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Cool Science Radio - March 31, 2016

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The first guest this morning on Cool Science Radio is Jon Ronson, author of the book, So You’ve Been Publically Shamed. Ronson is no stranger to the darker corners of humanity: he  investigates the world of public shaming, where social media has made everyone a vigilante, and where a poorly phrased tweet or comment can catapult a person to Public Enemy No. 1 overnight.

Today's second guest is Dr. Barry Prizant, author of Uniquely Human: A Different Way of Seeing Autism. Autism therapy typically focuses on ridding individuals of “autistic” symptoms, such as difficulties interacting socially, problems in communicating, sensory challenges, and repetitive behavior patterns. Now Dr. Prizant offers a new and compelling paradigm: the most successful approaches to autism don’t aim at fixing a person by eliminating symptoms, but rather seeking to understand the individual’s experience and what underlies the behavior.

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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