July 25, 2005

Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War

Guest: Samuel Epstein, M.D.

In 1971, Richard Nixon declared war on cancer, but Dr. Samuel Epstein says we have been losing the battle ever since. He says we have made two basic mistakes: we have spent most of our resources on treating cancer once it strikes and have almost ignored prevention. Today on Focus, we'll talk with Dr. Epstein about the future of this medical struggle and his book Cancer-Gate: How to Win the Losing Cancer War.

June 28, 2005

The Evolution-Creation Struggle

Guest: Michael Ruse.

It may seem like a modern-day cultural struggle, but the debate between evolution and creation extends back centuries. Today on Focus, Michael Ruse joins us to discuss similarities between the two models of thought and the near-evangelical commitment that some evolutionists hold to their point of view.

May 19, 2005

National Science Olympiad

With Paul Kwiat (Professor of Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Illinois), and Gerald J. Putz (President, National Science Olympiad), and Jack Cairns (Vice President and Co-Director, National Science Olympiad), and Sean Wahl (Student Finalist, Troy High School, Fullerton California), and Kurt Wahl (Head Coach, Troy High School, Fullerton California)

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.

May 03, 2005


Guests: Irfan S. Ahmad, Brian T. Cunningham, and John Rogers.

As modern technology has continued to develop, we've started thinking smaller, not bigger. Today on Focus, we're joined by three researchers from the University of Illinois to discuss their work in the burgeoning field of nanotechnology. This emerging science of the very small may well fuel the next industrial revolution.

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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.

March 23, 2005

Science Friction: Where the Known Meets the Unknown

Guest: Michael Shermer.

Today on Focus, author Michael Shermer joins us to discuss his new book Science Friction, a collection of essays about how science helps us think about what we know—and what we don't know. Shermer says that science is a very human enterprise and the best system possible to be used in our eternal quest to understand "why?"

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