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Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham authors of Frequently Asked Questions About The Universe | Nov. 4, 2021

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Frequently Asked Questions About The Universe authors Daniel Whiteson and Jorge Cham utilize their signature blend of humor and clarity to offer answers to questions about the universe they’ve received.

John and Lynn speak with researcher-turned-cartoonist Jorge Cham and physics professor Daniel Whiteson who are experts at explaining science in ways we can all understand, in their books and on their popular podcast, Daniel and Jorge Explain the Universe.

They join us to discuss their new book, it is a witty, entertaining, and fully illustrated book called Frequently Asked Questions about the Universe. It is an essential troubleshooting guide for the perplexing aspects of reality, big and small. Have you ever wondered: Why can’t I travel back in time? Where did the universe come from? What’s inside a black hole?

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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.