Anthropologist Barbara King writes about food animals–insects, octopuses, chickens, and various mammals–not to get you to stop eating them, but to open a discussion about about the lives of animals and cruelty in the industrial food system.
Cognitive scientist Lera Boroditsky makes the case that the language–or languages–we speak deeply affect who we are and how we engage with the world.
… of science, of understanding, of language, of mathematics… a philosophical conversation about science with David Krakauer, President of the Santa Fe Institute.
Science writer Julie Rehmeyer found out she had chronic fatigue syndrome, and went on a journey to find a cure that took her from doctors to Death Valley.
Cancer researcher Ludmil Alexandrov talks about the CSI of cancer–how to find out, on a cellular level, what are the external factors that cause cancer, and what that means for prevention.
Climate scientist and mountaineer John All talks about the risks and rewards trekking to the highest peaks of the Himalayas, the jungles of Central America, and the wilds of southern Africa to collect scientific data.
…but too much of it has bitter consequences for your health. Public health doctor Charlie Clements explains the risks of excessive sugar in the American diet.
How are ordinary people getting involved in species conservation? Mary Ellen Hannibal talks about how big data meets grass roots participation.
Nina Lanza does. We talk about what Mars is like and whether there is, or has ever been, life there.
Journalist Laurence Gonzales tells stories about natural and man-made disasters, who survives, and why.