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Cool Science Radio | Nov. 4, 2021

Cool Science Radio guests today: The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times co-author Doug Abrams | Physics Professor Daniel Whiteson and scientist-turned-cartoonist Jorge Cham talk about their book Frequently Asked Questions About The Universe

In this episode of Cool Science Radio International best-selling author Doug Abrams, who has co-written a book with renowned naturalist Jane Goodall called The Book of Hope: A Survival Guide for Trying Times. Together they explore one of the most sought after and least understood elements of human nature: HOPE. In the book Jane Goodall focuses on her “Four Reasons for Hope”: The Amazing Human Intellect, The Resilience of Nature, The Power of Young People, and The Indomitable Human Spirit. Filled with engaging dialogue and pictures from Jane’s storied career, the book is a deeply personal conversation with one of the most beloved figures in today’s world.

Then, Physics professor Daniel Whiteson and scientist-turned-cartoonist Jorge Cham are experts at explaining science in ways we can all understand. As co-hosts of the podcast “Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe” and co-creators of the animated PBS Series “Elinor Wonders Why,” they have amassed one million followers across social platforms. In their new book Frequently Asked Questions About The Universe, they utilize their signature blend of humor and clarity to offer short, accessible, and lighthearted answers to some of the most common, most outrageous, and most profound questions about the universe they’ve received.

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John's curiosity with science and technology began at the age of 7 with the country's space program. With a subscription his parents gave him to Popular Science and Popular Mechanics along with other periodicals and Walter Cronkite's evening broadcast he studied everything space. He followed the lives of America's test pilots and astronauts who piloted Mercury, Gemini and Apollo spacecraft. His curiosity in how things were built led him to dismantling the family's window fan, toaster and lawnmower. Taking apart things was easy. Putting them back together, well, not so much. John grew up in New York state and Massachusetts with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. He received a BA in Economics and Sociology from the University of Maryland.
Lynn Ware Peek is a long-time contributor to KPCW. She joined the station in 2008 with Tales from the Wasatch Back, was a reporter from 2012 to 2016, and co-hosts and produces two of KPCW’s Public Affairs Hour shows, The Mountain Life, on health and lifestyle, on Wednesdays and Cool Science Radio, tackling science and technology every Thursday.