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The Carbon Age: How Life’s Core Element Has Become Civilization’s Greatest Threat

Guest: Eric Roston.

Carbon has always been seen as the ubiquitous building block of life, necessary to the rise of living organisms. But since the start of the industrial age, carbon has contributed to the destruction of the ozone layer. Today on Focus, we're joined by journalist Eric Roston, author of The Carbon Age. He'll talk about the ways humans have used carbon throughout history and how it's only now, at the brink of catastrophe, that we are beginning to recognize the effects it has had on our environment.

The Commercialization of Space

Guest: Robert Zimmerman.

Last week, test pilot Michael Melville became the first person to reach space in a privately funded program. The designers of the craft, called "SpaceShipOne," have their sights set on a prize offered to anyone who can put a crew of three into space, bring them back safely, and repeat the feat within two weeks. Many people believe that Melville's flight, and the presence of contests like these, are opening the doors to space tourism. Today on Focus we'll explore the commercialization of space with award-winning sicence writer Robert Zimmerman.