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Cool Science Radio - February 4, 2016

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  John and Lynn’s first guest today is Maria Konnikova, author of The Confidence Game: Why We Fall for It . . . Every Time. While cheats and swindlers may be a dime a dozen, true conmen—the Bernie Madoffs, the Jim Bakkers, the Lance Armstrongs—are elegant, outsized personalities, artists of persuasion and exploiters of trust. How do they do it? Why are they successful? And what keeps us falling for it, over and over again? These are the questions that journalist and psychologist Maria Konnikova tackles in her mesmerizing new book.

The second guest on the program is Gary Sams, PhD and CEO Progenitor Life Sciences. A pioneer in stem cell research and forward innovator of the community, Progenitor now develops and provides advanced technologies that will enable regenerative bio scientists to create pluripotent stem cells in a fast and reliable manner.