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Cool Science Radio | Feb. 10, 2022

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Today's guests on Cool Science Radio are : ( 1:20) Sara Manning Peskin, MD, MS who has written A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain and ( 27:17) Christopher Kemp author of Dark and Magical Places

In this weeks episode of Cool Science Radio John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek's guests include:

Neurologist Sara Manning Peskin MD,MS who discusses how our brains are often on a battlefield against mutant, rebel, and invader proteins which can bring even the healthiest of us to madness. Her new book is: A Molecule Away from Madness: Tales of the Hijacked Brain.

Then writer, scientist and human Christopher Kemp. Within our heads, we carry around an infinite and endlessly unfolding map of the world. Navigation is one of the most ancient neural abilities we have - older even than language. Dark and Magical Places:The Neuroscience of How We Navigate
is a journey to discover the remarkable extent of what our minds can do.

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.