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Cool Science Radio | August 18, 2022

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Today on Cool Science Radio John and Lynn's speak with (0:15) Dr. Mario Juric, an associate professor of Astronomy and the director of the Data-Intensive Research in Astronomy and Cosmology at the University of Washington. Mario works with large data sets and algorithms designed to discover undetected near-earth asteroids in our solar system.

Then (27:49) Madeline Ostrander who has written At Home on an Unruly Planet: Finding Refuge on a Changed Earth joins the show. From rural Alaska to coastal Florida, she gives a vivid account of Americans working to protect the places they call home in an era of climate crisis.

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.