February 07, 2012

Knocking on Heaven's Door

Guest: Lisa Randall, Ph.D.

Today on Focus we're joined by eminent physicist Lisa Randall to discuss her new book Knocking on Heaven's Door. Randall offers a rousing defense of the role of science in our lives—and backs it up with her cool knowledge of particle physics, cosmology, and the engineering behind the Large Hadron Collider.

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January 09, 2012

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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October 07, 2011

The Future of the U.S. Space Program

Guest: Louis Friedman, Ph.D.

He earned his Ph.D. in Aeronautics and Astronautics from MIT. He worked for NASA at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He co-founded the Planetary Society with Carl Sagan and Bruce Murray. Today, he joins Focus 580 to discuss the future of the American space program.

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August 25, 2011

Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

Guest: David Eagleman, Ph.D.

To us, it may seem that our conscious minds—the parts that we consider to be us—are the only thing running our brains as we make our way through our days. But what's happening behind the scenes? Today, neuroscientist David Eagleman joins the show to discuss the subconscious brain and just what it's capable of.

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August 23, 2011

The Sun's Heartbeat and Other Stories from the Life of the Star That Powers Our Planet

Guest: Bob Berman.

Without the sun, there would be no life on Earth. Today on Focus, we're joined by author Bob Berman to talk about his new book The Sun's Heartbeat. He provides a lively biography of our star, from its birth to its spectacular future death, and addresses some of the mysteries regarding the sun and sunlight. We'll tackle all this and more on the show.

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July 06, 2011

The Global Food System and Climate Pressures

With Stephen P. Long, Ph.D., D.Sc. (the Gutgsell University Endowed Professor in Plant Biology and Crop Sciences; and Resident Scientist for the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, University of Illinois)

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