Curtis White
August 20, 2013

The Science Delusion

Why is there something instead of nothing? What is our purpose on earth? Depending on which camp you’re in – science or religion, you’ll have a much different answer to these questions. But when did that dictomy develop and why do they have to be at odds with each other? This hour on Focus, Jack Brighton talks with Curtis White about his new book The Science Delusion.

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John Ballentine
February 01, 2013

The Future of Space Travel

Guests: Michael Lopez-Alegria, Phillippe Geubelle, and Jonathan Card.

Ten years ago, the Space Shuttle Columbia exploded on re-entry over Texas, killing seven astronauts; in the years that followed, state-funded space flight dwindled. Today on Focus, we'll talk the future of space exploration with a former astronaut, an aerospace engineer, and a businessman who want to make human settlements in space a reality. Join our conversation at 10 or on Facebook and Twitter

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November 13, 2012

Encore: Why Does the World Exist?

Guest: Jim Holt.

Author Jim Holt is not satisfied with the regular responses to the question "Why are we here?" There are many more possible answers, says Holt, than the old God versus the Big Bang debate would suggest. This hour on Focus, we'll listen back to a conversation with Holt about his new book Why Does the World Exist? He'll talk about his correspondence with philosophers, physicists, and a Buddhist monk in his quest for big answers.

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November 12, 2012

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Related Anxiety Disorders

Guest: Shayla Parker.

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder is an anxiety disorder that affects more and more Americans every year, but the symptoms are so subtle that years or even decades may pass between the onset of symptoms and treatment. Today on Focus, we'll talk about OCD and related disorders with professional counselor Shayla Parker.

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August 30, 2012

Kingdom Under Glass

Kingdom Under Glass: A Tale of Obsession, Adventure, and One Man's Quest to Preserve the World's Great Animals

Jay Kirk, Teacher in the Creative Writing Program, University of Pennsylvannia

Host: David Inge

This is a repeat broadcast from Thursday, Nov. 4, 2010, 10 am

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August 21, 2012

Encore: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

Guest: Rebecca Skloot.

She was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—would become one of the most important tools of modern medicine, used to develop the polio vaccine, gene mapping, cloning, and more. Today on Focus, Rebecca Skloot joins the show to tell the story of Henrietta Lacks, the medical revolution that she unknowingly launched, and the ethics one must consider when it comes to our bodies and medicine.

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August 10, 2012

Encore: Long for This World: The Strange Science of Immortality

Guest: Jonathan Weiner.

In the twentieth century alone, the human life expectancy has increased by more than thirty years. Some scientists believe that it's time for the next big leap—this time into complete immortality. Today on Focus, science writer Jonathan Weiner joins the show to explain some of the science behind this heart-pounding research and the dramatic tale of how aging may be conquered once and for all—even in this lifetime.

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August 02, 2012

Encore: How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival

Guest: David Kaiser, Ph.D.

In the 1970s, severe cutbacks in physics funding drove a group of eccentric scientists to take a different approach on their field, studying quantum entanglement alongside mind reading and Eastern mysticism. Today on Focus, our guest David Kaiser will explain how their work helped pave the way for numerous other breakthroughs in quantum mechanics.

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