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: News Roundup, El Nino, Malnutrition and the Microbiome

El Nino's atmospheric influence is global, affecting fish stocks off Peru and potentially driving up malaria deaths in East Africa. Plus, is malnutrition due to more than just a lack of access to quality food?

Hr2: Zero-G Music Video, Book Club, Bouba-Kiki Effect

After three weeks of reading, the SciFri Book Club is back to discuss the autobiography On the Move, by Oliver Sacks. Plus, how the band OK Go choreographed their latest video in zero-G, and a video about pointy-ness and linguistics.

Hr1: News Roundup, Gravitational Waves, GM Mosquitoes

For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves, €”the last unproven part of Einstein'€™s theory of general relativity. Plus, a roundup of the week in science, and a look at genetically engineering malaria-resistant mosquitoes.

Hr2: Gene Editing, Mind-Body Medicine, C-Section Microbiome

Jo Marchant shares the results of her deep dive into the evidence --and against-- mind-body medicine, from placebo effects to hypnosis and meditation. Plus, gene-editing techniques, and research into restoring the maternal microbiome to babies born via C-section.

Hr1: News Roundup, War On Cancer, Polling

When President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, he waged the War on Cancer. Forty-five years and over $100 billion later, are we winning? Plus, why couldnt the polls predict the Iowa primaries?