials we know well can have very different properties, making them valuable for a wide range of products. We’ll look at recent developments in this field here at the University of Illinois. We’ll have two guests, Irfan Ahmad, associate director of the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology, and Yi Lu, professor of chemistry.

June 14, 2012

Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It

Daniel Halperin, Ph.D., Adjunct Associate Professor, University of North Carolina School of Public Health

Host: David Inge

Scientists believe that the virus that causes AIDS jumped from chimpanzees to humans about a century ago. It had been confined to a small patch of southeastern Cameroon, and it might have stayed there had not Europeans come, ensuring the disease would spread as an accident of their efforts to exploit Africa’s resources. We’ll look at the role of colonialism in the spread of AIDS. Our guest will be medical anthropologist Daniel Halperin, co-author of the new book "Tinderbox: How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome It."

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