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Cool Science Radio
Thursday, 9-10AM
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From the discovery of new dinosaurs to the science of an avalanche.

From the secret technology behind Facebook, to nanotechnology.

Deciphering science and technology in an entertaining, amusing and accessible way.

If we can understand it, so can you. 

For questions and inquiries, contact the hosts directly at coolscience@kpcw.org.

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  • Dr. Heidi Hammel, Interdisciplinary Scientist on the James Webb Space Telescope. We will speak with Heidi about this remarkable instrument and what we have learned from it’s 1st pictures.
  • Dr. Chantel Prat who has written The Neuroscience of You. Prat’s book draws on decades of research. She writes every brain is different and what this means for the individual, the collective, and the future of neuroscience.
  • Dr. Saurabh Gombar, founder and chief medical officer at Atropos Health and Adjunct Professor at the Stanford University School of Medicine joins the show. His work surrounds making health care more targeted and precise by aggregating millions of anonymized electronic records to instantly inform patient care.
  • Technology journalist Nate Anderson joins the show. Nate is one who advocates for a life of goal-oriented, creative exertion as being more meaningful, he says, than what our technological devices provide us. Anderson shares what 19th-century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche can teach us about joyful living in a tech-saturated world.
  • National Geographic Explorer Dr. Meg Lowman who joins John and Lynn to tell us about the 2023 National Geographic Kid’s Almanac. The Almanac features animal stories, weird-but-true facts, and interviews with National Geographic Explorers.
  • In this episode of Cool Science Radio, David McRaney comes on air to discuss his new book How Minds Change: The Surprising Science of Belief, Opinion, and Persuasion. Delving into the latest research of psychologists and neuroscientists, HOW MINDS CHANGE explores the limits of reasoning, the power of groupthink, and the effects of deep canvassing.
  • John and Lynn speak with one of the leading intellectuals of the digital age, Jamie Susskind in this episode of Cool Science Radio. Susskind has outlined a plan to bring unregulated technology back into check — his new book is The Digital Republic: One Freedom and Democracy in the 21st Century.Jamie argues that these problems are not the fault of a few bad apples at the top of the industry. They are the result of our failure to govern technology properly.The Digital Republic charts a new course. It offers a plan for the digital age: new legal standards, new public bodies and institutions, new duties on platforms, new rights and regulators, new codes of conduct for people in the tech industry.
  • In this episode of Cool Science Radio John and Lynn are joined by two experts on food science and soil biology: David Montgomery, a geomorphologist and professor at the University of Washington, and biologist and environmental planner, Anne Biklé, their new book is What Your Food Ate: How to Heal Our Land and Reclaim Our Health.What Your Food Ate delivers a new truth: the roots of good health start on farms. Montgomery and Biklé marshal evidence from recent and forgotten science to share how the health of the soil ripples through to that of crops, livestock, and ultimately us.
  • Dr. Ashani Weeraratna who has written "Is Cancer Inevitable?" joins the show. A person born in America and over 60 has a 50% chance of being diagnosed with cancer. Her book explores new understandings about cancer cell interactions which will help doctors better control, and eventually cure, cancer.
  • James Bridle who has written, Ways of Being joins the show. His new book is an exploration of different kinds of intelligence—plant, animal, human, artificial—and how they transform our understanding of humans’ place in the cosmos.