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Cool Science Radio - April 13, 2017

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John’s first guest is Dr. Andrew Shapiro, the manager of early stage innovation for the Space Technology Office at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He talked with him about current projects and managing a lab where ideas become concepts, possibly projects and even part of a mission for robotic and manned space exploration.The 2nd guest this morning is Bill Andrews who is the Senior Associate Editor for Discover Magazine. John talks with Bill about what’s new in the world of Googles AI Machine.

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.