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Cool Science Radio - July 16, 2015

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On this episode of Cool Science Radio, hosts John Wells and Lynn Ware Peek spoke with author Matt Richtel, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter with the New York Times. They talked about his book A Deadly Wandering: A Mystery, a Landmark Investigation and the Astonishing Science of Attention in the Digital Age. The book tells the story of Utah college student Reggie Shaw, who killed two scientists while texting and driving. Author Jordan Ellenburg also joined the show to talk about his book How Not To Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking. It was a conversation about math and how it's hidden structures underlay the chaotic surface of our world.

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.
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