Sci and Tech

It’s impossible to imagine the modern world without code. But according to Philip Auerswald, we might all be coders - without even realizing it. Read More...

When did the fight for human rights begin? According to Lynn Hunt, the 18th century. And why? One answer is rather unexpected: the rise of the novel.

Childhood experiences can drastically affect a person’s health for the rest of their life. We talk to a doctor about what that means for medicine.

Science gave us penicillin, the moon landing, and the theory of evolution. But scientists can also make really big mistakes.

Science gave us penicillin, the moon landing, and the theory of evolution. But scientists also make mistakes. NPR’s Richard Harris tells us why, and what the consequences are. Read More...

Parents won’t shut up about their kids being precious. And with American birth rates declining, they’re actually right.

Geckos can help us perform surgery, and kingfishers can help us design trains. We dive into the world of biologically-inspired design.

Being lonely isn’t just bad for your emotional health, it’s bad for your physical health. We talk about why Americans are lonelier than ever and what can be done about it.

The key to advancing medicine might be found right in your backyard. Harvard’s Jeff Karp finds inspiration in nature to create medical solutions for humans. Read More...

Camilla Benbow and David Lubinski spent their lives studying child geniuses. Their advice on how to create a baby Einstein? Do nothing. Then, conspiracy theories have gotten a lot of attention in the last year, but psychologist Rob Brotherton says they've been around for a long time. And finally, Thomas Gilovich thinks he can make you wise... or at least, the wisest person in the room. Read More...

Humans love storytelling via many platforms including movies, reading and verbally through chatting and gossip. But how are new technologies like virtual reality and smartphones affecting our experience with and understanding of stories? Read More...

Science gave us penicillin, space travel, and computers. But, it also gave us TNT, guns, and heroin. Paul Offit tells us about when science goes wrong. Read more....

The innovations that have made our health care so effective also contribute to what makes it so expensive. MIT economist (who also helped build the Affordable Care Act) Jon Gruber says we should do a cost-benefit analysis on new drugs to keep costs low. Read more....

Marc Edwards was one of the first scientists to confirm lead poisoning in Flint. But it’s the second time he found himself battling the EPA. He tells us why our country’s lead crisis will only get worse. Read more.... 

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