Science Friday

  • Hosted by IRA FLATOW

It's brain fun, for curious people. Each Friday, host Ira Flatow focuses on news about science, technology, health and the environment bringing an educated, balanced and lively discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join in to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

Radio: What Was Not Said

Mar 15, 2018

In any relationship, there are always things we don't say, assumptions we make about people we love. But often those assumptions are wildly, even dangerously wrong. We tell the story of a Taiwanese spy who infiltrates a family, and exposes how little they understand each other. And we meet an extreme daydreamer who has decided to keep her fantasy life a secret from her husband and son.

Podcast: The Other Real World

Mar 15, 2018

Reality TV may be popular around the world, but it's also roundly mocked as formulaic and contrived. So, can that kind of fragile fantasy world meaningfully influence reality? We look at the goals and impact of a UN-backed reality show called "Inspire Somalia," that attempted to model democracy and freedom in a country racked by decades of clan warfare and oppression by extremist groups like al-Shabab.

Clips from Inspire Somalia courtesy of the U.N.

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Radio: The Pattern Problem

Mar 13, 2018

A panel of judges sits to decide the fate of the young woman. She's the child of addicts and an ex-addict and ex-felon herself, and she's asking the court to trust her to become an attorney. The outcome of her case hinges on a question we all struggle with: are we destined to repeat our patterns, or do we generally stray in surprising directions? - a question increasingly relevant in an age when algorithms are trying to predict everything about our behavior.

Podcast: I, I, I. Him

Mar 13, 2018

In this episode, we talk to a 74-year-old woman who decides the only way to get over her husband's death is to jump out of an airplane. And to a third generation beekeeper whose entire collection of hives has been stolen - he believes by Russian mobsters. After losing so much can they tell themselves new stories about themselves that allow them to function?

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Hear the Trailer

Feb 22, 2018

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