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Cool Science Radio | August 11, 2022

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In today's episode of Cool Science Radio John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek speak with (01:16) renowned physicist Dr. Sabine Hossenfelder who is the creator of the popular YouTube series Science without the Gobbledygook. She takes a no-nonsense approach to life’s biggest questions, and wrestles with what physics really says about the human condition in her new book, EXISTENTIAL PHYSICS: A Scientist’s Guide to Life’s Biggest Questions. 

Then, (26:43) Chris Larkin, Chief Technology Officer at Concord Technologies. Chris will discuss security and privacy concerns and implications in a post-Roe v. Wade world, including how the data and information people put into technologies like period tracker apps be accessed and used against them if they seek abortions.

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.
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.