Science Friday

Science Friday with host Ira Flatow discusses the latest in science, technology, health, and the environment. It's brain fun, for curious people.

Recent Episodes

Hr1: Hurricane Irma, Cassini Farewell

Biologists wait to assess the damage done to a delicate ecosystem by Irma. And in 13 years, the Cassini orbiter showed us lakes on Titan, geysers on Enceladus, and a new understanding of all things Saturn.

Hr2:Ancient Inland Sea, Beetles, Ancient Americans

Paleontologists are piecing together the bones of giant fish and ancient reptiles that inhabited the long-dried North American inland sea. Plus, great recyclers: dung and carrion beetles. And how anthropologists use genetic information and found artifacts to piece together how the first Americans populated the continent.

Hr1: News Roundup, Big Chicken, Black-Footed Ferrets

In her new book Big Chicken, journalist Maryn McKenna uncovers how the overuse of antibiotics created the current chicken industry. Plus, on the western prairies, black footed ferrets face an invasive plague, limited food, and the work of staying alive.

Hr2: Tongue Muscles, Jill Tarter, Aging Aircraft

Astronomer and SETI co-founder Jill Tarter reflects on her career as an alien hunter. Plus, simple exercise seems to be an effective way to keep the tongue muscles toned, and a look under the skin of aging aircraft.

Hr2: Florida Textbooks, Education Myths, Educator Collaborative

Seven innovative science teachers have turned Science Friday stories into lessons you can use in the classroom and at home. Plus, there is little evidence to support the idea that some people are visual versus auditory learners. But the theory persists.